Cutting Room for April 11

  • Purely to preserve the story and certainly not a strategic move to fleece more cash from tween and teen wallets, the third installment of the Divergent series will be split into two. As Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games did before it, Allegiant will be cleft in twain. I am strongly opposed to this. Not because I have strong feelings about Divergent one way or the other, but because I know three films make a trilogy but do not know the word for a four-film series. And nobody tell me what the word is! I’m saving that brain cell for something more important like a “Doctor Who” quotation.
  • At long last our collective cultural nightmare may be ending: They have found someone to head the remake of Timecop. The guy who produced The Spectacular Now, a boring film loaded with stealth misogyny, is going to take the character Jean-Claude Van Damme made modestly famous and reinvent him. Considering that literally the only thing I remember about said character was that he was, in fact, a cop protecting time, he has a lot of room with which to work.
  • If you’re like me, when you were watching Roland Emmerich’s 2012, you found yourself thinking “I think he would be the perfect man to direct a powerful retelling of a defining moment in the history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement.” Good news! Roland Emmerich will direct Stonewall, which tells of the riots that occurred in response to a hate-filled police raid on a gay bar in 1969.  I think we can all rest easy knowing that this subject is in the hands of the guy who made White House Down.
  • Get excited people: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are teaming up again! In The Nest, the pair will play sisters who spend one last weekend in the house they grew up in. Directed by Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore and written by Paula Pell, let’s all plan on seeing it a billion times so it makes all of the money and then studios can’t say dumb stuff like “women-centered films make less money.” I mean, they already don’t make less money, but let’s really show them!

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posted at 12:01 pm
on Friday, April 11th, 2014

Cutting Room for April 4

  • It’d be enough if Film Streams (filmstreams.org) just brought smart, artistic movies to our fine city, but they also deliver periodic doses of immortality. Seriously! They are firing up the latest edition of their Forever Young series thanks to the support of Lincoln Financial Foundation. Kicking off with a two-week run of last year’s nominee for Best Animated Film, Ernest & Celestine, the collection of films aimed at kids and anyone with a child still (metaphorically) inside of them continues with four feature-length collections of Charlie Chaplin shorts. Tickets are only two-fiddy for kids 12 or younger, and the series starts April 12 and runs through June, shortly before you get to return your kids to the substandard public education that provides you respite.
  • Because the Internet ruins literally everything, we will never see Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, a western that sounded supremely awesome. When the script leaked, thanks to a self-important boob in need of face punching, Tarantino put the kibosh on a big screen version. But for one night and one night only, a small group will get a glimpse of what could have been. Film Independent is hosting a live-reading of the script directed by QT. Sadly, we normals won’t be able to attend, making this yet another gut punch delivered by the Internet. Someone should really take this thing down.
  • They are potentially making a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary that put global warming on the map...just as we’re about to potentially be wiped off it. The producers and writers are gathering to potentially make a follow-up that covers the developments since the last installment nearly a decade ago. Presumably, the film would just be clips of The Day After Tomorrow with Al Gore crying “You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you all to hell!” 

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posted at 10:21 am
on Friday, April 04th, 2014

Cutting Room for March 28

  • Gather ‘round and I’ll tell you the tale of these things called “unions” that fought to protect the common worker from being ground into people paste beneath the boot of Goliath businesses. Or you can just head down to Film Streams on April 28 at 6:30 pm for their presentation of John Sayles’ Matewan, a film about one of the bloodiest labor disputes in American history. Together with the Omaha Federation of Labor, the theater will host a post-show panel with various community members. Maybe events like this can help remind people that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was helping big business convince Americans that unions are the bad guys.
  • I am in a committed relationship with the show “Community.” We’ve had some great times together (seasons 1-3 and most of season 5) and some bad times (season 4). But I’ve hung in there, and now comes word that creator Dan Harmon is going to stick to his vows: if NBC greenlights season six, he’s going to make a “Community” movie by any means necessary. You can keep “for better or worse,” if Harmon makes “Six seasons and a movie” reality, it will be the sweetest act of love I’ve ever received.
  • If you’ve never seen Phantasm or any of the whackjob crazypants sequels, you really should. They are insane but fun for no real discernable reason. Now, some 16 years after the last sequel, we are going to get the fifth Phantasm movie: Ravager. The crazy part is that director Don Coscarelli already shot the movie before anyone knew it was even going to happen! To most people, all this sounded like gibberish. But to people with an affinity for creepy tall guys and floating death orbs, this is like Christmas!

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posted at 09:30 am
on Friday, March 28th, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 139 - Peeping on Weens

On Your Radar: The Signal

Netflix Roulette: Apart

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posted at 07:38 am
on Friday, March 28th, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 139- It’s Like Finding A Penny In Your Cake

On Your Radar: Boxtrolls

Netflix Roulette: How I Live Now

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posted at 07:20 pm
on Friday, March 21st, 2014

Cutting Room for March 21

  • Someone has finally found out about my obsession with Cooter from “Dukes of Hazzard.” That was my first thought when I heard that Film Streams is screening Best Kept Secrets on Tuesday April 22 at 7 pm. Turns out that it’s not about my well hidden fetish but, instead, it’s a gripping documentary about a special needs teacher trying to prepare her students for life after high school. Together with the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities and Ollie Webb Center, Inc., the theater is holding a panel discussion after the movie to consider the implications for our community. Look, that’s incredibly important, but even more important is that nobody knows about my Cooter obsession. Wait…
  • Director David Fincher, who did the impossible when he made social media sophisticated when he filmed The Social Network, wants to tempt fate by re-teaming with writer Aaron Sorkin for a biopic on Steve Jobs. But he has a catch: He’ll only do it if Christian Bale plays Jobs. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Won’t Bale be too intimidated by the brilliant and nuanced portrayal of Jobs by Ashton Kutcher?” Nah, in order for that to happen, someone would have to tell Bale what an Ashton Kutcher is.
  • For real though, they’re making a movie version of Jem and the Holograms. Obviously, the guy who directed the last GI Joe movie, Jon M. Chu, will spearhead this important, life-changing adaptation of the 1980s cartoon that sort of defies easy description. Oh, and there’s an open invitation to provide input and audition for the film at jemthemovie.com. Just now I’m realizing how many people I know are going to go there and do that. Not that I will or anything…but Jem is excitement…

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posted at 11:15 am
on Friday, March 21st, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 137 - Farting it out of a sphinx

On Your Radar: Blue Ruin

Netflix Roulette: Passion

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posted at 03:29 pm
on Friday, March 14th, 2014

Cutting Room for March 14

  • When Film Streams sent me an email with the subject The Muslims Are Coming, I figured they accidentally forwarded a chain email my grandmother got from Fox News. Instead, it let me know that on Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm, Film Streams and The Middle East Cultural and Educational Services of Omaha will present a special screening of The Muslims Are Coming, a documentary following comedians touring Middle America to fight Islamophobia. These comedians are Muslim-Americans, which is not an oxymoron, Grandma! Hopefully, the post-show discussion with Dean Obeidallah, one of the stars and co-director of the film, will help quash a completely ignorant hatred that disgustingly has been allowed to exist right out in the open.
  • The feud between Marvel and DC in the comic pages has become something of a 1980s-era cold war, but the on-screen battle has gone nuclear. Marvel just announced that Captain America 3 will be released the same day as Batman vs Superman. It’s a game of release-date chicken, and whoever moves will be labeled a pansy and will have to stand in the corner in shame during the superhero holiday party. Rumor has it, Batman vs Superman was already thinking of moving and Marvel is calling their bluff. If that’s true, it’s a pretty baller power play. You go, Captain America.
  • They are remaking Something Wicked This Way Comes, which I am totally okay with. The original in 1983 was solid but never really caught on, and any story that involves a dark carnival should be uber popular (especially with the Hot Topic crowd). Plus, the original story was written by close personal friend, the brilliant and talented Ray Bradbury. By “close personal friend,” I mean I met him once at a book store. But we shared a moment. 

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posted at 11:50 am
on Friday, March 14th, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 136 - The First Annual MOVIEHA-SCARS!

On Your Radar: The Final Member

Netflix Roulette: Bad Milo!

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posted at 04:31 pm
on Tuesday, March 04th, 2014

Cutting Room for February 28

  • When The Lego Movie caught lightning in a bottle and turned a potentially  horrid cash grab into an entertaining flick, the studio reaction was predictable: We should try hitting that hole-in-one miracle shot again! Warner Bros. bought the rights to Minecraft, which you should have your kids explain to you. The ugly, chunky animated game is also largely narrative free, which is still a bad thing but now Warner Bros. thinks it is a good thing so look out for falling box office.
  • There won’t be an Anchorman 3. This is good news to people who thought the sequel was bad, bad news to people who thought the sequel was news and not news of any kind to grandparents around the world. Adam McKay, who directed both films, said that the latest gigantic re-cut version of Anchorman 2 that is being re-released in theaters is the last hurrah, compete with 700 new jokes and added footage. Seeing as how Ron Burgandy was almost as omnipresent recently as Kevin Hart, it’s hard to be too sad to see the mustachioed newsman ride off into the sunset.
  • Seth Rogen, who starred in a movie last year where a gigantic Satan had his penis cut off, spoke to the US Congress this week. He shared a personal story about his mother-in-law and called for increased awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s research. He did so in his charming, self-deprecating way before taking his argument online, where he pointed out the hypocrisy of representatives who took photo ops with him but failed to attend his session. Good for Rogen to leverage his fame into a cause he believes in. If he can oversee the severing of the devil’s penis, I believe he can do anything.

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posted at 01:12 pm
on Friday, February 28th, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 135 - Matt drops the ball…repeatedly…

On Your Radar: Locke

Netflix Roulette: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

THE 2014 MOVIEHA-SCERS NOMINATIONS

As promised, below you will find the most prestigious list in history: The first annual nominees for the Movieha-scers, our answer to the Oscars. Please comment below as to who you think should win each race, and we'll let you know this weekend the winners. 

And the nominees are:

Best Film Matt Likes But Pretends to Hate to Piss Ryan Off

  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
  • Philomena
  • Frances Ha
  • Before Midnight
  • To the Wonder

Best Quotation

  • “Why don’t you climb back into your rocket and f**k off back to Legoland, you c**t.”  - The World’s End
  • “I hate space.” – Gravity
  • “If you ride like lightning, you’re gonna crash like thunder.” – The Place Beyond the Pines
  • “Look at my shit! I got…I got SHORTS! Every fuckin’ color. I got designer T-shirts. I got gold bullets. Motherfuckin’ VAM-PIRES. I got SCARFACE. On repeat. SCARFACE ON REPEAT. Constant, y’all. I got Escape! Calvin Klein Escape. Mix it up with Calvin Klein. I smell nice!” – Spring Breakers
  • “Some kids... some little kids they wanna grow up to be president, some kids wanna grow up and be doctor y'know? I just wanted to be bad” – Spring Breakers

Best Squee-inducing Moment for Matt

  • Heimdall kills a spaceship – Thor: The Dark World
  • Flying robot punches (all) – Pacific Rim
  • The Meat Monster – John Dies at the End
  • Smaug goes mental – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Poltergeist rape and Satan castration – This is the End

Worst Movie Other Critics Think Is Good

  • Mud
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • The Spectacular Now
  • The Way Way Back

Best Movie Other Critics Think is Bad

  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • Man of Steel
  • Only God Forgives
  • To the Wonder
  • Olympus Has Fallen

Film Most Deserving a Sequel That Won’t Get One

  • The World’s End
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • John Dies at the End
  • Olympus Has Fallen
  • This is the End

Biggest Crush

  • Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Shaylene Woodley – The Spectacular Now
  • Britt Marling – The East
  • Amy Seimetz – Upstream Color
  • Amy Adams ­– Man of Steel, American Hustle

Best Performance by an Actor or Actress Matt Should Know the Name of But Can’t Remember

  • The guy who plays the transsexual in Dallas Buyers Club
  • Bilbo from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The female lead in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
  • The guy who starred in and wrote/directed Upstream Color
  • The female half of the couple that’s been in Before Midnight, Before Sunrise, and Before Sunset

The Best of the Almost Good

  • Warm Bodies
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Now You See Me
  • American Hustle

Movie Title That Would Be Best Improved By Adding the Words “In The Butt” To It

  • Star Trek Into Darkness In the Butt
  • Best Man Down in the Butt
  • Catching Fire in the Butt
  • Grudge Match in the Butt
  • Machete Kills in the Butt

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posted at 04:55 pm
on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Cutting Room for February 21

  • You remember Ed Norton, right? He’s the guy from the cell phone commercials who was the Hulk for a hot minute. Well, he may not have used up all his acting juju like we thought. This week, it was revealed Eddie will direct and star in Motherless Brooklyn, based on the fantastic Jonathan Lethem novel about a detective with Tourette syndrome. If done right, this could be a riveting neo-noir classic with an unforgettable central character. If done poorly, look for Norton in upcoming Dyson vacuum commercials.
  • We now know who the Fantastic Four will be in the upcoming reboot. Miles Teller will be Mister Fantastic, Kate Mara will be the Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell will be the Thing and Michael B. Jordan will be the Human Torch. Other than the fact that Teller emits some kind of pheromone that makes me hate his stupid face, I’m good with this, most notably Jordan and Mara, who are immensely talented. They play siblings despite being of different races, which is apparently something many people on the Internet didn’t know could happen. Other things commenters on the Internet do not know: tact and kindness.
  • Tina Fey has aced TV but is barely getting a passing grade on the big screen. That could change with The Taliban Shuffle, which is sadly not the most racist dance craze I’ve seen at a wedding. The film will be based on a journalist’s memoir of her time in Afghanistan and Pakistan, because nothing says comedy like Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Titus Welliver (the man in black from “Lost”) was talking about his upcoming film, Transformers: Age of Extinction. When talking of the darker tone and violence, he noted “it’s not a kids movie, I’ll tell you that much.” Why would we assume a movie based on a kids toy line would be for kids? To be fair, it’s not only not for kids, it’s not for anyone with taste.

