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Review: Endless Poetry

In what may be the final years of Alejandro Jodorowsky's life, his work has turned inward and become sentimentally personal. He's exploring his own autobiography, but retelling it in his own odd way. Jodorowsky's previous film, 2013's The D...

 
 
 
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Review: Paterson

Jim Jarmusch's Paterson is work of subtle optimism. It's a gentle film, kind and generous, funny, too. Watching the movie, I sensed Jarmusch giving me a reassuring push, like a parent at a swing or a child casting off a toy boat. Paterson i...

 
 
 
 
 
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RIP The Dissolve (2013-2015)

The Dissolve was one of the best places on the internet for intelligent, funny, in-depth, and insightful film criticism and features. This morning, editor-in-chief Keith Phipps announced that The Dissolve would be shutting down effective im...

 
 
 
 
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Book Review: SCREENWRITING 101 By Film Crit Hulk!

I first heard about Film Crit Hulk about a year ago. I had written an article about why Tom Hooper should have been drawn and quartered for his butchering of Les Miserables, and one of the commenters, rather than say anything insightful, po...

 
 
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J.R.R. Tolkien film in the works

With basically anything that has the name J.R.R. Tolkien attached to it printing money and a pretty interesting life story it's easy to see why a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic is in the works. The creator of Middle Earth will be joining his creatio...

 
 
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The Purge writer/director returning for the sequel

After a sequel to The Purge was announced shortly after it made its original run in theaters (and I apologized for it), we haven't heard much news since that announcement. That just means someone jumped the gun, right? Couldn't be. Well if ...

 
 
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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 "big in Japan" ...

 
 
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Fifty Shades of Grey loses Charlie Hunnam, needs rewrites

Over the weekend, Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey motion picture (out August 2014 as of now) has been going through a few issues. First of all, Universal hired Patrick Marber to do some quick fine tuning of the script. Shortly thereafter, ...

 
 
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Trailer: The Counselor starring Fassbender, Pitt, Bardem

In The Counselor, Michael Fassbender stars as a lawyer who finds himself in way over his head when he gets involved with the dangerous world of drug trafficking. Judging from this trailer, things go awry pretty badly, and Fassbender's traf...

 
 
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Bret McKenzie writing a fairy tale comedy musical script

In an interview with the dudes over at Collider, Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets fame, revealed that he is in the process of writing a script for a "fairy tale comedy musical" with "singing dragons and monsters and...

 
 
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Flixist Discusses: Save the Cat & formulaic storytelling

The summer movie season is coming to a close, and you probably noticed something about the blockbusters you watched: a lot of them were pretty much the same. The films probably told similar stories with similar plot points. Formula storytel...

 
 
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Paul Schrader & Spike Lee may do Clarence Thomas film

I unfortunately couldn't get to the world premiere of Paul Schrader's new (and quite possibly schlocky) film The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Bret Easton Ellis. The Dissolve reports that during the discussion after the mov...

 
 
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Star Trek 3 grabbing new writers

Rumors are popping up that two new writers have been brought on for the next Star Trek film as Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof leave to go mess around with some other beloved franchise. Bad Robot, JJ Abrams production company, isn't veerin...

 
 
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Review: Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

I know I've heard the name Iceberg Slim somewhere before seeing the documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, but I was never aware of his literary work. Maybe Iceberg Slim was mentioned in American Pimp, the 1999 Hughes Brothers docume...

 
 
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Reading Roger Ebert: The Great Movies II

The field opens up a bit in Roger Ebert's The Great Movies II. There's more diversity to the picks and a wider (and welcome) definition of "great." The field  will continue to open in The Great Movies III, which includes After Hou...

 
 
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Max Landis also has opinions about Man of Steel

Man of Steel has certainly caused a ruckus with the Flixist staff. Hubes outright hates it, Matt liked it to a certain degree, Alec liked everything but the ending, I love pancakes, but we can all mostly agree that Man of Steel was not rea...

 
 
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Bioshock director Ken Levine writing Logan's Run remake

Well this is interesting. Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Studios, responsible most famously for the Bioshock franchise and and less famously for SWAT 4 and Thief: The Dark Project, has been picked by Warner Bros. to write the r...

 
 
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Prometheus sequel is certainly happening, nabs new writer

Whether we like it or not (and despite rumblings of pre-production trouble), Fox is moving forward with a sequel to the blockbuster head scratcher, Prometheus, just as Noomi Rapace hinted at a few months back. Hey it's not all bad news...

 
 
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Reading Roger Ebert: The Great Movies

Roger Ebert would have turned 71 this month. His passing has left a hole in the film critic community, which doesn't seem to have a central public figure anymore. There's A.O. Scott of The New York Times, of course, but he doesn't have the ...

