December 20, 2013 |
**** (out of four) At BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) pours out someone else's heart, using submitted photos and e-communication to craft anniversary cards and more. He speaks to the computer, the program writes in lovely handwriting and a decades-long love is sustained and honored by a third party. Lack of interpersonal connection in the Internet and smartphone age has become an onscreen cliche (and the driving force behind this year's "Disconnect" with Jason Bateman)
May 28, 2014 |
Dear Anna, My BFFs at my book club have been reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.” In between gulps of Yellowtail chardonnay, and prompted by your recent column about butt play for everyone, one of us blurted out: “I wonder which number is greater: the guys whom we've gone to bed with on our first date, or the guys who have done us up the butt?” The non-scientific study of my BFFs showed the numbers to be near equivalent, but that may not be a representative sample. When we tried to Google the information, we received an error message.
December 22, 2011 |
***1/2 (out of four) At one point in the joyous French silent film “The Artist,” former American silent movie star George Valentin (Cannes best actor winner Jean Dujardin) receives a compliment that kills him: “My father is a big fan.” That's because it's the early 1930s, talkies have taken over, and unlike Gene Kelly in “Singin' in the Rain,” George hasn't adapted to the changing industry. At all. Instead, he's watched as Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo, irresistible)
January 11, 2013 |
I've never been much of a fan of Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of the perpetually down-but-never-out Gallagher kids of Chicago's South Side on "Shameless" ( 8 p.m. CT Jan. 13, Showtime; 3 stars ). But I love the show. It's not that William H. Macy doesn't nail the role. Frank's a deadbeat, a drunk and anything but lovable--a smart decision that keeps the show from being overly sentimental. Ever the narcissist, Frank sees his kids as a means to an end. He exploits them; he neglects them.
April 18, 2013 |
*1/2 (out of four) If “To the Wonder” were a stand-up routine, it'd go something like this: “Didja ever notice how guys are always walking around with their hands in their pockets, saying and expressing nothing? And women are always twirling and letting their emotions get the best of them? Am I right, people?” Because “To the Wonder” comes from Terrence Malick (“The Tree of Life”), the film communicates this tragic gender gap through minimal dialogue. Hey, why show a man teaching his girlfriend's daughter the...
January 22, 2014 |
"A w indswept blend of fresh water, shoreline woods and a hint of mint. " If that's what Lake Shore Drive smells like to you, see a doctor. But as our friends at Gapers Block pointed out Wednesday , Bath and Body works has a "Lake Shore Drive" scented candle for sale, and it smells like nothing but waxy goodness. While we haven't lit one ourselves, the reviews on the site are all five-star. " This candle smells so lovely!" reads one review. "In the description there is no mention of melon, but I really...