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Sunday, July 13, 2014

3 Things 'Top Gun' Taught Me

Recently, I attended the Millennium Park Summer Film Series outdoor screening of "Top Gun" in Chicago, and despite having seen this this timelessly dated Reagan-era classic literally dozens of times in the 28 years since its theatrical release,its wisdom never ceases to enlighten. Here are three bits of valuable info to help ensure you don't wind up flying a cargo plane full of rubber dogsh*t outta Hong Kong:

1. When it comes to international diplomacy, it is of
vital importance to properly keep up foreign relations.
2. While there was a character whose Top Gun
call-sign was Cougar, it wasn't Kelly McGillis.
3. If you have committed to a pickup game of beach volleyball with
a group of your sweaty, shirtless, cleanly-chest-shaven frenemies ...

... but have a hot date with the aforementioned
older lady that same evening, the rule is always ...
... bros ...

... before ...

... hoes.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

'Life Itself' Is Touching Tribute, Movie-Geek Must

The Roger Ebert documentary, "Life Itself," is a movie for people who love movies about a guy who loved movies.

CC: Chicagophiles, newspapermen (and women) and anyone who grew up watching Siskel & Ebert duke it out over the merits of Ingmar Bergman or "Benji the Hunted."

While certainly a deeply touching account of an extraordinarily influential man's life and career, more importantly, it is what I lovingly refer to as #MovieGeekPorn.

The film is now available through many on-demand TV services. But as Ebert's show was called "At the Movies," not "In the Living Room," I strongly recommend catching it in one of the select theaters in which it's also playing.

'Divergent' Sequel 'Insurgent' to Shoot in Chicago This Weekend


Earlier this week I received notification that the "Divergent" sequel, "Insurgent," would be filming in my 'hood this weekend under the codename "Mineral."

They referred to the first one as "Catbird" during principal photography.

"Man of Steel" was called "Autumn Frost."

I like to imagine there's just this one guy sitting in an office in, like, Santa Monica, whose sole charge it is to come up with ersatz titles for films in production, and that I might someday be deemed qualified to be his successor.

My first film shall be dubbed "Essentially Ancillary."