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Jan 04 // Jenika Katz

Jenika's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2012

In recent years, a lot of animated movies have been formulaic and underwhelming, but 2012 brought us the variety and quality that has been missing in the genre for a while. Sure, Disney brought back Beauty and the Beast, Find...
Nov 13 // Jenika Katz

The Cult Club: Funky Forest: First Contact (2005)

[The Cult Club is where Flixist's writers expound the virtues of their favourite underground classics, spanning all nations and genres. It is a monthly series of articles looking at what made those films stand out from the...
Oct 03 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Carlos the Dwarf Edition

I don't remember Harriet the Spy being a terribly good movie, but its childlike sense of espionage was absolutely gripping as a kid. The house we rented at the time had a cinderblock wall with a few blocks jutting out at a pe...
Sep 27 // Jenika Katz

Review: Frankenweenie

Let's be real: Tim Burton hasn't exactly been churning out hits lately. Between Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows, it's hard to have a lot of faith in the man anymore. What seemed to be passion projects seem more and more ...
Sep 27 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Boob Tube Edition

Netflix brings us a fine variety of television this week. First off, there's Sherlock! If you haven't seen Sherlock yet, now you have no excuse. It's absolutely fantastic, and both seasons are up. Completely unrelated, there'...
Sep 24 // Jenika Katz

Post adorable puppies, win a Frankenweenie CD

You know what's awesome? Puppies. You know what else is awesome? Free stuff. I've got this sweet CD full of music from Frankenweenie, including Winona Ryder warbling like a fourteen-year-old girl, and I want to give it to you...
Sep 24 // Jenika Katz

Winona Ryder so not excited about Beetlejuice 2

As you may have heard, Tim Burton is making a sequel to Beetlejuice. Seth Grahame-Smith, the screenwriter behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is working on a draft at the moment. Michael Keaton will be returning. Some of u...
Sep 20 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Town Without Ducks Edition

This is the moment we've all been waiting for. The FP has hit Netflix instant. The world may never be the same. In case you haven't heard of The FP, either from our awesome LA screening earlier this year or our contest or our...
Sep 05 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Not/The Mama Edition

Netflix is absolutely crawling with awesome things this week. It's also crawling with bugs and it really should see someone about that. TV has Taking on Tyson, a documentary series about Mike Tyson and his passion for the pig...
Aug 29 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Fish Cupcake Edition

Netflix isn't offering up a lot this week, but what it does have is fairly solid. TV has a fairly decent selection. Both Parks and Recreation and Parenthood are up to season three. There's also more My Fair Wedding and a show...
Aug 22 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Riki Ricky Edition

This week actually has a pretty good selection for all you guys and gals at home. For bigger movies, we have Super 8, which I definitely want to revisit after all the mixed reviews. There's also the fantastic Riki-Oh: The Sto...
Aug 22 // Jenika Katz

Glasses-free 3D movies may come sooner than you think

Do you hate those horrible 3D glasses you need to watch movies in theaters? Of course you do. You're human. They're especially heinous for anyone who tries to wear regular glasses underneath. Have you ever gotten a seat in a ...
Aug 20 // Jenika Katz

Teaser Trailer: Song of the Sea

The people who brought us The Secret of Kells are hard at work on their next project, Song of the Sea. The story seems to focus on a family in a lighthouse that can turn into seals. This is just a conceptual trailer, but the...
Aug 15 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Right Said Fred 3

I know it must be a generation gap, but I've never understood that Fred thing the kids like. I suppose it's the kind of thing I would have found hilarious when I was ten and stupid, but watching a child crack up at that guy i...
Aug 08 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Hide and Seek Edition

There are a lot of good things on Netflix this week. The list of new items is large and varied, and there's something to fit most tastes. Normally, I would point out some key interesting choices in different genres to stimula...
Aug 07 // Jenika Katz

Trailer: Liberal Arts

Kids, the autumn that I met your mother, I was only planning on returning to my alma mater for my favorite professor's retirement party. I was thirty-five, and life hadn't exactly led me where I expected it to. Then, there s...
Aug 02 // Jenika Katz

Chewie moving forward with Fanboys director

One of the most interesting choices on the 2011 Black List of unproduced screenplays was Chewie, a look at the creation of Star Wars through the eyes of Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca. Kyle Newman, director of F...
Aug 01 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Fantasy Lincoln Edition

[Header source photo by Bruno Sousa] Hey, look! It's the much-hyped early summer film, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies! It may seem a bit early for it to be on Netflix already, but it seems like the powers that be are smiling upo...
Jul 30 // Jenika Katz

Disney's Frozen will have wacky sidekicks, hijinks

A few new details have come out about Disney's adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen. The original fairy tale follows a young girl, Gerda, as she tries to save her friend Kai from the corruption of the Snow Q...
Jul 25 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Waterlogged Child Edition

This week brings us what is possibly my favorite genre mixture ever. The story of La Llorona, or the crying woman, may not be terribly well-known to North American audiences. It tells the tale of a woman who drowns her childr...
Jul 23 // Jenika Katz

