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Black Irish Oscars

Posted on February 27, 2012

Oscars…whatever. You can’t win with the critics. Doesn’t matter who’s hosting. Someone’s always bitching. Tim Goodman at Hollywood Reporter, or is it EW, I forget, wants Chris Rock to host. That’s original. Not sure what he did exactly the last time he hosted that makes you want to say, “Yea, let’s bring him back.” We used to have a drinking game – every time Chris Rock joked about race, we drank. We got pretty drunk. I like Chris Rock. I prefer him to Eddie Murphy, who dropped out as host. Some wished he hadn’t. But is he that different from Billy Crystal? If you’re talking demographics and the hip factor, maybe Eddie would have been the choice in 1985. Also, is it just me…

Hoosier Brew and Bucktown Babes

Posted on February 21, 2012

First, my beer of choice as I write this is Brooklyn Winter Ale. My music of choice is the new Sinead O’Connor, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? Now…because there aren’t enough reality television shows, two new ones have popped up. Swamp People and Doomsday Preppers. It used to be where the only reality show I knew of was the one that’s still on about assholes on some island. Now they’re scouring the four corners of the globe to film real folks in unscripted dramatics and funnyisms. It’s time for one of these shows to hit Northwest Indiana and/or Chicago. I have some ideas. Hoosier Brew Breweries are popping up all over the country. There are several in Northwest Indiana alone:…

Candyman dissed in Cabrini-Green timeline

Posted on February 17, 2012

The Chicago Tribune had a story the other day about the last remaining row houses in what was the notorious public housing project Cabrini-Green. They posted a timeline about the high-rises including events in its nearly 70-year history that brought nationwide attention to this part of Chicago. I believe they left something out. Something that might have brought the most attention, whether it be negative or not, to the projects than anything else. 1992 – Candyman. Here’s the Trib timeline: Good Times, seriously? But no Candyman? A critically acclaimed film and the only of its kind to use those shithole projects as its setting? Good Times was SET at Cabrini-Green. Candyman was set and filmed there. Maybe the Trib was afraid to say or…