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Grand Budapest Hotel

Three contests in one week… We must be going crazy. Then again, perhaps we should have just called it ‘Reader Appreciation Week’ and come up with a kitschy logo for it. Then again, every week is reader appreciation week here at Film School Rejects. We do so adore those of you who visit the site, click through to the many wonderful articles and help us keep the lights on. In return, we like to give something back (beyond our world-renowned insight and wit). Today we’re taking a trip to the fictional Republic of Zubrowka and the Wes Anderson-devised Grand Budapest Hotel. The movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, just hit Blu-ray this week and as we’ve expressed before, the film is well worth your time. To help you get a room at The Grand Budapest, we’re giving one (1) lucky reader a prize pack that includes a Blu-ray copy of the movie and an autographed copy of the soundtrack signed by director Wes Anderson. Entering is an easy 2-step process…

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Borgman

Here in Austin (home base of Film School Rejects) there’s a saying that fills the majority of bumper stickers: Keep Austin Weird. It was originally coined as a way to speak to supporting local business. Some people — mostly gosh-damn hipsters — take it a little too far and are just weird. It’s a weird place with weird people. And the companies that exist here are a little weird sometimes, too. Few are weirder (and more beloved for it) than our friends at the Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo. When it comes to picking movies to distribute and champion, they’ve got a taste that goes beyond eclectic. It’s downright strange at times. As is the case with the dark suburban fable Borgman, the tale of an “enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle.” What sounds like the setup for an Adam Sandler comedy or an Arrested Development meta-movie featuring homeless dad is far more deranged in this particular case.  Seriously, you have to watch the trailer for this thing. Even then, you might not entirely believe it exists. But it does. And to celebrate, we’re giving away a coveted nerd item: a Borgman Mondo poster by artist Jay Shaw. More details after we subject you to the Borgman trailer below.

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Nicholas Hyde Prints

If you’re into pop culture and geek art, you’ve probably heard of Nicholas Hyde. His watercolor style minimalism captures characters in both abstract range and plain print perfection, so we’re proud to announce we’ll be giving away a few of Hyde’s pieces. The best part? You get to call the shots on what he makes. Three (3) lucky readers will win an 8×10 print featuring any character of their choosing. Want Yoda balancing on Luke? Or The Doctor allons-y-ing? All you have to do to be entered into the contest is be a subscriber to The Weekly Edition, our weekly email service that will keep you filled in on all the best of Film School Rejects. Instructions are below. We’ll choose a winner at random on Friday, June 6th at midnight central time. For those who are not already subscribers, you can enter by filling out the form below (and don’t forget to confirm your email address — only confirmed subscribers will be considered for the giveaway):

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Usually when we put together a giveaway here on Film School Rejects, it’s something simple. A copy of a new movie on DVD, a poster for an upcoming indie signed by its headlining star, sometimes even books. All of these are fine giveaways that have attracted a number of entries. But none of them are quite as good as this one. The folks at Magnolia Pictures came to us in the hopes that we’d want to give you something that may spur you on to check out Lars von Trier’s odyssey of sexuality Nymphomaniac. And while we initially wanted to give away a riding crop, we’ve found something better: a way for you to actually watch the movie. One lucky reader will win an Apple TV and a $20 iTunes gift card that can be used to rent both Nymphomaniac: Volume I and Volume II. All you have to do to be entered into the contest is be a subscriber to The Weekly Edition, our weekly email service that will keep you filled in on all the best of Film School Rejects. Instructions are below.

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Yesterday I raved about a new documentary called Teenage, which I claim to be the best teen movie of the year so far. Today I can help you find out for yourself if that’s the truth. Teenage opens in Los Angeles this Friday, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for the 7:40pm show at the Laemmle Noho 7 that evening. Actor Jason Schwartzman, who is a producer on this film, will also be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. It’s very likely that the now-classic teen movie Rushmore will be brought up, but I can’t guarantee it. But there might be a question worth asking there: which of the multiple subcultures highlighted (Wandering Birds, Swing Kids and Bright Young Things, among them) does Schwartzman think Max Fischer would have joined — the answer would probably just be “all of them,” though. It should be obvious, but to qualify for the tickets you have to live in the Los Angeles area — or be there Friday night in time for the show. The only other thing you need to do to enter is subscribe to The Weekly Edition of FSR and then let us know that you’re good to go.

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Enemy

This coming Friday, Jake Gyllenhaal will take to the silver screen in Enemy, from Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve. It’s about a disheveled history professor who sees someone in a movie that looks exactly like him, sending him spiraling down the rabbit hole in search of the truth. Beyond the prestige of a Gyllenhaal/Villeneuve reunion, the film’s also got a killer supporting cast with the likes of Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and Isabella Rossellini. It’s usually the kind of mistaken identity story that would be played for comedy, but here it appears to have taken a much darker and brooding turn. I hope this isn’t a guessed spoiler, but it’s giving me a real Orphan Black vibe. In celebration of the release of Enemy, we’d like to give you a little piece of Jake Gyllenhaal. His signature, to be exact. On a poster. We’ll also throw in a copy of the film’s soundtrack. All we ask in return is that you check out something else that may interest you: The Weekly Edition of FSR.