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posted at 11:41 am
on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 134: Our classiest podcast yet

On Your Radar: The Rover

Netflix Roulette: Doughouse

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posted at 11:17 am
on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Cutting Room for February 14

  • After years of pretending not to receive my phone calls or emails, George Clooney is finally answering my request that he make a film about the 1980s Norwegian oil boom. Finally, am I right? Sure, big fans of Norway and fossil fuels enjoyed Pioneer, the 2013 thriller that Clooney is now turning into an American film. But I can finally rest knowing big George will share the glory and majesty of the Norwegian energy industry with the world.
  • Good news: My sustained excitement over Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is now totally excusable. Although previews have looked a bit generically epic, the stuff that has always interested me beyond Aronofsky’s ability to explore manically driven characters is the crazy stuff the studio wanted out. Specifically, there was an ongoing battle having to do with Aronofsky’s inclusion of weird, mutant alien “angels” and giants, all of which are actually found in the passages of the book of Genesis. Word has come down that the studio is letting the director’s cut stand, meaning we get to hear Nick Nolte voice a six-armed CGI warrior angel. Hooray!
  • Greta Gerwig, indie darling and star of Frances Ha, has signed on for the CBS comedy spinoff “How I Met Your Dad.” I’ve seen some dumb reactions to announcements before, like the tidal wave of social media suicide notes posted after Ben Affleck became Batman. But never before have I seen a collective response so wildly and largely wrong-headed. Intelligent critics and writers who have long championed Gerwig’s work lambasted her for “selling out,” taking a job on a show with an admittedly weak premise, and wrote eulogies for her film career. As succinctly as possible, let me say that a woman getting a producer credit and getting paid to anchor a major network sitcom with her as the nucleus is a good thing and that countless other TV stars still make movies. Stop being whiny babies about losing your hipster goddess and celebrate one of the good ones getting paid and popular. Yo go, Greta.

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posted at 11:29 am
on Friday, February 14th, 2014

Cutting Room for February 7

  • Imagine being deprived of seeing movies in the theater. For the record, just typing that sentence made me nauseous and scared. Well, the fine folks at Aksarben Cinema don’t want anyone to miss out on the theatrical experience, so they are rolling out a “Sensory Friendly” Movie Program designed to provide a comfortable environment for children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders and other sensory, social or cognitive disabilities. Starting on Feb 15, certain screenings will be held with the volume turned down, the lights turned up and nobody judging anybody for their behavior. Sometimes it’s easy to take certain experiences for granted. Thanks to Aksarben for making sure others don’t miss out.
  • And they’re not done yet! On Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 pm, Aksarben Cinema will hold a special screening of the documentary What Matters? despite the fact I already know what matters: “Doctor Who,” the Chicago Bears and quality whiskey. The documentary disagrees and instead focuses on two activists and a skeptic who attempt to live in poverty across 3 continents. That doesn’t sound fun and that’s before their plane crashes in Africa. Head to aksarbencinema.com to get tickets for what is sure to be a thought-provoking experience, even if it doesn’t mention “Doctor Who.”
  • I don’t even know where to start talking about the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose personal struggles do not taint his unquestionable status as one of this generation’s finest actors. But let’s start with the macabre and creepy, capitalist-driven concerns. Although most of his work on the final Hunger Games movie, the two-part Mockingjay, had been completed, he still had a pivotal scene left into which he will be digitally inserted. I don’t know what it says about us or him that such a talented man’s last appearance will literally be reanimation.
     

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posted at 05:11 pm
on Friday, February 07th, 2014

Cutting Room for January 31

  • The Internet broke in half this summer when Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman in the upcoming Batman/Superman movie. Since then, we’ve barely held the information superhighway together with superglue, positive thinking and lots of pornography. But that all changed the moment that Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor. The fact that Eisenberg both has hair and is a young person whipped denizens of the Internet into a cyber-riot that has irrevocably broken the World Wide Web, as bookstore owners feel pretty good about life for the first time in a decade.
  • Director David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence apparently want to see what they can get away with. Having gotten scores and scores of nominations and awards for their collaborations in the mediocre Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, the duo want to know if we’ll literally give them trophies for whatever they do. Next up may well be a movie about the inventor of the Miracle Mop, with Lawrence playing said mopstress, Joy Mangano. This just in, Lawrence has already won a Golden Globe for the performance she has yet to film.
  • In the “nothing good can last” department, Shia LaBeouf has already unretired. Three weeks after his hissy fit stemming from an act of plagiarism he committed, The Boof booked a role alongside Bill Murray in Rock the Kasbah, where he will be joined by Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel. With a cast that good, there’s a small chance even The Boof can’t screw it up.
  • They are making a Back to the Future musical. Set to appear next year on London’s West End, the original team of writer Bob Gale and director Robert Zemeckis are working alongside producers to turn a much beloved 80s classic into a song-and-dance vehicle because modern society doesn’t know when to quit. Those who just thought “at least it’s not a remake” haven’t envisioned the soft-shoe number  in the middle of the jaunty tune “1.21 Gigawatts of Love!”

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posted at 04:53 pm
on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 133 - Giving French people herpes

On Your Radar: Zero Theorem

Netflix Roulette: Man of Tai Chi

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posted at 02:08 pm
on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 132 - Zombie boners

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On Your Radar: Babylon

Netflix Roulette: Cockneys vs Zombies

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posted at 09:04 am
on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Cutting Room for December 24

  • In the cultural civil war that is “books versus movies,” we appear to have our first cease fire. On Tuesday, Feb 25 at 7 pm, Film Streams will partner with (downtown) omaha lit fest to screen Three on a Match, a 1932 film about three women involved in all sorts of bad stuff. Well, all sorts of bad stuff and Humphrey Bogart. There will also be a post-show discussion with Margaret Talbot, a New Yorker contributor and daughter of Lyle Talbot, who is featured in the film. Hurry up and celebrate this unity between a lit fest and a theater; who knows how long this fragile peace will last?
  • The Internet ruins everything. Quentin Tarantino was going to make a Western called The Hateful Eight and now he isn’t because some doo-doo head leaked the script online. It may seem like an overreaction, but the combination of betrayal (he gave the script to very few people) and the public seeing an unfinished work has muted his enthusiasm for the project, which is now shelved. So, I hope all the jerkwads intent on stealing access to art they aren’t entitled to are happy now. I wanted to see The Hateful Eight, and now I just hate you.
  • If the thought of untrained musicians, mostly children who are screaming, performing during a movie is your cup of tea, great news! Disney is going to hold special “sing-a-long” screenings of Frozen starting January 31st! So you have from now until January 31st to see one of Disney’s best animated films of all time before it’s unbearable to see it in a theater!
  • It turns out that Gal Gadot (Fast Five) is not just going to be Wonder Woman in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie. She’s also signed for a Justice League movie and a standalone Wonder Woman movie! Holy cow! A superhero movie with a female lead?! I can hear the studio notes now: “Can we put Batman in this? What if we put his name in the title? In fact, do we need this ‘Wonder Woman’ at all?”

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).

posted at 01:10 pm
on Friday, January 24th, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 131 - It’s like Johnny Depp in your mouth

On Your Radar: A Field in England

Netflix Roulette: Run

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posted at 06:39 pm
on Friday, January 17th, 2014

Cutting Room for January 17

  • It seems only fitting that a documentary about the growing gap between the rich and poor should be screened for free. On Thursday, Feb 6 at 6 pm, Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) will kick off a screening and panel discussion about the documentary Inequality for All, a film that focuses on the increasingly extinct “middle class” of America. A cool dozen local groups are helping to host this event in the hopes that a vibrant discussion about Nebraskan inequality will ensue. And by Nebraskan inequality I don’t mean Council Bluffs.
  • Don’t know how to treat your fella or lady to a special Valentine’s day? May I suggest plenty of Lubitsch? Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and Borsheims are holding a free screening of director Ernest Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise at 7 pm on V-day. Because nothing says “I love you dear” like taking your partner to a free movie.
  • On Feb 18 at 7 pm, Film Streams is collaborating with the Institute for Holocaust Education to present a screening of No Place on Earth, a unique film that uses drama and documentary to tell the story of Jewish Ukranians who survived the Holocaust by spending a year and a half underground. Producer Rafael Marmor will be on hand for a post-show discussion with questions like “is that where the term ‘living under a rock’ came from?”  
  • The Oscar Nominations were announced this week with few surprises, despite every online outlet divvying up “snubs and surprises.” So Tom Hanks didn’t get a nod for Captain Phillips; he’ll have to be content with the naked golden bookends he already has. The real question is whether Oprah, who wasn’t nominated for The Butler, plans on buying and canceling the ceremony all together.

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).

posted at 06:33 pm
on Friday, January 17th, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 130 - Somebody Gets The Giggles

On Your Radar: The Raid: Berandel

Netflix Roulette: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

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posted at 04:02 pm
on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Cutting Room for January 10

  • Be honest: The Hitchcock 9 sound like a Tarantino-invented squad of assassins that dress in costume from Alfred Hitchcock movies, doesn’t it? No. Just me then. From Feb 13 through April 3, Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater will be keeping very quiet about the famous director. That is to say, they’ll be showing the 9 surviving silent Hitchcock films, one each Thursday, with almost all of them accompanied by live musicians. That sound slightly more sophisticated than the way I watch silent films, which is give each character a funny voice I use out loud.
  • Also in February, Film Streams wants you to get Fackler-ed. That is to say, the theater is holding a special filmmakers’ screening of Omaha-based director Nik Fackler’s Sick Birds Die Easy on Feb 11 at 7 pm. The movie sounds…well it sounds totally insane. A group of bohemians went to the jungles of Africa, did crazy drugs and filmed it. Come and see what is sure to be Rob Ford’s favorite film, as Fackler promises insight into post-colonialism and the apocalypse.
  • Not to be left out, Aksarben Cinema has their eyes set on Africa as well. On Jan 30, the theater will be showing Rising from the Ashes, a documentary about a famous cyclist who moves to Rwanda to help survivors of genocide by encouraging them to engage in his sport. The film is about stopping the cycle of tragedy. Your heart will ride down a hopeful path. You’re sure to bike it. There, I’m done.  
  • They’re making The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, which will feature the return of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy and add Richard Gere and David Strathairn to the cast. This is a huge, all-star cast of well-known aged actors. What else features that? The Expendables. I won’t sleep until we get The Best Expendable Marigold Hotel: Blood War.

