Cutting Room for April 19

  • Everybody has that one go-to movie that they quote endlessly, even though most people don’t know it. It’s not like when someone does a Borat impression or apes Ron Burgandy’s words; I’m talking about slipping things like “He’d already rather be bowhunting” into conversation. Those phrases are from my quotable favorite, Kicking and Screaming, and for the first time in my life, I’ll be able to see it on the big screen thanks to Film Streams (filmstreams.org). Their new Visiting Artist Series is highlighting the work of writer/director Noah Baumbach starting on May 17, and will include my favorite dialogue-based comedy along with The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox, which Baumbach co-wrote with Wes Anderson. Baumbach also hand-selected a classic film for inclusion, La Collectionneuse, but all you need to know is that if you see Kicking and Screaming you can say things like “Go away, Cookie Man!”
  • Seth McFarlane was asked to return as host of the Oscars next year, and I’m just guessing the invitation wasn’t offered by a woman. Although it is unclear if he will accept, I’m putting a bet down now that the opening act is a self-deprecating, conscience-clearing number called “We Saw Your Junk,” and a lot of time will be spent leering at Michael Fassbender.
  • It’s officially time: 80s movies are going to get remade in force. First up, John Hughes’ Weird Science. With only that to go on, someone on the Internet already broke the code on how to proceed: reverse the genders and have two socially awkward gals bring Channing Tatum to life. In related news, this is actually how Channing Tatum was made.

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posted at 08:54 pm
on Friday, April 19th, 2013

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