“Knock them down. Refuse their bargain.”

The Mustang (2019), dir. Rupert Wyatt Film Review By Taylor Thornburg In this year’s release The Mustang, an incarcerated convict participates in a rehabilitation program in which he breaks wild horses to be sold at auction. In doing so, he explores the meaning of freedom from the perspective of someone imprisoned behind literal and figurative walls. The Mustang stars Matthias Schoenhaerts (A Bigger Splash, The … Continue reading “Knock them down. Refuse their bargain.”

Deportations draining life from Hastings, rural communities

by Margaret Marsh HASTINGS, NE – Located 60 miles north of the geographical center of the United States, there is little to distinguish Hastings, Nebraska from any other small midwestern town. Our biggest claim to fame is that we’re the birthplace of Kool-Aid. We host one of the state’s largest tourist events each August in celebration of the soft drink. Our 25,000 residents live in … Continue reading Deportations draining life from Hastings, rural communities

A Conversation with Chef Egypt

The local chef’s mission is to bring healing to the community through food, music. Interview by Phil Gillen Egypt McKizia, better known as Chef Egypt, is an Omaha-based chef and musician who does various pop-ups and events around town serving delicious vegan cuisine. After tasting Chef Egypt’s work at a pop-up in North Omaha a couple of months ago, I was impressed. I wanted to … Continue reading A Conversation with Chef Egypt

Could Omaha City Council Be Any More Useless?

by Mark Honey In April, city council passed an ordinance mandating inspections for rental units every 10 years. I can’t even tell you just how worthless it is. This ordinance came into the spotlight after the Yale Park apartment fiasco, in which landlord Kay Anderson was neglecting a large complex of apartments where refugees from Myanmar lived. The city declared it unlivable after an inspection, … Continue reading Could Omaha City Council Be Any More Useless?

“Strike a Match, Burn Your House Down”

Captive State (2019), dir. Rupert Wyatt By Taylor Thornburg In 2019’s Captive State, rebels lead an insurgency on Earth after an alien species invades the planet and wrests control of the human race from the world’s governments.  Captive State stars the ubiquitous John Goodman playing against the protagonist Ashton Sanders, principally known for his role in 2016’s Moonlight.  Rupert Wyatt directs following 2014’s The Gambler … Continue reading “Strike a Match, Burn Your House Down”