Reject Radio #85: Scream For Jidaigeki

This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with a master Japanese filmmaker, a rising non-Japanese directing talent, discuss the legacy of Scream, and ask why there isn’t a modern-day Roger Corman.

Takashi Miike is an incredible filmmaker, and as it turns out, a fascinating interview. Hopefully you speak Japanese, but if you don’t, the entire interview is in English.

Now a staple of SXSW, Sebastian Gutierrez makes funny, sexy films that (gasp) focus on dialogue, character and cleavage. He joins me to talk about his new movie Girl Walks Into a Bar, and why making it the first film specifically made for internet distribution was the correct, crazy choice.

Even though we keep hearing about a filmmaking revolution in the hands of the people, it doesn’t seem to have happened yet. Eric Vespe from Aint It Cool and Aaron Morgan from Austin join me to ask why a new workhorse/creative force hasn’t emerged with all the inexpensive cameras just lying around for the taking.

Plus, Eric Vespe  continues our streak of guests named Eric (and our one-show streak of guests named Eric Vespe) by going blade to blade against Movie News Pop Quiz Champion and FSR associate editor Rob Hunter. Who will come out alive? Will it be Wes Craven‘s career?

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 – 26:15]: It’s Eric Vespe vs Rob Hunter in a battle of movie news wits, and we’ve ruled that the use of midgets is legal just for this one battle. After the quiz, we wipe the blood away and talk about the Scream trilogy, what worked, what really didn’t work, and then we predict what will happen in Scre4m. Yes, that’s really how they’re asking we write the title. Will this film revive Craven’s career? Why is Rob obsessed with Matthew Lillard’s tongue?

Live From Japan [26:15 – 36:15]: I almost lost my mind and my professionalism while talking with Takashi Miike. The man is one of my favorite directors, and it was truly an honor to speak with him, especially about a movie like 13 Assassins that is just that damned brilliant. He shares his methods, his madness, and his love of Kurosawa.

A Director Walks Into a Bar [36:15 – 58:00]: Writer/Director Sebastian Gutierrez makes some pulpy, dramatically funny flicks, and his latest was distributed online for free at the same time that it had it’s world premiere. Girl Walks Into a Bar is still available, and he joins me (sadly with no booze in hand) to talk about everything from inspiration to perspiration to kittens in capes – but mostly about what the new form might mean for the future of filmmaking.

Missing Humanoids From The Deep [58:00 – The End]: I could print out all the articles about the new filmmaking revolution and use them to keep warm through the winter, but where are the results? If equipment is so cheap, if you can learn CGI on your laptop, why hasn’t a new Roger Corman emerged from the morass, armed to the teeth with the tools of the trade? Aaron Morgan and Eric Vespe investigate, and I take credit for all of their ideas.

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Some incredibly interesting people from the world of film will stop by, and you will be incredibly moved by their stories.

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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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