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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The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day One
Dec07

The 12 Days of Star Wars: Day One

Hey, have you heard the news? There’s a new Star Wars movie coming out. Yes, I’m serious. What do you mean you haven’t heard?!? Of course you’ve heard and because of that, we here at Flick Nation have decided to tie-in everyone’s excitement (anxiousness? ambivalence? trepidation?) for the new Star Wars film Star Wars: The Force Awakens with the holiday spirit and thus would like to present: Flick Nation’s 12 Days of Star Wars!...

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Batman Versus Superman: Dawn of Justice (Trailer 2)
Dec03

Batman Versus Superman: Dawn of Justice (Trailer 2)

As we talked about earlier this week, a new trailer for Batman –VS- Superman: Dawn of Justice was coming this week and right on time, it plopped Wednesday night. And the Internet comic book kingdom collapsed upon itself in a massive freak-out of negativity. I’m typically not the kind of person who either looks at other “critics” opinions before voicing my own nor am I a writer who gets caught up in Internet Bandwagon Bashing. That...

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Huge Info Dump in Regards to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Oct19

Huge Info Dump in Regards to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Look people, here’s some hard and fast information about what could potentially be the biggest cinematic event ever. It’s in regards to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and most official info dropped this weekend. Pay attention, Fuzzballs. Yesterday (Sunday) the official poster for Episode V11 (that’s SEVEN for the Roman Numerically Impaired) was released and it’s wonderful. That’s it down below there. We get a good look at many...

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Cuss Yeah!! A New Wes Anderson Stop-Motion Film is Coming!
Oct13

Cuss Yeah!! A New Wes Anderson Stop-Motion Film is Coming!

Many people will say that Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of his best films and, I agree. I’d also take it a step further and say it’s one of the best films of the past decade. It’s imminently watchable, masterful in its story and design and simply, well, fantastic. However stop-motion animation is time consuming and expensive and many thought Anderson would be one-and-done with stop motion. Well throw that idea to the dogs!...

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It’s Time for the Mill Valley Film Festival
Oct09

It’s Time for the Mill Valley Film Festival

The 38th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival kicked off last night featuring Tom McCarthy’s film Spotlight as it’s main premiere. While I won’t be in attendance until next week friend and colleague David Templeton said the film was “brilliant [expletive removed]-ing brilliant.” Strong words for what will probably be an Oscar contender come spring. Which brings me to my pre-festival review of the Mill Valley Film Festival. As a filmmaker...

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Hail Caeser! (Trailer)
Oct09

Hail Caeser! (Trailer)

February 5 cannot get here fast enough. Why? Because that’s when The Coen Brothers latest film Hail Caesar! opens. This is the brothers’ latest film after their best film, Inside LLewyn Davis which I still refuse to believe didn’t win Best Picture in 2013. In fact, I refuse to believe it wasn’t nominated either. Now I’m getting angry. Back to Hail Caesar! Which looks funny and thinking about it is already cheering me up. The film...

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (Review)
Oct07

Hotel Transylvania 2 (Review)

A few weeks back my 8-year old daughter wanted to watch Hotel Transylvania as she’s recently been getting more and more into monster type stuff which I’m all in favor of. She’s a sensitive kid and we’ve been attentive to that but lately she’s been pushing her personal boundaries which I think is awesome. Granted, Hotel Transylvania isn’t scary but it has “monsters” which is something that has previously been akin to “brussel sprouts”...

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All I Wants a Pepsi! Just One Pepsi!
Oct05

All I Wants a Pepsi! Just One Pepsi!

According to this report from 2011, it costs give or take 50 cents to make and manufacture one can of Coke. So they about double their profits on single cans and I’m too lazy to do the math for 6-packs and so forth. However now fans of fizzy sugar water are going to get a chance to pay just over $20.00 for a 16oz bottle all in the name of fandom. Yes, Back to the Future II fans, on October 21 you can all help me celebrate myself and...

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Everest (Review)
Sep25

Everest (Review)

History shows again and again how nature points of the folly of man… “Godzilla”- Blue Öyster Cult Cinema has long been a wonderful place to bring to life true stories of brave men and women from all corners of the globe who overcome incredible odds in order to survive life-threatening situations. Films of this nature are so multiple and varied it can be hard to narrow it down to a few but Apollo 13, 127 Hours, Rescue Dawn...