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. And for those of you still reading, how’d you like a chance to win a new Scream Factory Blu-ray of John Carpenter‘s Body Bags? Just leave us a comment below with the name of your favorite horror anthology and why you love it, and we’ll pick a winner on Friday 11/8. (U.S. addresses only!) White House Down John Cale (Channing Tatum) is a Capitol cop with aspirations towards the Secret Service, but while his application is rejected he gets a second shot when terrorists attack the White House with a nefarious goal in mind. Cale finds himself protecting the president (Jamie Foxx) while simultaneously trying to save his own daughter. All that and he still doesn’t get the job. Probably. You’ll have to watch. Director Roland Emmerich‘s film had the misfortune of following the near-identical Olympus Has Fallen into theaters, but while most folks will tell you you can only like one or the other I’m here to say I love them both. Olympus is the better action film, but while this one does just fine in that department its real strength is its energy and sheer entertainment value. The effects are shady, and I’m fairly certain there’s not a single scene in the film that was actually filmed outdoors, but Tatum and Foxx have fantastic chemistry that when combined with an absolutely ridiculous script will have you smiling […]

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Not everyone agrees that horror and comedy can work together in unison, but those people are fools. Insidious, Return of the Living Dead, and Cabin in the Woods are just a few examples of movies that mix laughs and gore (and/or scares) to near genre perfection. Not to be outdone the beautiful land of Australia has gotten into the action with 100 Bloody Acres. It’s heavier on the laughs than the scares, but it’s chock full of the red stuff. And now you can win your very own copy on Blu-ray! All you have to do to win is hit the comments section below and offer up your best caption for the picture above by end of day Tuesday (10/1). From there, we’ll choose a random winner (or the one that makes us laugh the loudest) to receive a Blu-ray of this very funny, very bloody, and very Australian movie. It’s that simple. Winners must live in the U.S. No P.O. Boxes. OK? The film is a sweet little tale of two brothers struggling to keep their fertilizer company afloat without sacrificing quality. Instead, they’re sacrificing people to maintain quality. It’s tough being a small business owner these days. 100 Bloody Acres hits Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on Tuesday, October 1st. Check out the trailer and official synopsis below.

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We can only imagine what Robert De Niro is saying to the man on the ground in the above image, but why do that when we can have you imagine it for us? In addition to simply having fun putting words into De Niro’s mouth you’ll also be entered into a contest for the chance to win a Blu-ray bundle featuring Gangs of New York, The Godfather Collection, Goodfellas, Heat, and Scarface. All you have to do to win is hit the comments section below and offer up your best caption by Sunday (9/15). From there, we’ll choose a random winner (or the one that makes us laugh the loudest) to receive this murder and “f*ck”-filled Blu-ray prize pack. It’s that simple. Winners must live in the U.S. No P.O. Boxes. OK? And who do we have to thank for this bounty? Luc Besson and Relativity Media of course! Can you believe The Family is his first feature to get a wide release in the U.S. since 1999’s The Messenger? He’s made six other movies since then, but while films about angels, gnomes, a female Indiana Jones, and Burma’s troubles never got the chance to reach an audience here it seems all Besson had to do was make an action-comedy about a mob family enduring witness relocation in rural France. Add De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, and you have yourself a winner! Hopefully. The Family hits theaters this Friday. Check out the trailer and official synopsis below.

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Poppy Hill Caption

The above image needs a caption, you need a Blu-ray copy of From Up on Poppy Hill, the latest release from Studio Ghibli. The good news is that we’ve got a few copies of the Blu-ray release, which is out this week, to give away to our clever commenters. All you have to do to win is hit the comments section below and offer up your best caption by Sunday (9/8). From there, we’ll choose five (5) random winners to receive a Blu-ray. It’s that simple. Winners must live in the U.S. No PO Boxes. Watch the From Up On Poppy Hill trailer below:

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Sundance hit and bonafide charmer, Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ The Kings of Summer continues world domination this weekend as it rolls out to thirty-odd new theaters, giving you fans of great teen cinema even less of an excuse not to catch the comedic gem on a big screen near you. To celebrate its theater expansion (and, also to celebrate just how much we love this film), we’re happy to be giving away a massive prize pack of five new alternative posters for the film. The new posters come to us from artists Rich Kelly, Jon Wilcox, Jay Ryan, eBoy, and Adam Schickling. Still better? The Kelly and Wilcox joints will arrive at your house signed by their artists. Want to decorate the walls of your newly-built summer hideaway with not one, not two, not even three, not even four, but five specially-designed posters for The Kings of Summer? Hit the break to find out how. You can also check out big versions of all five posters for your discerning eye to contemplate.

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Adventure Time Caption Contest

It’s been a while since we’ve done a truly enjoyable, deep thought provoking contest around these parts. Mostly because that kind of thing is boring. Unless, of course, it has to do with something very fun like Adventure Time. Around Reject HQ, we’re big fans of the animated adventures of Jake, Finn, Princess Bubblegum and their odd cast of supporting characters. As you might expect, we’re also excited about the DVD and Blu-ray release of season 2 next week. In celebration, we’ve scored a few sweet little prize packs that we’d like to give away. What do you need to do to enter? Caption the photo above. More details after the jump.