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).

posted at 01:35 pm
on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Cutting Room for January 3

  • Hey you! You fancy, huh? Thought so. Then I guess I’ll be seeing you on Jan 29 at Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater for a one-time screening of The Conformist. You’d think that with a title like that, it’s about the anti-hipster movement I’ve started, but you’d be wrong. It’s a legendary film from Bernardo Bertolucci that was crazy influential on folks like Coppola and Scorsese. I should specify, Francis Ford and Martin, lest you think it influenced Billy Bob Coppola and Harpo Scorsese. The film will be followed by a discussion with James Darrah, director of Opera Omaha’s upcoming “Agrippina,” and Mauro Fiore, an Omaha-based cinematographer who straight-up has an Oscar, yo. For ticket information, use the internets and go to filmstreams.org.
  • Voactiv.com, a site I am admittedly completely unfamiliar with, has stunning news: paying attention to half of the humans in the world pays off! Using the Bechdel Test—a rudimentary feminist test that specifies two named female characters must talk to each other about something other than a man—the site found that of the top 50 movies in 2013, the 24 that passed the test racked up $4.22 billion at the box office, whereas the 21 that failed (5 were excluded for random reasons) took in $2.66 billion. Even with several of the huge films left out (like Gravity, which doesn’t pass by technicality alone), it’s pretty obvious that giving women a reason to see your movie means more money for your movie.
  • Briefly: You know all that wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth about how home video is killing theater business? Malarky, horse patootie and other kind words for bull squat! 2013 was the highest grossing domestic box office in history. I hate it when facts ruin a perfectly good narrative…

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).

posted at 04:45 pm
on Friday, January 03rd, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 129 - THE TOP 10 (and worst 5) MOVIES OF THE YEAR! (Also, Matt’s opinions…)

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posted at 01:21 pm
on Friday, January 03rd, 2014

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 128 - Smaaaauuuuuuuggggg

On Your Radar: Welcome to Yesterday

Netflix Roulette: Sightseers

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posted at 01:17 pm
on Friday, January 03rd, 2014

Cutting Room for December 27

  • Somebody tell NBC that their acronym doesn’t stand for Nail-Biting Classics. Having already taken Dracula and Hannibal Lecter to the small screen, the network is now adapting Rosemary’s Baby into a miniseries. Having Satan’s bun in your oven isn’t a concept that needs so many hours to investigate, but I suppose if you want to really freak people out and prevent them from breeding, four hours of devil baby should do it. Enjoy “Parenthood” on NBC!
  • Even if it’s true and somewhat unsurprising, you didn’t have to go and say it, Marty! While promoting his latest, The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin “Those ARE my real eyebrows” Scorsese confessed his career is winding down and that he has only “a couple more” movies left. He’s in his 70s and has been wildly prolific, so it’s not like we can complain… But it still hurts. Whenever he goes out, it’ll be as one of the best ever. Let’s just hope he chooses the last film carefully. Nobody wants to go out on Ishtar, you know?
  • I liked Jack Reacher. I had few problems with the diminutive Tom Cruise playing a character who is some kind of walking mountain in the novels. I’m pleased to hear that they’re going to develop a sequel, Never Go Back, but less excited that apparently there’s going to be a precocious teen girl along as a sidekick. Reacher described himself as “a drifter with nothing to lose,” in one of the most cringe-worthy line readings of last year. So how does that guy wind up taking in a sass-mouthed teen lady? Marketing! I take it all back if they cast Elle Fanning, who is so stupid talented she deserves to be in more stuff.

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).

posted at 01:14 pm
on Friday, January 03rd, 2014

Cutting Room for December 20

So it’s the Holidays once again, and people make you be all mushy and stuff this time of year. Normally, I’m a smarmy grouse (an endangered species). But I’d like to take a minute to say thanks to two local businesses who not only make my life (and your lives) a little better but who are generally all-around good folks. 

Aksarben Cinema is just the greatest little megaplex you could ever want. Finding the balance between the new “gimmicky theater gags” and an old school experience, the theater not only knows how to optimize the movie-watching experience, they don’t turn it into a giant distraction or completely remove the focus from the film. That’d be enough for me to give a little holiday season “attaboy,” but they go beyond that. Quietly, each month the theater raises money for a different charity personally selected by the folks in charge. Whether it’s brain cancer research (like it is in the month of December) or various other local charities, Aksarben doesn’t imitate or pretend to be a part of the community: they so genuinely are. This ain’t lip service or paid advertising: this is me saying thanks to a great business run by great people.

Speaking of which… Rachel Jacobson is just the best. Her decision to build a nonprofit arthouse theater had to seem impossible. For six years, Film Streams Ruth Sokoloff Theater has spoiled us by providing access to the type of movies Omaha hadn’t seen in theaters before Rachel’s brilliant idea. Trust me! Their inclusion of a repertory theater means a chance to see all-time classics and smaller, overlooked films in the setting their creators intended. But again, like Aksarben, Film Streams does more than show awesome stuff. They hold Q&As with directors and community members about issues vital to Omaha. They offer free movies to students periodically to engage them in the arts. They bring national acclaim to the city each and every year. I’ve spoken with Rachel several times over the years but I don’t think she truly understands how appreciative we are.

Art is important. Movies are art. Movies are important. But more important is that there is a thriving community filled with kind and responsible businesses propping those movies up on a local level. Happy Holidays to my two favorite theaters; may your stockings be filled with love!

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).

posted at 05:16 pm
on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Cutting Room for December 13

  • How? We live in a world in which Scary Movie gets a sequel like every five minutes, but nobody has made The Rundown 2 yet. If you missed it, thanks for being part of the problem, but let me tell you what you missed. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a hired goon trying to retrieve Seann William Scott from the jungle while Christopher Walken goes bonkers. It’s great. And there should have been like 10 of these movies, seeing as how there aren’t nearly enough adventure franchises and we have to keep The Rock busy or he’ll eat someone. Director Peter Berg has finally begun rumbling about The Rundown 2, so I need you all to help pick up momentum for this by using your Twitter thingies and Facebook whatsits to generate something called “buzz.” Don’t ruin this for me.
  • So the Golden Globe nominations and the Screen Actors Guild nominations came out. Guess what? Very few surprises. But for once, that’s a good thing. 12 Years a Slave is looking every bit the early front runner, which it should be, with nods from both groups in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o). I’m just saying, if 12 Years a Slave doesn’t win Best Picture, that leaves Crash as the last film on racial issues to win an Oscar…and it had friggin’ Ludacris in it.
  • I’m not the world’s biggest Monty Python fan, but even I was curious about Absolutely Anything. The live-action/CGI hybrid film was set to star the voices of 4 of the 5 living Python members (John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones), who play aliens that give power to a teacher. That teacher was just announced to be Simon Pegg. I…I…I want to go to there so bad. Fans of British comedy, prepare to chortle in  your biscuits!

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).

posted at 01:22 pm
on Friday, December 13th, 2013

Cutting Room for December 6

  • I’m not saying I’m an NPR nerd, but when I heard that a contributor to “This American Life” will be at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, I swooned like an antebellum southern belle. Medora, a movie I have wanted to see for a while about a small town basketball team,  will screen on Thursday, Jan 9 at 7 pm, with a Q&A with director Davy Rothbart, who will get at least one question about whether Ira Glass is really as charming and brilliant in real life as I want him to be. For tickets, hit up filmstreams.org. And while you’re there, find the link to vote for the 2014 “Members Select” repertory movie that the theater will show early next year. I’m not telling you what to vote for, only that if you don’t vote for The Princess Bride you did it wrong.
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has just signed on to do San Andreas, an action film about a major earthquake in California. The cause of the earthquake? The Rock finally gets so big he explodes.
  • You have to love the Coen Brothers. You do; it’s an obscure law passed a few years ago. While promoting Inside Llewyn Davis, the pair threw out some ideas they’re toying with for the next movie in their insanely eclectic careers. They mentioned possibly something about an opera singer or something set in ancient Rome.
  • Not satisfied with being disliked on the basketball court, Lebron James is ready to add actual critics to his list of critics. He just signed on to star in Ballers, in which he will presumably play a baller. Kevin Hart, who loves basketball, is co-writing and co-starring. I’m just going to go out on a limb and guess there’s going to be a few jokes about height involved.

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).

posted at 01:29 pm
on Friday, December 06th, 2013

Cutting Room for December 1

  • Just a quick note on how we’re all terrible. I found out that Paul Walker had been killed in a car accident leaving a charity function via Twitter…in a joke. After celeb-shaming site TMZ broke news, the internet decided to wait all of zero seconds before making tasteless, classless jokes about a guy who by all accounts was a pretty decent person. There’s lots of debate to be had about whether the internet is making us more awful or just allowing us to reveal it better, but regardless, it is certainly making it easier for me to know who not to associate with. Best wishes to Walker’s family, and herpes wishes to everyone who told a joke within the first 10 minutes of finding out a person died.
  • Quentin Tarantino writes like he likes his blood: in spurts. Apparently, he’s pounding out his next sure-to-be-great-and-horrifying script, and it’s gonna be a western. This comes as great news for everyone who loved the action and setting of Django Unchained but had a hard time celebrating it, what with all the soul-crushing inhumanity of slavery and all.
  • There’s a lot to debate when it comes to another director stepping in to a spot vacated by the legendary Stanley Kubrick. When Steven Spielberg, a guy with a pretty decent rep, did it when he took on A.I., critics second guessed him. I wonder what they’re going to say about Baz Luhrmann, the man who broke on the scene by giving Leo DiCaprio’s Romeo a gun, taking on the great white whale Kubrick never finished: a film about Napoleon. HBO bought all of Kubrick’s unfilmed stuff regarding ole Nappy, and now comes word that they’re Lurhmann the first shot at making something out of it. Relax everyone: the guy who turned the Police’s “Roxanne” into a tango is on the job. No worries here.

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).

posted at 08:00 pm
on Sunday, December 01st, 2013

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 126 - The Power of the Hat

On Your Radar: Cuban Fury

Netflix Roulette: Grabbers

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posted at 01:34 pm
on Monday, November 25th, 2013

Cutting Room for November 22

 

  • Considering that film critics these days are given all the respect of a well-written Yelp review, this bit of news made me smile. Producer Michael De Luca recently revealed that Boogie Nights, an absolute masterpiece that put director Paul Thomas Anderson on the map, almost went straight to video. Who saved it? Critics. Rave reviews from the New York Film Festival kept the movie off the VHS shelf and in theaters. Remember, in those pre-Netflix, “be kind, rewind” days, straight-to-video was a synonym for “dead on arrival.” See! Movie reviewers do good things! Okay, not like “actually reform society” good things, but neat stuff! We do neat stuff!
  • Sure, one is now Batman and the other did butt stuff with Michael Douglas on TV, but you can’t break Ben Affleck and Matt Damon up! The duo is partnering together to produce Sleeper, which is based on the bad-ass comic from Ed Brubaker about a guy who can absorb and pass on pain and works in the underworld. Who knows if they’ll write, direct or star, but the important thing is that this generation’s Bert and Ernie are still together.
  • Irdis Elba is now confirming that he met with Marvel Studios about playing the tough-as-nails, completely awesome Luke Cage in a movie. Here’s what I can’t understand: why is this news item not “Idris Elba is playing Luke Cage for Marvel Studios?” FIX IT!
  • If you’d like to worry about how wrong-headed Warner Bros and DC Comics may be about the upcoming movie that pits Batman versus Superman, I give you the following: The studio just registered a series of domain names that suggest they are being considered for the title. All have the prefix “Man of Steel:” and then something horrible. Battle the Knight, Beyond Darkness, Black of Knight, Darkness Falls, Knight Falls, Shadow of the Night, The Blackest Hour and The Darkness Within are all in the running. I was hoping they’d choose something that would convey a serious and dark tone… 

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).

posted at 12:13 pm
on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 125 - Learning to Use Words

On Your Radar: Tar

Netflix Roulette: Computer Chess

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posted at 02:03 pm
on Monday, November 18th, 2013

Cutting Room for November 15

 

  • For a guy who was as dominant militarily as someone who is biologically French can be, we haven’t seen a lot of Napoleon Bonaparte in movies. Really, the only lasting impression he’s made on the big screen was opposite Bill and Ted, but the Wyld Stallyns may have to move over. Rupert Sanders, known equally for directing Snow White and the Huntsman as he was for doing it with that film’s lead actress, is going to bring the Frenchman’s life to epic glory in a biopic being described as “Scarface-like.” Please let him say “Say bonjour to my little croissant.”
  • When it comes to your dreams, don’t give up…don’t ever give up. This week, the die-hard contingent of fans that has been breathlessly awaiting a sequel to 1989’s The War of the Roses, which proved domestic violence can be so wacky and hilarious, finally got their wish! Some 25 years later, we’ll get to see another madcap sendup of a marriage that devolves into violence! Oh, comedy.
  • The gosh-darn hilarious comedy duo Key and Peele are teaming up with Judd Apatow to write a new movie. That’s exciting for several reasons: first, those guys are brilliant and need more work. Second, it’s nice to see a comedy being conceived by a biracial group of writers. Third, maybe Key and Peele, who work in short segments on their Comedy Central show, can introduce Apatow to the concept of brevity.
  • If you haven’t been paying attention, 2015 is going to be stupidly packed with big-budget, highly anticipated fare like no other movie year in history. Think I’m exaggerating? Here is a small sample of the 42 movies with confirmed dates: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, The Fantastic Four, Ted 2, Terminator, Ant-Man, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2, Star Wars Episode VII, Mission Impossible 5 and so on and so on. With a list that full, they can’t all do the money they expect. It’s like the Hollywood version of the Hunger Games…and one of the movies IS The Hunger Games!

