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“Yes, God, Yes” a Sweet, Small Film Exposing Enormity of Catholic Hypocrisy

October 26th, 2020

The 70-minute teen comedy/drama “Yes, God, Yes” is a sweet, slight and mostly satisfying film that deftly, gently tackles enormous, weighty subjects – sexuality, morality, religion, personal autonomy and responsibility, and the vast, disgusting hypocrisy of the Catholic Church. The 2019 film was written and directed by Karen Maine (who co-wrote the 2014 abortion-themed “Obvious Child”) and stars Natalia Dyer (of “Stranger Things” fame), based on Maine’s 2017 short film of the same name also starring Dyer as a shy, sympathetic, and secret rebel. The awkward, totally identifiable... Read More

Douglas And Tucker’s First Album Showed Promise Of What Was To Come

September 26th, 2020

Einstein’s Sister will release their first record in almost two decades TODAY at Record Store Day at CoOp Records in Moline! Throughout this week we’ve been recapping the band’s career in our special Einstein’s Sister Spotlight on QuadCities.com! The following is the first review Sean Leary wrote of the band’s recorded material, reviewing the first Douglas and Tucker album, titled ‘Einstein’s Sister.’ The review first ran on Sean’s blog, What The *&^%^&** Is Sean Leary Thinking, on April 11, 1996.   Jonesing for Squeeze? If so,... Read More

Reviewing Einstein’s Sister’s First Album… In Advance Of Their New Record Due Tomorrow

September 25th, 2020

The following was originally printed on Sean Leary’s blog, What The *&^%%&* Is Sean Leary Thinking? on Nov 11, 1999. It’s a review of the rerelease of the first Einstein’s Sister album and an interview with the band about that release.   It isn’t often in life that you get a “do over,” but local band Einstein’s Sister is making the most of just such an opportunity this week by re-releasing a remastered edition of its first album, “Einstein’s Sister,” with seven additional tracks. “The reason we’re doing it is because... Read More

Especially During Covid, Quad-Cities Small Businesses Need Your Support

August 7th, 2020

Things are not looking good for this fall in regard to covid-19. Numbers are spiking, the government has been pathetically inept in terms of dealing with the crisis, and the economy is once again on the verge of completely tanking. Unemployment is up, some industries are shut down through the end of the year, and others are teetering on the precipice of being shut down, maybe for good. I don’t know about you, but I’m so pessimistic I’m starting to stock up on toilet paper. That’s why it’s more important than ever to shop at your locally-owned small businesses now. Local... Read More

Taylor Swift Offers More Than ‘Folklore’ About Her Illuminati Ties

July 31st, 2020

Listen, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Wow! Taylor Swift just released a new album! I wonder which ex-boyfriends all her songs are about?” Oh, you naïve child. Taylor Swift’s songs have never been about ex-boyfriends, any more than Planet Ping Pong’s pizza menu has been about pizza. Of course, those of us who aren’t SHEEPLE all know Taylor (I can call her Taylor) has long been a tool of the Illuminati, and her songs have incorporated secret coded metaphors for the takeover of the world. “Blank Space?” About people having their memories erased and reprogrammed... Read More

Black Box Theater’s ‘Turn Of The Screw’ Is Creepy, Must-See Theater

July 17th, 2020

If Lora Adams’ name is on something there’s one guarantee: it’s going to look AMAZING. And Black Box’s Turn of the Screw is no exception to that rule. The latest offering from the intimate Black Box – and ONLY live theatre event in the Quad Cities this summer – looks and feels as eerie as it should. This particular production has that Disney detail thing going on. It’s like a bunch of Imagineers flew in from Anaheim and rocked a stellar set, lighting and costume design. It looks THAT good. The “Imagineers” in the case are set designer (and director) Lora Adams,... Read More

Inspiring ‘Athlete A’ Shows Strength of Young Women, Dogged Journalists

July 1st, 2020

In this unreal time of global pandemic, civil unrest, economic depression and a president who views the press (and apparently not Russia) as the enemy, U.S. journalists could certainly use a collective hug. As pointed out in a perceptive, poignant New York Times column Monday, a staggering 7,800 journalists lost their jobs in 2019, according to Business Insider. Once the pandemic hit, another 36,000 media-company employees got the pink slip. And all these disasters came on top of losses that collectively cost American newsrooms half their journalists between 2008 and 2019. After I was laid... Read More

Hugely Entertaining ‘The Politician’ Sings Even Without Music

June 26th, 2020

You could call Ryan Murphy’s staggering TV output campy, corny, unrealistic, melodramatic, or overly idealistic. But you can never call it dull, unwatchable, or ignore-able. The flamboyant 54-year-old writer, director and producer certainly has style and confidence to burn. The latest series in his new Netflix home is the excellent, addictive second season of “The Politician,” which stars Ben Platt and Gwyneth Paltrow and debuted last September. The new season is now available. Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story”) – the winner of six Emmy awards,... Read More

What You Might View While Sheltering in Place

March 26th, 2020

Ted Hicks worked in film in NYC, was in charge of awarding the Christopher Award, and was a college friend of mine at the University of Iowa. Ted has put together a list of good things to stream while we’re all stuck at home social distancing, and I have added my own favorites and added some specifics to his list. “A few days ago, Gary Davis, who I’ve known since 1st grade in Nemaha, Iowa, asked for some TV/cable/streaming recommendations,” Ted said. “I put together a bunch of titles and sent it to him.. I know many of you will already know a lot of these shows, but there... Read More

Start Your Arguments Now! Connie Gets Into The Ring With Her Top Films 2000-2019!

March 23rd, 2020

And, let’s get ready to rummmmmmmmmmbbbbbbblllllleee! Everyone’s looking for films to stream on Netflix, Hulu and more, and so every critic worth their Rotten Tomatoes rating is jumping in with their rankings. Two writers (Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr) from the Associated Press recently penned an article entitled “A Look at the Decade’s Best Big-Screen Releases.” The list, according to these two, was as follows: “Tree of Life” “Phantom Thread” “Margaret” “Lady Bird” “Moonlight” “Somewhere” “Cold War” “Certified Copy” “Inside Llewyn Davis” “The... Read More

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