Archive for April 2012

Game of Thrones Recap - What Is Dead May Never Die

Game of Thrones Recap - What Is Dead May Never Die
Having read the book upon which this season is based, my eyes and ears are tuned in to catch all the little throwaway moments that hint at foreshadowing. Things that happened in this episode that may be more important than they seem: Instead of leaving them to burn, Arya saves the three dangerous prisoners, including... Read more »

Mad Men Recap - Signal 30

Mad Men Recap - Signal 30
Last night’s Mad Men episode was a tale of two account men. It was the story of Pete Campbell, who appears to be starting a quarter-life crisis, and Kenny Cosgrove, who is riding into maturity like a boss. I found this episode particularly interesting because it explored one of the themes of the novel I’m... Read more »

Movie Review: American Reunion (**1/2)

Movie Review: American Reunion (**1/2)
AMERICAN REUNION Genre: Comedy Premise: The whole American Pie gang get back together for their 13-year high school reunion, struggling to reconcile who they were in high school with who they are now.  Side note: who has a 13-year reunion? Behind-the-Scenes: Written and  directed by the two guys who gave us the Harold and Kumar series.  Jason Biggs... Read more »
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ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast: Lucky 13

This week, Andy Daglas and I are joined by Andrew Daar to discuss GCB and The Voice. Just kidding. Of course we’re talking about Mad Men and Game of Thrones, because what else is there to talk about in the world. And a warning: SPOILER ALERT! Andrew mentions a brief spoiler alert during the Game... Read more »

Mad Men Recap - Mystery Date

Mad Men Recap - Mystery Date
This week’s Mad Men episode entitled “Mystery Date” sadly did not reference the 1991 Ethan Hawke movie, but the 1960s game show of the same name. Perhaps someday someone will create an Important TV Show about the early ’90s grunge scene and we’ll get the Teri Polo pop culture references we so desire. But for... Read more »

Game of Thrones Recap - The Night Lands

Game of Thrones Recap - The Night Lands
The second episode of the second season of Game of Thrones felt like more catching up with people, namely the folks we didn’t see much of last week. This week there was no Robb Stark or Jaime Lannister or Bran or Catlyn or Sansa. This week we got to see a few people who fell... Read more »
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Game of Thrones is Mad Men Meets The Hunger Games Meets Rick Santorum Meets Cubs Opening Day

Game of Thrones is Mad Men Meets The Hunger Games Meets Rick Santorum Meets Cubs Opening Day
How Game of Thrones is like Mad Men: Both air on Sunday night on cable. Both feature characters who probably headline a bunch of Top Five most hated characters ever lists (i.e. Joffrey and Betty) How Game of Thrones is like The Hunger Games: Did you not see the part where all the kids got... Read more »

Movie Review: Mirror Mirror (*1/2)

Movie Review: Mirror Mirror (*1/2)
MIRROR MIRROR Genre: Family Fantasy Premise: The untold story of Snow White (Lily Collins), seen from the perspective of the Evil Queen (Julia Roberts). Behind-the-Scenes: Director Tarsem Singh is the visionary director behind The Cell, The Fall, and last year’s Immortals.  This is the first of two Snow White-themed movies hitting theaters this year.  The other, Snow White... Read more »

ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast: Episode 12

Andy Daglas and I are joined by Andrew Daar to discuss Mad Men and Game of Thrones, two shows you may have heard of. Listen here: http://www.tvtandem.com/ChicagoNow_TV_Tandem/Podcast/Entries/2012/4/2.html Or for FREE on the iTunes.
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Game of Thrones Season 2 Premiere Recap - The North Remembers

Game of Thrones Season 2 Premiere Recap - The North Remembers
This season of Game of Thrones will follow the events of the second book of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, A Clash of Kings. Which I read…very slowly…this past fall. Right now there are five folks vying for the Iron Throne, which has been vacated by King Robert Baratheon, who was bested... Read more »