Archive for July 2012

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-watching Batman (1989)

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-watching Batman (1989)
In honor of next weekend’s release of the hugely anticipated trilogy capper, The Dark Knight Rises, and because I’ve just recently re-watched all of the Burton/Schumacher films with my son, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to reflect back on the first four Batman movies that paved the way for Christopher Nolan’s take.  Forget the ’60s... Read more »

The 5 Most Disappointing Movies of 2012 So Far

1. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.  I had my doubts that it was too early to reboot the Spider-Man franchise, but I liked the casting and early footage looked good, so my Spidey fandom got the better of me.  This new film pales in comparison to the first two Sam Raimi Spider-Mans.  Marc Webb lacks a compelling vision, the script leaves plot threads dangling (hello?!  What happened to the "untold story"?), and the Lizard makes for one lame-ass villain.  Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are likeable together though, so maybe there's room for improvement in the inevitable sequel.
If you build up expectations, chances are you’re going to be disappointed more often than not.  This year is no exception.  Many  highly anticipated movies have come and gone, leaving a wake of missed opportunities and disheartened fans.  Here are five movies (and one special mention) that let me down this year, for one reason... Read more »

"Newsroom" Briefing: Take 2

I pretty much wrote The Newsroom off after the second episode, but the latest episode, 112th Congress, showed promise and kept me awake for the entire sixty minutes (no mean feat). The Good The show skipped ahead several months to the November 2010 elections, which means we don’t have to spend an entire season getting... Read more »
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My 5 Favorite Movies of 2012 So Far

1. MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS.  This five years in-the-making, herculean event movie lived up to the hype and then some.  Full of dynamic action, excellent dialogue, brilliant character interplay, and a healthy dose of humor, The Avengers is not only one of the best superhero movies ever made, but an excellent ensemble action movie.  The cast is terrific (everyone gets a chance to shine) and Joss Whedon deserves a lion's share of the credit for making this behemoth production work as well as it does.  Truly awesome.  My favorite so far this year.
Now that we’re at the midpoint for the year, it seems like the perfect time to look back at the movies released so far and see what might have a shot at making the Top 10 list at the end of the year.   I’ve seen over 90 movies so far and here are my... Read more »

This Spider-Man Reboot Is Far From "Amazing"

This Spider-Man Reboot Is Far From "Amazing"
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Genre: Superhero/Comic Book/Action Premise: High school student Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) gets bitten by a radioactive spider and develops super powers.  He takes to fighting crime, while figuring out the mystery behind his parents’ disappearance/death, romancing Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and taking on a formidable foe in a mutated scientist called the Lizard (Rhys... Read more »

Spend Your 4th of July Eyeballs Deep in Salacious Gossip -- As Our Forefathers Intended!

Spend Your 4th of July Eyeballs Deep in Salacious Gossip -- As Our Forefathers Intended!
The 4th of July is a horrible holiday* saved only by one thing…Crazy Days and Nights Blind Item REVEALS!!! Yes, that’s right. After months of reading blind gossip posts about some mystery starlet making out with another mystery starlet while a mystery B-list actor snorts cocaine off everyone’s derrieres, including his own probably, it’s time... Read more »
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Televangelism - Which TV Show Turns You Into a Religious Zealot?

Televangelism - Which TV Show Turns You Into a Religious Zealot?
Sunday afternoon. John and I innocently invite my mom and dad over for a simple BBQ. No big deal. We eat our burgers and our brats and my corn/zucchini salad and my “baked” beans that aren’t all watery like last time. And as we sit around digesting, the topic of TV comes up. And then... Read more »

Free Performances in Chicago: Dance in the Parks

If you are looking for something to do with your family this summer that is fun, cultural, and (HEY-o) FREE, look no further than Dance in the Parks. Katie McCann, a college friend of mine (Go, Dawgs!) founded Dance in the Parks when she moved to Chicago a few years ago and realized how inaccessible... Read more »