Cutting Room for August 30

  • If you’re one of the silly people who didn’t like Man of Steel, it’s probably because of what Superman does to Michael Shannon in the end…which is not as Brokeback Mountain as that sentence makes it sound. If not, it’s likely because you have some bizarre degree of concern for the countless millions of Metropolis citizens killed while Supes and Zod fought. To me: (A) Superman had been Superman for like five minutes and wasn’t good at saving people one by one while basically fighting a God or (B) since he managed to stop Zod from killing literally everyone on the planet, it’s still a win for the good guys. Director Zack Snyder sees it different, telling the Japan Times: “In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence.” So…he wanted a big body count because of mythology? Stop helping me defend you, Zack.
  • I know we talk a lot about comic book movies, but it’s not just because I may or may not have a closet filled with thousands of comic books. It’s because they’ve accounted for more than $5 billion in the last 3 years, ergo, people wanna know this stuff. So, with that in mind, the guy who spanked Maggie Gyllenhaal  in dirty, dirty ways is going to play a killer robot in the sequel to the third biggest film of all time. James Spader, he of snakelike demeanor and general creepitude, will be Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bonus points if he gives Robert Downey Jr. the same S&M treatment he gave Ms. Gyllenhaal in Secretary.
  • Flops on flops on flops and M. Night Shyamalan’s ego remains miraculously intact. Don’t believe me? His latest project isn’t a movie. Oh no. He’s going to single handedly fix our public education system with a book called “I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education Gap.” Spoiler alert: the twist is Shyamalan can’t read!

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).

posted at 09:49 am
on Friday, August 30th, 2013

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