Cutting Room for June 29

  • Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) is promising what thousands of dollars in plastic surgeries and ritual sacrifices to pagan gods have not delivered: immortality. At least, that’s what I presume they’re offering with Forever Young, their ongoing series of family and children’s movies that run from July 9 to October 6. Beginning with Mia and the Migoo, the series also includes a peek at A World of Animation From the Children’s Film Festival Seattle, which includes seven short films from around the world. Information about showtimes and other films is available at the site. Just let me know if you find out how many kids’ movies I have to see to get rid of these eyebrow wrinkles.

  • As if that wasn’t enough, Film Streams is also attempting to redeem screwball romantic comedies, which I can only assume means putting Katherine Heigl down like a rabid dog. From July 22 until September 29, Film Streams is screening 10 classic laugh-fests like The Philadelphia Story and His Girl Friday. You know, movies that would be dumbed-down and star modestly talented, should-be-fashion-models if they were made today.

  • The Harry Potter phenomenon in its twilight—meaning it’s about to be over, not that it now features sparkly, pale, homeless-looking vampires. So don’t forget to check out events around town like Aksarben Cinema’s (aksarbencinema.com) screening of The Deathly Hallows Part I. On July 14th, just one day before Harry and Voldemort finally get it on…er…duel with wands…er…have their epic final fight, you can see an 8 pm showing of the first half of the final chapter. Plus, just by going, you’ll receive a collectible card that allows you priority seating at the midnight showing of Part II just hours later. It’s positively Potter-ific.

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


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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast (June 24)

Once more, you have slogged through a thankless workweek filled with soul-crushing tasks and gut-wrenching obligations. Your reward? A new episode of Movieha, the greatest podcast in the history of podcasts run by guys named Matt and Ryan (NOTE: This fact has not been verified as accurate.) This week's episode features ANOTHER new segment, a glimpse of our hatred for The Green Lantern, a clown-murdering foreign movie to put on your radar, another dredging of Netflix streaming movie depths, and a discussion about Evangeline Lilly (pictured below because I had an excuse to do so).

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Ahhh, that's better. Now dive on in to what I can say for sure is the best ninth episode we will ever do. And meet me on the other side for the weekly goodies exclusive to this here page!

First up, BOX OFFICE HAIKUS!

Box Office Haikus

Here are last week’s results along with my patented formula that reveals my predictive accuracy:

Box Office June 17-19
1.) Green Lantern - $53 million (Accuracy of prediction - 98%)
2.) Super 8 - $21 million (Accuracy of prediction - 90%)
3.) Mr. Popper's Penguins  - $18 million (Accuracy of prediction - 65%)
4.) X-Men: First Class - $12 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%)
5.) The Hangover Part II - $10 million (Accuracy of prediction - 0%)

Overall accuracy of prediction - 70.5%

Damn Popper's Penguins!
And The Hangover II too!
You made me look dumb...

Now, on to this week’s predictions!

Box Office Predictions for June 24-26

1.) Cars 2 - $65 million
NO! Et tu, Pixar?
A money-grubbing sequel?
I thought I knew you...

2.) Green Lantern - $22 million
This is blackest day,
and there'll be no brightest night.
Evil has the might.

3.) Bad Teacher -$21 million
Cameron Diaz sucks.
It's a scientific fact.
You just think she's hot.

4.) Super 8 - $12 million
I saw this one twice.
That's the highest compliment,
I can give a film.

5.) Mr. Popper's Penguins - $10 million
I hate you penguins!
Not real ones, the fake ones here.
They ruined my week.

 

On Your Radar: The Last Circuis Trailer

I think this is increasingly becoming the "tripped out as balls movie that Matt Lockwood wants to see" trailer of the week. I don't know how you describe this movie, other than how we tried in the podcast. Here it is, in all it's clown, blood, sex glory.

Netflix Roulette: Agora

When I first read the name of this one, I thought "a whole movie about my favorite type of sweater? Sign me up!" Then I found out it was a historical-based drama. And I was all "EWWW!!! I hate facts! I loathe historical accuracy!" Then I remembered, "Wait a minute...I'm not a member of the TEA PARTY!" Then I got excited. Seriously, though, this is a good director with an interesting concept and a big budget and I never even knew the movie came out. This is either going to be a cool find or an unmitigated disaster. That's why we call it roulette...

That's it for this week. Thanks again for all your support! Please sign up for our RSS feed HERE, download our podcasts and rave about us in the comments section of iTunes HERE, follow us on Twitter HERE, and become a fan of us on Facebook HERE! And as always, email any comments and concerns to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). And remember, when you comment about us in any of these formats, you are INSTANTLY awarded 10 cool points on your permanent record, enough to make up for that one album you bought and deny ever owning...you know the one...


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Cutting Room for June 22

  • You down with O-P-E? That’s right, I’m dropping a 90s-era hip-hop euphemism for promiscuous carnal relations to remind you about the Omaha Performing Arts and Cox Communications joint presentation of Music and Movies (or M&M as the cool kids are calling it). For the grand price of FREE, you can show up at the Holland Center’s East Lawn (12th and Douglas st) at 7:30 PM on July 1 and August 19 to chick-ity check out a live band followed by a dope movie (to be clear, that’s “dope” meaning “good” and not a screening of Reefer Madness). On July 1, The Kris Lager Band will get all up in your ears’ business followed by a showing of Jurassic Park, still the illest dinosaur movie ever. On August 19, you can hear funky fresh jams by Funk Trek before watching the funk-nasty Shrek. If you hit up the website (omahaperformingarts.org), you can even order pre-made picnic baskets. Oh, SNAP! This write-up was sponsored by the Coalition for Dated Slang Terms and their president Tone Loc.

  • Everyone around these parts knows Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is a mighty special theater, but now we have even more proof. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took a brief break from tinkering with the Oscars—last year’s ceremony is still going I believe—in order to award Film Streams’ Visiting Artists Program with a $7,500 institutional grant. Hey, check it out, they got an award right! The grant will help bring artists to Omaha for various screenings, workshops and performances and is nothing short of richly deserved. Hats off once more to Film Streams. Omaha’s sure lucky to have ya.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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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


Lucy

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

GRADE
C+


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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Cinéma Very Tame

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