Cutting Room for August 17

  • Whether it’s because of the quotable dialogue, the copious use of Michelle Pfeiffer in her prime or our inherent ability to accept gangsters despite their being terrible, terrible people, Scarface is massively beloved. Now, for the first time in a long while, you can see all the coke-snorting and murder on the big screen, like God and Brian De Palma intended. Both AMC Oakview 24 and AMC Star Council Bluffs 17 will screen the orgy of violence and excess August 31 at 7:30 pm. For more information, head to fathomevents.com. The only question left is who are you going to dress up as? Dibs on “gunned down police officer who is trying to serve justice.”
  • Although in my household, just about every night is movie night, but that title is a little more official on Wednesday nights down at Hot Shops Art Center (www.hotshopsartcenter.com). At 8:30 pm each humpday (I had to), for the affordable price of “free,” you can check out a local film which will play before a mainstream movie, all in an effort to collect donations to keep the movies rolling and to help local filmmakers. First up is the local flick Heels to the Pavement, followed by one of my faves, Best in Show. Talk about Movie Night done right!
  • Because free is my favorite price, let’s try another freebie: On Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 pm, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is holding a special event featuring Simon Kilmurry, whose last name makes it sound like he detests the lovable star of Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. Thankfully, he’s not here to destroy Billy M, as his job is the Executive Director of the award-winning PBS series “POV.” And he’s at Film Streams to show an inside look at the program’s process, present clips and answer questions. Reserve your seats with maggie@filmstreams.org now, because free stuff tends to be popular.

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This week's episode invents the term "Deucing the Vowels," perpetuates the use of "Ben and Jerry's" as a term for male genitals, repeats the phrase "pec juice," and presents the news, reviews, and tomfoolery you've come to expect. We're still the only podcast out there rocking haikus to preview this week's upcoming releases. There's probably a reason for that. Give it a listen and we'll meet you on the other side with the trailers we mention in the show!

On Your Radar: The Day

We love us some postapocalypse. This is no exception. While we don't know a whole heaping helping of information about this independent flick, but it looks like it's right up in our wheelhouse!

Netflix Roulette: I Am Comic

A funny documentary? Boy howdy! This one was suggested by Netflix itself, who promises I will love it. We'll see...

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Cutting Room for August 10

  • Stop! You’re eating wrong. And I don’t just mean the way you hold a spoon, which is really just astonishingly incorrect. On Tuesday, Aug 30, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and Whole Foods Market Omaha are presenting a special screening of Forks Over Knives, which is sadly not a documentary about a cool new hand game that replaces “rock paper scissors.” The film examines the idea that degenerative illnesses can be controlled or reversed by switching to a plant-based diet. Depending on how convincing the material is, your stomach contents may never be the same!
  • I am super excited for Filth. That didn’t sound right. That is to say, I’m excited for the upcoming adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s “Filth,” a novel I wrote about in graduate school. Of course, way back then, I didn’t envision the tale of an evil Edinburgh cop with a tapeworm who has his own ongoing monologue actually becoming a movie, let alone one starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming. I know McAvoy is the cop, Bell is the sidekick and Cumming is the boss, but I’m really curious as to who is playing the tapeworm. Given his life experience as a parasite, I vote for “The Situation” from “Jersey Shore.”
  • Speaking of whack-a-do adaptations, howsabout David Cronenberg trying to be the first to get a Jonathan Lethem novel on the big screen? As She Climbed Across the Table has a plot description that reads like a peyote-enhanced nightmare, what with a semi-sentient black hole and all; but if anyone can will insanity to the big screen, it’s our man Cronenberg. That’s two lunatic literary works on their way to theaters! Take that, sequelitis!

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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


Nightcrawler

A condemnation of crime pornography with a chilling central character.

GRADE
A


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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The Burden of Actual Christianity

Most praise for writer/director Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Overnighters, has rightly been focused on its Steinbeckian...

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