Archive for May 2012

Movie Review: Dark Shadows (**)

Movie Review: Dark Shadows (**)
DARK SHADOWS Genre: Horror Comedy, TV Adaptation, Tim Burton (he’s a genre unto himself at this point) Premise: After being turned into a vampire by a malicious witch (Eva Green) and buried alive, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) awakens centuries later to the year 1972 and returns to his ancestral home to help his dysfunctional clan save the... Read more »

ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast Episode 17: Game of Who? Mad What?

Oh, hi! Welcome to another edition of the ChicagoNow TV Tandem Mad Men/Game of Thrones Podcast Spectacular. This week we discuss Theon and Bran and Roger and Sally and Arya and Theon and a lot of other things. Join us, won’t you. Here’s the link: http://www.tvtandem.com/ChicagoNow_TV_Tandem/Podcast/Entries/2012/5/15_Podcast_5_14.html You can also find us on iTunes for THE FREE!

Game of Thrones Recap: A Man Without Honor

Game of Thrones Recap: A Man Without Honor
The titular “Man Without Honor” is the Kingslayer, AKA Jaime Lannister, AKA the dude who is barely in the book Clash of Kings but who later becomes a well-rounded (and, dare I say, beloved) POV character. The Jaime Lannister storyline is one that the TV Game of Thrones writers have taken some liberty with, and... Read more »
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Which TV Show Do You "Hate-Watch?"

Which TV Show Do You "Hate-Watch?"
There has been a lot of talk on the internets lately about people who watch the show Smash even though they loathe it. It’s called “hate-watching” and it means you derive a perverse pleasure from subjecting yourself to a show that you find overrated or of low quality or both. I used to hate-watch Glee... Read more »

Game of Thrones Recap - The Old Gods and the New

Game of Thrones Recap - The Old Gods and the New
Now that’s an episode. Too bad John slept through half of it. Good thing I’m here to fill in the blanks for him. The common theme of this episode was the power that women have over men…in their pants. Let’s discuss. Dany and All the Men in Qarth: Dany wants ships, damnit! She’s the Mother of... Read more »

Movie Review: Marvel's The Avengers (*****)

Movie Review: Marvel's The Avengers (*****)
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS Genre: Comic Book Action Premise: When Earth is threatened by evil demigod Loki and an army of aliens in search of the Cosmic Cube, Nick Fury and all of S.H.I.E.L.D. must implement the “Avengers Initiative” and bring together the world’s greatest superheroes (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow) to fight in... Read more »
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I HATED That. Even Though You Loved It.

I HATED That. Even Though You Loved It.
The sequel to the book Divergent by Veronica Roth came out this week, and all of the reviews I’ve read have sung the praises of the first book, which I pretty much loathed (because it was so obviously trying to be Harry Potter meets Hunger Games meets Twilight — and failing on all counts). And I feel... Read more »

Movie Review: The Five-Year Engagement (**1/2)

Movie Review: The Five-Year Engagement (**1/2)
THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT Genre: Romantic Comedy Premise: Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) get engaged, but a series of unexpected career developments and setbacks delay their wedding.  Can two people who love each other remain in love while they wait to get married? Behind-the-Scenes: Co-writers Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel previously collaborated on Forgetting Sarah Marshall and... Read more »

Quick and Dirty "Mad Men Recap: At the Codfish Ball

Quick and Dirty "Mad Men Recap: At the Codfish Ball
If I don’t get this up now, I’ll never get it up. That’s what he said. In this episode, we saw the return of Glen, the introduction of Megan’s communist French parents, as well as an example of how LSD hasn’t really changed Roger’s life all that much. Here are some tidbits: Megan is really,... Read more »
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