Archive for October 2011

'In Time' Is Not A Complete Waste Of Time

'In Time' Is Not A Complete Waste Of Time
IN TIME Genre: Sci-fi action thriller Premise: In the future, humans are engineered to only live one year past the age of 25.  Time is money and the more you have it, however, the longer you can extend your life.  After inheriting a decade of time from a guy who no longer wants it, Will Salas (Justin... Read more »

ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast: Chicago Shows

Today on the TV Tandem podcast (which you can now find — for FREE! — on the iTunes if you search for “ChicagoNow TV Tandem”), Andy Daglas and I discuss Starz’s Boss and how it compares to other TV shows set in Chicago.  We also talk about two other new shows: Once Upon a Time... Read more »

Martha Marcy May Marlene: Maybe Mildly Mediocre

Martha Marcy May Marlene: Maybe Mildly Mediocre
There’s been a lot of buzz about Elizabeth Olson’s performance in the new independent film, Martha Marcy May Marlene (try saying that five times fast), and for good reason.   I don’t know if that stems from the fact that her sisters are Mary Kate and Ashley – so who could really expect that much?... Read more »
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REVENGE Recap -- INTRIGUE

Thank you to Noel of Monsters of Television, I can’t not think of the word REVENGE in all caps.  Can’t be done. Also, it’s kind of strange and, to some extent, refreshing to be writing a recap about a show with so little subtext after spending so many weeks writing about Breaking Bad.  REVENGE just... Read more »

5+ Statements About 'The Walking Dead' - Bloodletting

5+ Statements About 'The Walking Dead' - Bloodletting
*Let me just say first off that in the history of our relationship that spans a lot of years, I don’t think John and I have ever come down this passionately on opposite sides of a television show.  He loved last night’s episode; I thought it was not so great.  Obviously, I’m right.  Here’s why.... Read more »

ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast: Episode 2

Andy Daglas and I are back (this time with John) in a TV podcast three-way.  We’re talking about shows we’ve loved and left, Man Up, and our list of pop culture thingies outside of what’s currently on television that we’re totally into right now.  And all of those things are TV-related.  Naturally. Oh, and I... Read more »
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Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Scary - "Paranormal Activity 3"

Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Scary - "Paranormal Activity 3"
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 Genre: Horror Premise: Another prequel to the first Paranormal Activity.  This third entry in the horror franchise that killed Saw takes us back to 1988, where home video footage captures a demon terrorizing young Kristi and Katie. Behind-the-Scenes: Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman earned the gig by keeping mum on whether their last film,... Read more »

2011 Halloween Costume Guide - TV Edition

The Ringer Green Screen: Wear your finest yachting gear; strap a boat around your waist and a picture of the ocean behind you.  Heck, that's probably more legit boating than Sarah Michelle Gellar did during the filming of this scene.
You don’t want to go as regular Ron Swanson (so last year) or anyone from Glee (so 2009), so here are our freshy fresh costuming ideas for this year’s Halloween parties. What are your TV costume plans/suggestions?

The Bad: "Man Up" on ABC

The Bad: "Man Up" on ABC
Why pretend?  I have nothing good to say about this show.  How bad is it?  Let us count the ways: A good 40-50% of the show is just three guys sitting in front of separate TVs playing video games and talking about stuff guys would never talk about while playing video games.  (I base all... Read more »
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A Tale of Two Remakes: Cut Loose with "Footloose"; Torch "The Thing"

A Tale of Two Remakes: Cut Loose with "Footloose"; Torch "The Thing"
The ’80s remake craze kicked into overdrive this past weekend, with the release of Footloose and The Thing.  Both are unnecessary given the quality and fondness in which the originals are held, but Footloose proves to be the rare exception to the rule on remakes.  As directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake... Read more »