Cutting Room for August 10

  • Stop! You’re eating wrong. And I don’t just mean the way you hold a spoon, which is really just astonishingly incorrect. On Tuesday, Aug 30, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and Whole Foods Market Omaha are presenting a special screening of Forks Over Knives, which is sadly not a documentary about a cool new hand game that replaces “rock paper scissors.” The film examines the idea that degenerative illnesses can be controlled or reversed by switching to a plant-based diet. Depending on how convincing the material is, your stomach contents may never be the same!
  • I am super excited for Filth. That didn’t sound right. That is to say, I’m excited for the upcoming adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s “Filth,” a novel I wrote about in graduate school. Of course, way back then, I didn’t envision the tale of an evil Edinburgh cop with a tapeworm who has his own ongoing monologue actually becoming a movie, let alone one starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming. I know McAvoy is the cop, Bell is the sidekick and Cumming is the boss, but I’m really curious as to who is playing the tapeworm. Given his life experience as a parasite, I vote for “The Situation” from “Jersey Shore.”
  • Speaking of whack-a-do adaptations, howsabout David Cronenberg trying to be the first to get a Jonathan Lethem novel on the big screen? As She Climbed Across the Table has a plot description that reads like a peyote-enhanced nightmare, what with a semi-sentient black hole and all; but if anyone can will insanity to the big screen, it’s our man Cronenberg. That’s two lunatic literary works on their way to theaters! Take that, sequelitis!

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Cutting Room for August 3

• If you want to find an overly testosterone-d, oddly puffy, former action movie icon in the next few months, you’ll have to book a trip to Bulgaria. The Expendables 2 is shooting, and the rumor mill has dropped some steaming casting news on the sidewalk. Supposedly, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jet Li and Bruce Willis will now be joined by John Travolta, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Be still my steroid-infused heart! If you want to seek out the sure-to-be-hidden set, just let your nose follow the overpowering scent of Ben Gay and former fame.

• Staying beneath the 1980s action umbrella, Die Hard 5 now has a plot! I should say “has what passes for a plot.” Actually, scratch all of that, it just has a location: Russia. That’s right, if anyone knows how to say “Yippie-ki-yay” in Russian, your services are needed. Oh, and can I suggest a subtitle: Die Hard 5: For a Few Rubles More or even better, Die Hard 5: Bolshevik Blow-out!

• Talking at the San Diego Comic-Con, Danny DeVito said he’d be open to Twins 2. It seems like it would just be easier to wear a shirt that says “Kill me before I destroy what’s left of America’s dignity.”

• The media has recently unearthed a study by psychology professor Robert W. Levenson that concludes a scene from the movie The Champ is the saddest movie clip of all time. Of course, the study ended in 1995, which means it’s possible a tear-jerking moment from the last 16 years has supplanted it. Someone should invest another near decade of time and financial resources to find out. That, or they could cure some sick people.

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), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Welcome back, you sexy denizens of the interwebs. Let me first congratulate you on your fine taste in podcasts. This week's ear buffet offers entrees that include news items, movie reviews, and deep, dark confessions. Also, there are poems about this week's releases that we shall from now on refer to as Ha!kus and not haikus. What are you waiting for, click PLAY!

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On Your Radar: Knights of Badassdom

What is as bad ass as Peter Dinklage? Answer: Nothing. Also acceptable: Summer Glau with a sword.

Netflix Roulette: The Last Lovecraft

Please don't let it be as bad as the last two we watched. If this were real Russian roulette, Matt and I would be dead. Twice over. And in hell they would show us the movies we watched. Icky.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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C


The Giver

This adaptation of Lois Lowry's beloved award-winning classic will be none of those things.

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D


Boyhood

The only coming-of-age story anyone ever needs to make. 

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A+


Guardians of the Galaxy

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

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A


Lucy

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

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C+


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

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

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A


Snowpiercer

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

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