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12:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Enter to win a The Purge: Anarchy prize pack!

Good afternoon, dear readers! In honor of #CrimeDay, the release day of The Purge: Anarchy, we have an extra special giveaway in store for you! To help you on your crimey-est Crime Day adventures, we're giving away to one luc...

Liz Rugg


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




4:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Flix for Short: Butter Ya'Self (NSFW)

Presenting: Butter Ya'Self, a stop-motion animation of food rapping about food. You're welcome. Butter Ya'Self was created by a bunch of people at CalArts, but specifically by Julian Petschek. The characters are all voiced b...

Liz Rugg

3:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Watch: two new featurettes for Obvious Child are obviously adorable

Look guys, I'm not a huge rom-com kind of girl. They're usually too saccharine and unreal for me. Obvious Child, however, looks more my speed. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child stars the adorable and...

Liz Rugg

9:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Dreamworks picks up Felix the Cat rights

Felix the Cat is a bit of an oddball. Not just character-wise within the various incarnations of his television shows and movies, but also his iconic status. I feel like most people can recognize the character, even if they h...

Liz Rugg

6:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Trailer for Frank starring Michael Fassbender is goofy fun

Frank tells the story of a young musician named Jon who joins a group of eccentric musicians, lead by the enigmatic Frank, a man who makes music purely for the joy of creating ... and who wears a giant fake head all the time...

Liz Rugg

9:50 PM on 05.30.2014

New trailer for whimsical soccer movie This is Not a Ball

Leading up to the 2014 World Cup, (which is taking forever, am I right?) artist Vik Muniz has created the quirky, tongue-in-cheek documentary This is Not a Ball. This is Not a Ball follows Muniz all over the world as he expl...

Liz Rugg

6:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Watch a clip from Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Dance of Reality

Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of those directors people either love or don't understand. His classic surrealist films from the 1970s like The Holy Mountain are still taught in film studies courses. This year is the first time ...

Liz Rugg

5:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways To Die In The West has an 8-bit game you can play

A Million Ways To Die In The West, Seth MacFarlane's upcoming Western comedy movie, now has an 8-bit videogame counterpart online at Adult Swim. Perhaps capitalizing on the nostalgically easy-to-die-in games of the 80's 8-bit...

Liz Rugg



Review: Blood Glacier  photo
Review: Blood Glacier
by Liz Rugg

When I heard there was a movie titled Blood Glacier, I knew I wanted to see it. After learning about its premise, my heart was set on it. What Blood Glacier ended up being was more, oh -- so much more, than I ever expected.

I was able to catch a screening of Blood Glacier at this year's Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). While C2E2 is a comics convention, I'm sure the show organizers expected there to be enough of an overlap of horror movie fans to make the screening worthwhile. A small crowed gathered for the screening, most of which was made up of knowledgeable horror fans, unlike myself. Disclaimer: I know pretty much nothing about horror movies, they're just not my thing. What I do know about however, is "so bad it's good" movies, and in that sense, Blood Glacier was right up my alley.

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11:00 AM on 04.10.2014

Watch: Jon Stewart takes on FOX News Noah critics

I don't think anybody really expected the talk shows on right-wing news organization FOX News to love Darren Aronofsky's bible story inspired movie, Noah. However, it appears they have gone as far as to criticize the movie w...

Liz Rugg

9:00 AM on 01.23.2014

Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles might look super ugly

I'm not the hugest fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I understand the very thought of Michael Bay going through a franchise I enjoy and possibly mucking up the whole thing for everybody. And even if I'll stick by M...

Nick Valdez





5:00 PM on 11.25.2013

Road House is ...sigh... getting a remake

This is only going to get worse so if the idea of a Road House remake already has you pulling out your hair in anger then just stop reading. MGM will indeed be remaking the Patrick Swayze starring Road House, thus confir...

Matthew Razak



Jackie Chan planning a theme park called JC World photo
Jackie Chan planning a theme park called JC World
by Hubert Vigilla

During an event in Beijing, Jackie Chan said he's interested in creating his own theme park in Yizhuang. According to the Malaysia Times, the park will be called JC World. The two square kilometer park will be comprised of five different sections, each providing visitors with a different cultural experience. Chan is partnering with an unnamed Chinese organization in the endeavor.

