Cutting Room for August 15

For years, one rivalry has dwarfed all others. No, it’s not The Chicago Bears and The Green Bay Packers or Right and Left Twix. It’s “readers” versus “watchers,” as in those who (gasp) read books and those who (wisely) see movies. Apparently, and this is news to me, you can do both. So says Aksarben Cinema and The Bookworm Omaha. They are partnering up for a book club that culminates in a movie premiere. I don’t understand how these things could possibly join together, but apparently the idea is that you read three different dystopian young adult novels and then watch The Maze Runner on opening night. The Bookworm will have discounted books for club members, and discussions will take place at Aksarben. They’re going to talk about books at a movie theater. My world is crumbling!

Aksarben Cinema not only loves reading, but loves people who teach reading (or anything else for that matter). Seeing as how Nebraska ranks 48th in teachers’ salaries, Aksarben decided to help them by instituting a discount for any educator! This includes faculty or staff of a primary or secondary school, university or college, or a teacher of a home schooled student. Eligible educators can show school ID to get $2 off of tickets, 7 days a week. Sorry you’re vastly underpaid, teachers, but at least you can watch some cool movies!

The Internet has made movie rumor mongering into this swirling vortex of manufactured non-stories. Case in point, a headline this week on several sites read “Jackie Chan Approached About Rush Hour 4.” That literally means nothing. Being “approached” can be almost any mention of a film to a participant. Case in point, I was the person who approached Chan about Rush Hour 4. My approach was, “If you ever make Rush Hour 4, I will start telling people you don’t do your own stunts.” 

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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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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


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