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Gillette Commercial Cuts Deeply

January 17th, 2019

It’s ironic that most of the commercials throughout Gillette’s history have involved a man literally looking at himself in the mirror, since its latest and most controversial ad does so metaphorically in a way far more powerful than the previous banal stock image to shill razors. I’m sure most of you have heard about it by now, and a large percentage of you have seen it. (If you haven’t, you can watch it here.) In the ad, various scenarios of traditional rites of masculine passage and behavior play out, juxtaposed with the questioning of those tropes in today’s world. We see a boy being... Read More

THE BEST MUSIC OF 2018!!!

December 31st, 2018

It’s that time of the year again. Time for critics to line up to roll out their “Best of…” lists. And whether it’s TV, movies or music, they all seem to follow a distinct pattern. I’ve done these lists for years, and it wasn’t until the last few calendar turns that I stepped back from doing them, basically because I got bored with it. Until this year. This year, I’m stepping back into the fray, to deliver a list of THE BEST MUSIC OF THE YEAR. THE BEST!!! And here it is, THE BEST MUSIC OF 2018!!! 10.) album recorded by a hygiene-challenged, agoraphobic shut-in that sounds like The... Read More

Help Out A Girl Who Makes The Quad Cities More Magical

December 7th, 2018

Nikki Gillette has always struck me as someone puzzlingly uncertain as to just how amazing she is. Gillette has been a regular on the performing arts scene in the Quad Cities for a while, as a standup comedian, musician, burlesque performer and actress. She teaches art to kids at Blue Grass Elementary, manages the traveling comedy troupe Show Us Your Pokeballs, models, haunts and does makeup at Terror at Skellington Manor, and is involved with other local groups such as Moonshine Misfits Burlesque and Open Source Improv. She’s also a columnist for this website. She’s smart, funny, beautiful... Read More

Is Paul McCartney Coming To The Quad City Storm Home Opener?

October 20th, 2018

Let it be… on ice? A very strange rumor began to surface late this week that former Beatle Paul McCartney had accepted an invitation to be a VIP to the Quad City Storm’s home opening game this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. According to various reports, hub-bub, gossip and chewing the fat, Paul McCartney is a big hockey fan, and, wanting to check out the TaxSlayer prior to his gig there next summer, he accepted an invitation, replete with many perks, including a nacho bar with a Velveeta cheese river, a case of Natty Light, a hoverboard with ground effects... Read More

COULD `THE FORCE’ BECOME A RELIGION?

October 17th, 2018

Could “May the Force be with you” someday be more than a T-shirt slogan? Might it one day become the climactic phrase of a religious ceremony?   According to Hollywood lore, when the first “Star Wars” film became an outrageous success, George Lucas’ ambitious friend Francis Ford Coppola suggested that Lucas try to turn the philosophies of the “Star Wars” series into a religion. Lucas laughed it off.   However, given recent events, he may have to once more fend off Coppola’s insistence.   Since Disney bought the franchise, the “Star Wars”... Read More

In A World Of Perfect Pitch, Would A Hung Be Hot?

September 21st, 2018

When it comes to singing, most of us are best served in our quest at vocal immortality by forgiving shower walls. Some bar band and karaoke heroes are a rung up, but we also have the advantage of typically serenading the inebriated. Even in the case of some “professional vocalists” the studio trickery of Pro Tools is what makes them pristine and listenable on record.  However, a day may not be too far off when every crooner is perfect. A day when singers are bred, not discovered. No, this isn’t about “American  Idol.”  However, it will likely spawn a reality TV... Read More

Criticism of LeBron Should Be Slam Dunked

August 9th, 2018

I’m never going to say anything bad about LeBron James again. This week LeBron announced that he’s donating millions of dollars to help send kids around his native Ohio to a special school, the I Promise School in Akron, he’s creating that will be free, will give them free uniforms, free breakfast lunch and snacks, free books, free transportation, and if they graduate, free tuition to University of Akron. He’ll also pay for their parents to get their GEDs, pay for childcare and pay for them to continue their own educations. It’s an incredible gesture of largesse and return to his... Read More

It’s A Johns And Davids World

July 27th, 2018

It’s an odd trend in entertainment and pop culture, but strangely, there are a lot of creative, imaginative and unassailably cool creators named John and David.   Think about it.   Think of all the popular and/or pop culturally influential Johns.   John Lennon.   John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten).   John Belushi.   John Cusack.   Johnny Depp.   John Steinbeck.   John Hiatt.   John Waters.   Johnny Carson.   John Mayer.   John Grisham.   John Fogerty.   John Legend.   John Mellencamp.   Etc.   Etc.   And... Read More

From Sad Clown Paintings To Nudist Club Night: The Events That Don’t Get Into Our Calendar

July 19th, 2018

Every week, we provide you with a huge calendar of activities that will take place in the Quad-Cities area over the coming week. Because we love you. And because it’s our job … to love you. (The preceding sentence was written in tribute to the late Luther Vandross.) However, some calendar items we receive don’t make the list. Some are out of the geographic area. Some aren’t really entertainment. And some … well, some just don’t seem to fit in, if you know what I mean. For those of you who don’t know what I mean, I thought I’d provide a few examples.... Read More

Should You Judge Someone On Whether They Like Nickelback?

June 27th, 2018

There’s a scene in Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity” where the lead character, played by John Cusack, asks whether or not it’s fair to judge people largely on their music tastes. So, is it? What kind of music do you like? Who are your favorite singers? What’s your favorite song? When I was younger, particularly in high school and early college, I was inclined to judge potential friends and girlfriends in large part on their musical and pop-culture tastes. Yes, I was an entertainment snob. Hard to believe, I know. In comparing preferences in music, TV shows, movies, and books, I felt... Read More

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