Archive for August 2013

Great Odin's Raven! ALL Of These Fall Movies Look Amazing

Great Odin's Raven!  ALL Of These Fall Movies Look Amazing
For the past few weeks, many of the film websites I visit daily have been bombarded with new trailers for movies coming out this Fall.  I’ve watched them, and have been consistently impressed.  I mean, c’mon!  They ALL look amazing.  How this ultimately plays out at the box office, in critics’ reviews, or during awards... Read more »

Notes on Scandal: Shipping Olivia Pope and David Rosen

Notes on Scandal: Shipping Olivia Pope and David Rosen
This could be one of the most controversial posts I’ve ever done. I’m not even kidding. If you followed me on Twitter the whole time I was burning through the first two seasons of Scandal, you probably know my feelings about President Fitzgerald Grant. The gist is — Not good, Bob. Fitz is probably our... Read more »

'Elysium' Review: Filmmakers Can Suffer the Sophomore Slump Too

'Elysium' Review: Filmmakers Can Suffer the Sophomore Slump Too
ELYSIUM Genre: Sci-Fi Action Rating: R Running Time: 109 mins. Premise: In the future, the wealthy live in an orbiting satellite paradise called Elysium, while everyone else lives on Earth.  When he’s exposed to radiation and only has 5 days left to live, Max (Matt Damon) embarks on a mission to break into Elysium to bring equality... Read more »
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Best Tweets from the Season Premiere of Breaking Bad

Best Tweets from the Season Premiere of Breaking Bad
Lots of people had lots of things to say about Breaking Bad last night on Twitter. Really, hardly anyone was talking about anything else. Once in a while a True Blood nod would sneak in there, but that’s about it. Folks were chatting about what was happening in the episode, how they needed to get... Read more »

Breaking Bad Premiere Recap: Blood Money

Breaking Bad Premiere Recap: Blood Money
Walt’s cancer is back. It’s probably just lung cancer redux; but if it’s revealed to be a brain tumor, then I’m about to look 95% less ridiculous than I did a year ago. Tonight’s episode started In The Future, where Walt has hair and a beard and an old Cadillac. His house stands empty, fenced... Read more »

'We're the Millers' Review: Fun, Crowd-Pleasing Comedy Delivers Big Laughs

'We're the Millers' Review: Fun, Crowd-Pleasing Comedy Delivers Big Laughs
WE’RE THE MILLERS Genre: Comedy Rating: R Running Time: 110 mins. Premise: Pot dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) is charged with smuggling a “smidge” of weed from a Mexican drug cartel, so he recruits his neighbor stripper, Rose (Jennifer Aniston), an angry runaway (Emma Roberts), and a naive virgin (Will Poulter) to pose as his family in order... Read more »
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Grammar Thuggery: Should You Correct Other People's Grammar on the Internet?

I have a confession to make. I am a reformed grammar thug. Yesterday on our Super Secret Underground ChicagoNow Blogger Facebook page, there was a spirited discussion about whether or not one blogger should tell another blogger that s/his post contains multiple grammatical errors. Many folks came down on the side of “Tell me! I’d... Read more »

11 Bad Movie Spin-offs That Will Make You Dread 'Disney's Planes'

11 Bad Movie Spin-offs That Will Make You Dread 'Disney's Planes'
The marketing materials for Disney’s Planes (out this Friday, Aug. 9) tout the movie as coming “From Above the World of Cars.”  Noticeably absent from any of the posters, trailers, or TV ads is one simple word: Pixar.  Why?  The movie wasn’t made by Pixar, and, in fact, was originally geared towards a direct-to-DVD release... Read more »

'2 Guns' Review: The Best Surprise of the Summer

'2 Guns' Review: The Best Surprise of the Summer
2 GUNS Genre: Action Comedy Rating: R Running Time: 109 mins. Premise: When Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Stig (Mark Wahlberg) rob a bank to get back at a drug kingpin, they inadvertently set off a series of double and triple crosses, with the C.I.A., Navy, and drug cartel hot on their trail. Behind-the-Scenes: Director Baltasar Kormakur previously... Read more »
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I was stuck inside a house for three days with my entire family and NO INTERNET

I was stuck inside a house for three days with my entire family and NO INTERNET
And it was wonderful. I am always “on”, always “working,” always “plugged in.” On the weekends, I’m writing and keeping up with what Very Important nonsense is happening on the internet. Same goes for nap time and lunch time and “John putting the kids to bed time.” Maybe it’s a sickness. Maybe I feel like... Read more »