You-review-it Monday

June 2, 2008
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I wish I had more to report from the weekend, but I was under the weather and didn't get to take advantage of Indy's offerings.

If nothing else, I had hoped to get out to The Jazz Kitchen for Sunday night's performance by Jimmy Guilford and Everett Greene. But instead, I had time on the couch with a box of tissues and "National Treasure 2."

So was your weekend any livelier?

Did you make it out to Eric Clapton? Get to the IRT for opening weekend of "The Fantasticks" (find my review here)? Or just join the mad rush to "Sex in the City"?

  • The only thing I did was see Sex & the City last night. I loved it! They didn't try to re-invent the wheel, they stayed with what worked in the show and I felt that was a wise decision. My friend who had only ever seen a couple of episodes really liked it, so even if you're not a fan or didn't watch the show, you can still enjoy the movie.
  • I was a only a semi-regular viewer of the show and loved the movie. Although the run time is long, it never felt too long. Half the fun was enjoying the audience (yes, predominantly female) who loved both the characters and the nods to the original series. Nicely done.
  • I had the rare pleasure (as a full-time working mother of two little boys) to see two movies. I took in Made of Honor with a friend and Indiana Jones with my husband. I maxed out my movie theater quota for the whole year in one week! Critics didn't give either much love, but I enjoyed them both. Neither was Oscar material, but I didn't expect that going in. Made was a fun Best Friend's Wedding-esque chick flick that showed off Patrick Demspey's smile...nice. Jones was action packed and a nice tip-of-the-fedora homage to our beloved prof/archeaologist/adventurer. Nothing earth-shaking with either, but a nice break from the chaos.
  • Lou, I am sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. I hope you are at 100% again soon!

    I had a wonderful weekend:

    I went to the Indy Fringe Festival's fundraiser, which featured a high-energy performer from Canada, T.J. Dawe.

    I also got to sit in on the annual conference of the National New Play Network, which was held here in Indy this year.

    I will post my thoughts about both of these in my blog by the end of this week.

    I have already blogged about my experience of the Sex in the City movie - with no spoilers - but I will just add here that I, too, enjoyed the movie very much. Those ridiculous, lovable characters!

    Hope Baugh
  • Indiana Jones rocks! A cartoon movie with real people, lots of action, lots of clever dialog. Not an Oscar contender, but one that makes you walk out saying 'do you think he'll make another one? I was hoping that Sean Connery would make a cameo but alas, not in the way we saw him! Great escapism for the whole family!
    I'm looking forward to the new Bond, Star Trek and other sequels coming up. And checking out a couple of the new restaurants in town too.
  • Hey movie lovers,
    Look for an announcement here within the next few days on the next IBJ Night at the Movies.

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.