IllinoisTimes - Blogs http://illinoistimes.com/blog Thu, 31 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Flunking the test http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14247-flunking-the-test.html Flunking the test
 I have railed in print  about our national health care “system” that spends more and gets less for it than more advanced nations do because it buys not good health but “health care ...]]>
"You had to be there": A column of sour grapes http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14264-you-had-to-be-there-a-column-of-sour-grapes.html "You had to be there": A column of sour grapes
  Jessica Knight and Brandon Carnes of LoomngPerhaps contrary to accepted wisdom, a lot actually happens in Springfield during any given week. In “You had to be there,” a new recurring...]]>
“Goes” Beneath its Stars http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14273-%25E2%2580%259Cgoes%25E2%2580%259D-beneath-its-stars.html “Goes” Beneath its Stars
Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes is the sort of movie that, when someone asks you how it was, you’re likely to say, “It was OK.”  Not god-awful and certainly not good, it’s the sor...]]>
“Hercules” a Compelling New Look at Weathered Demigod http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14246-%25E2%2580%259Chercules%25E2%2580%259D-a-compelling-new-look-at-weathered-demigod.html “Hercules” a Compelling New Look at Weathered Demigod
Color me “surprised” in regards to Brett Ratner’s Hercules, an unexpectedly thrilling, smart and at times moving new take on everyone’s favorite demigod.  It goes without saying that th...]]>
What, for? http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14243-what-for.html What, for?
 Language wonks might recall my January column about the rise in American English of the all-purpose preposition, “All for one – and “for” for all.”  I spotted another instanc...]]>
Eternal contemporary question http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14244-eternal-contemporary-question.html Eternal contemporary question
This is Kevin Stein. Who is Kevin Stein? He is the Illinois Poet Laureate, and has been since 2003. Stein teaches English at Bradley University.So why I am telling you about Kevin Stein? Bec...]]>
Until next time - Springfield Art Association Paint the Street http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14242-until-next-time.html Until next time - Springfield Art Association Paint the Street
 The black tent was the closest shelter. I was worried about my phone and purse contents. Folks were crowded under the Myers Building overhang. It was really starting to pour. The sky was dark. T...]]>
Hope on the Horizon for Dismal Summer Movie Season http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14239-hope-on-the-horizon-for-dismal-summer-movie-season.html Hope on the Horizon for Dismal Summer Movie Season
 There’s a great deal of handwringing going on in Hollywood at the moment and it’s your fault.  Yep, the bean-counters in Tinsel Town are worried and wondering why you’re not spending...]]>
Braff’s Cloying Approach Makes “Wish” One to Avoid http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14240-braff%25E2%2580%2599s-cloying-approach-makes-%25E2%2580%259Cwish%25E2%2580%259D-one-to-avoid.html Braff’s Cloying Approach Makes “Wish” One to Avoid
A vanity project if there ever was one, Zach Braff’s Wish You Were Here is far too calculated to take seriously and suffers from a sense of earnestness that’s so overbearing that the film ends u...]]>
Scrap heap http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14241-scrap-heap.html Scrap heap
This week came sad confirmation of my complaint from 2010 that the State of Illinois’ stewardship of its major buildings amounts to slow-motion vandalism. Crain’s columnist Greg Hinz dropped b...]]>
Johannson and Intriguing Speculative Science Propel “Lucy” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14237-johannson-and-intriguing-speculative-science-propel-%25E2%2580%259Clucy%25E2%2580%259D.html Johannson and Intriguing Speculative Science Propel “Lucy”
 What with Marvel Films dragging its feet where making a Black Widow feature is concerned, French filmmaker Luc Besson has taken matters into his own hands and given us Lucy, a star vehicle whos...]]>
Monty Python to perform live on Wabash Avenue Today - Well, sort of http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14211-monty-python-to-perform-live-on-wabash-avenue-today.html Monty Python to perform live on Wabash Avenue Today - Well, sort of
 The surviving members of Monty Python, beloved and venerable British comedy troupe (OK, Terry Gilliam originally hails from Wisconsin) recently reunited for a series of stage shows in the UK. To...]]>
James Garner: An Appreciation http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14212-james-garner-an-appreciation.html James Garner: An Appreciation
Movie stars aren’t like you and I. That’s not to say they’re better than us morally and some, believe it or not, are quite normal looking once their make up is taken away and normal lighting is...]]>
Getting connected http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14209-getting-connected.html Getting connected
It’s a start. The Springfield City Council on July 1 approved extending the existing cable television franchise agreement with Comcast, in spite of the many complaints aldermen receive about ...]]>
Black Flag are playing in town this weekend. Or are they? http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14210-black-flag-are-playing-in-town-this-weekend-or-are-they.html Black Flag are playing in town this weekend. Or are they?
