Another rousing week of film industry news, reviews and discussion have come and gone here at Film School Rejects. And as some of us look to relax for the weekend, you may be on the hunt for some of the best reads the web has to offer. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Because we’ve got most of them… So here we go again with another round of my favorite Saturday afternoon Sunday morning column, The Week That Was, a tribute to all of the best FSR content that you probably missed this week. And while we’d normally be angry that you missed so much of the good stuff, we’re willing to let it slide. But just this once. At least until next week…
- Yours truly calls Black Swan one of the must see theatrical experiences of the year
- Rob Hunter takes us to Hong Kong for The Stool Pigeon
- Robert Levin finds out just how much I Love You, Phillip Morris
- Hunter returns with an alternate take on Black Swan
- And finally, Cole Abaius reboots his Fantastic Fest review of Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
- You need The Movie Watcher’s Guide to December 2010 in your life.
- You also need to check out Cole’s coverage from the set of Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens.
- This week we began our first major daily column, Vintage Trailer of the Day, which promises to be a lot of fun. Follow it each day for the best of trailers from yesteryear.
- Because we’re all wrapped up in the holiday spirit, we’ve also begun rattling off our most coveted nerd-bait products in our 2010 Geek Gift Countdown. Just remember that your favorite movie website’s publisher has a birthday coming up… very, very soon. As in today.
- Junkfood Cinema took a delightful stab at one of the great guilty pleasures, The Last Action Hero.
- Someone made a triumphant return to Reject Radio this week. I’m not saying who.
- Speaking of triumphant returns, Print to Projector is back this week.
- The Circle of Jerks discuss their favorite movie weddings, in honor of that Cole Abaius guy’s nuptials.
- Expendable Terry Crews tells us all about Justin Bieber.
- Everyone is abuzz about the Missing Disney Animated Film.
- TV dude Merrill Barr waxes tubical on the recent rise of cop dramas.
The Sad Articles
- Two legends of our childhoods passed away this week. The first being actor Leslie Nielson, star of The Naked Gun, Airplane and so many more humorous tales. We remembered him with three articles: a lovely obit by Cole Abaius, a wonderful Culture Warrior entry from Landon Palmer, and by posting up his Ben Hur screen test footage. He will be missed.
- The second legend to pass on was Irvin Kershner, director of a little movie called The Empire Strikes Back. Rob Hunter gave him a somber send-off, with plenty of bittersweet carbonite jokes to go around. We also walked you through the 5 Best Irvin Kershner Films (that weren’t the Star Wars sequel). He will also be missed.
But Wait, There’s More
There was plenty more to read, watch and enjoy this week. Trailers for films like Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, the Donnie Yen-led martial arts epic Ip Man 2, a Disney film that shows us how much Mars Needs Moms, the intensity of Matthew McConaughey’s awkward face in The Lincoln Lawyer, and finally, plenty of Halle Berry in Frankie and Alice. We also didn’t shy away from breaking down The Pros and Cons of Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosting the Oscars, exploring the splendor of fake Criterion DVD covers, and explaining why winning the National Board of Review’s highest honor may hurt The Social Network‘s Oscar aspirations.
Wow… quite a bit happened this week. I wouldn’t blame you if you missed some of it. However, I would blame you if you didn’t cancel all of your plans for the rest of the afternoon and do some catch-up. Seriously.