Archive for 2013

Five movies to get you into the Thanksgiving spirit

Five movies to get you into the Thanksgiving spirit
Like most adults, Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays. You can catch a buzz the night before, marinate on the couch all day, eat fabulous food and share after dinner farts with loved ones. It’s also a fabulous time to catch some quality time with the boob tube. If football isn’t for you... Read more »

If you find the hashtag obnoxious, don't hate it, embrace it

If you find the hashtag obnoxious, don't hate it, embrace it
You’d have to be a blind hobo to be unaware of the hashtag explosion that’s changed the way people discuss television, movies, food, politics, etc. From indie films to fast food chains, hashtags have been created for people to connect amongst the Twittersphere. Even Facebook and Google+ have jumped on the bandwagon. That being said,... Read more »

The Carrie coffee shop prank is marketing genius

Have you seen this video prank that promotes the new Carrie movie? If you haven’t, do it. It has been spreading like wildfire! It’s clever, hilarious and probably one of the most amazing pieces of movie marketing I have ever seen. I remember back in 2008 when Forgetting Sarah Marshall was on the brink of... Read more »
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Is the United State of Football Safe Enough?

Is the United State of Football Safe Enough?
Football has been THE number one sport in my family since I was a wee little girl in Upstate New York. Buffalo Bills football to be specific. Yes, I’m a Bills fan. Zip it. So, the first time I ever saw a traumatic head injury, besides seeing one brother smack another over the head with... Read more »

The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival is back for its 25th anniversary

The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival is back for its 25th anniversary
Experimental cinema is still thriving! Who knew? Chicago Filmmakers is presenting our fine city with the 25th anniversary of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. There will be sixty to seventy films from all over the world being screened over four days. It’s September 5th-8th, so if you’re a fan of this offbeat... Read more »

My favorite place in Chicago: Hollywood beach

My favorite place in Chicago: Hollywood beach
Chicago is currently the love of my life. It’s a city of famous museums, beautiful architecture and lovely parks. Our summers are humid as heck but hey, we have clean and plentiful beaches! This is why my favorite place to go in Chicago has to be Hollywood beach, aka the “gay” beach. There are a... Read more »
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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
As if there weren’t already countless reasons to love HBO, they have new original documentaries premiering every Monday throughout the summer. Pussy Riot, a cultured view of the flaws in the Russian judicial system, was the first to debut. Pussy Riot explores the lives of three young women (Nadya, Katya and Masha) who essentially disagree... Read more »

Box office shocker: The Purge hits number one and After Earth plummets

Box office shocker: The Purge hits number one and After Earth plummets
The R-rated thriller, The Purge, has Hollywood movie analysts stumped by taking the number one spot this week by reeling in a whopping 36.4 million. Running on a mere 3-million-dollar budget, The Purge also beat out the Google-based-buddy-comedy, The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, while bumping Fast & Furious 6 to the number... Read more »

Brevity is the New Black: The Vine App

Brevity is the New Black: The Vine App
Just when you think you’re ahead of the digital media game, here comes the new Twitter app, Vine. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Vine allows you to take six-second videos and share them with your friends. It has been described as basically what Instagram is to pictures, but using video. Apparently brevity is... Read more »
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Director Danny Boyle is back in the must see thriller Trance

Director Danny Boyle is back in the must see thriller Trance
“No piece of art is worth a life.” This line is quoted by main character Simon (James McAvoy) twice within the first ten minutes of the film, Trance. It’s said twice because it’s safe to assume director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) wants you to hold that line in the back of your mind while you... Read more »
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