Movieha - A very special episode…

As promised (or threatened), our nerd-tastic relationship with The Two-Headed Nerd podcast has reached new heights, as we present to you our round-table discussion on X-Men: First Class. We've done our best to delete the cursing, but I feel that this rambunctious verbal free-for-all appropriately captures our geeky passion and will help further expose the depths of our love of movie discussion. Enjoy!


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Cutting Room for June 8

  • Unless your name rhymes with Schmonald Schlump, you probably don’t scoff at things that are free. This goes doubly for those of you who are parents, as I’m told owning kiddies is expensive. Owning is the correct term to use, right? At any rate, Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) has kicked off their Free Family Flicks series, which is pretty much what it sounds like. The theater will show free family-based movies on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am throughout the summer in order to keep the kids cool and your wallet from hemorrhaging further. As I’ve said for years, movies are the world’s best babysitters: You never come home to find a film groping its boyfriend and faintly smelling of pot.

  • The rumored short list for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie includes, Alfonso Cuaron (not going to happen), Sam Raimi (possible, but he is busy planning World of Warcraft) and Tim Burton among others. My secret hope: Burton agrees and then redeems himself by executing Captain Jack on screen, thus killing a franchise and proving he is not totally dead creatively.

  • If you need any adorable, I’m afraid you can’t have any. Why? Because Save the Date is using it all up, as it will team up the flesh-and-blood-version-of-a-Disney-princess Alison Brie (“Community”) and Lizzy Caplan (“Party Down”), the she-hipster you’d endure a false perception of whimsy and irony in order to touch. Oh, and it’s another blorkin’ wedding movie, as one super-cutie will play someone getting married and the other will play someone who sees no use for marriage. It may break less ground than an anorexic starlet tripping in the dirt, but at least the leads are huggable.

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast (May 27)

Hey gang, welcome to my very special BIRTHDAY episode of Movieha! Unwrap this gift with your ears and meet me on the other side.

Hope you liked it! We're still running out of time for our insta-sequel segment, so it's going to remain a bonus episode on Monday. Below we have the weekend box office predictions, the trailer we mentioned in On Your Radar, and the Netflix movie for next week. But before we get to that, I have a special request for you: My cousin James Syrek is making a short film that I've had the pleasure of hearing lots about. It's a twisty, turny psychological thriller and I can't WAIT to see it get made. It's called Syncope, and it needs YOUR help. He's a bit short on the final bit of funding, so he needs a few well-intended investors to help him cross the finish line. Please, please, please head HERE to pitch in whatever you can to help a dear, dear friend and talented artist get his vision made. As anyone will tell you, indie flicks are hard to make, especially short films, so do what you can to help someone who I promise won't let you down get his vision to the world.

And now, BOX OFFICE HAIKUS!

Box Office Haikus

Here are last week’s results along with my patented formula that reveals my predictive accuracy:

Box Office May 13-15
1.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $90 million (Accuracy of prediction - 97%)
2.) Bridesmaids - $20 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%)
3.) Thor - $15 million (Accuracy of prediction - 86.5%)
4.) Fast 5 - $10 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%)
5.) Priest - $5 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%)

Overall accuracy of prediction - 97%

My best week ever.
And I have Pirates to thank?
This is bittersweet.

Now, on to this week’s predictions!

Box Office Predictions for May 20-22

1.) The Hangover Part 2 - $85 million
This is the same film,
but somehow it's still funny
How did that happen?

2.) Kung Fu Panda 2- $82 million
Fat panda is back!
And he still does karate!
Do you still love him?

3.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides- $40 million
Walk the plank, assholes.
Your run at plundering ends!
Back to the theme park!

4.) Bridesmaids - $15 million
Love you, Kristen Wiig!
Funniest movie this year!
Take that, Hangover.

5.) Thor - $10 million
You done good, blondie.
But it's back to Asgard now.
You will be back soon.

On Your Radar: The Island Trailer

This is a weird blend of generic Hollywood movie...and insane Gondry-esque visuals. The dive straight into existentialism seems brilliant and blissful. I for one am in, what say you?

Netflix: Four Lions Trailer

Based on the recommendation of Andrew Merczak, we are willing to try this streaming flick about the funny side of terrorism. Bin Laden's dead, so we can all laugh about it now, right? No? Yeah, that's why I want to see if this works as well as it seems to in the trailer!

That's it for this week. Thanks again for all your support! Please sign up for our RSS feed HERE, download our podcasts and rave about us in the comments section of iTunes HERE, follow us on Twitter HERE, and become a fan of us on Facebook HERE! And as always, email any comments and concerns to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

GRADE
B


Frank

A band that has a lead singer with a fake head will win your heart.

GRADE
A-


The Trip to Italy

Another affable outing with two British comedians.

GRADE
B+


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Still a fun place to visit, provided you're not a woman.

GRADE
C


The Giver

This adaptation of Lois Lowry's beloved award-winning classic will be none of those things.

GRADE
D


Boyhood

The only coming-of-age story anyone ever needs to make. 

GRADE
A+


Guardians of the Galaxy

A gleeful space opera that is as visually stunning as it is hilarious.

GRADE
A


Fall? Oh, me!

I’ve reviewed movies professionally for more than a dozen years. The few weeks immediately surrounding the end of summer has...

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Bro-man Holiday

First things first: The Trip to Italy, the sequel to 2010’s surprise hit The Trip, may be the whitest movie ever made....

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Bleak and White

Celebrated narcissist and Freddy Krueger look-a-like Frank Miller gives the women he writes a plethora of career choices....

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Take It Back

Fail gloriously, if you must fail. Go down swinging for the fences, punchdrunk and confident you’re making something truly...

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