Cutting Room for August 22

I always suspected, but now I know for sure: The O in David O. Russell stands for Omaha. At least, it will this November, when the Academy Award-nominated director joins Academy Award winner Alexander Payne at a theater that received an Academy Award grant! Film Streams (filmstreams.org) has announced that its annual fundraiser celebration, Feature VI, will be held on Monday Nov 10 at 7 pm in the Holland Performing Arts Center. You’ll want to snag tickets fast, which go on sale for members on Friday Aug 29 and for nonmembers on Wed Sept 3. As a reminder, Russell has worked with Jennifer Lawrence not once, but twice. So there’s a good chance that Payne may finally ask Russell the questions I’ve been dying to have answered: what is her hair regimen and does she fart rainbows?

Speaking of everyone’s favorite potential rainbow farter, Jennifer Lawrence has already worked with a ton of talented directors for an actress with such a brief filmography. Now comes word she may work with one of the best. She’s circling Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. It’s a movie about stagecoach travelers stuck in blizzard in Wyoming. Of course, her casting makes no sense, as it is physically impossible to hate Jennifer Lawrence.

Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the most promising new directors, even if his films are as challenging as pronouncing his last name. One of the projects he almost did, The Bringing, is sadly sliding off of his plate and on to Jeremy Lovering’s. The film is about a real-life Canadian tourist who was found dead in a water tank at a hotel that was known to be frequented by serial killers and was later a suicide hotspot. It seems like either one of those things would be enough to have nuked that building from space… 

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Cutting Room for August 15

For years, one rivalry has dwarfed all others. No, it’s not The Chicago Bears and The Green Bay Packers or Right and Left Twix. It’s “readers” versus “watchers,” as in those who (gasp) read books and those who (wisely) see movies. Apparently, and this is news to me, you can do both. So says Aksarben Cinema and The Bookworm Omaha. They are partnering up for a book club that culminates in a movie premiere. I don’t understand how these things could possibly join together, but apparently the idea is that you read three different dystopian young adult novels and then watch The Maze Runner on opening night. The Bookworm will have discounted books for club members, and discussions will take place at Aksarben. They’re going to talk about books at a movie theater. My world is crumbling!

Aksarben Cinema not only loves reading, but loves people who teach reading (or anything else for that matter). Seeing as how Nebraska ranks 48th in teachers’ salaries, Aksarben decided to help them by instituting a discount for any educator! This includes faculty or staff of a primary or secondary school, university or college, or a teacher of a home schooled student. Eligible educators can show school ID to get $2 off of tickets, 7 days a week. Sorry you’re vastly underpaid, teachers, but at least you can watch some cool movies!

The Internet has made movie rumor mongering into this swirling vortex of manufactured non-stories. Case in point, a headline this week on several sites read “Jackie Chan Approached About Rush Hour 4.” That literally means nothing. Being “approached” can be almost any mention of a film to a participant. Case in point, I was the person who approached Chan about Rush Hour 4. My approach was, “If you ever make Rush Hour 4, I will start telling people you don’t do your own stunts.” 

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John Wick

You kill his dog, he kills a million people. You've been warned.

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B


Dear White People

The type of smart, ballsy satire that comes along all too rarely.

GRADE
A


Fury

War is hell, but this movie is just hella slow.

GRADE
C+


Dracula Untold

What if Dracula was a superhero?!

GRADE
C


Gone Girl

This thriller has many twists, the biggest of which is that it's kind of a satire.

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A


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A stop-motion romp with near-nekkid trolls and a cross-dressing villain.

GRADE
B-


The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

GRADE
B


Frank

A band that has a lead singer with a fake head will win your heart.

GRADE
A-


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