Having once been a resident and street-parking car owner in Chicago for several years, I can attest to the fact that this is a very real and emotionally charged social issue.—BK
Not to be confused with ways your cell phone affectation is affecting your social life.
I'll be honest: these won't be as good as last year's. Last year I won the Oscar pool. This year? Just hoping to finish in the top half. Still, read on. Like you've got anything better to do...
Interesting and infuriating analysis. I would've posted this a couple of weeks ago, but we were overrun with Splitsider links that day.—JS
When you hear a movie is "quirky," that usually just means you're going to have to pretend to like it if you don't want your hipster friends to think you're stupid. Luckily for us, Rhubarb is the other kind of quirky. The kind that's actually just good.
For me the multi-media stuff doesn't matter much... but then again, I'm now older than the median age for a "Conan" viewer. And finding that out might have been the second-oldest I've ever felt. [The oldest I've ever felt was when I discovered that I was older than the age gap between Carl Weathers and Andy Rooney. That'll scare you into eating right, I tell you what]—JM
If I have to watch Norm Macdonald as the commentator on a poker show, then that's where I'll watch Norm Macdonald. [I know he's got a Comedy Central show coming in April as well, but I liked that blurb and I'm not going to change it]—JM
Christian Bale has made a new movie about being kicked in the balls: an experience vastly preferable to watching his movie.
Easily the most Andrew film you will ever see about a time-traveling Edgar Allan Poe.
Turns into a nice pros and cons discussion between Swansburg and his iPad-loving colleagues.—BK
When is a Just Like Heaven ripoff just like Heaven? When I say so!
Just once it'd be nice to see a movie with a title like a hipster absinthe beverage, a plotline involving murder and forcible rape, and a naked Annette Bening on a piano, and have it turn out good.
Yes, this hits many of the tired why-don't-they-make-better- movies tropes, but it still makes for a nice rumination on the situation for we who love good movies.—JS
I would happily marry either of these people.—TG
What were you going to do with the Oscars on Sunday – just watch them? We remixed the sumbitches! Welcome to the future!
Lots of talk about Cedar Rapids, so there's a few spoilers in there, but nothing big.—BK
In our defense, we're used to learning about Egypt's past. Who knew they had stuff worth paying attention to in the present?
An unguarded and meandering interview, which makes for a fun read.—JS
I was all set to post about the Republicans' presidential chances, but then Joe swept it out from under me, so this post about the "Jeopardy!"-playing robot will have to do. (What, he got that, too? Aw, screw it.)—JS
Sometimes you can tell right away it's gonna be a Poop Reading link. Then there are times like this when you're not sure at first, but halfway through, you get that little tingle in your spine that lets you know.—JS
Yeah, but the computer also answered "Toronto" when the category was "U.S. Cities." So let's not get too carried away.—JM
I'm not so sure... but she makes a compelling case.—JM
As an added bonus, the picture of Deakins at the top of the interview makes him look like he could totally pass for Brooks Hatlen in The Shawshank Redemption.—BK
Why would anyone ever believe that JC Penney was the best source for anything?—TG
I count myself a food lover, but I've always cringed at the idea of being labeled a "foodie." This illustrates why.—TG
Very long read, but so SO worth it if you were a fan of the show. (Plus, I feel like this link takes us full circle from a link I posted back in Jan. '09 teasing the show's debut.)—BK
That Hanes commercial where he tosses his phone into the back seat of Michael Jordan's car makes a whole lot more sense now.
I've never doubted any of the scathing takedowns of Scientology – not even South Park's – but when it's The New Yorker you kind of have to take notice.—JS
No, it's not a guide to bickering on cable news shows. This is a fascinating write-up on cryptography (the art of encoded messaging), which will leave your head spinning for days. Enjoy the weekend!—JS
I don't agree with everything in here (I'll brook no criticism of Jon Hamm, for instance), but it's nice to see that somebody else out there isn't quite so bowled over by "Mad Men" either.—JM
As much as I love baseball, and as much as I love Ferris Bueller's Day Off, it never in a million years would have occurred to me to pore over game data and movie minutiae in order to determine exactly which game Ferris and his pals attended. I'm glad it occurred to Larry Granillo, though.—JM
From Tiger Woods to Avatar to the NBC late night fiasco (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
A new study says that trying to split parenting duties evenly leads to more fighting among couples. So what does trying to ignore parenting duties evenly lead to?—BK
Yep, I'd go see a movie with that title.—BK
There's not much text to this, but if you don't want to read a list of 700 hobo names, I don't even know you anymore.—TG
I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that the Marshall-Lyon County Public Library saved my life.—TG
"It is easy to imagine a ThinkPad or a Dell on the assembly line, in a clanking factory that stinks of solder: you can see their every join and part; you can almost smell the plastic they’re made from. Whereas the water-carved clamshell of my beautiful Air just seems to have arisen from the waves, immaculate and virtuous, without a whiff of brimstone or fuel oil."—BK
And, just like Homer Simpson, they can also hear pudding.
Adams calls these the "bad versions" of the ideas, to get the ball rolling, but I (a dirty, lefty hippie) am on board with all of them. Especially the idea of extra votes – we've already implemented that one!—JS
As my fiancée and I will be celebrating our 2-year anniversary this evening, I plan to salute the Mick in outstanding fashion. (Do heed the reader discretion advisory, if you're that type.)—JS
"If he told me that he was going on tour with Korn or something like that, and they were gonna be traveling around Amsterdam, that, to me, would have been like, 'oh, OK. That's probably where he’ll die.' But that's the reality of addiction. It happens on a Tuesday."—JM
This link brought to you by a guy who violated one of these rules about four hours before becoming aware of them. In my defense, though, there was a photo from Egypt of a guy on a camel with a sword. I'm not supposed to go with "Boy, that escalated quickly"? Come on.—JM
A look at how the careers of many in the cast of The Wire have gone since the show ended. In a just world, they and the show's creative staff would be too busy receiving an endless stream of retroactive Emmys to ever work again.—BK
Hmm... Glover starts out as a writer on 30 Rock, then leaves to become a performer on another show, and the quality of the show he used to write for begins to wane. I smell another crazy Conan O'Brien/Simpsons internet theory!—BK
I knew it! The Poop Reading Oscar Draft is tearing my marriage apart!—TG
Now this is what I call poop reading.—TG