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Cars 3 trailer photo
Cars 3 trailer

New Cars 3 trailer looks sort of like Rocky III


Ka-chow of the Tiger
Feb 27
// Hubert Vigilla
That first trailer for Cars 3 was surprisingly somber. It teased tough times ahead for Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson). I sensed a troubling fall from grace, and maybe even a death. Okay, maybe not a death. But it w...
Honest Trailers: Oscars photo
Honest Trailers: Oscars

Honest Trailers runs through the 2017 Oscars' Best Picture nominees


All the noms
Feb 24
// Hubert Vigilla
The Oscars are this weekend, which means everyone gets to complain about the Academy letting them down in some way. This is an annual tradition. It's like getting into an argument with your dad around Christmas, or getting to...
Seth Meyers' Oscar Bait photo
Seth Meyers' Oscar Bait

Seth Meyers' Oscar Bait takes jabs at all the awards season tropes


Snot and feels
Feb 24
// Hubert Vigilla
Ahh, Oscar bait. We know it when we see the trailer--the pandering tone, the appeal to non-denominational spiritual uplift, the all-star cast or the stunt-cast star, the Hallmark greeting card ruminations on the meaning of li...
Alien: Covenant photo
Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant gets a prologue with food and drinking


These people will die
Feb 23
// Matthew Razak
Yesterday we got our first good look at the crew of Alien: Covenant and today we have a bit of a prologue to the film that's been released. "Prologue: Last Supper" doesn't really tell us much, but it has fun playing with...

Marvel Phase Three photo
Marvel Phase Three

Watch a rundown of Marvel Phase Three movies up to Avengers: Infinity War


Avengers gradually assembling
Feb 21
// Hubert Vigilla
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is running pretty darn smoothly, all things considered. There are nine MCU films scheduled through 2019, closing out with a new Avengers film that's currently awaiting a title. The other day, Mar...
The Void US teaser photo
The Void US teaser

US teaser trailer and poster for The Void instills cosmic dread by way of 80s horror


John Carpenter and HP Lovecraft
Feb 20
// Hubert Vigilla
Last week we shared the UK teaser trailer for The Void, a cosmic horror film with shades of John Carpenter, H.P. Lovecraft, and Hellraiser II. Even though it was just 30 seconds long, it packed in lots of gore and dread. Toda...
Zatoichi/Motorhead combo photo
Zatoichi/Motorhead combo

A Zatoichi/Motorhead mash up is something you didn't realize you needed until now


Zatoichi is metal as f**k
Feb 19
// Hubert Vigilla
The Zatoichi series includes some of the most badass samurai films around. Starring Shintaro Katsu, the story centers on a blind swordsman who turns a new leaf as a traveling masseur. His violent past follows him wherever he ...
Sandy Wexler photo
Sandy Wexler

Adam Sandler's Sandy Wexler now has a trailer no one was looking forward to


Oh, it's that annoying Sandler voice
Feb 17
// Matthew Razak
You know when Adam Sandler does that weird voice where he's kind of talking like a baby, but not really. At some point it was funny, but now it's just kind of sad. Well Sandy Wexler, Netflix's next Adam Sandler movie, seems t...
Trailer: The Void photo
Trailer: The Void

NSFW teaser trailer for The Void is a gory blend of John Carpenter and H.P. Lovecraft


I'm sold
Feb 16
// Hubert Vigilla
I was completely unaware of The Void until last night. Now it's one of my most anticipated movies of the next few weeks. (I mean, come on, it looks great, but I don't want to oversell it, right?) Written and directed by Jerem...
The House photo
The House

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are idiots in first The House trailer


Not betting on this
Feb 16
// Matthew Razak
Man, I am a big fan of everyone in The House, but judging from the trailer I don't think those parts are going to add up to much of a whole. Other than the final gag in the trailer almost nothing hits as really funny, just a ...
Team Thor photo
Team Thor

Thor reunites with his roommate Darryl in new Team Thor short


I've always been Team Thor's guns
Feb 14
// Nick Valdez
Thor: Ragnarok is one of Flixist's most anticipated films of 2017, and that's mainly because director Taika Waititi offers such a refreshing perspective. Capitalizing on Chris Hemsworth's natural humor and charm, this new "Te...
Video Essay on propaganda photo
Video Essay on propaganda

Video essay explores the propaganda methods and rhetoric of Triumph of the Will


"Not a triumph of cinema but of budget"
Feb 13
// Hubert Vigilla
You might recall a video essay from Folding Ideas about the crummy editing of Suicide Squad. It was an informative look at the lessons a person can learn from poor cinematic craft. The video essay was a much better watch than...
Avengers: Infinity War photo
Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War promo video teases start of production, Guardians of the Galaxy team-up


Some Avengers assembly required
Feb 12
// Hubert Vigilla
Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel started filming on January 23, 2017. We won't see the finished films until May 18, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively, but Marvel Studios released a new promotional video ab...

