Cutting Room for April 27

  • Ever since Kickstarter.com was kicked out of the Internet’s womb, there have been endless film projects of various levels of consequence that have sought funding there; thus, it takes a lot to get my attention. But you know what gets my attention? Pickles. This is why I want to steer you towards The Persian Pickle Club, which you can help make a reality by going to their page at kickstarter.com/projects/ppc-kickstarter/the-persian-pickle-club. Best of all, this is an Omaha production! That’s right, these pickles are home grown! At the site above, you can watch a trailer for this adaptation of a novel by the same name about a quilting club who get wrapped up in a murder mystery, which I believe is how all good quilting clubs end. So don’t be dill, help fund this project and be as cool as a cucumber. I’m done now.
  • “Visionary” director and sometimes Hitler apologist Lars von Trier is ready to make nice, announcing his next movie is a children’s film about a bunny who learns the meaning of friendship. I kid; he’s preparing Nymphomaniac, which will span the entire “erotic life” of a woman “from the age of zero to the age of 50.” Because that’s a lot of uncomfortable material to cover, Trier is splitting the film into two parts. The first will cover “her childhood and adolescence,” and the second will cover her adulthood. Because if there’s a way to get back into society’s good graces, it’s announcing an entire film about the sexual life of an adolescent.
  • Tom Cruise’s next movie won’t be Mission Impossible 5 but rather Top Gun 2. While little is known about the plot, I’ll be over in the corner praying that the subtitle is The Revenge of Goose, in which an angry, badly burned Anthony Edwards exacts his vengeance for being left for dead. And he does so…on the volleyball court.

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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Here we go again, all up in your ears with a marginally appropriate, hugely hilarious investigation of the movie world as we see it. This week we probe some number twos (as in sequels), we ponder the hipping and hopping, we gush over a certain Cabin in the Woods, we digest some Human Centipede 2, and we deliver unto you some haikus for the upcoming movies this week. How can you not listen? Hit me on the other side for the trailers that we mention!

On Your Radar: Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

I love the rap music, I really do. But color me as shocked as anyone that Ice-T, the lover of Co-Co and the grimacer-in-chief of "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," is the man who may have directed a definitive documentary on the subject. This looks GREAT.

Netflix Roulette: Pete Smalls is Dead

This looks a little quirky, but it features Peter Dinklage. I mean, you can't resist the Dinklage, can you?

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Cutting Room for April 20

  • Usually, if I’m reaching for java at 3 pm, something in my day has gone terribly, terribly wrong, as me plus coffee equals “you’d best watch yourself, fool.” But I’m highly recommending everyone get some Hot Coffee at 3 pm on April 29 at Midtown Cinema Center (marcustheatres.com). Instead of prying your eyes open with the magic of the most addictive legal drug, this documentary will open your eyes to various components of the civil justice system that are often overlooked. The film’s title does refer to the infamous McDonald’s law suit, but the facts behind that case will probably keep those with consciences from making jokes about it in the future. A panel and Q&A session will follow the screening, which is free. I’m out of order? You’re out of order! And while you’re at it, order me a cappuccino.
  • First off, props to Film Streams (filmstreams.org) for being honored with an official legislative resolution (448, to be specific) by the Unicameral! It’s awesome that it passed despite no assurances that the art theater checks to make sure no illegal immigrants enjoy their films. Second, the theater has announced that it is lowering ticket prices to $5 general admission and $2.50 for members for the Forever Young Family and Children’s Series, which features such gems as Edward Scissorhands and The Indian in the Cupboard. They are also running the childhood-ruining Charlotte’s Web and Tim Burton’s dignity-ruining Alice in Wonderland. Head to the site for info on showtimes. Finally, on Wednesday May 16 at 7 pm, the theater will host a screening of Fritz Lang’s M, with a post-show talk by Mark Hoeger, who is a film instructor at UNO. With so many great events, everyone should pass their own resolution to attend! 

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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