Cutting Room for October 3

The root of the word “fan” is actually “fanatic,” which sounds more maniacal and describes me after the Chicago Bears lose (again). This explains why Aksarben Cinema is naming their ongoing series of classic films “Cinematic Fanatic” and not my suggestion “Really Good Old Movie Films!” Guess what they’re starting with, given that it’s the spookiest month of the year? Nope, it’s not Adam Sandler movies, but we’ll get to him in a minute. Together with 96.1 KISS FM, Aksarben is unspooling classic horror flicks this October, including Friday the 13th, Young Frankenstein, Paranormal Activity and Halloween. Head to aksarbencinema.com for showtimes and ticket information.

Anyway, back to Adam Sandler. The dude signed a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind contract to make his next four movies exclusively for Netflix. I shit you not, his first statement suggested he did this because Netflix “rhymes with wet chicks.” Nothing has made me respect Hulu and Amazon Prime more.

This next bit isn’t news. It’s news about news. Actually, it’s news about news you should avoid. Star Wars Episode VII spoilers are out there. And not the fun, light kind of spoilers. The kind you can’t unread. The kind that ruins the moviegoing experience. I have managed to avoid it and hope you do the same. Just know that if you’re contemplating clicking on any “rumors” from here on out that someone posts into your social media feed, it could absolutely obliterate what people are increasingly saying may be an awesome Star Wars movie.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is going to star in a “raunchy” and “fun” adaptation of Baywatch, a show that was neither of those things. While Hollywood’s inexplicable obsession with using existing brand names for generic content (this will basically be a movie on a beach) continues to offend me and entrap even the strongest among us. Sorry, Dwayne.

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Cutting Room for September 26

As is evident by the vile predatory practices of “paycheck advance” lending companies, many of us ain’t exactly livin’ high on the hog right now. Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater feels you, bae. That’s why they’re partnering with Women’s Fund of Omaha and Coalition for a Strong Nebraska to bring you a free screening of Paycheck to Paycheck on Tuesday, Oct 28 at 7 pm. The film follows a working single mother over the course of a year as she is faced with harrowing decisions like choosing medicine for herself or taking care of her children. If I could Clockwork Orange the 1% elite by toothpicking their eyelids open and forcing them to watch this, I would. Instead, I’ll just tell you that there’s a panel discussion after the screening and you can get more details at filmstreams.org.

It used to be that a person would have an idea for a movie and then make that movie. Now studios come up with a need for a movie or a sequel for a movie and then scramble to make something up based on a title or property. That was my fear for Bill and Ted 3, rumors of which just won’t die. So color me surprised that Bill himself, Alex Winter, actually has a fairly awesome conceit for the film: he and Keanu Reeves’ Ted never got around to saving the world. That’s actually pretty great. Combine that with the proposed director, Dean Parisot of Galaxy Quest fame, and this may indeed be excellent.

Nacho Vigalondo is among my favorite weirdo directors. From the twisty Timecrimes to the dark comedy Extraterrestrial, his work is always a combination of odd and engaging. Combine that with my lifelong love of practical effects and monster movies, and you can understand I’m stoked that he has written an old-school, Godzilla-style “kaiju” monster movie that won’t rely on CGI. I’m all for spectacles like Pacific Rim¸ but my heart grew three sizes at the thought of a new, cheesy-fun “man-in-suit” monster movie. 

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Dear White People

The type of smart, ballsy satire that comes along all too rarely.

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Dracula Untold

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Gone Girl

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