Watch the controversial 84 Lumber Super Bowl commercial in its entirety

Feb 06 // Hubert Vigilla
Yeah, they went there. Donald Trump's border wall. Of course, this the doing of 84 Lumber, so the wall is open, albeit with a "big beautiful door"; still, it seems like a different one than the wall Trump intends to build with US funds. The ad ends on a high and hopeful note about welcoming those willing to work and sacrifice. You know, that good old fashioned American idea that seems so quaint these days--now it's a slogan for a building materials supply company. (Capitalism. Ain't that America? Yes, this is an ambivalent parenthetical.) As pointed out by numerous people online, there might have been something conciliatory about the stuff surrounding the Super Bowl this year. Just consider the commercials, the pre-game, and the halftime show. There was an emphasis on inclusiveness and unity throughout. Black NFL Hall of Famers were spotlighted and honored, The Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton added sisterhood to their rendition of "America the Beautiful", and Lady Gaga performed, which was like Prince playing the halftime show but 20 times queerer. Budweiser's ad celebrated the company's immigrant roots, KIA had Melissa McCarthy as a slapstick eco-champion, and Airbnb and Coca Cola took stances on diversity, immigration, and multiculturalism. None of it was subversive. In the end, these were just ways to sell more sports and sugar and corporate things. I mean, gosh, some jamooks in the oil/petroleum industry shelled out good money to make fossil fuels seem hip and edgy--what the hell was that? But it was nice to see a few gestures toward higher ideals and a better tomorrow as one nation indivisible rather than a nation divided. Consider it a brief but welcome respite. And the game was good, too. I suppose it says something when nods to good old American decency seem like radical action. We live in interesting times. [via 84 Lumber on YouTube]
84 Lumber Super Bowl ad photo
The second half of the ad
Last night during the Super Bowl, 84 Lumber aired part of a commercial about an immigrant mother and daughter on a journey to the border. It was somber and well-shot, and seemed more like a short film than an ad. The commerci...

Melissa McCarthy SNL photo
Melissa McCarthy SNL

Watch Melissa McCarthy skewer White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on SNL


An accurate impersonation
Feb 06
// Hubert Vigilla
You probably heard about it already, but Melissa McCarthy made a surprise appearance on the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live. And she pretty much killed it. Her sketch involved White House press secretary and professional gaslighter Sean Spicer. I'm not going to do it any justice describing it, so just give it a watch below.
Fate of the SB spot photo
Fate of the SB spot

Fate of the Furious gets a furious Super Bowl spot


Furiously bad
Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
Furious 7 was such a huge disappointment to me, I can't bear the thought of the series continuing further. I know some folks enjoyed it, and some are excited for the next film in the series but I'm kind of over it.  This...
Logan SB spot photo
Logan SB spot

Logan gets a damn good Super Bowl spot


A victory lap already
Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
Logan has basically been a master class as to how to generate hype from trailers. Although we've seen most of the same footage -- this Super Bowl spot does include a few seconds of new stuff -- I'm pretty sure each time we see it it's been effective.  I'm seeing Logan in a few weeks, and I can't wait to see how it turns out.  Logan opens March 3rd. 
Pirates 5 photo
Pirates 5

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Super Bowl spot tells some tales


Not a dead series though
Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
I'm not sure who asked for another Pirates film, but I'm kind of glad they did? For some reason, it might be the Johnny Cash song in the trailer, but this Super Bowl spot really works for me.  I mean, until Orlando Bloom pops up anyway. No need to remind me he used to be in these movies.   Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens May 26th. 
Galaxy Vol 2 SB Spot photo
Galaxy Vol 2 SB Spot

