Cutting Room for August 24

  • Remember how you were just thinking, “How can I go on living without the prospect of at least one more Rambo movie?” Good news, my depressed and strangely Stallone obsessed amigo! There’s a script for Rambo: Last Stand, which has been likened to the western classic, Unforgiven. I can only assume this comparison is based on a similar number of craggy faces, wrinkles and AARP/NRA members. We can’t stabilize our own economy, but we’ve got five Rambo movies. Suck on that, world!
     
  • Not that you should, because you shouldn’t, but if you were going to remake The Wild Bunch, you shouldn’t have director Tony Scott do it. The original orgy of Western violence by Sam Peckinpah does not lend itself to Scott’s edit-happy, “What-the-hell-am-I-looking-at” direction. So, as you have probably guessed, this is exactly what’s happening.
     
  • In additional Scott family news, Tony’s brother Ridley Scott dropped a mega-huge sci-fi news bombshell: He’s directing another Blade Runner film. Is it a prequel? Is it a sequel? Is it just a film set in the same universe? All of these questions pale in comparison to the most important one: Can he promise it won’t suck?
     
  • Bradley Cooper will no longer be the lead in The Crow, the remake of the 1994 cult classic. Instead, the posterchild for Goths everywhere will still be resurrected, with either Mark Wahlberg or Channing Tatum wearing the pancake makeup and eyeliner, with best money on Wahlberg because people know who the hell he is. After years of reporting the name, I’m still proud to say I have no idea what a Channing Tatum is or if it hurts.

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On Your Radar: Raise Dead

This week's pick for obscure or potentially overlooked independent movie is one of my absolute favorites so far. With all the intensity and sci-fi-ness of an Aronofsky movie, this real-life tale looks to be perfectly thrilling! I cannot wait to get my peepers on this one.

Netflix Roulette: Streets of Fire

I admit shame for never having watched this one. Walter HIll? Willem Dafoe? Diane Lane? BIKER GANGS AND 80s MUSIC?! Looks like we're in for a treat!

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Cutting Room for August 17

  • Whether it’s because of the quotable dialogue, the copious use of Michelle Pfeiffer in her prime or our inherent ability to accept gangsters despite their being terrible, terrible people, Scarface is massively beloved. Now, for the first time in a long while, you can see all the coke-snorting and murder on the big screen, like God and Brian De Palma intended. Both AMC Oakview 24 and AMC Star Council Bluffs 17 will screen the orgy of violence and excess August 31 at 7:30 pm. For more information, head to fathomevents.com. The only question left is who are you going to dress up as? Dibs on “gunned down police officer who is trying to serve justice.”
  • Although in my household, just about every night is movie night, but that title is a little more official on Wednesday nights down at Hot Shops Art Center (www.hotshopsartcenter.com). At 8:30 pm each humpday (I had to), for the affordable price of “free,” you can check out a local film which will play before a mainstream movie, all in an effort to collect donations to keep the movies rolling and to help local filmmakers. First up is the local flick Heels to the Pavement, followed by one of my faves, Best in Show. Talk about Movie Night done right!
  • Because free is my favorite price, let’s try another freebie: On Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 pm, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is holding a special event featuring Simon Kilmurry, whose last name makes it sound like he detests the lovable star of Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. Thankfully, he’s not here to destroy Billy M, as his job is the Executive Director of the award-winning PBS series “POV.” And he’s at Film Streams to show an inside look at the program’s process, present clips and answer questions. Reserve your seats with maggie@filmstreams.org now, because free stuff tends to be popular.

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The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

GRADE
B


Frank

A band that has a lead singer with a fake head will win your heart.

GRADE
A-


The Trip to Italy

Another affable outing with two British comedians.

GRADE
B+


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Still a fun place to visit, provided you're not a woman.

GRADE
C


The Giver

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

GRADE
D


Boyhood

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

GRADE
A+


Guardians of the Galaxy

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

GRADE
A


Fall? Oh, me!

I’ve reviewed movies professionally for more than a dozen years. The few weeks immediately surrounding the end of summer has...

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Bro-man Holiday

First things first: The Trip to Italy, the sequel to 2010’s surprise hit The Trip, may be the whitest movie ever made....

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Bleak and White

Celebrated narcissist and Freddy Krueger look-a-like Frank Miller gives the women he writes a plethora of career choices....

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Take It Back

Fail gloriously, if you must fail. Go down swinging for the fences, punchdrunk and confident you’re making something truly...

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