Cutting Room for November 23

  • As someone who still giggles at the arc of Ice Cube’s career, you’ll find me chortling in the corner over this news: he’s gonna write and star in another Friday movie, possibly with Chris Tucker coming back. Tucker hasn’t made a non-Rush Hour movie since the Clinton administration, while Cube has been busy switching from “keeping it real” to “keeping it real…obvious how much I love Coors Light!” Who knows if they’ll recapture the magic of the original, but they will capture some cash.
  • Amy Adams must have really loved her work in The Muppets. Why else would she agree to star in another film with an oddly assembled character with ridiculous eyebrows, saggy facial features and a strangely gruff voice? That’s right, Adams will appear with Clint Eastwood in, Trouble with the Curve, about a baseball scout going on one last trip with his daughter. Eastwood said he was done acting after Gran Torino. Then again, he also says he likes Herman Cain for president, so I suppose we have to consider the source.
  • After much deliberation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has made what I believe to be their first correct decision: They’re bringing Ricky Gervais back to host the Golden Globes. Despite having savaged such legendary icons as Tim Allen, Gervais has been given another chance to make an awards show actually entertaining. In related news, Billy Crystal is hard at work penning a Monica Lewinsky joke for the Oscars.
  • After nearly five decades, the world is finally getting a big-screen Dr. Who movie. Set to be directed by David Yates, this is news that sure to leave die-hard fans of the phonebooth enthusiast and people who have never heard of the character saying “Who!” or “Who?”

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Netflix Random Five: Thanksgiving

What's a thanksgiving movie? I've been wondering that myself. Though I was raised in one of those few Nebraska families that didn't watch football all day, I'm struggling to remember the sort of things we did watch after refrigerating the sacrificial bird's remains.

The simplest answer to the question, for my purposes here, would be movies that take place during thanksgiving – of which there are few – or, stretching just a little, movies about food.

I found a couple that fit that bill well enough, but after perusing the massive Netflix Instant Watch library, I realized there there were also several things I'd really hate to see while in the throes of a food-coma.

The Good

Fine, food-related film. And they all, in one way or another, take a crack at the indispensable and frequently frustrating other half of the holiday: family.

Gosford Park (2001) – Robert Altman's sprawling murder mystery/comedy is set in a huge English mansion. The characters are divided among the wealthy guests upstairs and the help toiling downstairs, but the whole cast is made up of some of Britain's finest (Helen Mirren, Kristin Scott Thomas, Michael Gambon, etc). Food plays a part, but its the sense of barely contained chaos that might ring most true on turkey day.

Jack Goes Boating (2010) – Philip Seymour Hoffman ends up being the best actor-turned-director in recent memory. Go figure. He also stars here as Jack, a reggae loving limo driver (see hilarious image above). Heartbreaking, beautiful performances from all involved (Amy Ryan and John Ortiz, particularly). And it's on this list because a pivotal emotional point revolves around one labored-over homemade meal.

The Trip (2010) – Not about thanksgiving, and not really even about food, although the premise is this: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, English comedians playing skewed versions of themselves, tour the finest restaurants in the north of England. Rob is happy and well-adjusted; Steve is far from it. Funny, moving and probably the most quotable movie released in the states this year (especially if you do a good Michael Caine impression).

The Bad

Perfectly fit for streaming on Wednesday or Friday or any other day. But on thanksgiving: avoid!

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise (1972) – In one of Luis Buñuel's best films, a group of really awful people sit down to dinner but constantly find it impossible to eat. Sort of a nightmare vision of thanksgiving.

Food, Inc. (2008) – Unless your extended family keeps well-worn copies of “The Omnivore's Dilemma” and “Diet for a Small Planet” on their bookshelves, you probably don't want to know how your turkey spent its last days.


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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

It is the fastball special again, but hey, it is our dirty thirty episode so don’t be sad! We have some Dr. Who/Brad Pitt news. The Radar finds a movie about gambling for Jesus in Holy Rollers. A review of Take Shelter. We cry out for the sake of "Community," Netflix hits up Pontypool, and we Ha!ku our way out of town. Legendary comedic stylings ahoy!

On Your Radar: Holy Rollers

I love movies with interesting subcultures, and this one is exactly that. Any film that features the phrase: "If you want to know Jesus, you should learn blackjack" has my interest.

Netflix Roulette: The Escapist

A prison escape movie? With Bryan Cox? Well, don't mind if we do!

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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+


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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.

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