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot promises more fun


Drax is the best though
Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
If you needed any more convincing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2's awesomeness, this Super Bowl spot does the trick. I was a bit held off from it at first, but this is really all I needed to be happy with it. Bigger team, b...
Life photo
Life

Newest trailer and Super Bowl spot for Life looks pretty great


I don't want, your life
Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
There haven't been enough sci-fi horror films lately, and this year's great because we're getting two! Along with Alien: Covenant (which will inevitably draw comparison to this) is Life, a film that's more likely going to be ...
Ghost in the Super Bowl photo
Ghost in the Super Bowl

Ghost in the Shell's Super Bowl spot serves good face


Super in the Bowl
Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
There's been a lot of back and forth over whether Ghost in the Shell, a film adapted from a famous manga and anime property, would work under Western direction. There's been even more of a fuss over the lack of a Japanese lea...
Groundhog Day photo
Groundhog Day

Watch every day from Groundhog Day played at the same time


All day, every day, Groundhog Day
Feb 02
// Hubert Vigilla
Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day has only gotten better with age. A somewhat unassuming 1993 Bill Murray vehicle upon first release, it's now regarded as a heartfelt comedy classic. It's a major favorite among Buddhists; I might b...
Apocalypse Now: The Game photo
Apocalypse Now: The Game

An Apocalypse Now video game is looking for funds on Kickstarter


I love the smell of crowdfunding
Jan 28
// Hubert Vigilla
Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now is a dark, maddening, sprawling masterpiece about the horrors of war. It's still one of the best movies about Vietnam and its impact on the American psyche, and it's often ranked among th...
Logan Trailer photo
I'm so ready for this
We were all stricken by the first Logan trailer for its gritty setting, somber tone, and older Logan, and it looks like the second trailer delivers that even more so. The third, and final, Wolverine film follows Logan as he s...

Power Rangers photo
Everything and the kitchen sink
This newest trailer for Power Rangers has everything, and I mean everything, you probably we wanted to see. We see the new Command Center, Zordon, Alpha, we see the suits in action, zords, Rita Repulsa, the Megazord, and pret...

Watch Ryan Scafuro's Election Night, a short documentary about America's long evening

Jan 17 // Hubert Vigilla
It's fascinating to witness the entire tone of that pub change. Once there was optimism, then there was deflation and disbelief; both of the latter linger without leaving like some awful fog. It's not a be-all or end-all statement on election night, but it's a chronicle of moods that many are still dealing with. We're days away from a new President of the United States, and I sense a lot of this country and the population overseas continue to be stuck with that uncertain feeling captured at the end of this film. It's morning in America, and it's raining. If Scafuro's name sounds a bit familiar, he was the producer and director of photography on the excellent strong man documentary Bending Steel, directed by Dave Carroll. Both Scafuro and Carroll have also worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. How was your election night? How are you feeling now? Chime in down below in the comments. [via Short of the Week]
Election Night photo
Democracy's rainy hangover
Inauguration Day is this week. It's also my birthday on Inauguration Day. If you've seen some of my previous film and TV-related posts about Donald Trump on this site, you probably know how I feel about this. It's a glum and ...

Chips Trailer photo
Chips Trailer

First trailer for the CHiPs remake is pretty bad


Jump Street this isn't
Jan 12
// Nick Valdez
Joining shows getting remade for the screen like The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, and Baywatch, is CHiPs, a show practically everyone forgot about. And like 21 Jump Street, this new Chips is trying to be a goofy buddy comedy that ...
Home Alone with Blood photo
Home Alone with Blood

Home Alone with Blood adds gore, turns Kevin into a heartless killing machine


Keep the change, ya filthy animal
Jan 09
// Hubert Vigilla
We know that in real life Home Alone's booby traps would be a hyperviolent collection of severe bodily trauma. A full paint can to the noggin is not so pleasant. In fact, it's some straight-up horror movie stuff. That's the c...
New David Bowie video photo
New David Bowie video

Watch "No Plan" by David Bowie: New song, music video, EP on his 70th birthday


I have something in my eye
Jan 08
// Hubert Vigilla
David Bowie's death last year was so sudden and unexpected. He'd been battling cancer bravely and quietly for 18 months. Just days before he passed, he released Blackstar on his 69th birthday. That was a year a...
Trailer: Kung-Fu Yoga photo
Trailer: Kung-Fu Yoga

