Archive for August 2010

True Blood: Rise of the Decepticons

From my True Blood recap at Oh, so much True Blood deception!  Who’s lying?  Who’s truthing?  Who’s going to deep, dark supernatural places in their dreams and drug-induced hazes?  Let’s try to figure out who’s to be believed, and who just wants to hook up with you so he can stake you through the heart. Sookie,... Read more »

Movie Review - Nanny McPhee Returns (***)

  Nanny McPhee Returns.  Directed by Susanna White.  Written by Emma Thompson.  Starring Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rhys Ifans, Ralph Fiennes, and Ewan McGregor. I’m not sure that the world needed another Nanny McPhee movie – or who was asking for one exactly – but here it is, and it’s not that bad.  It doesn’t... Read more »

Emmypalooza 2010 - Emmy Predictions

      The 2010 Emmy Awards telecast airs Sunday, August 29th on NBC.  I’ll be Tweetering my way through the telecast, groaning every time Glee wins an award and taking power naps through the Mini-Series and Made-For-TV Movie categories (Yawn! Another award for the overrated The Pacific. Yawn!) But the time for sour grapes... Read more »

Movie Review - Piranha 3D (***1/2)

  Piranha 3D.  82 mins.  R.  Directed by Alexandre Aja.  Written by Pete Goldfinger & Josh Stolberg.  Starring Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Jerry O’Connell, Christopher Lloyd, and Richard Dreyfuss. About 45 minutes in, I was about ready to give up on this remake of the Roger Corman, Joe Dante-directed ’78 cult classic, Piranha.... Read more »

Movie Review - The Expendables (***)

  The Expendables.  103 mins.  R.  Directed by Sylvester Stallone.  Written by Dave Callaham and Stallone.  Starring Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Terry Crews, and Bruce Willis. Sylvester Stallone’s throwback to the ’80s action flicks of yesteryear is a dumb, fun exercise in nostalgia.  It’s not a... Read more »

Project Runway Recap: You Can Leave Your Hat On

Kristen's look was a mess.  The dress had nothing to do with the hat, and it was shoddily created.  She fully deserved the "auf-ing."  Ta-ta, Kristin.  We hardly knew ye.
First, can we discuss how much Austin Scarlett looks like Peter Scolari in Bosom Buddies?  It’s uncanny.  I will try to get a picture next week.   But enough about that Austin and Santino show that I’ve never watched.  Let’s get to the Runway!         Tonight the designers were asked to design... Read more »

Chicago Film Events - 8/19/10

If you’re looking to escape the heat, there are a few movie events in which you can partake this evening… Looking for a great girls’ night out (or do you need to butter up your girlfriend or wife for some reason)?  Or maybe you’re just a guy standing in front of a movie about a... Read more »

Movie Essentials: 1995

10. BAD BOYS. I can't in good conscience put Michael Bay's Bad Boys in the real Essentials list, but I have to privately honor it all the same.  I love Bad Boys.  I saw it about 10 times in the theater when it came out.  The pairing of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence was inspired.  Bay made it all look slick and cool.  The sequel is bonkers - you almost have to see it to believe it.
In 1995, Major League baseball players finally ended their 232-day strike.  Steve Fossett became the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon.  Windows ’95 was introduced.  DVD was announced.  The Grateful Dead broke up.  David Letterman hosted the Academy Awards and introduced “Uma” to “Oprah.”  Later... Read more »

Movie Reviews: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Eat Pray Love, Step Up 3D

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (****) Is it possible for one to absolutely adore the filmmaking while only liking the actual movie itself?  Edgar Wright’s often brilliant adaptation of the comic book series of the same name seems to suggest the answer is yes.  Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim, a scrawny hipster/musician who falls... Read more »

15 Questions About 'Mad Men' - The Rejected

1. Well, hallelujah!  Who would’ve suspected that a non-Don centric episode could prove to be so lively and interesting? Yes, thank you for this episode, creative team consisting of writer Matthew Weiner and director John Slattery.  It was nice for once this season to see a group of folks working on building their lives rather... Read more »