Cutting Room for February 14

  • After years of pretending not to receive my phone calls or emails, George Clooney is finally answering my request that he make a film about the 1980s Norwegian oil boom. Finally, am I right? Sure, big fans of Norway and fossil fuels enjoyed Pioneer, the 2013 thriller that Clooney is now turning into an American film. But I can finally rest knowing big George will share the glory and majesty of the Norwegian energy industry with the world.
  • Good news: My sustained excitement over Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is now totally excusable. Although previews have looked a bit generically epic, the stuff that has always interested me beyond Aronofsky’s ability to explore manically driven characters is the crazy stuff the studio wanted out. Specifically, there was an ongoing battle having to do with Aronofsky’s inclusion of weird, mutant alien “angels” and giants, all of which are actually found in the passages of the book of Genesis. Word has come down that the studio is letting the director’s cut stand, meaning we get to hear Nick Nolte voice a six-armed CGI warrior angel. Hooray!
  • Greta Gerwig, indie darling and star of Frances Ha, has signed on for the CBS comedy spinoff “How I Met Your Dad.” I’ve seen some dumb reactions to announcements before, like the tidal wave of social media suicide notes posted after Ben Affleck became Batman. But never before have I seen a collective response so wildly and largely wrong-headed. Intelligent critics and writers who have long championed Gerwig’s work lambasted her for “selling out,” taking a job on a show with an admittedly weak premise, and wrote eulogies for her film career. As succinctly as possible, let me say that a woman getting a producer credit and getting paid to anchor a major network sitcom with her as the nucleus is a good thing and that countless other TV stars still make movies. Stop being whiny babies about losing your hipster goddess and celebrate one of the good ones getting paid and popular. Yo go, Greta.

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Cutting Room for February 7

  • Imagine being deprived of seeing movies in the theater. For the record, just typing that sentence made me nauseous and scared. Well, the fine folks at Aksarben Cinema don’t want anyone to miss out on the theatrical experience, so they are rolling out a “Sensory Friendly” Movie Program designed to provide a comfortable environment for children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders and other sensory, social or cognitive disabilities. Starting on Feb 15, certain screenings will be held with the volume turned down, the lights turned up and nobody judging anybody for their behavior. Sometimes it’s easy to take certain experiences for granted. Thanks to Aksarben for making sure others don’t miss out.
  • And they’re not done yet! On Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 pm, Aksarben Cinema will hold a special screening of the documentary What Matters? despite the fact I already know what matters: “Doctor Who,” the Chicago Bears and quality whiskey. The documentary disagrees and instead focuses on two activists and a skeptic who attempt to live in poverty across 3 continents. That doesn’t sound fun and that’s before their plane crashes in Africa. Head to aksarbencinema.com to get tickets for what is sure to be a thought-provoking experience, even if it doesn’t mention “Doctor Who.”
  • I don’t even know where to start talking about the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose personal struggles do not taint his unquestionable status as one of this generation’s finest actors. But let’s start with the macabre and creepy, capitalist-driven concerns. Although most of his work on the final Hunger Games movie, the two-part Mockingjay, had been completed, he still had a pivotal scene left into which he will be digitally inserted. I don’t know what it says about us or him that such a talented man’s last appearance will literally be reanimation.
     

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Cutting Room for January 31

  • The Internet broke in half this summer when Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman in the upcoming Batman/Superman movie. Since then, we’ve barely held the information superhighway together with superglue, positive thinking and lots of pornography. But that all changed the moment that Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor. The fact that Eisenberg both has hair and is a young person whipped denizens of the Internet into a cyber-riot that has irrevocably broken the World Wide Web, as bookstore owners feel pretty good about life for the first time in a decade.
  • Director David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence apparently want to see what they can get away with. Having gotten scores and scores of nominations and awards for their collaborations in the mediocre Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, the duo want to know if we’ll literally give them trophies for whatever they do. Next up may well be a movie about the inventor of the Miracle Mop, with Lawrence playing said mopstress, Joy Mangano. This just in, Lawrence has already won a Golden Globe for the performance she has yet to film.
  • In the “nothing good can last” department, Shia LaBeouf has already unretired. Three weeks after his hissy fit stemming from an act of plagiarism he committed, The Boof booked a role alongside Bill Murray in Rock the Kasbah, where he will be joined by Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel. With a cast that good, there’s a small chance even The Boof can’t screw it up.
  • They are making a Back to the Future musical. Set to appear next year on London’s West End, the original team of writer Bob Gale and director Robert Zemeckis are working alongside producers to turn a much beloved 80s classic into a song-and-dance vehicle because modern society doesn’t know when to quit. Those who just thought “at least it’s not a remake” haven’t envisioned the soft-shoe number  in the middle of the jaunty tune “1.21 Gigawatts of Love!”

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Transcendence

A wildly average film that thinks it is brilliant.

GRADE
C


Ernest & Celestine

A kids movie for kids with kid jokes and kid themes.

GRADE
B+


Captain America: Winter Soldier

A kinetic crash of conspiracism and costumed crusaders!

GRADE
A-


Noah

Bible school by way of JRR Tolkien and Stephen King.

GRADE
A


The Grand Budapest Hotel

This madcap caper proves Anderson can do things (kinda) different!

GRADE
A


Need for Speed

If you're the "dumber" version of Fast and Furious, you lose.

GRADE
F


300: Rise of an Empire

A prequel, side-quel and sequel with the same style and carnage.

GRADE
B


The Wolf of Wall Street

DiCaprio crackles but the movie fizzles without taking a clear stance on Wall Street excess.

GRADE
B-


Marvel Blockbusts a Cap

With fight choreography pickpocketed from Baryshnikov and more leaping and bounding than Pooh’s friend Tigger on cocaine,...

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That Ship Cray

They gave the guy who made Requiem for a Dream $150 million to make a movie about Noah’s ark. Huh?! In Requiem,...

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Quirking on Something Different

To alter a phrase from Twain, who won’t mind because he’s dead, writer/director Wes Anderson repeated history until he...

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Speedy and Irritable

The most important thing to know before attempting to endure the lumbering bore that is Need for Speed is this: every...

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