My 20 Favorite Movies Made In Chicago

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Hello everyone out there in cyberland. I always loved making lists as a child and so I thought I would take this opportunity to have a little fun.  So here it goes my list of my 20 favorite movies made in Chicago.

20. Barbershop–a funny comedy about a struggling south-side barbershop and it’s inhabitants. Stars–Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson and Cedric the Entertainer.

19. Only the Lonely–a romantic comedy with John Candy playing a single Chicago cop who falls in love with a very introverted Ally Sheedy. Also stars Anthony Quinn and Maureen O’Hara.

18.Cooley High–Set in the Cabrini-Green projects, this comedy centers around the lives of a group of high school friends who aspire to get out of the ghetto and succeed. Stars– Lawrence-Hilton-Jacobs and Glynn Turman.

17. About Last Night–Story about 20 somethings dealing with relationship issues and all that comes with it. Based on a David Mamet play. Stars–Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins.

16. Running Scared–A very funny buddy cop movie starring Billy Crystal and The Late Gregory Hines as aging detectives who must stop a latino drug lord played by Jimmy Smits. Also stars Joe Pantoliano.

15. Stir of Echoes–A recent homeowner starts to see ghosts who are trying to tell him something in this thriller that has some very well acted performances from the supporting cast. Stars Kevin Bacon. Also stars Kevin Dunn, Kathryn Erbe and Liza Weil.

14. Primal Fear–Ed Norton’s film debut as a man charged with killing a priest and standing trial while being defended by one of Chicago’s finest lawyers played by Richard Gere.

13. Backdraft–Great action movie about a group of fireman who fight not only fire, but the city and the volatile relationship between two brothers. An All-Star cast includes–Kurt Russell, Billy Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Scott Glenn and Rebecca De Mornay.

12. Dark Knight–Second film in the Christopher Nolan directed Batman Series where Batman tries to stop the Joker from destroying Gotham City. Starring–Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal and of course the late Heath Ledger.

11. Fugitive–Harrison Ford as Doctor Richard Kimble who is accused of killing his wife and his fight to clear his name while being hunted down by a U.S. Marshall played by Tommy Lee Jones. Also stars Sela Ward and Joe Pantoliano.

10. Uncle Buck–John Candy as the lovable unemployed guy who is called on by his brother to babysit his kid’s while he attend’s his wife’s father’s funeral. Also stars Amy Madigan and Macaulay Culkin.

9. Home Alone–Macaulay Culkin is left alone at Christmas and has to defend his house from being robbed by two idiot criminals played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Also stars John Heard and Catherine O’Hara

8.Ferris Bueller’s Day Off–Matthew Broderick as a high school kid who fakes being sick to skip school and have a fun day in and around Chicago. Also stars Mia Sara, Alan Ruck and Jennifer Grey.

7. Sixteen Candles–Teen comedy about a girl who’s birthday is forgotten by everyone as they prepare for her sister’s wedding and her attraction to an older classmate. Stars Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall and Gedde Watanabe.

6. The Breakfast Club–Story of 5 different teenagers who attend Saturday detention for different reasons who come  to find that deep down they all struggle with the same things. Stars Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall.

5. The Color of Money–Tom Cruise as a young pool shark who is taken under the wing of Fast Eddie Felsen played by Paul Newman. Also Stars Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Forest Whitaker.

4. Risky Business–Tom Cruise as a young man about to enter college who meets a call girl and decides to just enjoy all that life has to offer. Also Stars Rebecca DeMornay, Curtis Armstrong and Joe Pantoliano.

3. Hoop Dreams–Documentary about two families living on the west side of Chicago who send ther sons to a private suburb school to give them a better education and life experience. Stars the Gates and Agee families.

2. The Untouchables–Not a totally historically accurate portrayal of 1930’s prohibition in Chicago, but nonetheless the story of  how Elliot Ness tried to take down Al Capone. Stars Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro, Andy Garcia and Sean Connery.

1. The Blues Brothers–Story of Jake and Elwood Blues, who are on a mission from God to save the orphanage they grew up in. Their idea to get the money is to reunite with their old bandmates and take their show on the road. Stars John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Henry Gibson, John Candy and Cab Calloway.

Well there you have my list, whether you agree or disagree I hope you enjoyed reading it. Take care and keep supporting movies made in Chicago.


Cirque Shanghai Presents–Cloud Nine

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Ladies and gentleman, boy and girls have I got a show that will take you on a thrill ride like no other. On June 25th while producing a segment for the NudeHippo show I saw one of the most spectular displays of balance, strength and endurance. For 75 minutes you are taken on  a wild ride from guys and gals flying on ropes, to a young lady balancing on chairs at least 100 feet in the air to an amazing finale that will absolutely take your breath away. The performers themselves range in age from 15-25 and come from the same small village in China. I totally recommend this show and it is suitable for all ages. The show is currently running until September 6th. The show is at Navy Pier on the Skyline Stage and believe me they use every bit of stage there is. For more information you can contact the Skyline Stage box office for tickets and showtimes.

Opening Day

In Sports, Wrigley Field on April 14, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Baseball season underway, Hey Chicago whadda you say, the Cubs are gonna win today. This popular refrain is of course from the song Go Cubs Go, made popular in the mid-eighties by Steve Goodman a life long Cub fan who was dying at the time. This song means so much to so many people, but to me It signifies one thing. Opening Day at Wrigley Field. I am now in my eleventh season at the old ball park, and every year on opening day as I arrive at the park One of the many Wrigleyville bars is blasting this very song. I know that most of you know that I am a Sox fan, and so this is the part where I rip the Cubs and say once again you have no chance at a title. I am taking the high road this year. You see deep down I am a baseball fan first. I played little league for 7 seasons and was coached by my father, just as he played and was coached by his father. Opening day means so much more to me than just a song. It brings back memories of my 36 years of life.

I can remember as a child coming home from school to watch whatever game was on. It was usually the Cubs who played all there home games during the day. I would watch in amazement as Dave Kingman would hit monster Homerun shots, and guys like Ron Cey and Larry Bowa made great play after great play. Then my father would come home we’d eat dinner and get ready to watch the Sox on Channel 44. Carlton Fisk, Harold Baines, and a rookie named Ron Kittle caught my attention. I actually copied Carlton’s batting stance when I hit 13, and had my most productive year ever in little league. Why am I telling you all this? Simply that Baseball to me is the greatest sport ever invented. I can’t think of a time in my life where baseball wasn’t a part of my life. I even threw out the first pitch at a Cub game when I was 14. A one hop that Jody Davis backhanded. That was the thrill of a lifetime.

I know that the season is young, and the expectations are high, but take a moment and just reflect on some of the good things in your life, think of what makes you happy. That’s what life is all about. The little moments are the ones that count. The memories of watching baseball with your dad, playing in the ball park til the lights go out, and sitting in the stands and rooting for your team to win. I was reminded of that this last Easter Sunday, as I sat in my dad’s living room with my dad, uncle and grandfather who is 81 and watched our White Sox beat the Twins. I couldn’t have been more happy. It was then that I realized it’s these moments that stick with you, for me it’s baseball. Ask yourself what is it for you?