Cutting Room for July 27

  • If ever there was a time Nebraskans were amenable to discussions of an impending water crisis, this would be the time. So it’s a good thing that Film Streams ( and the Nebraska Chapter of Engineers Without Borders are collaborating on a discussion and screening of the documentary Last Call at the Oasis on Aug 28 at 7 pm. Although oil is the resource most people think of when they contemplate shortages and global conflict, it is (ahem) clear that our most vital concern is H-2 the izz-0. That’s water for those who don’t speak Snoop Dogg.
  • It’s rare to talk about a trailer here in Cutting Room, but it is rare that there is a six-minute trailer. Cloud Atlas is the latest endeavor from the Wachowskis and Tom Twyker, directors responsible for The Matrix and Run, Lola, Run, respectively. The film is a seemingly impossible adaptation of a book that spans thousands of years and will recycle Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant and Halle Berry in multiple roles, some of which reportedly cross not only time but gender.

    If you need more selling, a video is available of Twyker and Lana and Andy Wachowski hyping the film. The trailer is must-see…as is the interview, if only to see how truly exuberant the transgendered Lana looks.

    If ambition is your addiction, Cloud Atlas is your fix.

  • Besides Cloud Atlas, my most anticipated film of the year is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, a fictionalized retelling of the origins of Scientology. Maybe it’s because PTA has never, not one time ever, made a bad film, but this sure-to-be-brilliant film is raising eyes for another reason: it’s skipping festivals and releasing staggeringly soon (Sep 14 limited release; Sept 21 wider release). After the director made a non-studio approved set of trailers, he also pressured for a release of his film a mere six weeks after his announcement. No drawn-out promotion or hype? PTA, you are my hero.

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Cutting Room for July 20

Before I start the strangest column I’ve written since Cutting Room began almost a decade ago, a reminder this is MY opinion and mine alone, as per usual. Gang, let’s talk about the tragedy in Aurora. More specifically, let’s talk about how NOT to talk about the tragedy in Aurora.

  • Take down your Facebook profile picture with a ribbon and Batman in it. Now. Your intentions may be holy but you are unintentionally joining two things together that shouldn’t be and look insincere while doing it.
  • As I said instantly on my Twitter account after hearing the news, this tragedy has as much to do with Batman and movies as Virginia Tech’s massacre had to do with engineering classes. Don’t confuse setting and circumstance with causation. This was a troubled soul hellbent on evil, not a movie buff.
  • Avoiding theaters, or specifically The Dark Knight Rises, is like swearing off milk because a cow kicked someone in a dairy. Theaters are not any more likely to be hotspots for violence than schools, churches, bars or any public place to which a madman has access.
  • Don’t write a think-piece putting this in context of movie themes or use it for page views on your blog. We’re better than that.
  • Finally, don’t you dare talk about how it makes you feel knowing that you were watching the same movie at the same time. Just don’t.

So how do we talk about this?

  • Carefully. Use this as an opportunity to discuss gun control measures and as a chance to explore issues of access to mental health services.
  • Keep the focus on the things you love (movies) and off the things you hate (a murderer). Don’t seek out information on the assailant and make him infamous. Instead, comment on my Dark Knight Rises review and tell me why I’m wrong (or right, I’d like that one better). 

This isn’t the first time violence and cinema has been linked, but it is one of the more significant. For better or worse, this weekend won’t be remembered for box office records but for something ugly beyond our control. However, where the conversation goes from here, is up to us.

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