October 6, 2010
The Last Exorcism… How we Really Felt About It

Daniel Stamm’s, The Last Exorcism is a new take on the previous Exorcism thrillers that have had audiences out of their minds since the very first movie debuted back in 1973.  The faux-documentary style applied to this film turned out to be a pretty successful way to execute its production, considering that the technique could have gone terribly wrong and come across as a cheap, tacky cinematic trick.

The movie follows evangelistic pastor, Reverend Cotton Marcus, played by TV actor Patrick Fabian.  The handsome and charming reverend originally began his career in order to spread the seed of Christianity nationwide, but behind his true believer facade, Cotton’s faith is actually deeply disillusioned and he has assembled a film crew to document his last hurrah as a man of God.  Cotton plans on performing a final exorcism to expose the fraud behind the practice, so when he gets a letter from a distressed, alcoholic gentleman, Louis Sweetzer, asking him to release the demon spirit from his seemingly schizophrenic teenaged daughter, Nell (Ashley Bell), Cotton pays a visit to the rural back woods of Louisiana.  He wholeheartedly believes that Nell’s condition has nothing to do with evil spirits but with film crew in tow, the reverend ends up unknowingly walking into a situation that potentially has Satan himself written all over it.

The acting of the major characters in this film is absolutely phenomenal.  First of all, the chilling body contortions that Bell performed when her character was possessed were more horrific than any special effects or stage make up could ever be.  She was very convincing in every aspect of the film, weather she was playing Nell as an innocent adolescent or a demon possessed maniac. 

Then there was Fabian, who was clearly the perfect choice for the potentially star-making role of Reverend Cotton Marcus.  He executed all of the conflict this character was feeling inside without making it seem like acting.  The audience experiences his blatant lack of faith as he proves that he himself, not God, is the one leading his church, when he preaches a sermon about banana bread.  He then goes into the exorcism with all of his tricks of the trade, leading the Sweetzer family to believe that evil spirits, not his booby traps, are causing the commotion as poor Nell gets exercised.  Not to mention the fact that he’s charging these people for, essentially, a magic show, when they really believe that he can save them from the gates of Hell.  But then, the audience also gets to see the heroic side of Cotton.  Although he is a fraud and sometimes a bit arrogant, he feels a responsibility towards Nell and her safety.  He sticks around even after he’s been paid and situations get strange, when many others would run for the hills.  Cotton’s emotional contradictions evolve as the film plays out and he had no choice but to do all that he can to become Nell’s Hero.

The last Exorcism is a smart, complex horror film that will leave audiences guessing.  To get your tickets to see the Last Exorcism, visit Streaming Flix today!

October 1, 2010
A Solute to Morgan Freeman

Today, Steaming Flix would like to honor a seasoned, critically acclaimed, award winning actor.  In a society obsessed with youth, this older, but handsome gentleman has been relevant to pop culture since his first film was released in 1971.  He’s been gracing the silver screen, the small screen and Broadway’s stages for almost thirty years now, and has only scratched the surface.  He’s the epitome of a household name and a star of some of the most famous classics of all time.  Morgan Freeman, we solute you!

Taking a look back at Freeman’s career is like looking at the portfolio of one of the classic Renaissance painters; his work stands the test of time. 

One of his most famous films is 1994’s classic, The Shawshank Redemption.  In it hey plays “Red”, an inmate serving a life sentence in the Shawshank State Penitentiary.  New inmate, Andy (Tim Robbins) has been convicted of killing his wife and her lover, based on strong circumstantial evidence and is placed in the prison as well.  Red immediately takes Andy under his wing and they become fast friends. The movie gives an inside look at the lives of Red, Andy and all of the men in Shawshank and how they overcome adversity through all of the trials that being in prison in the late 1940’s brings.  The role of Red was originally written for a middle aged Irishman, but after Freeman’s audition, director Frank Darabont couldn’t see anyone else playing that part.  That year, Freeman was nominated for an Academy Award in the best actor category for his outstanding work in The Shawshank Redemption.

