STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (Japanese Trailer)
Nov06

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (Japanese Trailer)

A not so big secret in movie world is that the Asian market for blockbuster films is where the money’s at these days. I’m not sure why because that market also seems to be pretty big on movie piracy but the sheer force of millions of people must override that. Anyway.. Today a trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped on YouTube and it’s a trailer made for the Japanese audiences. I know this because all the...

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Anomalisa (Trailer)
Nov02

Anomalisa (Trailer)

In August of 2012 filmmaker Charlie Kaufman ran a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for his newest film, a weird stop-motion animation picture called Anomalisa. Kaufman wrote the script and Dan Harmon (of Community fame) executive produced, alongside others. Earlier this year the film played some film festivals (I missed it at Mill Valley, grrrr) where it garnered flat out rave reviews and today, we can all see what the fuss is...

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Don Verdean (Trailer)
Oct27

Don Verdean (Trailer)

Well color me intrigued by this trailer for Don Verdean, the latest film from director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). While Hess has whiffed fairly hard post-Napoleon Dynamite with Nacho Libre and Gentleman Broncos I’ve always been rooting for him and after watching this trailer, my hope springs eternal. Don Verdean is about a once famous archaeologist played by Sam Rockwell who gets hired to try and bring artifacts from the Holy...

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Room (Review)
Oct21

Room (Review)

With awards season coming up, you’ve inevitably heard about Lenny Abrahamson’s film Room, and for good reason. It’s a solid film that features a simply fantastic performance from up and coming actress Brie Larson that will more than likely get her a Best Actress nomination which is richly deserved. However as an overall film Room is on the plus side of good but Larson’s performance makes it a must-see. (This is also a difficult film...

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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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Heart Like A Hand Grenade (Review)
Oct14

Heart Like A Hand Grenade (Review)

Filmmaker John Roecker was lucky enough to be on-hand to document the recording and subsequent early performances of Green Day’s monumental album “American Idiot” and the results are the 11-years-in-the-making documentary Heart Like a Hand Grenade. While the documentary is fun and makes some nice attempts to add an artsy flavor to the typical “making of an album documentary” it does tend to drag on a bit. However fans of the band...

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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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Finders Keepers (Review)
Oct08

Finders Keepers (Review)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, o.k.? A guy goes to a storage yard sale and buys a BBQ smoker. When he gets it home to clean it out, he finds a real human foot inside. Ever the entrepreneur, the man decides to charge people money to see it but when the person who the foot belonged to gets wind of this, he wants it back. It’s his foot! However much like buying a mattress and finding cash tucked inside of it, the courts...

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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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The Revenant (Trailer)
Sep29

The Revenant (Trailer)

Well, that looks pretty fantastic, wouldn’t you say? I’m speaking of course of the new trailer for The Revenant which now looks poised to win all the awards and make all the money this winter. And if the movie is as good as that trailer, I’m pretty much cool with that. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as fur trapper Hugh Glass who, as is seen in the trailer, is attacked by a bear and left to die. He doesn’t. He gets mad. He’s seeking...

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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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The Good Dinosaur (International Trailer)
Sep21

The Good Dinosaur (International Trailer)

In America, Pixar has been slowly teasing out trailers for their next film The Good Dinosaur which opens on Thanksgiving of this year. All we’ve really seen of the film thus far is some cool looking animation, giant, looming dinosaurs and a nifty logo. Well, today Pixar released a new trailer Internationally which shows the dinosaurs speaking and even gives us a look at a little caveman who apparently joins a lost dinosaur to make...

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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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I Smile Back (Trailer)
Sep11

I Smile Back (Trailer)

I’m a big fan of the people who made I Smile Back which made its debut at this years Sundance Film Festival. Sarah Silverman is a brilliant artist and this film shows her really sinking her teeth into a role that’s not comedic, per se. I’m also a big, big fan of one of the films producers, Brian Koppelman (who has an excellent podcast you should be listing to) and his wife Amy Koppelman wrote the screenplay for the film. So, I was...

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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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Our Brand is Crisis (Trailer)
Sep08

Our Brand is Crisis (Trailer)

O.K., let’s start off with the good/great in this trailer for Our Brand is Crisis. First off, it’s great to see Sandra Bullock dropping some serious dramedy chops onscreen again. It’s what she’s best at and yes, floating in space talking to no one is not what she’s best at. Although she was actually pretty good at that. Secondly, great to see Billy Bob Thornton being a badass once again. It’s what he’s good at. Always. I also love the...

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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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