Cutting Room for May 30

If you know me, you know I am all in favor of skullduggery. I am also all in favor of SkullDuggery Theatre Films, a local group that is set to release its first film, Bent Over Neal, later this year. To celebrate the news Aksarben Cinema will be premiering the film on Oct 23 at 7 pm, SkullDuggery opted to drop the trailer. Why do we say that things like movie trailers and music albums “drop” as though creative people can’t hold things well? At any rate, props to a film with all local cast and crew that promises to feature a smattering of local music. Actually, I chose the word “smattering.” It may be a smorgasbord or sampling; I make no promises.

The things human beings are capable of doing while facing unspeakable atrocity astounds me. Like, you know what I wouldn’t think of when facing a civil war? “We should start a band.” But that’s what Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars did, and you can find out all about it. On June 4 at 8 pm, the Slowdown will hold a free screening of a documentary about the origins of the band in Guinean refugee camps (which do not sound fun at all). The film shows how they went from unimaginable horror to an international music career. If only you could see them perform. Oh, wait! You can! On July 5, the All Stars are performing at the Slowdown at 9 pm, with tickets just $15. Triumph in the face of unspeakable tragedy is my favorite thing next to a quality nap.

Calling all local filmmakers! I mean that in the rhetorical sense, as my cellular plan isn’t good enough to call you all. So spread the word: Film Streams is once more asking for entries for its 2014 Local Filmmakers Showcase, which features work from anyone in Nebraska, Iowa or South Dakota. You can get all the details on their Web site. You have to get your film in by July 25, 2014. Don’t worry if you haven’t started yet; pretty sure Adam Sandler movies are shot on a long weekend. 

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Cutting Room for May 23

Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) cares about the well-being of little ones. I don’t mean Smurfs or Fraggles, though to be fair, I bet Aksarben would be sympathetic to those multicolored wee ones as well. Once again, the theater is hosting the Free Family Flicks, which are flicks for families that are free. Doors open at 9:30 am on Saturdays starting on May 31 with the first film, Despicable Me 2. That film comes from an era when Pharrell’s music was fun and fresh and not absolutely everywhere: the era of last year.

Quentin Tarantino has never met a rumor he couldn’t start. The latest is that he has 90 more minutes he’d like to wedge back into Django Unchained, making it into a 4-hour epic he’d prefer to show as a miniseries. Oh no, QT. Not again. You’re like Lucy playing football with Charlie Brown. Just like with your rumored megacut of Kill Bill and the western you may not ever shoot, The Hateful Eight, you’re going to get my hopes up and break my heart again. I know this won’t happen. Probably. Maybe. But it would be so cool if…DAMMIT, TARANTINO!

Gareth Edwards, fresh off the monster debut of Godzilla (see what I did there), has been signed on as the direct of the first live-action Star Wars spinoff. We don’t know what the spinoff is yet, so the Internet is rapidly making things up. Fingers crossed someone at Disney got my Porkins fan fiction.

Skylar Astin and Ben Platt are returning for Pitch Perfect 2! Okay, I realize that means very little to most people. But if you’re a Pitch-head that’s aca-obsessed with the first film like…my friend is…you’ll notice that the whole cast is officially back! Still, the important thing to remember here is Anna Kendrick. Never forget Anna Kendrick.

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