In March of the Penguins, Morgan Freeman narrates an eye opening documentary about the journey that Antarctica’s emperor penguins must take each year, through treacherous grounds, to get to their nests.  Penguins are usually portrayed as comical animals waddling around in their tuxedos, but this film shows the strength and resilience that these birds possess.  Freeman does a beautiful job as narrator to this captivating story, revealing the dangerous quest these special creatures must embark upon.

In Freeman’s latest film project Invictus, he plays South African president Nelson Mandela.  This biographical drama explores South Africa in the 1990’s when Mandela was released from prison.  Immediately after his release, he worked to allow the blacks in the country to vote and in 1994, he was officially elected as  the nation’s leader.  His immediate challenge was to boost the country’s moral with racial tensions still prevalent among blacks and whites.  During a rugby match, Mandela noticed that the non whites were cheering against South African’s home team.  Fully aware that South Africa is to host the World Rugby Cup in one year, he calls a meeting with team captain Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon).  Pienaar understands that if their team can gain the support of the blacks and win the Rugby Cup, South Africa will be united.  Mandela also shares with Pienaar that the poem, “Invictus” inspired him when he was imprison, encouraging him to “stand up when he wanted to lie down”.  Freeman was, again, nominated for best actor in the Academy Award ceremony for his portrayal of Mandela in Invictus.

Morgan Freeman is one of the most respected actors in all of Hollywood.  With thirty years of work under his belt, we have no choice but to applaud all he’s done for the entertainment industry.  To add Morgan Freeman’s films to you home collection, visit Streaming Flix.

August 31, 2010

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August 26, 2010
James Franco: Not Just Another Pretty Face

Everyone remembers James Franco from the movie Pineapple Express, right?  He starred in the comedy as eye candy next to Seth Rogen, and in it, walked the fine line between being endearing and utterly stupid…  And what about his character in the recently released, hilarious DVD, Date Night, starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey?  He kept up his babe magnet appearance but James wasn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed in that either.  Well, my friends, don’t let the dumb guy roles fool you, because, apparently, James is not only a sinfully handsome slice of beef cake with enough charisma to fill the Staples Center, but he happens to be a smart cookie; he recently earned his Masters degree in creative writing from UCLA.  It’s nice to see that, every now and then, Hollywood stumbles upon someone who values good ol’ fashion education.

In fact, James is taking his scholarly status one step further and has enrolled at Yale University in order to earn his PhD in English, and he’s not stopping there, folks. Franco recently made a comment on Good Morning America stating that plans for him to teach a class at Yale are already in the works.  But apparently, James was starting to get a little too big for his educational-britches, and Yale’s English Department Chair, Michael Warner, had to put him in check.  Warner stated that PhD students don’t ordinarily start teaching until their third year and what Franco was referring to was a proposal for a college seminar that didn’t work out for this upcoming semester.  Woops! 

Now, it’s no secret that when Hollywood actors enroll in college programs, like James has, it’s sometimes viewed as less than impressive. People figure that the celebrity was only admitted because of their famous face; not because they’re actually qualified.  Could it be that Yale’s admissions board is just as star struck by James as the rest of America?  What do you think? 

Whatever the situation is, any girl is turned on by a book smart cutie pie, so of course we here at Streaming Flix fully support James in all of his academic endeavors.  And as long as he continues to make movies you love, you can continue to buy and rent James Franco’s films from StreamingFlix.

August 20, 2010
Single Lady to Motherhood: Jennifer Aniston in The Switch

Wonder if Jennifer Aniston is going to take a cue from her new movie,
The Switch, and make some babies on her own? For now, you’ll just have to wait and see after you buy your movie tickets to it on StreamingFlix.com.

