Cutting Room for March 14

  • You may not know this, but in addition to being the owner of a series of unfortunate hairpieces and a private island used primarily for wolf-like moon howling, Nicholas Cage also owns a crap-ton of comic books. In fact, he once owned a copy of the most valuable comic book in the world: “Action Comics Number 1,” which features the first appearance of Superman and is valued at $1.5 million. In 2000, the issue was stolen from Cage, and was found in a storage locker more than a decade later. Now this event is being fictionalized into a movie called Action No. 1. So the question is: Who should play Nicholas Cage? The answer: Nicholas Cage. He will play himself as a mullet-wearing voodoo priest with a porn-stache and Tourette’s syndrome. And it will be glorious.
  • Elle Fanning, who staked her name to the title of “most talented Fanning” with her turn in Super 8, is going to take a nap. That is to say, she’s going to play the Sleeping Beauty in Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie in the titular role. Jolie figures to be dealing with a lot of makeup and computer-generated prosthetics. No, not because she’s playing a witch, but because her weight has dropped so low that she’s officially translucent.
  • Topher Grace, who keeps insisting that he’s not dead, is more than just a seemingly forgotten sit-com star; he’s also a Star Wars addict. Last week he unveiled an 85-minute movie that he personally edited, which was composed of content from all three prequels. Shockingly, the response was overwhelmingly good, a word rarely associated with those three films. While chances are we will never see the finished work, it’s nice to know that a watchable version exists, and we owe it all to the kid from “That 70s Show.”

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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Movieha! - Omaha’s favorite movie podcast

Another week closer to our first anniversary. If you haven't started saving your quarters up to buy us a pony, you'd better start now. This week's show digs into the Muppet-verse, reveals Russell Crowe's biblical origins, warns you about the worst trailer in the history of trailers, explores a lady soldier movie, analyzes a freezing cold ninja, and serves up poetry. If you want more, you'll have to start paying us. Give it a listen and then look below for the trailers we mentioned!

On Your Radar: That's My Boy

There are 1,152 "likes" for this trailer on YouTube and only 154 "dislikes." This is why we can't have nice things, America. Watch this and feel shame.

 

Netflix Roulette: Lucky

The son of Hanks must be making up for his dad's niceness. Why else would he be feeling so murdery? This movie was partially filmed in Omaha, so rejoice that our city was used as a backdrop for serial killin'!

 

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Cutting Room for March 7 2012

  • As I’m sure outspoken feminist Rush Limbaugh is aware, March is Women’s History Month, or as the shock jock calls it “A Celebration of Whores Past.” Luckily, not everyone celebrates by tossing out sexist slurs, as several nonprofit groups have partnered with House of Loom (houseofloom.com) to present free screenings of four films celebrating women in the arts, with in-kind donations encouraged to benefit Lydia House for Women and Children in Omaha. Did I mention that it comes with dinner? Because it totally does! Things kick off March 7th at 7 pm, with a new film at that time each Wednesday all month long. So bring your donations, including women’s toiletries and baby items, and rush to celebrate women’s history just don’t celebrate women’s history like Rush.
  • Speaking of divisive icons, Jane Fonda is Omaha bound! Film Streams (filmstreams.org) will play host to the former Turner spouse on Sunday, May 13 at 6:30 pm at the Holland Performing Arts Center (omahaperformingarts.org) for Feature IV, the nonprofit theater’s annual fundraising celebration. Tickets go on sale Wednesday March 28 for $35, so be sure to get them now in order to guarantee a chance to ask Fonda all about her pivotal role in Monster in Law, the most beloved film of our generation.
  • Good news Muppet-philes, another dose of our fuzzy felt finger-fueled friends is on its way! The Muppets sequel will not be written by Jason Segal this time out, but he may still star in it, as his buddy, Nicholas Stoller, and the director of the first film, James Bobin, have taken on the screenwriting duties. A note to those fellas: there’s no such thing as too much Gonzo.

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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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


John Wick

You kill his dog, he kills a million people. You've been warned.

GRADE
B


Dear White People

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

GRADE
A


Fury

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

GRADE
C+


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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Awful, Not Full of Awe

Preposterous, pseudointellectual, poorly constructed, clichéd, impenetrably masculine, goofy and possessed of an...

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News-sploitation

Yesterday, CNN showed reporters physically chasing a woman connected to the Ebola scare. Not too long ago, a Fox News...

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Dogged Determination

John Wick killed three guys with a pencil.

John Wick is so good at killing, he had to bury his guns beneath a cement floor...

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