Archive for June 2011

Our Blog is Getting a Facelift This Evening

The bandages are coming off tonight; and by tomorrow, our blog will have undergone surgery not seen since the likes of Faye Dunaway (hopefully with more aesthetically pleasing results).   Don’t be scared.  I assure you, you are very safe.  ChicagoNow is just switching over to WordPress, no big deal, Mom.  Change is good. For... Read more »

Trailer Time - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise.  Sawyer.  JJ Abrams producing.  Brad Bird (The Incredibles) making his live action debut.  The follow-up to my favorite movie of all time (M:I-3).  In two words, hell yes.  Enjoy this new teaser trailer.  See you in theaters on December 14!

Movie Review - Bad Teacher (*** out of 5)

BAD TEACHER.  92 mins.  R.  Directed by Jake Kasdan.  Written by Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg. Call it the summer of the R-rated comedy.  Hot on the heels of Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II comes Bad Teacher, an agreeably crude and entertaining time waster with a few solid laughs up its sleeve.  The movie... Read more »
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Movie Review - Cars 2 (*** out of 5)

CARS 2.  112 mins.  G.  Directed by John Lasseter & Brad Lewis.  Written by Ben Queen. Cars is easily my least favorite of all the Pixar movies, but hey, it sells a ton of merchandise and the kids seem to like it so a sequel was almost inevitable.  Luckily, the people at Pixar recognize, unlike... Read more »

'True Blood' Recap - She's Not There

Gary Cole, Mrs. Dursley, foxy boxing.  The season premiere of True Blood had it all.  Here’s where the first episode of season four found everyone: Time Jump: The first several seasons happened in quick succession.  This season fast forwards us a full year and a couple of weeks.  So there have been changes.  Big ones.... Read more »

Movie Review - Mr. Popper's Penguins (*** out of 5)

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS.  95 mins.  PG.  Directed by Mark Waters.  Written by Sean Anders & John Morris and Jared Stern. Jim Carrey has seen his star dim a bit in recent years due to the rise of Judd Apatow-style comedies and R-rated fare like The Hangover.  And while, on paper, this adaptation of the classic... Read more »
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'The Killing' Recap - Orpheus Descending

“Hey, Jamie, if you see the po-po, let me know.” As a fan of Lost, I’m a TV viewer who is familiar with not getting answers or, when I do get answers, getting unsatisfactory ones.  So, the end of The Killing last night, which provided a little of both, didn’t throw me into the depths... Read more »

Movie Review - Green Lantern (** out of 5)

GREEN LANTERN.  105 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Martin Campbell.  Written by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg.  The new DC comic book adaptation, Green Lantern, may be another in a long line of superhero flicks being thrown at audiences this summer, but it’s also got to be the first of... Read more »

Watch Lady Gaga's New Video - "Edge of Glory"

I kind of love this throwback to the ’90s, when every video was just the singer performing in three different locations.  A few thoughts: If you’re gonna sing in three different places for three different cameras, you should at least don three different fabulous outfits (though I don’t blame her for wanting to wear that... Read more »
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In Defense Of...Alfie (2004)

In Defense Of...Alfie (2004)
This is the fifth in a series of posts spotlighting the overlooked, underappreciated, and unfairly maligned movies of our time. Other films given the “In Defense Of” treatment include The Next Three Days, Multiplicity, Speed Racer, and Meet Joe Black. Chris Black famously joked at the 2004 Oscars, “Who is Jude Law? Why is he... Read more »