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A-Team returns to television
Sep24

A-Team returns to television

According to this article on Deadline, the iconic ‘80s juggernaut known as The A-Team is being developed for a return to TV. Fast & Furious writer-producer Chris Morgan will executive produce alongside original series creator Stephen J. Cannell’s daughter, Tawnia McKiernan with a script written by Sleepy Hollow executive producer Albert Kim. Who saw that coming? Rebooting projects with strong brand recognition isn’t exactly...

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Bryan Singer Goes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Sep18

Bryan Singer Goes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

When X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer recently said he was pretty much done with the mutants many wondered what he might do next. Here was a guy who burst on the scene with The Usual Suspects and then did some Nazi type stuff…errr….Nazi type FILMS like The Apt Pupil and Valkyrie, both of which, while quite good, were fairly overlooked. His Jack the Giant Slayer was also overlooked which made many people wonder if he could do...

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The Jungle Book (Trailer)
Sep15

The Jungle Book (Trailer)

From the company that brought you Pirates of the Caribbean (aka, Disney) comes the first look at the latest entry of live-action Disney cartoons, The Jungle Book and I gotta say, it looks pretty awesome. While I’ll probably never be completely sold on CGI the animals on display here (save Kaa, the snake) look pretty amazing. I also love the sprawling, epic, action packed angle the film is taking then they tie it all back in at the...

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We Know What the New Christopher Nolan Film (Won’t) Be
Sep10

We Know What the New Christopher Nolan Film (Won’t) Be

Look, a lot of the cool-guy blogs out there are trying to make blind guesses as to what the newly announced (set for July 21, 2017) Christopher Nolan film will be. We here at Flick Nation are going to do you one better. We’re going to name some films it certainly will NOT be. Here goes… It won’t be a Batman movie. Nolan said he‘s done with that and Affleck has the next one as director. It won’t be a remake of Annie because that just...

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Cate Blanchett, Set to Have a Ball
Sep08

Cate Blanchett, Set to Have a Ball

Luuuuucy, I’m looking for an Oscaaaaaar nomination!! O.K., maybe I should at least wait until the new biopic about Lucille Ball starring Cate Blanchett and written by Aaron Sorkin has, you know, a director before hedging bets on the films Oscar chances but, c’mon. That’s quite a dangerous duo of filmmaking awesomeness right there. Oh, what’s that? You don’t know what the hell I’m talking about? Sorry, getting way ahead of myself all...

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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (Review)
Sep04

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (Review)

The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is a force to be reckoned with. As a director or producer he has made movies about the corruption of Enron, the use of torture by the United States in Afghanistan, the U.S. occupation of Iraq, pedophilia in the Catholic Church, journalist Hunter S. Thomspon, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, athlete Lance Armstrong, the scandalized New York governor Eliot Spitzer, the war crimes of...

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Josh Gad Goes Thumbs-Up
Sep02

Josh Gad Goes Thumbs-Up

So, I had no idea this was happening but apparently there’s a movie being made called Russ and Roger Go Beyond which details the (in)famous collaboration between America’s most beloved film critic, Roger Ebert, and one of America’s most notorious schlock masters, Russ Meyer. For those who were unaware Ebert, unlike most film critics, actually has a screen credit to his name and it’s for being the co-screenwriter of Beyond the Valley...

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Review)
Sep01

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Review)

I graduated from a small, predominantly white High School in Northern California in 1989 and that summer, the theater where I hung out showed Spike Lee’s controversial film Do the Right Thing. As a burgeoning film buff I excitedly saw it opening night and was completely mortified and then, soon after that feeling passed, scared and angry. How dare this “racist” filmmaker make a film that encouraged black people to riot? How is it fair...

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Pay the Ghost- Trailer
Aug31

Pay the Ghost- Trailer

Pay the Ghost? More like “pay off all the debt you’ve accrued buying bizaare stuff,” right Nicolas Cage? Yes, it’s true, Nic Cage is broke and as a result, he’s been working a whole bunch more. Which is good in the case of movies like Joe but bad in about 95% of the other crap he’s been making and this trailer for Pay the Ghost looks to fall into that larger zone of suckage. To be fair he is in the...

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