Archive for June 2012

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Are Divorcing...

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Are Divorcing...
…And I called it last night. I also called that Magic Mike would make more money than you could stuff in Milton Berle’s g-string, but who’s counting? So now that we know for sure the extent of Katie Holmes’s Cruise contract (5 years of marriage, for the record), we can start speculating — Who’s the... Read more »

Movie Catch-Up: Seeking a Friend, Abraham Lincoln, Safety

Movie Catch-Up: Seeking a Friend, Abraham Lincoln, Safety
In addition to Brave last weekend, I also caught these other flicks in the theater… Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (***1/2).  A fairly clever and compelling romantic comedy, with great lead performances from Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.  The plot developments prove a little too convenient at times, but the apocalyptic... Read more »

"Brave" Proves That Even Mediocre Pixar Is Still Worth Seeing

"Brave" Proves That Even Mediocre Pixar Is Still Worth Seeing
BRAVE Genre: Animated action drama Premise: Faced with an unwanted arranged marriage, young and headstrong Merida (voiced by Kelly MacDonald) sets out to buck the expectations of her parents, change her fate and rewrite destiny.  Cue the bears. Behind-the-Scenes: Long deemed a “boys club,” this was supposed to be Pixar’s first movie directed by a woman – Brenda... Read more »
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What Did You Think of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" on HBO?

What Did You Think of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" on HBO?
Advance word was not good, so I went in to last night with lowered expectations. I expected the second coming of Studio 60, dolphin-impersonation era. I got…pretty much that, with less squeaking. Briefly, with bullet points, here are my thoughts. I was kind of on board with the first third. As cheesy and Sorkin-esque as... Read more »

Chicago Foodie Wish List: Which Regional Delicacies Need to Come to Our Fair City?

Chicago Foodie Wish List: Which Regional Delicacies Need to Come to Our Fair City?
We wanted Krispy Kreme, we got Krispy Kreme. We wanted Chick-Fil-A, we got that too. Everyone on every food blog ever for the last three years has been talking about food trucks, either pro or con. I couldn’t care less. Truck us, don’t truck us, whatever. I’ll tell you what we do need in Chicago,... Read more »

$#*! My Daughter Says

Most Used Words 18-month-old Baby Cookies Mommy Dada Milk Ball Sticker Whoa Yeah Uh-oh Boo-boo Pickle Ostrich Pop-POP (as said by Magnitude on the TV show Community) Words Cookies Has No Use For Her own name Her brother’s name No
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Movie Review Bites: Sandler, Cruise, and Wes Anderson Are Back

Movie Review Bites: Sandler, Cruise, and Wes Anderson Are Back
THAT’S MY BOY (*) An early contender for one of the worst movies of the year.  Adam Sandler has been steadily losing his comedy credibility with audiences for the last decade now, and this is a new low.  What should have been a welcome return to the R-rated raunch of his earlier comedy albums is... Read more »

What Are You Reading/Watching/Listening To?

What Are You Reading/Watching/Listening To?
On my TV Tandem podcast with Andy Daglas, we take time at the end of every show to discuss what books or movies or music we’re enjoying outside of watching TV. 97% of the time we just end up naming TV shows. Right now we’re in kind of a TV lull between the finales of Game... Read more »

"Madagascar 3" Is Manic Summer Fun For Everyone

"Madagascar 3" Is Manic Summer Fun For Everyone
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED Genre: Animated family comedy Premise: Leaving the comfort of Africa behind, Alex (Ben Stiller), Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith), Marty (Chris Rock), and Melman head to Europe and join a traveling circus in yet another attempt to get back to their zoo in Manhattan. Behind-the-Scenes: The script was co-written by Noah Baumbach (The Squid... Read more »
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"Prometheus" Is A Fascinating, Frustrating Must-See

"Prometheus" Is A Fascinating, Frustrating Must-See
PROMETHEUS Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror Premise: A team of scientists (led by Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) discover ancient drawings that might uncover the origins of mankind, and set off on a fact-finding mission to a remote planet, where they encounter a threat than could end mankind (and everything else in the universe). Behind-the-Scenes: Ridley Scott returns to his Alien... Read more »