For years now, we’ve built the success of Film School Rejects on some damn good writers. And while much of the day-to-day news and notes come from myself and Dr. Cole Abaius (mostly me), our exceptional group of contributors are the ones that deliver what I call the “heavy hitters,” the weekly columns. Taking on topics from film culture to films from around the world to that which makes them angry, these writers deliver the best content of every day. That’s just my opinion, I know, but as someone who reads every article on this site, I’m pretty confident that our columns are the tops.
With that in mind, we’re announcing a new schedule of columns — some new and some established — for 2010. Joining staples like Boiling Point and Foreign Objects are a few cool new weeklies, which I hope that you will check out. As a service to our readers, I would like to give you a bit of a preview of all of our weekly columns below. Will you join me?
Old Ass Movies
Dr. Cole Abaius and a staple of our other contributors bring movies out of the vault and present the best cinema of old. The rules: the film must have been released before 1960. Think of it as a weekly service, providing you with a classic film to watch so that you can show up your friends with some classic film knowledge.
The Reject Report (Weekly Recap)
Box office predictor and analyzer extraordinaire John Cairns completes your weekend with box office results and analysis. Need to know how much money Avatar made as it won the box office yet again? This is the place to go every week.
Robert Fure is mad. He’s perpetually on the edge, just waiting for Hollywood to do something worthy of an epic weekly rant. His rants are famous, and Boiling Point is our longest-running, most beloved column. The most fun? The fights in the comments. Don’t miss that.
Our first new column, written by yours truly. Every weekend, I will be taking part in some sort of entertainment-based experiment. Based on personal challenges (watching scary movies, most likely), reader challenges and dares from other staff members, I will be performing some sort of task that is outside of my comfort zone. It’s certainly something that you should check out, as I will undoubtedly be making a fool of myself.
Film school graduate Landon Palmer takes a look at film as art, something the rest of us don’t always do. Once we found out he had a film degree, we locked him in a room, forcing him to spend his time identifying cultural trends in the film world. Those findings are channeled into the always fascinating column known as Culture Warrior.
This Week in DVD
Rob Hunter loves many things. Chief among these things are obscure Japanese imports that feature Asian gals in really short skirts. If you like that sort of thing as well, you’ll love his weekly look at what is out on DVD. For the rest of us, he also breaks down the mainstream releases (alongside the obscure picks) in an easy-to-follow buy, rent and avoid format.
This Week in Blu-ray
To go with Rob Hunter’s fetish for the standard home entertainment format, I also break into your home with a round of weekly Blu-ray picks. This year’s goal: write this column consistently every week. Seriously, this is the year. My affinity for high definition discs must be delivered unto the world. And your bank accounts must be emptied, slowly.
Weekly DVD Drinking Game
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the comment section over the years, it is that many of our readers like to drink. Not all of you, but many of you. So while Kevin Carr’s weekly game of drunken debauchery isn’t for everyone, it is beloved by many. Drink responsibly, and drink often. And keep watching those movies, ya drunkards.
Rob Hunter, back again. And on Wednesday, his love for all things foreign and well, the girls in skirts, is back with a look at the latest in notable films from outside the borders of the United States. Yes, they make movies elsewhere in the world. And yes, they’re just as good, if not better. So bring a notepad and take notes.
Movies We Love
Everyone loves movies. It goes without saying that we here at FSR are included in that. So to satisfy our need to share that love of movies with readers around the world, we have our staff column dedicated to the movies we love. This ranges from the obvious (we’ve got some big ones to cover in 2010) to the more interesting picks (Dr. Abaius is still living down Josie and the Pussycats). But no matter the pick, they all have one thing in common: they are loved.
The Coroner’s Report
There is more than one doctor hanging around the halls of Reject HQ. This time, it is our Dr. Robert Fure, the man who slices and dices the latest in horror releases with his now patented report structure. Need to know what movies will twist your stomach, excite your adrenaline fever and soak you in blood? There is no better place to go.
The Reject Report (Weekend Preview)
Another round of The Reject Report from box office watcher John Cairns. This time, John runs you through all of the weekends releases (complete with trailers) and forecasts the box office. Show up to disagree in the comments, show up to watch some trailers. Doesn’t matter why. Just show up and be better off for it.
Kevin Carr’s Weekly Report Card
Love him or hate him (my opinion changes weekly), there’s one thing you can’t deny about Kevin Carr. The man sees just about every single release over the course of the year. This makes him the perfect go-to guy for a weekly look at what’s good, what’s bad and what is otherwise notable. Every Friday, Kevin breaks down the releases and gives you a guide as to whether or not they are worth your time and money.
Some columns give you old movies to watch, others give you foreign films or thrilling horror films. Brian Salisbury’s weekly slice of FSR gives you bad movies. Not simply bad, but so bad that they are delicious. So bad, even though they taste so good. It is similar to eating the junkfood items he pairs with each week’s selection. Except the movies won’t make you fat. At least, we don’t think so.
This Week in Movie Posters
Another new entry into our arsenal celebrates yet another mostly unhealthy addiction of mine. I collect movie posters, almost obsessively. It drives everyone from my interior decorator to my accountant crazy, but keeps me happy. Whether it is the newest posters for the latest films or classic gems from talented artists around the web, I’m keeping an eye on it. And all of our walls will be more colorful for it.
Print to Projector
You may sometimes wonder why Dr. Cole Abaius doesn’t write as many articles as myself. The truth is that he’s always busy reading books. I’ve tried to tell him that he can just watch movies instead, but to no avail. He insists upon reading words printed on paper. This allows him to write about books that should be movies, alerting you to the stories of tomorrow. At least that’s the idea.
Even though they’d probably do it every day if I’d let them, we let two of our writers fight it out (in written form) once a week. The topics are ever-changing, as our the combatants. In the end, it’s usually a fascinating discussion that continues on well after our own Josh Radde has put it all together and published it.
Throughout the year, we may add some new columns as new writers are brought on and new ideas are presented. But for now, we’re reasonably sure that you’ll have a good time with these.
What do you think of our weekly columns? Are there any that you particularly like or don’t like, and why?