Cutting Room for November 22

 

  • Considering that film critics these days are given all the respect of a well-written Yelp review, this bit of news made me smile. Producer Michael De Luca recently revealed that Boogie Nights, an absolute masterpiece that put director Paul Thomas Anderson on the map, almost went straight to video. Who saved it? Critics. Rave reviews from the New York Film Festival kept the movie off the VHS shelf and in theaters. Remember, in those pre-Netflix, “be kind, rewind” days, straight-to-video was a synonym for “dead on arrival.” See! Movie reviewers do good things! Okay, not like “actually reform society” good things, but neat stuff! We do neat stuff!
  • Sure, one is now Batman and the other did butt stuff with Michael Douglas on TV, but you can’t break Ben Affleck and Matt Damon up! The duo is partnering together to produce Sleeper, which is based on the bad-ass comic from Ed Brubaker about a guy who can absorb and pass on pain and works in the underworld. Who knows if they’ll write, direct or star, but the important thing is that this generation’s Bert and Ernie are still together.
  • Irdis Elba is now confirming that he met with Marvel Studios about playing the tough-as-nails, completely awesome Luke Cage in a movie. Here’s what I can’t understand: why is this news item not “Idris Elba is playing Luke Cage for Marvel Studios?” FIX IT!
  • If you’d like to worry about how wrong-headed Warner Bros and DC Comics may be about the upcoming movie that pits Batman versus Superman, I give you the following: The studio just registered a series of domain names that suggest they are being considered for the title. All have the prefix “Man of Steel:” and then something horrible. Battle the Knight, Beyond Darkness, Black of Knight, Darkness Falls, Knight Falls, Shadow of the Night, The Blackest Hour and The Darkness Within are all in the running. I was hoping they’d choose something that would convey a serious and dark tone… 

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).

posted at 07:13 pm
on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

COMMENTS

(We're testing Disqus commenting (finally!); please let us know if you have trouble.)

comments powered by Disqus

 

« Previous Page


Cutting Room for July 18

I get disproportionately excited for horse racing. It’s either the latent degenerate gambler in me or I just like ponies. Either way, I’m excited for 50 to 1, which opens at the Majestic Cinema of...

more »


Cutting Room for July 11

Throughout August, Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater will lie to fans of Kansas University sports teams. Wait, no, that’s not right. Sorry, it looks like they will be holding screenings of We...

more »


Cutting Room for July 4

There are two movies whose rabid fandom I’ve never understood: The Goonies and Hocus Pocus. The former has had a sequel in the works as long as Dr. Dre has been promising to drop “Detox.” The latter...

more »


Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

On Your Radar: Premature

Netflix Roulette:Grand Piano

Please sign up for our RSS feed HERE, download our podcasts and rave about us in the comments section of iTunes HERE, follow us on...

more »


Cutting Room for June 27

I have “the fever.” No, it’s not curable by penicillin or cowbell. It’s World Cup fever, which has given me an understanding of what constitutes offsides in soccer and the knowledge that Ronaldo is a...

more »







Advanced Search