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My Bad?

 

The 10th annual Elkhorn Valley/BEA D7 Film and Media Conference

 

Once, Again

 

Speaking of Unholy Abominations…

 

Never Go “Full Arthouse”

 

Ride this Dragon

 

United in Praise

 

Cutting Room for May

 

Twitter Wars: A New Nope

 

Can Mew Dig It?

 

Crisis of Context

I believe it’s a lack of context, not empathy. Because if it’s a lack of empathy, we’re screwed, doomed as a country, culture, maybe even species. The dismissal of the poor as bottom-feeding, system-exploiting moochers comes from not having a full perspective of their actual lives. The racial bigotry inherent in our judicial system would cause outrage if average citizens truly understood the human beings caught up...


Cutting Room for July 26

  • We pretend it’s some big chore, but in the time that it would take someone in a city like Chicago to commute home, you can zip to Lincoln from Omaha. I recommend you do that on Wednesday Aug 7 around 5-ish. That way, you can catch both the 5:30 screening of Hey Bartender, a documentary about the world of mixology, at The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center (theross.org) and the 7 pm cocktail and gourmet hors...


Better Orient-ed

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the kind of movie that is released with apologies and finger pointing. After his first solo stint landed with the grace and majesty of a wet fart, odds were stacked against a sequel for Wolvie. But if Hugh Jackman can forcibly warble Les Miserables to more than $400 million worldwide, there is literally nothing he cannot do. And so we get The Wolverine, a movie that pretends X-Men...


Not to Pee in the Pool But…

Quirky, charming dramedies about awkward, white, privileged suburban teenage boys coming of age are legion. It’s almost as though awkward, white, privileged suburban teenage boys went on to run Hollywood, elevating their innocuous and largely insignificant narratives as somehow more important. We get it: people used to make fun of you for being weirdly shaped and now you can buy a private island and make those...


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Sunset Song

A sullen Scottish tale of dour depression, somehow told and played beautifully.

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