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10:00 AM on 02.26.2014

Netflix Now: Blue is the Warmest Color Edition

So here's something I didn't expect: Blue is the Warmest Color is now available on Netflix Instant. Abdellatif Kechiche's spectacular three-hour romance is being released on Blu ray and DVD by the Criterion Collection, b...

Alec Kubas-Meyer


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Lego to officially release Ghostbusters set photo
Lego to officially release Ghostbusters set
by Nick Valdez

Joining the recently (and awesomely) announced The Simpsons licensed set, Brent Waller's Ghostbusters CUUSOO project (a site where artists can pitch ideas to be made into real sets much like the Back to the Future set released some time ago) has been greenlit and will officially go into production to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary. 

Although the final model of the Ecto-1 (complete with Peter, Egon, Winston, Ray, and Slimer) won't be the same as the CUUSOO project, it's still going to be great consolation prize considering we'll never get a third movie. But Legos are super cool, so I'm very excited about this. 

[Tomopop, via The Brothers Brick]

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First trailer for Kite live-action adaptation blows minds photo
First trailer for Kite live-action adaptation blows minds
by Michael Jordan

In a move that has blown my mind, cult classic anime, Kite, is on its way to the big screen via live action. The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, subbing for Akai's character, and India Eisley as Sawa. Not only known for its hyper violence, the anime was controversial due to its large focus on child rape and graphic sex, and the initial worldwide release was heavily edited.

As for the trailer: Hollywood, your care free, YOLO lifestyle has made me very sad indeed; this trailer basically giving away the entire movie. While it is an interesting concept lets hope they don't try to make Kite 's spiritual sequel Mezzo Forte into a live action movie.

Directed by South African Director Ralph Ziman, Kite should be released sometime in 2014.

[via Kotaku]

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Lots of good movies leaving Netflix Instant January 1st photo
Lots of good movies leaving Netflix Instant January 1st
by Nick Valdez

So you like Netflix Instant, right? Prepare to be married to it for the rest of the year. According to Vulture (who spotted a thread on Reddit that keeps track of expiration dates now that Netflix gave that up), lots of notable movies are disappearing from Instant on January 1st, 2014.

Those movies includes favorites like Do the Right Thing, Being John Malkovich, Titanic, Desperado, The Faculty, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Troll 2, and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (although I'm the only one that really cares about that one). Although that's a big list, there's a thread on Reddit that also claims we'll be getting other films like Good Burger and f**king Spaceballs, but it's not showing a source. 

Keep an eye on the first Netflix Now of 2014 (January 8th) for that information if anything's confirmed. Until then, start watching folks!

[via Vulture

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James Cameron talks about 'Avatar' sequels: a 1-act play photo
James Cameron talks about 'Avatar' sequels: a 1-act play
by Mike Cosimano

"James? You've got an interview with the Associated Press in about ten minutes, sir."

"Oh, thanks...Jon, was it? You're the new intern?"

"Uh, sure. What are they planning to ask you?"

"We're probably going to talk about the Avatar sequels, I guess. I'm planning to shoot them in New Zealand. The first movie focused on Jake Sully a lot, but I want to make a Godfather-esque series based on his family."

"James, maybe you shouldn't compare a preachy sci-fi movie that critics and audiences have retroactively decided to hate to one of the greatest trilogies ever made."

"I think it's a perfectly valid comparison, Jon. I mean, I wouldn't call The Godfather preachy, but you're entitled to your opinion."

[Jon sighs the sigh of a defeated man. It's clear he's had this conversation before.]

"Sure, James. Whatever you say."

[Source: Slashfilm]

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Review: Hours photo
Review: Hours
by Nick Valdez

I'm a bit at a loss of what to write here. I've always been weird toward deaths of well known individuals as to when how soon is "too soon." After spending the last few days thinking of all the positives of Paul Walker's career, when is it safe to talk about the negatives again? Sure Walker is the most attractive everyman I've ever seen, but he just never quite got the right material to emphasize it. He's always been stuck in middling solo films or in big name franchises playing second fiddle to someone else. 

