Just Say Yes

Drug war movies are all about naïve cops learning that there are no “right” choices in the world of mustachioed men who sniff coke and carry Uzis. Meanwhile, those aforementioned Uzi-wielding mustachioed men rise to power in the criminal underworld and beg anyone who will listen to please, just please, say hello to their little […]

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Talk to the Glowing Hand

For the first 10 minutes, Captain Marvel choo-choo-chooses to chug-a-lug down the same Green Lantern train tracks that ran over Ryan Reynolds. A vomitorium of needless exposition that may as well have had Annette Benning holding a Wile E. Coyote picket sign reading “We don’t trust you idiots in the audience,” the […]

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Cutting Room for March 2019

As Christian Slater never said, “You gotta gleam this cube, dude. You gotta gleam it so hard.” This fictional quote I’ve unfairly attributed to Slater refers to how you should heed the call of the Cube Art Project. They are seeking short films for the 2019 Lincoln Short Film Festival on May 3 at the […]

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Kill It If You Have To

I genuinely cannot wait to read my colleagues’ recollections of how their artistic communities in Omaha have evolved over the 25 years during which The Reader has stubbornly refused to die. I just don’t particularly wanna write one for film. I mean, I will. You’re reading it, so I guess I already did. It’s just […]

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Don’t Re-Greta

Do you have any idea how hard it is to not outright recommend a movie in which Isabelle Huppert does a pantyhose-clad softshoe dance whilst plunging a syringe into an unsuspecting neck? Imagine if Meryl Streep played a demented murder-mom in some rando low-budget European movie. That’s basically what writer/director Neil Jordan […]

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Coreless Grapple

I do not judge people for their personal interests, except for Bradley Cooper fans. That said, I do not “get” professional wrestling. The appeal of a soap-opera n’ sweaty-personal-space-invasion s’more makes my taste buds revolt. Yet so many thoughtful, creative folks I would never imagine could be wrestling aficionados have proclaimed their […]

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With a Rebel Scream

Remember Scream? The self-aware slasher movie about teenagers who’d seen so many horror movies they could actually predict the clichés they’d run into while being chased by a masked killer. Scream created a tidal wave of “meta” horror movies criticizing genre tropes that we will never recover from. Till this very day, […]

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Cyberpunk’d

In an episode of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, an artsy-fartsy culinary maestro makes a tomato look just like a strawberry. The vast, overwhelming pointlessness of this is a mirror for the production of Alita: Battle Angel. The best sci-fi cleverly asks “What if?” Alita makes one ask “Why tho?” Why use a human […]

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