Fear and Loathing Abroad

The Rum Diary

First, a confession: Although I'm familiar with the life and antics of renegade “gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson, I've never actually read any of his work. It's an education gap I hope to correct soon, but in the meantime, at least I have The Rum Diary, the latest screen adaptation of a Thompson title and the latest characterization of the man by his longtime friend Johnny Depp.

In...

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Gay Straight Talk

Weekend

Even within sincere and skilled gay cinema, homosexuality is often explored as a social aberrant. “Coming out” stories may be legion, but it is far more difficult to find a quality gay love story that works as love story first and gay story second. Obviously, the fear is that something disingenuous happens in dropping sexuality to a supporting role, as though this relegation is automatically...

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Netflix Random Five: Halloween

Lament the lack of new releases all you want: as of right now there are 899 titles available for instant streaming on Netflix in the “Horror” genre. There's a lot of amazingly bad looking stuff on there of course, but for every Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned, there's at least one Vincent Price or Bela Lugosi movie to be found.

Under the weight of such a diverse catalog, my plans...

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Cutting Room for October 27

  • It’s always a good time in Omaha when native son Alexander Payne releases a new movie, but leave it to Film Streams (filmstreams.org) to throw a full-on party for it. That’s right, on Nov 20th, there’s gonna be a “Waikiki Party” at The Slowdown (theslowdown.com)! Payne himself will be there to celebrate his new film, The Descendants, and for $75 you can buy a package that includes admittance...

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

Hey there eager listeners. Sorry for the delay in posting this here but we had some disagreements with our technology this week. We were all "post this" and the internets were all "um, you should shut up" and we were all "we're the boss of you, machine" and the internets were all "that's what you think." This went that way for awhile, but eventually, man won! So now you can dump it into your...

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The Making of Rum Diary

During my last visit with Hunter S. Thompson the discussion turned to his “long lost novel” The Rum Diary. We were sitting in his kitchen at Owl Farm sipping Wild Turkey.

“I’m in a weird position.  I’m seeing films about me on television and people writing books about me.  It’s very eerie to live like that!  I try to ignore it.”

Hunter wrote The Rum Diary while still in his 20s and living...

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Short and Swede

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

When recollecting on the volatile quest for racial equality in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s, the obvious first question that springs to mind is “What did Sweden think?” No? Must be just me then…

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 may seek to answer a question nobody asked, but that doesn’t make it any less compelling. Director Göran Olsson has stitched together...

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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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