Cutting Room for February 1

  • Film Streams (filmstreams.org) wants us to all just get along. To help reinforce the need to quash our beefs, the theater is buddying up with the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution to bring Irish filmmaker Declan Keeney to town. On March 1 at 7 pm, Keeney’s documentaries We Are Not Afraid and We Carried Your Secrets will be screened, with a post-show Q&A with Keeney. The short films cover the siege of Sarajevo and troubles in Northern Ireland, respectively, and speak to the practice of healing through remembering. I wonder if the Werner Institute helps with all disputes, like say the terrible Chicago Bears/ Minnesota Vikings divide in my family?
  • Just a quick kung fu note: Village Pointe Cinema (marcustheaters.com) will be screening the documentary I Am Bruce Lee on Feb 9 at 7 pm. Featuring rare unseen home movies and a heaping helping of interviews, the film explores one of the most significant pop culture icons of all time. If you want to enter the mind of the man who chose to Enter the Dragon, you’ll need to enter the theater for this one night only.
  • This Sunday, while you’re watching The Super Bowl, you will also get to watch one of your favorite movies be whored out in the name of capitalism. That’s right, Matthew Broderick is reprising the role of Ferris Beuller in order to sell you a Honda CR-V. The ad will supposedly recreate key scenes from the beloved classic film, in order to forever taint a source of pure nostalgic pleasure with gaudy consumerism. And here you thought you’d just be watching football.

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), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

Welcome once more to the audio extravaganza that is Movieha, your favorite movie podcast hosted by guys named Ryan and Matt. This week we have a wild cornucopia of fun for you, including a look at the Oscar nominations, a fun game of "six degrees of Gary Oldman," Matt guessing foreign titles for things, and our usual haikus, Netflix review, and look at an upcoming trailer. Give it a listen and I'll hit you below with the trailers we talked about!

On Your Radar: Silent House

Matt hates scary things. Thus, I try to expose him to as many as possible. This time, we have a great looking trailer for a rather inventive flick that supposedly was shot in one take. Hmmm...

 

Netflix Roulette: Kicking and Screaming

Okay, we're cheating this time. But that's only because we love you and want you to watch this great flick with us. It's one of our favorites from back in the day, so give the trailer a look and then run to Netflix so you'll be prepared for our discussion next week!

 

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Cutting Room for January 25

  • Movies about Shakespeare aren’t just for high-school kids looking to avoid reading their homework. Each Tuesday in February at 6 pm, Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) and Nebraska Shakespeare are teaming up to bring you a movie from or inspired by the bard. Each screening will be followed by a discussion featuring Associate Artistic Director Vincent Carlson-Brown and guest scholar D. Scott Glasser, Chair of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Theater. The films include Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and The Boys from Syracuse. Need more motivation than classic works by the best writer in the history of writing? Free food. Show up at 5:30 and munch on free appetizers. To eat or not to eat, that’s really no question.
  • Documentaries are good; documentaries that try to do good are…even gooder? So if you needed another reason to seek out West of Memphis, the new documentary about the West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley), a recent press release may give you one. Producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh funded an investigation aimed at finding out who really killed three young boys in 1993, as countless probes have demonstrated the men in prison are likely innocent. Well, turns out that investigation yielded new testimony from three witnesses who claim to know the real murderer. Here’s hoping the film’s release comes with a side portion of justice.
  • Chuck Norris, old though he may be, is still finding new ways to suck. Case in point, the only reason The Expendables 2 exists is presumably for violent escapism. Norris’ involvement came with a caveat that the film has to be PG-13. There goes the copious violence. Now their audience is down to man-boob lovers and Sylvester Stallone’s family.

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), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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A


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A girl ingests a drug that makes her God. For real.

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