Required Reading: Childish Blockbusters, Coen Ethics and Missing Netflix Features


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The five features Netflix needs to add” — Matt Singer at The Dissolve offers some humble suggestions that should be plastered in a petition to the company and signed by everyone. Number six should be “better movies.”

Child’s Play: The Degeneration of Blockbusters” — Alexander Huls  at RogerEbert.com makes the case that modern tentpoles amount to children slamming toys together.

The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014” — Paul Young at Screen Rant profiles a baker’s baker’s dozen projects that aren’t exactly sure things.

We Are All Walter Mitty: A Brief History of Movie Daydreamers” — Writing for Film.com, our own Kate Erbland uses one man’s visions as a pretext to combine Salvador Dali and Phoebe Cates emerging from a pool.

James Schamus Reveals Secrets of the Oscar Voting System” — The former Focus Features CEO breaks down preferential voting just in time for us to brush up on Oscar oddities.

In the Coen brothers’ punishing world, morals are everything” — Tasha Robinson explores the crime and punishment of the stories beyond Blood Simple.

Why Indie Producer Ted Hope is Taking Over as Fandor CEO” — Anne Thompson has the full scoop on a potentially powerful partnership.

Check Out the Big, Round, Hairy Cojones on Meryl Streep as She Rips Disney A New One” — Headline cool points aside, Joanna Robinson at Pajiba fist pumps her way through Streep’s bold comments on a Tom Hanks character.

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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