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A**-Kicking ‘Deadpool 2’ Is F***in’ Awesome

May 19th, 2018

If you’re anywhere near remotely offended by the implied asterisks in that headline, you should stay far away from “Deadpool 2,” a raunchy, hilarious and absolutely brilliant thrill-ride of a movie which rivals and in many ways surpasses the first film and likewise rivals and largely surpasses anything else in the Marvel film canon. “Deadpool 2” is riotously funny and stylish, action-packed and wonderfully executed. In fact, it’s so good that once it was over, I couldn’t wait to see it again. And I’m not just saying that because Ryan Reynolds sent me a check in the mail along with... Read More

How Are Deadpool And Co. Doing With Fresh Start?

May 17th, 2018

In late November of 2017 C. B. Cebulski, former editor and international Talent Liaison for Marvel Comics, took the job of Editor in Chief (https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/11/17/scoop-c-b-cebulski-editor-marvel-comics/ ). Then in February of 2018 Cebulski and Marvel announced Marvel Fresh Start; a new publishing initiative to excite the readership (https://www.cbr.com/marvel-comics-2018-refresh-reboot/). Part of the Fresh Start initiative was that Marvel was going to relaunch their books with brand new number ones priced at five dollars. This, much to the agitation of Marvel’s readers,... Read More

Why Do So Many Blues Musicians Have The Nickname “Little?”

May 17th, 2018

You’ve heard the expression, ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer. Well, ask several stupid questions, and get several stupider answers. Case in point: Q: Why do so many blues musicians, like Little Milton, etc., have the nickname “Little?” A: Because many blues musicians are descended from Oompa-Loompas. Blues music actually began with Oompa chocolate workers singing improvised spirituals bemoaning the harsh, sweatshop-like conditions in Willy Wonka’s factory, or as many of the Loopa bluesmen tagged it, “Stickyfingers Hell.” Some of the early pioneers of the artform, Little Willy... Read More

You’ll Be Sweet On Bent River’s Blueberry Sour

May 15th, 2018

You like booze, you really like booze! Due to popular demand, and a whole lot of people reading my last food/beverage review of the Minty Mango brew at Radicle Effect, we at QuadCities.com have decided to start up a new feature, Let’s Have A Drink With Sean Leary, in which I’ll be going around to different brew pubs in the area and trying out various beers, the more unusual the better, and reporting back to you with my opinions and pithy comments. It’s a tough job, folks, but someone’s got to do it. And by someone, I mean me. But it’s not all fun and games, folks. Sometimes I have to... Read More

The Secret To Great School Pictures? Buttcheeks.

May 10th, 2018

It’s that time of year again, and if you have kids in elementary school, you know exactly what I mean. School pictures time. That’s right, that time when you get your kids all dressed up and tidied up and get their hair looking perfect and their outfits looking spot on and send them to school, and then six or eight weeks later you get a packet of pictures that features a child that looks fantastic, but has a look on his or her face somewhere between fear, disinterest and a desperate need to pee. I’ve been pretty lucky over the years in that my 10-year-old’s pictures have been pretty good. ... Read More

Can You Really Become Addicted To Videogames

May 6th, 2018

“Fortnite.” “Overwatch.” “God Of War.” Know anyone who plays those games? Know people who say, or demonstrate by their actions, that they’re “addicted” to those games? Think they’re exaggerating? They might not be. It sounds like a sci-fi scenario, but from a logical standpoint, you could become addicted to video games. Much like anything else addicting, all it would require would be repetitive stimulation of the right portions of the brain, creating a psychological and physiological need. And given the practice of playing video games,... Read More

Quad Cities Filmmakers Come Home To Debut ‘A Quiet Place’

April 29th, 2018

“A Quiet Place,” written by Quad-Cities born-and-raised filmmakers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, has been number one in the box office for two weeks, and Beck and Woods recently came back to their old stomping grounds to host a Q and A and screening of the critically-acclaimed thriller starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt! Sean Leary, Digital Media Director and co-owner of QuadCities.com, is a former artistic collaborator with Beck and Woods, the team made over a dozen short films together in the 2000s, and he hung out with the team at the screening and their after party, chatting about the... Read More

FINALLY, An Answer To The Eternal Question: Do Ghosts Fart?

April 26th, 2018

The following column is excerpted from Sean Leary’s upcoming humor book, Do Vampires Poop? And Other Incredibly Important Questions, available in bookstores worldwide in September. By Sean Leary Ever walk into your house after you’ve been away, or walk into a room and notice a strange smell? Of course, once you do, you have to try to find it, because who wants a strange smell in their house? I’ll usually look for some dropped food or something behind or under furniture, and sometimes that’s the case. Some bit of stray potable that tried to escape and sadly discovered its motion was limited... Read More

Did Alice From ‘The Brady Bunch’ Lose A Bet?

April 19th, 2018

Recently, I spent a day laid up in bed, sick, with Gatorade and a TV remote as props to pass the time. Flipping beyond the deluge of courtroom and self-help shows I found a real blast from the past. “The Brady Bunch.” I didn’t even realize old episodes of “The Brady Bunch” were still airing. When I was a kid, my siblings and I used to watch re-runs and make fun of them. But it’s been a long time since I’d seen it on TV. I figured it had been superseded by shows like “Saved By The Bell,” “Family Matters” and “Full House”... Read More

Ballet Quad Cities Defines Dance This Weekend!

April 19th, 2018

Looking for the best entertainment this weekend? Don’t miss Defining Dance! Ballet Quad Cities’ latest leaps your way at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Scottish Rite Cathedral/Spotlight Theatre, 1800 7th Avenue, Moline! One of the five original pieces in this performance is sure to become your new favorite!  Margaret King’s Swingin’ On the Moon & Rodeo are both back by popular demand. Emerging choreographer Emily Kate Long’s On the Run with skateboards, hula hoops, and scooters will delight everyone. Courtney Lyon’s Dance “Four” Piano was commissioned... Read More