Cutting Room for October 12

  • Film Streams (filmstreams.org) isn’t satisfied with entertaining you; they also want to make you live forever. At least, that’s what I assume the intent is behind their film series titled “Forever Young.” Featuring family and children’s films, the series is underway with Make Believe, a coming-of-age story about young magicians, already screening on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays through Oct 20. The immortality-inducing flicks continue throughout this fall and include The Secret of Roan Inish, A Cat in Paris, The Goonies, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Polar Express, which terrifies me with its soulless, dead-eyed Tom Hanks animation. I should probably point out that a transfer of immortality may not be guaranteed, but definitely ask at the box office.
  • In yet another sign that the idea well has been bled dry, the writers behind Toy Story, Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, are possibly working on a big-screen adaptation of Farmville, the once-captivating Facebook game where you grow things you can’t ever eat. In other words, two guys are writing a movie about farming.
  • Johnny Depp’s descent into self-parody continues, as he is producing and possibly starring as the lead in a biography of Dr. Seuss. Although it is highly likely that the real Theodor Geisel was a reserved man who dressed in casual clothing, we can all look forward to a version of him with pasty skin, garish gothic attire and likely some kind of highly affected speech pattern. No word on when Tim Burton will announce his participation.

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

Once more with feeling, Matt and I try to heat up your eardrums with conversations of the kind only our demented minds can cook up. We talk about Jason Statham's bald sweatiness, how Aronofsky can follow up facilitating Natalie Portman's pregnancy, check out a trailer for a drug-fueled flick, chat about a guy named Pinkie, gush over "Sherlock," and play another round of "Laundered Movie Quotes" before finishing with a haiku or two. What are you waiting for?! Meet me on the other side for the trailers we mentioned this week.

On Your Radar: I Melt With You

I normally don't promote anything even remotely Piven-related, but I make an exception for a film described as both the year's worst and the year's best.

Netflix Roulette: Ironclad

I'm not going to lie, if this movie were any good, you've already had heard of it. Still, this is the game we play when we play roulette. Join us, won't you?

 

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Cutting Room for October 5

  • Depending on your tastes, consider the following a suggestion or a warning: Twilight is taking over Aksarben Cinema (askarbencinema.com) during the month of November. Every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. throughout the month, the theater will screen a past installment of the fangs and fornication series for just five bucks a pop. If you’d rather Twi-hard all at once, for just $25 you can catch a marathon of the three previous flicks starting at 4 p.m. on Nov 17 and culminating with the premiere of Breaking Dawn Part I at midnight. Be warned: That may be too much pasty-skinned, sparkly soap opera-ness for anyone to consume in one sitting.
  • Prior to November’s Twi-splosion, Aksarben Cinema is doing something everyone will agree is awesome. In conjunction with “Food Day Omaha,” on Sunday, Oct 23 at 1:30 p.m., Aksarben Cinema will screen Good Food, a documentary about sustainable food production. Starting that day and for every Sunday going forward, anyone who brings in a nonperishable food item between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. will receive a coupon for a free small popcorn, redeemable that day. So you get to help others, chow down on some tasty kernels and ponder a documentary about a vital subject. That’s a win, win, win, and those don’t come around often.
  •  Moses is calling for Steven Spielberg. Actually, Warner Bros is calling Spielberg about Moses, as the studio is determined to make an epic about the sea-splitting, beard-blessed religious figure. Whether Stevie will answer the call is unclear. That said, it may be hard to resist creating a cinematic version of Moses played by someone other than a man whose primary commandment involved “cold, dead hands.”

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 Babadook

A terrifying tale of an ooky pop-up book and motherly love.

GRADE
A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A water-colored take on a Japanese folktale that is prettier than it is interesting.

GRADE
B-


The Theory of Everything

"Out of this world" performances buoy a sub-par script.

GRADE
B+


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


No Big Bang

In 1965, Stephen Hawking wrote his first ground-breaking thesis and wed Jane Wilde. His paper argued that if a star can...

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Leni Riefen-stalling

On the one hand, any film subtitled “Part 1” is a naked cash grab. On the other hand, shut up and take my money, Hunger...

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Oopsie Genius

I know two things for sure: (1) Birdman aims to relentlessly drive home one singular point, one thoroughly expressed thesis...

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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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