Films of Note Remaining in 2016

Here we are, already in September, and I can honestly say that 2016 has been a pretty disappointing year in film. Most of the “much anticipated, much hyped” offerings have been boring, Jason Bourne, or just utterly abysmal, Suicide Squad. Of the films I’ve seen this year, my favorite list only includes a few really solid films; most of the ones I’m including I liked for certain characters or situations. (I’m looking at you The Secret...

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Kurz’s Tyger’s Hart honors patron
May06

Kurz’s Tyger’s Hart honors patron

Without patrons, we wouldn’t have Michelangelo, Dante Alighieri, Sandro Botticelli, Albrecht Durer, or William Shakespeare. The arts need funding, and thankfully, certain individuals have emerged over the centuries who have used their wealth to make sure that theater, painting, literature, and art could thrive. In the Omaha-Council Bluffs area, one of those important patrons was Fred Simon, a fourth-generation family owner of Omaha...

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Best of 2015
Jan28

Best of 2015

I’ve put it off long enough. Here we are in January of 2016, the Golden Globes have come and gone, and I haven’t yet posted my “Best of 2015” film list. I really wanted to get a few more movies under my belt, but I’m pretty secure in my top choices. Are these films “the best”? Objectively, maybe not, but they were the films that I enjoyed the most this year. I saw many of them multiple times in the cinema, and I bought them when they...

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Somnio
Nov28

Somnio

Since Travis Milloy “stumbled into his profession” of screenwriting, he has always “thrown as many balls in the air as he could.” “When I started, I was doing well, but nothing was getting produced, so I decided to just write my own script, and shoot it with my friends,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to appease anyone, and it worked.” The experience taught him that if you “write what you believe in, you can be successful.” “I started...

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Get Hard
Apr01

Get Hard

Will Ferrell has grown on me over the years, and that means that if he has a new film out, I can usually be persuaded to see it, either on DVD or at the cinema, but usually on DVD. I was late in the game in embracing him, though. I still haven’t seen a lot of his earlier stuff, and I thought that Ron Burgundy was painfully bad. In fact, it wasn’t until The Other Guys (2010) that I thought “Well, OK, maybe I do think he’s funny.” I...

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