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May 15 // Hubert Vigilla

Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson will reteam for Shanghai Dawn

As Coming Soon noted yesterday, MGM is finally moving forward with Shanghai Dawn, the sequel to Jackie Chan/Owen Wilson films Shanghai Noon (2000) and Shanghai Knights (2003). As Flixist EIC Matthew Razak said in our staff em...
May 14 // Hubert Vigilla

Review: Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World

H. R. Giger passed away a year ago this week. His biomechanical art is instantly recognizable--Egyptian and yet otherworldly, simultaneously erotic and repulsive; a combination of flesh, alloy, suppurations, and vertebral for...
May 12 // Hubert Vigilla

The Mad Max Trilogy: Look Back in Anger

I have yet to see Mad Max: Fury Road, which comes out this week, but I did get a chance to see the first three Mad Max movies over the weekend at a friend's place: Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), and Mad M...
May 08 // Hubert Vigilla

The Cult Club: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Peir Paolo Pasolini's final film, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, is one of the most notorious arthouse movies ever made and frequently cited among the most disturbing movies of all time. Inspired by the Marquis de Sade'...
May 08 // Hubert Vigilla

Tribeca Review: Maggie

Maggie is one of the last things you'd expect out of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Abigail Breslin, who plays the title character? Okay. Joely Richardson, who plays Maggie's stepmother? Sure. But not Arnie. Though Maggie's a post-ap...
May 08 // Hubert Vigilla

The trailer for The Look of Silence offers a glimpse at one of the best films of 2015

Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary The Act of Killing was one of the best films of 2013. The film examined the Indonesian genocide from the point of view of the killers, and in the process provided a chilling look at the way hi...
Apr 30 // Hubert Vigilla

New pics of Ben Affleck as Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

We caught a glimpse of a seething Ben Affleck as Batman in the trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was released earlier in the month. (Batman v. Superman is not to be confused with the landmark Supreme Cour...
Apr 28 // Hubert Vigilla

Tribeca Review: Jackrabbit

The vibe of Jackrabbit, a no-budget dystopian cyberpunk thriller, was inspired by trips to the video store. Its whole mood is defined by vaguely remembered VHS box art, and the types of films that fill a person's childhoo...
Apr 27 // Hubert Vigilla

If other cinematic comic book characters had forehead tattoos like The Joker

We all know what Jared Leto's version of The Joker will look like in Suicide Squad. It's a little overdone (by "a little" I mean "completely"), but it's all about the execution in the actual film and Leto's performance in the...
Apr 24 // Hubert Vigilla

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Henry Hobson, and Joely Richardson Discuss Maggie

Maggie, the post-apocalyptic zombie drama starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. As we noted in our review of Maggie, the film features a surprisingly emotive and vulnerable perfo...
Apr 22 // Hubert Vigilla

Tribeca Review: Thank You for Playing

There are moments of Thank You for Playing that are so painful because the documentary feels so personal. It's about Joel Green, a boy with terminal brain cancer, and how his parents try to cherish the little joys in life whi...
Apr 21 // Hubert Vigilla

Tribeca Review: The Birth of Sake

At a certain point in Erik Shirai’s documentary The Birth of Sake, it becomes apparent that the film isn't just about the art of making of sake. This is common in movies that are about making something—food, art, ...
Apr 15 // Hubert Vigilla

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off tonight

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off tonight here in New York City (aka the city that rarely sleeps and only does so with the assistance of illegally obtained medication). This year's festival opens with the world premier...
Apr 09 // Hubert Vigilla

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) trailer has a whole lot of mouths (and butts) to feed

Yesterday we brought you the official plot synopsis for Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence), which promises to be a nuanced exploration of the challenges facing the US prison system. Today, we have the first trailer for ...
Apr 02 // Hubert Vigilla

Fast, Furious, and Fancy Free: Don't Worry About Guilt, Enjoy the Pleasure

In roughly 14 years, the Fast and the Furious series has become one of the biggest action movie franchises in the world, grossing more than $2 billion. Furious 7 comes out this week, and there's much rejoicing. There's also a...
Apr 02 // Hubert Vigilla

The estate of Bruce Lee doesn't want him in Ip Man 3

Just last week we reported that production on Ip Man 3 is underway, featuring Mike Tyson and a CG Bruce Lee. While Iron Mike is a lock, it seems that the Donnie Yen sequel has hit a snag with CG Bruce Lee (aka Marshall Law fr...
Mar 31 // Hubert Vigilla

Helen Mirren wants to be in Fast and the Furious 8

Helen Mirren is a lot of things: an Academy Award-winning actress, an august stage performer, an eternally beautiful woman, the granddaughter of a Russian colonel and diplomat, a five-time WCW World Television Champion, and w...
Mar 27 // Hubert Vigilla

Tribeca Film Festival tickets go on sale March 31st

The Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 15th-26th here in New York City. American Express holders can order festival tickets on March 31st, and the general public can order tickets starting April 6th. The festival will ...
Mar 25 // Hubert Vigilla

Maggie trailer has Arnold Schwarzenegger and his zombie daughter

Arnold Schwarzenegger's played diverse roles throughout his career: a barbarian, a cybernetic organism, a concerned father, a cop (you idiot), a soldier, a secret agent, a pregnant man, a governor of the state of California,...
Mar 24 // Hubert Vigilla

