Cutting Room for January 18

  • If you like your comedy web-based and sexually transmitted, “Herpe Betty” may be calling your name. Straight outta O-town, the first episode in the proposed ongoing series features a score by Jacob Thiele (The Faint) and stars Craig Dee (Tilly and the Wall), Sam Martin (Capgun Coup) and Thiele, along with Michelle Murphy and Joey Edwards (from the Omaha comedy group “Do It With Us”). As for the plot, well… Let’s just say there are esoteric misadventures and bizarre comedy beats aplenty in this, um, unique endeavor. The series is looking for funding, so if you have a few shekels to spare, hit up their fundraising site at kickstarter.com/projects/53586275/herpe-betty-webseries, where you can watch the first episode. I can promise that you haven’t seen anything quite like it.
  • It may be the slimmest month in terms of days, but February is fat with activity over at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org). On Feb 1 at 7 pm, things kick off with Urbanized, a documentary about issues that shape cities. It will be followed by a post-show discussion with folks from the Omaha Planning Department, the Metropolitan Planning Agency and Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp. Then, on Feb 7 at 7 pm, Miss Representation will be screened. This documentary about the portrayal of women in mainstream media will be followed by a discussion moderated by Ellie Archer, the executive director of the Women’s Fund of Omaha, and featuring Nebraska State Senator Tanya Cook, Roberta Wilhelm (executive director of Girls Inc.) and Brook Hudson (former Miss Nebraska). Finally, on Feb 22 at 7 pm, the documentary American Teacher will be screened for free, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Nancy Edick (dean of the College of Education at UNO) and featuring Nebraska State Senator Brenda Council and fourth-grade teacher Maddie Fennell (chair of the National Commission on Effective Teachers and the 2007 Nebraska Teacher of the Year). Hit their site for more details on this trifecta of awesome events!

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 Movie Podcast!

Hey gang!

This week's Movieha is very special...and not like a very special episode of "Blossom" or "Full House." No, this week we dive into our best and worst of the year from 2011! I know we're a little late, but that's because we wanted to make sure we saw EVERYTHING we could first. So, listen to our picks, and let us know yours either below or on one of the many, many, many places to reach us (twitter, facebook, email, carrier pigeon, smoke signal, etc).

Please sign up for our RSS feed HERE, download our podcasts and rave about us in the comments section of iTunes HERE, follow us on Twitter HERE, and become a fan of us on Facebook HERE! You can also listen to our bit we do for KVNO radio HERE. And as always, email any comments and concerns to movieha@gmail.com. We're looking forward to hearing from you about these lists!!!!


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<p>  Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos</p>Cutting Room for January 11

  • It’s like my grandmother always said, “Recognition is nice, but cold, hard cash is even better. Get yours.” Nana rolled hard. I guess Film Streams (filmstreams.org) doesn’t have to worry much about that advice, as they were not only recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, that acknowledgement came in the form of a $20,000 grant to help support the theater’s repertory series. And speaking of those repertory series, the first one for 2012 will be World Cinema Revivals: A Celebration of Film Preservation, which will run Feb 12 to April 5. Sporting brilliant works like The Leopard, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Weekend to name a few, this series embraces the preservation and restoration of movies, which makes Martin Scorsese happy. And like Nana always said, “You do whatever Marty tells you to do, capice?”
  • If you’re looking to get your anime on (and really, who isn’t?), get thee to Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) the week of Jan 20-26, as the locally owned multiplex will be screening Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. I admit I know next to nothing about this series, but having watched my fair share of Japanese animation over the last few years, I can only assume it will involve a hero with spiky hair and saucer-sized eyes who screams a lot. Honestly, it’s hard to see anime on the big screen these days, so seize your opportunity now!
  • Tim Burton is going to direct a live-action version of Pinocchio in the near future and has said publicly that he’d like Robert Downey Jr. to play Geppetto, which is weird. I had no idea Johnny Depp had changed his name to Robert Downey Jr.

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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Transcendence

A wildly average film that thinks it is brilliant.

GRADE
C


Ernest & Celestine

A kids movie for kids with kid jokes and kid themes.

GRADE
B+


Captain America: Winter Soldier

A kinetic crash of conspiracism and costumed crusaders!

GRADE
A-


Noah

Bible school by way of JRR Tolkien and Stephen King.

GRADE
A


The Grand Budapest Hotel

This madcap caper proves Anderson can do things (kinda) different!

GRADE
A


Need for Speed

If you're the "dumber" version of Fast and Furious, you lose.

GRADE
F


300: Rise of an Empire

A prequel, side-quel and sequel with the same style and carnage.

GRADE
B


The Wolf of Wall Street

DiCaprio crackles but the movie fizzles without taking a clear stance on Wall Street excess.

GRADE
B-


Marvel Blockbusts a Cap

With fight choreography pickpocketed from Baryshnikov and more leaping and bounding than Pooh’s friend Tigger on cocaine,...

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That Ship Cray

They gave the guy who made Requiem for a Dream $150 million to make a movie about Noah’s ark. Huh?! In Requiem,...

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Quirking on Something Different

To alter a phrase from Twain, who won’t mind because he’s dead, writer/director Wes Anderson repeated history until he...

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Speedy and Irritable

The most important thing to know before attempting to endure the lumbering bore that is Need for Speed is this: every...

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