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Faces of Chicago

January 11th, 2009 | Category: Chicagoland

Here is a cool photo set showing what Chicago is all about.  (It’s not just hotdogs and deep dish pizza, my friends.)

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Kubrick’s Chicago

August 03rd, 2008 | Category: Chicagoland

Things that make you go hmmmm…

               

I did not know that Stanley Kubrick, famous director, had been a photographer for Look magazine.  Take a look at some of his Chicago photos here.

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The Balcony Is Closed

July 28th, 2008 | Category: Chicagoland

A long time Chicago institution has folded.¬† Roger Ebert is shuttering up his balcony, and Ebert and Roepert’s At The Movies will be retooled, with a different name and a different format.¬† Movie going will never be the same.

I started watching Siskel and Ebert’s movie review show (back then it was called Sneak Previews) way back when it first started on Chicago’s WTTW.¬† I had read Siskel’s reviews for several years even before the two of them began broadcasting, and had always enjoyed his direct way of telling the reader about the movie.¬† No high falutin’ references to obscure foreign cinema, no automatically favorable reviews to foreign films by virtue of them being *foreign*,¬† and no cheap shots at any movies or actors, no matter how low the aim of the filmmakers were.

Up to then, the only popular critics that reached me in the obscure corner of the midwest that was my hometown were Rex Reed and Gene Shalit.¬† The former’s constant snideness was tiresome and uninformative, and the latter tended to repeat the studios’ press releases, making his reviews equally uninformative.

Siskel and Ebert’s show proved to be exactly the same as I had found Siskel’s reviews to be.¬† In their show they were two guys having a passionate conversation about the newly released movies of each week.¬† They never pandered to the industry, nor did they ever resort to panning a movie or performance simply to show off how smart they were.¬† They knew a lot about films, but never talked down to the viewers.¬† Their enthusiasm for the medium was catching, and unlike most critics at the time, they made the viewers understand why they might want to see a movie that might otherwise only play to art-house audiences.¬† Yet they never looked down on a movie if its aims were much lower.¬† They evaluated each movie based on what it was attempting, and not on what they thought it ought to be.

The best thing of all about Siskel and Ebert, however, was that you could just about always take their opinion to the bank.  Two thunbs up meant you were sure to enjoy the movie.  Two thunbs down meant that you would probably hate the movie.  And a mixed, one-thumb-up-one-thumb-down meant that it was probably okay to see, but consult your own judgement and taste when deciding.

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Chicago-Style Pizza

June 21st, 2008 | Category: Chicagoland,Food

For those of us who don’t actually live in Chicago, but still want a little Chicago in our lives, Joe Pastry has a couple of posts up on how to make Chicago style pizza.

(He also has a series on bagels, too.¬† That’s for the New York in all of us.)

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