Ip Man 3 will feature Mike Tyson and a CG Bruce Lee

Ip Man 3 (or Ip Man 3D) has been in the works for a while, but the Donnie Yen sequel started shooting today in Shanghai. With the start of production comes news of some really bizarre stunt casting. According to The Hollywood...
Mar 23 // Hubert Vigilla

The Cult Club: The Last Dragon (1985)

The Last Dragon is a sort of time capsule. It's so era-specific with its plot elements--early music videos, a Soul Train analog, arcade culture, grindhouse cinemas, a song by DeBarge--that it couldn't be anything but an 80s m...
Mar 19 // Hubert Vigilla

The Dredd sequel is deadd

Dredd may not have performedd well at the box office, but there was still some hope of a possible sequel. Star Karl Urban saidd talks were underway about a new film, and there was even an online petition startedd for a Dredd ...
Mar 18 // Hubert Vigilla

Alejandro Jodorowsky successfully funds his new film via Kickstarter

Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (pictured above with his biggest fans, Kanye West and a grey cat) successfully funded his new film, Endless Poetry, through Kickstarter. We reported about Jodorowsky's Kickstarter campaign ...
Mar 04 // Hubert Vigilla

Latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer brings the noise

The third trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron has just hit the interwebs, and if you aren't excited enough for the film already, well, this will do it for you. (Though the too many cooks version of the Avengers poster was pr...
Feb 24 // Hubert Vigilla

Help fund The Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 in NYC

We here at Flixist love the people at Subway Cinema. Not only do they put on the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) and the New York Korean Film Festival, they also hold a great showcase of classic martial arts movies here ...
Feb 20 // Hubert Vigilla

Drafthouse Films releasing the bizarre lion-filled cult movie Roar

Drafthouse Films is releasing a cult oddity called Roar from 1981, a reckless and little seen box office bomb. And my, does it look glorious. The film's working title was supposedly Lions, Lions, and More Lions, and it d...
Feb 17 // Hubert Vigilla

Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky launches Kickstarter for his new movie

Alejandro Jodorowsky, the legendary cult filmmaker behind El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre, is turning to fans to help fund his latest film, Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin). Jodorowsky turned to crowdfundin...
Feb 13 // Hubert Vigilla

The Cult Club: Tromeo and Juliet (1996)

[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 pa...
Jul 23 // Hubert Vigilla

Review: Kill Team

The war in Afghanistan is the longest military conflict in which the United States has been involved. The operation is nowhere near as successful as hoped, which is part of the reality of fighting a war in Afghanistan, a less...
Nov 08 // Hubert Vigilla

Review: It's Me It's Me

Doppelgangers are the stuff of horror and of comedy. It would be uncanny to see yourself as a stranger -- the self's own reflection as the Other -- and yet being able to step outside yourself might provide you with some persp...
Oct 31 // Hubert Vigilla

Review: Man of Tai Chi

Most press screenings are pretty stodgy as far as audience reaction goes, even for comedies. When people laugh, it's often the very polite and quiet kind -- almost private -- a synonym for, "Oh my, how absolutely dr&ocir...
Oct 31 // Hubert Vigilla

Review: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Slavoj Žižek is one of the most popular public intellectuals in the world, though maybe in a "big in Japan" sort of way. (Most public intellectuals who aren't Noam Chomsky or a member of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism have ...
Oct 30 // Hubert Vigilla

Review: These Birds Walk

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...
Oct 24 // Hubert Vigilla

Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color

There are many examples of desire in Blue Is the Warmest Color that are nuanced and downright erotic. These moments are communicated in coy shifts in facial expression, through the brinkmanship of flirtation, the intimate ris...
Oct 18 // Hubert Vigilla

Review: CZ12 (Chinese Zodiac)

When the first promo/trailer hit for CZ12 (aka Chinese Zodiac), I bought into the hype and the possibility of the film. When news landed that CZ12 was going to be Jackie Chan's last big action movie, I was eager to see how he...
Oct 17 // Hubert Vigilla

Review: All Is Lost

For some reason I was expecting Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity to be almost as spare as All Is Lost, though not quite. I actually don't know if Gravity would work if it dialed back its dialogue that much. The vast majority o...
Oct 17 // Hubert Vigilla

The trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

Here's the first trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, and it looks old-timier than usual. Note the full frame aspect ratio throughout most of the trailer, which was probably a conscious decision to help evoke...
Oct 17 // Hubert Vigilla

Review: 12 Years a Slave

When 12 Years a Slave played at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, there were reports of walkouts during screenings, even among the press. It wasn't because the movie was bad. Far from it. People walked out b...
Oct 16 // Hubert Vigilla

NYCC Interview: The screenwriter and stars of Oldboy

Spike Lee's upcoming remake of Oldboy has drawn many strong opinions from our staff. While it's one of our most anticipated films of the holiday season, it's also a movie that makes us question how a remake can negatively aff...
Oct 16 // Hubert Vigilla

Netflix Now: The Homestretch Edition

Our 2013 New York Film Festival (NYFF51) coverage is coming to a close at the end of the week, and it feels good to be unburdened. There's a big weight about to be lifted from my shoulders, and it opens up a whole lot of free...






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