Reject Recap: ‘Lincoln’ Relevance, ‘Life of Pi’ for Best Picture and ‘Star Wars’ Brings Back Kasdan

Are Most Special Editions and Collector’s Editions a Scam?

In this week’s Boiling Point, Robert ranted about the frustrating issue of non-special Special Editions and non-collectible Collector’s Editions for Blu-ray and DVD releases. It’s not a particularly new observation, but it is worth addressing as we enter gift-buying season. He wrote, “What I do have a problem with is calling what should be a normal release the “Special Edition.” The DVD should be called the Unspecial or the Barebones or, accurately, the Rental Edition. […] There is just nothing special about a release that has the extras it’s supposed to. When did the standard release become special? Why is getting what we always got supposed to be somehow better than it used to be?”


Could Jack the Giant Slayer Be the Biggest Surprise of 2013?

Jack the Giant KillerWhile it won’t be on anyone’s top ten list this year, many of us were pleasantly surprised at how Snow White and the Huntsmen turned out. Could another fairy tale adaptation have the same effect on us next year? In a posting of the second trailer for Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer, our own Jack (the bad movie slayer?) stirred up some readers while contemplating the troubled film’s potential. “There is an inherent clunkiness to this preview which is so unlike Singer,” he wrote. “If his name wasn’t on the film, along with his equally talented frequent collaborator Christopher McQuarrie, it would be even easier to write off Jack the Giant Slayer as one of 2013?s projects heading for doom. However, with those talents behind the project, it could also turnout to be next year’s biggest surprise.”


The 10 Craziest Movie Moments To Ever Go Down At A Shopping Mall

This week’s list from David Christopher Bell is very appropriate for the holiday shopping season. Yesterday may have been the busiest you’ll see the mall all year, but the crowds will be rather large for the next month. To put things into perspective, though, you might want to check out some of the 10 craziest scenes set in a shopping mall, including great moments from Back to the Future, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Terminator 2 (time travel and malls go hand in hand apparently). Also, Observe and Report, which was compared to a film you might not have compared it to yourself: “This film is not unlike Jaws. Really. Seth Rogen would be Brody, who becomes personally invested in hunting down the shark when it almost gets his little boy, or in the case of this film, flashes a girl that he likes. Ray Liotta, the police Detective who challenges Rogen’s authority, would be the mayor. Jesse Plemons’ character would be Hooper… or maybe Quint… I guess the analogy breaks down after that… the point is, the film closes when Rogen finally gets his man, and by ‘gets’ I mean shoots inappropriately in the middle of a mall. Just like in Jaws.”


Hot Trend: Soundtracks With Vinyl-Only Releases

In this week’s Aural Fixation column, Allison looked at the growing trend of movie soundtracks being released on vinyl, including those for Drive, The Master and The Dark Knight Rises. She wrote, “Listening to records not only sounds different, it is a different experience. You must sit and listen to the music. It is not a format you can take on the go or listen to while driving in the car. You certainly can sit around and listen to CDs or iTunes, but because doing so is your only choice when listening to vinyl, it makes the experience seem more special. Soundtracks are already unique because they relate to specific images and emotions audiences felt when watching that film and combined with the process of listening to vinyl, these feelings are all the more heightened and memorable.”






Rather than a reject, Christopher Campbell is a film school dropout. But he has since gotten a master’s degree in cinema studies and has been blogging about movies since 2005. Earlier, he reviewed films for a zine (a what?) that you could buy at Tower Records (a what?). He is married with two children.

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