Summer, we hardly knew ye. Now autumn is upon us, as today is officially the first day of fall. In the movie biz, that means we’re gearing up for awards season and have lots of Oscar contenders hitting theaters in the weeks ahead. At home, the start of fall means
When I was at Comic-Con in San Diego a few months ago, I loved how so many local businesses got into it and offered special meals (“Captain America Shield Waffles”) and drinks (“Wakanda potion”) during the 4-day event. One that stood out to me was a bar that transformed itself
Who says you can’t go home again? Tell that to Michael Myers, Haddonfield, Illinois’ most infamous son, who, 40 years after terrorizing babysitter Laurie Strode and slashing, slicing and strangling her friends, is back in town in Halloween, a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic that ignores the 10
I feel like when I was younger and heard the term “documentary,” I immediately equated it with “boring.” Like some monotonous speaker lecturing on and on about an uninteresting or strange topic that wasn’t relevant to my life. Now I know that either my perceptions were drastically wrong back then,
To quote one of my all-time favorite Saturday Night Live sketches, “I’m not that strong a swimmer.” (It’s from 1984, kiddos, Google “Synchronized Swimming SNL sketch” and prepare to laugh your head off.)
I’ve always been content to stay on the shore and let others have fun in Lake Michigan
There’s a quote from British philosopher Geoffrey Hinton that I tend to agree with: “Computers will understand sarcasm before Americans do.” (He’s actually working on artificial intelligence projects for Google right now, so he probably has a better perspective on this than the rest of us!)
Just so we’re all
At one point or another, we’ve all been told to “respect your elders.” It’s an age-old adage that applies to real life and the movies. Meaning, every once in a while it’s a good idea to sit back, relax and bask in the talent of some of Hollywood’s more mature
I am, without a doubt, a “dog person.”
Today is International Dog Day, and I am HERE for it.
I’ve owned two dogs in my life: Shaddy, a black Lab my husband and I adopted from a Chicago shelter right after we were married (and who once made an appearance
The summer’s biggest blockbuster is now at the Box, and it’s not the kind of movie you want to watch alone. Whether you already saw it at the theater or not, you’ve probably heard that the final act is best viewed with others that you can cling to, shout at
Some of my favorite movie nights haven’t happened in front of the TV. They’ve been outside, on the grass, with a makeshift screen in front of us and the moon overhead. There we are, friends and family huddling together. We’re waiting for that plot twist, that chase scene, that dramatic
Every year, National Relaxation Day falls on August 15. Real talk: I personally feel like it would make more sense for such an “unofficial holiday” to be right before the real year-end holidays — when people are inevitably stressed out — or at least for it to always be on
It seems kind of crazy to me to think that Melissa McCarthy’s breakout movie performance was only 7 years ago. While Gilmore Girls fans have been known about her immense talent for nearly two decades now — and Mike & Molly viewers were first treated to her special brand of
When you’re watching a movie, you usually tend to trust that what you’re seeing on the screen is what the movie’s characters actually experienced or are experiencing. But that’s not always the case when an “unreliable narrator” is in the mix — a main character whose perspective might not be
Confidence. It’s a great quality to have, but oddly enough, it’s in short supply on the big screen. Most movie characters are seriously flawed in one way or the other, and they’ll spend most of their time trying to overcompensate. Which can make for a great comedy . . .
Some days you just wanna see something get utterly decimated. You know those days.
When one such day is upon you, you’re guaranteed satisfaction if you check out any of these beasts doing their thang:
King Kong and the Skullcrawlers, Kong: Skull Island– King Kong is not amused
Who remembers the world before emojis? Or maybe the question should be, who even wants to remember the world before emojis? Emojis make everything better and funnier. It’s like the old saying “a picture’s worth a thousand words” — just one emoji can communicate so, so much.
In researching today’s
As The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith) said (sang!) best in 1991, “Summer, summer, summertime! Time to sit back and unwind.”
But eventually all of that chilling out can get old. When summertime boredom starts to hit, I have just the cure: an edge-of-your-seat thriller to get the ol’ heart
A twenty-something woman who likes to smoke marijuana and lament about her failing hair waxing business, finds herself stuck in a rut of one night stands. Then, she meets and falls for a man whose single glaring flaw is that he’s already married.
Sounds like a complicated situation to
If your kids are anything like mine, they were already begging for playdates with their BFFs the minute after school let out for the summer. Thankfully there’s an easy and inexpensive way to transform a typical playdate into a magical experience that your kids will love.
The festivities will revolve around
As a forever fan of both the ageless Paul Rudd and LOST/Hobbit trilogy alum Evangeline Lilly, I had no doubt that I was going to enjoy watching them battle bad guys together as co-leads in Ant-Man and the Wasp. And enjoy it I did. Tone-wise, Marvel Studios’ latest is a
Memories are made in the summertime! At least that’s how it’s always been in my family. Everyone has more free time, is a little more relaxed, and is in a better mood when it’s beautiful outside.
That’s why I’m going to try to convince you to do everything you can
Movie moms and dads usually fall into one of three major camps: either they’re wonderful and supportive parents who play a positive role in their kids’ lives, or they’re oppressively awful … or they’re nowhere to be found and we get to see the trouble their children get up to
July is almost upon us, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s my favorite month because: 1) I love summer, 2) we celebrate my daughter’s birthday, 3) I get to go be among “my people” at Comic-Con in San Diego, 4) my kids are just out of school and no one’s
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Titanic’s Jack and Rose. Call Me By Your Name’s Elio and Oliver. I can’t help but notice that some of the most famous movie romances haven’t really worked out (note to self: steer clear of poison, ships and Italian countrysides). But I do know a Hollywood
The Kaiju are back in the next chapter of the Pacific Rim phenomenon and with this new global threat comes even bigger robot-monster combat. In the sequel to the 2013 film Pacific Rim you can look forward to big epic action, one-of-a-kind special effects, and new Jaegers with revolutionary technology
Gamora is 40!
That’s right, Zoe Saldana is celebrating a big milestone birthday today — and she certainly has a fantastic past year to celebrate as well. In fact, I can’t think of another actress who’s starred in not one, not two, but THREE hugely successful sci-fi franchises, not to
As families around the country gather together to honor dear old dad for Father’s Day, we thought it would be an appropriate time to also tip our hat to some of the best dads on film.
Here are my Top 5:
To Kill a Mockingbird – Atticus Finch is
“Wait, isn’t it just the ‘MTV Movie Awards’?”
If that’s the first thing you thought when reading the title of this post, you’re not alone. MTV’s annual celebration of Hollywood was in fact solely devoted to movies from 1992 up until last year, when they expanded it to add in
I’ve been given 15 minutes to talk to Bart Millard, frontman from the multi-platinum selling band, MercyMe. That’s five minutes longer than it took for him to write the band’s breakthrough song, “I Could Only Imagine,” which became the bestselling Christian single of all time, and the basis for the
If you’re like me, you’re one of those people who never sees a big plot twist coming. But since I love to be surprised, I’m totally fine with my generally clueless nature as a movie-watcher. It makes those “gotcha!” moments all the more fun when you don’t figure them out