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Movies: "Stand Up Guys"

Movies: "Stand Up Guys"

 

Like the undead rising from the grave, some of Hollywood’s superannuated stars are lumbering back to the big screen.  

 

There’s Sylvester Stallone, still violent after all these years in “Bullet to the Head.”  Arnold Schwarzenegger playing an unlikely southwestern sheriff in “The Last Stand.”  And Bruce Willis is on deck with yet another “Die Hard” venture, set in Moscow.

 

The Magic Kingdom - in Chicago

The Magic Kingdom - in Chicago

My blog is practically a two-for-one discount.

I'm thinking about about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair through two books.... Erik Larson's Devil in the White City, as well as my adventure rescuing Shepp's World's Fair Photographed.

Devil in the White City itself is "two-for-one;" it's about how the Fair was imagined, constructed, enjoyed, and destroyed.... AND about the psychopathic serial killer Henry Holmes.

Where and when did the world first enjoy Pabst Blue Ribbon?  1893 World's Fair.  How about Cracker Jack?  World's Fair.  That gadget we take for granted keeping our jeans closed...

Movies: "Parker"

Movies: "Parker"

 

January tends toward movie doldrums, as the big studios focus on the upcoming awards for their December releases.  But a couple of B-movie thrillers have livened things up this month:  first “Broken City” and now “Parker.”

 

“Parker” is based on a novel by the late Donald E. Westlake, who wrote under the name Richard Stark to create a series of books about a stone-cold heist artist with a simple code of conduct:  “I don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and I don’t hurt anyone who doesn’t deserve it.”

 

Can this book be rescued?

Can this book be rescued?

I don't know how I went to school 90 miles from Chicago and yet never knew anything about the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  I first learned about it a few years ago watching the PBS specials Make No Little Plans and Chicago: City of the Century

Drive-By Truckers and Old 97s at the State Theatre

Drive-By Truckers and Old 97s at the State Theatre

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

With very special guests OLD 97s

STATE THEATRE

609 Congress St.

Portland, ME

www.statetheatreportland.com

Saturday, March 9 at 8pm

Tickets go on sale FRIDAY, January 18 at 10am.  BUY TICKETS in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.statetheatreportland.com

$25 Advance / $30 Day of Show, all ages. 

Movies: "Broken City"

Movies: "Broken City"

 

“Broken City” is a nifty political thriller with clever writing, a solid cast and scenes of New York City shot so clearly they seem to pop off the screen.

 

The movie opens with undercover cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) standing over the body of the suspect he has just shot.  That incident will cost him his badge.  For the next few years, Billy toils as a private eye, shadowing unfaithful spouses with a camera and returning home to his attractive girlfriend (Natalie Martinez), an actress about to appear in her first indy film role.  (We are soon treated to a sexy scene from that very movie.)