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Oct 12 // Geoff Henao

CIFF Review: Burn it Up Djassa

Burn It Up Djassa tells the story of an Abidjan ghetto and one young man whose embrace of the ghetto ultimately led to his demise. Tony is a young cigarette seller who finds luck gambling in the ghetto. Despite his polic...
Oct 12 // Geoff Henao

CIFF Review: Contracted

Contracted is an American horror film that... isn't all that horrific. The film follows Sam (Najarra Townsend), a young lesbian desperately in denial over the dissolution of her relationship. At her best friend's party, ...
Oct 11 // Geoff Henao

Review: Zero Charisma

There are nerds, and then there are nerds. Nerds may like to flash a retro gaming shirt or spout Star Wars trivia, whereas nerds tend to obsess over their interests and fascinations. It's cool to be proud and comfortable...
Oct 08 // Geoff Henao

Coldwater trailer, poster feature Flixist quote

One of my most surprising films of this year's SXSW was Coldwater. Directed by Bellflower's Vincent Grashaw, the film's depiction of an abusive, questionably run reform/boot camp resonated with me strongly, attaini...
Aug 22 // Geoff Henao

Review: Drinking Buddies

Everybody always has that one platonic friendship where the line is constantly tiptoed upon that could lead to something more. As always, that move can never be made due to outside circumstances, such as a boyfriend or girlfr...
Aug 21 // Geoff Henao

Interview: Drinking Buddies (Cast and Director)

On an early afternoon in Austin, TX, I had a chance to sit down with the cast and director of Drinking Buddies, which consisted of Anna Kendrick (End of Watch), Jake Johnson (Safety Not Guaranteed), Ron Livingston (Office Spa...
Aug 19 // Geoff Henao

Flix for (Not So) Short: Clapping for the Wrong Reasons

Last month, Donald Glover (Community) released a mysterious trailer without context for a project called Clapping for the Wrong Reasons. Last week, it was revealed that the project was a short film written by Glover and dire...
Jul 09 // Geoff Henao

Review: Coffee Town

CollegeHumor has been one of the premiere comedy websites since practically the internet got super popular. Before YouTube, before Twitter, before Facebook, before MySpace, there was CollegeHumor providing some of the best co...
Jun 27 // Geoff Henao

LEGO is officially going Back to the Future

Back during Christmastime 2012, Thor brought us news about a LEGO Back to the Future project that was featured on LEGO CUUSO. Receiving enough votes to be reviewed by LEGO (and really, who ever doubted it wouldn't i...
Jun 19 // Geoff Henao

Dumb and Dumber To backed by Universal and Red Granite

Almost 20 years since the original film was released (I'm completely ignoring the terrible excuse of a prequel that was Dumb and Dumberer), the follow-up to 1994's Dumb and Dumber is finally going forward. Dumb and Dumbe...
Jun 17 // Geoff Henao

Box Office Numbers: Supermeng

Man of Steel topped this weekend's box office to nobody's surprise, raking in a resounding $113m (with an additional $12m from its early release). The super comedy This is the End came in second with a respectable $...
Jun 10 // Geoff Henao

Box Office Numbers: Crime Day!

In a surprising turn of events, The Purge AKA CRIME DAY topped this weekend's box office with a resounding $36m made in its opening weekend. The other major debut this weekend, The Internship, made half the amount The Pu...
Jun 07 // Geoff Henao

FlixList: Top 5 Actors to Play Iron Man

A bit of a hullabaloo was spread across the internet when word came out that Robert Downey, Jr. hinted at being done with portraying Iron Man. While salary negotiations haven't begun yet for The Avengers 2, in which Downey, J...
Jun 03 // Geoff Henao

Box Office Numbers: Tanks on Tanks on Tanks

Can somebody look into a potential increase in tank top sales following theatrical releases of Fast and Furious movies? They're guaranteed to make anybody look good, they're the perfect apparel to wear during hot weather...
May 30 // Geoff Henao

Review: Missed Connections

Missed connections serve as the chosen medium for lovelorn, hopeless romantics who believe in fleeting chance encounters in public. I can say this with confidence, because I used to regularly check missed connections on a dai...
May 29 // Geoff Henao

New Flintstones special being produced by... WWE

In a weird twist (or ankle lock or double-arm suplex), WWE will help produce a new straight-to-DVD Flintstones special that will feature voice cameos by WWE superstars John Cena and CM Punk, with WWE CEO Vince McMah...
May 28 // Geoff Henao

Box Office Numbers: Arrested Development

What a holiday weekend, huh? As if Fast & Furious 6 wasn't a big enough draw to theaters this weekend, the (hopefully) final installment in The Hangover trilogy also debuted. Of course, one of these films did ri...
May 24 // Geoff Henao

Review: The Arrested Development Documentary Project

Like a large number of people, I didn't take Arrested Development's cancellation well. To be fair, I preferred to catch the show on DVD rather than watch it during Fox broadcasts because of my personal preference of TV digest...
May 21 // Geoff Henao

Trailer: The Lone Ranger

The latest trailer for The Lone Ranger is here, apparently disproving the last trailer's status as the final trailer. There's even more Armie Hammer, more Johnny Depp, more trains, more horses, and more face paint. Like...
May 20 // Geoff Henao

Box Office Numbers: More like Fart Trek Into Darkness

Summer's in full swing, yet I've been held back with a ridiculous cold. I bought some Zzzquil Friday night, but it turns out that it doesn't even have medicine in it. Thanks a lot, Vicks. Armed with the magical elixir that is...
May 17 // Geoff Henao

