Daily Archives: April 24, 2016

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


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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