Cutting Room for November 1

  • You know what’s sexier than a Halloween costume, smarter than a baker’s dozen Stephen Hawkings and cooler than Kanye West thinks himself to be? Empathy. That’s why I’m so glad that Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com), Con Agra Foods and Together are offering a complimentary screening of American Winter to students from kindergarten through grade 12. On Wednesday, Nov 13 at 6:30, the theater will show this documentary about the struggles faced by Americans dealing with the greatest crisis this side of the Great Depression. And while it is greatly depressing, hopefully it won’t give students a great depression, but will inspire them to see the world with more empathetic eyes.
  • It’s not technically a sequel, but we may have a second installment in the unofficial “Steven Spielberg directs dense adaptations of presidential biographies written by Doris Kearns Goodwin” series. Spielberg snatched up the rights to “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism” presumably before Michael Bay snagged the property. It’s from an age when politicians actually made policy and the media reported on it. So, look for it under “science fiction.”
  • For those who are interested in such a thing, it looks like that rumored Tom Hardy film directed by Takashi Miike is gonna happen. What I’m saying is, now is the time to start investing in companies that make fake blood. Also, it’s entirely likely that Hardy will do this film (in which he stars as a former GI who joins the Yakuza) right after he stars as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman. I’m going to do my best to try and envision a world in which those two roles are reversed in those movies.

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posted at 12:53 pm
on Friday, November 01st, 2013

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