Trailer: LICKS

Directed by newcomer Jonathan Singer-Vine, LICKS debuted at this year's SXSW. While Hubert, Matt, and I didn't get a chance to catch it, the film received some good acclaim. LICKS is about a young Oakland resi...
May 17 // Geoff Henao

Latest Nymphomanic production photo is sexy

Nymphomaniac is shaping up to be one sexy ride (hurr hurr hurr). Following the first still from the film showcasing Charlotte Gainbourg about to ride the trike with her two friends and the film's first promotional p...
May 13 // Geoff Henao

Box Office Numbers: The Great Catsby

The Great Gatsby had a moderately decent opening weekend, pulling $51m+ in ticket sales. However, that wasn't enough to take down the superhero-filled Iron Man 3. Maybe if Baz Luhrmann tapped into his feline alter-ego, Baz Purrman, and created The Great Catsby. No yarn or mice would ever be safe again! The rest of the weekend's box office numbers are below. [via Rentrak]
May 07 // Geoff Henao

The Great Gatsby soundtrack is available to stream

The Great Gatsby is shaping up to be one of the more polarizing films of the year. With Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) at the helm, it's no surprise that his take on the great American novel of the same name has been met w...
May 07 // Geoff Henao

Concept art for Darren Aronofsky's Batman: Year One

Concept art from the scrapped Darren Aronofsky-led Batman: Year One adaptation were recently unearthed by the Comic Book Movie guys. The images (which are in the gallery below) show a much more realistic, down-to-ea...
May 06 // Geoff Henao

Box Office Numbers: Iron Man Excercises

Somehow, the third installment of a series of exercises known as "Iron Man" topped this weekend's box office. I didn't even know exercise videos were screened in theaters, let alone suitable places for people to even exercise...
May 01 // Geoff Henao

Flix for Short: Hybrids

Hybrids, written and directed by Patrick Kalyn, is a science-fiction/action short about an ex-soldier, Dakota (Daniella Evangelista), seeking vengeance for the death of her young daughter. In this short teaser for a longer f...
Apr 29 // Geoff Henao

Box Office Numbers: NOT Iron Man 3 Week

I'll keep the festivities short for this week. C2E2 was this past weekend, and my body still hasn't recovered from the sensation overload of art, comics, cosplayers, geeks, and nerds. My other self definitely had a busy weeke...
Apr 24 // Geoff Henao

Live-action Kiki's Delivery Service film confirmed

A few weeks ago, we brought news of a potential live-action adaptation of Kiki's Delivery Service to be directed by The Grudge series creator Takashi Shimizu. Today, Twitch has confirmed the film's production, as well as...
Apr 24 // Geoff Henao

Netflix Now: Belated Birthday Edition

Last week, I had a birthday that brings me uncomfortably closer to 30. Since I'm a dainty lad, I won't say the number, but let's just say my life is going downhill from this point on. Luckily, Netflix Instant delivered some a...
Apr 22 // Geoff Henao

Flix for Short: Dead Space: Chase to Death

Last month, my cousin and I played through Dead Space expecting a cerebral, ridiculously scary game. Instead, we just shot through hundreds of Necromorphs and combat rolled everywhere. What a shame, too, since we both h...
Apr 22 // Geoff Henao

Box Office Numbers: Tom Cruise sends sales to Oblivion

It just occurred to me that last week's special Nick Valdez-flavored Box Office Numbers lacked any actual box office numbers. Thanks, Nick; I still love you. This weekend, Tom Cruise did Tom Cruise things to help Oblivion&nbs...
Apr 18 // Geoff Henao

Thoughts on twohundredfiftysixcolors

twohundredfiftysixcolors is hard to discuss without any outside exposition. It's not a "film" so much as it is a collection of thousands of GIFs played back to back in a somewhat loose progression with no sound, no ...
Apr 17 // Geoff Henao

Chicagoans: Check out twohundredfiftysixcolors this week

twohundredfiftysixcolors is an ambitious film comprised of thousands of GIFs to invoke a conversation about the art form and how GIFs can relate to the early processes of cinema. Considering just how popular animated GIF...
Apr 16 // Geoff Henao

First official poster for Spike Lee's Oldboy is sketchy

As we get closer to Oldboy's October release date, more and more information will begin to trickle across our monitors, like official production images, trailers, posters, and what Spike Lee was thinking when he thought it'd ...
Apr 08 // Geoff Henao

Box Office Numbers: Evil Bread

Somehow, a film about satanic, possessed slices of bread topped the box office this weekend. Seriously guys, how are you falling for these kinds of things? Oh, wait... Evil Dead. That makes more sense. The reboot/remake/rebir...
Apr 05 // Geoff Henao

Review: Evil Dead

[This review was originally posted as part of our South by Southwest 2013 coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of Evil Dead.] Evil Dead was going to be the shining gem of this year's SXSW jus...
Apr 04 // Geoff Henao

Interview: Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues (Evil Dead)

[This interview was originally posted as part of our South by Southwest 2013 coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of Evil Dead.] Finally, the last of my SXSW Evil Dead roundtable interviews s...
Apr 04 // Geoff Henao

R.I.P. Roger Ebert (6/6/1942 - 4/4/2013)

Hushed silences and whispers would fill the theater. Every person in the audience would ask the person next to them, "Hey... is that Roger Ebert?" Time and time again, especially since I began writing for Flixist in 2010, I w...
Apr 03 // Geoff Henao

Interview: Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert (Evil Dead)

[This interview was originally posted as part of our South by Southwest 2013 coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of Evil Dead.] Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert: Two of the three masterminds be...

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