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A little less than a year ago, a wave of fan support for sequelizing a little-seen, cult favorite cropped up overnight on social media sites. The independent producers of the film were taken aback, but shrewdly (and quickly) utilized the outcry to make the case for a follow-up movie to financiers which in turn caused the online flames to burn even brighter. It created a feedback loop, bolstering numbers to a boiling point, but the movie wasn’t made. At least it hasn’t been made yet. But it probably won’t. But it could. Those last three sentences rest at the heart of a movie fan paradox. There’s an overwhelming amount of information out there (some good, some bad, some bullshit) that simultaneously gives us a sunshine view of the production process that promises us every movie we’ve ever wanted will come true, and gives us a cold shower of reality that the system is going to continue giving us the middle finger. That second part almost always comes with a dash of But There’s a Chance…, feeding our optimism just enough protein to keep it from ripping out the IV. I’ve purposefully left off the name of the movie that was so futilely rallied around because it could be (and has been and will be) any of a dozen fan favorites. Their stories almost never have a happy ending, and the sea change that we keep hearing about — the one where studios are greenlighting sequels for passion projects that haven’t done that hot at […]

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If you care about video games, then you’re probably not even reading this right now. Most likely, you’re deep inside of Grand Theft Auto V, living a life of excess and loving it. And now that GTA V’s online mode has finally overcome most of the bumps and is actually turning out to be pretty fun, all the more reason to stay inside its warm embrace. We’ll be talking about Rockstar’s triumphant return to the seedy underbelly of crime soon, but we wanted to highlight the amazing storytelling and whimsical design of Sony’s Puppeteer for the PlayStation 3. With the PlayStation 4 being introduced next month, this might represent one of the last great PS3 games. Despite the childlike art adorning the cover and the name, this is actually dark game: you play as Kutaro, a young boy who has been turned into a puppet and had his head torn off. While you can find other puppet heads to utilize, and gain special abilities from them, and you spend most of the game armed with a magical pair of scissors, this isn’t a cheerful story with your princess waiting in another castle. Puppeteer is dark, disturbing, and completely amazing, thanks in no small part to game director Gavin Moore. We spoke to Moore in Japan about all things Puppeteer, so read on for the full interview, and be sure to pick up a copy and give it a whirl for yourself.

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Here at Film School Rejects, we take our features game very, very seriously. On average, we roll out at least fifteen fresh recurring features every week, and that doesn’t even include one-off editorials, interviews, and whatever else our evil little cinematic brains cook up for fun. In 2012, we continued to churn out more of your very favorite features, including Commentary Commentary, our weekly Drinking Game, Aural Fixation, Boiling Point, Channel Guide, Culture Warrior, Over/Under, and our evergreen Short Film of the Day. That stable of goodies was joined by a bevy of new features (many of them thanks to our brilliant new Weekend Editor, Christopher Campbell, including Filmmaking Tips, Short Starts, our new Oscar blog, the Walking Dead blog, The Ingredients, Movie Houses of Worship, and the Reject Recap. But 2012 also saw the end of some of our most beloved originals, including Austin Cinematic Limits and Reject Radio. We don’t like to brag (lies), but if you crave a feature about something movie-related, chances are that we’ve got something for you. So what were the very best features we brought to you this year? After the break, check out Our 12 Best Features of 2012 (by our most humble of approximations). Did we miss one of your favorites? Object to one of our choices? Have an idea for a new feature you’d like to see in 2013? Take it to the comments!

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Boiling Point

It seems that we are living in a golden age of television. With shows ranging from Mad Men to Game of Thrones or Modern Family to Dexter, Breaking Bad, or anything else garnering epic amounts of hype, one might view Battleship or its ilk and come to the conclusion that TV is better than the movies. James Wolcott at Vanity Fair came to that conclusion, as did the folks at IndieWire (although Cole took a somewhat different stance). Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how wrong it is. While there is certainly a lot of great television out there, the theater experience still trumps all. Television will never usurp the cinema just as crude sex robots will never usurp hookers. When someone wants to describe a really great looking television show, they say it “feels like a movie.” No one ever describes great films as “being like television.” Television aspires to be film and in some instances, comes close. Film, safely perched on its tower, has no desire to be more like TV.

