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Review: Luz

When a film leans heavily into a retro aesthetic, I sometimes wonder how much is homage and how much of it is an affectation for cachet. Homage I’m fine with, but I have a hard time with filmmakers posturing for cred. I say this becau...

 
 
 
 
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Rogue One writer teases work on new The Last Starfighter

Gary Whitta, screenwriter for Rogue One, shared on Twitter that he and Jonathan Betuel have a project in the works. Since Jonathan Betuel wrote the original The Last Starfighter, and the new concept art by Rogue One's Matt Al...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Review: Lake Nowhere

I saw Lake Nowhere last Halloween. I first heard about the film about a month prior, at the press screening for The Last Witch Hunter. A friend of mine brought as his +1 someone who worked on the film, who for the purposes of anonymity I wi...

 
 
 
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This is heavy: They're making actual DeLoreans in 2017

With 2015 behind us, you'd think that was the end of weaponized Back to the Future nostalgia. Well, no. Turns out you'll be able to buy a brand new replica DeLorean in 2017. (As noted by /Film's Ethan Anderton, only 9,200 vintage DeLoreans ...

 
 
 
 
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8-Bit Cinema does Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the best and most enjoyable movies of the year. It should come as no surprise, then, that the people over at CineFix have given George Miller's movie the 8-Bit Cinema treatment. Witness the video below! This 8-...

 
 
 
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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 the look and f...

 
 
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Review: Rewind This!

Even though there are some holdout shops in certain parts of the country -- notably cities with major movie scenes -- the video store is now a dusty ruin of history. A downright ancient part of these Parthenons and Acropolises of old: the V...

 
 
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Flixclusive Interview: The makers of Rewind This!

With the documentary Rewind This!, director Josh Johnson has created a fine overview of the VHS era, covering the many different facets of the home video revolution. It's not an easy task to tackle the whole format from different angles, bu...

 
 
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Interview: Richard Raaphorst (Frankenstein's Army)

Even though I had issues with the found-footage aspect of Frankenstein's Army, there's a great anarchic imagination in the film, and it belongs to director Richard Raaphorst. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Raaphorst the other week...

 
 
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Flix for Short: The Mad Scientist (Fleischer's Superman)

With Man of Steel coming out this week, it just makes sense to highlight something with Superman. And where better than the Max Fleischer Superman cartoons? These are bona fide classics that feature some of the best Superman bits to ever g...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: The Machine

Retro-style futures sometimes look more futuristic than modern approximations of what the future will be like, and there's a definite retro aesthetic at work in The Machine. In some ways, it's similar in style to Beyond the Black Rainbow. B...

 
 
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Help fund the documentary Chuck Norris vs Communism

You may remember last year that we shared a promotional trailer for Chuck Norris vs. Communism, a documentary on how a woman named Irina Nistor dubbed thousands of illegal foreign blockbusters in 1980s Romania. This act of VHS piracy helpe...

 
 
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NYC: Old School Kung Fu Fest, April 19-21

If you live in New York and are a fan of old school kung fu movies, you need to head to Anthology Film Archives next weekend. From April 19-21, the team behind the New York Asian Film Festival is putting on the Old School Kung Fu Fest. The ...

 
 
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NYC: See Miami Connection for free on April 12th

Rediscovered by Drafthouse Films, Miami Connection is the kitschy action gift that keeps on giving: the best VHS action movie you never rented at the videostore when you were a kid. I mentioned in my review that the ideal way to watch the m...

 
 
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Review: Blancanieves

Pablo Berger's Blancanieves will inevitably draw comparisons to Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist since both are silent films. (Blancanieves was Spain's official Oscar entry last year, and I suspect the silent film form was part of what kept...

 
 
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Details on Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom was our pick for the best comedy of 2012. Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is another period piece and it may lead to back-to-back Golden Pterodactyls for best comedy. Fox Searchlight has pic...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Rediscovered Empire Strikes Back doc

Long thought lost, this making-of documentary on The Empire Strikes Back is the bee's knees. It features lots of never-before-seen footage of the Battle of Hoth, stuff with tauntauns and wampas, and Mark Hamill choreographing a lightsaber ...

