You-review-it Monday

January 4, 2010
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Happy New Year and welcome back to You-review-it Monday--where readers chime in with their arts and entertainment experiences over the past week.

So were you in the crowd at Clowes Hall for "The Color Purple"? (Read my thoughts in an earlier blog here.)

See some live music or comedy to ring in the new year on the Dec. 31st/Jan. 1st?

Catch up on missed movies?

For me, the week included stops at the Harrison Center for the Arts and a young artist cabaret with a largely back-from-college cast at Shortridge High School. I also read "The Second City Unscripted" (yet another history of the storied Chicago comedy hub) and Philip Roth's latest slim novel "The Humbling," which started out as a fascinating look at an aging actor who believes he's lost his talent. It quickly became sidetracked, though, into a less-interesting account of a man on the brink of suicide.

How about you? What did you see, hear, visit or read over the past week?



  • Cinema catch-up
    Managed to sneak in several hours of cinema over the holidays - some in dark theaters, some at home.

    Up in the Air - good performances, sad story. I left the theater thinking that if Vera Farminga's Alex could win George Clooney's heart, I just may stand a chance. :-)

    Nine - just atrocious. The individual performance segments featuring the leading ladies all looked like perfume commercials. I couldn't wait for the movie to be over.

    It's Complicated - cute. No award-winner here, but entertaining. Alec Baldwin at his Alec Baldwin best, and Meryl Streep - well, she's always good, except for maybe Mama Mia.

    On DVD, I watched Away We Go and found it to be a little too caught up in its Indie self. Still, I made it all the way through with some smiles (Maggie Gyllenhall's character in particular). One I didn't make it all the way through was Taking Woodstock, which was just so cliche I couldn't stand it. Seriously, how many acid trips do we have to vicariously experience with kaleidoscope photography? The closeted main character's puppy dog longing for the construction crew chief? Honestly, what a giant bore.

    So, 2010 doesn't find me any less opinionated I guess. Looking forward to more great arts and entertainment in the year ahead.
  • The Color Purple
    I went to see The Color Purple on opening night and loved the play overall. I was not really impressed with the vocal abilities of the Shug Avery and Miss Sophia characters, though.

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