Cutting Room for May 4

  • This may seem random, but you should become a fan of Aksarben Cinema on Facebook (facebook.com/aksarbencinema). Unlike 90 percent of companies whose Facebook pages are as limp and timid as the “before” guy in a Cialis commercial, Aksarben regularly brings engaging content and near-daily updates and news. And sometimes that news involves cupcakes (as in, Jones Brothers), which as we all know is the most important flavor of news.

  • Say this much for toothy maniac Gary Busey, he’s legging out some serious staying time with his lunatic persona. Unlike Charlie Sheen, whose crazy burned bright but dimmed faster than a cocaine-fueled power walker, Busey bounces from gig to gig so quickly one could consider him gainfully employed. The latest maneuver is his role in Piranha 3DD, in which I am guessing he will play the head piranha. Shine on, you beautiful advertisement for mental health screening.

  • Hubris has a shelf life, as producer John Aglialoro has surrendered on his plan to follow through with the next two parts of his planned Atlas Shrugged trilogy. And it’s all my fault. See, Aglialoro isn’t blaming the fact that his adaptation was, you know, as wretched as the souls of those who strictly adhere to Ayn Rand’s ideology. Nope: He blames the “critics” who savaged it unfairly. If you want to give us reviewers credit for that justifiable homicide, we’ll wear that blame like a badge of honor.

  • Described as “blending Robert Ludlum and J.R.R. Tolkien,” we don’t know much about the upcoming film Amnesty other than the fact that Ron Howard is directing. So I guess we also know it’s not going to be that good. Zing! Take that, you Oscar-thieving ginger!

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 the radio on CD 105.9 (Fridays at around 7:30 a.m.), on his blog at thereader.com/film/C19 and on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Movieha - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast!

It's finally time, folks. Last week was just a warm-up, a precursor, an audio appetizer for the main entree your ear tongues have been waiting to feast upon: This is officially the first episode (first REAL episode) of Movieha! Featuring 100% less factual inaccuracies, this podcast is but the first of TWO you will be receiving as we endeavor to start a regular cycle of deliver podcastical goodness to your ear holes every Friday. This week's installment covers a wide swath of movie goodness, but you didn't come here to read with your eyes. Give your peepers a rest and check out our first official episode, which we've titled "Frothing Loins and Climactic Resolutions" for reasons that are nowhere near as filthy as that sounds. Below the embedded file, I'll hit you up with some visual treats that tie in to what we discussed! Now, quickly: PRESS PLAY!!!!

Okay, because I know you'll be interested, below you will find trailers for both Troll Hunter and Super, along with a link to the full review I wrote for that movie. Below that, you'll find the Hulu link to the movie we're watching for our game of Netflix Roulette this week. I have to warn you: Once you've seen Badlanders, you'll never be the same again. Please follow us on Twitter and hit us up with any comments or questions at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

Troll Hunter Trailer

Super Trailer and Review

And the link to the review is right here! Netflix Roulette Film of the Week - Badlanders


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Welcome to Movieha!

You are about to embark on an ear journey. You will soon be able to divide your life into two distinct chapters: The time before you first heard Movieha, and the best time of your entire life. What is posted below is not our first episode. It's what we call "Episode Zero," and is really just us messing around with the format. This isn't to say that the talented Matthew Lockwood did not work his producer magic upon it, coaxing the segments into beautiful shape after we more or less verbally vomited into a laptop microphone for an hour. We wanted to post this as both a palate cleanser and as an appetizer (to keep the metaphors food-related).

Here's how this is going to go: Every Friday, we're going to be delivering new podcast goodness upon you. You can find that podcast here, you can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes (shortly, we're working on that), and will be able to listen directly at our main site (which we're also working on). Yes, those are a lot of things "still in production," but like we said, this isn't even technically episode one!

Throughout the week, you can still check back here for fun blog posts such as Things You Should Buy Me and Box Office Haikus, as those things don't translate great to radio. But as far as movie news, reviews, and other general internet goodness goes, you're going to let your eye holes rest while your ear buds work double time.

We're new at this and we desperately want to get better. If you have any ideas for new segments, if you love something, if you hate something, if you just want to talk, hit us up at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/movieha and will soon be able to interact with us on our Facebook page. We intend to be everywhere you want us to be covering movie goodness of whatever sort you want.

This is a grand experiment for my good buddy (who is doing so, so much work for it you have no idea) and myself. We really hope the joy that we've had creating this comes across and we really, truly are looking to make this as good as we can, so please don't be shy about hitting us up.

Thus, without further ado, I give unto you: THE NOT REALLY FIRST EPISODE THAT IS KIND OF THE FIRST EPISODE THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE TOO MUCH CONTENT INVOLVING THE WORDS "THICK" AND "MEATY"....ladies and gents, here is Movieha.

Oh, and this is an update: Joe Patrick of the incredibly awesome comic podcast Two-Headed Nerd (which you should listen to if you have even a passing interest in comics) caught a terrible, stupid mistake IN OUR VERY FIRST EFFORT! As it turns out, and I SWEAR I KNEW THIS, Joe Wright who directed Hanna is not the same human as Joe Johnston, who is directing Captain America. I blame 4 factors: 1 - the tire I blew an hour before we recorded. 2 - the boozes we drank. 3 - a lack of preparation. 4 - I really wanted to turn Matt into a goosebump over Captain America. Let this be further proof of how much work we have left to go before we're ready for prime time.


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Lucy

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

GRADE
C+


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

GRADE
B+


We Are the Best

Set in Stockholm in 1982, this is punk rock female adolescence at its finest.

GRADE
A


Snowpiercer

Awesome, literal class warfare on a train that holds the only humans that survived the new ice age.

GRADE
A-


Obvious Child

Billed as a comedy, this is actually a sophisticated, empathetic look at a crucial issue.

GRADE
B+


The Signal

Crazy good and just plain crazy, this is indie sci-fi at its best!

GRADE
A+


Ping Pong Summer

Drowning in 1980s nostalgia, this deserves to be a cult hit.

GRADE
A-


“We’re Not a Girl Band”

Punk was always as much about the mentality as the sound, as much about rebellion for rebellion’s sake as it was...

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Ice, Ice Maybe

I’m not saying that the impoverished are going to grab axes and violently murder the wealthy elite. But I’m also not NOT...

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Not So Fast, Rick Santorum

I do not have a uterus. If I understand biology, I never will. So the issue of abortion has remained at arm’s length from...

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Freaky Frequency

For a movie reviewer, having a favorite genre kinda feels like a parent having a favorite child; oh, they totally do,...

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