Cutting Room for August 17

  • Whether it’s because of the quotable dialogue, the copious use of Michelle Pfeiffer in her prime or our inherent ability to accept gangsters despite their being terrible, terrible people, Scarface is massively beloved. Now, for the first time in a long while, you can see all the coke-snorting and murder on the big screen, like God and Brian De Palma intended. Both AMC Oakview 24 and AMC Star Council Bluffs 17 will screen the orgy of violence and excess August 31 at 7:30 pm. For more information, head to fathomevents.com. The only question left is who are you going to dress up as? Dibs on “gunned down police officer who is trying to serve justice.”
  • Although in my household, just about every night is movie night, but that title is a little more official on Wednesday nights down at Hot Shops Art Center (www.hotshopsartcenter.com). At 8:30 pm each humpday (I had to), for the affordable price of “free,” you can check out a local film which will play before a mainstream movie, all in an effort to collect donations to keep the movies rolling and to help local filmmakers. First up is the local flick Heels to the Pavement, followed by one of my faves, Best in Show. Talk about Movie Night done right!
  • Because free is my favorite price, let’s try another freebie: On Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 pm, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is holding a special event featuring Simon Kilmurry, whose last name makes it sound like he detests the lovable star of Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. Thankfully, he’s not here to destroy Billy M, as his job is the Executive Director of the award-winning PBS series “POV.” And he’s at Film Streams to show an inside look at the program’s process, present clips and answer questions. Reserve your seats with maggie@filmstreams.org now, because free stuff tends to be popular.

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), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).

posted at 11:45 am
on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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