B-Fest Is the Best

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It's that time of the year: Time to partake in B-Fest, the annual 24-hour festival of bad movies at Northwestern University. If you don't feel like spending the night in an auditorium, you may want to check out these films at home. What exactly is Skidoo? It is the only satire of the 1960s that brings […]

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Quiz: A Christmas Carol

Scrooge and Bob Cratchit
woodcut by John Leech. Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain

The debate over the best film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is sure to rage at many a holiday table again this year. To put you in the spirit, our bloggers Jennifer, Joanna and Laura compiled this quiz to see how well you know the classic holiday tale and its many adaptations. For more of the miser we all […]

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Top Picks: Jane Austen Screen Adaptations

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There are a couple of excellent excuses to celebrate Jane Austen this month! December marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Emma, and Jane Austen Day also falls in December. I'd like to toast Austen by recommending some of my favorite movies and television series based on her novels. The BBC has made many screen […]

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Quiz: Test Your Holiday IQ

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For many of us, books, movies and music put us in the holiday spirit and shape our traditions with family and friends. So what better way to celebrate the titles we love than a holiday quiz? Our bloggers Beth, Katie, Laura, Mary, Michelle, Municipal_Reference_Guy and Shilo created this quiz to give you something fun to share this holiday season.

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Alice in the Movies

Alice in Wonderland, John Tenniel, 1865. Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Lewis Carroll's mysterious tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been passed down for generations, and the girl who falls down the rabbit hole has been captured on film many times. If you'd like to view some of the movie adaptations of this favorite childhood story, check out the selections below. The classic Disney version, Alice in […]

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Ahhhh!!! Home Alone Is 25!

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It’s been 25 years since I sat in the movie theater with my little brother roaring with laughter at the attempts of pint-sized Kevin McAllister, played by Macaulay Culkin, protecting his home from dimwitted burglars Marv and Harry, aka The Wet Bandits. Since then, Home Alone has become a holiday classic. Written by John Hughes and […]

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‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ Added to Oxford Dictionary


Chicago native and pop culture writer (AV Club, The Dissolve) Nathan Rabin recently achieved the unique accomplishment of having a phrase he coined, "Manic Pixie Dream Girl," appear in the Oxford English Dictionary. “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” or MPDG, was Rabin’s description of a series of certain female film characters (most notably Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown, Natalie Portman […]

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Quiz: Test Your Chicago Movie IQ

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Chicago has been the setting and the star of more movies than we can count. How well do you know Chicago in the movies? Test your expertise with our quiz by Tuesday, November 3, and you'll enter a drawing for a free book. We're giving away three copies of The Third Coast, this year's One Book, One Chicago […]

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Watch Her: Anjelica Huston’s Biography and Filmography

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I wrote about A Story Lately Told, the first half of Anjelica Huston's memoir, in a blog post last year when it was published and mentioned how I was anticipating the second volume: Watch Me. It does not disappoint.  While much of the first part of the book deals with Huston's tempestuous (and much-documented) relationship with Jack Nicholson, […]

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#TBT: Back to the Future Day


On this Throwback Thursday, let's travel through time to Back to the Future Day. In the Back to the Future Part II, Michael J. Fox's character, Marty McFly, takes off in his DeLorean in 1985 and lands on October 21, 2015. Although it's disappointing that the movie's predictions about hovercrafts and flying cars haven't come true […]

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