Category: Pop Culture

Dr. Zhivago

The other day, Marilyn asked if I had seen any movies lately. No.  I don’t enjoy the movie theater experience anymore, and I am generally listening to an audio book when I am home. Then I thought, “I am turning into one of those people.”… Continue Reading “Dr. Zhivago”

Q101.com

A few months ago, Chicago lost its alternative radio station.  There aren’t very many rock stations left, and Q101 was a Gen X staple.  If I remember correctly, it launched the summer that I left for college.  I had two clues that it was… Continue Reading “Q101.com”

In the Time of the Butterflies

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000063K0I&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrIn the Time of the Butterflies, the Julia Alvarez novel, has been on my shelf for over a year.  I seem to recall it was a One Book, One Chicago pick awhile back.  It was loosely based on the true story of four sisters… Continue Reading “In the Time of the Butterflies”

Howl

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0042U9B3G&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrIt is incredibly foolish of me to get distracted by hulu.com, but there I was and there was the link to Howl, the 2010 film about the work by Allen Ginsberg.  I seem to remember reading it during the five-minute Beat Poet phase of… Continue Reading “Howl”

A Christmas Carol, Again

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003NFM3JK&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrI have seen an awful lot of versions of A Christmas Carol, so I wasn’t in a hurry to see the CG Jim Carrey version.  But my mother picked it up on DVD so I watched it tonight. Pretty standard, I have to say. … Continue Reading “A Christmas Carol, Again”

Julie and Julia

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002RSDW80&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrI have no idea why I recorded Julie and Julia the last time there was a free preview weekend on the cable movie channels.  I had heard that the “Julia” parts rocked and the “Julie” parts sorta didn’t, so I turned it on tonight… Continue Reading “Julie and Julia”

John Adams

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000WGWQG8&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThis HBO miniseries has been in my house almost since it was released on DVD and I just got to watching it.  Adams isn’t my favorite President – that would be Abraham Lincoln, duh – but depending on what day you ask, I might… Continue Reading “John Adams”

More Star Wars Goofiness

Dooce posted this piece from Vimeo.  There is a decided lack of Han Solo.  But….it’s darling. Jeremy Messersmith – Tatooine from Eric Power on Vimeo.

The Social Commentary

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0044430H8&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrOn this, Chapter One of Killing My 2010 Vacation Days, I was awakened at 6:52 a.m. by the dog.  He wanted me to know that his mother had left for work and he did not want to be alone.  I did not get back… Continue Reading “The Social Commentary”

The War, by Ken Burns

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=leartojugg-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000R7NBMK&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr While I have something of a WWII theme going on this year, I can honestly say that I would watch just about anything that Ken Burns decides to produce. Because the subject matter is so broad, Burns used an interesting storytelling device: he… Continue Reading “The War, by Ken Burns”