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).

posted at 01:00 pm
on Friday, November 15th, 2013

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 124 - Ambivalently Sexual

On Your Radar: Only Lovers Left Alive

Netflix Roulette: Somebody Up There Likes Me

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posted at 08:22 am
on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Cutting Room for November 8

  • If you grew up wearing (or still wear) Yoda footie pajamas, there’s a date more important than Christmas in December of 2015. For the first time in the history of ever, a Star Wars film will open in a season other than summer, as Disney announced that Episode VII will open on December 18, 2015. Here’s hoping that date is remembered years from now as the day on which the once great franchise rose like a phoenix from the ashes and not a second day in December marked for infamy.
  • Not content with releasing two blockbuster movies annually and having a highly rated show on network television, Marvel Studios wants more of the global entertainment pie. So now they are all up in your interwebs: Netflix will have four different 13-episode superhero series that will culminate in an epic miniseries…basically, it’s the streaming video version of The Avengers. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will all get solo series before the quartet unites as “The Defenders.” Lost in all of these announcements is this: Marvel will have a live-action property with a female lead and a separate one with a black male lead while DC Comics is busy trying to figure out how to shoehorn Wonder Woman as a supporting character in the brotastic and uber-white Batman vs Superman. Gee, seems like Marvel is ahead of DC in more ways than just revenue.
  • It’s early, but I feel safe in saying SEAL Team 666 is going to be the pinnacle of humanity’s artistic endeavors. The Rock will star as a part of an elite military unit that fights supernatural demons and stuff. So, it will now go (from worst to first) Sistine Chapel, Mona Lisa, Shakespeare’s words and SEAL Team 666.

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).

posted at 09:35 am
on Friday, November 08th, 2013

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 123 - What does the suckerfish say?

On Your Radar: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Netflix Roulette: Repeaters

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posted at 03:37 pm
on Monday, November 04th, 2013

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 122 - Every Time You Waste A Cumberbatch A Tin Of Biscuits Dies

On Your Radar: Medora

Netflix Roulette: Bag of Hammers

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posted at 09:12 am
on Monday, October 28th, 2013

Cutting Room for October 25

  • Although they had me at “friend green beans” and “not completely butchering the movie experience just because they are a big cineplex,” Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) apparently wants me to love them more. How else do you explain the addition of Aksarben Café, which will offer casual entrees like cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, tacos and more food that should get in my belly. Wisely, the theater is opting not to ruin the movie experience by serving food in the theater, you have to go to the lobby yourself. Hey, the extra walk will do you good after you order that cheeseburger anyway.
  • Ben Affleck will quickly learn that if he says anything, and I do mean anything, about his role as Batman in the upcoming Batman vs Superman we will freak out. In a casual interview, Affleck let slip that director Zack Snyder has a “surprising” take on the character. Cue the Internet speculation based on one word! My guess: the new direction is apathetic. Bat-fleck just sits on a couch yelling “Robin! Robin! Hey, Robin! The Joker did stuff again, can you get that!”
  • I know I’m in the minority on this, but the recently announced Thanksgiving special on ABC called “Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” has me crazy happy. Not only do I tend to give Ms. Gaga a lot of love for her pop art antics, but The Muppets are back on TV, which is an early Christmas miracle. With news that Sir Elton John and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will appear, this is as excited as I have been for a holiday special since they canceled “Robocop on Ice.”
  • We may not get an Entourage movie because Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon are pissed about how much money Jeremy Piven is set to make for reprising his role from the HBO show. So, if you have time to send a thank you card to Piven’s ego for preventing this trainwreck from unfolding, please do so.

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).

posted at 11:20 am
on Friday, October 25th, 2013

Cutting Room for October 18

  • Film historian Bruce Crawford is at it again, specifically for the 33rd time: he can’t stop! For the 50th Anniversary of The Great Escape, Crawford has corralled star David McCallum (currently on TV’s “NCIS”) to introduce the film and sign some autographs. And you can see the motorcycle Steve McQueen rode in the film! Okay, it’s a replica, but I promise it’s the real Crawford and McCallum. The event is Nov 9 at 7 pm at the Josyln Art Museum’s Witherspoon Hall. The $22 ticket price will benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association; you can snag them at Hy-Vee food stores or by calling (402).932.7200, so it’s incredibly easy to break in to The Great Escape.
  • Having learned nothing by creating the single most mocked holiday program of all time, the gang in charge of Star Wars wants to do “Darth Vader themed TV specials” in Summer of 2014 as a lead up to Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. It was a vague revelation presented at The European Brand Licensing Show, so it could mean anything. Right now I’m hoping it means Darth Vader just shows up on random shows. Fingers crossed he appears on “Modern Family” and Alderaans the place.
  • Pixar, intent on selling what remains of their once-sterling reputation for as much money as possible, is developing Cars 3. Nevermind that Cars 2 was their lowest-rated film and didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film like usual, the important thing is that Larry the Cable guy will get at least one more paycheck before being forcibly relocated to the island of exile we keep Yakov Smirnoff on.
  • This is too good not to share: Michael Bay was attacked by a man using an air conditioner as a weapon on the set of Transformers 4. This is a real thing. Paramount confirmed that a dude jacked on all of the drugs swung an air conditioner at Bay’s head. So at least one person saw Pain and Gain.

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posted at 08:13 pm
on Friday, October 18th, 2013

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 121 - Let’s talk Hunnam weiner

On Your Radar: Escape from Tomorrow

Netflix Roulette: Hammer of the Gods

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posted at 12:42 pm
on Friday, October 18th, 2013

Cutting Room for October 11

  • Oh my God…oh my God…Monster Squad! You can see Monster Squad, the greatest movie to ever discuss Wolf Man nards, on the big screen again! I realize you need context, but you don’t bury the lead.  Film Streams just announced the latest “Forever Young” series to hit the Ruth Sokolof theater and it’s jam packed with family friendly movies that all loosely involve animals…if you consider the Wolf Man a part of nature. Partnering with the Lincoln Financial Foundation, the series includes Monster freakin Squad, Winged Migration, The Black Stallion (the good version, not the one where Tim McGraw attempts what he thinks is acting), Free Willy (the anti-Blackfish), The Freshman and It’s a Wonderful Life…because angels are animals? For showtimes and tickets head to filmstreams.org and don’t forget to call me when you go see Monster Squad.  
  • I believe in the power of pop culture and art to change attitudes and shape perceptions. That’s why I love that director Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) wants to make an action movie featuring a gay interracial couple at the core, something he describes as a “gay Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Nevermind that Mr. and Mrs. Smith is like a fly strip for my eyes, in that I can’t skip over it when I see it on TV, I’m thrilled that Daniels is thinking about parlaying his industry swag in the wake of The Butler dominating the box office into making a truly original action film where the central characters just happen to crap on every cookie-cutter formulaic format that’s rolled out in that genre. Things don’t change when “Modern Family” rolls out two stereotypes and jokes about it; things change when tough, bad-ass dudes of different races blow stuff up.
  • Speaking of formula, here’s a funny story. Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity would be a little different if he listened to executives. Instead of a movie set entirely in space, it would cut to the Houston control room. Not a terrible idea, but uninspired. Oh, and there would be flashbacks. Again, not so bad but nothing original. There would be a love story with one of the folks in the control room and the main character. Blech. And, of course, Sandra Bullock wouldn’t be the lead a dude would. Ugh, of course. Props to Cuarón for having the chutzpah to stick to his guns and props to everyone for proving you can be smart and original and still make hella bank.

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posted at 10:16 am
on Friday, October 11th, 2013

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 120 - SHUT UP

On Your Radar: For Those in Peril

Netflix Roulette: Starbuck

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posted at 09:17 am
on Friday, October 11th, 2013

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 119 - We’re almost definitely going to hell now

On Your Radar: Under the Skin

Netflix Roulette: The Brass Teapot

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posted at 08:10 am
on Monday, October 07th, 2013

Cutting Room for October 4

  • As we still patiently await the day when Hollywood realizes that having ladybits doesn’t mean you can’t write, direct and produce spectacular big-time films, we’ll have to make do with Lunafest. On Thursday Oct 17 at 6 pm, Aksarben Cinema will be showing the Lunafest Film Festival, which will not turn you into a werewolf. Get it? Because “luna” means moon and…nevermind. In collaboration with Woodmen of the World, Women’s Center for Entertainment and NRG Media, Aksarben will show this collection of short films by talented women filmmakers. And, oh year, 100% of the net proceeds go to charities, including the Breast Cancer Fund and other local community organizations. So you get to see bad-ass films from bad-ass women while making a bad-ass difference. Be there or you’re no bad ass.
  • This will come as a shock to anyone who reads my writing and thinks “that guy is even keeled and nonprovocative” but I get into lots of fights on social media. Mostly, I get furious at people who refuse to think critically about race, class and privilege. I lose a lot. But this time, I have Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater backing me. On Tuesday Nov 5 at 6:30 pm, the theater is partnering with the Center for Holistic Development to show American Promise, which is about two middle-class African-American boys who attend a private school. The postshow panel discussion is sure to talk about things like how insanely messed up it is that there’s still a huge gap in educational achievement and how silly it is that we think “The American Dream” means you get everything you want if you just really try hard and stuff. It will be exactly like one of my Facebook conversations, only nobody will use a gross emoticon.
  • Also, real quick, Film Streams will be showing that new Alexander Payne movie, Nebraska, for a special one-week engagement starting Friday Nov 15. Not that anybody in this city would want to watch a film from an Oscar-winning native that’s actually named after our state. Yeah, I’d buy tickets early…

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).

posted at 11:18 am
on Friday, October 04th, 2013

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 118 - Ryan hates green people

On Your Radar: Open Windows

Netflix Roulette: Upside Down

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posted at 10:17 am
on Friday, September 27th, 2013

Cutting Room for September 27

  • Our friends in Colorado are facing actual flooding (donate if you can), but the only overflow here so far is from Film Streams, whose banks are spilling with cool fall/winter entertainment! First up, in honor of his new film Nebraska (a title I’m particular to), Film Streams’ repertory series running from Oct 4 to Dec 26 was curated by Alexander Payne. Payne is described as a “cinephile,” a term I don’t like because it sounds like someone who wants to do dirty stuff with celluloid, and his choices reflect that. From Walkabout to Tokyo Story, Payne’s choices include works by directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirô Ozu. Hit up filmstreams.org for specific show times so you can hit up the theater for films that hit Payne right in his inspiration parts.
  • As if bringing the Payne wasn’t enough, Film Streams is also bring two special screenings to the Ruth Sokolof Theater. On Oct 24, the theater is buddying up with The Nebraska Veteran Leader Corps to screen Lioness, about women who served in combat roles in Iraq before they were technically allowed to. I would not mess with those women. The post-screening discussion will examine the long overdue policy changes that finally treat women soldiers as simply soldiers, even if there are ongoing issues of abuse and systemic coverup. That may be a bit much to get into in a film column though, so let’s talk about the second screening. Growing Cities is a documentary about urban farming made by folks from Omaha. The three filmmakers, Dan Susman, Andrew Monbouquette and Brent Lubbert, will be on hand for a post-show discussion on Oct 29. Only serious gardening questions now: nobody ask about growing the sticky-icky-icky plant that our friends in Colorado enjoy.