But Paul Walker was always trying to be more than a pretty face. Those middling solo films like Eight Below? It was his attempt at branching out past the action star he was portrayed as. With Hours, Walker once again tried to break out of that "Everyman" mold...with stymied success. 

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First trailer for Godzilla is still king of the monsters photo
First trailer for Godzilla is still king of the monsters
by Nick Valdez

The King of the Monsters is back, baby! This first official trailer for Legendary's upcoming Godzilla reboot (not that unofficial one that was quickly pulled down several months back) gives our first real look at the new version of the same old beast. As Godzilla rises in order to fight a batch of bad kaiju (created by humans, of course), plenty of tall buildings will be destroyed. Also Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are there but no one should care about them because the movie stars a giant radioactive dinosaur. 

Sure some Godzilla stories dig into how folks react to a giant monster attack, but the memorable ones just focus on Lizard Numero Uno. Remember the Godzilla cartoon? Exactly.

Godzilla "EHHERRRRGHNNNGH"s (that's a Godzilla roar) into theaters (and probably not in PG, you crazy kids) May 16th. 

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Disney nabs future Indiana Jones film rights  photo
Disney nabs future Indiana Jones film rights
by Nick Valdez

Disney continues its quest to own everything most people enjoy with Indiana Jones. Reaching a distribution deal with Paramount, Disney now owns future rights to every future Indiana Jones film (with Paramount still making a small sum off of each of them) while Paramount will own the rights to the previous four. Although there's no set confirmation of a fifth Indy movie, you'd be crazy to think Disney would make a deal like this and not capitalize on it. 

Expect them to pull a Star Wars: Episode VII and announce Indiana Jones and the Incontinence Problem in the near future given that both Spielberg and Harrison Ford expressed interest in another one despite Ford being a sad and craggly senior citizen.  

[via Variety

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Frozen's best scene is now available online photo
Frozen's best scene is now available online
by Nick Valdez

At this rate, Frozen is shaping up to be my favorite movie of 2013. If the above clip of Elsa (Idina Menzel) singing the film's stand out single, "Let It Go," doesn't convince you, then I've failed as a person. Although I said in the review that you shouldn't let it be spoiled for you, there's still plenty else to look forward to. 

Go see Frozen already. 

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Nick's Flixmas: Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey photo
Nick's Flixmas: Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
by Nick Valdez

Day six of Nick's Flixmas (thanks for sticking in there!) brings us to the last, and my favorite, Rankin/Bass film, Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. Why is it my favorite? Because every time I watch, it reminds me of my mother. It's Bambi, the Bible, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and The Land Before Time all wrapped up into one 20 minute special. 

Aww man I just want to watch it again. 

[Nick's Flixmas is a 25 day celebration of films Nick watches every Christmas! Nick will do some analysis, review, and just generally walk down memory lane. Hopefully you'll enjoy the ride. Merry Flixmas!]

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First official trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo
First official trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
by Nick Valdez

After The Amazing Spider-Man provided a serviceable first effort given the fact Sony had only made the film to avoid losing the rights, fans have been waiting anxiously to see what Sony could pull off for the sequel. The hype leading up to this has been slightly unbearable as we were treated to several trailer teases, banners that make the movie seem terrible, news of possible spin-offs, and pictures of Spider-Man in funny hats

But now that we have the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, what does everyone think? I'm game for it because Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan are in it (as Electro, Rhino, and Harry Osborn respectively), and they're fine actors. At least it seems like a good webswing in the right direction.

Besides even if no one likes it, two more Spider-Man flicks are happening anyway. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spins a web, any size, catches theaters like flies May 2nd. 

