WWE’s The New Day have a new book coming out next week. I got an early look at it, and wrote up a review for The Orland Park Prairie‘s Chapter Chatter feature. Check it out in full by clicking here.
Downsizing is a really great premise, but the back half starts to feel like a different movie, and I’m not sure it is for the better. I shared my thoughts on it, at length, in my latest Unscripted review for The Orland Park Prairie. You can read it in full by clicking here.
I recently had a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” It actually wound up OK in the end, but it was daunting spectacle, following a month of being overworked. I still managed to find something of a silver lining in it, and wrote about it for my column with The Orland Park Prairie. You can read it by clicking here.
I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Box Brown has a really good new book called “Is This Guy For Real?” out on First Second. It’s about Andy Kaufman, and I reviewed it for the Chapter Chatter feature for the newspaper I run. You can check it out in full by clicking here (subscription).
Been meaning to share this one. Had a string of Orland Park editorials delving into some political issues over a month’s time. I’m proud of them, but it kept delaying this positive thing I wanted to get out there. Ended up serving as a good end to 2017/start to 2018. (Click here to read. Subscription) A tease… “There is a scene near the end of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” One character is on a suicide mission to destroy the super-weapon of a foe when he is miraculously knocked off course by his companion. “In the sequence, the two technically fail. Continue reading Link – Signal boost what you love column
I love living near Chicago for the sake of its comedy scene, but I feel like for all the reputation the city has, its talent often heads to one of the coasts to find, you know, money (and fame). I wanted to explore this idea for Chicagoly Magazine, because what’s more fun than the business side of comedy, right? Anyway, it is one of the longest pieces I’ve written in a long time (maybe ever). And for all that work, I’m probably proud more than anything about the two-word headline I came up with. (C’est la vie.) For those of Continue reading Links: Funny Business feature for Chicagoly magazine
This gentleman reached out to me to let me know he was going to be on Penn and Teller: Fool Us on The CW, and then he shared his story with me. Pretty fascinating guy, and it was cool to watch his segment on TV. Happy I got to write about him. To check it out, click here. (Subscription) The intro… When it comes to what separates most magicians, Orland Park’s Glenn Morphew has a simple theory. “I think some guys are creators, and some guys are not,” he said. “The guys who are good creators are not performers.” But Morphew may be Continue reading Links: Orland Park magic man delivers on Penn & Teller’s ‘Fool Us’
So, following up on that McCartney piece I shared the other day, I wrote an editorial to go along with it. My uncle was a longtime Beatles fanatic, used to co-host a radio show called “Breakfast with the Beatles” on WCKG. So I had an interesting connection/full circle sort of feeling when covering the Paul McCartney show. So, I unearthed the photo and wrote about the experience that week. Pretty happy with the way it turned out. You can check it out here (subscription). A little bit… “I never quite shared the same passion as him for The Beatles. I Continue reading Links: An editorial with a Beatles tie
I’ve been meaning to share this for awhile but had some personal things going on around the time it ran. Still wanted to share it, so here it goes. Paul McCartney was in Tinley Park for two nights. He was awesome. His set was slightly different each night, and some other things happened. Our photographer was there a different night than I, so instead of the standard story, we put together this conversation about our experiences the two different nights. Also included setlists and a sidebar giving some local residents the chance to weigh in. I was really happy with the way Continue reading Links: Writer, photographer get personal about Paul [Live Music Review]
So, I mostly hated this movie. “Charlie Hunnam has some great abs. “I say this not to simply grab attention, but because — no matter your sex, no matter your orientation — they might be the only thing worth appreciating about “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” In director Guy Ritchie’s vision of what makes men men, there is no doubt Hunnam is his ideal hero and that he has put in the work to play the role. “One might as well appreciate the results of that work, because beyond that “Legend of the Sword” takes everything worth loving about Continue reading Links: ‘Legend of the Sword’ offers little to like about an Arthurian reboot [Review]