Cutting Room for November 14

Dollar, dollar bills, y’all. That’s what Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater is rollin’ in after their fundraiser featuring Alexander Payne and David O. Russell. Feature VI raised an eye-popping $328,000 for the nonprofit theater that has helped single-handedly resurrect film as art in Omaha. That total is a new record, which shouldn’t stop you from donating and supporting because they deserve all of the moneys. Congrats to a great theater and great people.

I’ve been a fan of how Christoph Waltz has managed to do more than simply become Hollywood’s go-to bad guy. That said, it was kind of inevitable that he would one day be a Bond villain, right? In the 24th 007 film, Waltz will try to off Jimmy once and for all. I am completely sure he will and this will be the last Bond film ever.

Honestly, it’s like Aaron Sorkin goes around trying to find the absolute least interesting source material he can to make movies from. First it was Facebook (The Social Network), then it was baseball finances (Moneyball) and now comes word he’s adapting “Molly’s Game,” about a real-life underground poker game in Los Angeles. Oh. Wow. Poker… Let’s hope he can find a way to contain the energy of slowly turning over cards with stacking poker chips.

It’s too early to celebrate, as Warner Bros/DC Comics can and will screw things up at any point in the development process, but things are looking good for Wonder Woman. News broke this week that the front runner for the director’s job is Michelle MacLaren, who has directed some of the best episodes of “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad.” Instead of giving the job to one of the whopping three or four female directors people can actually name, I’m all about bringing another woman into the big-time with a project like this. Of course, this is DC we’re talking about, so the whole project could turn to farts in an eye blink. 

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Cutting Room for November 7

The wait is finally over! The new Star Wars is here! Wait, sorry, the new Star Wars title is here…my bad. We no longer have to call it Episode VII, which is great for people who hate Romans and numerals. The new moniker is, wait for it…The Force Awakens. Oh. Okay. That’s…alright. I mean, it’s no stinker like The Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones but it does sound like the Force ate a big Thanksgiving dinner and had to lay down for a while, only be stirred by the aroma of Aunt Betty’s delicious cobbler.

Because we can’t have nice things, there’s going to be a Toy Story 4. Yes, really. Despite having composed a beautiful, nearly symphonic ending to a trilogy about letting go of the physical things that made us children while retaining the sense of wonder, Pixar and Disney were like “Dollar dollar bills, y’all! Mommy and daddy need to get paid!” No word on plot, but if it were me, I’d make it all about adults selling things that were once beloved for money they don’t need.

We can reboot it. We have the technology. We can make it dumber than it was. Dumber, more expensive, sillier. This is my proposed mantra for the remake of “The Six Million Dollar Man,” titled The Six Billion Dollar Man because, you know, inflation. Marky Mark Wahlberg will play the man nearly killed in an accident, only to be reconstructed into a powerful cyborg. Peter Berg will direct, so have faith. After all, he’s the guy that directed Battleship.

Despite having drastically fallen off, I still have faith in Judd Apatow. Now comes word that he is pairing up with Laura Dern for an untitled comedy about female football fans, to be written by Pam Brady. Because nothing says “hilarious” like women and the NFL right now… Unless this is a scathing indictment of that organization’s willingness to complicity and explicitly contribute to an overwhelming epidemic of violence against women, Apatow can keep his feel-good schmaltz to himself. 

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


Nightcrawler

A condemnation of crime pornography with a chilling central character.

GRADE
A


John Wick

You kill his dog, he kills a million people. You've been warned.

GRADE
B


Dear White People

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

GRADE
A


Fury

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

GRADE
C+


The Burden of Actual Christianity

Most praise for writer/director Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Overnighters, has rightly been focused on its Steinbeckian...

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Awful, Not Full of Awe

Preposterous, pseudointellectual, poorly constructed, clichéd, impenetrably masculine, goofy and possessed of an...

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News-sploitation

Yesterday, CNN showed reporters physically chasing a woman connected to the Ebola scare. Not too long ago, a Fox News...

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Dogged Determination

John Wick killed three guys with a pencil.

John Wick is so good at killing, he had to bury his guns beneath a cement floor...

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