July 28, 2010
Boy’s Can’t Seem to Get Enough of ‘Ramona and Beezus’ Star, Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez isn’t just acting these days.  Her love life is proof that she’s the most popular girl among all of the young boys in Hollywood.  She’s been in Relationships with musician, Nick Jonas and Taylor Lautner (Twilight) and has been liked to Glee’s star Mark Salling and teenage heartthrob Justin Beiber.  With all of those guys in her back pocket, it’s a wonder she has time for anything else.  

However, Selena has managed to squeeze in starring in an adorable family film based on a classic Beverly Cleary’s novel.  Ramona and Beezus is a movie that will melt the hearts of the young and the young in spirit.  The flick also stars Joey King as young Ramona Quimby.  She’s a small girl with a big imagination, but she’s also slightly accident prone and has a tendency to constantly get under her older sister, Beezus’ (Selena Gomez) skin.  However Ramona’s sense fun and adventurous ways will come in handy when she devises a plan to help her family save their home.

There are also a few other familiar faces in this delightful motion picture.  John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Sex and the City 2) and Bridget Moynahan play Robert and Dorothy Quimby, Ramona and Beezus’ parents and, star of He’s Just Jot That Into You, Ginnifer Goodwin, plays the girl’s Aunt Bea.  Ramona and Beezus tells a warm story about a creative and enthusiastic young girl and her family staying upbeat and positive through a tough time.  who can’t relate to that?!  Treat your family to a showing of this endearing tale and buy your tickets to Ramona and Beezus at Streaming Flix today! 

July 26, 2010
'Inception' and 'Salt' Go Head-to-Head at the Box Office

Another hectic box office weekend has come and gone and the dust has finally settled.  So now, who is left standing? Here’s the Top 10 breakdown!

10. Predators - This bloody battle between humans and aliens finished off the weekend with $2.4 million.

9. The Last Air-Bender- M. Knight Shyamalan’s adaptation of the anime series raked in $4.2 million.

8.  The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - The ever popular vampire/human/werewolf love triangle earned $7.0 million this weekend.

7. Grown-Ups - This hilarious comedy depicted a reunion between old high school friends and ended the weekend with $7.6 million.

6. Ramona and Beezus - This film brings Beverly Cleary’s exciting children’s novel to life and also brought in $8.0 million over the weekend.

5. Toy Story 3 - The latest addition in the wildly popular Toy Story adventures topped off the weekend with $ $9.0 million.

4. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice - Disney’s latest film portrays a master sorcerer who chooses an average, run of the mill guy to defend New York from impending danger and earned 9.7 million thiss weekend at the box office.

3. Despicable Me - This 3-D animated film features the world’s second most dangerous villain and brought in $24.1 million this weekend.

2. Salt- This action packed thriller heated up the competition, finishing with a whopping $36.5 million, but still, didn’t manage to beat rival box office buster….

Inception as the number one money maker this weekend. Christopher Nolan and his star-studded cast featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ellen Page, has done it again! With a $43.5 million weekend, Inception remained victorious against the highly anticipated film, Salt, starring Angelina Jolie. Will Salt be able to close the gap and make a comeback next week for the top spot, or will Inception continue to reign supreme at the box office? Stay tuned in with Streaming Flix to find out!

July 22, 2010
Lindsay Lohan in Trouble…. Again

Everybody loves the remake of 1961’s version of The Parent Trap starring Lindsay Lohan.  The adorable little red head portrays twins, one American and one British, beautifully.  Looking back at the modern family classic, Lohan is the shining image of a young lady with a long, successful career in Hollywood ahead of her.

Fast forward 12 years, however, and Lohan’s image no longer looks so squeaky clean.  Since her innocent Parent Trap days, Lindsay has been to jail, rehab and now, she’s on her way back to the clinker one more time.  What happened, LiLo? 


