Cutting Room for May 18

  • It’s not enough that Ryan Reynolds has sarcasm and abs sharp enough to cut you, but now he’s never going to die. Forget how stalkerish that sounds and focus on the following: Highlander is getting a remake possibly featuring Captain Sassy Abs. Aside from the tsunami of “I thought there could be only one” jokes, the thing to focus on is who will play the Sean Connery role. My vote is for Christopher Lambert. The cycle is now complete.
  • Guillermo Del Toro, who has had approximately one billion projects in various shades of development without actually having made a film in almost five years, is supposedly moving full-steam ahead on a 3D stop-motion animated take on Pinocchio. It’s going to be slightly darker. And by slightly darker, I mean Nick Cave is doing the music, and Christopher Walken and Tom Waits are on his wish list for the voice acting. A darker, more stylish take on a fairy tale subject? Somewhere, Tim Burton is yelling at a gothic mirror that Johnny Depp is holding, yelling “You told me I was the fairest of them all!” while Danny Elfman hums in the corner.
  • A dear and lovely friend of mine, Tessie, is currently obsessed with all things Neverland. And I mean Peter Pan and not the Michael Jackson (alleged) molestation factory. FYI: The word alleged makes that last joke sue-proof! At any rate, I’ll be eager to see how she reacts to news that Peter and the Starcatchers, a movie based on a Pan prequel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, is going to hit screens in the very near future. It will either delight her to see more of that world or infuriate her. My vote is infuriated if she’s familiar with the limp and tame work of Dave Barry.

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Antoher week, another dose of movie love for your ears. This week we discuss lady Avengers and book adaptations, get our Gondry on, skewer Dark Shadows, and dig up a Cemetery Junction. What are you waiting for? Press play and smile already! Meet you on the other side for the trailers we mention!

On Your Radar: The We and the I

Michael Gondry may have swung and missed with The Green Hornet but, to continue the baseball metaphor, I'm pretty sure Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was smashed so hard that it still hasn't landed. That means I am IN for anything he does ever. Like this little slice of life gem below.

Netflix Roulette: Elektra Luxx

You know, we so rarely get to post anything involving porn here. Porn. Porn. Porn. That should help drive traffic up. Carla Gugino, who is super talented and underrated, stars in this comedy about a porn star who gets preggo. And we're gonna watch it. AND YOU SHOULD TOO!

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Cutting Room for May 11

  • Bogey and Bacall? Amateurs. Hepburn and Tracy? As if. All of cinema has been waiting for this moment. Cameron Diaz. Benicio Del Toro. Don’t worry, it gets even better. The movie is Agent: Century 21, which is perhaps the first movie to have product placement in its title. And the plot sees Diaz as a real estate agent captured and sent on some kind of adventure by a Mexican drug lord played by Del Toro. Incidentally, if they had flipped the casting for the parts, they’d have comedy gold. Don’t worry, though! It’s written by the guy who wrote Stuart Little! How can it not be amazing?
  • I adore the 1990s sketch comedy show “The State,” and I don’t care who knows it. Sure, it’s dated, but me, a bag of Funions and the boxed set have been known to kill a Saturday night. Nobody’s reading this, right? At any rate, some of the gang from that show are reuniting once again. As they did with Wet Hot American Summer, David Wain and Michael Showalter are pulling in their buddies Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd for They Came Together, which is not an entry in the “50 Shades of Grey” series, despite its title. It actually follows an on-again, off-again relationship between a big corporate dude and a small business owner lady. Based on the pedigree alone, I’m in. Based on the title alone, I’m not telling anyone I’m going.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Sacha Baron Cohen have both exited Django Unchained, presumably because writer/director Quentin Tarantino fears that all people with three names are secret assassins. More than anything, this is likely a result of the push to get this into theaters by December, but if either of those actors wind up murderers, don’t say QT didn’t warn you.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

GRADE
A-


The Babadook

A terrifying tale of an ooky pop-up book and motherly love.

GRADE
A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A water-colored take on a Japanese folktale that is prettier than it is interesting.

GRADE
B-


The Theory of Everything

"Out of this world" performances buoy a sub-par script.

GRADE
B+


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


Happy, Little Clouded

Actual human beings made The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and you can tell. A water-colored rebuke of the robots who...

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No Big Bang

In 1965, Stephen Hawking wrote his first ground-breaking thesis and wed Jane Wilde. His paper argued that if a star can...

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Leni Riefen-stalling

On the one hand, any film subtitled “Part 1” is a naked cash grab. On the other hand, shut up and take my money, Hunger...

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Oopsie Genius

I know two things for sure: (1) Birdman aims to relentlessly drive home one singular point, one thoroughly expressed thesis...

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