Cutting Room for May 4

  • Slimmer though he may be, Jonah Hill has developed a new hunger…to be taken seriously. Rumor has it that he is in talks with Martin Scorsese to appear in The Wolf of Wall Street, which sadly is not a documentary about the jerks who trade futures being devoured by wildlife. The adaptation of a memoir of the same name is sure to do wonders for our image of brokers, as it details the life of a coked-out douchebag. Hill wouldn’t be the lead, as Marty and Leonardo DiCaprio are still going steady, but given how loyal the director is, Hill may just satiate his dramatic appetite by placing himself on Scorsese’s menu.
  • Speaking of Hill, he and co-stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Richard Ayoade had what we’ll call “unfortunate timing” with a potentially hilarious upcoming release. It’s the rarest of all comedy breeds, a sci-fi ha-ha, that sees a bunch of Joe Averages stumble onto a global threat. The problem? It was titled Neighborhood Watch, a title tainted by the Trayvon Martin tragedy. So now the film is just The Watch, because it’s far better to sound like a documentary about timekeeping than a comedy about the homicidal perils of ill-conceived gun laws.
  • Setting aside the snark for a moment, our sympathies go out to friends, families and fans of Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Although obviously primarily known as an influential musician, Yauch founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, a film distribution company I have had the pleasure of working with many times. They are the folks behind We Need to Talk About Kevin, Exit Through the Gift Shop and Dear Zachary to name just a few. The man wasn’t just an audio pioneer but a visual visionary as well. And he’ll be missed.

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 favorite movie podcast

Good afternoon, you lovely audio explorers. It's time to use those ears to spellunk something awesome, as this week's podcast sees us dive headfirst into news about The Fast and the Furious (Rihanna style) and The Hobbit (eye-sore style), explore the high-quality art that is the trailer for Strippers vs. Werewolves (raunchy style), examine The 5-Year Engagement (Blunt style), consider the Netflix streaming flick Pete Smalls is Dead (boring style), and finally write some Haikus (senstive poet style). Consider your ears cannibal plants ready to be fed by Seymour...only in this case, you listen more. Meet me below for the trailers we mention!

On Your Radar: Strippers vs Werewolves

Alright, admittedly, this isn't high-brow entertainment. It is, however, entertainment bros would like to watch high. So give it a chance, as strippers need love too. Extra love, usually, of the sort their father denied them...

Netflix Roulette: Knuckle

Friendly piece of advice, if you don't think this documentary about bare-knuckling boxing and an Irish family feud looks great, DON'T TELL THE PEOPLE IN IT. They have zero qualms about face-punchin'.

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Cutting Room for April 27

  • Ever since Kickstarter.com was kicked out of the Internet’s womb, there have been endless film projects of various levels of consequence that have sought funding there; thus, it takes a lot to get my attention. But you know what gets my attention? Pickles. This is why I want to steer you towards The Persian Pickle Club, which you can help make a reality by going to their page at kickstarter.com/projects/ppc-kickstarter/the-persian-pickle-club. Best of all, this is an Omaha production! That’s right, these pickles are home grown! At the site above, you can watch a trailer for this adaptation of a novel by the same name about a quilting club who get wrapped up in a murder mystery, which I believe is how all good quilting clubs end. So don’t be dill, help fund this project and be as cool as a cucumber. I’m done now.
  • “Visionary” director and sometimes Hitler apologist Lars von Trier is ready to make nice, announcing his next movie is a children’s film about a bunny who learns the meaning of friendship. I kid; he’s preparing Nymphomaniac, which will span the entire “erotic life” of a woman “from the age of zero to the age of 50.” Because that’s a lot of uncomfortable material to cover, Trier is splitting the film into two parts. The first will cover “her childhood and adolescence,” and the second will cover her adulthood. Because if there’s a way to get back into society’s good graces, it’s announcing an entire film about the sexual life of an adolescent.
  • Tom Cruise’s next movie won’t be Mission Impossible 5 but rather Top Gun 2. While little is known about the plot, I’ll be over in the corner praying that the subtitle is The Revenge of Goose, in which an angry, badly burned Anthony Edwards exacts his vengeance for being left for dead. And he does so…on the volleyball court.

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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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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