The Academy Awards: Everything Old is New Again

Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again
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Let’s hope that the Mayans are not as accurate with their predictions as Peter Allen was when he wrote this song. Last night’s Academy Awards demonstrated that if 94% of your membership is composed of old, white men, chances are pretty good that they are going to vote for a chance to relive their youth and give the golden statuette to a black & white silent movie. Kind of like an all male panel in Congress deciding that funding birth control is useless – go with what you know! I was planning on turning flicksthatmakemesick monochromatic to honor The Artist, but I decided it was too much trouble; plus I didn’t even like the movie that much. Continue reading

My Week with Marilyn

Tourists wandering through the architectural canyons of Chicago will find many amazing things to capture on their iPhones; the Picasso in Daley Plaza, the Gehry bandstand in Millennium Park, and a 26 foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe with her skirt blowing up that they can stand underneath and take pictures of her crotch. Who says public art is not accessible? Continue reading

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It’s interesting how society’s perception of tattoos has evolved. It used to be that only sailors and bikers were inked; now they take away your hipster card if you don’t have at least one ironic mark on your body. Choosing the right tattoo is critical, for it’s like a little peek into your psyche. If you choose to have Tweety Bird forever stained upon your hip, don’t be surprised if people treat you like the birdbrain you are. Cryptic Chinese words that you think mean Peace but really mean Kung Pao Chicken are problematic, and any kind of tramp stamp is going to be mortifying when you’re having a Pap smear at age forty-two. Continue reading