Cutting Room for May 11

  • Once I asked an ex-girlfriend if she liked Fellini and she said she preferred ravioli. If she’s out there reading this, I recommend highly that she check out Amarcod, director Federico Fellini’s 1973 Academy Award-winning flick, at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) on May 17 at 7 p.m. The film is a joint presentation with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and will be followed by a discussion with Bemis Center artists-in-residence Letha Wilson, Leslie Shows, Isabelle Hayeur, Nicholas Ward and architect Pete Goché. The talk will be moderated by Hesse McGraw, Chief Curator for the Bemis Center. If Mr. McGraw should be so unfortunate as to include my ex-gal in this discussion, I apologize in advance for her pasta-related inquiries.

  • Quentin Tarantino’s next flick, Django Unchained, will be what he calls “a southern.” Now don’t let the shift in cardinal direction fool you; this is really just QT’s take on spaghetti westerns, which is more than enough to get my six-shooter pointed skyward. Set in the 1800s, the film will focus on Django, a freed slave who is training to be a bounty hunter and seeking revenge against wicked slave masters. Rumor has it that the offer to play Django is in the hands of none other than Will Smith. If the formerly jiggy-wit-it, non-cursing hip-hopper can set aside his PG-13-rated legacy long enough to buddy up with Tarantino, a noted blood-spilling enthusiast, I predict Smith’s first Oscar win. Remember, you read it here first. But only remember it if I’m right.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger may do a sequel to Twins. See, California: he can do worse things that what he did to your economy!

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 Movie Podcast (May 6)

Welcome back!

If you're one of the folks who have been kind enough to give our teeny-tiny little ole podcast a chance, thanks so much. The response to the first episode was really great, and we hope to keep you coming back for more. In this week's episode, Matt has an epic giggle fit, I yell way too loud in at least 3 spots, and we battle over whether Badlanders is a terrible movie or whether Badlanders is a wonderfully terrible movie. Enough reading, give the play button a click and meet me on the other side for some of the interactive elements from this week's episode.

Box Office Haikus

As promised, here are this week's box office predictions, in haiku style!

1.) Thor - $68 million
My love of Norse gods
is eclipsed by just one thing:
Natalie Portman.

2.) Fast 5 - $39 million
How fast is too fast?
When are things too furious?
Only The Rock knows...

3.) Something Borrowed - $13 million
A disclaimer lie!
A little more than "something"
was borrowed for this.

4.) Jumping the Broom - $12 million
A clever title
but I'd rather jump the shark
all things considered.

5.) Rio - $10 million
I don't like toucans.
It started out with Fruit Loops
and got worse from there.

Another Earth Trailer

If you're ready to see why I'm right to have been so indignant with Matt Lockwood's incessant chortling over what is clearly a heartfelt and dang good looking flick, please click play below and be mortified at the indignity that my co-host's snickering represented.

Marwencol Trailer

This is our Netflix Roulette pick of the week, and I have a feeling we may have struck gold on this one. It looks really haunting and yet whimsical, the type of documentary that just gets my engine revving. What? My engine runs on quality cinema, not $4 gas.

Okay gang, that's it for this week. Thanks again for all your support! We wouldn't be soldiering on without you. 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, concerns, and offers for full and gratuitous sponsorship to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We're still holding out hope that our Rogue Brewery sponsorship is forthcoming, as a sixer of Dead Guy ale is killed each week in the filming of this podcast. See you next week!


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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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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

First things first: The Trip to Italy, the sequel to 2010’s surprise hit The Trip, may be the whitest movie ever made....

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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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