Archive for January 2013

J.J. Abrams Is Directing The Next Star Wars - Awesome! So What Does That Tell Us?

J.J. Abrams Is Directing The Next Star Wars - Awesome!  So What Does That Tell Us?
In the past few months, my world has been rocked by two huge movie-related announcements.  The first was October 30, 2012, when, while stuck in mediation, I learned that Disney acquired Lucasfilm for some $4 billion dollars, and that not only were they going to make Star Wars Episodes VII-IX, but that other new Star... Read more »

Staying Motivated While Editing

So, here I am blogging about how I should be editing the novel I’m trying to finish before my (self-imposed) February 10 deadline instead of actually, you know, editing it. The silly thing is I really want to finish this manuscript. I think it’s good. I think it’s marketable. After trying to query agents on... Read more »

How to Fix Downton Abbey

How to Fix Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey is TV crack, like Grey’s Anatomy. But just like with regular crack and Grey’s Anatomy, you get addicted and you kind of hate yourself for it. Though the acting is decent and the sets and costume are amazing, this show should not be mentioned in the same breath as Breaking Bad or Mad... Read more »
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Tweet Reviews: Mama, The Last Stand, Hansel & Gretel, Movie 43

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (**)
This week, we’re playing catch-up with all the movies I’ve seen in theaters the last week.  Nothing must-see here, but in case you were wondering, here’s my take.  Read below for quick thoughts and flip through the gallery to see the star ratings. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters: About as good as its title suggests.... Read more »

An Open Letter to Jim Oberweis on His Stance Against Gay Marriage

Dear Senator Oberweis, You do not represent my district in the Illinois legislature; but seeing as I’m a big fan of your ice cream, I thought I’d give you a holler. In fact, your delicious caramel shakes (coupled with frequent burgers and cheese fries from Al’s Beef) were a big part of my 50 lb.... Read more »

Sick-at-Home Mom - 5 Complaints About Convalescing With Children

Sick-at-Home Mom - 5 Complaints About Convalescing With Children
I had the flu this weekend, and so did the rest of the family. Back in my pre-child days I would’ve curled up on the couch with several seasons of Beverly Hills, 90210 (original spice), never setting foot in the outside world except (maybe) to grab the newspaper. This weekend was…different. Here are my complaints.... Read more »
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Book of Mormon Non-Review Review

Good morning! I was going to do a post about important topics like Beyonce’s lip syncing or Butler basketball, but I was out late (for me) seeing Book of Mormon last night. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if you have a chance to score some tickets, do so. I hadn’t listened to any of the... Read more »

TV Review: Should Your DVR Follow "The Following"?

TV Review: Should Your DVR Follow "The Following"?
THE FOLLOWING Airs: Mondays at 9/8c on FOX Stars: Kevin Bacon, Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore, James Purefoy Premise: A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command. The Good: The pilot makes for a dark, intense and action-packed hour.  The plot... Read more »

Movie Review - A Haunted House (*)

Movie Review - A Haunted House (*)
A HAUNTED HOUSE Genre: Comedy Rating: R Running Time: 1 hour 26 mins. Premise: A young couple (Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins) are terrorized by ghosts and other paranormal activity when they move in together. Behind-the-Scenes: Wayans co-wrote the script and returns to the horror spoof territory he mined to great success with Scary Movie 1 and 2.... Read more »
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Movie Review - Gangster Squad (**1/2)

Movie Review - Gangster Squad (**1/2)
GANGSTER SQUAD Genre: Action Rating: R Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins. Premise: In 1940s Los Angeles, a secret squad of police officers come together to take down big-time gangster, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), who runs the city. Behind-the-Scenes: Warner Bros. originally offered the film to Ben Affleck to direct, but he quickly turned it down.  Zombieland’s Ruben... Read more »