The Pursuit of Happyness

In honor of the Fourth of July, we are republishing this article from January 2011, as we feel it to be an appropriate act of patriotism. We will now allow you to return to watching Independence Day for the third time. We know that you’re doing it… Aleric, one of our favorite comment providers on the site, tossed out an interesting theory the other day regarding the state of auspiciously pro-American movies being put out by Hollywood over the past ten years. Specifically, that there was a noticeable lack of them in the face of films that criticize. It’s an interesting idea, and like most trends, it’s unclear exactly how bold a trend it is. It’s true that those looking for the World War II levels of Americana from Hollywood are out in the cold. There are probably a dozen reasons for that. Levels of pro-American movie production have never been higher than that era, but it was also a wildly different time for movie making in general (no matter what the subject matter). Still, Rob Hunter and Cole Abaius were charged with the seemingly difficult task of finding movies that celebrated the United States that came out of Hollywood in the past ten years. It’s an oddly specific list, but it’s also a very good list of movies that demand to be seen (whether you agree they’re patriotic or not). Plus, they don’t celebrate any particular political party. They celebrate the highest ideals of the country. Overt flag waving […]

read more...

Gabriele Muccino might sign on to direct Passengers, another flick to put on your sci-fi romance to-watch list.

read more...

ChrisWeitzDirecting

He’ll be going ahead with his next project, sure, but it looks like comments about quitting the business came in the heat of the moment.

read more...

ButlerSlide

The actor’s production company, Evil Twins, plans on telling the story of a former baseball player who becomes the talk of the suburbs. Is Butler making Eastbound and Down: The Movie? I hope not.

read more...

willsmith_header

After the box office success of 300, Warner Bros. has realized how much money they can save on their big-budget tentpoles by not paying A-listers (or anyone close to an A-lister), and they’ve consequently chosen to exercise that option with Watchmen.

read more...

willsmith-sevenpoundsheader

This week Will Smith appears in Seven Pounds, or roughly the weight of an Academy Award. While Smith hasn’t taken an Oscar home yet, he has been nominated twice. So it’s time to look at Will Smith’s efforts to add a little drama to his life.

read more...
Some movie websites serve the consumer. Some serve the industry. At Film School Rejects, we serve at the pleasure of the connoisseur. We provide the best reviews, interviews and features to millions of dedicated movie fans who know what they love and love what they know. Because we, like you, simply love the art of the moving picture.
Fantastic Fest 2014
6 Filmmaking Tips: James Gunn
Got a Tip? Send it here:
editors@filmschoolrejects.com
Publisher:
Neil Miller
Managing Editor:
Scott Beggs
Associate Editors:
Rob Hunter
Kate Erbland
Christopher Campbell
All Rights Reserved © 2006-2014 Reject Media, LLC | Privacy Policy | Design & Development by Face3