Archive for July 2013

Mix Tape Mania: The Ultimate Summer Mix '98

Mix Tape Mania: The Ultimate Summer Mix '98
Over the weekend, I had the great fortune to head down to Muncie, Indiana for the Midwest Writers Workshop. If you’re a writer-person in the Midwest (or wherever, really), I highly recommend the conference. I learned a lot and met a ton of great people. Driving down to Muncie, I had to take our 2002... Read more »

Death on the Internet

So, that was jarring. I was all set to write a silly post about a mix tape I found in the car over the weekend (I’ll still write about that later, don’t worry), when I hopped on Facebook for a moment. I scrolled through the likes and the pictures and the gobbledygook and then I... Read more »

'The Wolverine' Review: Well, It's Better Than the Last One

'The Wolverine' Review: Well, It's Better Than the Last One
THE WOLVERINE Genre: Comic Book Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 126 mins. Premise: Logan a/k/a The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is charged with protecting the daughter of someone he saved years ago in WWII, and has to fend off villainous threats from the likes of the Yakuza and a deathly tongued mutant called Viper. Behind-the-Scenes: Before he jumped on... Read more »
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25 Forgotten Films From the 90s: Vol. 2 (1994-1996)

25 Forgotten Films From the 90s: Vol. 2 (1994-1996)
Our trek through pop culture obscurity continues!  Last week, I covered the forgotten films from 1990-1993.  We’re moving forward another 3 years, but there’s still just as many forgettable flicks from that time period, if not more.  Check back next week for the final installment.  Until then, get your shovels out.  It’s time to unearth... Read more »

Movie Revue: Conjuring, Only God, RED 2, Turbo

Movie Revue: Conjuring, Only God, RED 2, Turbo
THE CONJURING.  Director James Wan has come a long way from the grisly torture porn of Saw.  Building on some of the horror techniques he used in Insidious, and honing them to even greater effect, The Conjuring is a very stylish and confidently directed scare pic.  The vibe of the film is decidedly retro.  The... Read more »

Eat This, Nerds. I Made Nutella.

Eat This, Nerds. I Made Nutella.
A few weeks ago, I made mustard. Last week I decided to try my hand at making Nutella, my son’s sandwich spread of choice. It’s the only kind of sandwich he ever wants — a chocolate sandwich. So I thought I’d see if I could replicate the chocolate/hazelnut spread at home and if it would... Read more »
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8 Exciting TV Births To Remember as We Wait for Kate Middleton's Baby

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nmJ_r6wfWKc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br>Friends, Emma's birth: Every birth on Friends was an EVENT. It took Rachel a long time to get into the delivery room, and then when she finally did, she learned that the baby was breech.
Kate Middleton is in labor! This is…exciting? I mean, she was taken to the hospital in early stages of labor over night, which means we probably have a LOT of time before we can forget about North West and start talking about little Princess Imogen or Prince Mr. Carson, named after the butler on Downton... Read more »

Famous People I've Seen or Met in Real Life (and One of Them is Not Guy Fieri)

Famous People I've Seen or Met in Real Life (and One of Them is Not Guy Fieri)
In no particular order. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen (at O’Hare) Walter Peyton (at a high school basketball game) Tyne Daly (on Michigan Avenue) Pat Tomasulo (at the Navy Pier IMAX) Robin Baumgarten (at Jewel) Dean Richards (at a benefit)   (I saw all of those WGN Morning News folks separately and randomly. I’m coming... Read more »

My So-Called Emmy Reactions

My So-Called Emmy Reactions
The Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning. You can find them all here. I posted my predictions and fantasies yesterday. Some of them came true. Most of them didn’t. Here are some quick thoughts. The Good: Modern Family‘s Reign of Terror might be ending? Kind of? The first blow was delivered to the award-winning... Read more »
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25 Forgotten Films From the 90s: Vol. 1 (1990-1993)

25 Forgotten Films From the 90s: Vol. 1 (1990-1993)
So, the other day, I was perusing the home video section of Amazon.com, as I’m typically prone to do, and I discovered that The Shadow would soon be released on Blu-Ray.  Remember The Shadow?  That 1994 crime fighter action film starring a skinny Alec Baldwin?  The one based on a popular character from 1930s pulp... Read more »