Cutting Room for October 19

  • When the British-slang-infused, alien invasion gem Attack the Block slams onto video in a week or so and finally ascends to its rightful place on the throne of recent cult classics, I won’t say “I told you so.” I’ll say, “I told you so, bruvva.” Now comes word that director Joe Cornish may not be done delivering urban sci-fi comedy goodness. Speaking at the New York Comic Convention, Cornish confirmed that he’s been approached to do a sequel, TV spin-off or an American remake. While it’s a double huzzah for those first two options, the last one is a big uh-oh, as the British-ness of the film is part of what made it wicked awesome. American changes to British source materials don’t always work. I mean, have you seen congress?
  • Nearly 15 years later, and I still love me some Starship Troopers. The bug-killing, military culture-skewering film is goofy goodness, even if the direct-to-DVD sequels and CGI animated series that followed were downright vile. The good news is that acclaimed anime director Shinji Aramaki is making a new full-length animated film that seeks to return the series to its original glory. Chances are it will forgo the complex satirical tone of the original film in favor of epic space action. Hey, so long as bugs get “killed good,” I want to know more!
  • When Thor 2 finally rolls into production, the god of thunder will bow down to a woman. That’s right, Patty Jenkins (Monster) will direct the sequel, meaning it’s entirely possible that the main female lead won’t feel like useless bait dangled to make Thor drool. It seems weird that having a talented lady direct an action-oriented superhero film may be considered progress, but it honestly kind of is.

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Episode 25 - Pork Meat Will Be Doing So

This week's episode is a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet of entertainment, with filling dishes that include the latest movie news, a bad-ass trailer for an upcoming smaller film, a dissection of Ryan Gosling's accent, a look into Paul Giamatti's hairpiece, and two dark confessions alongside a haiku tray for dessert. EAT UP and meet me on the other side for all the trailers we talk about this week.

On Your Radar: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Seriously, yo: This movie has swords that fly and gates either made by, for, or out of dragons. Wire-fu is back, snitches!


Netflix Roulette: The Wild Hunt

Matt is weird. He loves LARPing, which is "live-action role playing." Oh, he doesn't like to DO it, he likes to watch movies that have LARP as a plot point. Don't look at me, I'm not the one with the cinematic LARP fetish. I will, however, be watching THIS:

 

 

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Cutting Room for October 12

  • Film Streams (filmstreams.org) isn’t satisfied with entertaining you; they also want to make you live forever. At least, that’s what I assume the intent is behind their film series titled “Forever Young.” Featuring family and children’s films, the series is underway with Make Believe, a coming-of-age story about young magicians, already screening on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays through Oct 20. The immortality-inducing flicks continue throughout this fall and include The Secret of Roan Inish, A Cat in Paris, The Goonies, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Polar Express, which terrifies me with its soulless, dead-eyed Tom Hanks animation. I should probably point out that a transfer of immortality may not be guaranteed, but definitely ask at the box office.
  • In yet another sign that the idea well has been bled dry, the writers behind Toy Story, Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, are possibly working on a big-screen adaptation of Farmville, the once-captivating Facebook game where you grow things you can’t ever eat. In other words, two guys are writing a movie about farming.
  • Johnny Depp’s descent into self-parody continues, as he is producing and possibly starring as the lead in a biography of Dr. Seuss. Although it is highly likely that the real Theodor Geisel was a reserved man who dressed in casual clothing, we can all look forward to a version of him with pasty skin, garish gothic attire and likely some kind of highly affected speech pattern. No word on when Tim Burton will announce his participation.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

A gleeful space opera that is as visually stunning as it is hilarious.

GRADE
A


Lucy

A girl ingests a drug that makes her God. For real.

GRADE
C+


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

GRADE
B+


We Are the Best

Set in Stockholm in 1982, this is punk rock female adolescence at its finest.

GRADE
A


Snowpiercer

Awesome, literal class warfare on a train that holds the only humans that survived the new ice age.

GRADE
A-


Obvious Child

Billed as a comedy, this is actually a sophisticated, empathetic look at a crucial issue.

GRADE
B+


The Signal

Crazy good and just plain crazy, this is indie sci-fi at its best!

GRADE
A+


Ping Pong Summer

Drowning in 1980s nostalgia, this deserves to be a cult hit.

GRADE
A-


Fuzzy Focus

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“We’re Not a Girl Band”

Punk was always as much about the mentality as the sound, as much about rebellion for rebellion’s sake as it was...

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Ice, Ice Maybe

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