Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast (May 27)

Hey gang, welcome to my very special BIRTHDAY episode of Movieha! Unwrap this gift with your ears and meet me on the other side.

Hope you liked it! We're still running out of time for our insta-sequel segment, so it's going to remain a bonus episode on Monday. Below we have the weekend box office predictions, the trailer we mentioned in On Your Radar, and the Netflix movie for next week. But before we get to that, I have a special request for you: My cousin James Syrek is making a short film that I've had the pleasure of hearing lots about. It's a twisty, turny psychological thriller and I can't WAIT to see it get made. It's called Syncope, and it needs YOUR help. He's a bit short on the final bit of funding, so he needs a few well-intended investors to help him cross the finish line. Please, please, please head HERE to pitch in whatever you can to help a dear, dear friend and talented artist get his vision made. As anyone will tell you, indie flicks are hard to make, especially short films, so do what you can to help someone who I promise won't let you down get his vision to the world.

And now, BOX OFFICE HAIKUS!

Box Office Haikus

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

Box Office May 13-15
1.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $90 million (Accuracy of prediction - 97%)
2.) Bridesmaids - $20 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%)
3.) Thor - $15 million (Accuracy of prediction - 86.5%)
4.) Fast 5 - $10 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%)
5.) Priest - $5 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%)

Overall accuracy of prediction - 97%

My best week ever.
And I have Pirates to thank?
This is bittersweet.

Now, on to this week’s predictions!

Box Office Predictions for May 20-22

1.) The Hangover Part 2 - $85 million
This is the same film,
but somehow it's still funny
How did that happen?

2.) Kung Fu Panda 2- $82 million
Fat panda is back!
And he still does karate!
Do you still love him?

3.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides- $40 million
Walk the plank, assholes.
Your run at plundering ends!
Back to the theme park!

4.) Bridesmaids - $15 million
Love you, Kristen Wiig!
Funniest movie this year!
Take that, Hangover.

5.) Thor - $10 million
You done good, blondie.
But it's back to Asgard now.
You will be back soon.

On Your Radar: The Island Trailer

This is a weird blend of generic Hollywood movie...and insane Gondry-esque visuals. The dive straight into existentialism seems brilliant and blissful. I for one am in, what say you?

Netflix: Four Lions Trailer

Based on the recommendation of Andrew Merczak, we are willing to try this streaming flick about the funny side of terrorism. Bin Laden's dead, so we can all laugh about it now, right? No? Yeah, that's why I want to see if this works as well as it seems to in the trailer!

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).

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Cutting Room for June 1

  • Girls rock! And that’s not just a warm-fuzzy I’m passing to the other gender in the hopes that they’ll like me back; it’s a defensible fact provable by evidence provided by Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org). On Tuesday, July 6 at 7 pm, the theater will buddy up with Omaha Girls Rock to present, um, Girls Rock! The Movie. The 2007 documentary about Portland’s rock and roll camp for girls will be screened prior to a panel discussion about Omaha’s own Rock Camp for Girls (omahagirlsrock.com), which runs July 11-16 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Music. To all the lasses who throw up the horns, mosh it up and make with the rockin’, we salute you.

  • I’m a big, big fan of Marcus Theatres’ “Reel Movies for Real Needs” film series. The series creates a better environment for special needs children by screening movies with lower sound volume and brighter lighting in the theater, not to mention an increased tolerance of verbal reactions and other demonstrative behaviors. Village Pointe Cinema (marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/165/) will show Kung Fu Panda 2 on June 4 and Cars 2 on June 25. More information is available through the theater. As someone who believes in the calming and often transformative power that the imagination inherent in movies can provide, it’s so nice to see it offered to those who don’t often get to experience it in theaters as it should be.

  • Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life won the prestigious Palme D’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, while Kirsten Dunst walked away with best actress for her role in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. Not to be outdone, von Trier won the equally prestigious “Reminder That Nobody Should Joke About Hitler” award.

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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Movieha - EXTRA BONUS Minisode!

Can I be honest with you for a minute here? Good. We really enjoy this podcasting business. Matt and I are hopefully sound like we're having fun on the recording because we actually are. But that doesn't mean that we don't want YOU to have fun. Far from it. We're genuinely interested in collecting constructive criticism and suggestions for new segments, better ways to do old segments, or just things you like or dislike in general. The following little minisode is only 6 minutes or so in length and features an attempt at a potential new segment for the podcast. Give it a listen and then meet me on the other side of the fancy streaming-audio bar below.

So what did you think? We're trying to delicately balance entertainment and information on the 'cast, and while this skews entirely towards comedy and fun, we have other segments entirely based on information and reviewing. Do you like the segment? Should we keep it? Who won the first battle? Let us know by hitting us up on Facebook , on Twitter, or at our email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please, please let us know if you want it in the episode we're recording tonight! And as always, please sign up for our RSS feed HERE, download our podcasts and rave about us in the comments section of iTunes HERE.

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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


John Wick

You kill his dog, he kills a million people. You've been warned.

GRADE
B


Dear White People

The type of smart, ballsy satire that comes along all too rarely.

GRADE
A


Fury

War is hell, but this movie is just hella slow.

GRADE
C+


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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Awful, Not Full of Awe

Preposterous, pseudointellectual, poorly constructed, clichéd, impenetrably masculine, goofy and possessed of an...

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News-sploitation

Yesterday, CNN showed reporters physically chasing a woman connected to the Ebola scare. Not too long ago, a Fox News...

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Dogged Determination

John Wick killed three guys with a pencil.

John Wick is so good at killing, he had to bury his guns beneath a cement floor...

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