Son of Rambow

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By the time I read Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, I had already read a few Harry Potter books and I couldn’t help but think of the earlier sci-fi work initially as “Harry Potter in space.” It’s a comparison that continues for many now that the movie is out. “Harry Potter meets Star Wars,” claims a blurb used in UK ads credited to Sky Movies host Craig Stevens. And if you search Twitter for “Ender’s Game and Harry Potter” the results of both titles mentioned together is aplenty. All this is natural for the lazy way we relate movies to each other. The sad thing is some kids might think of the new movie as a derivative piece of YA fiction modeled after J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard. I don’t know if Potter was at all influenced by Ender’s Game. It’s not like Card’s book was the first messianic tale. The website TV Tropes even labels the relevant trope as “A Child Shall Lead Them,” a Biblical quote that also appears at the top of the New York Times review of the movie, in which critic Manohla Dargis breaks out the ol’ “Christ figure” descriptor for the main character. Still, I wish that I’d both read and seen the Harry Potters after reading/seeing Ender’s Game. If you’ve somehow avoided all the Hogwarts adventures before going to Battle School with the new Ender’s adaptation, consider yourself lucky. Watch the entire series now to see what I’m talking about. And right there I’ve got […]

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Just over 3,000 films were released in the past ten years. Instead of sleeping, Neil and Cole (with the help of a supercomputer) whittle that list down to the best 1%.

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2008review-overlooked

The equivalent of the wallflower you knew in high school that blossomed into a college beauty, here are eleven films that flew under the radar in 2008.

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2008review-editorspicks

As is customary this time of year, it is my duty (and honor) to present you my list of the Ten Best Films of 2008. And in the past year we’ve seen an interesting range of films, have we not?

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2008review-foreign

I’ve been tasked with presenting the Top Ten Foreign Films (and while you may think that some of my choices are mistaken as well, you would in fact be mistaken). You may also notice that it differs substantially from other foreign film ‘best of’ lists…

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Foreign Objects travels the world of international cinema each week to highlight films worth visiting. So renew your passport, get your shots, and brush up on the local age of legal consent, this week we’re heading to… the UK!

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Ten Overlooked Films That Deserve Another Look on DVD

Not every little film can be Juno. But thankfully there is always life on DVD, and for the following 11 films, it appears that the time is now (or at least in the next month or so) for you to reach out and discover them for yourself.

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Son of Rambow

Foreign Objects travels the world of international cinema each week to highlight films worth visiting. So renew your passport, get your shots, and brush up on the local age of legal consent, this week we’re heading to… the United Kingdom!

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The Weekend Cheat Sheet

We know that you are all live busy lives; it explains why you never call us anymore. And while we understand that everyone is hustlin’ and bustlin’ all over town, just trying to make a livin’, we know that you also want to catch a flick on the weekends. On top of that, we know that since your time is valuable, you don’t want to waste it on another cinematic turd. Therefore, we’ve created the “Weekend Movie Cheat Sheet” to help you make those snap decisions. Need a date movie? A popcorn flick? A thriller? We’ve got you covered — and we’ve got you in and out faster than you can say “Hey, those Film School Rejects really know what they are talkin’ about…” What type of movie are you looking for? A Popcorn Movie… and a Family Flick! We recommend: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Why: Indiana Jones is back in what could be one of the definitive “popcorn movies” of 2008. It was characters like Indiana Jones and directors like Steven Spielberg in the 1980s that ushered in the dawn of the big summer blockbuster. In this round, Harrison Ford is back as an aging Dr. Jones, but he still gets to have a fun adventure with a new sidekick (Shia LaBeouf) and a friendly faced leading lady (Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood). And sure, this one isn’t going to make you forget about the legendary Indy trilogy that preceded it, but that doesn’t […]

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It’s an 80s retro show as Kevin and Neil break out the whips and Fedoras to welcome the return of Indiana Jones to the big screen.

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Son of Rambow Free Screening

Columbus, Ohio Rejects listen up! Here is your chance to see one of the hit movies of Sundance ’07 (soon to be one of the hit movies of 2008) and get some awesome free goodies!

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Movies that Suck: One Crazy Summer

Thank Buddha because the summer movie season is finally here!

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Garth Jennings

News on Father of Rambow’s next pic. Its animated!

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Director Garth Jennings’ 2007 Sundance gem gets a trailer and a new poster…

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