Cutting Room for July 6

  • You may not know it, but I’m a poet. Don’t let that stale and uninspired rhyme fool you, I’ve been a participant and fan of slam poetry since I learned how to wield awkward political metaphors with staccato delivery. Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) must be enthusiasts too because they’re bringing Greg Jacobs, director of the slam poetry-centric documentary Louder Than a Bomb, for a Q&A on Friday, July 29 following a 7 p.m. screening of his film. Get more details at the web site for what I’m sure will be a slam (poetry) dunk of an event. I promise my poems are way better than this write-up.

  • Did you find yourself reading Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness or Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo and think to yourself: these really call for a big-budget, sci-fi adaptation? No? This is why you’ll never make it in Hollywood. Within a day of one another, these two inexplicable projects were announced, setting off a race to see who can defile a literary classic faster. Whoever wins, we lose.

  • Diablo Cody has had a bad run. The last movie she wrote, Jennifer’s Body, flopped (likely due to copious use of Megan Fox). The TV show she created, “The United States of Tara,” was just canceled. Not to mention that she’s been unfairly bagged on ever since snagging the best screenplay Oscar for Juno. This sucks because Cody is really talented. So I’m pulling for Lamb of God, her upcoming directorial debut about a conservative woman who survives a plane crash only to lose her faith and go on a sinnin’ binge. Talented ladies like Cody shouldn’t have to endure inexplicable backlashes, so here’s hoping this one’s a winner.

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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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...

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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


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

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