IllinoisTimes - Blogs http://illinoistimes.com/blog Sun, 23 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Lawrence’s Conviction Saves Overlong “Mockingjay” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14743-lawrence%25E2%2580%2599s-conviction-saves-overlong-%25E2%2580%259Cmockingjay%25E2%2580%259D.html Lawrence’s Conviction Saves Overlong “Mockingjay”
So here we have it, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -Part 1, the final chapter in the saga of Katniss Everdeen, Suzanne Collin’s dynamic archer-turned-rebel who’s become a symbol of power for ‘twe...]]>
“Dumb 2” a Surprisingly Dull Affair http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14744-%25E2%2580%259Cdumb-2%25E2%2580%259D-a-surprisingly-dull-affair.html “Dumb 2” a Surprisingly Dull Affair
It comes as no surprise that Dumb and Dumber To was the number one movie at the box office during its opening weekend.  Fans have been clamoring to see more of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne�...]]>
Dancing hippos http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14716-dancing-hippos.html Dancing hippos
 Each year about this time, when the first snow threatens, local police urge caution upon drivers who apparently have forgotten everything they ever learned about how to drive on snow-slicked p...]]>
A little knowledge . . . No. 4 in a series http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14715-a-little-knowledge-no-4-in-a-series.html A little knowledge . . . No. 4 in a series
Danielle Kurtzleben at Vox alerted me to this: Pollsters for Ipsos-MORI recently asked 1,001 Americans, "Out of every 100 people of working age, how many do you think are unemployed and looking ...]]>
Leading lambs to slaughter http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14714-leading-lambs-to-slaughter.html Leading lambs to slaughter
 Bruce Rauner not only must learn how to be a governor – every new governor does – but how to be a politician. He made a good start in the campaign. He promised things he cannot deliver and...]]>
“Big Hero 6” Can’t Break the Mold http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14713-%25E2%2580%259Cbig-hero-6%25E2%2580%259D-can%25E2%2580%2599t-break-the-mold.html “Big Hero 6” Can’t Break the Mold
I’m not sure who’s going to conquer the world first – Disney or Apple.  (If they ever merge and begin calling themselves Skynet then we’re all doomed.)  The Mouse House’s latest ...]]>
Gyllenhaal Continues to Impress in Nightcrawler http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14682-gyllenhaal-continues-to-impress-in-nightcrawler.html Gyllenhaal Continues to Impress in Nightcrawler
Having lost 30 pounds before filming Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal has a reptilian appearance in the film.  It suits his character well as Lou Bloom is as coldblooded as they com...]]>
“Before” not as clever as it needs to be http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14683-%25E2%2580%259Cbefore%25E2%2580%259D-not-as-clever-as-it-needs-to-be.html “Before” not as clever as it needs to be
 I’ve often wondered why directors attempt to follow in the steps of Alfred Hitchcock.  Having nearly singlehandedly created the paranoid thriller, modern filmmakers unwisely invite com...]]>
Remembering well http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14655-remembering-well.html Remembering well
 In my 2012 column “Faith, hope and statuary,” I panned recent attempts to commemorate through public statuary sacrifice by public protectors like firefighters and cops. Such works leave a...]]>
Nolan’s Vision Exceeds His Grasp in “Interstellar” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14656-nolan%25E2%2580%2599s-vision-exceeds-his-grasp-in-%25E2%2580%259Cinterstellar%25E2%2580%259D.html Nolan’s Vision Exceeds His Grasp in “Interstellar”
If Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is nothing else, it is ambitious – ambitious with a capital “A” – to the tune of $165 million, a gamble so large that despite the director’s proven su...]]>
Chest-thumping http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14604-chest-thumping.html Chest-thumping
 Further thoughts about the Daily Herald’s forlorn search for a gubernatorial candidate who can “change Illinois history.” The paper believes it found one in Bruce Rauner. As I noted in l...]]>
Waste not more http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14606-waste-not-more.html Waste not more
 I’ve been thinking a bit more about food waste, and the several ways it might be reduced, or at least redeemed. While it’s too wet to burn, food waste can be digested by our littl...]]>
“Men” Tripped up by Obvious Intentions http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14600-%25E2%2580%259Cmen%25E2%2580%259D-tripped-up-by-obvious-intentions.html “Men” Tripped up by Obvious Intentions
If director Jason Reitman wants you to take anything away from his new film Men, Women and Children, it’s the knowledge that the internet is a very bad thing, I mean a REALLY bad thing, an awful, ...]]>
“Alexander” an Effective Reminder of Our Blessings http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14601-%25E2%2580%259Calexander%25E2%2580%259D-an-effective-reminder-of-our-blessings.html “Alexander” an Effective Reminder of Our Blessings
We’ve all had them, those days when, not only do things go badly, but circumstances occur that are so outlandish, so catastrophic that we can’t possibly understand how they came to be.  Th...]]>
“Dracula: Untold” a Worthy Addition to Vampire’s History http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14602-%25E2%2580%259Cdracula-untold%25E2%2580%259D-a-worthy-addition-to-vampire%25E2%2580%2599s-history.html “Dracula: Untold” a Worthy Addition to Vampire’s History
