Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

Drinking Games

When a boxing robot movie was first rumored about, a lot of people rolled their eyes and shook their heads. It’s bad enough that we’ve got adaptations of the board games Monopoly and Battleship coming down the pike, but a Rock’em Sock’em Robots movie just seemed ridiculous. The result was Real Steel, which is a pretty cool flick, believe it or not. It’s not going to win any awards (except maybe Best Visual Effects, thanks to an Oscar nomination this week), but it’s still an entertaining action film about a father and son and a robot beating the bolts out of other robots. And like any good sporting event, it is more fun to drink while watching it.

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This week, on a very special Reject Radio, Cinematical writers John Gholson and Will Goss drop by to discuss the finer points of jam bands becoming screenwriters, Daniel Day-Lewis losing his shit, and Peter Jackson’s incredible weight loss secrets. Plus, we make time to review Knight and Day and Grown Ups. Sorry about that.

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You know that we’ve been pummeled into submission here in the movie news world when the announcement of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em: The Reckoning, the name I’ve made up for this movie, doesn’t even force and eyebrow into the upright and locked position. The constant stream of bad ideas coming out of Hollywood coupled with the lack of success this summer will most likely leave some non-creative, beyond the curve producers looking for work and stagger the system with whatever the next trend will be. That trend, friends, is toy robots fighting each other. According to Mattel.

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