Cutting Room for July 6

  • The most esteemed thespian to ever sometimes use a number as a last name, Andre Benjamin (nee Andre 3000), is starring in the Jimi Hendrix biography, All Is By My Side, which will feature zero Jimi Hendrix songs. Because no deal could be reached with those who control the rights to Hendrix’s music, the film will have him playing covers of songs by The Beatles and Muddy Waters among others. This is the equivalent to making a Marcel Marceau biopic without mime, a Jacques Cousteau movie without water or a Carlos Mencia film without stolen jokes.
  • Jealous of what its rhyming cable adversary, AMC, has been up to, A&E wants to get in on the ongoing horror series game. So they brought in “Lost” producer Carlton Cuse to head up “Bates Motel,” a show that will examine Norman Bates’ childhood when the shower-murdering of Psycho was but a glimmer in a troubled adolescent’s eye. A&E is so confident in this pitch, they aren’t even shooting a pilot; they are taking the show straight to full production. This is great news for everyone who watched Hitchcock’s masterpiece and thought “I bet Norman was so much fun growing up.”
  • The definition of what constitutes a spoiler has become a personal, nearly religious opinion, with some heathens absorbing all information without hesitation and others flinching when someone merely says the name of the film. But I think we can all agree that when a ticket taker in Seattle told someone going to see Prometheus “I have to warn you… Halfway through the movie, the main female character will perform a self-induced abortion,” it was over the line. Nevermind that said “abortion” was the removal of a squid-like alien parasite; nevermind that a “teenage ticket taker” is literally the last person capable of providing a valuable opinion. What I want to know is, if he’s so interested in his customer’s safety, did he chain himself to the entrance of That’s My Boy to prevent entry?

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Movieha! - Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

This has been one weird week. Having the fourth of July fall on a Wednesday gave us a week that felt like it had two Mondays (boo) and two Fridays (yay). Sadly, you only get one Movieha. This week we discuss Tyler Perry branching out into outer space, which is where Starship Troopers live. We geek-gasm over The Man with the Iron Fists trailer, in all its eye-punching glory. I cry a bit over The Amazing Spider-man while Matt laughs at me. We discuss Nude Nuns with Big Gune in the most classy way possible. And we end with some haikus, because we're cultured like that. Give it a listen!

On Your Radar: The Man with the Iron Fists

Good kung fu is hard to come by these days. Sure, you can mine the VHS back bins or the interwebs to get your fix, but it seems like it has been ages since we had a fun, cartoony-violent kung fu epic. Thanks be to Wu Tang's Rza. This. Looks. Epic.

Netflix Roulette: Resurrect Dead

We told you about this one WAAAAAY back in episode 17 (August 2011). It is a documentary that I have been anxiously awaiting. If Netflix does one thing well, it's give me the documentaries I hunger for. I can't wait to watch this one.

 

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Cutting Room for June 29

  • To paraphrase from our esteemed VP, whether or not you like it, The Hunger Games is a “big effing deal.” Sure, he was referring to health care reform that has the potential to save the lives and fortunes of millions of Americans and I’m just talking about a movie sequel, but still… Francis Lawrence, the recently appointed and wildly underqualified new director taking over Catching Fire, has weighed in with one good move and one suspect one. On the plus side, Philip Seymour Hoffman, be he ever so jowly, is going to play Plutarch Heavensbee. On the potential minus side, Zoe Aggeliki, a former model, will play Johanna Mason. If it seems like I’m inappropriately invested in the casting of a young adult adaptation, it’s only because I am.
  • In the wake of The Avengers becoming the most successful non-James Cameron movie ever, Disney has wisely decided to cash in on the animated side. The first joint Disney/Marvel (Disarvel? Misney?) movie will be Big Hero 6! Never heard of these folks? You’re not alone. It’s a fairly obscure team of Japanese superheroes whose name sounds like it was badly translated into English. Maybe the first translation was “Super happy fun time hero people, yay!” No word if Pixar is involved (probably not) and no explanation why these, of all characters, was the first to get the kiss of the animated mouse house.
  • While not technically movie news, I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on this moment of tragedy. TomKat, better known to non-douchebags as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have ended their contract…I mean, marriage. The national mourning has begun. Oh, not for the couple, but for the late-night TV monologue writers who may now have to actually try when making jokes.

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Dear White People

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

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A



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

GRADE


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


The Boxtrolls

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

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B-


The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

GRADE
B


Frank

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GRADE
A-


The Adventures of Super Vlad

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Everyone is Awful

Warning to newly engaged couples: Do not see Gone Girl, a movie that makes marriage look like The Hunger Games with slightly...

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Swimming in the Laika

From Ray Harryhausen’s Medusa to Henry Selick’s Jack Skellington, stop-motion animation is just frickin’ cool, yo. Maybe...

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The Dies That Bind

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