The Hollywood Reporter wonders if this will be an amusement park with rides, but it sounds more like a giant museum, which will feature furniture, jewelry, and antique Chinese buildings that Chan purchased and restored. Chan said the following:

I was very poor when I was a child, so when I had money later on, I bought all sorts of things and went around the world collecting them. I want to exhibit all my stuff. They may not all be worth a lot of money, but they may have a story behind them.

This isn't the only unexpected Chan project to be announced. As we reported a few months ago, Chan is also planning  an autobiographic stage musical. That's all well and good, but I still think that Jackie Chan should make a modern-day silent film or do a remake of It's Always Fair Weather with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

[Malaysia Times via The Hollywood Reporter]

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Uwe Boll turns to Kickstarter for Postal 2 photo
Uwe Boll turns to Kickstarter for Postal 2
by Hubert Vigilla

While the internet continues its post-mortem on Spike Lee's Kickstarter numbers, there's another director who's jumping into the crowdfunding fray: Uwe Boll. That's right, Uwe friggin' Boll has turned to Kickstarter to make Postal 2, and he's looking for $500,000. Some would say Postal is his best film, though those same people would say that the movie is also garbage. (Looks like Boll's found a way to get around those pesky German tax reforms.)

The film has something to do with government spying and surveillance, with Boll noting both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden as inspiration. Incentives for funding include access to a PDF of the script, t-shirts, and the usual stuff. At the $7,500 donor level, you can get a speaking role in the movie. At $10,000, you are credited as an executive producer and can visit the set whenever you like.

Boll did a slightly more serious video for the Postal 2 Kickstarter which I've included after the cut. To check out the Kickstarter page for Postal 2, go here. What do you think of Uwe Boll turning to Kickstarter?

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3:00 PM on 08.26.2013

Sadako (The Ring) throws opening pitch at baseball game

Sadako from The Ring (Ringu) series is one of the most iconic characters in J-horror. To promote the forthcoming release of Sadako 3D 2, Sadako threw the opening pitch at a Chunichi Dragons/Hanshin Tigers baseball game. Yes,...

Hubert Vigilla



Fantasia Review: The Weight photo
Fantasia Review: The Weight
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

When The Weight started, I thought for a moment that I was watching the wrong movie. Even though the opening credits were in Korean, I was very clearly not looking at Korea. What I was looking at what actually outside my window: New York City. Then I second guessed myself, because what if Korea has a New Yorktown the way New York has a Koreatown, but it was just New York.

Fantasia's descripton of The Weight specifically references its bleak vision of South Korea, so I just sat back and scratched my head as the montage of New York imagery continued. And then, over the shot of a beach, a subtitle explained everything by explaining nothing: "This is not the world in which he lives."

Understatement of the century.

[For the next few weeks, we will be covering the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival. Started in 1996 and based primarily in Montreal, Fantasia is widely regarded as one of the best genre film festivals in North America. To read all of our coverage, click here.]

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NYAFF Non-Review: Sion Sono's Bad Film is a masterpiece photo
NYAFF Non-Review: Sion Sono's Bad Film is a masterpiece
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Sion Sono's Bad Film is truly a movie that should not exist. Shot in the mid 90s on Hi8 video, the film ran out of money and lay unfinished for well over a decade. If it were anybody else's project, it would likely have stayed that way forever, a project lost to time. But Sion Sono is... well, the kind of guy who would make Bad Film, so he decided that it was high time the film got finished. The Sion Sono of 2012, creator of Love Exposure, Cold Fish, and many others, took to the 150 hours of footage directed by the Sion Sono of 1995 and pulled from it 161 minutes of bizarre insanity.

I am so glad it exists.

[For the next few weeks, we will be covering the 2013 New York Asian Film Festival and the 2013 Japan Cuts Film Festival, which together form one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in the world. For our NYAFF 2013 coverage, click here. For Japan Cuts 2013 coverage, click here.]

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Japan Cuts Review: The Warped Forest photo
Japan Cuts Review: The Warped Forest
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

When I explained to a friend that I had just seen a film that featured trees that are actually women with skin colored "branches" that are watered by a woman putting water into her mouth and kissing it into theirs and bear fruit with actual vaginas in them, there was a long pause, as one might expect. At the end of that long, awkward pause, was just one question: "Japan?"

Yep. Japan.

