Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 9/26/17
Sep26

Flick Nation: Home Media Guide – 9/26/17

Dennis Willis chats with KGO Radio’s Brian Copeland about the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, the comedy special Jerry Before Seinfeld, the TV reboots of Will and Grace and Roseanne, the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix, and why you should watch a double feature of The Shining and the documentary Room...

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Ronn Owens: Dennis Willis on Star Trek Beyond and sequels
Jul22

Ronn Owens: Dennis Willis on Star Trek Beyond and sequels

Dennis Willis chats with Ronn Owens on KGO Radio – Star Trek Beyond: a return to fun! – But, sequels are not doing well. – Big WARNING to parents about upcoming #SausageParty – cute animation but NOT for kids! – New Jason Bourne film...

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Critically critiquing the critics
Mar30

Critically critiquing the critics

Since the reviews have been coming out for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I have seen people fall very hard on both sides of how the critics have perceived the film. Is a critic “right” or “wrong?” That’s like asking if a cup of coffee is strong enough. Depends on how you like it. Lest we forget, everyone, be they critic or moviegoer, fan or hater, is entitled to their opinion. But a professional critic employed by a major...

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Zootopia (Review)
Mar13

Zootopia (Review)

About two months ago, an extended scene for Disney’s latest animated film Zootopia hit theaters as a sort-of trailer. I’m talking about the scene where a bunny police officer and a fox go to the DMV in “Zootopia” (A human-like world inhabited by animals all living together in relative harmony) to run a license plate and discover the entire organization is run by sloths. While, yes, that in and of itself is kind of clever, the way the...

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J.K. Simmons Is the New Commissioner Gordon
Mar08

J.K. Simmons Is the New Commissioner Gordon

As the world prepares for just exactly what Batman Versus Superman: Dawn of Justice is going to be like, the DC Comics movie universe is still plugging along with director Zack Snyder at the helm. The Hollywood Reporter broke news this week that the upcoming Justice League (Ie; DC Comics The Avengers) films will feature surly grouch J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. Honestly, that’s pretty solid casting even if he already played J....

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Pete’s Dragon (Teaser Poster)
Feb20

Pete’s Dragon (Teaser Poster)

Over the past few years Disney has been releasing live-action versions of some of their popular animated films to varied success. Some were pretty great (Cinderella, Maleficent while other, eh, not-so-much (Alice in Wonderland). But like it or not, there’s up to 15 planned Disney live action remakes of animated films coming our way with John Favreau’s The Jungle Book hitting next in early April. One of these films I’ve been keeping a...

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Batman v. Superman Turkish Airlines . Wait, what? (Trailer?)
Feb07

Batman v. Superman Turkish Airlines . Wait, what? (Trailer?)

Sigh. More weird ass marketing from DC Comics for their upcoming Batman VS Superman: The Dawn of Justice movie. First we had the truly strange “trailer” featuring Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) measuring their ding-dongs before Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) pops in to break the intense sexual tension. It just wasn’t really a trailer inasmuch a really oddly chosen scene from the movie. But, whatever. They made...

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2015 Volume 2: Dennis’ Top 10
Jan08

2015 Volume 2: Dennis’ Top 10

In Volume 1, I looked back at the 2015 movies that came very close but ultimately did not make my Top 10. There were clearly some future classics in the bunch, but something kept them off this list. What made these movies so special? Well, they were the movies that really floated my boat this past year. Art and criticism are completely subjective. Some people just like to put their feet up and watch Law and Order reruns. Others love...

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2015 Volume 1: The Best of the Rest
Jan06

2015 Volume 1: The Best of the Rest

It’s a little disappointing that Spotlight has won so many critics awards (including the San Francisco Film Critics Circle) and is the front-runner to sweep award season. It was a good movie, sturdy and resourceful with strong performances, but nothing – absolutely nothing – about it moved the needle or did anything different than one would expect from a solid HBO film. But it’s the one everyone liked. That said,...

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The Hateful Eight (Review)
Jan06

The Hateful Eight (Review)

Aside from Star Wars: The Force Awakens the movie I was most looking forward to at the end of 2015 was Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, The Hateful Eight. Like most cinephiles, I love Tarantino and have loved every one of his films. And let us not forget this one almost didn’t happen after someone leaked the script back in 2014. Luckily QT cast aside his anger, put together a simply fantastic cast and got to work. Like many, I...

