Cutting Room for July 20

Before I start the strangest column I’ve written since Cutting Room began almost a decade ago, a reminder this is MY opinion and mine alone, as per usual. Gang, let’s talk about the tragedy in Aurora. More specifically, let’s talk about how NOT to talk about the tragedy in Aurora.

  • Take down your Facebook profile picture with a ribbon and Batman in it. Now. Your intentions may be holy but...

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Got Ham?

The Dark Knight Rises

From Christian Bale’s bark to Hans Zimmer’s “gonna getcha” score, if director Christopher Nolan has driven one point home in his Bat-films, it has been this: “Take my films seriously, yo.” From meditations on the fine line between vengeance and justice to the moral ambiguity of using high-end technology “for the greater good,” this Bat-trilogy has cleverly and successfully fused “real world”...

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Movieha! - Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Hey folks! It's time again for you to roll around in some Movieha. I know you usually tear into this on Fridays, but I figured a Monday could only be improved by a heaping helping of Ha. We talk about the Cumberbatch, contemplate Fassbender's tool, explore what Compliance means, diss Moonrise Kingdom, resurrect our feelings for Resurrect Dead, and spew haikus. Enjoy!


 

On Your Radar: ...

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Cutting Room for July 13

  • In news cool enough to make you swoon, weak-in-the-knees or light-headed, the Omaha-based band The Faint have been announced as the curators for the 2012 Local Filmmakers Showcase to be held Oct 19-25 at Film Streams (filmstreams.org). It’s the third time around for this extravaganza, which is open to residents and natives of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, a region heretofore renamed as...

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Taylor Can’t Kitsch a Break

Savages

Ask former “Friday Night Lights” actor Taylor Kitsch what he did this summer, and if he’s honest, he will tell you he set his career on fire. Yes, let us weep for Kitsch and his Greek God physique, overflowing bank accounts and unquestionable green light to mate with whomever he wishes! In the span of 2-plus months he has flopped (John Carter), floundered (Battleship) and flubbed (Savages) his...

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Cutting Room for July 6

  • The most esteemed thespian to ever sometimes use a number as a last name, Andre Benjamin (nee Andre 3000), is starring in the Jimi Hendrix biography, All Is By My Side, which will feature zero Jimi Hendrix songs. Because no deal could be reached with those who control the rights to Hendrix’s music, the film will have him playing covers of songs by The Beatles and Muddy Waters among others....

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Movieha! - Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

This has been one weird week. Having the fourth of July fall on a Wednesday gave us a week that felt like it had two Mondays (boo) and two Fridays (yay). Sadly, you only get one Movieha. This week we discuss Tyler Perry branching out into outer space, which is where Starship Troopers live. We geek-gasm over The Man with the Iron Fists trailer, in all its eye-punching glory. I cry a bit over The...

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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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