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Reject Radio #81: Punks on Film

This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with people that want to live forever and punks who throw rocks at their faces all night long.

The minds behind the book “Destroy All Movies!!!,” Zack Carlson and Brian Connolly, talk about how punks have been portrayed in movies from 8MM to Zombie Nightmare.

Barry Ptolemy, director of Transcendent Man, shares with us the challenges of shooting a documentary, the joy of getting to know Ray Kurzweil, and the recipe for eternal life.

Plus, Katey Rich from Cinema Blend and Germain Lussier from /Film go head-to-head in our movie news quiz, and we all end up talking about Hunger Games. Naturally.

Loosen up your tie and stay a while.

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On This Week’s Show:

The Reject Radio Movie News Pop Quiz [The Beginning – 13:30]: Katey Rich vs Germain Lussier. A battle of titans if there ever was one. It’s our highest scoring game so far, and it only leads down the rabbit hole to talking about who should play Katniss Everdeen.

Rockrockrockrockrocknrollhighschool [13:30 – 32:00]: If you haven’t read it yet, “Destroy All Movies!!!” is a ridiculously complete, ridiculously for sale coffee table compendium of all the instances of punk (and new wave) kids on film. Did you know there were punks in Ishtar? Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly did, and they spread their passion (and fists of hating fury) for films that defied the rules (and for ones that fell flat). Get ready to celebrate Penelope Spheeris with all your heart and most of your mohawk.

Documenting The Future [32:00 – The End]: Available on iTunes right now, Transcendent Man is a documentary about the life and ideas of futurist Ray Kurzweil – a man who firmly believes that we’ll be joined with robots within the next 50 years. Barry Ptolemy spent 2 years with the man, interviewed over 70 scientific luminaries, and the result is a beautiful doc. Ptolemy gets in-depth about the challenges of documentary filmmaking and the future that’s coming no matter whether we’re ready for it or not.

On Next Week’s Show:

We speak with a real-life location scout to learn a bit more about the job description (and what’s not in it but should be), we’ll get a recap of SXSW from the Reject Crew that braved the puke-filled streets of Austin for it, and two aspiring champions will set their gaze and attempt to win the Movie News Pop Quiz. Plus, who knows, maybe even a few surprises might happen along the way.

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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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