November 13, 2012 |
Having a girl's pint out in Chicago just got a little easier this fall with the launch of Barley's Angels--a growing network of chapters around the globe for women seeking a comfortable milieu to learn about craft beer. But don't be fooled by the group's name and logo--a clever wink at the jiggly, hair-model pretty crime fighters of the iconic '70s TV show--Barley's Angel's is not a social beer-drinking club for women, but a serious forum for beer enthusiasts with a thirst for knowledge.
March 8, 2012 |
** (out of four) If subjected to a movie about a niche sport in a distant place, I'd admittedly much rather see “Ping Pong in Bora Bora” or “Jai Alai Atop Mount Everest.” Still, it's odd how clearly the characters in “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” recognize the inanity of the film's premise. “Who the hell cares?” asks Harriet (Emily Blunt) at one point about her efforts to work with Dr. Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) in hopes of satisfying a sheikh's (Amr Waked)
August 23, 2012 |
*** (out of four) None of Robert Pattinson's roles have fully lined up with his shifty absent-mindedness. In “Twilight,” he tries to make Edward mysterious and tortured, but comes off as vacant. In this year's “Bel Ami,” he plays a social climber without any of the perspective or charisma that would have justified the romantic opportunities he unconvincingly obtains. In writer-director David Cronenberg's disturbing, oddly funny “Cosmopolis,” Pattinson's inherent, detached restlessness finally becomes an...
May 2, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) To an extent, any look behind the scenes of the adult film industry carries with it a certain level of judgment. You don't often see a documentary about finance that asks white-collar types, “So, how did you wind up in a place like this ordinary office building?” Obviously, acting in films whose names I can't print here involves a different routine than the usual 9-to-5. At the end of the day, though, it's both a cliche and a generally unrecognized fact that the men and, more lucratively,...
September 3, 2012 |
Baseball players have heroes after whom they try to model their games. So surely managers have other managers they try to emulate when arguing with umpires, right? According to first-year White Sox manager Robin Ventura, not so much. "I don't have those," he said. "Lou [Piniella]'s were good. I've seen a couple of Lou's. Those were good. I don't think I have any base-tossing in me. " The easygoing Ventura is as volatile as a bowl of tapioca pudding, losing his cool during the season about as frequently as Chicago does during the winter.
November 20, 2011 |
After attending the infamous "Oops" Republican debate in Michigan, I've come to two conclusions: First, President Obama will win a second term, and second, I'm going to need a left eyebrow transplant after raising it so many times in what I call "confusiohorror. " As I watched from the media filing center in an auxiliary basketball court, I was struck by just how divorced the rhetoric espoused by that collection of losers and half-wits was from the reality of the challenges we face - those still screamed in the streets by the evicted Occupy...