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posted at 10:10 am
on Friday, September 27th, 2013

Movieha! Omaha’s Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 117 - Matt does stuff naked

On Your Radar: Ghost Team One

Netflix Roulette: The Red Machine

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posted at 01:42 pm
on Friday, September 20th, 2013

Cutting Room for September 20

  • Kids these days with their YouTubes and their Vines on their iPhones and iPads, watching clips and things. In my day, you used to watch one movie for a reasonable length of time and you liked it! Maybe me and these whippersnappers can split the difference with the help of Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater. Together with curator Jackson Street Booksellers, Film Streams has unveiled its fourth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase, running Oct 17-24. There are six films by seven filmmakers (Pat Clark, Ryle Smith, Sally Nelson Barrett, Joseph Knapp, Kelly Rush, Jerry Johnston and Pat Aylward) combined in on 98-minute block. So your Generation Ys or Millennials or whatever can satisfy short attention spans and fans of yesteryear can watch a movie-length feature. For more information, use one of them fancy gizmos to go to filmstreams.org. And get off my lawn!
  • She’s not done acting, but Cate Blanchett has been so badass in front of the camera, if she chose to drop the mic and walk away, no one could talk smack. But seeking another challenge, the luminous talent is going to turn Herman Koch’s novel “The Dinner” into her first directorial effort. Described as a “psychological thriller,” the film will involve two families that are forced to make a hard decision set in motion by their sons over a tension-filled meal. So, basically it’s what happens at the Syrek household at Thanksgiving when there’s only one piece of dark meat left.
  • Adam Sandler, tired of producing cancerous movie spam, has agreed to do two grown-up movies that aren’t Grown Up movies. The Cobbler, which is an indie drama from director Thomas McCarthy, and Men, Women & Children, a dark satire from director Jason Reitman, mark what appears to be Sandler “trying” again. Who knows if it will work, but even a slight delay in the inevitable Grown Ups 3 gives us a chance to become better people and reject it when it gets here.

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posted at 01:37 pm
on Friday, September 20th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 116 - The Nipple Episode (Please don’t listen, mom)

On Your Radar: The Double

Netflix Roulette: Tai Chi Hero

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posted at 09:33 am
on Friday, September 13th, 2013

Cutting Room for September 13

  • In the United States, the news that Hayao Miyazaki is retiring from filmmaking was met with tears by fans of international animation and invisible blinking question marks over the heads of most people. Hoping to change that, Studio Ghibli is releasing The Wind Rises, likely Miyazaki’s last film, for a qualifying Oscar run. You may not catch it in theaters, but do catch it at some point. This would be like knowing it was the last Walt Disney film ever…and Disney was a pure genius and not anti-Semitic…
  • Look, this cannot be the first time you have heard this information. Not if it in any way interests you, but I’ll pass it along just so everyone is on the same page: Harry Potter is back. Kinda. Sorta. Not really. But J.K. Rowling will write the screenplay inspired by the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with an eye towards a spinoff franchise from the rich Potterverse. Apparently Potter fans (Pottheads) are of two minds: half of them peed themselves and discovered God, the other half blasted the crass commercialism and sullying of the brand. Me? I just tried not to get between them.
  • The next Jurassic Park may be a reboot or a straight third sequel. But now we know what to call it: Jurassic World. It’s unclear whether this is a play on the “Disney World” theme park element or an indication that dinosaurs be everywhere yo. Personally, I hope it’s the latter. Mostly because I want dinosaurs everywhere, yo.
  • In what may wind up being the “shot heard round the world” that signals a new war on bloated blockbuster budgets, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has quietly been delayed. To when? Good question. The insanely profitable series lost a wee bit of star power when Johnny Depp sullied his brand with The Lone Ranger. That and a series of monster-funded flops has made studios gun-shy. These pirates have died before and come back, but if they fade off into the afterlife without much noise, we’ll have the first casualty in the war for higher quality. In other words: Die, Pirates, die.

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posted at 09:27 am
on Friday, September 13th, 2013

Cutting Room for September 6

  • Don’t worry, I’m sure that if legendary author H.G. Wells was alive, he’d want nothing  more than to have the two dudes who did the werewolf porn show on Netflix to script yet another remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Last time out, the movie had Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. I’m going to have to insist that weirdly shaped Fat Val Kilmer chubs his way into the Brando role while Ryan Gosling fills the former Kilmer role. Then, immediately after filming, Gosling must begin to eat nonstop until he one day takes over the Brando-turned-Kilmer part. And the cycle continues…
  • When Roland Emmerich was walking around shilling a potential sequel to Independence Day, which is somehow still on TV all the damn time, even he admitted Will Smith wouldn’t be back. And then Smith decided to make a movie with flop-master M. Night Shyamalan primarily starring his son, Jaden, which turned out to be a massive failure, to the surprise of no one not directly involved with making After Earth. Suddenly, Emmerich and Smith have a meeting. I hope they work things out, because if Smith isn’t back as “what’s his name who punched that alien in the face,” what has all this been for?
  • I didn’t know it, but it turns out all I ever wanted was skilled director and Twilight survivor Bill Condon to direct Ian McKellen as a retired Sherlock Holmes. A Slight Trick of the Mind will feature none of the sexy sociopathic charm of the current BBC series “Sherlock” or the smugness of the Robert Downey Jr. franchise, but so long as it doesn’t turn into the self-parody of CBS’s “Elementary,” I’m so very there. And if you’re keeping track at home, McKellen is now Gandalf, Magneto and Sherlock Holmes; if he plays a retired James Bond, he gets a bingo. 

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posted at 12:45 pm
on Friday, September 06th, 2013

Cutting Room for August 30

  • If you’re one of the silly people who didn’t like Man of Steel, it’s probably because of what Superman does to Michael Shannon in the end…which is not as Brokeback Mountain as that sentence makes it sound. If not, it’s likely because you have some bizarre degree of concern for the countless millions of Metropolis citizens killed while Supes and Zod fought. To me: (A) Superman had been Superman for like five minutes and wasn’t good at saving people one by one while basically fighting a God or (B) since he managed to stop Zod from killing literally everyone on the planet, it’s still a win for the good guys. Director Zack Snyder sees it different, telling the Japan Times: “In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence.” So…he wanted a big body count because of mythology? Stop helping me defend you, Zack.
  • I know we talk a lot about comic book movies, but it’s not just because I may or may not have a closet filled with thousands of comic books. It’s because they’ve accounted for more than $5 billion in the last 3 years, ergo, people wanna know this stuff. So, with that in mind, the guy who spanked Maggie Gyllenhaal  in dirty, dirty ways is going to play a killer robot in the sequel to the third biggest film of all time. James Spader, he of snakelike demeanor and general creepitude, will be Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bonus points if he gives Robert Downey Jr. the same S&M treatment he gave Ms. Gyllenhaal in Secretary.
  • Flops on flops on flops and M. Night Shyamalan’s ego remains miraculously intact. Don’t believe me? His latest project isn’t a movie. Oh no. He’s going to single handedly fix our public education system with a book called “I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education Gap.” Spoiler alert: the twist is Shyamalan can’t read!

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posted at 09:49 am
on Friday, August 30th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 115 - Matt’s threats escalate quickly

On Your Radar: Monsters: Dark Continent

Netflix Roulette: Battledogs

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posted at 07:30 am
on Friday, August 30th, 2013

Cutting Room for August 23

  • Real thing: Babies love auctioneers. It’s true. Something about their gibbering cadence and mumbling is soothing to kids; my baby nephew watches cattle auctions to calm him down. This is what I was reminded of when I saw that Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) is holding a one night only screening of the documentary Bidder 70. It’s a documentary about a University of Utah student who bid $1.8 million on land earmarked for drilling and won 22,000 acres he wanted to keep preserved. Oh, and then he was indicted on 2 felonies with sentences that could be 10 years in prison for doing it. Hit “The Ak” as I’m unsuccessfully trying to nickname the theater, on Sept 5 at 7 pm!
  • On the evening of Aug 22, 2013, Warner Bros. quietly went out and burned the Internet to the ground, leaving a barren wasteland of confused souls wailing and gnashing their teeth in near-biblical proportions. How did they destroy what Al Gore so thoughtfully created? By announcing Ben Affleck would be Batman in the upcoming Superman vs Batman. If anonymous posts are to be believed, and they almost certainly are gospel as no one has ever lied on the Internet, the movie will make zero dollars due to fan outrage and the streets are currently running red with the blood of fanboys who would rather die than see the star of Gigli behind the cowl.
  • By contrast, in news which should elate movie nerds: Star Wars Episode VII will be shot on film, not digital. This is more than just a wink and nod to purists, as JJ Abrams’ purity has long been in question; it’s a great bit of news because film simply looks better, and the footage will gel nicely with the previous entries in the series. Plus, if it is as bad as some fear, film print burns easier.

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posted at 12:52 pm
on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 114 - Matt Tells Lies About Ryan

On Your Radar: Vampire Academy

Netflix Roulette: Solomon Kane

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posted at 12:19 pm
on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 113 - Inappropriate suggestions for Hollywood executives

On Your Radar: How I Live Now

Netflix Roulette: Page Eight

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posted at 10:07 pm
on Friday, August 16th, 2013

Cutting Room for August 16

  • I apologize for the following word play. Are you ready for some food for thought? There’s a huge problem we need to chew on, and Aksarben Cinema is serving up some delicious discussion. On Sept 19, from 5:30-8:30 pm, my favorite massive cineplex is partnering with Bread for the World and Whole Foods to bring a free screening of A Place at the Table (a movie I thought was more than a savory appetizer but a thoughtful main course). For dessert, the theater is holding a Q&A with a panel of experts discussing the hunger crisis right here in America’s bread basket. Call 402.905.4804 or RSVP online (aksarbencinema.com) to make sure you make this meal. I’m done.
  • Really, we could run a new Star Wars rumor every day until Episode VII comes out in a few years, as there seems to be a new morsel of gossipy goodness each passing hour. The latest is that Ewan McGregor may be back as Obi-Wan. Sure, it doesn’t make a lick of damn sense given the timeline but this franchise abandoned good sense willingly awhile back. Still, if you’re going to take any part of the prequels that people liked and keep it in the new flicks, you’re basically down to McGregor or Natalie Portman’s exposed midriff.
  • The desperation with which fans of director Edgar Wright and actor Simon Pegg want Pegg to play Ant-Man for Wright’s upcoming adaptation is now just being toyed with, as Pegg tweeted an image of him at Marvel Studios pointing to a picture of Ant-Man only to have both the studio and the actor say this wasn’t a casting announcement. This is like the prank people play where they make a friend think the won the lottery and then force them to return to their terrible normal lives.

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posted at 10:01 pm
on Friday, August 16th, 2013

Cutting Room for August 9

  • If you live in Omaha (which you probably do), are a fan of Alexander Payne (which you probably are) and frequent Film Streams (which you totally should), this news is as exciting as it may be expected. The major fundraiser for the best little art house in the midwest, Feature V, will be held on Nov 24, 2013 and will feature the triumphant trio of Payne, Bruce Dern and Will Forte, appearing in support of the Ruth Sokolof Theater and their film Nebraska. If you’re a member of Film Streams (and if not, why not), tickets go on sale on Friday Aug 16. For all you people who should immediately become Film Streams members, tickets are available the following Friday (Aug 23). Feature V will offer us our annual chance to thank this nonprofit for existing with the best thank you ever: money.
  • You know your film has made a difference when an animated fish blinks. Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo nobody needed or wanted, is undergoing script revisions in the wake of Blackfish, the SeaWorld-gutting documentary about killer killer whales. While the rest of the plot remains wrapped tighter than well-made sushi, we now know the ending will not feature captivity in a marine park as was planned. The good news is awareness is clearly rising. The bad news is, the animated version of SeaWorld wasn’t Blackfish’s target.
  • I know that a “turd alert” isn’t a thing, but if there’s ever been a reason to create one, it’s this: they’re making a Chicken Soup for the Soul movie. And it’s written by the guy who wrote the Aaron Eckart-Jennifer Aniston movie Love Happens and is being produced by a guy who made The Smurfs. Nostalgia is great until we start adapting my grandmother’s favorite toilet-time reading from the 1990s.

