Like its many kindred frames throughout the rest of the year, this week was filled with distractions for yours truly. First there was the launching of a new “lifestyle” site called Badass Digest, the new home of Devin Faraci (of CHUD.com fame). For weeks, many of us have been patiently waiting to see where he would end up. Now we see that he’s teamed up with Tim League and the Drafthouse Empire, where he will now begin embracing life as a blogger. The site has been a time sucking venture around Reject HQ, as we can’t keep our eyes off of it. Good on ya, Mr. Faraci. Your competitive strategies are working like a charm.
There was also time spent at the beginning of the Austin Film Festival, where yesterday I had the honor of sitting on a film criticism panel with the likes of LA Times critic Kenneth Turan and New Yorker legend David Denby. It was a delightful, if nerve-wracking experience, and much was learned as two legends shared their thoughts about the importance of film critics, the future of the job and the eternal nature of hackery. I made a few jokes, as well. My hope is that a video of the panel will emerge eventually. If so, I will certainly share it here.
A busy week, indeed. But alas, the fine men and women of Film School Rejects worked tirelessly to deliver excellent content, as always. Here below are some of the highlights:
Five Things We Learned This Week:
- Bilbo Baggins will need to keep a tight hold on his towel
- Old people are in
- James Cameron makes movies in the future
- There are good directors for Halo, but they won’t get the job
- Green Lantern‘s far-way worlds look fantastical
- Brian Salisbury heaps praise upon Paranormal Activity 2
- Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter fails to impress Robert Levin
- Rob Hunter discovers Tears for Sale, a Serbian film that won’t turn your stomach
The Continuing Saga of Great Features:
- Despite the smell of rotten flesh, 31 Days of Horror refuses to die
- Fantastic Fest reviews continue to roll in…
- Our most underrated column, Criterion Files, will make you smarter
Never Underestimate the Power of a Trailer:
- Liam Neeson mysterious, violent in Unknown
- Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Action, Paul!
- Wes Craven makes new rules for Scream 4
- Anthony Hopkins tells demons of their Rite to get out
Here at the HQ, we’re looking forward to another busy one next week. I will have coverage from the Austin Film Festival, including reviews of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and others. Also, there will certainly be more Hobbit casting to discuss. We look forward to seeing what role Zach Galifianakis lands.
Until then, what’s new with you, dear reader?