  What does Black Flag mean to you?Your answer may influence how excited you are about the Black Flag concert happening this Saturday at Donnie’s Homespun.To characterize this band’s me...]]>
“Anarchy” has its Finger on the Pulse of an Angry Nation http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14208-%25E2%2580%259Canarchy%25E2%2580%259D-has-its-finger-on-the-pulse-of-an-angry-nation.html “Anarchy” has its Finger on the Pulse of an Angry Nation
There’s a sense of justified rage that propels The Purge: Anarchy, a film that simultaneously serves as a cathartic exercise for its audience as well as a screed against the current state of socie...]]>
Tonight: Romance of Sorcery at DEMO Project http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14182-tonight-romance-of-sorcery-at-demo-project.html Tonight: Romance of Sorcery at DEMO Project
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Visually Arresting “Dawn” Overstays its Welcome http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14181-visually-arresting-%25E2%2580%259Cdawn%25E2%2580%259D-overstays-its-welcome.html Visually Arresting “Dawn” Overstays its Welcome
 One of the more successful franchise reboots, 2012’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes proved that there was a bit of life left in 40-plus year-old series.  20th Century-Fox knows you can...]]>
Crazy Judah and the Chinese http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14157-crazy-judah-and-the-chinese.html Crazy Judah and the Chinese
 I noted my recent visit to Donner’s Pass in “Promised lands.” Trains go through that gap as well as trucks and cars, as Kevin Baker, a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, learne...]]>
From prop to proposal? http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14156-from-prop-to-proposal.html From prop to proposal?
 Rahm Emanuel seems determined to see George Lucas’ museum of the visual arts – what one Hyde Parker more accurately describes as “The George Lucas Museum of Perpetual Adolescence” –...]]>
Up-and-Coming Performers add Human Touch to “Transformers 4” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14140-up-and-coming-performers-add-human-touch-to-%25E2%2580%259Ctransformers-4%25E2%2580%259D.html Up-and-Coming Performers add Human Touch to “Transformers 4”
Upon meeting Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz you can tell that these two young performers are well aware that they’re lucky to be in the position they’re in.  While both these actors only hav...]]>
McCarthy’s Act Wears Thin in “Tammy” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14141-mccarthy%25E2%2580%2599s-act-wears-thin-in-%25E2%2580%259Ctammy%25E2%2580%259D.html McCarthy’s Act Wears Thin in “Tammy”
Not sure if I am the only one but I’ve gotten tired of Melissa McCarthy’s shtick already.  Though having toiled in film and on television for over the better part of a decade, it seems as ...]]>
Familiarity the Demon “Evil” Can’t Exorcise http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14154-familiarity-the-demon-%25E2%2580%259Cevil%25E2%2580%259D-can%25E2%2580%2599t-exorcise.html Familiarity the Demon “Evil” Can’t Exorcise
The press notes and movie poster for Deliver us from Evil claim the film is “inspired by the actual accounts of a NYPD sergeant.” This is a good piece of information to have because if I didn’t...]]>
Trashing the past http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14129-trashing-the-past.html Trashing the past
 In  “Squabbling over the inheritance,” I asked whether the State of Illinois, which governs a commonwealth rich in everything except good government, is capable of responsible stewar...]]>
Eastwood Takes a Fresh Approach with “Jersey Boys” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14101-eastwood-takes-a-fresh-approach-with-%25E2%2580%259Cjersey-boys%25E2%2580%259D.html Eastwood Takes a Fresh Approach with “Jersey Boys”
One would think that with over 30 films under his belt as a director that Clint Eastwood would be out of tricks.  And yet, with his big screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys, he n...]]>
Video: New DEMO Project exhibit opens tonight http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14074-video-new-demo-project-exhibit-opens-tonight.html Video: New DEMO Project exhibit opens tonight
 Tonight is the opening reception for "Hillbilly/Invisibility: On Love and Servitude," new work by Chicago-based artist Maggie Crowley. This i the latest exhibit at DEMO Project (732 N. Fourth...]]>
Full Moon: Corn Moon - A poem by Hugh Moore http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14073-full-moon-corn-moon.html Full Moon: Corn Moon - A poem by Hugh Moore
 FULL MOON: CORN MOON It hears a root make movement in the soil, words that leaves make when the wind comes strong and sudden. Reads that map the shadows trace to show where...]]>
Tonight: SOHO Rain Check http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14075-tonight-soho-rain-check.html Tonight: SOHO Rain Check
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Tomorrow: Alejandro Escovedo at Donnie's http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14076-tomorrow-alejandro-escovedo-at-donnies.html Tomorrow: Alejandro Escovedo at Donnie's
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“Fault” Avoids Most of its Genre’s Pitfalls http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14059-%25E2%2580%259Cfault%25E2%2580%259D-avoids-most-of-its-genre%25E2%2580%2599s-pitfalls.html “Fault” Avoids Most of its Genre’s Pitfalls
Director Josh Boone had his work cut out for him with having to bring The Fault on Our Stars to the big screen.  Not only did he have a rabid fan base to answer to, but had to navigate the many...]]>