Archive for September, 2008

The Vanguard

The Vanguard

| September 30, 2008

You know, I caught this one just after the worst one-day drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever and I was never so compelled to go out and buy a couple camping hatchets. So all is not well in the future world of The Vanguard–pretty much every dire prediction you ever heard on Glenn […]

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Cooking Beyond Measure

Cooking Beyond Measure

| September 28, 2008

Cooking Beyond Measure: How to Eat Well Without Formal Recipes by Jean Johnson is a nicely presented history of food, dressed up like a cookbook. In saying that, I mean the book is chock-full of recipes but offers lessons not only in cooking but also explains the differences in, for example, organic eggs. The book’s […]

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American Masters – You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story

American Masters – You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story

| September 28, 2008

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story, an American Masters presentation is a romantic portrait of the founders of the legendary film Warner Bros. studio and American Film History 101 class all rolled into one. This love letter to a major film studio is narrated Clint Eastwood and gives an insider look at these […]

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Secrets of the Dead – Executed in Error

Secrets of the Dead – Executed in Error

| September 28, 2008

There’s a lot of interest here in the state of Illinois on the validity of capital punishment. There have been some people that have been convicted and sentenced to die, and later found to be innocent. Because of this, Governor George Ryan called for a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois, not wanting to […]

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My Best Friend’s Girl

My Best Friend’s Girl

| September 28, 2008

I guess the secret’s out. Now we know how all those bad dates happen. As soon as My Best Friend’s Girl started, I thought, “Uh-huh,” feeling like I’d somehow been there before. Not exactly like the situation in the movie, but who among us hasn’t been the victim of a really bad date and left, […]

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Miracle at St. Anna

Miracle at St. Anna

| September 28, 2008

There are films that show more than what is just on the screen.  Many films are lost in the ruble and so few are chosen to be great.  Every year there is one that carries the torch and lights the way for all others.  It is this film that will be remembered.  Miracle at St. […]

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Bryan Loves You

Bryan Loves You

| September 23, 2008

When Tony Todd tells me at the start of a movie that, should I feel faint while watching this film I should stare at my feet until I “regain equilibrium,” I have a pretty high expectation. With a buildup like that this had better be a mad lunatic frenzy on fire, that’s all I have […]

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Simon Pegg and ‘How To Lose Friends And Alienate People’

Simon Pegg and ‘How To Lose Friends And Alienate People’

| September 22, 2008

When we arrived for the interview with Simon Pegg, he was very excited to show us the bottle of water from which he had been drinking. He had found a bottle of Voss water waiting for him in his hotel room. There was a piece of paper taped to the bottle that read something like […]

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It’s a Dog’s Life for Piper

It’s a Dog’s Life for Piper

| September 22, 2008

Beautiful Piper Perabo seems to have come full circle: she made her film debut opposite Rocky and Bullwinkle and in her latest film one of her co-stars is a Beverly Hills Chihuahua. After graduating college, Piper Perabo moved to New York and was later cast in a short film called Single Spaced (1997). Her first […]

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Ms. Hathaway Takes on Her Toughest Role Yet

Ms. Hathaway Takes on Her Toughest Role Yet

| September 22, 2008

One of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses, beautiful and confident Anne Hathaway says she was finally ready to take on the tough role of a drug-addicted sister who returns home from rehab to spend the weekend with her sister, Rachel, and the rest of her dysfunctional family. Last seen in the bigger Hollywood film Get […]

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