February 11, 2014 |
*** (out of four) After my “RoboCop” screening, one moviegoer commented that he preferred the remake to the 1987 original. That makes two of us. Where its lighter yet more violent predecessor let straightforward revenge dominate the story, the new, PG-13 “RoboCop” thinks and feels. It has a lot more setup - the movie is practically all middle - but added payoffs too. While exciting at times, this is an action movie in search of more than a body count. Leave your bloodlust at home.
March 7, 2013 |
*** (out of four) “I know nothing about Chilean politics. I assume it has nothing to do with me. What, Gael Garcia Bernal is in it? Tell me more.” - Your possible initial impression of the drama “No.” “No,” which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Oscars, is anything but inaccessible. In the film, based on the true story of the 1988 public vote on whether to keep Chilean President Augusto Pinochet, many of the “no” votes come from young people, mid-level employees and major celebrities.
February 20, 2013 |
President Barack Hussein Obama came to Chicago last Friday to give a speech at Hyde Park Academy on the South Side, and I went to write about it. Technically, this was my third time seeing the president speak live after making it to election night rallies in both '08 and '12, but during this speech I would not have to fight the teeming hordes of Obamabots, which can consist of the sharp elbows of old Jewish ladies, 400-pound linebacker-looking dudes...
July 9, 2012 |
The "T" in LGBT is at its tipping point. In their own fight for equal rights, transgender people are now more than ever confronting issues head-on in politics, pop culture and the workplace. "The United States is starting to really come around," said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, which was founded in 2003. "In Chicago, you have a city government that's pretty good and state government that's pretty good and a president from Illinois who is committed to advancing equal rights for trans people.
June 8, 2012 |
Notorious potty-mouth and obscenity-mongerer Sarah Silverman is infamous for her role in urging people to elect her socialist idol Barack Obama in a 2008 video called “The Great Schlep,” but she's also chipped away at common American decency in her notably vile standup act and her propagandist Comedy Central show, “The Sarah Silverman Show.” This year, she'll further corrupt America's youth with the animated movie “Wreck-It Ralph” and...
February 19, 2013 |
Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will visit the University of Chicago on Tuesday night for a conversation with Democratic political strategist David Axelrod as part of the university's Institute of Politics' event series. Executive Director of the Institute of Politics Darren Reisberg said Gingrich was a "logical choice" for the Institute because he has been at the forefront of America's political and policy debates for decades, including the most recent presidential campaign.
December 27, 2012 |
Obviously, I've been on vacation this week, but just in case you've been positively jonesing for some Markley news, appearances, musings, wisdom and pontifications, I've got you covered: First, we have a two-segment appearance on "Politics Tonight" here where I discuss "The Great Dysmorphia," gun politics, the 2016 Republican presidential field, the fiscal cliff, and why it's stupid to obsess over what the founding fathers would have thought...
October 30, 2011 |
Meredyth Richards says it's tough in Chicago for a conservative. The 24-year-old Lincoln Park resident is politically active, passionately devoted to Republican causes and living in a city where the numbers are stacked against her. Richards, the president of the Chicago Young Republicans, said she's even considered moving. Why does she stay? "Aside from being a masochist, I don't really know," Richards said, perhaps only half-jokingly, while adding that "the city is wonderful and it has its perks.
July 3, 2012 |
El-P, as might be expected for a guy whose resume includes performing as part of the widely beloved New York rap group Company Flow, running the underground label Def Jux, and making acclaimed music of his own, has been busy lately. In recent months he's released a solo album, "Cancer for Cure," and produced an album for Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, "R.A.P. Music"--both of which stand among the year's most riveting hip-hop releases--while still finding time to collaborate with buzzed-about artists like Mr. MFN eXquire and Das Racist.
January 10, 2014 |
EAT Breakfast Service Launch Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen 224 N. Michigan Ave. 312-334-6700 Start your day at the revamped restaurant from Evanston native and "Iron Chef" contestant and judge Simon with such options as $12 red velvet pancakes or a $14 Down South (three eggs, biscuits and gravy and hash browns). 6-11 a.m. for breakfast; restaurant closes at 11 p.m. Melts for Meals Little Market Brasserie 10 E. Delaware Place 312-640-8141 Bite into melty comfort food for a good cause with a special sandwich from chef Guillermo Tellez featuring gruyere, bacon, parsley chimichurri and onion marmalade on seeded rye. Partial proceeds benefit the Meals on Wheels Chicago program.