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Boiling Point

A few weeks ago I wrote about Live Tweeting television. At the time, my focus was on how you end up spoiling a lot of stuff for a lot of people. Time zones and the rotation of the Earth and that sort of stuff, all very fascinating. Well today I’m going to revisit Tweeting what you’re watching and expand it to include other activities you do while watching television or a movie of some sort. Studies show that as a people we are increasingly addicted to our mobile devices, whether they’re smart phones or tablets. Unofficially, the study also concluded that we are all now assholes of a much higher order. Forty percent of respondents acknowledge that on a daily basis they use their smart phone while watching television and even more people used their tablet, inconclusively proving people with iPads are the biggest assholes around. I do have a point here – when you’re watching something, watch it.

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It’s dark, and it’s about to get darker. You slide ten cents worth of plastic onto your face because it’s supposed to make you see an extra dimension, and you’re paying more for it. There’s no need to do a full intro on 3D. We all know it. We all have opinions about it. Some movies that utilize it are heart-stopping while others are migraine makers without the chance of a refund. Yesterday, after coming late to the game on this one, I discovered the 3D world of sound, and it created an experience more immersive than any 3D I’ve ever seen. Strap on your headphones, take a few minutes of your day off from studying Greek Literature (you won’t use it) or ordering lunch for your boss (he can skip it), and check it out:

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“The regime used to suffocate you in a lot of ways, but these past few weeks have awakened something that was dormant in a lot of Egyptian people. It’s going to be harder for any government to put that out.” That’s a quote from Marwan Hamed, a Cairo-based filmmaker who spoke with The L.A. Times’ Steve Zeitchik on the heels of a massive revolution in Egypt that saw a de factor dictator out of office and the spectre of democracy on the horizon. The country has a long way to go, but it’s not far out of bounds to expect Egyptian filmmakers to start utilizing the freedom of speech and creative freedom that’s suddenly sprouted from Tahrir Square.

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Odds are since you’re reading this, presumably on the internet and not on our weekly printed newsletter distributed at your local Whole Foods, you’ve heard that Hatchet II is, for the most part, no longer playing in theaters. I don’t want to use the word “pulled” because that just sounds so violent – this is a kid’s site, for fucks sake. So you’re cruising around the internet and probably reading a lot of people’s opinions on why the film was removed from AMC screens. On one hand, the film didn’t make a lot of money. On the other, the film was unrated and some are suggesting the MPAA leaned on AMC to force their hand in removing the film from theaters. I’m sure there are a few other theories out there, at least one of them involving lizard people. Not one content to just blame the lizard people at every turn, I decided to put on my journalist hat (it’s a fedora) and actually talk to someone at AMC. That man is John Campea who has been a presence for years with AMC’s movie blogging and had a hand in helping Hatchet II find its way into theaters.

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Comic-Con 2010

If you had to miss out on all the waiting-in-line fun of Comic-Con 2010 because cash was a little short this time around, or if you went to Comic-Con but regret spending so much on it, this handy guide should make everything a bit easier for next year. This isn’t one of those guides where we encourage you to get a fake mustache and pretend you’re a mustachioed J.J. Abrams in order to sneak in. No, dear reader. We would never support anything like that. What we do support is this fool-proof way that gets you an actual, non-forged, totally real, basically free ticket that you can flash around anywhere at Comic-Con and not have to worry about being chased by security when your spirit gum comes loose and your mustache is hanging off your mouth. This is how to legitimately get into Comic-Con for free.

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Devin Faraci is worried that the modern movie geek is ailing. Apparently the internet is overrun with pretenders, infiltrating movies websites and leaving mean comments. Does this mean the era of the geek is over? Are there far too many posers? Take heart, friends. I’ve run some tests, and I’m pleased to announce that his/her health is better than ever.

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It seems like a no-brainer: putting the movie memorabilia in the same place as the movies.

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Everyone else’s Best of the Decade List is trash. Inside, feast your eyes on the most definitive list of the damned decade.

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Every publication (including this one) is stuffing their Best Of lists down your throat. The Rejects want to turn the tables and ask what YOU think the best movies of the decade were. Give your (adjusted for inflation) three cents inside…

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Robert Fure takes his TV watching seriously and you’d better too, or he will hit you. Really.

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From the people that brought you Sneezing Panda, it’s a movie rental concept that will rival Netflix, Redbox, and that guy that comes over sometimes and acts out all the parts to Sleepless in Seattle for you despite the restraining order.

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Some say “If you’re not five minutes early, you’re five minutes late.” Well, rage-aholic Robert Fure says “If you’re not five minutes early, you’re a %^@#bag.”

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Superman

Bryan Singer is bringing back the Man of Steel…

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Fat Guy Kevin Carr is known for his love of the trashy girls, and he demanded a list honoring these ladies.

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