Cutting Room for May 18

  • Am I the only one who assumes that “D-BOX” seats are reserved for faux-hawk wearing loud-talkers who dress in glittery Ed Hardy shirts? Turns out, they’re not. They’re actually “motion technology” movie theater seats that “pitch, roll and heave in perfect sync with the action taking place onscreen.” The pitching and rolling sounds like fun, but heaving in one’s seat seems like a more private affair. At any rate, the Rave Westroads 14 Theatre (ravemotionpictures.com) has installed 46 of these D-BOX seats just in time for the realistic replication of sea sickness you were hoping to simulate during the arrival of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. You have to reserve said seats, so call ahead. And remember, the size of your popcorn purchase is the size of your sick bag.

  • After a few weeks of tinkering and finessing, I’d finally like to confirm in print that I have given birth. That’s right, me and my buddy Matt Lockwood have delivered a bouncing, beautiful baby podcast. Called Movieha, it’s a half-hour audio extravaganza that covers movie news, in-depth reviews, upcoming releases and new trailers and mines the depths of streaming video-on-demand in a game we call “Netflix Roulette.” And we do it all while trying (emphasis on trying) to make you laugh. You can listen to it directly on the Reader’s site (thereader.com/index.php/film/), subscribe to it on iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/movieha/id435873611) or subscribe to our RSS feed (movieha.libsyn.com/rss). You can also shoot any comments about Movieha (good, bad or ragingly aroused…those are the only three types of reactions we accept) to movieha@gmail.com or hit us up on twitter at twitter.com/movieha. We aim to please, but sometimes we miss and hit the seat, so please give it a listen and let us know what you think!

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to {encode="film@thereader.com" title="film@thereader.com"}. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast (May 13)

Happy Friday to ya! Below you'll find Episode Three of our humble podcast. And I do mean humble. We are still young colts, learning how to use these knobby-kneed legs, and we really, truly welcome any and all suggestions as to what you want more (or less of). So give the podcast below a listen, we hope you enjoy it, and then meet me below for some more discussion!

Welcome back! Hopefully you had a good time listening to our little half-hour of goodness, but we're looking to make it a half-hour of GREATNESS! And that's where YOU come in. Hit us up on Facebook, {encode="movieha@gmail.com" title="email us"}, hit us up on Twitter, but let us know SOMEHOW what you want to hear. Specifically, if there's a segment you want us to try out or ditch, let us know. And if you'd like to participate in our weekly game of Netflix Roulette, you can always shout out suggestions for specific movies or categories and we'd love to try them.

Box Office Haikus

Here are last week's results along with my patented formula that reveals my predictive accuracy: Box Office May 6-8
1.) Thor - $65 million (Accuracy of prediction - 97.5%)
2.) Fast 5 - $32 million (Accuracy of prediction - 90.5%)
3.) Jumping the Broom - $15 million (Accuracy of prediction - 80%)
4.) Something Borrowed - $14 million (Accuracy of prediction - 86%)
5.) Rio - $8.5 million (Accuracy of prediction - 90%)

Overall accuracy of prediction - 89%

I'll take a B+.
That's a grade to be proud of!
Perfectionists suck.

Now, on to this week's predictions!

Box Office Predictions May 13-15

1.) Thor - $30 million
Bridesmaids may beat this
Thor! Ladies are on your rear!
That didn't sound right.

2.) Bridesmaids - $25 million
These dames gots funny
and they know how to use it.
Girls can do gross too!

3.) Fast 5 - $15 million
Vin Diesel is dumb.
He said THIS may win Oscar.
You think he meant "grouch?"

4.) Priest - $14 million
Matt hated this one.
And he WANTED to see it.
That's not a good sign.

5.) Something Borrowed - $8 million
Rom coms hang in there
even when no one loves them.
That's not meta, right?

WILDCARD - Jumping the Broom - $7.5 million
Matt almost saw this
but then he proclaimed that he
"loved himself too much."

Tune back in next week to see how right or wrong I was!

Retreat Trailer

Here's the trailer for the movie we put "On Your Radar" this week. I expect our first lawsuit will be a cease-and-desist from Thandie Newton's people over the adjective "delicious."

Dead Man's Shoes

This looks pretty intense. This is next week's entry for Netflix Roulette. So...if someone could suggest a comedy for the week after that, it would really help.

That's it for this week. Thanks again for all your support! 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! And as always, email any comments and concerns to {encode="movieha@gmail.com" title="movieha@gmail.com"}. We really, honestly want them!


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Cutting Room for May 11

  • Once I asked an ex-girlfriend if she liked Fellini and she said she preferred ravioli. If she’s out there reading this, I recommend highly that she check out Amarcod, director Federico Fellini’s 1973 Academy Award-winning flick, at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) on May 17 at 7 p.m. The film is a joint presentation with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and will be followed by a discussion with Bemis Center artists-in-residence Letha Wilson, Leslie Shows, Isabelle Hayeur, Nicholas Ward and architect Pete Goché. The talk will be moderated by Hesse McGraw, Chief Curator for the Bemis Center. If Mr. McGraw should be so unfortunate as to include my ex-gal in this discussion, I apologize in advance for her pasta-related inquiries.

  • Quentin Tarantino’s next flick, Django Unchained, will be what he calls “a southern.” Now don’t let the shift in cardinal direction fool you; this is really just QT’s take on spaghetti westerns, which is more than enough to get my six-shooter pointed skyward. Set in the 1800s, the film will focus on Django, a freed slave who is training to be a bounty hunter and seeking revenge against wicked slave masters. Rumor has it that the offer to play Django is in the hands of none other than Will Smith. If the formerly jiggy-wit-it, non-cursing hip-hopper can set aside his PG-13-rated legacy long enough to buddy up with Tarantino, a noted blood-spilling enthusiast, I predict Smith’s first Oscar win. Remember, you read it here first. But only remember it if I’m right.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger may do a sequel to Twins. See, California: he can do worse things that what he did to your economy!

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to {encode="film@thereader.com" title="film@thereader.com"}. Check out Ryan on the radio on CD 105.9 (Fridays at around 7:30 a.m.), on his blog at thereader.com/film/C19 and 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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