May 30, 2013 |
***1/2 (out of four) “I [bleeped] up my life because of the way you sing.” Jesse (Ethan Hawke) hurls that back-handed gem at Celine (Julie Delpy) during an epic fight in “Before Midnight,” director/co-writer Richard Linklater's follow-up to 1995's “Before Sunrise” and 2004's “Before Sunset.” What began as a hopeful-if-bittersweet toast to romantic opportunity and transitioned to adult disappointments and difficult choices with more at stake has become a profoundly authentic depiction of a struggling, textured long-term relationship.
September 5, 2012 |
I'm just saying: “Breaking Bad” has become a bit overrated. Obviously, it's great. The performances are great, the ambience of dread created throughout the show's five seasons is great, the mechanisms by which the plot evolves tend to be great (although not all the time), but all told, in the cannon of long-form narratives told as television series(es), it's a been a bit overblown by the hype machine. Again, I love “Breaking Bad”. It's as addictive as Walter White's blue meth.
October 17, 2013 |
During the summer, Chicago's brunch scene is packed with pretty people sipping mimosas and showing off their tans in bicep-baring tanks and skimpy sundresses. Is anyone else ready to welcome fall with a cozy, chunky sweater and a big ol' stack of French toast? These seven new weekend brunches will let you get your day off to a delicious, if a bit decadent, start. DryHop Brewers 3155 N. Broadway 773-857-3155 Launched: Sept. 21 Dishes: Just a few months after its June opening, this Lakeview brewery introduced daytime treats such as The Captain's French Toast ($9)
February 18, 2013 |
This Sunday is the Oscars, and in preperation you should listen to my appearance on "The Winners and Losers Podcast" with Chicago comedians Hank Thompson and Jeff Steinbrunner right here . We talk "Django," "Zero Dark," "Argo," "Silver Linings," "Beasts," and all the rest. We make predictions and bitch about what deserves to win. Offensive comments are made. Larger social and political contexts are explored. Everyone gets laid at the end. Also, if you're watching the broadcast on Sunday and have the Twitter nearby, I will be...
November 4, 2011 |
Detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin investigate a home invasion in the latest episode of "Grimm" debuting at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 on NBC. But as you'd expect in a show about fractured fairy tales and an episode titled "Bears Will Be Bears," it isn't your normal case of breaking-and-entering. Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) meet a mysterious family whose cultural background blurs the line of right and wrong, not to mention human and, um, not human. Nick also asks his new wolf buddy, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell)
March 8, 2013 |
The DIY Network's show "Desperate Landscapes" is coming to Chicago and wants to find the ugliest, most desperate landscapes in the area. The show, hosted by licensed contractor Jason Cameron, takes dilapidated, disgusting yards and turns them around in eight hours to be the most beautiful lawn you could ever imagine--one that would impress even yard enthusiast Hank Hill from animated sitcom "King of the Hill. " To be featured on the show, you should: be "funky, fun, [and] personable," be surrounded by neighbors that like you and live and work in the...