Cutting Room for October 17

On Friday Nov. 7, birds will do more than poop on your freshly washed car. Film Historian Bruce Crawford will hold his staggering 35th tribute to classic movies with a screening of The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic feathered frightener. Crawford hit a home run by getting star Tippi Hedren to join him at the event to be held at 7 pm at the Joslyn Art Museum. Tickets are $23, are available at all Hy-Vee stores and benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association. It’s a great chance to donate to a good cause and see the only movie that made me hate birds more than the St. Louis Cardinals do.

You know who is awesome? You. (Always butter your audience up.) But also, nurses are awesome and largely underappreciated. Well not by Film Streams. They are collaborating with The Center for Health Partnerships at Nebraska Methodist College to bring a special screening of The American Nurse to the Ruth Sokolof Theater on Tuesday, Nov 18 at 7 pm. Following the screening, a panel discussion will be asked about the changing scope of practice for nurses, changes from the Affordable Care Act and “Does this look like a rash to you?”

Marvel Studios has crafted an image so sterling, they can roll out a movie with a guy from “Parks and Rec,” a tree and a talking raccoon and have it be top the annual box office. DC/Warner Bros, on the other hand, cannot physically get out of their own way, even when they get it right. This week, they announced a rather exciting and cool slate of movies. Except, it was total overkill (10 movies), premature (it goes through 2020) and they released it with no fanfare on a Wednesday during an investor meeting. Get excited people! But how do you simultaneously announce the highest profile female solo superhero movie ever (Wonder Woman) and dump it in a press release? The New York Comic Convention was like five minutes ago! So instead of sensational hype that could have been spread out over months, we got an info dump to sift through. DC: “We’re even bad when we’re good.”

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Cutting Room for October 10

Known primarily as a painter, Andy Warhol also made movies I mostly don’t understand or appreciate. If you feel like seeing whether you can get what the semi-whacko artist was doing with his cinema shenanigans, head down to Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater starting Nov 30. “Films From Warhol’s Factory” is a series presented in collaboration with Joslyn Art Museum to coincide with their Warhol exhibition “In Living Color,” which happily does not feature Jim Carrey. For a complete list of the wildly weird films featured and showtimes, head to filmstreams.org.

The guys who wrote Dracula Untold are trying to make Lost in Space happen again. Despite the Matt LeBlanc/Heather Graham/Gary Oldman abomination that should have rendered the property unusable for the rest of time, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are trying it once more. Unrelated, but Burk Sharpless sounds a lot like a fake name George Constanza would use.

I had a lot of problems with Blue is the Warmest Color, ranging from a male gaze applied to lesbian sexuality to the bloated nature of the endeavor. What I did not have a problem with was Léa Seydoux, who was phenomenal in it. This makes me excited for the fact that she will be the newest “Bond girl” in the next installment. Thankfully, there won’t be any of the concerns I had about her previous film, as we all know that 007 movies handle all female characters with the utmost respect.

There is good news about the fact that the Rush Hour film franchise is becoming a TV series on CBS: They likely won’t make any more Rush Hour movies. The TV network just ordered up a pilot of the possible series, which will presumably be handled with the same racial and cultural sensitivity you’ve come to expect from the people behind “Two Broke Girls.” 

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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.

GRADE
A


The Boxtrolls

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

GRADE
B-


The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

GRADE
B


Frank

A band that has a lead singer with a fake head will win your heart.

GRADE
A-


The Adventures of Super Vlad

Left out of the superhero movie party every other studio is throwing, Universal made the ballsy decision to turn Dracula...

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Everyone is Awful

Warning to newly engaged couples: Do not see Gone Girl, a movie that makes marriage look like The Hunger Games with slightly...

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Swimming in the Laika

From Ray Harryhausen’s Medusa to Henry Selick’s Jack Skellington, stop-motion animation is just frickin’ cool, yo. Maybe...

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The Dies That Bind

“Hilarious!” say the trailers! “Really funny!” says the poster. “You are all sick people!” says me.

Yes, in parts, The...

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