Cutting Room for April 11

  • I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. Oh, I could try to shield my masculinity with a denial, but the reality is that I have, on more than one occasion, failed to turn the channel when Win a Date with Tad Hamilton was one. So it’s with joy that I announce Omaha will soon have its own horse in that genre race. On Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm, Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) will host a screening of PerfectMatch, a feature-length film created by Omaha residents Mark Booker and Nic Roewert. The flick has a built-in one-line pitch, as it follows a man and woman who meets via an Internet dating site for which the man works…and at which he manipulates the site to create “a perfect match.” It’s like I always say, don’t trust anything you read on the Internet…but if you’re reading this on the Internet, my logic may have just accidentally created a mental Mobius strip from which there’s no escape.
  • While I definitely recommend the following cinematic experience, I do not recommend it for first dates. Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and the Institute for Holocaust Education are welcoming director Michael Kleiman on Thursday, May 3 at 7 pm for a screening of The Last Survivor. The definitely unromantic film follows the lives of survivors from a quartet of tragedies, including Rwanda, Darfur and the Congo. A post-show discussion will follow, so if you ignore my advice, be prepared for your date to ask Kleiman the question: “Can you believe I’m here under the pretense of romance?”
  • They’re making Raging Bull II. Don’t double check your calendar, April Fool’s Day has sailed by. This is a real thing humanity has chosen to do. The film is going to follow a young version of Robert DeNiro’s character from the iconic Martin Scorsese work, which none of those talented people returning. Remember when you saw that last crappy remake/sequel and exclaimed “what’s next?” This. This is next.

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

Once more into the breech my good men and women. This week's installment (which will have to tide you over, as we're taking a week of next week...I'm penning this missive from the great state of Texas!) is chock full of the goodness you've come to expect from your favorite movie dudes. We've got April fool's talk, the worst sequel idea ever, a sassy trailer, an in-depth review of "adult animation" and a soul-crushing Netflix roulette pick. Enjoy!

On Your Radar: The Sweeney

Are we NOT going to post a trailer for a film that involves a lot of British blokes pointing guns angrily? Didn't think so.

Netflix Roulette: Rare Exports

Yes, it's April. Yes, this is a Christmas movie. No, I won't apologize for choosing it.

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Cutting Room for April 4

  • The Mary Riepma Ross Theater (theross.org) in Lincoln has a thirst for blood so big a single screen can’t contain it. On Thursday, April 5 at 7 pm, Unfiltered Entertainment, which is a Lincoln-based production company, will hold the premiere of their feature-length horror film Blood Rites on not one but two screens, enough to hopefully accommodate the hordes of horror buffs looking to catch the free showing. Co-written and directed by Dorothy Booraem, one of the rare ladies who care to create cinema carnage in this genre, the film features lots of Nebraska actors and locations, which is exactly where I want to see horrible, nightmare-inducing images take place. It saves me the trouble of imagining them happening in my hometown by actually taking place in my hometown. Yippee?
  • Some call it a genre, some call it simply a style, I call it simply delicious; you hear me, dame? Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is kicking off April with all the femme fatales and slick dicks you could dream up, as they’re launching Film Streams Noir. The repertory series will feature such iconic works as The Maltese Falcon and The Killers, which makes this fella happier than a private investigator with a new fedora. For more information, check out the site and make plans to catch these classic hardboiled works of cinema before they catch you in the act!
  • As we slouch ever closer to our inevitable December apocalypse, I give you the latest step towards our planetary demise. Twins is getting a sequel…called Triplets…and Eddie Murphy will be the third brother alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. If this movie premieres and the world doesn’t end, I promise you, we’ll be begging for Armageddon.

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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