Archive for May 2014

Yes, I'm buying wine at 8AM

I got a little bit of the side eye this morning at Trader Joe’s. I went there to get an orange and a sandwich, as you do. But while my daughter and I were standing at the counter drinking our free sample of lemonade, I noticed a cheapy-cheap bottle of wine on the sale rack... Read more »

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: "The Laws of Gods and Men"

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: "The Laws of Gods and Men"
In the game of Game of Thrones winners and losers, either you win or you lose. This week’s episode, “The Laws of Gods and Men,” spent most of its time on Tyrion’s trial in King’s Landing. We also checked in with Dany and Stanny and Ramsay. Whose week ruled and whose week blew massive chunks... Read more »

Hammering Out... Neighbors

Hammering Out... Neighbors
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie.  This week: NEIGHBORS. JOHN: This summer promises to be a good one for the R-rated comedy.  With so many superhero films and sequels clogging the release schedule, the R-rated comedy is like the last bastion of... Read more »
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Neighbors and Other Movie Title Doppelgangers

Neighbors and Other Movie Title Doppelgangers
Neighbors pits Seth Rogen and Zac Efron against each other in a suburban battle between family man and frat jock.  It opened on Friday and made $51 million this weekend.  Not too shabby for a movie that only cost $18 million to make.  Look for a “Hammering Out…” review shortly.  But, if you heard the... Read more »

Game of Thrones Recap: "The Laws of Gods and Men"

Game of Thrones Recap: "The Laws of Gods and Men"
Another Game of Thrones episode, another hodgepodge of stories for the first half, followed by thirty minutes of one sustained story. I suppose this works for the show. We get a chance to check in with people we haven’t seen for a while (What up, Yara!), before getting into the episode’s “real” story, which in... Read more »

Dry Weddings: Yea or Nay?

Dry Weddings: Yea or Nay?
There were reports on Dlisted and Radar Online yesterday that Justin Theroux really wants Jennifer Aniston to agree to a dry wedding, i.e. no alcohol. I’m assuming water is OK. What are your feelings on this? I can wrap my brain around a dry wedding if alcohol is a sensitive subject for the bridal party,... Read more »
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Letter to a New Mom: 6 Parenting Lessons I Learned Too Late

Letter to a New Mom: 6 Parenting Lessons I Learned Too Late
Hey-o! ChicagoNow bloggers are joining forces today in support of new moms as they celebrate their first Mother’s Day. At this point in my life, I’m the smug mother of two CHILDREN, not babies, not toddlers. They are proper KIDS. And because we are now safely out of the baby zone, I am in the... Read more »

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: First of His Name

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: First of His Name
This latest episode of Game of Thrones, “First of His Name,” was Tyrion and Jaime-free (well, almost; Jaime was in the room while Tommen was being crowned king of Westeros, but that’s it), so two of our favorite losers are off the list this week. Who took their places? Who had a good week, and... Read more »

Game of Thrones Recap: First of His Name

Game of Thrones Recap: First of His Name
We are now in the middle of Season 4, AKA the point where the writers start setting things up for Episode 9, which has traditionally been when Big Things happen. Tonight’s Game of Thrones episode, “First of His Name,” was no exception to that wheels-spinning rule. Not a ton “happened,” but it was still a... Read more »
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Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Genre: Superhero Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 141 mins. Premise: Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) struggles with dating Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) while fending off villains Electro (Jamie Foxx) and old pal Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), who has transformed himself into the Green Goblin. Behind-the-Scenes: In an effort to ape what Marvel... Read more »