[For the next few weeks, we will be covering the 2013 New York Asian Film Festival and the 2013 Japan Cuts Film Festival, which together form one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in the world. For our NYAFF 2013 coverage, click here. For Japan Cuts 2013 coverage, click here.]

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After the Credits: Why would you want to see trash? photo
After the Credits: Why would you want to see trash?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Earlier this week, I finally posted my review of A Woman and War, a film that I saw several weeks ago and have been stewing over ever since. Here on Flixist, it got the reaction I was hoping for: "Nope." Even Matty Shoestring, who wrote fanfiction involving me being sexually exploited, thought that it sounded like too much.

Over on Japanator, however, it was a different story. You see, this is the second year that we have been doing review roundups of our Japan Cuts coverage over on our Japan-centric sister site. We've actually written about a couple of films over there that we didn't feel like writing full reviews of.

Anyways, our most recent roundup featured a lot of discussion about A Woman and War, and multiple people said that my review made them interested in seeing the film just to see if it's actually bad. It made me really sad. Seriously. And it's not just because it flies in the face of "Seriously, this movie is awful" thing.

I intended to write something about it, but then I realized that video would be the best way to really explain my feelings. That way, you can see exactly how much this whole thing is making me sad. While I was editing the video, I actually felt bad for me. I ended up cutting out some of the more pathetic moments, but there's still plenty of them. So... enjoy?

Anyways, this week the New York Asian Film Festival officially ended and all things Walter Reade have been dealt with. Japan Cuts ends tonight and a few more reviews have to be written, but everything will be done in time for this upcoming Friday's big double-festival roundup and awards post. So look forward to that.

Also this week was a bunch of Criterion Collection related stuff, including one list of recommendations and two (two!) lists of films that should be added. All that and much more can be found below.

[This week's film is Shame.]

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12:00 PM on 07.18.2013

Flix for Short: Airy Me

Airy Me is a beautiful little animated video for the ethereal songstress Cuushe and animated by artist Yoko Kuno. The animation in the video is so fluid, constantly shifting and swirling like it's a liquid, but it also suppo...

Liz Rugg



Japan Cuts Review: Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Super Hero photo
Japan Cuts Review: Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Super Hero
by Hubert Vigilla

Hentai Kamen is a superhero movie about a guy who becomes an unstoppable force for perverse goodness whenever he wears a woman's panties on his head. I know, you've heard that story countless times, but this movie makes that familiar set up seem fresh.

While I usually don't like watching movies in a large crowd, Hentai Kamen is a film enhanced by seeing it with the right large crowd. An enthusiastic audience like the one at The Japan Society last Friday is ideal. For long stretches, Hentai Kamen was so hilarious that the dialogue was drowned out by laughter. (Thank goodness for subtitles.) The most interesting thing about watching Hentai Kamen with a receptive audience, though, was an uncanny, hive-mind feeling during the parts of the movie that didn't work.

[For the next few weeks, we will be covering the 2013 New York Asian Film Festival and the 2013 Japan Cuts Film Festival, which together form one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in the world. For our NYAFF 2013 coverage, click here. For Japan Cuts 2013 coverage, click here.]

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The Battle For A More Conscientious Tonto photo
The Battle For A More Conscientious Tonto
by Liz Rugg

The portrayal of Native Americans in film has been problematic for a long time. Going back as far as John Ford's 1939 western Stagecoach, the Native American has been stereotyped, truncated and even vilified by traditional Hollywood cinema. The newest movie to add to this discussion is Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, which opened in theaters this week. The Lone Ranger is an adaptation of a 1940s television series that was itself a followup to a radio drama serial of the same name. In Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp stars as Tonto, a Comanche Indian who helps John Reid, played by Armie Hammer, on his journey of becoming the Lone Ranger.

The character of Tonto in previous iterations has been criticized over the years as being essentially a talking prop, merely a sidekick for the Lone Ranger, barely able to speak English and never a driving force of the television show or radio dramas. Verbinski, Disney and Depp have made a lot of efforts during the production of The Lone Ranger to emphasize that they wanted to portray a different kind of Tonto -- from having Comanche advisers on set to receiving the permission of the Navajo Nation to film on their lands to explicitly stating that they wanted to right the past wrongs of Native Americans in cinema -- but does The Lone Ranger actually live up to any of that? Does Depp's Tonto actually right the film industry's previous wrongs?

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