Cutting Room for September 28

  • Your ears do so much for you without complaining. The least you can do is treat them to Film Streams’ upcoming Silents in Concert series at the Ruth Sokolof Theater. Now, don’t let the oxymoron-itude of “silent concerts” freak you out. Starting on Tuesday, Oct 4 at 7 pm, the Alloy Orchestra will perform new music to a series of their favorite silent short films. This will be followed on Friday, Oct 21 at 7 pm by a screening of Nosferatu with live music by Others, a band composed of Todd Fink (The Faint), Orenda Fink (Azure Ray) and Ben Brodin (Before the Toast and Tea). There are four other films in the series that lasts through December, so hit up filmstreams.org for more info. If you don’t, your ears may use their collective bargaining powers to strike and drop those sunglasses right off your face.
  • Film Streams is also throwing a party for a dirty girl. Wait. That should read Film Streams is throwing a party for Dirty Girl, a comedy directed by Abe Sylvia. On Oct 17 at 7 p.m. the Ruth Sokolof Theater will host Sylvia for a Q&A along with producer Jana Edelbaum and actor Nicholas D’Agosto, a native Omahan! There will be chow and booze provided by Omaha Steaks and Upstream Brewing Company. Now this is one Dirty Girl celebration everyone can get behind.
  • Blake Lively has been offered the lead in the upcoming movie version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Given her extensive talent, I can only assume she’ll be playing the role of one of the “ands.”

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

Hello again! Welcome to yet another installment of Movieha, the only podcast unafraid to talk about William H Macy's buttocks. If that's not an appealing enough intro for you today, we've got a veritable all-you-can-eat audio buffet of movie news, giggle-fit inducing jokes, and other various tidbits. Don't just sit there, press play! I'll meet you on the other side with the trailers we spoke about in the podcast.

On Your Radar: Extraterrestrial

Who wouldn't want more from a director named Nacho? I thoroughly enjoyed Time Crimes, and although it has yet to be seen if lightning can strike twice, I am definitely intrigued by the premise of this one. See for yourself!

Netflix Roulette: Exit Through the Gift Shop

I know I'm tardy to the party on this one. Sorry. I'm excited to watch it though. If you haven't seen it already, check out the trailer below.

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Cutting Room for September 21

  • Despite earlier reports, Kevin Costner has passed on a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. In related news, I am now really looking forward to seeing Django Unchained.
  • Although a whole generation may have grown up knowing Spike Lee only as an annoying sports fan, those who remember his early films know the power hiding in that man’s directorial toolbox. So break out the bubbly, because in 2012, Mookie’s back, baby. That’s right, Lee’s new film, Red Hook Summer, has some measure of relationship to Do the Right Thing, one of the most important American movies ever made. Although it definitely features the return of Mookie, the pizza delivery man played by Lee, it is unclear whether this is a straight-up sequel or more likely simply related to the classic film. Either way, it’s refreshing to see an artist returning to the canvas he once mastered. I got me the goosebumps, I do!
  •  One million people are officially pissed at Netflix. Everyone was wondering what kind of bite the new price hikes would take out of membership to the popular video service, and the answer is about a million frustrated folks. As many as 80% of those quitters were only using the DVD aspect of the service, not the streaming option. That’s funny, because the price increase was actually only for people who wanted to do both. Either way, someone at Red Box is smiling.
  • My favorite writer, Harlan Ellison, is suing folks again. This time, he’s accusing the makers of the new sci-fi movie In Time, claiming they ripped off my favorite short story ever, “Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman.” Given that this is a Justin Timberlake movie, Ellison stands to gain literally dozens of dollars.

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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The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

GRADE
B


Frank

A band that has a lead singer with a fake head will win your heart.

GRADE
A-


The Trip to Italy

Another affable outing with two British comedians.

GRADE
B+


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Still a fun place to visit, provided you're not a woman.

GRADE
C


The Giver

This adaptation of Lois Lowry's beloved award-winning classic will be none of those things.

GRADE
D


Boyhood

The only coming-of-age story anyone ever needs to make. 

GRADE
A+


Guardians of the Galaxy

A gleeful space opera that is as visually stunning as it is hilarious.

GRADE
A


Fall? Oh, me!

I’ve reviewed movies professionally for more than a dozen years. The few weeks immediately surrounding the end of summer has...

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Bro-man Holiday

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Bleak and White

Celebrated narcissist and Freddy Krueger look-a-like Frank Miller gives the women he writes a plethora of career choices....

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Take It Back

Fail gloriously, if you must fail. Go down swinging for the fences, punchdrunk and confident you’re making something truly...

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