Cutting Room for December 15

  • STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING! Unless you’re reading this in the bathroom. Then, you know, finish … but hurry. Why? Because Thursday, Dec. 16, is the last day in the Kickstarter Campaign for director Dan Mirvish’s Between Us, a dark comedy based on an Off-Broadway play. The film is scheduled to be partially shot in Omaha. Mirvish directed Omaha (the movie), so it’s only right we return his continued love with some financial “Why-thank-yous." That’s right, the film needs our donations to move from “good idea” to “Hey, that movie rocked.” Head to bit.ly/bSQc9j, where you can find out a boatload of information about the flick and where you can donate money to help it happen. For even more information on the whole shootin’ match, check out filmthreat.com/features/28294 for a great interview. There’s no time to waste, so get to clickin’ and donatin’. And just think, you’ll be doing more to help movies get made in Nebraska than any legislative body in the state ever has!

  • Three cheers, or more like 25,000 cheers, for Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org)! The National Endowment of the Arts just announced the theater will receive $25,000 in grants to continue their exhibition of repertory film and special programs. Not only is the grant a proud feather in the cap of the non-profit movie house, it will help ensure that important events, such as the LGBT-themed “Out in Film” series and the exploration of Latino, Latin American and Spanish cinema “Cinemateca II” series, continue to enlighten and expand our community discussions. Way to get your grant on, guys.

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Next year, evil gets smokin’ hot

My best friend since middle school, Andrew, and I have never really fought. I mean, yes there was a disagreement about my athletic ability to jump out of a pool and a minor kerfuffle over whether or not there were actual lions or supernatural ones in a certain Val Kilmer movie, but those things didn't lead to body blows or gunfire. But we're men. Marginally so, one would argue given our various interests and dispositions, but biologically we have proof. So every once and awhile, when there are competing movie projects, he and I back a horse in the race arbitrarily and put our entire energy into that conflict with the other. There was the Volcano vs Dante's Inferno battle, the Antz vs Bug's Life war, and of course the bloody Deep Impact vs Armageddon conflict. Sadly, in almost every instance, each of us liked the other's assigned film better. But we may get another shot at this thing, as we have an upcoming cinematic battle fit for kings! We have Snow White and the Huntsman versus The Brothers Grimm's Snow White. Yes, we will have a duel of manly men, a verbal sparring match over which Snow White-based film is superior. Bow before our collective machismo.

And there is casting news afoot that would see two notable ladies square off too. While the former will be more action oriented, the latter will be directed by Tarsem, so both are attracting interesting lasses...not for the Snow White role, but for the Evil Queen. The Huntsman may feature....

Not to be outdone, the Tarsem project may land...

Holy casting conundrum, Batman! I don't even know what project I hope I am forced to back? I mean, Theron did that great interview on "Between Two Ferns," but Roberts has a better body...of work! Roberts has an Oscar, and Theron once dated a guy named Oscar! Theron is one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, and Roberts lives in Hollywood! Roberts hasn't made a movie worth watching in ages, while Theron has...okay they're even there.

If both projects survive to the point of creation, Andrew and I will wage war once more. One of us will be Team Blondie, the other Team Redhead. Neither of us actually caring about the stakes. It's huge, folks. Get ready.

Follow me on Twitter or I'll back the project that's competing with YOU.


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Suddenly, the Internet is worth it

Well hello there, my bloggity devotees. It's Tuesday...as if you didn't know. And you all know what that means, right? It means nothing. Stick that in your "season of magic" pipe and smoke it.

Today was the Golden Globe nominations...but man are they depressing. I love watching the awards show itself, not just because of my sick fascination with arbitrary assessments of artistic merit, but because they let the attendees drink heavily. That's good entertainment (and probably bad policy thanks to the sobriety issues in Hollywood). The problem is, The Oscars at least attempt to pretend to reward the best work of the year. The Golden Globes just nominated Burlesque and The Tourist. Someone astutely pointed out that the category of Best Musical/Comedy at the Golden Globes may cross over quite notably with the Razzies award for Worst Picture. That's shocking. I know that the Hollywood Foreign Press Whores really want Angelina Jolie to come to the ceremony because they can't get enough of her Crypt Keeper physique. But seriously, her movie was a turd that turds would shun for being too turdy. The lack of True Grit completely? The double Depp nomination in a year he didn't do anything of value? THE NOMINATION OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN ITEM ON EARTH THAT MOST MAKES ME HATE EARTH? You're a joke, Golden Globes. A four-star, gold-plated piece of crap. How much do I NOT respect you? I'm pairing news of your nominations with a clip involving Yogi Bear.

This traveled around the interwebs like coax cables were covered in gasoline and a porn site lit a match. But if you haven't seen it, I give to you the best combination of two movies that don't belong anywhere near each other in all of history. It's not enough to make me want to see the movie, but I hope that the effects person who did this gets rich and famous. I will give them the best "good luck wish" you can give to an effects person: May you never work with George Lucas. Here's the genius:

When the music kicks in at the end: Perfection. I can think of no better thing to show you. I practically want to retire the blog after this. Watch it a few times. It's funny every time.

Follow me on Twitter or I'll have Boo Boo cap your ass.


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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


Lucy

A girl ingests a drug that makes her God. For real.

GRADE
C+


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

GRADE
B+


We Are the Best

Set in Stockholm in 1982, this is punk rock female adolescence at its finest.

GRADE
A


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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Cinéma Very Tame

A few quick confessions: Because we now have cameras, modern photorealistic paintings have always been, at best, modestly...

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Grade A-Holes

The proliferation of comic book movies has reached its cultural apex, so thoroughly dominating the box office and public...

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Lucy Goosey

It doesn’t work this way with people, but there’s a level of confident stupidity a movie can display that makes it...

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