There’s nothing good to read on the weekends. This being a holiday weekend, that may be more true than usual. Hollywood rarely produces news on Saturday and Sunday and most sites, this one included, simply take the weekend off. Until now.
We’re proud to announce this morning an addition to the Film School Rejects editorial staff whose goal is to change all of that. To bring you a slate of weekend content built for those lazy Sunday mornings, full of discussion and insight. Like a Sunday Magazine, but for nerds. And it’s two days long. To bring this vision to life, we’re excited to have Christopher Campbell joining us. We’ve known Chris for a while now through his work on a number of sites around the web and his various visits to Austin for BBQ (see above). He’s native of Connecticut, who just migrated South from NYC and became a father. He’s also a great writer and one of the most passionate film lovers I’ve ever met, a fan of anything non-fiction and anything fantastical. And he’s got some big plans for our weekends here at FSR.
To celebrate, we sat Christopher down with a list of questions we’ve long used as part of our “Better Know a Reject” feature. Hopefully these will help you get to know him better. We think he’s the right man for the job, and we’re sure you’ll feel the same way soon enough.
Why did you want to write for Film School Rejects, as opposed to some other, more respectable publication?
I’ve always enjoyed the writers and writing at Film School Rejects, how the site feels like a family, and I wanted to be a part of that. It’s a good home for passionate movie fans who offer a lot of original content and commentary. And any place that gives room to shorts, let alone a daily spot, is dedicated to aspects of film that I can respect.
What is your first movie memory?
My first movie memories are going to the drive-in, which makes sense now that I have a kid and realize the drive-in is the easiest way to do it. And my parents had three little boys around the same age and would have had difficulty wrangling us all outside of the station wagon.
Of course, most of these memories primarily consist of us being outside the station wagon, either on the playground located beneath the screen or at the concession stand. Again. Or bathroom. Again. I know my first movie ever was a drive-in showing of Star Wars while on vacation in Florida the summer of my birth. The films I actually remember first, however, are Popeye and The Fox and the Hound.
What unique qualities will readers of Film School Rejects find in your writing? What do you bring to the table?
Since I have two degrees in film studies, I bring an analytical depth to my writing, but I’m also very concerned with readability so I take care to write well as much as have substantial things to say. That said, I hope people love alliteration and appreciate puns and proper grammar as much as I do.
If you had to defend yourself, would you rather have Freddy’s claws, Bond’s pistol, or Rosebud the sled?
I’m not a violent man, and since Rosebud relates to memory and experience I see it as a weapon that symbolically relates to how I defend myself on a daily basis. But in a physical confrontation, Freddy’s claws would be pretty badass.
If you were forced to choose only one movie to recommend to everyone you ever meet for the rest of your life, what movie would that be, and why?
The most important thing the world has is humor. So, allowed only one movie, it must be a comedy. Duck Soup is the funniest movie ever made, mainly because the Marx Brothers work to all kinds of audiences, broadly and intelligently, and this is their most consistently hilarious feature. Besides, everyone interested in movies owes it to themselves to see the hugely influential mirror scene.
What is your number one passion outside the world of movies?
Seeing as I just became a father, this is an easier answer: my family. It’s strange so often wanting to stare at something for hours other than a great movie, but my son and wife are more spectacular than anything else I can think of.
What do you love about movies?
I love that movies combine so many artistic elements and talents. If I’m bored of a movie’s plot or dialogue or acting there may be beautiful shots or production design or stunning effects to appreciate. Any second of a movie could theoretically involve hundreds of things to look at or hear or think about.
And still, even with its ability to cater to all the senses and parts of the brain, cinema can still allow for as much imagination as we may bring to it. I can usually find something interesting within and outside of any movie, “good” or “bad.”
You can follow Christopher on Twitter @thefilmcynic. Be sure to welcome him and make sure he’s okay during his first week of hazing.