Cutting Room for August 3

  • Whereas I simply come out and make feisty editorial comments about the Aurora shootings, some people—cough, Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com), cough—actually do something to directly help. The theater has begun collecting donations at the box office to be given to the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (coloradocrimevictims.org). Think of it like this: If you buy a ticket for The Watch and donate an equal dollar value to this charity, you will have done one good thing! Props once more to Aksarben for being a charitable leader…who doesn’t do it for the props.
  • It’s time for the third biennial Cinemateca presented at Film Streams (filmstreams.org) in collaboration with the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO (unomaha.edu/ollas). For those of you who don’t know, biennial means “two ennials.” And Cinemateca is a series of 6 films that start Aug 31 and run through Oct 2. Things actually kick off at El Museo Latino (elmuseolatino.org) on Friday, Aug 24 at 7 pm with the Cinemateca 2012 Preview Party, which is a free event that includes food and salsa dancing. So you can eat salsa while you salsa. Head to any of the links above for more information.
  • It’s still early, but rumor has it that Jimmy Fallon is in strong contention to be the new host of the Oscar, bravely venturing into territory James Franco was thoroughly bored by. I kind of like Fallon and his aw-shucks laughing at himself schtick, but if I were the Academy, I’d be a-courtin’ a certain gal who used to sit at a desk with him for a co-host. A Tina Fey-Fallon reunion would be good for ratings and help remind people this was once a coveted gig and not some cosmic punishment. 

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Movieha! - Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

NEW MOVIEHA?! I won't keep you from a discussion of the trailer for Grabbers, the Aurora shooting, Grabbers,The Dark Knight Rises, or Tyrannosaur. We talk about stuff, you listen to us talk about stuff. It's a good deal. Hit us up after you listen for a few trailers.

On Your Radar: Grabbers

I love creature features. This looks like a throwback. I like throwbacks. So long as they aren't evolutionary throwbacks. Check it out, yo. Oh, and TENTACLES AND YOU SURVIVE IF YOU DRINK!

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I won't say I like Zach Galifiankais, but he is magnetic. So try to resist his pull in the following:

 

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Cutting Room for July 27

  • 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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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...

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Awful, Not Full of Awe

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

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News-sploitation

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

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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...

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