Cutting Room for December 22

  • Inside a hollowed-out volcano, in a secret laboratory complete with Tesla coils and a mutated lackey, I’m working on my Top 10 list for the year. I take the whole thing way too seriously, as if there’s a studio executive with gun pressed to his temple murmuring “Please let us top Syrek’s list.” In a few weeks, we’ll see if that fictional man lives or if he Jackson Pollacks his drywall. For now, here’s how YOU voted, according to IMDB.com:

    10. Scott Pilgrim vs the World — 7.9/10
    9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 — 7.9/10
    8. Shutter Island – 8/10
    7. Kick-Ass — 8/10
    6. Tangled — 8.1/10
    5. How to Train Your Dragon — 8.2/10
    4. The Social Network — 8.2/10
    3. Toy Story 3 — 8.7/10
    2. Black Swan — 8.9/10
    1. Inception — 9/10

    If nothing else, the top 4 proves the general public isn’t the drooling horde they’re often made out to be by some snooty critics. It also proves me whipping Igor here into a froth while seeking the formula to best identify my Top 10 is pointless. Thank God I don’t learn easily. BACK TO WORK, IGOR! CHOP, CHOP!

  • It only took decades for Hollywood to realize ladies like to laugh, too. Early buzz on Bridesmaids, the Judd Apatow-produced, Kristen Wiig-written comedy about feuding bridesmaids is off-the-charts positive. Although it doesn’t open until May 2011, look for studios to pee themselves when they finally realize they may have been undervaluing the comedic appetite of 51 percent of the population.

  • The Broadway musical version of Spider-man featuring music by U2 has been delayed … again. This is not helping my theory that I made the whole thing up while listening to the “Joshua Tree” in my Spidey underoos.

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Fearless, Flawless Box Office Predictions - 12/17

What a jam-packed weekend!!! I mean, daaaaaaamn. You couldn't have eeked out one of these movies opposite Narnia? With Black Swan going into heavier rotation, there are 3 movies of note...well, two movies of note and Yogi Bear. I'm calling it now: Tron is going to underperform. Not so much so that it's panicville, but it's not going to be the big social thing they were hoping for. The Fighter is also going to do better than people think. It's gonna have legs too, as it's a big crowd pleaser. Yogi Bear, on the other hand, is content to harm the eyes and minds of people who deserve it for going to go see a movie about Yogi Bear that looks like that. You know what, I'm in too good a mood to be grumpy sounding, so let's get to some haikus already!

Here's how I see it:

1.) Tron: Legacy - $39 million

It needs fifty mil to have a chance at success. It won't get that much.

2.) Yogi Bear - $25 million

Dammit, Timberlake! I expect this from Ackroyd, but not from you, dude.

3.) The Fighter - $18 million

Boxing works on screen, and yet somehow in real life, the sport is just gone.

4.) Narnia 3: Trip the Narnia Fantastic - $12 million

Looks like this is it. Poor showing killed the series. No resurrection.

5.) How Do You Know? - $12 million

It's not "how" I know, it's more about "what" I know. I know this is crap.

WILDCARD - Tangled - $9 million

Fairy tales kick ass. That may not sound too manly, But it is the truth.

Okay, that's it gang. Hope you have a holiday-tastic weekend filled with a Packers loss and followed by a Bears division-clinching win on Monday!

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Two drops of awesome and scheduling news

First: Happy Friday. I mean that. Not in some bullcrap, mass-produced, consumer way. I really hope you're having a wonderful "Weekend Eve." Why am I in such a good mood? Let's move to...Second: I'm on vacation starting Monday. Will I blog? Yes. Will it be with the same frequency? Perhaps. Will it be as regular as a fiber-addict's bowel movements? Probably not. Just a word of warning for those who set their schedules by mine...so, nobody. Third: I have some fun Friday news that are in two unrelated installments:

George Clooney is the new Robert Downey Jr!

Yep, we're STILL talking about Gravity, the movie that will neither die nor live. Apparently, RDJ is out, the Cloonster is in, and the lady is....

Yep, Sandy B hauled some ass and got herself a big project! For some reason including these two makes me less interested in the project. I know Alfonso Cuaron is the one directing and writing it, but now instead of a claustrophobic character study set in space, I feel like we're getting a "get out of there before you run out of oxygen"/explosions in space type movie. I hope I'm wrong. Cuaron has pretty consistently delivered, and Clooney has a nose for good material (other than The American...which Roger Ebert is INSISTING is one of the best films of the year somehow). And I like Sandy B. I do. She seems like a good person...but her acting style is...let's say I feel like she really tries hard to be good. I respect that. It's just...okay, here's my best analogy: If you're only 5 foot 8, you can't be an NFL quarterback. I know, I know, Doug Flutie and all, but the best example I can give you is that she doesn't seem to have the unlearnable intangibles to be a really great actress. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's my take. So the good news is (A) we're done with casting roulette for this movie and (B) we finally get to see what the fuss was about. Here's hoping it was worth the friggin' 2 months of stories and 20 posts on casting news.

Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman are pitching a project.

Seriously, this is how that pitch should go: "Hi, we're Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman and we'd like to pitch you a..." "Do it. Whatever you want. Do it now." Those two creative SOBs are just so good at what they do that denying them the right to do it is like making a bird walk from place to place. Let these crazy bastards fly, dammit! There's no plot outline, no script, nothing...but already it's on my radar. Kaufman is as good a writer as film has ever known, and Jonze continues to prove with offbeat short films and great feature work that he's one of the best young voices behind the lens. FOR GOD'S SAKE THESE ARE THE MEN BEHIND ADAPTATION AND BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. Give them what they want and no one gets hurt. Seriously, if we live in a world where Yogi Bear 3D is a reality and these two struggle for financing, then it's not the terrorists who have won...it's crap. Crap won. Don't let crap win.

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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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