Apparently, Lindsay is having a tough time abiding by those pesky terms of her probation.  She was sentence by a judge to a 90 day stint in jail followed by 90 days of in patient rehab for violating those rules.  The jail sentence was later reduced to 14 days, (what a surprise) and at the end of her trial, the starlet was escorted in handcuffs out of the courtroom by an officer.  All the while Lohan’s mother and sister bore witness, as well as her no longer estranged father, who shouted out “We love you, Lindsay” as his daughter was lead to meet her fate.  Boo hoo. 

Granted, Lindsay is a total train wreck now, but growing up in the spotlight didn’t used to be all bad for the young actress.  She starred in the extremely successful teenage film, Mean Girls and also did another classic remake of Freaky Friday, just to name a few.  She showed a lot of talent and was a rising star among her peers.  So maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Perhaps little Miss Lohan can shock everyone and rise again, making a come back, not only in her career, but personally as well.

Lindsay will be appearing in a role in the upcoming film Machete, starring Danny Trejo and Robert De Niro, so only time (and the critics) will tell if her acting chops are still as sharp as they used to be.  Until then, Streaming Flix wishes her the best of luck in her recovery process.  Meanwhile, continue to buy and rent Lindsay Lohand’s movies on StreamingFlix.com.

July 20, 2010
Streaming Flix Presents: New Releases

At Streaming Flix, we strive to get you all the movies you want. This week, we have three exclusive new releases for your viewing pleasure:


The Runaways

Starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, The Runaways is a biopic of the 70s band of the same name. The movie chronicles The Runaways’ rise to stardom from 1975-1977 from their first single “Cherry Bomb” to their last biggest hit which was ironically named “Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin”. Stewart and Fanning are stunning in this coming-of-age movie about a group of teenage girls who become the first all-girl rock band to ever break the scene.

Cop Out

Cop Out (directed by Kevin Smith), stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan in this hilarious cop comedy. Willis is a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card has just been stolen. He must retrieve the card because it’s the only way he can pay for his daughter’s wedding. To get the card back, he enlists the help of his old partner.

The Losers

The Losers follows the story of the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle for a standard mission, but soon find themselves embroiled in a lethal web of betrayal. Left for dead, “the Losers” make plans to even the score. They must find out who betrayed them, but they soon find themselves deep in a much bigger scheme.

July 19, 2010
Streaming Flix Presents: INCEPTION 
The entire world is buzzing about the #1 movie in America: Inception. Rather than give you a movie summary (because anything we say can spoil the movie for you), >Streaming Flix will give you reasons WHY you should go see Inception NOW:
Christopher Nolan is a genius. With classics like Memento, Dark Knight, and Batman Begins, it’s hard to expect anything less than perfection from this award-winning director. You can check out his movies at our Streaming Flix site.
The previews only give you a taste of the dream world. In the movie, it is perfectly crafted and cleverly designed. Everything a dream world should and could be.
This is one of the first movies in a long time that assumes the audience is intelligent. It’s a beautiful breath of fresh air. A movie that makes you think? Why not… it’s summer, anyway.
The acting from the entire cast is flawless. They each offer different styles to the movie to make it more real. 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is absolutely sexy in this movie (no bias whatsoever). And talented.

Streaming Flix Presents: INCEPTION

The entire world is buzzing about the #1 movie in America: Inception. Rather than give you a movie summary (because anything we say can spoil the movie for you), >Streaming Flix will give you reasons WHY you should go see Inception NOW:

  1. Christopher Nolan is a genius. With classics like Memento, Dark Knight, and Batman Begins, it’s hard to expect anything less than perfection from this award-winning director. You can check out his movies at our Streaming Flix site.
  2. The previews only give you a taste of the dream world. In the movie, it is perfectly crafted and cleverly designed. Everything a dream world should and could be.
  3. This is one of the first movies in a long time that assumes the audience is intelligent. It’s a beautiful breath of fresh air. A movie that makes you think? Why not… it’s summer, anyway.
  4. The acting from the entire cast is flawless. They each offer different styles to the movie to make it more real.
  5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is absolutely sexy in this movie (no bias whatsoever). And talented.

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