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Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat in upcoming Grumpy Cat movie


Sep 18
// Liz Rugg
Look, the world doesn't need a Grumpy Cat movie. Grumpy Cat was fun for like a week in 2012. Besides, basically all cats are grumpy, that's why they're so great. Anyway, regardless of what I think, a Grumpy Cat Lifetime Chris...

Review: Cam2Cam

Aug 23 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[embed]218237:41777:0[/embed] Cam2CamDirector: Joel SoissonRelease Date: August 22, 2014 (Theatrical/VOD)Rating: NR  Here's a bad sign: IMDb does not credit its writer/director with Cam2Cam's script. It only mentions Marie Gautier and Davy Sihali, who were behind the original story it's based on. Only in the actual credits did I see "Screenplay by Joel Soisson." Without bothering to fact-check this, I'm going to guess that Mr. Soisson is at least 90 years old. I say this because it seems to me that there is no way he has ever had a discussion with another human being on the internet. I have a 14 year old sister who types primarily in abbreviations, but the non-English that Cam2Cam's characters use during their chat sessions is a whole other level of stupid. At least 80% of the words are misspelled. That's not an exaggeration. If anything, it's a lowball. For the most part, they're the typical bullshit abbreviations: numbers instead of letters and cutting words down to their most basic phonic requirements. These things are typical, but no less terrible. I've been spending the majority of my time on the internet for the better part of the 21st century, and I've never come across people (outside of maybe YouTube comments) who have such a blatant disregard for basic syntax. But it's not just that. Because I could imagine a 90+ year old man who had seen a Fox News special on the digital degradation of language going too far in an attempt to seem "hip" or something. The issue is when it goes from abbreviation to straight up misspelling (there are multiple, not all of them intentional) or something weirder. The bit of "writing" that turned my anger into righteous indignation was the following:  "4 a nanosecond. now goin 2 bed"  It doesn't matter what this is in response to, but you should immediately understand what is so completely ludicrous about this line. Nanosecond? Seriously? She can't type out "four" or "two," finish "going," or use capitals and consistent punctuation, but she has the gall to type out "nanosecond" instead of "sec"? No one would do that. No one writes like that. I hate this. You may think I'm spending way too much time harping on this, but you'd be wrong, because the entire first twenty minutes of this "horror" film takes place in a chatroom and features one girl being "scared" by some other person who is saying terrifying things like "LOL." The creepy music clashes with the laughable dialogue and makes for a film that completely misses the mark. It's like a cat walked across the writer's keyboard and he just left it as it was. Drama doesn't work when two twenty-somethings are typing like toddlers. And while the spoken dialogue is better, it's still pretty bad. People give long, expository speeches explaining their worldview; everyone just seems to know really fundamental things about each other because it's narratively convenient; and they string together words that don't quite work constantly. Nobody speaks like an actual human being. No one. (And no one really reacts to things like a human being either. Everyone's exceedingly stupid.) Going back to my theory that the writer is very old and watches Fox News, here is the moment that really clinched it for me, even more than the legitimately infuriating "4 a nanosecond. now goin 2 bed." One particularly verbose character is describing the personality of a guy who decapitated at least four women. And his description made me want to throw my TV through a window. He said: "He was like one of those hardcore gamer types. The ones that always have to be on level 10 even when everyone else is playing on level 5. "Do you know what I mean?" No, Mr. Soisson, I don't. And neither does anybody else. Other thoughts: - Cam2Cam, for the most part, is nice to look at, though much of that is because Bangkok is a fascinating location. - I was warned that the first 20 minutes were the film's worst, and I'd agree with that. The whole thing could have started after that first scene and it would have made for a better film. A couple of events may not have made perfect sense, but it's not like they all make sense now. - For example, the twist ending. Totally didn't see it coming, but after four seconds of reflection I realized it made no sense. - There are some things that sorta made sense that did actually surprise me, so that was kinda cool. - There's a closeup of a tiny flaccid penis out of nowhere. So there's your warning. - The main character "unintentionally" places her laptop in such a way that it creates a perfectly symmetrical frame so that she can be watched through her webcam in a cinematically pleasing way. Completely unacceptable. - Cam2Cam's poster was approximately 70% of the reason I wanted to see it. Unfortunately, the image of a badass underwear model wielding an axe of justice is not actually in the film. Shame.
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In past reviews, I've written about the problems with poor subtitles on foreign films. Improper use of language serves as a distraction from the comedy or drama and makes the experience worse. I love the English language. It'...

