Archive for December 2008

Movie Journal: Step Brothers

Step Brothers is probably the out-and-out raunchiest of the movies made by Will Ferrell and director/co-writer Adam McKay. Where their previous collaborations like Anchorman and Talledega Nights had their moments, they were more about gleaning the comedy from a collection of characters more than trying to get a laugh from, say, Ferrell rubbing his testicles … Continue reading

This is what I get for learning more about church history

Perhaps it’s because the two both fell on a Sunday this year, but I just learned that December 28th is not only my birthday (I turned 34 yesterday) but also, according to Christian tradition, the remembrance of the Massacre of the Holy Innocents. It commemorates this event from Matthew 2: 16 – 18: Herod Kills … Continue reading

Goodbye Mr. Lennell

The Maurice Lennell outlet in Norridge has closed. This was a destination point for many Sunday afternoon post-church drives when I was a kid so it’s sad to see this go.

Movie Journal: Fred Claus

There are moments in Fred Claus that give the watcher a glimpse of the kind of movie it could have been if the script didn’t so often descend into some of the most well-worn cliches of the Christmas movie. Most of these moments come when stars Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti are able to really … Continue reading

QOTD: 12/29/08

Charlie O’Donnell: Ask anyone in PR what they tell their clients when they say they want to be on TechCrunch–it isn’t worth it.  You’ll get a firehouse of traffic that will be gone in a week, with few of the people likely to be in your target audience anyway–unless your audience is other Web 2.0 … Continue reading


I had MMM columns for Valkyrie, Last Chance Harvey and The Reader on my mind for this week but just never got to them. I’m sure I’ll be disappointed that I didn’t cover them when I look back on the end of December six months from now but right now I’m just too tired to … Continue reading

Lego.com FTW

We had a worrisome moment the other day in the Thilk household when we realized that the instructions for a Lego “Creator” set had gotten lost in the year between 1) We received it and 2) Anyone was interested in actually building the vehicles shown on the box. Luckily for me, I’d seen Jake McKee … Continue reading

QOTD: 12/26/08

Tribble Ad Agency: For all those legacy HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray format war vets, the winner was none of the above… it was downloaded movies and videos.

Merry Christmas

At the risk of offending some readers I’m going to go ahead and wish you all a Merry Christmas. You might have different religious or cultural beliefs but as a confessional Lutheran this is what I’m sticking with. No, we don’t know that Christ was born on December 25th. Yes, there might be underpinnings of … Continue reading

Finding an Audience: Distribution Notes for 12/24/08

The Seattle Times has a good story on how Netflix is bridging the PC/TV divide, something that’s long been the stumbling point for online video. If they can lead the way on this – since Apple doesn’t seem to be interested in expanding beyond the early adoptor niche – they can truly dominate this field. … Continue reading

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