Archive for April 2012

ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast #16: Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and My Little Pony

The new podcast is up! In this episode, Andy Daglas, Andrew Daar, and I discuss the superhero team of Sally and Roger on Mad Men and whether or not the Game of Thrones writers have bit off more than they can chew. Here’s the link: http://www.tvtandem.com/ChicagoNow_TV_Tandem/Podcast/Entries/2012/4/30_Podcast_4_30_12.html As always, you can find the podcast for ZERO DOLLARS... Read more »

Game of Thrones Recap and Temperature Taking: The Ghost of Harrenhal

Game of Thrones Recap and Temperature Taking: The Ghost of Harrenhal
I’m in the position of watching Game of Thrones each week with someone who has read none of the books. So while I’m all, “Oh my God! That’s Jaqen H’ghar over by there!” John’s all, “Tell me, which one’s Bran again?” And while I know that Clash of Kings, the book upon which this season... Read more »

It's OK to Just Laugh

I don’t know about you, but I laughed like crazy at las night’s Law & Order-themed Community episode. And I was by myself. And I’ve only ever seen one episode of Law & Order, and it was the pilot of Law & Order: Los Angeles. Oh, and I’ve seen the Sesame Street parody of Law... Read more »
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ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast 15: Mad Men and Game of Thrones

Oh, hi! Andy Daglas, Andrew Daar, and I are talkin’ ’bout Game of Thrones again. And Mad Men! Topics of discussion this week include: Just how crazy is Michael Ginsberg? And, man, how awkward was that scene with Joffrey and the whores? And where is Peggy Olson’s movie theater located? You can find us on... Read more »

2012 Summer Movie Forecast: Boldly Predicting the 10 Biggest Hits

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (July 20).  Though it will be hard to top the pop cultural watershed of 2008's The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan's trilogy capper will aim to do just that.  This should prove to be THE movie of the summer.  Will we be able to understand Tom Hardy's Bane?  Will Anne Hathaway's casting as Catwoman prove fatal?  None of that will matter as long as Nolan sticks the landing here.  And, really, who has any reason to doubt him at this point?  Projected Gross: $450 million.
This will mark the third year that I bravely (or is it stupidly?) try to predict this summer’s box office winners.  I’m not saying these are going to be the best movies of the summer, just the biggest hits.  These are the movies you’re going to be hearing about all summer – or at least... Read more »

Game of Thrones Recap: Garden of Bones

Game of Thrones Recap: Garden of Bones
The titular Garden of Bones refers to the land outside the city of Qarth (the city that has replaced Vaes Dothrak in the opening credits). The people of Qarth don’t take kindly to strangers, even if one of those strangers is the Mother of Dragons. Dany has been traveling over deserts looking for buddies to... Read more »
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Movie Review: The Three Stooges (***)

Movie Review: The Three Stooges (***)
THE THREE STOOGES Genre: Comedy Premise: The 3 Stooges – Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes), and Curly (Will Sasso) – try to save their orphanage and accidentally end up in a murder plot and starring on Jersey Shore. Behind-the-Scenes: The Farrelly Brothers (There’s Something About Mary) have been working on a Three Stooges movie adaptation for what... Read more »

I Really Like My Daughter

I don’t normally write about the small people who live in my house, but my mom tells me that people like it. “People” being “my mom.” When my son was about 15-months-old, I started taking him to Gymboree classes and it was a huge eye opener. I had only known him, really, inside the context... Read more »

Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods (****1/2)

Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods (****1/2)
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS Genre: Horror Premise: Five friends go on vacation to a remote cabin in the woods, where unspeakable horrors await them.  You only think you know the story. Behind-the-Scenes: Completed in 2009, The Cabin in the Woods was one of the victims of MGM’s bankruptcy, until Lionsgate rescued it from the shelf.  Co-writer/director Drew... Read more »
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ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast #14: Game of Thrones and Mad Men

One day I will learn how to do fancy things with my recording software, like “edit” and “not press record instead of play, thus erasing seconds of precious TV analysis.” But today is not that day. I’d apologize for the hiccups, but that’s just part of the beauty of free, unsolicited internet commentary. This week,... Read more »