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).

posted at 08:44 pm
on Friday, August 09th, 2013

Cutting Room for August 2

  • A sad but cripplingly true fact: the majority of heterosexual married women who grew up watching The Sandlot would break their vows to get with Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez to this day. Don’t worry, he’s not coming to Omaha anytime soon. But the director/narrator of the film, David Mickey Evans, will be at Werner Ballpark  on Saturday, Aug 17, as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and the Omaha Stormchasers are celebrating the film’s 20th anniversary! At 8 pm, the film will be shown on the ballpark’s big screen, which is great because the open-air stadium means you’ll barely hear the crowd reciting every line of dialogue by heart.
  • If you couldn’t tell from my slobbering wet kiss of a review, I think Fruitvale Station is easily one of the year’s best films. Leave it to Film Streams (filmstreams.org) to do something better than just screening it. On Wednesday, Aug 14 at 7:30, a special screening of the movie will be followed by a post-show discussion with Haroula Rose, who was an associate producer on the film. I cannot stress how vital Fruitvale Station is in demonstrating the ability of cinema to provide crucial context and insight into lives we do not lead ourselves. Also, Michael B. Jordan is so totally going to be nominated for (and may win) an Oscar for this, so you can see it now and say “I told you so” to people later.
  • I’m totally going to take credit for this rumor: Warner Bros. supposedly wants an older version of Batman in Batman vs Superman, the upcoming mega-crossover. Is it a coincidence that this rumor came up just one day after The Reader’s podcast, Movieha! (movieha.libsyn.com), suggested this? I say nay! I am awaiting financial compensation for this idea and will settle for a simple screen credit proclaiming me and my podcast co-host, Matthew Lockwood, “really, really smart dudes.”

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posted at 05:14 pm
on Saturday, August 03rd, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 112 - Butt Demons

On Your Radar: Bad Milo

Netflix Roulette: Red Riding Trilogy: 1983

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posted at 05:07 pm
on Saturday, August 03rd, 2013

Cutting Room for July 26

  • We pretend it’s some big chore, but in the time that it would take someone in a city like Chicago to commute home, you can zip to Lincoln from Omaha. I recommend you do that on Wednesday Aug 7 around 5-ish. That way, you can catch both the 5:30 screening of Hey Bartender, a documentary about the world of mixology, at The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center (theross.org) and the 7 pm cocktail and gourmet hors d’oeuvres party. You read that right; it’s a movie screening and then local bartenders showcase signature drinks. Fancy booze and a cool documentary? Say hello to my little friend, I-80.
  • Enough. Really, I mean that. I’ve had enough of the Sharknado schtick. I endured it when my Twitterfeed filled up with hipster humor. I survived it when the made-for-SyFy Channel movie actually did respectable ratings. But my mother asked me about Sharknado last week and now Regal Cinemas is going to run it at midnight in 200 theaters on August 2. No. Bad. Bad public. Not only will this result in a billion even worse, even more calculated –to-be-wacky crap films like this, but it takes attention and space away from movies that deserve it. I can’t go see the latest Nicholas Winding Refn movie on the big screen but I can see effing Sharknado? Stop. Just stop it right now.
  • Latino Review (latino-review.com) has done it again. The site known for blockbuster scoops has revealed that Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling have auditioned for Star Wars Episode VII. Specifically, they say Gosling was up for Luke’s son and Efron was up for the Solos’ kid. “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror.” Efron as Han’s kid? I mean, at least I buy Gosling as Luke’s offspring; if you’ve heard his high-pitched, girly scream, it perfectly mirrors Mark Hamill’s perma-whine from Episode IV.

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posted at 01:07 pm
on Friday, July 26th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 111 - We both have the same porn guy.

On Your Radar: Dear Mr. Watterson

Netflix Roulette: Red Riding Trilogy: 1980

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posted at 10:52 am
on Friday, July 26th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 110 - Matt wears Ryan’s ribcage like a hat

On Your Radar: I Declare War

Netflix Roulette: Red Riding Trilogy: 1974

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posted at 08:35 am
on Friday, July 19th, 2013

Cutting Room for July 19

  • Who better to judge movies than folks who know books?! Film Streams (filmstreams.org) just announced that the curators of the 2013 Local Filmmakers Showcase (Oct. 17-24) will be Jackson Street Booksellers. Last year, Omaha-based band The Faint curated, which leads me to hope for a slammin’ dance album from Jackson Street Booksellers. Not that local filmmakers from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota would ever stoop to such a thing, but I’m pretty sure if you manage a wink and nod to reading, maybe in the vein of using the theme from “Reading Rainbow,” it can’t hurt your chances.
  • Speaking of the union betwixt movies and books: people be lovin’ the novel “Gone Girl,” which is one of those murder books. David Fincher, the go-to guy for lady-driven murder movies, is directing the adaptation, with Ben Affleck playing the husband. The front-runner for the titular role is Rosamund Pike, who forgettably co-starred in Jack Reacher and hopefully more memorably stars in the upcoming At World’s End. I know nothing about the book, so I’m just going to guess Affleck did it. And I don’t mean his character. I mean my guess is Ben Affleck did it.
  • After making enough money from his new Avengers 2 contract to buy a country (and not an obscure one…he can buy France if he wants), Robert Downey Jr is nobody’s puppet but his own. And maybe that’s why he’s set to play both Pinocchio and Gepetto in the upcoming, Ben Stiller-directed retelling of the knotty piece of wood who wants to be a real boy. Downey is a charmer, but also unquestionably an egotist; thus, it can’t really get more meta than watching him costar with himself in a film where he creates himself and saves himself.

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posted at 01:29 am
on Friday, July 19th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 109 - Eating the hearts of our enemies

On Your Radar: Snowpiercer

Netflix Roulette: ABCs of Death

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posted at 01:27 pm
on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Cutting Room for July 12

I hate the month of August. From the way it loves to turn armpits into Amazonian rainforests to the way it stands between me and football returning the next month, I hate it like Omaha’s new mayor hates transparency. Thankfully, Film Streams knows this. So they’re all “let’s plan a couple of awesome events so Ryan can watch cool stuff inside where there’s air conditioning and distract himself from the proximity to future pigskin action.” You get me, Film Streams. And I like that.

  • First up is a one-time screening of Between Us, which between us, is something you are going to want to check out. Showing at 7 pm on Thursday, August 1, the film was partially shot in Omaha and features Julie Stiles and Taye Diggs as a married couple visiting old friends. Director Dan Mirvish will be doing a Q&A after the screening, so you can ask things like “Is Taye Diggs as dreamy in real life?” or “Can I touch Julia Stiles?” If we’re lucky, the answer is yes to both.
  • Next, Film Streams and Joslyn Art Museum are buddying up for two screenings of art-related films, both of which will have a post-show discussion led by Dr. Juliette Parnell, who is an expert in French stuff. On Tuesday, August 20 at 7 pm, you can catch Renior, which is unsurprisingly about the artist Renior. The second screening is Tuesday, August 27 at 7 pm, and will feature Seraphine, which is equally unsurprisingly about Seraphine Louis. For more information, hit up filmstreams.org. While you’re there, see if you can’t drop someone a line at the best art theater in the midwest and let them know how much we appreciate them reducing August’s craptitude by an estimated 37%.

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posted at 10:05 pm
on Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Cutting Room for July 5

  • Fans will get up in arms over the reboot of Star Trek, but where is the outrage that Steven Spielberg is going to produce a remake of Grapes of Wrath? Put a nipple on Batman’s rubber suit and it scars a generation, but redo a film ranked in the top 25 of all time by the American Film Institute and everyone goes right back to Instagramming their appetizers. John Steinbeck’s book is one of the most important literary works in American history. I look forward to the new adaptation being directed by the guy who did Step Up 2 The Streets or something.
  • ‘Mericans don’t want filthy non-‘Mericans in their blockbusters! This extends beyond Johnny Depp’s dalliances and into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which has managed to do something worse than employ Megan Fox. Both the iconic villain, Shredder, and the TMNT’s mentor, Splinter, were originally Japanese. Well hold the rice, please: Both characters have been whitewashed, with Shredder’s real name changed from Oroku Saki to “Eric Sachs.” Um, if they’re tossing out Japanese stuff, shouldn’t this be called Teenage Mutant Assault-Rifle-Bearing Turtles?
  • You probably don’t remember, but 20 years ago OJ Simpson killed a few people and got away with it. It’s absolutely stunning to me that we haven’t seen a Hollywood version yet. So now we’re going to see a Hollywood version. An American Mystery is a thriller that looks to dig up old feelings and, supposedly, new evidence with new suspects. It’s like how when sitcoms get stale they add a new baby, only instead of a new baby, it’s an alleged murder who didn’t do it because OJ totally did it.

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posted at 09:48 am
on Friday, July 05th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 108 - Spader Spanking

On Your Radar: Passion

Netflix Roulette: Ecstasy

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posted at 09:55 pm
on Wednesday, July 03rd, 2013

Cutting Room for June 28

  • Not content to simply proclaim himself “Yeezus” and gift his spawn with the name North West, the most humiliating non-Zappa nomenclature, Kanye West isn’t willing to give up another project. According to the rapper/messiah (rapsiah?), he’s still the “creative director” on the film adaptation of The Jetsons. To be fair, if anyone is capable of breathing life into a cartoon, it’s the guy who makes out with Kim Kardashian.
  • Every time someone lets Roland Emmerich out of director jail, like they did with White House Down, he gets to running his yapper about sequels that will never happen. Or so it seemed, until Fox announced that July 3, 2015, there will be an Independence Day sequel. Now, I know what you’re wondering, and no I don’t know if Judd Hirsch will be back. Will Smith won’t, but supposedly both Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum will pencil it into their difficult schedules, what with the former being on a canceled TV show and the latter presumably staccato mumbling to himself in a corner somewhere.
  • Although I refuse to care about the Taken series after the Liam Neeson franchise didn’t go with Taken Too as the title for the sequel, there’s good news for fans. For a mere $20 million, Neeson will return again. So here’s your chance movie guys: call the third one Tooked or Takened and all is forgiven.
  • Rick Santorum, former presidential hopeful and continued sweater-vest fetishist, wants to be in the pictures! Or at least, wants to make them, as he is the CEO of EchoLight Studios, which is gonna make Jesus movies! Basically, the company is dedicated to “honest, uplifting content” and promises not to “water down the truth.” I’m hoping they can’t water down the truth because it has been turned to wine.

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).

posted at 08:12 am
on Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 107 - Matt disparages children

On Your Radar: Willow Creek

Netflix Roulette: Branded

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posted at 07:56 pm
on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 106 - Our Classiest Hour!

On Your Radar: Salinger

Netflix Roulette: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

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posted at 09:06 pm
on Friday, June 21st, 2013

Cutting Room for June 21

  • As far as nicknames go, I suppose there are worse than “franchise Viagra.” Having spiked the grosses in Fast and Furious’s series and the GI Joe sequel, The Rock has become the “box office little blue pill.” And apparently, a robot may be next to “feel the rise,” as Dwayne Johnson is circling Terminator 5, joining him with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Let’s be honest, let’s hope they don’t come to blows on set because The Rock has become a boulder and if he punched the former Governator, the latter may become a pile of dust and bad decisions.
  • Because the Internet is a hateful, sexist place far too often, when the lovely and (more importantly) talented Shailene Woodley was announced as Mary Jane Watson in the sequel to Amazing Spider-Man, misogynists cried “she’s too ugly.” So many faceless opinions, so few opportunities to punch their faces… Now comes word Mary Jane has been bumped from the second film to the third, which is fine…but that means Woodley can’t keep the job due to other commitments. It’s hard not to see this as a reaction to the vile, objectifying backlash. Hooray for terrible people!
  • Before I tell you this and you get all ruffled (or whatever potato chip adjective you desire), remember that nobody actually has to give money to a Kickstarter Project just because someone started one. I remind you of that because you’re going to want to kick Kickstarter in the keister when you hear that James Franco, he of Oz the Great and Powerful and other hundred-million-dollar blockbusters, started a crowdfunding account aiming to get $500,000 to make a trilogy of short films based on his Palo Alto short story collection. Yes, he’s giving any profits to charity. Yes, he’s giving four young directors a chance to get a break. No, a super-rich mega-actor should not hijack a site dedicated to the little guy and walk around with his hand upturned, begging for spare change. Plus, you know they’re gonna suck, right?

