Cutting Room for April 20

  • Usually, if I’m reaching for java at 3 pm, something in my day has gone terribly, terribly wrong, as me plus coffee equals “you’d best watch yourself, fool.” But I’m highly recommending everyone get some Hot Coffee at 3 pm on April 29 at Midtown Cinema Center (marcustheatres.com). Instead of prying your eyes open with the magic of the most addictive legal drug, this documentary will open your eyes to various components of the civil justice system that are often overlooked. The film’s title does refer to the infamous McDonald’s law suit, but the facts behind that case will probably keep those with consciences from making jokes about it in the future. A panel and Q&A session will follow the screening, which is free. I’m out of order? You’re out of order! And while you’re at it, order me a cappuccino.
  • First off, props to Film Streams (filmstreams.org) for being honored with an official legislative resolution (448, to be specific) by the Unicameral! It’s awesome that it passed despite no assurances that the art theater checks to make sure no illegal immigrants enjoy their films. Second, the theater has announced that it is lowering ticket prices to $5 general admission and $2.50 for members for the Forever Young Family and Children’s Series, which features such gems as Edward Scissorhands and The Indian in the Cupboard. They are also running the childhood-ruining Charlotte’s Web and Tim Burton’s dignity-ruining Alice in Wonderland. Head to the site for info on showtimes. Finally, on Wednesday May 16 at 7 pm, the theater will host a screening of Fritz Lang’s M, with a post-show talk by Mark Hoeger, who is a film instructor at UNO. With so many great events, everyone should pass their own resolution to attend! 

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), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Hey there loyal listeners, welcome to another installment of the best thing you can put in your ears besides Q-tips and tongues. This week we outdo ourselves...and you can take that as a good thing or a bad thing. We discuss Mel Gibson's latest hate speech, the Muppets' next caper, a weird parody trailer, a bloody great martial arts movie, elf wang, and haikus. What are you waiting for? Listen up, and then we'll show you the trailers we mentioned.

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On Your Radar: Detention

Honestly, the trailer's not that great. But the things I've been hearing about this one are pretty off-the-chart. So, this is more a leap of faith than a true trailer-born recommendation. Give it a watch.

Netflix Roulette: Human Centipede 2

Warning: Neither Matt nor I chose this. This was recommended to us by a listener. And we always try to keep our listeners happy. Even if it means subjecting ourselves to mouth-to-butt stuff. That's how much we love you. I'm including the trailer below. But you know what it's about. So I'm not responsible if watching it means something bad happens to you.

 

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Cutting Room for April 13

  • You can keep the absanity of Ryan Reynolds or the chiseled chin of Clooney, my man crush is and will remain Ira Glass, the master of ceremonies for NPR’s “This American Life.” Don’t laugh! That splendiferous purveyor of radio nuggets is a national treasure! And he’s coming to our local screens. On Thursday May 10 at 7 pm and Tuesday May 15 at 7:30 pm, Village Pointe Cinema (marcustheatres.com) will screen This American Life Live! You Can’t Do That on the Radio, and it will be glorious. For $20 and $18, respectively, you will be treated to hours of music, dance, comedy and more that follows the thematic trends of the weekly radio program. Now all we need is Terry Gross to do a calendar photo shoot and my life is complete.
  • Robocop may technically be cold, dead, reaminated flesh, but some hot living actors are being sought for roles. Edward Norton, Gael Garcia Bernal and beloved grumpus Sean Penn are all being pursued for roles. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything, as being pursued and being caught are two different things (isn’t that right, Mr. Zimmerman?). Still, the thought of Penn as the right-wing reporter Novack and Norton as the dude who created Robocop is enough to make me think this just may not be terrible.
  • Robert Rodriguez is reportedly courting Michelle Williams and Mel Gibson for Machete Kills, the sequel to his gore-tastic grindhouse B-movie. Although the precise roles the two will play remain under wraps, I think I speak for all of humanity when I ask that Gibson play a role that allows the title character to stick his moniker into him. That came out wrong…

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), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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