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 to the shindig along with a priority reservation for a screening of the film afterwards. Sounds like it’s time to wash and press my favorite Hawaiian shirt and dry clean my grass skirt.   
  • Department stores usually get all the fun of heavily promoting the Christmas season immediately after the first leaf falls from a tree. Well, guess what, I want to jump the gun, too! So I’ll tell you now, and likely remind you again later, that the Dundee Theatre (dundeetheatre.com) is planning on cramming our collective stockings with a double lump of awesome this year. First, on Dec 9th and 10th at midnight, you can catch Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, which is nowhere near as Burl Ives-innocent as the title suggests. Look no further than the R rating for “nudity and language” for proof. Then, on Dec 16th and 17th at midnight and on the 17th and 18th at 10 a.m., the theater is showing Santa’s Cool Holiday Film Festival, which features joyful cartoons and the deliriously fantastic cult classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. I may not get my shopping done early, but at least I can check “promote demented holiday entertainment” off my Yuletide “to-do” list!

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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 ear holes and soak up the goodness. Listen away and meet me on the other side for the trailers we mention!

On Your Radar: The Divide

We've got a huge...let's call it passion...for postapocalyptic movies. This one looks to be positively epic and creepy. That's exactly how I like my apocalypse.

Netflix Roulette: Splinterheads

I don't have much to say about this one, other than we had a reader suggest it. And as we've always said: You recommend it, we'll watch it. No matter what...no matter what...

 

 

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Cutting Room for October 19

  • When the British-slang-infused, alien invasion gem Attack the Block slams onto video in a week or so and finally ascends to its rightful place on the throne of recent cult classics, I won’t say “I told you so.” I’ll say, “I told you so, bruvva.” Now comes word that director Joe Cornish may not be done delivering urban sci-fi comedy goodness. Speaking at the New York Comic Convention, Cornish confirmed that he’s been approached to do a sequel, TV spin-off or an American remake. While it’s a double huzzah for those first two options, the last one is a big uh-oh, as the British-ness of the film is part of what made it wicked awesome. American changes to British source materials don’t always work. I mean, have you seen congress?
  • Nearly 15 years later, and I still love me some Starship Troopers. The bug-killing, military culture-skewering film is goofy goodness, even if the direct-to-DVD sequels and CGI animated series that followed were downright vile. The good news is that acclaimed anime director Shinji Aramaki is making a new full-length animated film that seeks to return the series to its original glory. Chances are it will forgo the complex satirical tone of the original film in favor of epic space action. Hey, so long as bugs get “killed good,” I want to know more!
  • When Thor 2 finally rolls into production, the god of thunder will bow down to a woman. That’s right, Patty Jenkins (Monster) will direct the sequel, meaning it’s entirely possible that the main female lead won’t feel like useless bait dangled to make Thor drool. It seems weird that having a talented lady direct an action-oriented superhero film may be considered progress, but it honestly kind of is.

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

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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

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