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posted at 02:34 pm
on Friday, June 21st, 2013

Cutting Room for June 14

  • Hey you! Yeah, YOU! You make-a the movie? If you make-a the movie then Film Streams want-a you movie! The fourth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase is for you, if you live-a in Nebraska, Iowa or South Dakota (we got-a loose definition of “local”). Submit-a you movie now! You got-a until July 26, but don’t-a wait! Use-a you computer to go to filmstreams.org and get-a the details. This has been-a local movie news brought to you in the voice of Super Mario for-a no reason!
  • From the people who brought you soda containers the size of a small child and copious offers to preorder DVDs comes MEGATICKET. Sadly, this is not a monstrous creature made entirely of ticket stubs but a $50 ticket to World War Z. You’d think for that price, Brad Pitt would sit next to you while you watch, but no! You get to see the movie in 3D two days early with a small popcorn (which is now served in a thimble at most theaters), a pair of your own World War Z 3D glasses (which will get you super laid at parties), an HD download of the film when it’s released on Blu-ray and a full-size, limited edition poster of Pitt looking forlorn because of zombies. Wave of the future or horrible miscalculation of consumer needs? You decide!
  • Wanna meet a talking dog in person? Darn straight you do! This Wednesday (June 19) at 8:15 pm you can see an exclusive screening of the new season of “Wilfred.” After that, you can talk to Wilfred. Yeah, you heard me! Jason Gann, the Aussie actor who wears the dog suit, will be doing a post-show Q&A at Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com). All you gots to do is grab a FREE ticket at a Cox Solutions Store (four locations: Pebblewood, Village Pointe South, Shadow Lake and Westroads). That’s dog news that’s nothing to sniff at!

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posted at 11:59 am
on Friday, June 14th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 105 - Ryan Talks Tentacle Porn

On Your Radar: Filth

Netflix Roulette: Upstream Color

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posted at 08:05 am
on Friday, June 14th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 104 - The Darkest Movieha Timeline

On Your Radar: Blackfish

Netflix Roulette: Kill List

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posted at 02:29 pm
on Saturday, June 08th, 2013

Cutting Room for June 7

  • Yo, lissen up: On Thursday July 11 at 7 pm, Shakespea-zy is in da heezy! Film Streams is goin’ hard for The Bard, pairing a screening of Joss Whedon’s upcoming adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing with a post-show discussion, featuring the University of Nebraska at Omaha professor D. Scott Glasser and Nebraska Shakespeare’s artistic director, Vincent Carlson-Brown. That way, you can ask questions like “what’s an ado and does it hurt?”
  • As much as I love Askarben Cinema, I don’t sew for anyone. Thankfully, The Quilted Conscience is just a documentary about 16 Sudanese girls who wound up in Grand Island, Neb. and not a club where I’m expected to make a blanket while crying. At 7 pm on June 20, Aksarben Cinema is holding a free screening, but you should already be there well before that because starting at 5:30, you can see exhibits about the Omaha Refugee Task Force, displays of quilts and culturally related foods. After the film, Susan Mayberger of the Omaha Public Schools will facilitate a panel discussion, which is not a discussion about quilt panels (though I suppose it technically could be). This is an amazing story taking place right here in Nebraska, so if you miss it, you’ll be left out in the cold. Get it? Because quilts keep you warm…
  • I wish I was kidding when I said I’ve been waiting for a big-screen movie about Grigori Rasputin my entire life, but he is literally the one historical figure I’ve found most intriguing. Let’s focus just on his death. He was poisoned with tons of cyanide and lived. Then he was shot but ran away. Then he was shot two more times and fought back. Then he was beaten with a club, tied in a blanket and shoved in a river. When they found his body, he had gotten free of his bindings. The official cause of death? Hypothermia. And because he died in water, Leonardo DiCaprio is legally required to play him in the movie and has now signed on to do just that.

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).

posted at 02:23 pm
on Saturday, June 08th, 2013

Locally cinematic: Get to Aksarben Cinema for Burn!

It's the middle of the week. You've got nothing to do but pine away for the weekend and endure whatever slop the networks throw on their free airspace during the summer months. Well, that...OR you can go to Aksarben Cinema for Burn, which is an experience not as uncomfortable as the documentary title suggests. Wednesday (June 5) and Thursday (June 6) at 7:30 pm, Aksarben is showing this compelling documentary about firefighters in Detroit. Although the film takes place in the Motor City, it resonates across the entire country during a time when public funding, even for things like safety, is at a premium. Tickets are $15 now and are available here (or $20 day of show). Why so much? Proceeds go to buy the aformentioned Detroit firefighters the gear they need to not, you know, burst into flames when trying to save someone's home. It's the little things, you know?

posted at 03:51 pm
on Tuesday, June 04th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 103 - Snot Succubus

On Your Radar: The Act of Killing

Netflix Roulette: Price Check

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posted at 03:46 pm
on Tuesday, June 04th, 2013

Cutting Room for May 31

  • Askarben Cinema is becoming less like a theater and more like a family member to all Omahans…like that cool aunt or uncle who is secretly (or not so secretly) your favorite. Proof? They’re holding Free Family Flicks, where every Wednesday and Thursday morning at 11 am from June 12-Aug 1 you can show up and watch a movie with the fam, yo! For free! The films this year include Chimpanzee, Escape from Planet Earth, Parental Guidance, African Cats, Hotel Transylvania, Oceans, Rio and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. As if it wasn’t enough to give parents and kids a place to chill during the dog days of summer, they’re also collecting canned food items for Together. The theater is such a great family member, I’m considering naming my firstborn Aksarben Cinema.
  • Well, we had a good run, humanity: Tardar Sauce (aka “Grumpy Cat”) is getting a movie. According to Broken Road’s Todd Garner, the studio thinks they can turn the sometimes-amusing meme of a frowning feline into “a big family comedy” in the spirit of Garfield. Because if there’s a pinnacle of modern cultural achievement to aspire to in life, it’s Garfield: The Motion Picture. I look forward to the next film in this inevitable franchise, I Can Haz Sequel.
  • In this corner: The National Association of Theater Owners. In the opposing corner: The Motion Picture Association of America. The battle: how long your trailers can be. That’s right! The heated negotiations at hand are not about the increasingly arbitrary ratings assigned by the MPAA, which limits box office options for NATO (the theater owners, not the international conflict organization, in case you got confused). No, the issue is that NATO thinks trailers should be shorter, and right now the MPAA dictates allowable lengths. Customers are complaining about the length of time they have to wait before their movie actually starts, and NATO thinks the solution is to cut the previews down! Just so we’re all clear, if they cut down trailers, all we’ll get is more Coca-Cola commercials before showtime. So whoever wins, we lose!

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).

posted at 09:48 am
on Friday, May 31st, 2013

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Episode 102 - Astrology Eunuchs

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posted at 12:03 pm
on Friday, May 24th, 2013

Cutting Room for May 24

  • For pretty much no good reason other than sheer awesomeness, Omaha donated more than $3 million dollars during the Omaha Gives event. The so-called “charitable challenge” wasn’t prompted by anything really, but was a reminder that our city is the absolute best. What? Say something, St. Louis! Specifically, the one that stunned me the most? Film Streams pulled in more than $20,000. In an attempt to take credit for supporting this incredible arthouse, I may officially change my name to A. Nonymous Donor Jr. (the “Jr.” part makes it feel authentic).
  • In the first salvo of what is sure to be an ongoing war between Fox and Marvel, director Brian Singer proclaimed that Quicksilver would appear in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. This comes after Joss Whedon confirmed that the character would be in The Avengers 2 (although I’m still holding out hope the title is The Avengers Too!). How? What? Why? Well, Fox owns movie rights for all mutants (and Quicksilver is a mutant). But Marvel owns the rights for all Avenger characters (and Quicksilver is an Avenger). Oh, and Marvel actually owns the TV rights to every character, including Spider-man, whose movie rights are owned by Sony. So you could conceivably see Spidey and Wolverine show up on the new ABC show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D while Quicksilver is simultaneously in the new X-Men and Avengers movies. And they said copyright laws were boring…
  • Briefly on the brewing “panty-gate” scandal surrounding Star Trek Into Darkness. Writer Damon Lindelof went on Twitter to cop to the fact that having Alice Eve disrobe down to her skivvies for no reason in the film was both bad writing and exploitive, as her whole character seemingly only exists to titillate in previews and online images of that moment. That was a nice reaction from him. But…then director JJ Abrams went on late night talk shows with a clip he cut from the movie showing male star Benedict Cumberbatch in a shower scene, as though that somehow balances things out! Bad, JJ. Who knows when such scenes will die the death they deserve, but at least we’re talking about it for a change…and not all the talk is “dude, did you see her butt?”

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posted at 11:51 am
on Friday, May 24th, 2013

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Episode 101-Salty Galactus

On Your Radar: The Congress

Netflix Roulette: Unicorn City

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posted at 08:47 am
on Monday, May 20th, 2013

Cutting Room for May 17

  • Even the movie news this time of year is all block-blustery: Avengers 2 in peril? With reports of Robert Downey Jr. making a play for more pay (not just for him, but for his co-stars too), people are freaking out! They are failing to realize that, come hell or high water, a film that makes $1.5 billion gets a sequel. No matter what, it looks like Jeremy Renner is out as Hawkeye, as he’s been badmouthing his role, which is a Marvel Comics no-no. Finally, South Africa is going to be a shooting location, which has sparked rumors of the Black Panther showing up; meanwhile, the Pink Panther stares at a phone that never rings.
  • Not content with basically turning Batman into James Bond, director Christopher Nolan has entered into informal negotiations to direct the next 007 outing. This news is good, but it makes me wonder what “informal negotiations” take place around a Bond film. I’m going to assume the involvement of martinis and a production assistant named “Hope Youmakethefilm.”
  • After many, many years, we’re finally getting Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny. The original choreographer Yuen Wo Ping is directing, and Michelle Yeoh is returning. It’s based on the fifth book in the series “Iron Knight, Silver Vase,” which makes sense since the original film was based on the fourth book. Personally, I would have called the sequel Tiger with Back Pain Finally Finds Dragon.
  • For a movie I have no desire to see, Into the Woods is putting together a hell of a cast. This week, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine joined Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp aboard the musical directed by Rob Marshall. Why am I not excited? Well, in addition to my problem with Broadway adaptations, Marshall’s last film was the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean movie. So…   

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posted at 03:32 pm
on Friday, May 17th, 2013

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On Your Radar: The Kill List

Netflix Roulette: Ticked-off Trannies with Knives

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posted at 09:57 am
on Monday, May 13th, 2013

Cutting Room for May 10

  • On the cutting edge of a new genre we’ll call “Mom-rotica,” Fifty Shades of Grey is the bestseller that challenges adaptation. Oh, not because the story is too dense, but because an accurate depiction is basically porn. Enter Joe Wright, who has the credentials for directing an S&M movie after making Anna Karenina (painful) and Pride and Prejudice (has a conjunction in it). Clearly the move to court a high-profile name like this is an attempt to get some wayward actress to believe that what she’s doing is art and forget that it started as Twilight fan fiction (for real).
  • Adding Benicio Del Toro alongside Joaquin Pheonix in mega-brilliant director Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice made sense. Getting star of You, Me and Dupree, Owen Wilson, makes a bit less sense. Then again, PTA was the one living human who pried a great performance out of the spectacular waste of evolution and DNA that is Adam Sandler (Punchdrunk Love). So he’s earned my trust.
  • Taking any chance to talk about “Game of Thrones” means telling you that Richard Madden, who plays the dour and pale “King of the North” Rob Stark in the HBO show, will be downgraded to prince in Disney’s live-action remake of Cinderella. So long as they don’t get the writers of “Game of Thrones” to pen the script, as my heart can’t take what Gus-Gus would do with that cat.
  • If we’re not in the 80s or 90s, trading a John Cusack for an Adam Scott is a deal I’d make. Sadly, the deal involves Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Cusack’s busy schedule of making direct-to-streaming-service movies won’t allow him to reprise the role of “what’s his name” from the original. So Scott is stepping in as the new lead, although as different character to preserve continuity. Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson  and Clark Duke are all back, so the box office should be fine, as the world can’t get enough of the Corddry, Robinson, Duke triad.

