The Day the Earth Stood Still


Circles are surprisingly menacing – it’s just hard to trust something that doesn’t have corners. The film industry seems to know this, because it’s given us some of the most ominous villains out there in spherical form. I know it’s weird; I don’t care. And sure, triangles are pretty shifty too – and let’s not forget the kind of shit rectangles have pulled in the past as well. But for today, here are some movie spheres that you just wouldn’t want to cross.



What is Movie News After Dark? It’s just a nightly movie news column that has problems finding a place to park, just like the rest of you. We begin tonight with a stop at The Mary Sue, where images have been uncovered featuring Doctor Who‘s new companion, as played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. According to Steven Moffat: “Who [Coleman is] playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.” Fun.


Aural Fixation - Large

With Dark Shadows set to hit theaters this weekend, Warners hosted a small Q&A this past Tuesday to highlight what will be composer Danny Elfman and director Tim Burton’s fourteenth film together. I am notorious for getting lost on studio lots (I once accidentally wandered into a background shot during the filming of Private Practice while looking for a screening room), but I was pleased (and relieved) when I arrived and realized this event was being held outside making it easy to find (although the long line of Elfman fans flanking the venue was also a pretty clear indicator). It was a nice change of pace to be outside on a warm afternoon and seemed to put everyone in a good mood. While the Q&A was moderated, the goal of the afternoon was primarily to open the floor up to the fans and have them ask the questions. This can be a precarious opportunity when the questions are unfiltered (and sometimes cringe worthy) as anyone who has attended a Q&A can attest to. However this afternoon the questions (save for a few – no, Oingo Boingo will not be getting back together) were incredibly thoughtful and interesting. Elfman noted that doing events like this are something he gladly takes time to do as he loves interacting with fans and this was clear as he took every question seriously and gave each person his undivided attention when answering. The event was also to commemorate the release of Elfman and Burton’s 25th Anniversary […]


Vintage Trailer of the Day Logo

Everyday, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. Today’s trailer is a warning from 1951 about the future of our nuclear greed. It also corresponds with the holidays perfectly because it comes in peace. It starts with darkness and the special broadcast giving you the latest information on the arrival of a spaceship in Washington, DC. Heed its warning, or the entire planet might be reduced to ash. Plus, Look! Magazine calls it the “Best of the Science Fiction Movies!” That’s a rousing endorsement if there ever was one. Think you know what it is? Check out the trailer after the jump.


Circle of Jerks

You’ve stumbled upon Circle of Jerks, our sporadically published, weekly feature in which we ask the questions that really matter to our writers and readers. It’s a time to take a break from our busy lives and revel in the one thing that we all share: a deep, passionate love of movies. If you have a question you’d like answered by the FSR readers and staff, send us an email at For your next edition of ‘Circle of Jerks’ you should (maybe) have this question: what is a film you hate that is considered a cinematic masterpiece? – Nicolas M.


Scott Derrickson

Interviews done via email are usually not ideal. Usually, you don’t end up with the most inspired answers. Director Scott Derrickson, on the other hand, completely contradicts that theory.



We all love seeing the Earth blow up in movies, even if it rarely happens. We’re in this fight together, and if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’ll be able to witness the complete death of our Earth many times during our lifetime.

Scott Beggs

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Movie Reviews By Scott Beggs on September 8, 2009 | Comments (7)


A movie that (I swear to you) wasn’t directed by Tim Burton explores the limits of ragdoll action sequences with a gorgeously envisioned post-robot-devastated world where the population is sparse and so is the story line.



Brian Gibson loves to buy DVDs. Come with him on his weekly journey into the depths of credit card debt as he tells you what to buy, rent and avoid.


Admit that you're looking up her skirt.

Is there anything more worth celebrating than B-movies of the 1950s? The aliens, the UFOs on strings, the rubber-suited monsters. There’s nothing else like it in cinema, and the genre is back in the spotlight with this week’s releases.



Just last month Scott Derrickson’s remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still actually made the box-office stand still and grossed a mere $80 million. That’s fantastic bank for a small film about a quirky, pregnant teenager or an Indian teenager winning millions on a game show, but for a high profile sci-fi remake with big name stars it only barely covers the production costs.


Is the Crappiness of Jumper Enough to Justify Hating Fox?

A lot of movie fans hate Fox. There’s no question of that. We even know why. Now the question is whether or not that hatred is justified. Cinema Sleuth is on the case!



It was supposed to be a battle between Jim Carrey versus Will Smith, but it was actually Old Man Winter that was the big winner at the box office.



Robert Fure rages on a laptop while everyone from super spies to lab assistants effortlessly navigate super computers with invisible touch sensitive screens.



This week, Galifianakis, a wunderkind of broadcast journalism, sat down with Mad Men star Jon Hamm to speak of his new movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. And while I can’t recommend TDESS as a worthwhile diversion, I would contend that moments spent with Zach Galifianais are always worthwhile.



The big news of the hour is that The Day the Earth Stood Still made $31 million at the box office over the weekend. That’s a first-place finish all right, but well below what a lot of people thought it would make.



With Keanu Reeves’ latest film hitting theaters this weekend, we turn to our resident cranks Josh Radde and Adam Sweeney to decide whether Keanu is bottom of the barrel or one of the most important actors of his generation.



The Academy has announced its 15 finalists for the Best Visual Effects Oscar, and we know one film that can be eliminated right off the bat… Here’s a hint: it stars Keanu Reeves.



“If the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the Earth survives.” So says Keanu, aka Klaatu, in the big-budget remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. This may not be a reason to celebrate, but it gives us some good reasons to drink.



Kevin Carr looks at The Day the Earth Stood Still, Nothing Like the Holidays, Slumdog Millionaire and Wendy and Lucy, in theaters this week with the FSR Report Card.

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