Other than Sherlock Holmes, Dracula has graced the silver screen more than any other fictional character.  With that being the case, do we really need another movie featuring the cursed count ...]]>
Downey Jr. and Duvall Struggle Mightily to save “Judge” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14603-downey-jr-and-duvall-struggle-mightily-to-save-%25E2%2580%259Cjudge%25E2%2580%259D.html Downey Jr. and Duvall Struggle Mightily to save “Judge”
David Dobkin’s The Judge is a movie that has one thing and one thing only on its mind – to make its star Robert Downey Jr. look good.  This should come as no surprise as this is the first ...]]>
Taking note - Art, music, poetry yield new song for Chris Vallillo http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14576-taking-note.html Taking note - Art, music, poetry yield new song for Chris Vallillo
Central Illinois roots musician and songwriter Chris Vallillo found inspiration at the Dana-Thomas house this summer. While performing a series of shows at the Springfield state historic site as pa...]]>
Touche Amore - Thao Le captures post-hardcore band performance http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14548-touche-amore.html Touche Amore - Thao Le captures post-hardcore band performance
Thao Le is at it again. She was out at The Castle Theater in Bloomington on Sept. 24 to see and capture in images, Touche Amore, a post-hardcore band from California. As Le stated, “They're curr...]]>
Video Preview: Special Red at DEMO Project this evening http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14547-video-preview-special-red-at-demo-project-this-evening.html Video Preview: Special Red at DEMO Project this evening
  Brooklyn artist Victoria Calabro has transformed the DEMO Project space into a neon pink beachfront. If you don't believe me, head over there yourself for the opening reception today from...]]>
Art Opening at UIS Gallery tonight http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14546-art-opening-at-uis-gallery-tonight.html Art Opening at UIS Gallery tonight
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Oh, there's Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14521-oh-theres-illinois.html Oh, there's Illinois
 In “Where’s Illinois?” I pondered the ways in which the Midwest is a state of mind – and that when it comes to geography, Americans’ minds are often in a state of confusion. Yale...]]>
Remembering George Colin - A central Illinois artist who was simply extraordinary http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14517-remembering-george-colin.html Remembering George Colin - A central Illinois artist who was simply extraordinary
Almost two years ago, George Colin was the reason for my visit to Salisbury, Illinois. I was collecting info to write an Illinois Times article about a new book featuring Vachel Lindsay’s poem ��...]]>
Autopilots http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14492-autopilots.html Autopilots
The social impacts of the cyber revolution are beyond the brief of a columnist specializing in weedy parking lots and aldermanic antics. But, like the current Republican gubernatorial candidate, I ...]]>
Who was Jacob David George - A man with three first names fighting for the every man http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14490-who-was-jacob-david-george.html Who was Jacob David George - A man with three first names fighting for the every man
Today by chance, I read about a young man who died recently. Jacob David George was a banjo-playing singer/songwriter, bicyclist/activist who rode across the country with a message. His message was...]]>
Flyover country http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14459-flyover-country.html Flyover country
 In "Flyover Country" Is an Insult to Midwesterners Like Me. So Is "Heartland" Sentimentality,” journalist Matthew Wolfson offers a sober and perceptive assessment of the popular sentime...]]>
Tonight in St Louis - Black Lips with King Khan & BBQ Show http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14458-tonight-in-st-louis-black-lips-with-king-khan-bbq-show.html Tonight in St Louis - Black Lips with King Khan & BBQ Show
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Art weekend! Tonight: DEMO Project, tomorrow night, The Pharmacy http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14456-art-weekend_-tonight-demo-project-tomorrow-night-the-pharmacy.html Art weekend! Tonight: DEMO Project, tomorrow night, The Pharmacy
It's a big weekend for the visual arts in Springfield, with openings at the DEMO Project tonight and The Pharmacy's 10th group exhibition on Saturday.The DEMO Project (732 North Fourth Street) is ce...]]>
Hey Rockers! It's the American Music Show - Tonight & Tomorrow http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14457-hey-rockers_-its-the-american-music-show-tonight-tomorrow.html Hey Rockers! It's the American Music Show - Tonight & Tomorrow
 The return of the American Music Show is just hours away! Check out the videos below and then head to Donnie's homespun:Tonight at 6:30 - The Whistle Pigs   Now q...]]>
Already in the know http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14455-already-in-the-know.html Already in the know
My column next week will be about New York City, and the allure it has always had for the ambitious and the hopeful. Writing it, I was reminded of a something said in an interview by performance artis...]]>
Bland http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14454-bland.html Bland
Being harshly critical of a movie like Charlie Martin Smith’s A Dolphin Tale 2 is akin to kicking a puppy that’s been chewing on your shoes in the teeth.  Yes, corrective measures should b...]]>