Daybreakers

Culture Warrior

Amongst the many reactions to Steve Jobs’s death last week, I found one comparison that people drew to be quite compelling. In order to find a fitting historic analogy to illustrate the cultural significance of Jobs’s life, comparisons ran the gamut from Nikola Tesla to, erm, John Lennon (“think different,” I guess?). But several people, including, Roger Ebert, brought to light continuities with Thomas Edison. Edison, like Jobs, was an industrialist: part inventor, mostly capitalist. But specific to his own life, Edison spent most of his career securing patents and making improvements to existing technologies rather than building something from scratch. Edison’s reputation associates him with a great deal more invention than he was actually involved in. I’m not trying to be cynical about Jobs. Far from it. In fact, I’ve been more than a little annoyed with the backlash to consumer mourning about Jobs than any initial hyperbole associated with Jobs’s death in the first place. I don’t give a flying shit about executives in pretty much any industry, but saying “he’s just a CEO” does not negate the great intellectual worth and cultural interest of Jobs himself. Jobs, like Edison, developed a cult of personality that extended well beyond the person.

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As the movies of 2010 comes to a close, it’s time to look back and revisit the finer points of cinema. But here at Film School Rejects, we like to turn the spotlight not just on the best, but also on the worst. This year has been a particularly rough year for movies as more films fizzled than we expected. With the year quickly coming to a close, it’s time to look back and realize which films didn’t just disappoint, but caused us the most pain. So with the help of the entire staff here at FSR, our own curator of the wretched Kevin Carr has compiled the list of the year’s most unwatchable, unbearable and unfortunately unforgettable films — may there be mercy on the souls of anyone who endured all of these gems…

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The Daybreakers directors urge us to go grab our own cameras, to be Willem Dafoe and to have faith in a Dark Crystal sequel.

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The Coroner

In all seriousness, I just don’t find vampires that interesting and there haven’t really been any good vampire movies in the last two decades. That said, Daybreakers looked promising. It seemed stylish, had Sam Neil, Ethan Hawke, and Willem Dafoe in it. Definitely a few points in the plus column.

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It’s been a while since This Week in Blu-ray has been so late. But traveling got the best of me this past week, and here we are. Sure, it’s Thursday. But my most loyal readers will have waited, especially in a week like this, when it could very well go either way on so many of the new releases.

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This week sees one of the best vampire film in years (Daybreakers), the return of the Jew hunter (Edge of Darkness), brooding and gun-toting angels (Legion), undead frogs (Mutants), dead krauts (North Face), two average Thai flicks (Legend of the Tsunami Warrior and Phobia), and more!

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The screenwriter of Moulin Rouge! and the directors of Daybreakers carry on the Henson torch.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we discuss the finer points of something or other.

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The $48 million weekend for Avatar clinches the box office title against all 2009 releases, almost $27 million ahead of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. And it’s far from being finished.

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Kevin Carr sits his chubbiness down and sees if Daybreakers, Leap Year and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus can make the grade.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Kevin and Neil ring in the new year after a band of gremlins attack the Magical Studio in the Sky and set fire to everything. After a brief rebuild, things get back in order and the Fat Guys take a moment to talk about the sure-to-be billion-dollar blockbusters coming out this fine, fine first week of January.

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If there is one thing movie-going audiences have been saturated with of late it is vampire films. Luckily, some of them have turned out to be pretty damn good…

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It promises to be another weekend of Avatar domination. Yes, there are three new movies rolling out wide: Daybreakers, Leap Year, and Youth in Revolt. But who is really kidding who here?

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Rob Hunter leads you into the valley of despair known as January, with a week-by-week guide of all the major (and limited) releases.

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Rob Hunter recalls a year of marketing with 15 of the most exciting slices of cinema to hit big screens this year. The best trailers.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we delve deep into the world of why The Oscars should nominate more populist best pictures. And we rob a bank.

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Daybreakers

Those who are like me will note that the first trailer for Daybreakers, the bleak apocalyptic vampire flick from the resourceful and über-talented Spierig brothers, was brilliant. This second one on the other hand…

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As we get closer to its January release, we know that you are salivating for some more looks at a real vampire movie, The Sperig Brothers’ Daybreakers. With that in mind, we dug up a few cool stills, a poster and a new TV spot.

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Look, vampires built the same contraption that the machines did in The Matrix. Only this time, our blood is being harvested, not our energy.

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We’ve been training all our lives for this, and it’s finally here. Fantastic Fest 2009 promises to remove our eyeballs, pour blood, sex and ninja moves all over them and then shove them right back in our face. These are the 20 films that have us most excited about that upcoming amateur surgical procedure.

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