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The Force Awakens passes Avatar in US
Jan06

The Force Awakens passes Avatar in US

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now passed Avatar’s $760 million on the all-time domestic box office list. In just 20 days. Let’s think about that for just a second. The seventh film in the legendary series was front-loaded to do an amazing amount of business, but most realistic estimates put it on track to do $500 million by the end of the year. But The Force Awakens has maintained a stunning daily hold, with many fans seeing the...

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Everybody Wants Some (Trailer)
Dec23

Everybody Wants Some (Trailer)

Aside from maaaaaybe The Newton Boys, writer/director Richard Linklater has never given me reason to doubt him. He makes movies I like and some, I genuinely love. Let’s run through some of his hits real quick: Slacker, School of Rock, Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight, Bernie, Boyhood and probably his greatest contribution to film, Dazed and Confused. And those titles I listed are just his more well known ones. The guy is a badass. So...

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The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Nine
Dec15

The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Nine

Day Nine of the Flick Nation “12 Days of Star Wars” continues as Don boldly goes where no man, woman or child should ever have to go: he watches The Star Wars Holiday Special. People love to razz “bad” Star Wars movies to a point where it’s beyond the norm. The whole geek cry of how the prequels “raped my childhood” is a pretty great example of that. While certainly not great, I don’’t think anyone was truly harmed by them let alone...

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The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Eight
Dec14

The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Eight

Day Eight of the Flick Nation “12 Days of Star Wars” continues as the Flick Nation Rebel Alliance (Don, Steven and Dennis) give their rankings of the Star Wars films and offer a brief defense for these choices. Don R. Lewis: O.K…so the time has come for us to rank our favorite Star Wars movies and whenever I lay mine down, I get a lot of flak. That’s cool though, I’m a big boy. Here’s my ranking from favorite...

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The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Seven
Dec13

The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Seven

As any Star Wars fan worth his Midichlorians will tell you, the release of the original Star Wars back in 1977 kicked off the grand era of the movie tie in merchandising, with enough licensed toys, games, costumes, etc. to fill the Death Star. Of course, you can go back to the late ‘60s and early ‘70s to find tie-in toys for the original Star Trek series, many of which I had, like the infamous choke-hazard mega-toy, the Star Trek...

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The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Six
Dec12

The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Six

As we count down to The Force Awakens, there are a million think pieces across the interwebs about what Star Wars has meant to fans for the past four decades. Here at Flick Nation, the conversation has been a fun one as we recall toys, first-time viewing experiences, and the like. But here is an enduring aspect of the Star Wars experience that people tend to forget about: how many times we have purchased the damn things! A few days...

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The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Five
Dec11

The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Five

Day Five of the Flick Nation “12 Days of Star Wars” continues with a look at that snuggly, cuddly genocidal maniac, Darth Vader. I sometimes like to look at toys when I’m in a big box store. Call it force of habit or flirting with the irresponsibility of buying crap I really don’t need but it’s kind of fun. It’s also a nice peek into the pop culture mood of what kids (and let’s be honest, hella nerdy adults) are into these days when...

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The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Four
Dec10

The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Four

Day Four of the Flick Nation “12 Days of Star Wars” continues with a personal question: when was your first time? Today is Thursday, December 10 which means there’s exactly 7 days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters. I got my ticket the day they went on sale and by this time next week, I’ll be waiting in line with, what I’m guessing, will be a few hundred like minded individuals. As I mentioned in the initial post in our...

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The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Three
Dec09

The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Three

Well, I have to concede that my pal Don Lewis is probably right. This may very well be the Last Big Movie of Our Time. Oh sure, there will be more Transformers movies, and at some point, something will come along and tap the zeitgeist in a way that makes billions of dollars. It could be Avatar 2 or 3 … or Jurassic World 2. Wait, wouldn’t that be Jurassic Park 5? Let’s face it, it probably won’t be any of those. I believe Kevin...

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The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Two
Dec08

The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day Two

Day Two of the Flick Nation “12 Days of Star Wars” continues with a big question: what order do you show the Star Wars films to a newcomer to the franchise? As a father, a major rite of passage for my child was always going to be watching the Star Wars films. 8 years ago I was lucky enough to enter the realm of fatherhood when my amazing, awesome and beautiful daughter was born. While obviously there are many highlights to being a...

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