Daily Archives: April 24, 2016

Mel Brooks at the Chicago Theatre / Shirley Temple on Through the Decades

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My latest Time Out Chicago blog post covers the upcoming screening of Blazing Saddles at the Chicago Theatre for which the legendary Mel Brooks will be present for an audience Q&A. I’m never allowed too much space at Time Out but it’s always fun sneaking in a little editorializing — in this case arguing that Brooks’ classic western spoof is superior to Quentin Tarantino’s similarly-themed Django Unchained. I also end the piece by making a joke that cracked even myself up. Check it out here.

In other news, I recently appeared on Through the Decades with Bill Kurtis, a very fine television program, for the third time. On this occasion I was asked to talk about Shirley Temple’s breakthrough performance in Fox’s 1934 musical/comedy/variety-show film Stand Up and Cheer!. My wife recorded my segment on her iPhone and you can watch it here:


The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. The Babushkas of Chernobyl (Bogart/Morris)
2. Love is Colder Than Death (Fassbinder)
3. The Green Ray (Rohmer)
4. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Altman)
5. Grey Gardens (Maysles/Maysles)
6. La Captive (Akerman)
7. Cool Apocalypse (Smith)
8. Another Day/Another Time (Wilcha)
9. La Nouvelle Vie (Grandrieux)
10. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder)


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