Koolhaas Docs, Rosenman Insider

I’m going to hope that I’m the first person to notice Rem Koolhaas’ last name sounds like “cool house” … because I want to be considered clever. See, he’s a world-renowned architect (get it, “cool house”), and Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) is screening two documentaries about him. A Kind of Architect and Koolhaas Houselife explore the Danish sensation, as will a discussion with Design Alliance Omaha and the Omaha Creative Institute that will also be held Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. After hearing this, I’m considering changing my name to Ryan Ryetscool. It’s time to get yo learn on, as famed film and television producer Howard Rosenman will hold a seminar Saturday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m., in the CPACS Building on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus, in conjunction with the UNO Department of Theatre and Omaha Film Festival. This inside look at producing, called “The Hollywood Sell,” will be preceded November 4, at 7 p.m. at the Great Escape Omaha Stadium 16 Theatre by a screening of Father of the Bride, which Rosenman produced. Seminar tickets are $75 for the general public, $25 for students and free for dudes whose last names rhyme with Blear-ick. No? Well, it was worth a try. For more information and tickets, hit up thehollywoodsell.com. Good news and bad news Goonie-philes. Bad news: There’s probably not a sequel coming to the film “classic” — the quotation marks are because I never liked it … sorry. The good news: There may be a stage musical. For realz. I can’t wait to see Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Truffle Shuffle.” 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 cuttingroomfloor.thereader.com and on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Cutting Room Floor for October 28, 2010 Vol 36

I believe that children are our future. I also believe that dogs have ESP. Only one of those things matters right now, and lucky for you it’s the former. The non-profit organization The Partnership for Our Kids is looking for volunteers who feel the way I do (about children, not dogs). Wednesday, Nov. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m., the organization will hold a get together at Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) that includes the screening of a short biographical film and free lunch. You do have to register to attend, so hit up thepartnershipforourkids.org or call 930.3095 to confirm. Feel free to tell them I sent you, but I’d leave out the dog psychic thing. As good as it is to hear that crap-master Stephen Norrington will no longer be directing the reboot of The Crow, a movie I loved so much I learned to tolerate Goths, it’s sad that we may lose the Nick Cave script and sadder that we may gain Mark Wahlberg as the lead. None of these things are for sure, other than Norrington’s blessed departure, but I am positive that there are a whole lot of Hot Topics bonuses that rely on this flick finally getting made. Colin Farrell is apparently the frontrunner to take over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s role in the remake of Total Recall, which marks the first and only time those two names have appeared in the same sentence. I am modestly interested in this do-over, and not just because it’s going to be based more on the Philip K. Dick source material, but because I believe we cannot have enough Quatto in our lives. 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 the radio on CD 105.9 (Fridays at around 7:30 a.m.), on his blog at Cuttingroomfloor.thereader.com and on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, the Superman, and the Prequel

In addition to being wholly unnecessary, director Sam Raimi’s upcoming The Wizard of Oz prequel is also apparently wholly inappropriate. Although this information comes through a shady Internet source more suspect than a “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” character played by a former Oscar winner, the supposed synopsis of The Great and Powerful Oz includes the following note regarding the witches: “Both Evanora and Theodora are described as incredibly attractive, seductive women, and Theodora likes to wear black, thigh-high boots.” Ah, yes, somewhere over the rainbow, there is S&M. After more discussion than is contained in an Aaron Sorkin movie, The Hobbit has finally reached a point where we can declare the following: It’s probably, most likely going to happen. Various media outlets are reporting that despite the loss of the original director, an unseemly labor dispute and a budget north of $500 million, the two-part adaptation will finally shoot starting in February under the guidance of returning director Peter Jackson. This comes as great news to fans of an insanely popular trilogy of movies loaded with special effects, because prequels to such things are always awesome. When tending to the next Superman movie, fans have had only three requests: (1) give us an older Superman, not his origin; (2) don’t deal with the whole “should I be Superman” storyline and (3) give us action, action, action. In one statement, new director Zack Snyder pooped kryptonite, stating the new flick will focus on his early days, dealing with whether he should be a hero and will be more character based. Snyder then revealed there was no Santa Claus. Jerk. 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 the radio on CD 105.9 (Fridays at around 7:30 a.m.), on his blog at Cuttingroomfloor.thereader.com and on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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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-


22 Jump Street

A sequel no one could have expected to a movie nobody wanted.

GRADE
A-


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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Bad Meaning Good

The popularity of Napoleon Dynamite never really made sense. With its “special” characters and nonsensical elements, the...

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