Orphan

As many fellow conflicted yet faithful Netflix subscribers know, last week marked the beginning of the separation of Instant and disc-only memberships. I had been trying to whittle down my streaming queue for a few months, but we all know that is a nearly impossible task with that devilish recommendation list appearing every time you go to the site’s homepage. Suffice it to say, my queue had actually grown since the announcement, making the budgeting decision for me. One of the films at the top of my queue was 2010’s long-awaited gay love story I love You Phillip Morris starring the forever not-sexy Jim Carrey and the always delicious Ewan McGregor as two convicts head-over-heels in love with each other. I could spend an entire column writing about this rapid, surprisingly honest and tender romance sprinkled with deception and humor, however my greatest take away from this man on man sexiness was the unexpectedly hot chemistry (and subsequent love scenes) between Carrey and McGregor.

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Culture Warrior

This editorial features some spoilers for Hanna and Kick-Ass. Consider yourself warned. In preparation for this post I ran a quick Internet search on child assassins and found this video from New York Magazine. While I wasn’t promised a video exclusively on child assassins here, and instead got something that explores the notion of child killers at large, this video conflates two categories of child killers that I think deserve remarkably different types of consideration. The great majority of killings performed by children in this video are from horror movies. From Rosemary’s Baby to The Omen to The Brood to Firestarter to the other Omen and beyond, the child/killer is an exhaustively repeated horror trope to the point of cliche (and is often confused with the simple overlapping category of “scary children,” like in The Shining and The Sixth Sense). But every so often a child-killer horror film comes along that works in line with the formula (The Children, anyone? Bueller? Okay, how about Let Me In?), reminding us why child killers still have the capacity to be engrossing and entertaining even if they’ve lost the ability to be outright horrifying: because they play on our society’s veneration of childhood innocence, replacing the ignorant bliss of childhood with benevolent, malicious intent to do harm to the much taller individuals that surround them. But child assassins are quite different from the overall category of child killers. And while two recent films in two subsequent spring movie seasons that feature child assassins, […]

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To do this year’s bottom of the barrel justice, we put our resident lover of all things bad Kevin Carr to work, to find the absolute worst movies of 2009

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working for the BBC where his job entails erasing old show master tapes because they don’t have the foresight to know that people may want to watch them again someday. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. This week… Monty Python, Orphan, Stan Helsing, and more!

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After riding around in a black-painted panel van, Liam Neeson will hop out, get in a car accident, and wake up to a world that doesn’t know who he is. Sound great right? Only one problem.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we take a look at an Arrested Development, Comic-Con 2009 and 2010, and complete several hours of court-ordered community service.

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rr-gforce

This weekend we had an upset at the box office. G-Force, that Disney movie with the funny animals, took down Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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We’ve made it back to Austin just in time. Because Sunday is the day we bring the heat on this week’s edition of Reject Radio.

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FSR

Kevin Carr breaks down the week’s releases, looking at G-Force, The Ugly Truth, and Orphan.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil is back from the nation’s capital after an arduous road trip over half the country. Kevin relishes in making fun of the fact that he hasn’t seen any of the major releases this week. In this early pre-record, Neil prepares to head west, young man, for Comic-Con to worship at the Mecca of Geekdom.

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There’s a twenty-minute stretch towards the end of Orphan that may just knock you out of your seat. Unfortunately it will probably be due to gigantic waves of laughter rolling up from your gut in reaction to what you’re hearing and seeing onscreen. This is probably not the effect the filmmakers were hoping for because of course… Orphan is supposed to be a horror movie.

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rr-gforce

It sure does feel like a down weekend at theaters. What else is there to say? This weekend we are looking at three movies coming out — G-Force, The Ugly Truth and Orphan — and quite simply I don’t know anyone who’s been waiting all summer to see this.

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