Cutting Room for June 15

  • Did you like District 9 but feel that it’s metaphor about apartheid could have been even more obvious? Never fear! Director/writer Neill Blomkamp’s secretive new movie, Elysium, has just had its plot revealed, and it is even more obvious-er. Set in the year 2159, the move follows a man (Matt Damon) who tries to leave the confines of a polluted and overpopulated Earth, where the poor people live, to go to Elysium, a clean space station, where the rich folks live. And Jodie Foster plays a government official who hates immigrants. Do you get it? I’m guessing you won’t see ads for this on Fox News.
  • I have taken to live-tweeting a movie from my collection every Sunday night around 9-ish (hit up @thereaderfilm if you want to join in). Last week I did Attack the Block and lamented how we’ve had three Adam Sandler movies and zero movies from Block director Joe Cornish. Well, just this week Cornish was confirmed to helm Snow Crash, an adaptation of the beloved (and believed to be unfilmable) cyberpunk novel. The only thing more exciting than this news is the discovery that my tweets have the power I always suspected. Take that, Lady Gaga!
  • To celebrate The Godfather’s 40th anniversary, they are making a Monopoly version of the film. While I’m decidedly more in favor of games based on movies than movies based on games (how did Battleship work out there, Hollywood?), I am secretly hopeful that the game has rules like “if someone lands on your property and can’t pay: kill them.” Family game night never sounded so fun.

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Cutting Room for June 8

  • Because this year’s College World Series takes place a hop, skip and a jump (and you can probably leave out the jump) from the front doors of Film Streams, the theater goes into a different scheduling cycle starting June 15. On gamedays, one hour prior to the first game’s start time, the theater converts into the artiest sports bar you’ve ever been to, complete with beer and a huge screen on which to watch the games. On non-gamedays, it’s business as usual, with screenings of Peace, Love & Misunderstanding and The Cabin in the Woods (an early contender for my best-of-the-year shortlist). Only in Omaha can you watch sports in an art house movie theater. Go, go, Big O!
  • It’s also worth noting that, unlike my staunchly conservative grandfather and anyone who remembers Monster in Law, Film Streams loves them some Jane Fonda. Not only is the iconic actress highlighting Feature IV, the biggest fundraiser of their year, but from June 29 until August 30, the theater will be honoring the former Mrs. Turner with a repertory series of films. This 11-film run will include, among others, Klute, Julia, The China Syndrome, Nine to Five and, of course, Barbrella, the movie that encouraged puberty in many a young lad. If you have a question about individual showtimes, head to filmstreams.org. If you have a question about Barbarella’s costume, keep it to yourself.
  • It may be a wee bit early, but seeing as how Bat-fans can be bananas, it’s worth noting that Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) will be showing Batman Begins and The Dark Knight immediately before the midnight debut of The Dark Knight Rises on July 19. Ten bucks gets you admission to the first two flicks, while TDKR is regular priced, and tickets are on sale as of June 11. No word on whether seductively dancing the Batusi is acceptable payment.

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).


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