Reject Radio’s 150th Episode Nostalgia Extravaganza

For our 150th episode, we decided to go back to the first show’s conversations, and we discovered something mildly depressing: that the discussions are pretty much the same. In 2012, we’re still talking about the topics of 2009; Transformers (a fourth is on the way), G.I. Joe (a delayed sequel is coming), Avatar (a dozen follow-ups will keep James Cameron busy until he retires), Marvel flicks (which have dominated) and remakes (which have not).

Good thing we changed the format of the show a while back.

Beyond the great repetition, reviewing the news from 3 years ago reveals a lot about the state of modern filmmaking through the lens of hindsight. Werner Herzog is a highlight, and revisiting the releases (Drag Me To Hell and Up) gives us an idea of what might actually endure.

On this week’s show, we re-form the team from that pilot episode – site publisher Neil Miller and associate editor Rob Hunter – to dip ourselves in the cool waters of nostalgia and try to figure out what, if anything, is different about the movie-making landscape after 150 shows.

Download Episode #150

On This Week’s Show:

Segment 1: The Week of June 1, 2009 [0:00 – 27:30]

  • First: A Little History
  • Then: Iron Man might be an alcoholic Now: Marvel rules the world
  • Then: The first images of The Fallen Now: Michael Bay returning for a fourth Transformers
  • Then: The first Bad Lieutenant trailer is awesome Now: Werner Herzog continues to be awesome
  • Then: The first Avatar concept art Now: The threat of many more Avatars to come
  • Then: G.I. Joe gets a boring poster Now: G.I. Joe can barely get a release date

Segment 2: Movies Re-visited [27:30 – 47:30]

Segment 3: The World Famous Third Segment [47:30 – 60:00]

  • Then: Too many remakes! Now: Too many remakes!

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Last Time on the Show:

Movies Are the Quickest Way to the Human Heart: Wayne White and Neil Berkeley on Beauty is Embarrassing

Next Time on the Show:

All throughout October, horror filmmakers will discuss their favorite scary movies. First up, Joe Dante. Tune in next Thursday.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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