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Weighing my options at Landmark

Weighing my options at Landmark

As November wears on and the weird Chicago weather gets even weirder, I find myself drawn to the movie theatre. (Oh, who am I kidding? I find myself drawn to the movie theatre all year long.) This week looks particularly good for Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark). But a girl only has so…

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NaNoWriMo-ing at Kickstand

NaNoWriMo-ing at Kickstand

Almost halfway into NaNoWriMo and it’s all good. Well, not all good. My protagonist feels the need to comment on everything, the love interest only just made an appearance and I’ve found I use “kind of” and “actually” way too much. But hey. It’s a first draft, one that’s meant to be written in 30 days…

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Reeling LGBT Film Fest continues this weekend

Reeling LGBT Film Fest continues this weekend

They’re here, they’re queer and they’re coming to Lakeview. And we love it. Reeling: The Chicago Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival kicked off last night and continues this weekend at several venues throughout the city, among them Lakeview’s very own Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport) and Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark).…

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NaNoWriMo awaaaaay!

NaNoWriMo awaaaaay!

You’ll have to excuse me. For the next month, my posts may be peppered with the following words and phrases: Starbucks, sleep-deprived, character development, third-act problems, rough draft, Starbucks, up until 2 a.m. (again), Starbucks, did I have a life once? and Starbucks. No, I’m not participating in bizarre caffeine-induced performance art. I’m just doing…

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'Wet Hot American Summer' at Music Box tonight

‘Wet Hot American Summer’ at Music Box tonight

Have a hankering to see absurdist 80′s parodies on the big screen? It’s your lucky night: The New Cult Canon will present “Wet Hot American Summer” tonight at Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport), hosted by AV Club staffer Scott Tobias and the film’s director David Wain. The 7:30 showing is sold out, but a…

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'Donnie Darko' (and me) tomorrow night at Facets

‘Donnie Darko’ (and me) tomorrow night at Facets

What better way to kick off October than squealing in public at a giant bunny? Tomorrow at midnight, get your cult sci-fi on at Facets Multi-Media (1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Lincoln Park). For the low, low price of $5, you’ll watch the ultimate apocalyptic teenage dream, “Donnie Darko” … Presented by me! As part…

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My go-to movie cliches

My go-to movie cliches

It’s no secret I love movies. The ones I relish most are the indies: anything I can find playing here in good old Lakeview, at Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport) or Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark). Low budgets and subtitles automatically make me feel smarter. However, even indies have their fair share…

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Bye bye Borders

Bye bye Borders

After this week, Borders will be no more. The Lakeview location, which closed down this spring, is now a temporary store for Halloween costumes. And I mourn. It’s no secret Borders had been in trouble for a long time. Rumors of closing were circulating when I worked there in 2006. Still, when the list of…

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'The Homosexuals': Measure your life in love

‘The Homosexuals’: Measure your life in love

First a story: I was 18, scared as all get out and trying to hide it. On my first day as a theatre major at Loyola University Chicago, I got to class way too early and found myself sitting outside the studio’s locked door. A very tall guy plopped down beside me with a big…

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The 'once was enough' movie list

The ‘once was enough’ movie list

Most of my pals love movies. I’m never short of a viewing buddy with which to snark the latest Katherine Heigl trailer. So when I asked, “What’s the best film you can never watch again?” the responses came fast and furious. Among the usual suspects covered by the always-brilliant AV Club - such as “Requiem for…

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