Reject Radio #89: Stunt Rocker

This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with stuntman legend Vic Armstrong (who brought to life Indiana Jones, Superman and James Bond).

We also chat with camera operator/cinematographer Peter Simonite (Skateland, Tree of Life), and we dig deeper into the monster-making world of effects master Shannon Shea.

Plus, Matt Razak from Flixist spars off with Mike Smith from for our Movie News Pop Quiz, and we all learn an important lesson.

By that, I mean a lesson about re-imaginings, reboots and re-re-re-makes.

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On This Week’s Show:

The Reject Radio Movie News Pop Quiz [The Beginning – 16:05]: It’s Razak vs Smith in the least physical competition on the planet. All your movie news delivered through the pulse-pounding fear of showing up naked to class. Plus, we dissect the slew of remakes and reboots to come out on the other side wiser…and admitting we’re actually, yeah, sort of, pretty excited.

Stunt Rocker [16:05 – 44:00]: Vic Armstrong is the world’s greatest stunt man. He’s done stunt work and coordination for an unreal amount of films from Bond to Indiana Jones to current acrobatics on The Amazing Spider-Man. He sits down to talk about his incredible career, his new book, old broken bones, gifts from Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, and why horses won’t read scripts.

Mad Genius of Light [44:00 – 58:15]: Peter Simonite is an Austin-based camera operator and cinematographer whose first movie as lead cinematographer, Skateland, hits theaters this weekend. He joins Reject Radio to talk about the process, his work on Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, and his almost-accidental documentary on the band Spoon.

Blood, Sweat and Latex [58:15 – The End]: Shannon Shea is a name that should need no introduction (if you’ve been reading our new column on his lengthy special effects career), but he’s worked on over 60 films and television shows from House to Evil Dead II to Batman Returns to Jurassic Park to You Name It. He’s been making monsters from a very young age, and he speaks here about his craft, what it was like watching Predator a row in front of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and how Predators was originally supposed to end.

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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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