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


May 16
// Liz Rugg
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...

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Charity to auction signed Drew Struzan posters and more


Benefits will go to Oklahoma tornado victims
Aug 09
// Liz Rugg
The non-profit event Made for Moore is holding a charity art auction via ebay beginning today featuring the works of many great artists, the centerpiece of which includes 10 original, signed posters donated by the legendary m...
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Flix for Short: Wasted Time


Jun 26
// Nick Valdez
Wasted Time, created by Michael Sykora, Jesse Collier and Adam Jackson, is a short series of seemingly disjointed stories that all take place within the same city. Each episode of the series is a short vignette that car...
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Flix for Short: Oswalt's Star Wars rant gets animated


And a poster!
May 21
// Liz Rugg
A while ago comedian Patton Oswalt appeared on the TV show Parks and Recreation as a citizen of the town of Pawnee who made a filibuster rant... about Star Wars Episode VII, and all that it could be. And the internet went cr...
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Artists design awesome new posters for Battle Royale


Apr 30
// Liz Rugg
Art and design blog The Fox is Black recently held a contest inviting artists and designers from all over the world to create some new and incredible posters for the infamous Japanese horror-thriller movie Battle Royale, and ...
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Patton Oswalt on his epic Star Wars Episode VII rant


"Hi, I've had a brownie and some Baked Lays for lunch, who wants to talk about Blade Runner?"
Apr 30
// Liz Rugg
A few weeks ago, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt made internet headlines when he appeared on the television show Parks & Recreation and delivered an epic filibuster rant about how the new Star Wars episodes, currently be...
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First look at Halle Berry as Storm in X-Men: Future Past


Apr 23
// Liz Rugg
X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer tweeted an image of actress Halle Berry in costume reprising her role as X-Men's Storm last night, using the caption "Storm watch." (Lol, get it?) Check out below the jump for ...
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Trailer: The Internship


"They're in the computeeer?"
Apr 19
// Nick Valdez
The newest trailer for The Internship (starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) is admittedly cut a lot better than the first one. There's a bit of new footage mixed in with footage from the first trailer, and the new footage ...
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Ad company recuts movie trailers using Vine app


Apparently Vine trailers are the new thing.
Mar 29
// Liz Rugg
Earlier this week, director James Mangold tweeted a six second trailer for his upcoming The Wolverine using Twitter's new video loop creator, the iPhone app Vine. The post has caused a bit of a stir in the trailer-making comm...
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Illustrated Moonrise Kingdom script available to download


Jan 23
// Liz Rugg
Focus Features has released online an illustrated version of Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola's Academy Award nominated script for their 2012 film, Moonrise Kingdom. You can click through the script on their website and downloa...
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Catdance Film Festival: best cat-inspired film fest


Also is the cutest film festival known to man.
Jan 22
// Liz Rugg
At this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Fresh Step brand cat litter hosted an event they called Catdance Film Festival 2013. They screened real short films - all about cats - which the internet is invited t...
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Flixist Forums are here!


And ready to clog your Internet Tubes.
Jan 17
// Liz Rugg
Hello gracious readers! We just wanted to bring it to your attention that Flixist now has its very own Forum page! (Cue cheers.) Don't worry, our other forms of community involvement - such as contests, comments and blogs - a...
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Mondo releases prints from We Buy Your Kids


Dec 11
// Liz Rugg
Mondo's last gallery show of 2012 is titled Tina's Mom's Boyfriend and it features movie posters created by Australian graphic design duo We Buy Your Kids. These prints all debuted at the gallery show in Austin, Texas, but to...
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Trailer: Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie


"He's the angriest gamer you ever heeaaaaaard!"
Nov 30
// Nick Valdez
James Rolfe, the Angry Video Game Nerd, is someone with a very entertaining web series in which he reviews old, most likely awful, games and then laces those reviews with abundant amounts of profanity and hilarity. Last year...
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"Removie" posters reimagine movies with a letter missing


Sep 10
// Liz Rugg
Inspired by an internet meme in which people take a letter out of a film title for silly results, Dublin artist Austin Richards and copywriter Des Creedon have created these "removie" posters based on the one letter removal idea. The posters are surprisingly funny, with movie titles such as "Harry Otter" and "Dawn of the Dad". You can check out their dedicated tumblr for more! [via Laughing Squid]
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Bourne star Jeremy Renner eyeing Julian Assange biopic