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Frozen had Disney Animation's biggest box office opening  photo
Frozen had Disney Animation's biggest box office opening
by Nick Valdez

Ever since I walked out of Frozen (while giving it my highest review score ever) I've been on a constant Frozen hype train much to the dismay of my fellow Flixist editors. The film is the best thing Disney has put out in ages and I'm happy to report that its box office numbers reflect the quality. Although Frozen couldn't topple The Hunger Games: Catching Fire its opening weekend, it's done wonders for Disney as the film broke a lot of the company's records. 

According to Cartoon Brew, Frozen made $93 million over the five day holiday weekend (and $66 million starting from Friday) besting Disney Animation's former record holder, Wreck-It Ralph's $49 million dollar opening. Compare that to the last non-Pixar Disney Princess film, Tangled (which opened during the Thanksgiving holiday as well)'s $68 million and we've got a winner here. Although some might complain over Frozen's use of songs in the first 75 percent of the film, they're good enough to ease you in. Frozen deserves the money it earned. 

[via Cartoon Brew]

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Watch out for the 2013 New York Chinese Film Festival photo
Watch out for the 2013 New York Chinese Film Festival
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

[Just a reminder that this is going on! I was hoping to have my review of So Young up by now to act as a reminder, but I have been at the AMC Empire all day and it's made writing kind of hard. Am still there, actually, and will continue to be for two more films. So come join me! And if you go to one of the Donnie Yen films tomorrow, you may see a ghost of Flixist past, Hubert Vigilla (RIP)!]

See? I told you there were more festivals for New Yorkers to get excited for. The latest is the 4th annual New York Chinese Film Festival, which will be taking place from Tuesday, November 5th through the 7th at various locations around New York City. The festival will be showing seven films over the three days (with the bulk of the showings taking place on Wednesday). It's a pretty good lineup, with a mixture of new films, new-ish films, and Donnie Yen classics.

And like all good film festivals, special guests from each of the films will be attending the festival, including Zhao Wei, Miriam Yeung, and Donnie Yen.

More information about the festival and the films can be found below, and tickets can be purchased here or here.

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Trick or Treat: Wrapping Up photo
Trick or Treat: Wrapping Up
by Sean Walsh

Hey guys, it's October! You know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! As such, we will be bringing you some of our favorite horror film suggestions, in the hopes that they will lead to some sleepless nights. This is...Trick or Treat!

Halloween is here! And if you're anything like me, and I bet a lot of you are, you're all dressed up with no place to go. Luckily for you, I've cobbled together nine bone-chilling films for you to enjoy while everyone else is out having fun and getting drunk on Ecto Cooler and vodka, dressed like slutty Rape Culture Beetlejuices* or whatever this year's hot costume is. Here they are!

Mum & Dad | YellowBrickRoad | Grave Encounters | The Bleeding House | Poltergeist III | The FrightenersFriday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives | The Faculty | Slither

So, don't let being a creepy weirdo shut-in get you down. Instead, rejoice! You've got Netflix and, presumably, a lot of beer. Who needs outside contact? I know I sure don't. I'm so alone...

Have a happy Halloween, everyone!

(*Just kidding, I love Robin Thicke #THICKE)

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Trick 'r Treat gets a sequel, Trick 'r Treat 2 photo
Trick 'r Treat gets a sequel, Trick 'r Treat 2
by Nick Valdez

If you haven't seen 2007's Trick r' Treat, you should remedy that immediately. It's one of the best slasher films, nay horror films in recent memory. It's an anthology of stories akin to classics like Creepshow (with comic book transitions no less) all tied together by a mascot of sorts, Sam (a childlike monster that strikes with a lollipop and wears a sack over his face). 

Because the film originally released in December, it unfortunately didn't catch in theaters but gained a strong cult following. Thankfully, during a special fan screening of the film, director Michael Dougherty announced the sequel. If the sequel is anywhere near as fun as the first film, then I'm game for sure. It's at least a worthwhile sequel in a sea of forgetables. Keep an eye on Flixist in the future for more details. 

