Cutting Room for March 7 2012

  • As I’m sure outspoken feminist Rush Limbaugh is aware, March is Women’s History Month, or as the shock jock calls it “A Celebration of Whores Past.” Luckily, not everyone celebrates by tossing out sexist slurs, as several nonprofit groups have partnered with House of Loom (houseofloom.com) to present free screenings of four films celebrating women in the arts, with in-kind donations...

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Talking screenwriting with Hollywood Heavyweight Hawk Ostby

Hawk Ostby, one half of the scriptwriting team of Children of Men and Iron Man, will provide an insider's take on the screenwriting trade at the Omaha Film Festival's Filmmaking Conference.

Speaking by phone from his Vermont home, Ostby says a big part of making it in the industry is "perseverance and discipline."

"You really get tested when you start off," says Ostby, whose writing partner...

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Model-turned-actress Jaime King screens Omaha-made film she wrote and directed

In the 1990s Omaha native Jaime King's fresh face and lithe body graced the runway fantastic for the likes of Gucci and Alexander McQueen in New York and around the globe. She did provocative shoots for Vogue, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and other trendy mags. She appeared in music videos. She was a Revlon girl in the same media campaign as Halle Berry and Eva Mendes.

Heady stuff for...

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Short and Sweet

The seventh annual Omaha Film Festival opens this week at Great Escape Theatres with a well-earned reputation as one of Movie Maker’s Top 25 Film Festivals worth the Entry Fee. It’s a reputation one group of entrants, the Nebraska Short Film Makers especially appreciate as many of these emerging artists launch their careers in this five-day event ending this Sunday, Mar. 11.

OFF 12 showcases...

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Abnormal Normal Life

Return

In a stunning turn of events, a woman has written and directed a film about women in which the lead character is a woman who actually acts like a real woman. Flying in the face of Hollywood logic that demands that only those with external genitalia should be responsible for creating films about those without, Return is a deft, nuanced exploration of a wife and mother at war.

Well,...

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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Welcome back, you intrepid voyagers of the interwebs. We have another delicious audio-buffet that we cooked for you, clocking in at 0 calories and your entire daily intake of inappropriate nicknames for breasts. This week we dissect the Oscars, defend The Lorax's honor, check out a lady-Bourne trailer, play Netflix roulette, and deliver you some poetry. All in a week's work. Click away and...

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Cutting Room for February 29

  • Although I would never take Film Streams (filmstreams.org) for granted, I am thrilled to see them once-more granted. That is to say, the theater has received a $7500 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support the Forever Young Family and Children’s Series. And as the car dealers love to say, “they’re passing the savings on to you!” From now until the end of the series, which...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

GRADE
A-


The Babadook

A terrifying tale of an ooky pop-up book and motherly love.

GRADE
A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A water-colored take on a Japanese folktale that is prettier than it is interesting.

GRADE
B-


The Theory of Everything

"Out of this world" performances buoy a sub-par script.

GRADE
B+


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


Happy, Little Clouded

Actual human beings made The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and you can tell. A water-colored rebuke of the robots who...

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No Big Bang

In 1965, Stephen Hawking wrote his first ground-breaking thesis and wed Jane Wilde. His paper argued that if a star can...

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Leni Riefen-stalling

On the one hand, any film subtitled “Part 1” is a naked cash grab. On the other hand, shut up and take my money, Hunger...

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Oopsie Genius

I know two things for sure: (1) Birdman aims to relentlessly drive home one singular point, one thoroughly expressed thesis...

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