I'll never forget watching Inception in theaters

Children know that when school is over, it's time for the good movies. Superheroes, robots, aliens, and other out-worldly forces take over movie theaters to provide relief, escapism, and as we learn later in life, nostalgia. It is these summer blockbusters that stick out to us in our memories—we can remember who we were watching with, where we were in life, what our fashion sense was back then, and so on. Movies might be memorable, but the experience of watching them is something we can't forget.

Flixist Group Feature: White Whales

Is the opposite of a Christmas miracle a 'Christmas crime?' If that's the case, I may as well be a Christmas criminal. In the pantheon of holiday movies that everyone gets obsessed about for an entire month, Elf starring Will Ferrell is certainly up there. It was one of those movies that had a trailer that I felt looked stupid as a child, but to my surprise, it's become a popular culture staple. I missed it in theaters, not out of any sort of protest, but I guess it just wasn't on my family's radar at the time.

Flixist Holiday Group Feature

Folks, I realize that such a holiday-centered group feature should be wholesome, but when it comes to Christmas traditions, the only constant every year is that I am forced to watch the cinematic travesty known as Love Actually. This may come across as a wee bit harsh, but at least once a month, this movie comes up in my head and I devote some portion of my being feeling absolute hatred over it. Why is this, you ask? I love a good energetic ensemble story, but everyone in Love Actually acts either creepy, weird, or both.

Flixist Group Feature: Dumbest Horror Movie Concepts

[In this group feature about the 'dumbest horror movie concepts,' Chris wrote about the film One Missed Call.] 'New technology will murder you' seems to be the premise of most stupid horror movies. Off the top of my head, I can think of movies with gruesome deaths involving Skype, social media, wi-fi, and so on and so forth. Perhaps even The Ring counts during an era where VHS tapes were novel. But the first one that always comes to mind is a little film, which unsurprisingly is a remake of a Japanese film, called One Missed Call. What is it this time? Cellphones, man.

Flixist Fall 2018 Preview

[In this Flixist Fall movie preview, Chris contributes a blurb about Creed II.] History is catching up to Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), with a new challenger in Ivan Drago's son (Florian Munteanu). Determined to avenge the death of his father at Drago's hand in Rocky IV, Creed once again trains under Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), but he must question whether to prioritize his revenge over both his own safety and his family, including his girlfriend and mother of his child (Tessa Thompson).

Mission: Impossible - Fallout was the best damn movie of the summer

Ah, the summer. After the early year doldrums, moviegoers can finally sink their teeth into a feast that includes numerous sequels, reboots, adaptations, and crappy horror movies. Provided your MoviePass still works, there's a whole lot to choose from. Sure, you can argue that summer blockbusters are more formulaic than they've ever been—but they're still damn fun. Besides, just wait until Oscar season starts, when cold, calculated, awards bait begins to populate the theaters.

Get to know your Flixist writers: We love bad movies and aren't afraid to admit it

(This group feature was about bad movies that the Flixist writers enjoy—Chris's contribution was Jupiter Ascending.) I remember after watching Cloud Atlas, one of my favorite movies of all time, I gained a trust for the Wachowski sisters and knew that I would be down for anything they have to offer creatively. I was unprepared for their follow-up, Jupiter Ascending, and I had never felt more betrayed in my life. The first time I saw it, I was unable to process the images being flashed before me. The plot was at times, predictable, and other times, non-sensical.

How to understand the insanity that is the Flixist writers

(This is a collaborative feature with the other Flixist writers.) Listen, I loves me some Paul Thomas Anderson, I'm all over the Coen brothers, and I'd love to have Quentin Tarantino movies injected into my bloodstream—but sometimes, I just want to watch people beat the living shit out each other. And while there are plenty of these wonderful things that we call 'moving pictures,' there is something so tight, efficient and enjoyable about what Anthony and Joe Russo do with their first Marvel Cinematic Universe contribution.