DreamWorks to buy Classic Media, capitalize on nostalgia

A lot of modern-day releases are remakes of beloved older franchises, and DreamWorks is well aware of the kind of money nostalgia can bring in. In October, DreamWorks began talks to acquire Classic Media, the company that own...
Jul 18 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Little Black Dress Edition

The fourth season of Breaking Bad made it to Netflix this week. I was just thinking that I would really like to pick up from where I left off in season two, and Netflix was kind enough to read my mind and give me a gentle rem...
Jul 16 // Jenika Katz

Check out Iron Man's new armor for Iron Man 3

The Marvel booth at this year's San Diego Comic-Con gave us a preview of Tony Stark's new duds in the upcoming Iron Man 3. The armor is pretty much the same general shape as the older design, but the yellow accents have spr...
Jul 12 // Jenika Katz

New Mondo poster for The Dark Knight Rises

Do you love Mondo posters? Of course you do. You're no communist heathen. Luckily for you, Mondo has a new poster for The Dark Knight Rises. It is horizontal, which I think is pretty interesting for movie posters in general, ...
Jul 11 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Joffrey, King of Dance Edition

This week, Netflix brings us Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance. A quick Google search informs me that Joffrey is actually a prominent ballet company, but that is certainly not the first thing that sprang to mind. I like to...
Jul 05 // Jenika Katz

Netflix starts pulling almost as many views as cable

With cable prices rising and the economy not terribly steady, it's no surprise that Netflix is doing well. What is surprising, however, is that Netflix is almost doing better than its fierce competitor, regular ol' cable. Reg...
Jul 05 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: The Singing Wedding Planner

The Rugrats Movie is on Netflix this week. I went to see that with my friend when we were in the seventh grade, old enough to be in the intended audience but also old enough to realize that we were in the upper limit of the i...
Jun 29 // Jenika Katz

Princess Review: Brave

While Pixar is known for its emotional depth and memorable characters, it has been sorely lacking in female protagonists. There are certainly a few interesting female characters, but they are always in the shadows of thei...
Jun 27 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Dead Teenager Edition

This week Netflix brings us Battle Royale. I don't know if anything else in the collection is interesting, but it doesn't matter because you should be watching Battle Royale. Hit the jump for Battle Royale! Don't hit it too hard, though, or you might run into Battle Royale 2.
Jun 25 // Jenika Katz

Trailer: Unicorn City

Unicorn City is the story of Voss, an unemployed table-top RPG fan, who is offered a job at Warlocks of the Beach. In order to receive the position, however, Voss must prove his leadership skills. The best way for him to do ...
Jun 25 // Jenika Katz

Three international banners for Wreck-It Ralph

Three new international banners for Wreck-It Ralph (or, as he's known in Spanish, Ralph El Demoledor) have just been released. Each banner showcases what seems to be the major characters. Wreck-It Ralph and Fix-It Felix each ...
Jun 22 // Jenika Katz

DreamWorks has a need. A Need...for Speed

DreamWorks recently picked up the rights to adapt one of EA's best-selling racing game franchises, Need for Speed. John Gatins (of Real Steel and Coach Carter) and his brother George developed an original story, with George p...
Jun 21 // Jenika Katz

Review: Brave

There are high expectations for Pixar, and that's because their movies all have something to make them stand out. The stories are appealing to both children and adults, incorporating light-hearted humor at the same time as so...
Jun 20 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Misleading Title Edition

Netflix this week is all about building up expectations and shooting them down again, possibly to collect your inevitable tears in a glass jar for safe-keeping. If you just can't wait until this Friday, you can fill the void ...
Jun 15 // Jenika Katz

Trailer: Red Flag

A lot of writers go through a phase where they write about writers. It's a familiar subject, certainly, but also an extraordinarily self-indulgent one. In a way, it's a slightly more evolved form of self-insert fanfiction, b...
Jun 14 // Jenika Katz

Mallrats and the Eternal Loser Mentality

Kevin Smith's new internet show Spoilers has left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Perhaps it's because I'm a bit of a harsh critic at times, but not every movie deserves to be “revered.” Sometimes a movie is ju...
Jun 13 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: 5 O'Clock Somewhere Edition

There are a few solid additions this week and a lot more horrible ones. This week brings us Thor and Adventureland, neither of which I was particularly fond of in theaters but was drunk enough to completely forget. Maybe they...
Jun 07 // Jenika Katz

Flix for Short: Galaxy of Passion- A Star Wars Telenovela

Do your loins burn with passion? They will after seeing this remixed Star Wars telenovela. The existing sexual tension between Han and Leia is intensified with Spanish dialogue and chats about fish sticks. Oh man, fish stick...
Jun 06 // Jenika Katz

Netflix Now: Foil Hat Edition

Did you want to know more about UFO sightings and alien abductions? Do you believe that the spawn of Satan is walking the earth, and need a film full of "facts" to back it up to all those people calling you crazy? Maybe you w...
Jun 04 // Jenika Katz

Check out these fighting Disney Princesses

Disney princesses are often included together as roommates in toy sets, but they probably wouldn't really do too well together. For one thing, there would likely be some power issues, since all of them are in charge of separa...






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