August 16, 2012 |
First Caleb Hanie with Denver, now Rex Grossman with Washington. It's as if the NFL set it up so Bears fans would have something to talk about in the preseason, when the games are as meaningless as Adam Dunn's batting average. Grossman's career in Chicago was a mixed bag, with a Super Bowl appearance the high point among some head-scratching seasons. In a recent Tribune interview, the 31-year-old sounds like he's ready to mentor the Redskins' new No. 1 quarterback, Robert Griffin III. That's all well and good, but we know what he's REALLY thinking.
August 15, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) No, “Jobs” doesn't reach the heights of “The Social Network.” Few movies do. Yet this biopic delivers a powerful lesson via an OK movie: That people can change the world if they don't let others stand in their way. “Jobs” traces Apple founder Steve Jobs' (Ashton Kutcher) life from his college-aged days as an ambitious, brilliant dropout to the late-'90s era when he returned to the company that previously forced him out. At first, the casting seems questionable; Kutcher's good looks don't exactly scream “socially awkward computer whiz,” and when...
September 26, 2013 |
** (out of four) Perhaps the molasses-slow, mockumentary-ish “Computer Chess” will connect with a small but rabid community. The critical buzz for writer-director Andrew Bujalski's (“Beeswax”) latest suggests as much. Thing is, great films about niche societies - like the spectacular doc “The King of Kong” - open up their worlds to a broader audience. That doesn't mean pandering; it means translating what makes their subjects special. In his black-and-white, early '80s-set look at a chess tournament and a group of men experiencing...
December 8, 2011 |
0.5 stars (out of four) Perhaps at some point in the future, a great movie will feature the line, “Ladies, may the best va-jay-jay win!” That line, spoken about two pregnant women (Jessica Biel, Sarah Paulson) competing to deliver just after midnight Dec. 31 and win $25,000, probably represents all that needs to be said about “New Year's Eve.” But why would I stop there? In a film whose idea of timely humor means referencing “Girls Gone Wild” and Guantanamo Bay and whose storytelling approach...
January 9, 2012 |
This time last year, Charlie Sheen was headed to rehab after being hospitalized in the midst of what we'll call a "non-winning spree. " Now he's prepping to start shooting his new FX series, "Anger Management," (irony, anyone?) and told reporters during a news conference Sunday, "I'm not crazy anymore. " Forgive our skepticism, Charlie, but we'd like you to take this quiz to determine your wacky level before we let you out of the pop culture nuthouse. email@example.com | @redeyedana 1 -- A group of three women ring your...
October 16, 2012 |
It is my humble opinion that the loose confederation of movie studios, actors, directors, and producers colloquially known as “Hollywood” blows and is mostly terrible at what they do. Just looking over the list of ten Oscar nominated films from last year, one is struck by the staggering feebleness of what are supposedly the best movies of the year. That's why whenever a writer/director comes along who appears to be creative and original in any way whatsoever, I'm all for redistributing money from the last Michael Bay Transformers dump or...