The Week That Was: New Faces, New Columns, Same Commitment to Excellence and Blaxploitation

The Week That WasChances are that over the course of the week, you missed quite a bit of action here on the pages of FSR. I know, I’m the one who sits around staring at the traffic statistics hoping that a decimal point will become disoriented and move one or two spots to the right. So here’s your chance to make it up to us by heading back over the best content of the last seven days. I know that if I bring it all together in a handy list format, you’re more likely to take notice. It’s just the way these things work. So come and get it, dear reader, the best articles of The Week That Was

The Lead

We launched two brand new columns this week and even though they are both only one entry in, they are already must-reads. The first is a reboot — something that’s not just for Hollywood anymore — of our highly successful sex column. Rebirthed as Reel Sex and handed to the lovely and talented Gwen Reyes, it is sure to keep your blood pumping.

On Friday, Cole laid down the inaugural edition of Your Alternate Box Office, one of the most fun ideas we’ve seen around here in a while. It takes the week’s releases and profiles movies that you should either see instead or make the second part of a double feature. Think of it as your weekend’s suggested playlist. Because sometimes staying home and unleashing the power of your Netflix Instant queue is everything you need.

We also welcome Matt Patches, a writer whose work we’ve enjoyed on other sites for quite some time, to the team. Every week, Mr. Patches will be unleashing a list of epic cinematic proportions with a level of wit that is unparalleled. His first crack at it brought us the very funny effort, 9 Douchebag Rom-Com Leads Who Didn’t Deserve Diddly.

The Reviews

Rob Hunter lays waste to The Eagle, citing its ability to not be Centurion (or good).

Robert Levin finds his heart warmed by gnomes acting out Shakespeare, giving Gnomeo and Juliet the high grade of the week.

Despite the lovely picture of Brooklyn Decker, Rob Hunter’s review of Just Go With It finds our reviewer unconvinced that it’s nothing more than tow-the-line Adam Sandler mediocrity.

The Editorials

Our Culture Warrior takes on the renaissance of Sherlock Holmes, whose stock has never been higher in the world of film and television.

Has it been a week since the Super Bowl already? It feels far enough away to call all of the Super Bowl trailers vintage. But for now, lets just revisit 10 Things We Learned from the Super Bowl Movie Trailers.

The most hotly debated subject of the week: whether or not Robin should appear in The Dark Knight Rises.

Word chef Brian Salisbury is dedicating the month of February to Black History Month by focusing Junkfood Cinema on blaxploitation for the second year in a row. This week he’s taking on Dolemite, much to the chagrin of every one of his readers.

The Headlines

Real or not, this Thundercats test footage is laughable at best.

The first trailer for X-Men: First Class is a hit.

Red Sonja is still in the works, and Amber Heard may play her.

SXSW announced their late-night line-up, whipping everyone attending into a frenzy. Four words: Hobo with a Shotgun.

James Franco isn’t worried about hosting the Oscars. Because who cares how it goes, anyway?

Shane Black’s name is being tossed around to write and direct Iron Man 3. Please attempt to control your nerd-boners.

Sony and MGM make deals with each other (and most likely the devil) to get the likes of Bond 23, Red Dawn and Cabin in the Woods into theaters.

Frankenstein and Hitler do a great trailer make.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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