Cutting Room for August 8

The inexplicable success of the most nonsensical pop culture franchise in history continues. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a big, fat stinkin’ hit, kowabunga-ing to more than $65 million opening weekend (way above projections). The disturbingly phallic shaped new incarnations proved immensely popular once more, and a sequel was greenlit yesterday. No word on if Megan Fox will return or if anyone cares if Megan Fox will return or if Megan Fox cares if anyone cares if Megan Fox will return.

If you’re a Roald Dahl purist and obsessive over how accurately his works are adapted to the big screen, get a hobby or something, man. Word is coming that Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of The BFG— which no one will convince me is an abbreviation that doesn’t include a specific “F” word—is deviating a bit. Instead of an orphanage, the main character will be at a fancy boarding school. And there will be several new characters, including scientists who don’t believe in giants. Actually, right now, there is an entire city (New York) full of people who don’t believe in The Giants.

Zack Snyder, director of Man of Steel and the upcoming (and ridiculously titled) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, called in to a morning radio show in Detroit (where the latter movie is filming) to defend Aquaman. That’s a real thing that happened. He wouldn’t confirm that everyone’s favorite superhero punching bag and fish speaker was in the movie, but did say “he has the potential to be bad ass.” We live in a world where the director of a multimillion dollar blockbuster just defended a superhero that talks to fish on a radio program. I can’t tell if this makes me happy or sad.

I don’t know why there isn’t a Galaxy Quest 2. It’s such a great movie, and it still holds up! You know who else wants a sequel? Literally everyone involved from the first movie. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, Justin Long, director Dean Parisot, producer Mark Johnson and writer Robert Gordon have all publicly declared their interest in doing a sequel. They’ve made five Step Up movies. I’m just saying. 

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Cutting Room for August 1

Listen up! Or I suppose I should say escucha! The fourth biennial Cinemateca lineup has been announced. Once again, Film Streams and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Office on Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) are partnering for a celebration of cultural films. This year, the series will include two director visits, post-show discussions led by OLLAS faculty and guests and six films (Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Elena, La Camioneta, Keep on Rolling, Meredes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America and Anina). For more information, hit up filmstreams.org. To miss out would be no bueno. If you don’t speak Spanish, that means you wouldn’t have any bueno.

At first blush, it may seem strange that Aksarben Cinema is partnering with The Free State Brewing Company for an interactive showing of the upcoming Into the Storm on Thursday, Aug 7 at 7 pm. Then you think about it and realize that if the biggest storm in the history of the world really did come bearing down on you and it was too big to run from, you’d probably want to have all of the beer handy. And they will have all of the beer handy, as there will be samples of various different ales and IPAs, as well as specials at the bar. My favorite bit is the “interactive” nature; the description specifies “items may be tossed into seats during the storm.” Not only does it give me Gallagher flashbacks, but I think this could result in someone seriously peeing themselves. I volunteer to be a “debris chucker!”

I don’t know why I like seeing director Spike Jonze act, but I do. So I’m excited for the fourth season of HBO’s “Girls,” as the guy whose last movie was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars will now be on a show where somebody died during a Grindr hookup. 

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The Trip to Italy

Another affable outing with two British comedians.

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B+


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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

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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. 

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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


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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

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B+


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Take It Back

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