Archive for October 2011

ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast: Episode 1

This weekend I recorded a podcast with Andy Daglas of The Vast Wasteland.  We’re calling it ChicagoNow TV Tandem because we’re ChicagoNow bloggers from two different blogs talking about physics.  I mean TV.  (And sometimes movies, too.) In this episode we discuss Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Suburgatory, Revenge, and more. If you have any topics... Read more »

10 Questions About the Season Premiere of 'The Walking Dead'

10 Questions About the Season Premiere of 'The Walking Dead'
1. Blah blah blah trite dialog blah blah blah going on the road blah blah blah zombies blah blah blah Shane and Lori being stupid blah blah blah T-Dog.  Amirite? Basically.  Last season we left our merry band of survivors outside the blown-to-bits CDC, ready to hit the road in a car, an RV, and... Read more »

Friendly Reminder About 'The Walking Dead'

America’s favorite show about zombies and Atlanta (after Designing Women, of course) returns this weekend on the AMC.  Now that Breaking Bad is over (Have you recovered yet?) imma be recapping all the gore and weaponry and underdeveloped character stereotypes on The Walking Dead.  Join me, will you? If you missed the show last season... Read more »
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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly American - ABC's "Last Man Standing"

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly American - ABC's "Last Man Standing"
There’s a story in the Hammerle family folklore that goes like this: John went to see the Lindsay Lohan Parent Trap movie with his brother J.J. when they were both too old to be seeing that movie.  John was kind of like, whatever about it and he turned to J.J. in the middle of the... Read more »

Et Tu, Brute? "The Ides Of March" Wants Your Vote Come Oscar Time

Et Tu, Brute?  "The Ides Of March" Wants Your Vote Come Oscar Time
THE IDES OF MARCH Genre: Political thriller Premise: A young, idealistic campaign manager (Ryan Gosling) is thrust into the dark, dirty side of politics when he learns that all is not what it seems with his golden boy candidate (George Clooney). Behind-the-Scenes: Based on the play “Farragut North.”  Clooney co-wrote and directs.  Chris Pine was originally cast in... Read more »

20 Questions About the Season Finale of 'Breaking Bad' - "Face Off"

20 Questions About the Season Finale of 'Breaking Bad' - "Face Off"
1. “Face Off.”  Do you get it? I do. 2. I mean “Face Off.”  Seriously.  Walter (indirectly, through Tio) finally faced off with Gus.  And then Gus’s face was all…off. You don’t have to explain.  I get it. 3. But I’m just saying. You said. 4. Anyway, let’s get down to it.  This was a... Read more »
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"Real Steel" Is The Citizen Kane Of Boxing Robot Movies

"Real Steel" Is The Citizen Kane Of Boxing Robot Movies
REAL STEEL Genre: Sports/Action/Drama Premise: Estranged father and son (Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo) bond while they take a junkyard boxing robot from underdog to champ.  Think Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots – the Movie. Behind-the-Scenes: Based on the short story by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, Duel).  Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis are executive producers.  Shawn Levy... Read more »

Why I Refused to Let My Husband Train for the Chicago Marathon

I am a Chicago Marathon H8R.  In fact, the Chicago Marathon and I should probably go on Mario Lopez’s show to get to know each other better as people and come to an understanding.  But until that time, I remain a Non-athoner, one of millions of people around the world who just don’t understand why... Read more »

FX's "American Horror Story" Is Batshit Crazy...In a Good Way...I Think...

FX's "American Horror Story" Is Batshit Crazy...In a Good Way...I Think...
AMERICAN HORROR STORY Genre: Horror, duh Airs: Wednesdays at 9pm central on FX Premise: Boston family of three (headed by mom Connie Britton and dad Dylan McDermott) relocate to a spooky house in L.A. to escape their troubled past, only to find a more sinister trouble inside their new house. Behind-The-Scenes: Creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy previously collaborated... Read more »
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Dolphin Tale Swims Into Family Audiences' Good Graces

Dolphin Tale Swims Into Family Audiences' Good Graces
DOLPHIN TALE Genre: Family Drama Premise: Misunderstood boy finds new meaning in life after he rescues a stranded dolphin and tries to help it swim again after losing its tail. Behind-the-Scenes: Winter the dolphin plays herself in the movie.  Director Charles Martin Smith also acts, and is probably best known for American Graffiti and The Untouchables. The Good: ... Read more »