Cutting Room for June 1

  • Girls rock! And that’s not just a warm-fuzzy I’m passing to the other gender in the hopes that they’ll like me back; it’s a defensible fact provable by evidence provided by Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org). On Tuesday, July 6 at 7 pm, the theater will buddy up with Omaha Girls Rock to present, um, Girls Rock! The Movie. The 2007 documentary about Portland’s rock and roll camp for girls will be screened prior to a panel discussion about Omaha’s own Rock Camp for Girls (omahagirlsrock.com), which runs July 11-16 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Music. To all the lasses who throw up the horns, mosh it up and make with the rockin’, we salute you.

  • I’m a big, big fan of Marcus Theatres’ “Reel Movies for Real Needs” film series. The series creates a better environment for special needs children by screening movies with lower sound volume and brighter lighting in the theater, not to mention an increased tolerance of verbal reactions and other demonstrative behaviors. Village Pointe Cinema (marcustheatres.com/Theatre/TheatreDetail/165/) will show Kung Fu Panda 2 on June 4 and Cars 2 on June 25. More information is available through the theater. As someone who believes in the calming and often transformative power that the imagination inherent in movies can provide, it’s so nice to see it offered to those who don’t often get to experience it in theaters as it should be.

  • Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life won the prestigious Palme D’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, while Kirsten Dunst walked away with best actress for her role in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. Not to be outdone, von Trier won the equally prestigious “Reminder That Nobody Should Joke About Hitler” award.

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Movieha - EXTRA BONUS Minisode!

Can I be honest with you for a minute here? Good. We really enjoy this podcasting business. Matt and I are hopefully sound like we're having fun on the recording because we actually are. But that doesn't mean that we don't want YOU to have fun. Far from it. We're genuinely interested in collecting constructive criticism and suggestions for new segments, better ways to do old segments, or just things you like or dislike in general. The following little minisode is only 6 minutes or so in length and features an attempt at a potential new segment for the podcast. Give it a listen and then meet me on the other side of the fancy streaming-audio bar below.

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast (May 20)

Welcome to another episode of Movieha! We continue to try and evolve and change, ever-listening to your comments. This week we rename one segment and revamp another! What's more, on Tuesday, we're going to sample a little mini-cast for you of a new segment we want your feedback on. But for now, listen to this week's episode in which Matt volunteers to fight famous people and denies his obvious sexual attraction to Roger Rabbit. Meet you on the other side for some extra stuff!

So what did you think? Hopefully we're getting a little more together, delivering a little more of what you want, but as always, please let us know what else we can do to satisfy you. We're all about your needs. Now let's get to the weekly business.

Box Office Haikus

Here are last week’s results along with my patented formula that reveals my predictive accuracy: Box Office May 6-8 1.) Thor - $34 million (Accuracy of prediction - 94%) 2.) Bridesmaids - $26 million (Accuracy of prediction - 98%) 3.) Fast 5 - $20 million (Accuracy of prediction - 87.5%) 4.) Priest - $15 million (Accuracy of prediction - 100%) 5.) Rio - $8 million (Accuracy of prediction - 0%)

Overall accuracy of prediction - 76%

Rio did me in.
I swear I'm better than this.
Maybe not by much.

Now, on to this week’s predictions!

Box Office Predictions for May 20-22

1.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $95 million
Enjoy your last ride,
I think we're over pirates.
It's walk the plank time.

2.) Bridesmaids - $20 million
Huge word-of-mouth here,
everybody loves it lots!
Why? Because it's GOOD.

3.) Thor - $19 million
This had a good run
but the thunder god's reign ends.
He should get hammered.

4.) Fast 5 - $10 million
A successful flick,
meaning we will get lots more,
good news for meatheads.

5.) Priest - $5 million
I won't see this one.
It just isn't worth my time,
which isn't worth much.

On Your Radar: The Scenesters Trailer

This week's little movie that we've got our eyes on is a quirky indie comedy from a small Los Angeles comedy troupe. I found the trailer to be funnier than most full movies these days (outside of Bridesmaids). No clue when it will get to us, but we'll keep our eyes out and let you know!

The Trotsky Trailer

This looks like a potentially interesting little flick with elements of romance, a bit of wacky madcap hilarity, and a historical figure who was murdered with an icepick. What's not to consider. This is our Netflix Roulette entry for the week, so load up the metaphorical gun and press this film to your temple along with us!

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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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