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The Bible

If you’re sifting through the ultra-thin of the Good Book and thinking, “This really needs to get a hi-def upgrade,” then this contest is for you. We’re giving away two (2) Blu-ray copies of The Bible, the 10-part miniseries from The History Channel. All you have to do is head over to our Facebook page, share our Blu-ray Bible post (by midnight Pacific time tonight), and you’ll be entered to win (US and Canada only please). We’ll choose two winners at random. Double your chances to win by commenting on the Facebook post with which part of the Greatest Story Ever Told would make a great horror movie. Good luck to all who enter!

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Zero Dark Thirty

This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering! Still trying to find bin Laden? Sounds like you need to revisit Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty. In celebration of the home video release of one of 2012’s finest films, we’re giving away two very cool prize packs. Each pack includes one ZDT t-shirt and one script book (you can read it while you watch the movie, you big nerd!), and one pack will include a Blu-ray of the film, while the other will include a DVD. So how do you win? Well, you’re going to have to find us! Ahem, on Twitter. Hit the break to read our very precise, years-in-the-making, social media-fueled instructions on how to win your very own Zero Dark Thirty prize pack.

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The Place Beyond the Pines

This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering! Want to see Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines for free? While also wearing a shirt from the film? And jamming out to its soundtrack? And decorating your home with its (Ryan Gosling-heavy) poster? Have we got a present for you! One person will win our The Place Beyond the Pines prize pack, which includes a $25 Visa Gift card to see the film in theatres, a t-shirt, a poster, and a copy of the film’s original soundtrack (with score by Mike Patton). In addition to Mike Patton’s score, the album features tracks by Vladimir Ivanoff, Arvo Park, Bon Iver, Ennio Morricone, and more. The Place Beyond the Pines, written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder; directed by Cianfrance; and starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Ben Mendelsohn, and Ray Liotta, will hit limited release on March 29, with a nationwide release to follow on April 12. Hit the break to read our very precise, meme-based, social media-fueled instructions on how to win your very own The Place Beyond the Pines prize pack (cool pictures of said prize pack included).

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After hearing about it for almost two years, you’ve probably been scratching your arm skin off to get a chance to own This Must Be The Place on DVD. Well, we’ve got good news for you (and bad news about your inability to regrow skin). We’ve giving three (3) DVDs away, and if you want to get your hands on a copy, all you have to do is share this post on Facebook (through the little button in the bottom right hand corner of the post) or go to our Facebook page and sharing the contest post that’s slapped up over there. US Residents only. Sorry, all other countries. Do it by tomorrow (2/12) at midnight, and you’re entered to win. Then watch the trailer over and over and over again until we pick three random winners:

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Hitchcock Movie

The above picture needs a caption, and you need a Blu-ray of Hitchcock. You’ve come to the right place. You and the picture. Because that picture is sentient. All you have to do to win is hit the comments section below and offer up your best caption by Friday (3/8). From there, we’ll choose three (3) random winners to receive a Blu-ray of the Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren-starring film. Good luck to all who enter, and if you want to brush up on your Alfred Hitchcock, we’ve got you covered.

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Are you a fan of naked ladies, guns, death, betrayal, and naked ladies? If so, we’ve got the series for you! Femme Fatales aired on Cinemax, so you know it’s naughty, and features fourteen episodes of bad girls doing bad things. Inspired and influenced by pulp stories, graphic novels, and film noir, this sexy girl power awesomeness can be yours – and yours, and yours, and yours, and yours, and yours. That’s right, you can count it again – six lucky readers are taking home, err, having delivered, a copy of the series and potentially much more! Interested? I know you are.

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Sons of Anarchy

The popular FX show Sons of Anarchy has carved out a name for itself thanks to gripping stories, brutal violence, and a unique sound. The show often features covers of well known tunes performed by The Forest Rangers, a band closely associated with the show. If you’re a fan of the show, or just love good music, let’s hope your lucky because we’ve got Songs of Anarchy Volume 2 available for one fortunate reader. Here are the details:

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Bully Contest

One of the most popular and powerful documentaries of last year, Lee Hirsch’s Bully is a film about the continuing crisis of bullying, which affects kids nationwide. In our own review, we call it “an intense, heartbreaking movie that every parent and school official should see.” Now it’s also a particularly important topic relevant to discussions of school violence. And it finally arrives on home video this Tuesday (February 12) on the heels of winning the Audience Choice award at the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors and finishing out the year as the fourth highest-grossing doc of 2012. You can go ahead and buy a copy right away, or you can try to win a DVD from Film School Rejects, and we’ll throw in a couple promotional anti-bullying rubber wristbands, on which are printed “IT’S TIME TO TAKE A STAND.” The DVD, from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Compay, features a bunch of bonus tracks, including six deleted scenes (half of which star the teen subject Alex and then one each for Kelby, Caine and Jake). There are also other videos of Alex updating us on how he’s doing today and his appearance on Good Morning America. Another bonus video stars Meryl Streep talking about the film and the issue. 

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