Cutting Room for May 25

  • If Hollywood gets to start the summer movie season in April, I think it’s fair that the Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) gets to celebrate Halloween whenever they want. On the last Saturday of every month from now until the start of the apocalyptic year 2012, the theater and Dr. San Guinary are teaming up for “Creature Feature Live!” The show starts at 9:30 pm and features a horror movie interspersed with live Dr. San Guinary cut-ins in the style of the cult-hit TV show. Tickets are already available for this month’s flick (held on May 28), Night of the Living Dead. All this at a theater that will legally booze you up. Boo-yeah! Get it? “Boo” yeah?

  • A brief follow-up to last week’s proclamation that D-Box seats, chairs that weeble-wobble to simulate on-screen action, were added to the Rave Theater at Westroads (ravemotionpictures.com). Having now tried one for myself, I can tell you that it neither made me turn into Pukey Smurf nor did it distract me from the movie. That could be because the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean 4: The Last Milk of the Cash Cow, wasn’t something you really had to think about. While the price is a steep 20 bucks, it is a rather unique experience that’s worth checking out at least once, provided you don’t use theater visits as naptimes.

  • Darren Aronofsky is being courted. Badassdigest.com reports that Disney wants him to take over Maleficent, the “Wicked”-esque take on Sleeping Beauty that Tim Burton recently abandoned, while Warner Brothers wants him on the biblical epic Moses, which is sure to be followed by a sequel called Moses Supposes. Neither sound like Aronofsky’s style, but combine the two and you may have something…

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Cutting Room for May 18

  • Am I the only one who assumes that “D-BOX” seats are reserved for faux-hawk wearing loud-talkers who dress in glittery Ed Hardy shirts? Turns out, they’re not. They’re actually “motion technology” movie theater seats that “pitch, roll and heave in perfect sync with the action taking place onscreen.” The pitching and rolling sounds like fun, but heaving in one’s seat seems like a more private affair. At any rate, the Rave Westroads 14 Theatre (ravemotionpictures.com) has installed 46 of these D-BOX seats just in time for the realistic replication of sea sickness you were hoping to simulate during the arrival of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. You have to reserve said seats, so call ahead. And remember, the size of your popcorn purchase is the size of your sick bag.

  • After a few weeks of tinkering and finessing, I’d finally like to confirm in print that I have given birth. That’s right, me and my buddy Matt Lockwood have delivered a bouncing, beautiful baby podcast. Called Movieha, it’s a half-hour audio extravaganza that covers movie news, in-depth reviews, upcoming releases and new trailers and mines the depths of streaming video-on-demand in a game we call “Netflix Roulette.” And we do it all while trying (emphasis on trying) to make you laugh. You can listen to it directly on the Reader’s site (thereader.com/index.php/film/), subscribe to it on iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/movieha/id435873611) or subscribe to our RSS feed (movieha.libsyn.com/rss). You can also shoot any comments about Movieha (good, bad or ragingly aroused…those are the only three types of reactions we accept) to movieha@gmail.com or hit us up on twitter at twitter.com/movieha. We aim to please, but sometimes we miss and hit the seat, so please give it a listen and let us know what you think!

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast (May 13)

Happy Friday to ya! Below you'll find Episode Three of our humble podcast. And I do mean humble. We are still young colts, learning how to use these knobby-kneed legs, and we really, truly welcome any and all suggestions as to what you want more (or less of). So give the podcast below a listen, we hope you enjoy it, and then meet me below for some more discussion!

Welcome back! Hopefully you had a good time listening to our little half-hour of goodness, but we're looking to make it a half-hour of GREATNESS! And that's where YOU come in. Hit us up on Facebook, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), hit us up on Twitter, but let us know SOMEHOW what you want to hear. Specifically, if there's a segment you want us to try out or ditch, let us know. And if you'd like to participate in our weekly game of Netflix Roulette, you can always shout out suggestions for specific movies or categories and we'd love to try them.

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 - $65 million (Accuracy of prediction - 97.5%)
2.) Fast 5 - $32 million (Accuracy of prediction - 90.5%)
3.) Jumping the Broom - $15 million (Accuracy of prediction - 80%)
4.) Something Borrowed - $14 million (Accuracy of prediction - 86%)
5.) Rio - $8.5 million (Accuracy of prediction - 90%)

Overall accuracy of prediction - 89%

I'll take a B+.
That's a grade to be proud of!
Perfectionists suck.

Now, on to this week's predictions!

Box Office Predictions May 13-15

1.) Thor - $30 million
Bridesmaids may beat this
Thor! Ladies are on your rear!
That didn't sound right.

2.) Bridesmaids - $25 million
These dames gots funny
and they know how to use it.
Girls can do gross too!

3.) Fast 5 - $15 million
Vin Diesel is dumb.
He said THIS may win Oscar.
You think he meant "grouch?"

4.) Priest - $14 million
Matt hated this one.
And he WANTED to see it.
That's not a good sign.

5.) Something Borrowed - $8 million
Rom coms hang in there
even when no one loves them.
That's not meta, right?

WILDCARD - Jumping the Broom - $7.5 million
Matt almost saw this
but then he proclaimed that he
"loved himself too much."

Tune back in next week to see how right or wrong I was!

Retreat Trailer

Here's the trailer for the movie we put "On Your Radar" this week. I expect our first lawsuit will be a cease-and-desist from Thandie Newton's people over the adjective "delicious."

Dead Man's Shoes

This looks pretty intense. This is next week's entry for Netflix Roulette. So...if someone could suggest a comedy for the week after that, it would really help.

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). We really, honestly want them!


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Dear White People

The type of smart, ballsy satire that comes along all too rarely.

GRADE
A



War is hell, but this movie is just hella slow.

GRADE


Dracula Untold

What if Dracula was a superhero?!

GRADE
C


Gone Girl

This thriller has many twists, the biggest of which is that it's kind of a satire.

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The Boxtrolls

A stop-motion romp with near-nekkid trolls and a cross-dressing villain.

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The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

GRADE
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Frank

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Everyone is Awful

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Swimming in the Laika

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