Archive for June 2013

8 Simple Twitter Tips to Make Friends and Influence Tweeters

8 Simple Twitter Tips to Make Friends and Influence Tweeters
Last week, on the super secret ChicagoNow Facebook page, someone mentioned how they get a lot of traffic from Facebook, but hardly anything from Twitter. I thought I’d check our Hammervision stats and I discovered that (beep-hoop, beep-boop) we get about a third of our traffic from Twitter. Since, by internet standards, that makes me... Read more »

'Man of Steel' Review: You'll Believe a Man Can Fly, But Will You Care?

'Man of Steel' Review: You'll Believe a Man Can Fly, But Will You Care?
MAN OF STEEL Genre: Superhero Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 143 mins. Premise: Kal-El is sent to Earth by his parents right before his home planet Krypton explodes.  Raised as Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), he aimlessly drifts from job to job, struggling with his super powers and purpose in life.  When Kryptonian baddie General Zod (Michael Shannon)... Read more »

Are We Too Well-Informed About the Weather?

Are We Too Well-Informed About the Weather?
Two weeks ago, my family and I went to Michigan for the weekend. The weather forecasters were predicting Hard Rain. Having been burned before, my husband and I set about preparing our basement for the inevitable flooding. It probably wasn’t bad form to do so. The first time we ever got water in our basement,... Read more »
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'This Is The End' Review: Meta Laughs On An Apocalyptic Scale

'This Is The End' Review: Meta Laughs On An Apocalyptic Scale
THIS IS THE END Genre: Comedy Rating: R Running Time: 107 mins. Premise: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride (all playing themselves) hole up in Franco’s house while the apocalypse rages on outside . Behind-the-Scenes: Rogen and his frequent writing collaborator, Evan Goldberg, wrote the script and make their co-directing debut... Read more »

7 Reasons Why You Should Read the Game of Thrones Books

7 Reasons Why You Should Read the Game of Thrones Books
The third season of Game of Thrones ended on Sunday; and after the…well, let’s call it the “RW (there are SPOILERS in that link),” more people are talking about the show than ever. It’s time to jump on the bandwagon, and it’s time to read the books. The fourth season premieres on April 17, 2014, so... Read more »

Game of Thrones finale recap, "Mhysa"

Game of Thrones finale recap, "Mhysa"
And now our show has ended. Until next season, anyway. We knew not to expect big huge things from this episode, the Season 3 finale of Game of Thrones. The show shot its wad last week by killing off several major (and about a trillion minor) characters. Episode 10 was always going to be about... Read more »
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Sequel Spotlight: Before Midnight and V/H/S 2

Sequel Spotlight: Before Midnight and V/H/S 2
This weekend, I knocked out two of my more highly anticipated sequels of the summer: one in theaters (Before Midnight), and another which just became available on VOD (V/H/S 2). Before Midnight is the third film in what may just be the most unlikely trilogy ever.  I’m not sure anyone could have predicted back in... Read more »

Movie Review: The Purge

Movie Review: The Purge
THE PURGE Genre: Thriller Rating: R Running Time: 85 mins. Premise: In the year 2022, all crime is legal and for one night of the year due to a Government-sponsored program called “The Purge.”  One rich family’s safety (led by Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey) is threatened when they take in a refuge on the night of... Read more »

How To Not Potty Train Your Kid

How To Not Potty Train Your Kid
I’m going to play the part of the smug mommy blogger today, because I have uncovered the secret to getting your children to wee-wee and woo-woo on the toilet. And the secret is this: Don’t potty train them. Don’t make charts. Don’t buy stickers. Don’t promise M&Ms or trips to Disney World. Just point out... Read more »
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Movie Review: Now You See Me

Movie Review: Now You See Me
NOW YOU SEE ME Genre: Heist Thriller Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 113 mins. Premise: A group of magicians who call themselves “The Four Horsemen” are targeted by a pair of detectives after using magic to rob banks. Behind-the-Scenes: Pulled a surprise upset at the box office this weekend by coming in at No. 2, ahead of Will... Read more »