The Week That WasWith every week that passes, it feels like things just keep getting better and better around here. It’s becoming increasingly easy to put this very column together. New writers and very soon, we’ll have some new columns to tout. There’s a reason why the tagline “The Cure for the Common Movie Blog” now graces our homepage. Because if we’re anything around here, it’s uncommon. And you can find out why with the links that I’ve strategically placed after the jump. It’s all part of a little game I like to call The Week That Was.

The Lead

Want to see reviews of some of the films that will be dropping into theaters later in the year? Try out our coverage of Sundance 2011, where purchases are happening and stars are on the rise. From our team on the ground, the hits just keep coming.

The 5th Birthday of Film School Rejects is coming up next month. How should we celebrate? Tell me down there in the comments, if you care to.

Did you take your opportunity to Better Know a Reject when we featured our newest contributor, Nathan Adams? If not, you’re missing out — this guy is going to be very good.

Talking Heads is a great new column. I’m sure you know this already. This week’s topic was about Kevin Smith, but more about independent film.

The Reviews

Rob Hunter gets positive about Brotherhood.

Brian Salisbury gets surprisingly satisfied with The Mechanic. Which is saying something, because the man’s got taste when it comes to Charley Bronson flicks.

The Editorials

Our Circle of Jerks answer the question: what movies should have been nominated for Best Picture?

We get the skinny on what the guy who paid $1,000 for tickets thought of Kevin Smith’s Red State. His answer might surprise you.

We list the 20 Most Pro-American Movies of the Last 10 Years, as a shout-out to one of our favorite commenters. See, I told you we read those comments.

More Kevin Smith: we give you a Handy User’s Guide to Four-Walling, the method Smith is using to get Red State in theaters.

The Interviews

Director John Wells explores the challenges facing The Company Men.

The Headlines

Benjamin Walker is Abraham Lincoln. He will be hunting vampires, as the history books tell it.

Abe Lincoln would eventually become a zombie himself, as evidence by this trailer for The Conspirator.

Star Trek producer talks about the social boundaries that weren’t explored in the show. Including the man-love between Kirk and Spock. You know, that thing that only exists in the minds of those who make something out of nothing.

Cole explains why Cloverfield 2 deserves applause for not being made.

Peter Jackson goes in for surgery, delays The Hobbit. How dare he.

The King’s Speech may get cut down a little — all the curse words come out for a PG-13 rating. The reaction on the web: “F**k that.”

Oh right, the Oscar Nominations were announced this week. In related news, the Razzie nominations were also announced.

And there are no more Matrix movies in the works, despite what Keanu Reeves didn’t say.

For all the other news that dropped this week, don’t be afraid to check out my Movie News After Dark column. It won’t bite.

Until next week, you know where to find me.


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