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).

posted at 03:37 pm
on Friday, May 10th, 2013

Cutting Room for May 3

  • What’s better than having a special event with Steve James, director of such classics as Hoop Dreams? Why, it would be having two events with Steve James! On May 13, Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) will host James for a screening of Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game at 7 pm. Then, on May 14, James will be there for a screening of his film The Interrupters at 7 pm, with a Q&A to follow. James does a lot of work in Chicago and went to college in Illinois too. This means a bad question to ask would be “How about them Cubs” or “Aren’t brats overrated?”
  • Space is dark and cold. Maybe that’s why Christopher Nolan is filling his next flick, the hardcore sci-fi Interstellar, with bright hot people. We know the lead is Matthew McConaughey, whose well-defined abs will likely form a new constellation in space. And we also knew that Anne Hathaway would be in orbit, preferably not singing in close-up this time. Now comes word that Jessica Chastain is boarding the ship, making for the most attractive space crew since Barbarella. We know nothing of the plot, but at this rate, who cares.
  • Steven Spielberg’s next will be American Sniper, based on the autobiography of the man with the most recorded kills in US history. The star will be Bradley Cooper. What’s sad is that, if Cooper is in a movie, I’m usually rooting for him to be on the other end of the scope.
  • Michael B. Jordan (the “B” stands for “because I’m not that Michael Jordan”) may reunite with Chronicle director Josh Trank for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Rumor has it that he may play The Human Torch, and Allison Williams (of HBO’s “Girls” and “being Brian Williams’ daughter” fame) may play his sister, the Invisible Woman. Of course, the Internet being the last refuge of unbridled racism and ignorance, countless commenters are outraged. Not outraged enough to spellcheck their hate-filled statements, but outraged nonetheless.

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posted at 11:15 am
on Friday, May 03rd, 2013

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Episode 99 - Juicing the Puppies

On Your Radar The Bling Ring

Netflix Roulette: Phase 7

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posted at 08:48 am
on Friday, May 03rd, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 98 - Marky Mark slaps babies

On Your Radar: Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes

Netflix Roulette: Dirty Girl

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posted at 09:16 pm
on Friday, April 26th, 2013

Cutting Room for April 26

  • To completely misuse a profound quote: “First MTV came for ‘Carmen,’ and I didn’t speak out because I was curious what a ‘hip-hopera’ was. Then MTV came for Teen Wolf, and I didn’t speak out because nobody cares about Teen Wolf. Then MTV came for Scream and there was no one left watching MTV.” That’s right, Scream is going to be an ongoing series on “Music Television,” with Wes Craven potentially directing the pilot. We can’t be more than a decade away from “Schindler’s List: Real World vs Road Rules Challenge.”
  • Bored? Here’s a fun game: Get a group of animation-enthusiasts together and say, “Did you hear? They’re turning Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved Kiki’s Delivery Service into a live-action movie.” Then stand back as their heads start to swell. Then yell “But Miyazaki’s on board with it! In fact, he just contributed to a live-action short prequel to one of his other films, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.” If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the exact moment a movie nerd’s brain pretzels itself. Just stand a safe distance back…
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, emboldened by People Magazine’s coveted “You’s the prettiest” award, just killed Iron Man. She declared the Iron Man movies are at an end with the third installment hitting theaters now. And as we know, nobody in Hollywood makes a sequel without Paltrow’s go ahead. Listen, there’s every chance this is Paltrow’s last Iron Man, but unless Marvel refuses to make money unless Paltrow is comfortable, I bet we get more.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum may remake Guys and Dolls for 20th Century Fox. That sound you hear is 90% of women and 10% of men excusing themselves from public for a moment.

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posted at 12:39 pm
on Friday, April 26th, 2013

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Episode 97 - Ryan’s back and Matt’s an ass!

On Your Radar: Kings of Summer

Netflix Roulette: Beauty is Embarrassing

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posted at 01:05 pm
on Friday, April 19th, 2013

Cutting Room for April 19

  • Everybody has that one go-to movie that they quote endlessly, even though most people don’t know it. It’s not like when someone does a Borat impression or apes Ron Burgandy’s words; I’m talking about slipping things like “He’d already rather be bowhunting” into conversation. Those phrases are from my quotable favorite, Kicking and Screaming, and for the first time in my life, I’ll be able to see it on the big screen thanks to Film Streams (filmstreams.org). Their new Visiting Artist Series is highlighting the work of writer/director Noah Baumbach starting on May 17, and will include my favorite dialogue-based comedy along with The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox, which Baumbach co-wrote with Wes Anderson. Baumbach also hand-selected a classic film for inclusion, La Collectionneuse, but all you need to know is that if you see Kicking and Screaming you can say things like “Go away, Cookie Man!”
  • Seth McFarlane was asked to return as host of the Oscars next year, and I’m just guessing the invitation wasn’t offered by a woman. Although it is unclear if he will accept, I’m putting a bet down now that the opening act is a self-deprecating, conscience-clearing number called “We Saw Your Junk,” and a lot of time will be spent leering at Michael Fassbender.
  • It’s officially time: 80s movies are going to get remade in force. First up, John Hughes’ Weird Science. With only that to go on, someone on the Internet already broke the code on how to proceed: reverse the genders and have two socially awkward gals bring Channing Tatum to life. In related news, this is actually how Channing Tatum was made.

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posted at 12:54 pm
on Friday, April 19th, 2013

Cutting Room for April 12

  • I can’t verbally state his name because I am so bad at pronouncing names I am legally barred from doing so in 10 states, but I’m glad to tell you via printed word that director Omowale Akintunde’s film, An Inaugural Ride to Freedom: The Journey Continues will screen at Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) on Saturday, April 27 at 5 pm. The film is a follow-up to Akintunde’s Emmy Award-winning documentary about the first inauguration and features a new group of 55 passengers on a bus trip to see the President be sworn in for a second term likely to include a lot of swearing if congressional gridlock continues.    
  • Film Streams (filmstreams.org) has remained committed to keeping its members as young as they dream themselves to be with their ongoing Forever Young series. The spring selection promises to be among the most splendid, featuring legendary Studio Ghibli’s new animated gem From Up on Poppy Hill, Harold Lloyd’s beloved classic Safety Last!, the nostalgia-riffic Karate Kid, stop-motion hipsterism 101 with Fantastic Mr. Fox and Hook, a retelling of Peter Pan that introduced the term “Bangarang” into my slang vocabulary (although not in the way intended). This series runs through June 13th, so head down to dunk your soul into a fountain of youth!
  • It sure looks like the beautiful-in-every-way Rachel McAdams is going to join Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper in director Cameron Crowe’s return to romantic comedy. The film doesn’t have an official title yet, but may I suggest: Pity the Love Lives of the Physically Perfect.
  • Despite the fact that literally no one has requested it, The Shining is getting a sequel…and a prequel. The sequel is cool: Stephen King is writing a follow-up novel called “Doctor Sleep.” The prequel sounds lame, as “The Walking Dead” former show-runner Glen Mazzara is writing The Overlook Hotel, which explores what happened before Jack Nicholson and company arrived. It may be The Shining but that just sounds dull.

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posted at 10:31 am
on Friday, April 12th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 96 - Ryan NO MORE?!?!

Hello Movie-ha-ers,

I regret to inform you that there has been a coup. While I was busy with the MavForensics team, which is the University of Nebraska's competitive speech team, Matt Lockwood overthrew me. I was watching 11 of the most passionate advocates of verbal activism in the country place 6th in the nation, their 4th consecutive top 10 finish despite a smaller budget and team than the majority of the top 20, and Matt replaced me with a paper dictator. Dave DeMarco, formerly my dear friend turned usurper of my crown, has "filled in" this week. Rest assured, I will not rest until I once more sit before the microphone of power to entertain you. But until then, enjoy this unauthorized episode of Movieha that I will call "MovieHUH?"

On Your Radar: Only God Forgives

Netflix Roulette: Holy Motors

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posted at 08:57 am
on Friday, April 12th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 95 - Matt’s got his rants pants on

On Your Radar: Ragnarok

Netflix Roulette: Holy Motors

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posted at 07:56 pm
on Tuesday, April 09th, 2013

Cutting Room for April 5

  • No need to hoist a lighter or cell phone, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is already planning an encore. Every single ticket was claimed for the recent free screening of Girl Rising, a documentary about nine girls from different developing nations that features the voices of Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and Cate Blanchett. Because they love you, Film Streams has set up another showing on April 23 at 7 pm. Okay, so this one isn’t free, as regular admission rates apply, but who wouldn’t leap at the chance to shell out some meager moolah for a flick like this?
  • When I said I wanted Tim Burton to either do something different or go away, I didn’t know he’d take Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz with him! Big Eyes will tell the story of painter Margaret Keane and her husband Walter, the duo who produced those completely disturbing big-eyed kid pictures that were popular back when my mind was a fertile ground for growing nightmares. While the script right now is supposedly a character sketch, I wouldn’t put it past Timmy B to emo-fantasy it all up somehow. Also, I assume Johnny Depp is going to play a weird, messy-haired paint brush.
  • A quick somber goodbye to Jane Nebel Henson, who passed away at age 78. She was not only Jim Henson’s wife but a key player in creating the world of the Muppets and running various charities. Jim may get most of the credit, but Jane definitely (ahem) had a hand in The Muppets too, and she’ll be missed.
  • The sequel to Finding Nemo is now officially Finding Dory, which looks better on a marquee than Albert Brooks Sadly Whores Himself. I look forward to the spiritual conclusion of this trilogy with Pixar’s Finding Dignity.

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).

posted at 10:58 am
on Friday, April 05th, 2013

Cutting Room for March 29

  • Wildly underrated, Gangs of New York has always deserved better than it got. Except for Cameron Diaz; y’all can keep sayin’ whatchu want to ‘bout her accent and lack-a talent. But I’m not sure that Martin Scorsese’s latest plan to develop it into a TV series is going to work. For starters, 90% of the awesome in that movie comes from Bill the Butcher, who is dead by the film’s end and can really only be played by Daniel Day Lewis. Find an actor willing to follow him in a role, and you find the bravest actor in history…unless you count Werner Herzog as an actor now. Then it’d be second place at best.
  • Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are supposedly in talks to return for the upcoming National Lampoon’s Vacation reboot. And somehow we’re surprised by this despite their willingness to reprise the same roles for a friggin’ Old Navy commercial. I just want them to make sure that the Old Navy appearance is part of the series’ internal continuity.  
  • Christopher Nolan wants Matthew McConaughey. I mean, not sexually. Actually, maybe he does, who knows? But I was talking about how Mr. Alright, Alright Alright is likely to be the lead in Nolan’s next original project, Interstellar. Consider Nolan’s last original project, Inception, remains among my favorite films, I’m willing to give the abtastic southerner a chance. But so much as one bongo drum shows up in this sci-fi film, I’m out.
  • In any other world but movies, this next sentence would be gross and illegal. Judy Greer is going to do it with an ape. This is to say that she’s just been cast in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as the love interest of the ape Caesar (Andy Serkis). I suppose the two CGI apes won’t necessarily knock fuzzy boots, but if that simian is gonna take over the world, I’m guessin’ he gets what he wants.

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).

posted at 12:18 pm
on Friday, March 29th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 94 - Sleaze on me

On Your Radar: The Look of Love

Netflix Roulette: Tai Chi Zero

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posted at 10:09 am
on Friday, March 29th, 2013

Movieha! Your Favorite Movie Podcast

Episode 93 - The Unofficial Official Olivia Wilde Podcast

On Your Radar: Coldwater

Netflix Roulette: Doomsday Book

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posted at 10:16 pm
on Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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