Archive for March 2010

Best Moments from Thursday Night NBC Comedies

Chicago native Danny Pudi does his best Reginald VelJohnson on Community. Dwight gets spooked by Angela.   K-Date. I want to go to there.   Which were your favorite moments from last night?  Why didn’t anything from Parks and Recreation stand out for me?  

In Memoriam: At the Movies

  It was with great surprise and sadness that I turned the page of this morning’s Chicago Tribune Business section and learned that ABC/Disney would be cancelling the long-running film review show, currently titled At the Movies and long known before that as Siskel & Ebert.  Though Ebert has been away from the show for... Read more »

American Idol - Last 10 Standing.

My recap of Idol’s results show is up at   Can Idol start saving us an hour of our lives every week and just go ahead and announce the week’s ouster in a press release or something?  This is becoming quite actually unbearable.  Some notes: 1.     No one cares if you have fun, contestants.  We audience... Read more »

America's Next Top Model - Dancitude

Tyra and company put on their thinking caps and dancing shoes for this week’s waltz through Crazytown. Note to Tyra, et. al.: Stop trying to make “dreckitude” happen.

American Idol - Billboard #1 Week

We’re not neglecting the yearly ratings behemoth that is American Idol.  In fact, just the opposite.  You can find my recap of this week’s episode at Here’s an excerpt: Well, that was two hours of my life I’ll never get back.  During the last hour, I kept thinking over and over and over, “I... Read more »

Queue It Up: February 23, 2010

Click on any of the titles below to add to your Netflix queue PICK OF THE WEEK: Fantastic Mr. Fox: One of my favorite movies of last year (No. 7) and a welcome return to form for writer-director Wes Anderson.  Charming and funny in equal doses, and the stop motion animation is a marvel to... Read more »

Dancing With the Stars - Season 10 Begins!

The “stars” danced tonight.  Let’s see how it went… (Click on the photos for captions and comments).

Hammering Out . . . The Pacific

THE PACIFIC, HBO, Sundays, 9/8pm central JOHN: Having seen and loved Band of Brothers, I was really excited for HBO’s The Pacific, which follows a trio of American soldiers fighting the Japanese in the Guadalcanal at the start of WWII.  Not unlike Band of Brothers, it’s a 10-episode miniseries executive produced by Steven Spielberg and... Read more »

The Bounty Hunter (**)

The Bounty Hunter.  111 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Andy Tennant.  Written by Sarah Thorp.  Starring Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis, Jeff Garlin, Christine Baranski, and Cathy Moriarty. As far as ill-conceived star vehicles go, The Bounty Hunter is pretty bad.  Not offensively bad (like director Andy Tenannt’s last outing, 2008’s Fool’s Gold), but lame... Read more »

Repo Men (**1/2)

Repo Men.  111 mins.  R.  Directed by Miguel Sapochnik.  Written by Eric Garcia & Garrett Lerner.  Starring Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga, and Liev Schreiber.   Repo Men is a junky, uber-violent B-movie dressed up with A-list stars that mostly just calls to mind other, better movies as you’re watching it.  I was immediately reminded... Read more »