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The Legacy of ‘The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years,’ 30 Years Later

Music docs are becoming a pervasive, tired genre, yet the 1988 film still feels unflinching, gripping, and fresh. Whether they’re geniuses or tortured souls, musicians rank as some of the most compelling and natural subjects for documentaries — most of them are captivating, elusive performers who typically have an insightful or outrageous thought to share […]

Antoinette Messam on Making a Statement in ‘Superfly’

We chat with the costume designer behind Creed and Colossal about redefining the style of Blaxploitation’s most iconic character. As far as costume design is concerned, few tasks seem as challenging as following in the footsteps of the 1972 classic, Superfly. Whether you’ve seen that film or not, you know the music; you know the […]

The Best Theories About Steve Trevor in ‘Wonder Woman 84’

He looks pretty good for 94 years old… and dead. This week, DC officially revealed the title of the Wonder Woman sequel we’ve been waiting for, and it’s better than what the franchise’s fans could have ever hoped for. As the title would suggest, Wonder Woman 1984 will be set in the 1980s, in the […]

The Inaugural North Bend Film Festival Opens Its Doors With an Intriguing First Wave

North Bend, WA is home to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and now it’s welcoming a promising new film festival too. Regular readers of Film School Rejects know our take on film festivals — they’re the best way in which to watch a movie for the first time. Period. The movies are typically too fresh for any […]

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Suggests An Ode to George Orwell

We’re all thinking it: dystopian Wonder Woman. We know next to nothing about the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. It’s set to release in November 2019. Gal Gadot is obviously still our heroine. They are filming quite a bit in Washington D.C. As of yesterday, we learned that Chris Pine will return as Steve Trevor despite […]

Celebrating Great Movie Dads

Good advice. Bad jokes. Sunday, June 17 is Fathers’ Day. Movies are filled with fathers, but many of film’s most famous examples aren’t exactly good at the whole dad thing (see: Darth Vader). After all, plot is conflict and Oedipal complexes, among other intergenerational conflicts, are relatively easy to craft. But for all the Denethors […]

23 Great Shows You Should Binge During Pride

Celebrate strides in LGBTQ+ representation with 23 shows you can watch right now. There’s no time like Pride month to celebrate the recent bounty of diverse LGBTQ+ characters gracing our TV screens. While big-screen blockbusters hesitate to label characters as anything but straight (at least not until after the movie’s come out, likely for fear […]

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Will Introduce a Luscious Singapore to a Worldwide Audience

In which Singaporean actress Tan Kheng Hua talks passion, and how Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s comedy hit will be an important joyous addition to the Asian film canon. This is going to get a tad personal, because when I was preparing to chat with Singaporean actress Tan Kheng Hua, I somehow never […]

The Nonfiction Elements at Play in ‘The Tale’

Nonfiction storytellers often struggle with memory, truth, and trauma, but Jennifer Fox handles them beautifully. Movies based on true stories have been common since filmmaking began, but none are as personal and literary as Jennifer Fox‘s The Tale. Fox uses the act of writing and filmmaking as a way of remembering a traumatic event in her own […]

Why You Should be Excited About Hiro Murai’s ‘Man Alive’

The ‘Atlanta’ director is making an original sci-fi film with the creators of ‘It Follows’ and ‘Legion.’ It’s no secret that Hiro Murai is having a great year. In addition to directing standout episodes of Atlanta and Barry, he also helmed the music video for Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.” Quickly becoming one of the biggest online talking points, the […]