The Rubber Beaver of Life

Time to preview three little Summer 2011 movies. Now, you might be saying: “That Essence Rare, I already saw “Jumping the Broom” and “Something Borrowed.” How can summer get any better?” To you, I reply … get the hell off this blog. You are embarrassing yourself. To the rest of you, here are three movies (maybe good, maybe awful) that will be coming soon to a theatre near you. Especially if the theatre near you is an independent arts theatre in Omaha.

RUBBER (May 20-21 at Dundee Theatre in Omaha)

For those of you in the world who won’t be in, say, Las Vegas on May 20-21, you should go see the cult classic in the making “Rubber.” It’s the story of Robert.  As Robert roams the desert, “he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path.” Oh, just so we’re clear, Robert is a car tire. Yes, a tire. Genius, eh? Check out the trailer.

THE BEAVER (May 20 limited release, including Omaha)

No, this isn’t Jodie Foster’s long awaited coming out tale. Instead, it’s the story of a man who is broken down and comes back fighting with a Beaver puppet on his hand. I know, I know … Hollywood just doesn’t have any new ideas. We’ve all seen the “man sticks his hand up a beaver puppet” movie and the “killer tire” movie too many times, but this movie is getting decent to good reviews and might win some people back over to Camp Mel. Probably not Jewish people though. Or cops. Or Russian brides. Or people who hate “Freeeeedooomm!”

THE TREE OF LIFE (May 27 to limited theatres nationwide; July 1 to Omaha Filmstreams)

“The Tree of Life” is a father-son drama starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt. If this one is anything like director Terrence Malick’s previous efforts, it will be beautiful but boring. Absolutely, hideously, pathetically boring. Terrence Malick made war dull (“The Thin Red Line”) and took the story of Pocahontas (“The New World” with Colin Farrell) and turned it into a nature special. The man likes his trees and flowers and appears to dislike anything resembling a plot.  The Cannes Film Festival crowd booed the film’s premiere, but American critics have loved it, with reviews that included glowing phrases like “a screen saver” and “it’s sometimes trite.” Expect great reviews and stunning visuals, but no plot.

Oh, and “The Hangover Part II” comes out soon too. But you don’t need a preview of that. You’ve already decided to see it.


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