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Cutting Room for January 4

  • My excitement for Thor 2 has declined from “Odin’s beard” to “Loki’s muttonchops,” as Patty Jenkins has been taken from the director’s seat. Thus, instead of getting to see what a talented female filmmaker may do with a big budget sequel, we get to see what Alan Taylor, director of some episodes of “Game of Thrones,” can predictably do. Word has it that Natalie Portman, or Natpo as I call her from a...


<p>  The Hobbit</p> Cutting Room for December 28

  • For those who get giddy at being teased, this was a heck of a week for teaser trailers. Not only did The Dark Knight Rises finally lift up its proverbial skirt to show us a hint of its knickers, but The Hobbit also gave us a delightful peek and a wink. Early reactions to both have been wildly positive, with the former getting a few sparse complaints regarding the voice used by Tom Hardy as the new baddie, Bane....


<p>  Alexander Payne's <em>The Descendants</em></p> Remarkably Unremarkable

Solely because 2010 was a regrettable stinker-of-a-year, 2011 was a measured improvement, insofar as we’re more likely to forget it altogether than remember it with remorse.

Greenbacks Make Us Blue

In a year that finally saw the birth of resistance to radical wealth distribution to the greedy few, nobody will pity Hollywood for the failure of its “mo’ sequels, mo’ money” strategy. For the second consecutive...


<p>  Play Time</p> Cutting Room for December 21

  • After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we all deserve some Play Time and Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is going to give it to us. They will literally be screening Play Time, the 1966 comedy by legendary French director Jacques Tati, at 7 pm on Thursday, Jan. 12. Together with daOMA (design alliance OMAha) and Omaha Creative Institute, the theater will also host a post-show discussion featuring New York...


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