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Matthew Razak is the Editor-in-Chief here at Flixist meaning he get to take credit for all this awesome even though its really the rest of the amazing staff that gets it done. He started as a community member back in the early days of Destructoid and bugged his way into writing for the site while being the Managing Editor over at That VideoGame Blog. He was also writing as a film critic for a local newspaper in the DC area and for Examiner.com. Finally after seven years of thinking silently to himself why the Modern Method network doesn't have a movie site he told Niero that we should start one. At the same time Fronz had been telling him to start a movie site too. The two of them teamed up with Niero's go ahead and now we have Flixist.

Matthew is totally open to any movie of any genre, but his wheelhouse is horror, action and James Bond. Doesn't sound too respectable but he's also got a fancy film degree from Vassar College and he's a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Society so that makes him semi-official in some capacity. He just really like movies and hopes that's enough to let you trust his opinion on them slightly.

He get asked these questions a lot when he tells people he writes for a movie blog, so:

Favorite movie: Evil Dead 2

Favorite franchise: Bond

OK, Favorite Bond movie: From Russia With Love

Movie You Should See Right Now: Midnight in Paris

Movies You Should See You Haven't: 16 Blocks, Lucky Number Slevin, Superman Returns (but watch it as an homage to the first two films and not as a movie, it's genius that way), Singing in the Rain (I know you haven't seen it), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

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4:00 PM on 11.20.2014

Penelope Cruz in Zoolander 2, Stiller may direct

Comedy sequels are all the rage now that Anchorman 2 and  Dumb and Dumber To actually made money so the ball is now rolling on Zoolander 2. How do we know? Casting. Penelope Cruz has reportedly signed on for th...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 11.20.2014

Flixgiving: Matt is thankful for The Babadook

I can count the number of truly scary horror films I've seen this year on one finger. That's not to say there haven't been other good horror movies, but for a horror buff like myself it takes something special to actually mak...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 11.20.2014

Trailer for The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

The Woman in Black was a competently done horror film that offered up some pretty good scares and then went along its way to be mostly forgotten. Or so we thought. Hammer, the production company behind the film, though ...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 11.19.2014

Chris Pratt to lead Cowboy Ninja Viking Adaptation

It's been a long time coming, but it appears that the Cowboy Ninja Viking adaptation is back on track and what a track it is. The movie has nabbed everyone's favorite action/comedy star Chris Pratt to play the title role...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 11.18.2014

UPDATE: First character clip and posters for Inside Out

UPDATE: The posters for Joy, Anger, Disgust, and Fear have been added to the gallery. I don't know whose idea it was to cast Lewis Black as Anger, but give them a medal. Original story below!  Pixar's Inside Out is...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 11.18.2014

First full trailer for The Peanuts Movie is full of Christmas cheer

After our first tease of the new look for the Peanuts in The Peanuts Movie it was hard not to get pretty excited and now that we have a full blown trailer landing (reportedly leaked by Snoopy) it is even harder. This co...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Universal Monsters reboots to be action, not horror

In case you missed Dracula Untold and haven't been paying attention at all to what Universal is doing with its monster films, this may be surprising news: the Universal Monsters Universe that the studio is creating will ...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 11.14.2014

Christoph Waltz joins Bond 24 cast

Think of an actor that you'd like to see as a Bond villain because it's like they were born to play a Bond villain. Was it Christoph Waltz? It should have been. And since you did think of him you'll be excited to hear that Wa...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 11.13.2014

Wonder Woman close to having female director

I think we're all aware of the under representation of female directors in Hollywood. That problem is even greater when we're talking about big budget blockbusters. Women directors are almost completely missing from tent pole...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 11.13.2014

More talking in new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer

Can there be too much hype for Avengers: Age of Ultron? No. That is, in fact, a scientifically proven answer. As such here's another trailer giving us a bit more of Ultron's speech to the Avengers that we've heard and re-enf...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 11.12.2014

See Horrible Bosses 2 early and free

I have not seen Horrible Bosses but according to this very website it is funny. When things are funny and make money they get sequels. Maybe they should. Maybe they shouldn't. Who knows. That's not a discussion for here....

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 11.07.2014

See The Theory of Everything early and free

You'll want to be up to date on The Theory of Everything. Not only is it the amazing life story of Stephen Hawkins and his wife, but it has Oscar buzz all around it. How do you get in on the ground floor so you can look all s...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 11.07.2014

Review: Big Hero 6

When Disney scooped up Marvel they picked up a ton of comic book history and properties. You had to guess they wouldn't use them all in the same way (i.e. massive blockbusters), and Big Hero 6 is the first Marvel film to...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 11.06.2014

See Beyond the Lights early and free

Most of the time I give you a little snippet about the film here when introducing these screenings, but I am woefully uneducated about Beyond the Lights. Bad movie news person. That doesn't mean that you are, though, and mayb...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 11.06.2014

Full length The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies trailer lands

While the previous two Hobbit films have been great I don't think they really lived up to the grandeur of the Lord of the Rings films. However, with this new full length trailer landing for The Hobbit: The Battle o...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 11.06.2014

First look at Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and new plot details

First, here's a video of the first look at Paul Rudd and Micahel Douglas in Ant-Man. Sure looks like two guys acting on a movie set. So that's nice. Looks like they're shooting it with cameras and... things. All well and goo...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 11.05.2014

20 animated films submitted for Oscar consideration

The Oscars are coming and that means we'll need to start talking about nominees, but before that we have to discuss the submitted films to be nominated. At least for animated films we need to. There have been 20 submitted, 8 ...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 11.05.2014

Untitled Universal Monster Universe pic scheduled for 2017

Universal doesn't have any comic books to create a cohesive universe out of, but since doing that seems to be a way to make lots of money (at least if you're as good at it as Marvel is) that isn't going to stop them. With rec...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 11.04.2014

Trailer for McFarland, USA features minorities triumphing

As far as motivational sports movies go Disney has been on a pretty good streak of pumping out at least descent films. Million Dollar Arm was enjoyable and the next in the line up is McFarland, USA, which, you guessed i...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 11.03.2014

Oh, just Tom Cruise strapped to the side of a plane for M:I 5

Most guys use stunt doubles. Tom Cruise does not. He's cooler than you. That plane, by the way, is going 250 miles per hour. Bonus, Cruise on top of the tallest building in the world while filming M:I Ghost - Protocol.

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 10.30.2014

UPDATE: First look at Terminator: Genisys and its horrible plot

UPDATE: We've gotten some more images of the super angry/squinty EW shoot, and I...yeah I have nothing for this. Check them out in the gallery.  I think we all could see this coming when they named the film Terminator Ge...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 10.29.2014

Extended trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Thanks to Hydra Marvel had a bit of a leak last week and the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron hit the web early and the big reveal during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which you should be watching) was dulled. Scrambl...

Matthew Razak