 
 
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Iron Man editor develops iPad editing app

Dan Lebental, editor of the Iron Man series, apparently misses touching real film while he is editing. So he has been developing an application for the iPad called TouchEdit which will bring us a step back closer to the simpler days of edit...

 
 
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Review: No

[This review was originally posted as part of our 2012 New York Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of No.] Sometimes I'm glad I don't live in a swing state. If I did, I'd have to endure an e...

 
 
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V/H/S coming to VHS in USA

Back in December it was announced that one of the best horror films of last year, V/H/S, was going to get a limited edition release on actual VHS tapes. The downside fro anyone living outside of the UK was that it was only coming out t...

 
 
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The Cult Club: Six-String Samurai (1998)

[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 pack, as well as ...

 
 
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Miami Connection action figures sadly aren't real

Miami Connection (the Citizen Kane of Florida-based taekwondo movies) continues to open in theaters across the country this month, leaving destruction and joy in its wake. The people over at Drafthouse Films decided to create images of fake...

 
 
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Wreck-It Ralph's Sugar Rush retro commercial is so 90s

"All new for 1997" has got to be one of the best taglines in ever. Just like how Wreck-It Ralph got a retro commercial made for it's titular fictitious game and arcade, here we have Sugar Rush, one of the worlds Ralph travels through ...

 
 
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Wreck-It Ralph's arcade game gets a retro commercial

Honestly the more and more I see of Wreck-It Ralph, the more I want to have its beautiful babies. Then Disney has the nerve to do something as charming as promote its fictional game Fix-It Felix Jr. as a "state-of-the-art" and "totally...

 
 
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New Miami Connection poster is like classic VHS box art

I have fond feelings toward VHS box art, which may be why I'm bananas about this new poster for the 1987 cult film Miami Connection. It was created by Quebec-based artist, François Simard, a member of the RKSS Collective. Drafthouse ...

 
 
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The Ghostbusters theme played on eight floppy drives

This is Ray Parker, Jr.'s theme song to Ghostbusters played on eight old school floppy drives. In other words, this is now your new jam. It's like a proto-Sega Genesis sound card octet. This bit of ingenuity comes courtesy of Mr.SolidSnake...

 
 
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Sizzle reels for Joe Carnahan's dead Daredevil reboot

For a while it seemed like a Joe Carnahan Daredevil reboot was on like Donkey Kong, but yesterday we found out that Carnahan's Daredevil reboot is dead like... Donkey Kong. As the director of The Grey put it on Twitter, "Think my idea for ...

 
 




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Ready or Not"Let's play a game"

 

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus"PHASE TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

 

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary"The man, the meth, the legerdemain"

 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette"Eh, she'll come back eventually"

 

Good Boys"Kissing party"

 

Driven"John DeLorean's shattered dream "

 

Long Gone By"Moral conundrum with ice cream "

 

Millennium Actress"A classic revived"

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain"No paws, all wheels"

 

The Kitchen"Half-cooked"

 

Dora and the Lost City of Gold"Can you say "mediocre?""

 

The Nightingale"Heed the black bird's call"

 

The VelociPastor"Not to be confused with The TriceraCops"

 

Nekrotronic"Pokemon GHOST"

 

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 3)"Space is warped and time is bendable"

 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 Episodes 12-13 - "The..."No one in this show is allowed to be happy"

 

Fast &Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw"Enough fist bumps to put you into a bro coma"

 

Flixist on YouTube - Movie Reviews in Review (Once Upon a Time..."Can you feel the Quinten Tarintino love tonight? "

 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"Tarantino sure loves movies, doesn't he?"

 

Luz"The creativity of constraint"

 

SXSW The Art of Self-Defense"Masculinity deconstructed"

 

The Lion King"Play it again, Simba"

 
 
 
 
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