Reject Radio #84: The Big Gloom

This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we celebrate the end of an era, talk to a first-time writer/director, discuss the fine art of short film creation with a seasoned hand, and hear from movie icon Wings Hauser.

Wings Hauser, people.

Max Winkler hit the festivals hard with Ceremony, his coming of age story starring Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman. Now it’s seeing a limited release, and he’s stopped by to discuss the benefits of getting your heart broken and the wrong way to crash a party.

We featured the short film The Candy Shop on the site recently, and director Brandon McCormick was nice enough to share his production methods, talk about working with Doug Jones, and tell listeners how they can help fight sex trafficking in their own backyard.

As if that weren’t enough, Wings Hauser joins us moments before a special screening of the 80s classic Vice Squad at the Alamo Drafthouse to talk about the confusing, wonderful nature of his latest co-starring role in Rubber and to generally be a badass.

Plus, Erik Davis of and Eric Snider from fight to the pain in our Movie News Pop Quiz (and join Scott Weinberg to talk about the end of Cinematical (as we know it) and what happened with HuffPo/Aol).

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 – 27:00]: Erik Davis and Eric Snider (both formerly from Cinematical) get physical in the easiest movie quiz on the planet. Then, Scott Weinberg joins all of us to talk about Huffington Post’s gutting of Cinematical and their decision to ask writers to stay on without pay (while valuing their creativity and skill). It’s inside baseball, so skip it if you must, but Cinematical is a site that deserves to be celebrated and one that will be missed.

Our Metaphorical Mustache [27:00 – 39:30]: Ceremony hits theaters on April 8th, and writer/director Max Winkler joins us to talk about coming of age, 70s porn star mustaches, and the delicate balancing of comedy and drama. Fortunately, the brilliance of The Wire also comes up in the conversation (as it almost always does).

Stop the Candy Shop [39:30 – 55:30]: Director Brandon McCormick was driven to create a fairy tale short film to bring the issue of child sex trafficking in his hometown of Atlanta to light. He teamed up with star Doug Jones and ended up making a beautiful short that happens to have a great message. He joins the show to talk about the film, the problem, and how we can all help out.

No Reason [55:30 – The End]: Wings Hauser has done a lot of work in the film industry. From acting to producing to writing and directing, and now he plays a pivotal, straight-forward role in the not-at-all-straight-forward movie Rubber. The icon took some time to discuss a film he signed onto without being able to make sense of the script, his love for military in film, and his inability to see his own movies.

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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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