Reject Radio #82: The Infinite Rental

This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk SXSW with the Reject team and find out why Netflix is doing what they’re doing.

Gigaom site editor Ryan Lawler joins us to help makes sense of why Netflix would get into the distribution game with House of Cards and what it might mean for the future.

Joe Nicolosi (who made that video of the girl retelling Star Wars without seeing it and that Super Mario indie short film the kids are talking about), discusses the perils of the SXSW softball game, how he got the job making all the bumpers that play before the movies, his creative process, and the beauty of film festivals.

Neil and Rob dust off the SXSW from their chaps to tell us about their favorite films and the movies that will coming to a theater near you.

Plus, Kate Erbland from Gordon and The Whale and Scott Weinberg from Twitch Film go head-to-head in our movie news quiz, and we all end up talking about Cameron Crowe and the power of nostalgia.

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 – 17:30]: Kate Erbland vs Scott Weinberg. The SXSW hangover is no match for these contestants who shake it off to go back in time to discuss what movies they were allowed to stay up late to see. It’s true. Moms love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Cutting Out the Middle Man [17:30 – 29:45]: Netflix killed Blockbuster, but the studios aren’t all friendly just yet because they could making more money. So what does Netflix do? Bid against the cable networks to get a show of their very own. Expert Ryan Lawler stops by to discuss what it all means and why Netflix is getting into the creative game.

I’m Sorry, Mario. Joe Nicolosi is in a Different Castle [29:45 – 42:00]: The buzz about Joe Nicolosi’s pre-movie bumpers at SXSW extended far beyond Austin. Chances are you’ve seen his indie Super Mario Bros., and now you can learn a bit more about the director/producer who loves both girls covered in blood and the random romance of chance meetings at film festivals.

SXSW! Now what? [42:00 – The End]: From the favorites we can only hope get distribution (Sound of My Voice, Kill List, Attack the Block) to the big names that will be in theaters soon (The Beaver, Source Code) Neil and Rob give us their reactions and the reactions of the bloggers, fans, men, women, children, and larger children who attended SXSW.

On Next Week’s Show:

I could told to invest in Criterion by two men who are swimming in it. Our very own Adam Charles and CriterionCast’s Ryan Gallagher give me a few good reasons to dig into the world of the Criterion Collection. Plus, we’ll be talking to an editor of X-Men: First Class to get his take on Avid Technology. There will be another exciting installment of the Movie News Pop Quiz and whatever else I can pull out of my sleeve by next week.

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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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