[via Legendary]

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Review: These Birds Walk photo
Review: These Birds Walk
by Hubert Vigilla

Many people who hop into documentaries casually expect a certain amount of overt filmmaker guidance -- voiceover narration, talking head interviews, infographics, archival footage; anything to help impart information. Yet the vérité doc resists those impulses in order to record reality as it happens. Filmmaker guidance occurs through the editing rather than with voice or outside imagery, and I think that's why these kinds of documentaries can be the trickiest to pull off.

I'm starting out by saying this because These Birds Walk is a documentary that really pushes the vérité elements as far as they can go. There is minimal hand holding in the film, and I think that'll put off people who don't watch many documentaries or have an aversion to the vérité style.

And yet even with that caveat, I think These Birds Walk is an extraordinarily beautiful film about runaways and abandoned children in Pakistan. The documentary has a subtle narrative structure (as much as real life can have a narrative structure, at least) that helps accentuate both the heartbreak of their existence and the brief moments of exhilaration when they seem the most alive.

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of South by Southwest 2013. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of the film.]

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Trick or Treat: Slither photo
Trick or Treat: Slither
by Sean Walsh

Hey guys, it's October! You know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! As such, we will be bringing you some of our favorite horror film suggestions, in the hopes that they will lead to some sleepless nights. This is...Trick or Treat!

James Gunn, writer and director of my most anticipated movie of the year decade, Guardians of the Galaxy, has been one of my favorite directors for a long time, and it all started with Slither (or maybe the Dawn of the Dead remake, which he wrote, but I didn't know that then).

Slither is the story of a man (Michael Rooker) infected with space aliens who want to reproduce and take over, the woman who loves him (Elizabeth Banks), and the small-town sheriff (Nathan Fillion) who has to save the day from the man-puppet and his alien horde.

This movie is a hoot from start to finish, full of both laughs and scares, some really gross sequences, and, well, Nathan Fillion. If you need any more than that, I don't know what to tell you. But after watching this film, you may gain a little understanding as to why I was over the moon when I heard the announcement that Gunn would be writing and directing Guardians of the Galaxy.

Stay tuned tomorrow (Halloween!!!) when I will have a wrap-up of all of this month's Trick or Treats for your viewing pleasure.

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Trick or Treat: The Faculty photo
Trick or Treat: The Faculty
by Sean Walsh

Hey guys, it's October! You know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! As such, we will be bringing you some of our favorite horror film suggestions, in the hopes that they will lead to some sleepless nights. This is...Trick or Treat!

The Faculty is one of those movies that is just chock full of goodness. Written by Scream writer Kevin Williamson and directed by the legendary Robert Rodriguez, it's a sci-fi body snatcher movie that takes place in a 90's high school full of attractive students like Usher.

It's got a stellar cast (Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Famke Janssen, Salma Hayek, Christopher McDonald, Robert Patrick, and Jon Stewart, among others), wonderful 90's high school cliches, wonderfully cheesy lines, and a really awesome final battle.

There's really nothing to not like about The Faculty. It's a great example of 90's sci-fi and it's stupid fun. And Usher's in it!

Watch it on Instant Queue!

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Trick or Treat: The Frighteners photo
Trick or Treat: The Frighteners
by Sean Walsh

Hey guys, it's October! You know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! As such, we will be bringing you some of our favorite horror film suggestions, in the hopes that they will lead to some sleepless nights. This is...Trick or Treat!

Okay, I was going to wait 'til the end of the month for this one, but after waxing nostalgic for Poltergeist III yesterday, I just couldn't resist. Today's offering is The Frighteners, and it's one of my all-time favorite movies ever.

Michael J. Fox plays Frank Bannister, a guy who can see ghosts. He uses a couple of these ghosts to fake hauntings so he can exorcise them...for a nominal fee. Things are complicated when ghostly numbers start showing up on peoples' foreheads and a very grim reaper-esque meance begins tearing through the citizens of Bannister's sleepy little town. Together with his ghost pals, he must solve the mystery of the Grim Reaper, a task made increasingly more difficult with a twisted FBI agent dogging his every move.

