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. 

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, catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter.


entered on 09/26/14 at 11:38 AM | read comments »


Cutting Room for September 19

Every time someone uses film as a medium to push towards real social change, I feel all fluttery in my tummy; so it should come as no surprise how jacked I am for The Gender Reel Film Festival. The touring festival features films that focus on gender and transgender issues and will be at the Joslyn Art Museum on Oct 19 from 1:30-8 pm. How bad-ass and cool is a festival with the following categories: Trans Woman/Feminine, Trans Men/Masculine, Gender Nonconforming/Queer, LGBT and Youth/Family. Head to genderreelfest.com for full breakdowns of the films being screened and to order/request tickets. Festivals like this give my cold, nearly dead, cynical heart an excuse to beat a bit.

Hear ye, hear ye! You can, and people do, make movies in noncoastal areas! Proof: Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater just announced the selections for the fifth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase, curated by some fine folks over at the “Omaha World Herald.” Starting Oct 16 at 7:30 pm, you can see the 12 chosen short films that were combined into one 123-minute block. The selections include documentaries about a local inventor, music videos for Orenda Fink and The Faint and narratives that explore a struggling artist and a drunk. Wait; let me check on that last part… Yep, that’s the narrative plot and not just my weekend plans. For more information about tickets and show times, head to filmstreams.org

If you haven’t seen the FX TV show, “Fargo,” well that’s just a real shame now. A real shame. So you’re just gonna have to trust me that the fella who wrote that, Noah Hawley, did a real good job on it. A real good job. And now he’s gettin’ to work on one of them monster movies from Universal. Yeah, it’s true. He may be writin’ about the Wolfman or the Creature from the Black Lagoon! We don’t know yet. All we know is that it’s gonna be good. Yeah, sure, you betcha. 

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, catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter.


entered on 09/19/14 at 11:55 AM | read comments »


Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

On Your Radar: Monsters: Dark Continent

Netflix Roulette:The Machine

Please sign up for our RSS feed HERE, download our podcasts and rave about us in the comments section of iTunes HERE, follow us on Twitter HERE, and become a fan of us on Facebook HERE! You can also listen to our bit we do for KVNO radio HERE. And as always, email any comments and concerns to movieha@gmail.com.

custom counter


entered on 09/12/14 at 08:38 PM | read comments »


Page 6 of 141 pages ‹ First  < 4 5 6 7 8 >  Last ›

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


Nightcrawler

A condemnation of crime pornography with a chilling central character.

GRADE
A


John Wick

You kill his dog, he kills a million people. You've been warned.

GRADE
B


Dear White People

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

GRADE
A


Fury

War is hell, but this movie is just hella slow.

GRADE
C+


The Burden of Actual Christianity

Most praise for writer/director Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Overnighters, has rightly been focused on its Steinbeckian...

more »


Awful, Not Full of Awe

Preposterous, pseudointellectual, poorly constructed, clichéd, impenetrably masculine, goofy and possessed of an...

more »


News-sploitation

Yesterday, CNN showed reporters physically chasing a woman connected to the Ebola scare. Not too long ago, a Fox News...

more »


Dogged Determination

John Wick killed three guys with a pencil.

John Wick is so good at killing, he had to bury his guns beneath a cement floor...

more »


>