What is The Week That Was? Lets take a guess here, shall we? If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you’d know that we put a lot of words on the internet. Chances are that you didn’t have time to sit by your computer screen and wait for every single update. Though if you did, congrats, you’re our favorite. That said, by Saturday the rest of you might be struck with the depressing realization that you didn’t read all of the best articles the FSR staff put together this week. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with a round-up of all the best that this site had to offer over the course of the last seven days. Go forth and enjoy.
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Sucker Punch: Live-Action Anime That’s All Shine and No Substance
When we sent Robert Fure to review Zack Snyder’s latest style-bomb, we half expected him to dig it. As our resident overgrown teenager, Fure and Zack Snyder have seen eye-to-eye over the years. Also, he’s in LA and that’s the only place they screened it early enough to get the review in by our deadline. Either way, imagine our surprise when he returned with a review so unimpressed by the style-over-substance, so unmoved by bare midriffs and dragons. So ‘meh’ on samurai. It says something, that’s for sure.
Peep World is Uneasy, Almost Unwatchable
Robert Levin did not enjoy Peep World, the wonderfully cast high society comedy from director Barry Blaustein. Having seen the film at the Austin Film Festival last fall, I’d disagree with his assessment. Sure it’s filled with reprehensible characters, but they are fun to watch. I guess only you can tell us who is right.
The Beyond: Unsettling, Gory, Creative
Rob Hunter’s latest foray into the world of international cinema has left us with one hell of a lead image on this review. It’s nothing if not provocative and full of creative kills. I say this of course, as someone who has read Rob’s review. I don’t know if I’m brave enough to actually watch the film.
All the best original content that got us in trouble this week. We’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Super 8 Footage Lives Up to the Hype and the Abrams Mystery Legacy
This week in NYC, at an undisclosed (but totally disclosed) location, J.J. Abrams debuted footage for his upcoming film Super 8, otherwise known as Amblin: The Movie. Our own Robert Levin was there and came back with a report so juicy that it might have gotten him banned from ever being invited to another Paramount Pictures event again. If that isn’t worth a read, I don’t know what is.
Reject Radio #82: The Infinite Rental
No movie podcast is quite as star-studded as Reject Radio has become. Aside from the new format lending to wonderful pacing, a diverse range of topics and an infinitely interesting string of conversations, it also leads to having more guests. This week I was one of those guests, but that’s not the good part. The good part is critics Kate Erbland and Scott Weinberg, GigaOm editor Ryan Lawler and indie film festival bumper magistrate Joe Nicolosi. It’s almost more movie-related goodness than you can handle. Almost.
Faith, Fundementalism and the Little Green Man Called Paul
In this excellent discussion piece, Mr. Cole Abaius busts out his academic background in philosophy and theology classes taken at a Baptist college and writes impressively on one of the major themes in the nerd comedy Paul, starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Who knew that a movie featuring Comic-Con would have so much to say about religion?
7 Movies That Look and Feel Like Fetishistic Pornography
I wonder which of this weekend’s releases could have been on Mr. Patches’ mind when he put together this list. I’m thinking maybe Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2. Or maybe Peep World. I just can’t tell anymore.
Emily Hagins: Proving The Future of Independent Cinema to Be Less Than ‘Sucky’
As part of our (still ongoing) coverage of SXSW 2011, Brian Salisbury tells the story of Emily Hagins, the 18-year old director whose third feature debuted to a packed 1,200 seat Paramount theater in Austin. Her’s is not a story of privileged, but of hard work and a will to seize opportunities as they arise.
Talking Heads: Can Studio Meddling Ever Be a Good Thing?
We hear so much about the topic, but who’s to say that it’s always a bad thing. Cole and Landon discuss with their usual fervor and wit.
The Pros and Cons of a Flexible Movie Ticket Pricing System
With Groupon helping you get cheap seats for Matthew McConaughey’s latest film, and thus propelling it to a level of box office success beyond what was expected, we look into the future and see a world where not all movie tickets are priced alike. It’s a system that may help some films, but might also hurt some consumers.
Why Christopher Nolan Can Put As Many Villains Into The Dark Knight Rises As He Wants
It’s about trust. And Chris Nolan is one of the few working directors in Hollywood who has earned this much of it.
And now for your viewing pleasure, the 5 most read news items of the week…
The First Captain America Trailer Definitely Works
Chris Evans is scrawny, then he’s not. Then he’s throwing his shield in mid-verse of “God Bless America.” It’s off the hook, my fellow patriots. Also, that last part may have only happened in my mind.
Wish List: 12 Films That May Play Cannes 2011
A day later, our Cannes correspondent Simon Gallagher would be proven right on one of his prognostications (Malick’s Tree of Life). What does that say about the rest of his predictions?
Cleopatra Woos David Fincher
The director could make a movie about a young person ahead of their time who rises to power but struggles to find real human connections, or something like that.
The Amazing Spider-Man Sequel is Already in the Works
Sony must like what it sees out of the (still shooting) Marc Webb directed film, because they’ve commissioned the writer for a sequel. Villain casting speculation starts now.
For more of this week’s news items, might I suggest looking into Movie News After Dark? I’m told there’s some things to read in there.