With solid writing, hysterical deliveries, and great action scenes, this movie is absolutely phenomenal. Directed by Peter Jackson, before he became the Lord of the Rings guy, and starring Michael J. Fox, Jake Busey in one of his best roles, a delightfully phantasmal Chi McBride, R. Lee Ermey, and Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs, there's a ton to love. The only real gripe I have here is that some of the effects don't hold up all that well, but then again, it was 1996. A solid 90 in my book, The Frighteners is truly a solid entry into anybody's Halloween horror queue.

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Trick or Treat: Poltergeist III photo
Trick or Treat: Poltergeist III
by Sean Walsh

Hey guys, it's October! You know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! As such, we will be bringing you some of our favorite horror film suggestions, in the hopes that they will lead to some sleepless nights. This is...Trick or Treat!

With all the modern horror I've been posting this month, I've decided to take a trip back to my childhood today, with Poltergeist III. I've been a horror movie junkie as long as I can remember. It's given me some pretty thick skin, but there was a time when my skin wasn't so thick, on several levels (I'm saying I'm fat now). Back then, I remember watching Poltergeist III and it scaring the bejeezus out of me. I've seen it since, and there are key scenes that still to this day get under my skin.

Carol Anne, star of the Poltergeist series, has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle in a fancy high rise in the big city so she can attend a school for troubled girls. Kane, the creepy cult leader ghost guy from the first two films finds Carol Anne and reeks havoc on her, her extended family, and the high rise itself, in that classic creepy cult leader ghost guy way. Lots of creepy mirror effects abound as Carol Anne, series staple Tangina, and Carol Anne's family struggle to end Kane's reign of terror once and for it.

Okay, so it's not the greatest horror movie I'll suggest this month, and it's not even the best in the series. Call it nostalgia, but I love Poltergeist III. It's pretty good urban horror, and a nice change of pace from the rest of this month's offerings.

This also begs the question: what are your favorite classic horror movies?

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Tim Burton in talks for Beetlejuice 2, Keaton returning photo
Tim Burton in talks for Beetlejuice 2, Keaton returning
by Nick Valdez

KatzSmith Productions has been kicking around the rights and ideas for a Beetlejuice rebootquel for awhile now, so we all knew it was going to exist someday in some capacity. Most of us feared that a new Beetlejuice would somehow ruin our childhood with a different cast (I mean, Winona Ryder didn't seem too interested in the idea), directed by someone other than Tim Burton, or a lack of Michael Keaton. 

Well, we don't have to worry about one of those things anymore. First off, Beetlejuice 2 is still kickin', and more importantly, Michael Keaton will return to play Beetlejuice because no one else could feasibly do so. Secondly, according to The Wrap, Tim Burton is now in talks to direct the film eventually. The site notes now that Warner Bros is confident in the script Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) wrote, they're now going through Burton's schedule and waiting for an availability. Basically, it won't be Burton's next film but it is in the pipeline. Who wants more Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice? I'll just stick to watching the cartoon, thanks. 

[via The Wrap]

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NYFF In 30 Seconds or Less Roundup #2 photo
NYFF In 30 Seconds or Less Roundup #2
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

So, it took a while to get to this, but we have finally compiled the rest of our NYFF In 30 Seconds or Less videos. If you missed part 1, make sure to check it out here, and come back tomorrow for our final roundup of the festival, which includes the coveted Flixist awards.

Due to some YouTube things, unfortunately our ability to use custom thumbnails disappeared during the uploading of this series, which is why things go from looking nice to being just images of our faces. Sorry about that. 

My recommendations: our Stray Dogs videos and Hubert's reaction to Blue is the Warmest Color. Those are definitely the highlights. The others are good too, but they're not funny.

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