Cutting Room for March 7 2012

  • As I’m sure outspoken feminist Rush Limbaugh is aware, March is Women’s History Month, or as the shock jock calls it “A Celebration of Whores Past.” Luckily, not everyone celebrates by tossing out sexist slurs, as several nonprofit groups have partnered with House of Loom (houseofloom.com) to present free screenings of four films celebrating women in the arts, with in-kind donations encouraged to benefit Lydia House for Women and Children in Omaha. Did I mention that it comes with dinner? Because it totally does! Things kick off March 7th at 7 pm, with a new film at that time each Wednesday all month long. So bring your donations, including women’s toiletries and baby items, and rush to celebrate women’s history just don’t celebrate women’s history like Rush.
  • Speaking of divisive icons, Jane Fonda is Omaha bound! Film Streams (filmstreams.org) will play host to the former Turner spouse on Sunday, May 13 at 6:30 pm at the Holland Performing Arts Center (omahaperformingarts.org) for Feature IV, the nonprofit theater’s annual fundraising celebration. Tickets go on sale Wednesday March 28 for $35, so be sure to get them now in order to guarantee a chance to ask Fonda all about her pivotal role in Monster in Law, the most beloved film of our generation.
  • Good news Muppet-philes, another dose of our fuzzy felt finger-fueled friends is on its way! The Muppets sequel will not be written by Jason Segal this time out, but he may still star in it, as his buddy, Nicholas Stoller, and the director of the first film, James Bobin, have taken on the screenwriting duties. A note to those fellas: there’s no such thing as too much Gonzo.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Welcome back, you intrepid voyagers of the interwebs. We have another delicious audio-buffet that we cooked for you, clocking in at 0 calories and your entire daily intake of inappropriate nicknames for breasts. This week we dissect the Oscars, defend The Lorax's honor, check out a lady-Bourne trailer, play Netflix roulette, and deliver you some poetry. All in a week's work. Click away and listen up, and then meet me below for the trailers we mentioned!

On Your Radar: ID:A

If you like your amnesiac possible spies shaken, stirred, and with lady parts, you'll love this one. The trailer don't tell you jack squat about what's up, but as you heard in the podcast, this is a tale of an amnesiac fighting for her life against unknown foes. Sounds enticing, no?

Netflix Roulette: Norwegian Ninja

Were we NOT going to do a movie named Norwegian Ninja? I mean, really. Watch the trailer. If the awesome 80s-sounding music doesn't get you, chances are the dude weightlifting a wolf will.

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Cutting Room for February 29

  • Although I would never take Film Streams (filmstreams.org) for granted, I am thrilled to see them once-more granted. That is to say, the theater has received a $7500 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support the Forever Young Family and Children’s Series. And as the car dealers love to say, “they’re passing the savings on to you!” From now until the end of the series, which wraps up at the end of March, tickets are dropping to a crazy $5 for general audiences and an unbelievable $2.50 for Film Streams members and Lincoln Financial employees and their families. That means you can see Fantastic Mr. Fox, Animation Block Party: Animation for Kids and Looney Tunes Collection for a new low-low price! I like talking like a salesman. You can’t tell right now, but pretend you see me flailing my arms about and screaming while I read this.
  • Although it may regrettably sound like the kind of site you wipe from your browser history, Tugg.com may be the next big step in the fast-moving relationship between movies and social media. Currently in its beta stage, the site works like this: Let’s say you want to see a movie that isn’t screening in your area…hypothetically, let’s say it’s the new Miley Cyrus documentary We All Thought You’d Be Gone By Now. If it’s in the Tugg library, you create an event using the site, choosing the price, time and theater from a list of participating companies. Then you try to use whatever means you can to get people to commit to coming (facebook, twitter, newspapers, skywriting, smoke signals, graffiti, or whatever). Once a minimum number of guests confirmed, Tugg takes care of the logistics, and WHAMMO: you get see your movie. This is a fried slice of hot genius in my opinion, as it’s low risk for everyone involved. Keep your eyes peeled for more on this soon.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

GRADE
A-


The Babadook

A terrifying tale of an ooky pop-up book and motherly love.

GRADE
A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A water-colored take on a Japanese folktale that is prettier than it is interesting.

GRADE
B-


The Theory of Everything

"Out of this world" performances buoy a sub-par script.

GRADE
B+


Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


Happy, Little Clouded

Actual human beings made The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and you can tell. A water-colored rebuke of the robots who...

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No Big Bang

In 1965, Stephen Hawking wrote his first ground-breaking thesis and wed Jane Wilde. His paper argued that if a star can...

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Leni Riefen-stalling

On the one hand, any film subtitled “Part 1” is a naked cash grab. On the other hand, shut up and take my money, Hunger...

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Oopsie Genius

I know two things for sure: (1) Birdman aims to relentlessly drive home one singular point, one thoroughly expressed thesis...

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