Archive for May 2013

Thank You, Teacher Whose Name I Don't Remember

The estimable Jimmy Greenfield posted this topic for discussion over on the top secret ChicagoNow bloggers Facebook page: “To commemorate the end of the school year, tell us something about a teacher who had an impact on your life.” Now, I can name most of my teachers from kindergarten through high school, but the teacher... Read more »

9 Game of Thrones Band Names

9 Game of Thrones Band Names
There was no new Game of Thrones episode this week, (I hope you didn’t think Behind the Candelabra was some sort of Renly/Loras alternate universe flash forward). We still have to wait a whole six days for Episode Nine, “The Rains of Castamere,” the episode where THINGS HAPPEN. The episode with the RW. The episode... Read more »

Furious 6 vs. Hangover III: A Tale of Two Sequels

Furious 6 vs. Hangover III: A Tale of Two Sequels
Going into this weekend, all eyes were on the duel between hotly anticipated sequels, The Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6, for box office supremacy.  Turns out, it wasn’t a close race at all.  Fast 6 easily won the long weekend with $122 million in the bank, compared to Hangover’s $60+ million (which... Read more »
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Which American Idol Alums Should Take Over the Judging Panel?

Which American Idol Alums Should Take Over the Judging Panel?
Rumor has it that FOX is looking to replace its all-star American Idol judging lineup of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Randy “Dawg” Jackson with former contestants. After writing about this show for five years, and watching it obsessively for the first ten seasons, I have not watched American Idol since that one... Read more »

Things I Want Out of My Life Right F-ing Now

John and I are coming up on our tenth wedding anniversary. Back when I was a child bride, nothing made me more excited than registering for gifts and finding special items with which to furnish our new apartment. I had such huge plans. I was going to throw lavish dinner parties. I would make cookies... Read more »

12 Movie Scenes That Make You Bawl Like a Baby

12 Movie Scenes That Make You Bawl Like a Baby
You know what I’m talking about.  The music swells.  Your stomach clenches.  The tears start gathering around your eyes.  You try to hide the shame.  If you’re lucky, the movie switches scenes and relieves you of the sadness.  Everyone at some point in their lives has cried at a movie.  Man, woman, child.  If the... Read more »
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Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Genre: Sci-Fi/Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 132 mins. Premise: Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the rest of the Enterprise crew are sent on a revenge mission to catch and bring to justice war criminal John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) after a massive terrorist bombing, but neither Harrison nor the mission itself are... Read more »

Game of Thrones, "Second Sons"

Game of Thrones, "Second Sons"
After watching last week’s Game of Thrones episode, John complained about how so many scenes are just two people talking in various (gorgeous) locations. Maybe I never noticed that because a) I was typing notes through most of it or b) I was still entertained; but now I can’t unsee it. There’s a lot of... Read more »

7 Reasons Why Game of Thrones is Not for Women

7 Reasons Why Game of Thrones is Not for Women
A little bit has been made recently about how Game of Thrones is not for women. Some awesome journalist  wrote about this for Thrillist.  Andrew Daar responded. I’m going to shock you all when I say (as a woman) that I agree 103% with the Thrillist piece. Game of Thrones is simply NOT for ladies.... Read more »
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Best Rock and Roll Songs for Kids

Best Rock and Roll Songs for Kids
My kids have had me listening to the soundtrack to The Muppets for the past…er…million weeks or so (at least that’s how it feels). They’ve especially taken a shine to “We Built This City” by Jefferson Starship. Of course they have. My daughter has picked up on the whole “Rock and Roll” thing and now... Read more »