Trailer: Kung-Fu Yoga has Jackie Chan and a CG lion named Little Jackie


This is like silly 80s HK schlock
Jan 06
// Hubert Vigilla
I don't think I've legitimately liked a Jackie Chan movie since 2004's New Police Story. There were good scenes and flashes of brilliance in Rob-B-Hood, The Forbidden Kingdom, and Chinese Zodiac, but they never really hung to...
Jailbreak trailer photo
Jailbreak trailer

Trailer for Cambodian martial arts movie Jailbreak looks like furious fun


This trailer needs a Thin Lizzy song
Jan 06
// Hubert Vigilla
My taste is eclectic, but I am, at heart, a simple man. Sometimes I want a long Hungarian art movie, or an oblique sci-fi existential meditation on trauma and pigs, or a reassuring week in the life of a working artist. Other ...
Rogue One CG actors photo
Rogue One CG actors

Nightline shows how ILM created CG actors for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


SPOILERS on some cameo appearances
Jan 06
// Hubert Vigilla
If you've seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, you know that there are some unexpected appearances by well-known (and lesser known) characters from the original Star Wars. Needless to say, SPOILERS to follow. Some of my favorit...
Trailer: The Lure photo
Trailer: The Lure

Trailer: The Lure looks like the sexy cannibal mermaid musical the world needs (NSFW)


But is it the one Gotham deserves?
Jan 06
// Hubert Vigilla
I had no idea about The Lure until last night even though it played at Sundance last year. The Lure is now one of my most anticipated movies of 2017. The debut film from Agnieszka Smoczynska, The Lure is a horror/fantasy musi...
Rings Trailer photo
Rings Trailer

Newest trailer for Rings reminds you it exists


'Cause I got a really big team'
Jan 05
// Nick Valdez
Naturally when a film gets hit with numerous delays it's easy to assume the final product is subpar. Couple that with a bump from last October to February, and Rings already has a lot working against it. It's a sequel no one ...
Tom Hardy reads a story photo
Tom Hardy reads a story

Watch Tom Hardy and his dog Woody read an adorable bedtime story


The moon rises!
Jan 03
// Hubert Vigilla
Tom Hardy tends to be the best thing or secret-best thing in any movie he appears in. He's an exceptional actor who disappears into roles, often stealing the show through voice and mannerism. (For examples, see Bronson, ...
Suicide Squad sucks photo
Suicide Squad sucks

Video essay: Suicide Squad is a master class in awful film editing


It's bad film editing--TO THE EXTREME!
Jan 03
// Hubert Vigilla
Suicide Squad was a hot mess for so many reasons. The primary problem was the film's slapdash construction. From its painfully on-the-nose soundtrack to its multiple and redundant character intros, Suicide Squad went fro...
Leon: The Professional photo
Leon: The Professional

Video essay: Why Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional is an action cinema masterpiece


Hint: It's about character
Jan 02
// Hubert Vigilla
Leon: The Professional was the breakout film for Natalie Portman and Jean Reno's defining role. It's also one of the best action films of the 1990s, and remains my favorite Luc Besson movie to this day. There are many reasons...
Batman v Superman VFX photo
Batman v Superman VFX

Watch a CGI-heavy special effects reel of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Everything is computer generated
Dec 28
// Hubert Vigilla
While I wasn't a fan of Zack Snyder's cacophonous Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I do admire the VFX work put into the film. The craft of the visual effects artists is evident throughout, and this reel from Scanline VFX shows just how much CGI went into making the movie. Check out the reel below.
8-Bit Cinema: Home Alone photo
8-Bit Cinema: Home Alone

8-Bit Cinema recreates Home Alone by way of The Legend of Zelda


Yuletide Murder House Jubilee: The Game
Dec 27
// Hubert Vigilla
Earlier today, Uncle Flixist gave you a video about those deadly Home Alone booby traps. Here's some more belated, leftover Christmas mayhem from your Uncle Flixist courtesy of 8-Bit Cinema. Yes, it's also Home Alone related....
Birdshot trailer photo
Birdshot trailer

Watch the trailer for Mikhail Red's Filipino thriller Birdshot


An award-winning Filipino festival film
Dec 27
// Hubert Vigilla
The second film from Filipino director Mikhail Red, Birdshot looks like a solid, stylish thriller. The film played at the Tokyo International Film Festival back in late October/early November, where it won the Asian Future Be...

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