Cutting Room for November 25

  • I can’t do justice in printed words to the recent kerfuffle about the time traveler found in a Charlie Chaplin movie, but that’s why God invented Google, so get to clickin’. Presumably, the Charlie Chaplin retrospective, which runs from now until Dec. 16, at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org), has nothing to do with this unexplained phenomenon … even though The Circus is the film in which the time traveler appears and is one of the films being screened in the series … interesting, huh? At each of the screenings, you can sign up to win a pair of tickets to the Omaha Symphony’s Jan. 29, performance at the Holland Performing Arts Center, at which the orchestra will play the accompaniment to Chaplin’s The Gold Rush. If it turns out someone at Film Streams is the secret time traveler who was just promoting this event by warping space and time: best marketing ever.

  • Head’s up, this next thing isn’t funny. Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut had to abandon shooting in Bosnia because rumors circulated that the plot involves a rape victim falling in love with her rapist. First off: Eww. Second: The film came under assault from women’s organizations understandably upset about the supposed story given the unspeakable travesties of the 1992-1995 war. Third, and most interesting: Jolie responded with a non-denial denial, stating “there are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters.” Shooting has relocated to Budapest. Here’s hoping whatever they’re doing there isn’t as bad as it sounds like it could be.

  • This week, MTV released the first trailer for their TV show based on the movie Teen Wolf. This gives new life to my campaign to resurrect "Teen Witch."

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Cutting Room Floor for November 18

  • Although it gets difficult to defend the weekend after a new Adam Sandler movie or Twilight entry is upchucked upon the masses, film is art. Late local artist Kent Bellows had my back, and the Joslyn Art Museum can prove it. Thursday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 pm, the museum will host “Kent Bellows and the Influence of Film,” a lecture by Molly S. Hutton. The lecture is free with museum admission, and you’ll hear Hutton discuss how Bellows borrowed from “Bergman, Hitchcock and Fincher, with a little Disney and Godzilla thrown in.” See, the big green guy isn’t just a skyscraper chomper, he’s also a muse. Hit up kentbellows.org for more info on a lecture that further supports cinema as art, no matter what Kevin James and Vince Vaughn do to it.

  • I loved Easy A and I don’t care who knows it. The estrogen-heavy, teen-set flick was maybe the most fun I had at a movie this year—no matter how much my wife giggles when I mention my adoration of the film. You know what, honey? My year just got better, because Emma Stone and director Will Gluck are re-teaming for a movie that has no title or plot yet. Shooting next summer, I’m already excited for it … and preparing to defend myself against my wife’s inevitable taunts.

  • Not that I feel the need to reiterate my masculinity, but has everyone heard that Natalie Portman is writing BYO, a sex comedy that she’s going to star in with Anne Hathaway? So if you’re keeping track at home, this creation knocks the discovery of fire down to Number 2 on the list of most significant inventions.

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We’re baaaack…kind of…maybe…

Oh, have I missed you my bloggy devotees. It's been a whole week since I told you what to buy for me, since I wrote you haikus, since I showed you my junk! Why, there's been nary a lascivious online leer in the direction of Natalie Portman or Scarlett Johansson. I haven't filtered comments about movies through a lens of personal politics. I haven't posted a picture of Evangeline Lilly! Wow, I feel better. Do you? No? Well, I tried. This is a new experience, with new options and new challenges. I won't lie to you, I have little-to-no understanding of what it is I'm doing in this new integrated space. As you can see, The Reader has gotten an online facelift. Or, given the state of our previous Web site, an online resurrection from the dead. We're trying to blend this bit of bloggery more in with the film section as a whole, giving you a more organic experience. We're aiming for a one-stop-shopping plaza designed to satiate all your online movie needs. In the absence of succeeding there, we're just trying to get you to like us. So hit me with suggestions, bear with me as I stumble through the technical knowledge necessary to make this experience more pleasant for you, endure me trying to figure out the best way to get you all this information, and enjoy knowing that even when technology dramatically shifts and the cyber world as I know it crumbles, I will always find you again. I promise.


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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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