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  • I like to keep things quippy, but I’m not quite sure how to flippantly inform you about a screening of Out of Frame: Unseen Poverty in the Heartland, which will be presented in collaboration with Together at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 pm. Nothing about a documentary following four Omaha families dealing with impoverished life over the course of a year provokes laughter, other than the fact the most attention the forgotten poor have gotten in our city recently are measures designed to keep them off of our medians holding signs. To be clear, the laughter associated with legislating against the destitute in our city by punishing them for daring to make us pay attention to them is the saddest kind of laughter. Well, it’s the saddest kind of laughter not produced by a Big Bang Theory spinoff.
  • Thankfully, Film Streams does have some non-horrifyingly depressing, poverty-based fare in February as well! From Feb 3 to Mar 3, All About Almodóvar is the next offering in Courses, which are multiweek seminars led by Film Streams’ Education Director Dr. Diana Martinez. This series will explore the best of director Pedro Almodóvar, including Talk to Her, All About My Mother, The Skin I Live in, Volver and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, or as they are known in an age where seemingly every man is a disgusting monster, “Women.” For more information on this really fascinating learning opportunity, head to their site at filmstreams.org.
  • Some houses are just cooler than others. I’m sorry, but The House of Afros, Capes & Curls (HOACC) is simply better than your house. To be fair, the Alamo Drafthouse is also better than your house. Sorry for popping your housing bubble. The good news is, you can enjoy those superior houses on Friday, Feb 16, when the pair collaborate on a premiere event for Black Panther, a movie that represents the only thing keeping me optimistic about 2018. At 6:30 pm, a program will begin highlighting history, local visual and performing artists, a panel discussion and, oh yeah, the Black Panther movie that’s breaking advanced ticket sales records for Marvel movies. For information about the performances and panel discussion, as well as a showing on Saturday Feb 17 for youth organizations, head to https://drafthouse.com/omaha. An experience celebrating artistic aspects of our community with thoughtful discussions and the comic book movie I’ve most been looking forward to for years? Don’t tell me superheroes aren’t real.
  • If you haven’t been keeping up with Quentin Tarantino news lately, I promise you that some guy in a bar has been waiting to tell you about it. Not only is QT allegedly finding a way to teleport the N-word into space, with a writer assigned to develop his secret Star Trek idea into a full movie, he’s also begun casting his untitled Charles Manson movie. So far, we’ve got Leonardo DiCaprio, which should come as no surprise given their work together on Django Unchained, in which D-Cap played a slave-owning psychopath. He’s not going to be Manson but a male TV actor, which shouldn’t provide much growing pains for him. Margot Robbie has been offered the role of Sharon Tate, presumably pending a foot inspection by Q-Tar, and the Manson role may supposedly go to either Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt, depending on which one of them wants an Oscar more.
  • If you’ve had a Starz subscription before, I’m thinking you’re coming back, as John Wick has a TV show in development there. The Continental will take the best feature of the gleefully violent film series, the hotel where assassins take their naps, and blow it up into an ongoing show. I know what you’re asking, and no, I don’t think any dogs will be hurt. As to your second question, because he’s an executive producer, there’s a good chance Keanu Reeves will take time away from being an ageless charmer to cameo now and again. Like I said, get your subscriptions ready.

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