Archive for December, 2016

The Disappointments Room

The Disappointments Room

| December 26, 2016

The creators of this film must have been absolutely fearless of bad reviews when the decided to put the word disappointment right in the title.  The bad reviews really write themselves at that point.  On Twitter, after watching the film, I sent out something along the lines of “it turns out the real disappointments room […]

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Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

| December 26, 2016

If you like westerns, this movie should have everything you’re looking for.  A grizzled hero with a tormented past, a plucky sidekick, gun fights, camping under the stars, horse-riding, blood, and sand.  I always resisted the western genre, but recently have come across many westerns that I thoroughly enjoy.  It turns out that I was […]

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Birthday

Birthday

| December 16, 2016

“Birthday” is a short film written and directed by Chris King about a marine (Chris Gouchoe) who is injured in the line of duty and his wife (Mandy Moody) who is tasked with helping him recover afterwards as they try to figure out how to continue their lives together.  It only has a 13 minute […]

Creepshow 2

Creepshow 2

| December 14, 2016

A truly great horror anthology film is a rarity. It’s often far easier to name a great story from an anthology film than it is to name a whole film that’s consistently terrific all the way through. People point to their two or three favorite letters from the ABCs of Death films. I’m personally always […]

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The Driller Killer

The Driller Killer

| December 14, 2016

Life in New York City during the 1970’s was abysmal. Robberies and murders were not daily occurrences, they were hourly occurrences. The homeless population was staggeringly high; drugs and prostitution ran wild. The city streets were dank and dirty. Unless you were a fan of squalor, New York City was not, to paraphrase Frank Sinatra, […]

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2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs

2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs

| December 13, 2016

Every year, Major League Baseball Productions releases a home media collector’s set of that year’s World Series champions. However, the 2016 release is a little more special than the others. No offense to the other World Series champs of recent memory, but the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series was more historic and epic. Not […]

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Looking: The Complete Series and Movie

Looking: The Complete Series and Movie

| December 9, 2016

Given that Looking only ran for two seasons, I guess I’m not surprised I haven’t heard of it.  Many of HBO’s TV series are cultural phenomenon so it’s rare for them to have a dud that comes and goes without having any impact whatsoever.  This is why I tend to keep an eye out for […]

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Nine Lives

Nine Lives

| December 9, 2016

Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors.  His performances in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, House of Cards, L.A. Confidential, and so many more give me chills.  So, what he’s doing in a comedy where he plays a corporate jerk who gets turned into a cat is perplexing to me. The story isn’t much […]

Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

Chicago Symphony Center premieres It’s a Wonderful Life with live orchestra

| December 7, 2016

Chicago Symphony Center celebrates the 2016 holiday season with myriad musical programs offering audiences of all ages and tastes a chance to share unique, family-friendly events and treasured traditions continuing through December 23.   Returning favorites include acclaimed vocal groups Chanticleer and the Vienna Boys Choir performing seasonal favorites, as well as the Chicago Symphony […]

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Creepshow 2

Creepshow 2

| December 7, 2016

The anthology has been a staple of the horror genre almost since horror began. Usually an anthology consists of two or more stories that are somehow connected. Most horror anthology movies have at least one memorable story. Some are crafted well enough that all the stories are well done. Two prime examples are 1945’s Dead […]

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