 
 
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L.A. writers needed, come write for Flixist

Do you live in LA? Do you like movies? Do you like writing words about movies and meeting famous people (or at least semi-famous people)? Then do we have the gig for you! Flixist is looking for one or two LA correspondents who can write new...

 
 
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Help fund Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

I really enjoyed the documentary Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, a fine portrait of one of the last great public intellectuals in American life. The film could use your help in the post-production phase, however, which is why dire...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

It seems like we're well beyond the age of the public intellectual, or even the public author who may show society the way. Writers like Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, Paul Goodman, and others used to appear on television debatin...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Adult World

In my blurb review for Neil Jordan's vampire film Byzantium, my main gripe had a lot to do with the age of the main character. Eleanor in that movie is a well-traveled and world-hardened 200 years old, but she's written like she's a shelter...

 
 
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Review: In the House

There's a great short story in Richard Yates's Eleven Kinds of Loneliness called "Builders." In it, one of the characters naively but sincerely thinks of writing in terms of building houses, and the windows are places where light can shine ...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Reaching for the Moon

It's interesting to see screen depictions of a writer whose work you're familiar with but whose personal life is something you know little about. Their work usually makes more sense once it's been contextualized through their biography and ...

 
 
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Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Swim Little Fish Swim

[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] Directly following t...

 
 
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Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Good Night

[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] In an interview with...

 
 
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Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight makes his 2013 Oscar picks

If you're a politics nerd like me, you were probably checking Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog multiple times a day in the lead up to the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Silver's predictions for both elections were startlingly accur...

 
 
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Kevin Smith considers Clerks sequel book rather than film

Kevin Smith has been mulling a Clerks sequel for a bit. At the end of 2012, it seemed like the only missing piece was Jeff Anderson (Randall) signing on. But then the project kept morphing, from a film, to a web series, to a Broadway show, ...

 
 
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Lawrence Kasdan & Simon Kinberg talk new Star Wars films

Jim Vejvoda of IGN had a chance to speak briefly with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg at the Final Draft Big Break screenwriting awards. Both writers were brought on to consult/script some of the new Star Wars material on the horizon. (We...

 
 
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Writers who should script the Justice League movie

Warner Bros. has hit a big stumbling block with the Justice League movie. Yet again. (Just ask George Miller.) The latest problem for WB: the script by Will Beall is rumored to have been terrible, so they junked it. It seems like WB set the...

 
 
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Del Toro to produce Secret Garden adaptation

Deadline is reporting that Guillermo Del Toro is set up to produce a version of The Secret Garden by Beasts of the Southern Wild writer Lucy Alibar. Universal snapped up the pitch amiss a battle of four studios over Alibar's ...

 
 
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Damon Lindelof not working on Paradise (Prometheus 2)

Ridley Scott's Prometheus is a gorgeous movie rife with half-baked, pseudo-intellectual ideas. It's also populated by embarrassingly stupid characters. A lot of my gripes fall at the feet of Damon Lindelof, who rewrote the film's ...

 
 
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Book: All the Emperor's Men: Kurosawa's Pearl Harbor

There's a song on Cursive's The Ugly Organ called "Art is Hard." The title is so facile and yet you know it's true. In Les Blank's documentary The Burden of Dreams, you watch Werner Herzog suffer potential ruin in order to complete Fitzcarr...

 
 




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The Snowman"When you try your best but you don't succeed"

 

Wonderstruck"When the might of artifice meets the disappointing limitations of realism"

 

The Foreigner"Jackie Chan has a certain set of skills, too"

 

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)"Damaged people, decent people, dysfunctional families"

 

NYFF Lady Bird"Fly, birdy, fly"

 

The Mountain Between Us"Why didn't they eat the dog?"

 

My Little Pony: The Movie"Straight to the glue factory"

 

Blade Runner 2049"Does Hollywood dream of electric reboots?"

 

Cult of Chucky"Don't cults require followers?"

 

NYFF Zama"Strange and without category, Lucrecia Martel's return to filmmaking is the best and most idiosyncratic movie of 2017"

 

Jeepers Creepers 3"Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

 

Battle of the Sexes"A back and forth volley never settling on a tone"

 

NYFF Thelma"Everything you need and more"

 

American Made"Sex, drugs, and Tom Cruise"

 

NYFF Last Flag Flying"Richard Linklater standing at attention, but not at ease or at rest"

 

Preacher (Season 2)"Adapting the unadaptable"

 

Mother!"Mother of god this is pretentious"

 

American Assassin"American Ass"

 

It"Stephen King's scariest adaptation to date"

 

Good Time"Robert Pattinson: Vampire, no more"

 

Logan Lucky"No relation to Wolverine"

 

The Defenders (Season 1)"Masters of karate and friendship "

 
 
 
 
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