The Great Summer Movies: This Town Needs An Enema

Picture a pre-pubescent me, acne sprouting up like weeds across the oily plains of his face, visiting his local comic book shop.

His eyes dart across the racks. His heart starts to race. He picks up every Batman comic he can find. ...

The Great Summer Movies: Fish Make Love In It

My dad didn’t take me to see Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I went with my friend Jack and his dad.

But my dad took me to see Batman a few weeks later, in that perfect summer of 1989. He took ...

The Great Summer Movies: Unlimited Power!!!!!

Whatever the case, I think…I think I’m letting go. Maybe I’ll grab hold again someday. For now, let this latest outrage drift right on by. I’ve got Star Wars friends, I’ve got Star Wars memories, and I don’t need anything else from ...

The Great Summer Movies: Hold On To Your Butts

It is the summer of 1983. I sit in the River Oaks Theaters with my dad. I watch R2D2 get blasted by a stormtrooper, and I gasp.

It’s the summer of 1993. I sit alone in the theater at Chicago Ridge Mall. ...

Bruce Springsteen Faces Death On The Other Side Of The World

(or “What’s it all about, Stevie?”)

“I’m just a prisoner…OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL!”

Bruce Springsteen’s been screaming that line for decades, and this time he’s screaming it in Cape Town, South Africa. These are his first shows ever in the country; rock ...

The Great Summer Movies: Don’t Get Cocky!

18 Observations On Star Wars As It Turns 36, Just As I Did Last July

1. This was one of the first VHS tapes we owned; we had a guy across the street who somehow got us a dub of it, even ...

The Great Summer Movies: KHAAAAAAAAN

There’s an old man on a spaceship. He’s cheated death, tricked his way out of death, and patted himself on the back for his ingenuity. He never loses. He’s facing down a madman with a vendetta against him, and he’s literally racing ...

The Great Summer Movies: You Have My Sympathies

In space, no one can hear you scream. On the Nostromo, you can hear almost everything.

Alien is a masterpiece of sound design. Every second is dominated by a dense, carefully constructed soundscape, where the natural noises in the spaceship are a ...

The Great Summer Movies: Keep Believing, Keep Pretending

Summer movies usually demand a great suspension of disbelief. They’re heavy on special effects and deal with outlandish situations, whether superheroes and sci-fi or wacky gross-out extreme comedy.

There is, perhaps, no greater suspension of disbelief than a green felt frog somehow ...

The Great Summer Movies: A Perfect Engine

Drunk naked lady ventures into water after dark. Shark eats drunk naked lady. Resort town goes nuts.

Police chief, oceanographer, and batshit crazy fisherman go after shark. They’re gonna need a bigger boat. Batshit crazy fisherman tells batshit crazy story about 700 ...

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Growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago, there were two kinds of houses: Tribune houses, and Sun-Times houses.

The Tribune families tended to be more erudite, more concerned with the ...

On Bruce Springsteen and Silver-Plated Assholes

So apparently, writing about Bruce Springsteen is a “thing” in the mainstream media again, just like back in the Time/Newsweek cover days, only who buys paper magazines anymore? Probably people who still write for the mainstream media.

You may have ...

Kidpocalypse Now: Inside Tooth Fairy 2’s Cavity of Darkness

It’s a Tuesday morning, and I’m packed in a van with twelve or thirteen women, all mothers and bloggers, aka “mommy bloggers.” Introductions are made quickly; Twitter handles are exchanged in the same breath as first names. The membrane between the internet ...

“Insanely Great”: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

The worlds of technology and popular culture lost a true visionary yesterday with the death of Steve Jobs at age 56 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. We remember the man’s countless contributions to our daily lives through everything from ...

George Lucas Doesn’t Give A Shit About You

Let’s start here: George Lucas will never stop.

He’s never going to give up on tinkering with his movies. He’s never going to wake up one morning and say, “Hey, I got it pretty close the first time, let’s go ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 2/11/11 (“I Love You, Let’s BLANK”)

Love and sex. Sex and love. The twin poles of human interaction.

Some prefer love; others prefer sex. Smart folks enjoy both as frequently as possible.

Today’s mixtape honors the approaching feast day of St. Valentine with a collection of ...

Springsteen’s Spare Parts: “The River” (1980)

What’s been most surprising about working on Spare Parts has been the way our alternate-universe Bruce Springsteen records fit into the gaps left open in the Boss’ regular-universe career. It’s not just that the guy has reams of outtakes that ...

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