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”

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 “”

In the Time of the Butterflies 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 is incredibly foolish of me to get distracted by, 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 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 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 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 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 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”