Jul 24
// Xander Markham
Silver-haired online anarchist Julian Assange may presently be taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy to prevent his extradition to Sweden on alleged rape charges, but that hasn't stopped Dreamworks from pushing forward with...
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Watch Cousin Ben host a Moonrise Kingdom screening


Jun 19
// Liz Rugg
One of my favorite appearances in Wes Anderson's new Moonrise Kingdom is Jason Schwartzman as Cousin Ben. Schwartzman plays a semi-obnoxious older Khaki Scout who often takes advantage of the innocent younger scouts, but und...
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Papercraft Prometheus trailer is awesome, so much work


Jun 04
// Liz Rugg
Man, I can't imagine how long this hand-made papercraft trailer for Ridley Scott's Prometheus must have taken. Made entirely out of paper by Travis Betz, this trailer basically follows shot-for-shot one of the theatrical tra...
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Yesterday, Amazon announced that their online video service, Amazon Instant Video, had gone live on the PlayStation 3. Amazon Prime members, in addition to getting a few benefits like free 2-day shipping, are able to take adv...

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Trailer: Bad Ass


Apr 04
// Liz Rugg
This is the second trailer we've seen for the Danny Trejo headlining Bad Ass; in which Trejo plays a criminal-butt-kicking old man, loosely based off of the Youtube sensation Epic Beard Man. This trailer is much shorter and ...
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Flix for Short: The Hobbit by Trailer Cats


Jan 20
// Liz Rugg
As you all may or may not know - I love cats. I have two little monsters jumping all over me right now. They're precious and sassy and hilarious and lick the refrigerator door sometimes. What's not to love!? You know what els...
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In case you haven't heard, SOPA and PIPA are kind of dumb. Giving corporations and the government the ability to DNS and search engine block websites pretty much goes against everything that wonderful piece of parchment know...

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Trailer: Bad Ass


Dec 28
// Liz Rugg
In Bad Ass, Danny Trejo stars as Frank Vega, a decorated Vietnam veteran who ends up shunned by society and on the streets. In a plot loosely based on Youtube's famous Epic Beard Man, Vega becomes a celebrity and vigilante ...
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Hunger Games puzzle poster revealed


Dec 16
// Liz Rugg
Yesterday morning, Lionsgate celebrated the fact that there's only 100 days left until the cinematic wonderment The Hunger Games is released to theaters by holding a competition. The game (get it?) was to see who could find h...
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Netflix strikes deal with DreamWorks Animation


Sep 26
// Liz Rugg
In what is being reported as the "first time a major Hollywood content provider has chosen Web streaming over pay TV," Netflix is finalizing a deal with DreamWorks Animation studio to bring its content to the streaming servic...
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By now, everyone's heard about the infamous Qwikster -- Netflix's new company that will focus on DVD rentals and possibly video games. The news of Netflix's splitting of its conjoined twins, DVDs and instant online streaming,...

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Netflix Q2 2011 infographic graphs information


Aug 11
// Geoff Henao
Netflix has amassed a large following since launching as a DVD-subscription service in 1999. Over the past decade, they have collected more than 100,000 DVDs, entered the online streaming business (offering more than 51,000 m...
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Sony brings CinemaNow to Playstation 3


Jun 06
// Maxwell Roahrig
Sony, just moments ago, announced that CinemaNow, a movie streaming service along the lines of Netflix, will be coming to the Playstation 3 very soon. How soon? Well, Playstation CEO Jack Tretton didn't say, but I'll update t...
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You can stream Miramax films on Netflix this June


May 18
// Josh Parker
This week, Netflix and Miramax announced that they've inked a multi-year deal that will bring hundreds of Miramax films to Netflix's instant streaming service. Starting this June, Netflix subscribers will have access to dozen...
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  Though you might not know his name, you've definitely seen his work. Tomasz Opasinski is a famous, important figure in the movie poster industry. Flixist has previously featured some of his designs and the above image ...

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Detroit gets Robocop statue


Feb 17
// Maxwell Roahrig
I am filled with so much joy over this announcement. /Film is reporting that Detroit will finally get its Robocop statue, thanks to the power of crowdfunding! But first, let's take a look at the history of this project. ...
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Ben Stiller to star in Zoolander web cartoon series


Oct 20
// Bob Muir
Before he made Tropic Thunder, the last decent film Ben Stiller made was 2001's fan favorite Zoolander, a film about an air-headed male fashion model. It was nothing special, but it had a lot of fun moments and was easily quo...

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