- If ever there was a time Nebraskans were amenable to discussions of an impending water crisis, this would be the time. So it’s a good thing that Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and the Nebraska Chapter of Engineers Without Borders are collaborating on a discussion and screening of the documentary Last Call at the Oasis on Aug 28 at 7 pm. Although oil is the resource most people think of when they contemplate shortages and global conflict, it is (ahem) clear that our most vital concern is H-2 the izz-0. That’s water for those who don’t speak Snoop Dogg.
- It’s rare to talk about a trailer here in Cutting Room, but it is rare that there is a six-minute trailer. Cloud Atlas is the latest endeavor from the Wachowskis and Tom Twyker, directors responsible for The Matrix and Run, Lola, Run, respectively. The film is a seemingly impossible adaptation of a book that spans thousands of years and will recycle Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant and Halle Berry in multiple roles, some of which reportedly cross not only time but gender.
If you need more selling, a video is available of Twyker and Lana and Andy Wachowski hyping the film. The trailer is must-see…as is the interview, if only to see how truly exuberant the transgendered Lana looks.
If ambition is your addiction, Cloud Atlas is your fix.
- Besides Cloud Atlas, my most anticipated film of the year is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, a fictionalized retelling of the origins of Scientology. Maybe it’s because PTA has never, not one time ever, made a bad film, but this sure-to-be-brilliant film is raising eyes for another reason: it’s skipping festivals and releasing staggeringly soon (Sep 14 limited release; Sept 21 wider release). After the director made a non-studio approved set of trailers, he also pressured for a release of his film a mere six weeks after his announcement. No drawn-out promotion or hype? PTA, you are my hero.
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