Cutting Room for March 28

  • Gather ‘round and I’ll tell you the tale of these things called “unions” that fought to protect the common worker from being ground into people paste beneath the boot of Goliath businesses. Or you can just head down to Film Streams on April 28 at 6:30 pm for their presentation of John Sayles’ Matewan, a film about one of the bloodiest labor disputes in American history. Together with the Omaha Federation of Labor, the theater will host a post-show panel with various community members. Maybe events like this can help remind people that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was helping big business convince Americans that unions are the bad guys.
  •  I am in a committed relationship with the show “Community.” We’ve had some great times together (seasons 1-3 and most of season 5) and some bad times (season 4). But I’ve hung in there, and now comes word that creator Dan Harmon is going to stick to his vows: if NBC greenlights season six, he’s going to make a “Community” movie by any means necessary. You can keep “for better or worse,” if Harmon makes “Six seasons and a movie” reality, it will be the sweetest act of love I’ve ever received.
  • If you’ve never seen Phantasm or any of the whackjob crazypants sequels, you really should. They are insane but fun for no real discernable reason. Now, some 16 years after the last sequel, we are going to get the fifth Phantasm movie: Ravager. The crazy part is that director Don Coscarelli already shot the movie before anyone knew it was even going to happen! To most people, all this sounded like gibberish. But to people with an affinity for creepy tall guys and floating death orbs, this is like Christmas!

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, catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter.

posted at 11:06 am
on Friday, March 28th, 2014

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