Articles filed under Stangland, Sean

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  • Which ‘Fast & Furious’ movies are in first gear? Mar 25, 2015 11:30 AM
    It began in 2001 with a silly movie that could best be described as “Point Break” with cars instead of surfboards. Fourteen years and seven movies later, the franchise that began with “The Fast and the Furious” has consistently delivered hit movies with hot actors and hot action scenes.

  • Ravinia has treats for fans of film, film music Mar 22, 2015 6:43 PM
    A great movie and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra make a wonderful pair indeed. This summer, the CSO will once again perform film scores in their entirety as the audiences in both the pavilion and the lawn watch the action on Ravinia’s giant screens — and the lineup is fabulous.

  • Why Disney’s animated ‘Cinderella’ is still a classic Mar 13, 2015 12:59 PM
    “Cinderella,” Kenneth Branagh’s live-action version of the timeless tale, arrives in theaters this weekend a little more than 65 years after Walt Disney’s classic adaptation premiered in February 1950. Beautifully animated by the studio’s geniuses known as the “Nine Old Men,” that “Cinderella” has contributed iconic moments and sights that live on in American pop culture. But when was the last time you actually watched the movie?

  • ‘Saul’ better than any ‘Breaking Bad’ fan could have imagined Mar 6, 2015 6:00 AM
    In five short weeks, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul,” already has established itself as one of the best shows on television. If it's a rousing success, what other improbable spinoffs await us?

  • Leonard Nimoy’s work will live forever — where you can see it Feb 27, 2015 7:47 PM
    Mr. Spock died in 1982’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” but that didn’t deter Leonard Nimoy, who, thanks to the powers of Dr. Carol Marcus’ Genesis Planet, went on to play the beloved Vulcan science officer in six more “Trek” movies and two episodes of television. Nimoy himself died Friday at the age of 83. His work as Spock, a director, a photographer, a writer and, yes, even a singer, will live forever.

  • More best-picture nominees come home Feb 20, 2015 6:00 AM
    Two movies expected to loom large over Sunday's Academy Awards telecast on ABC are now available for purchase and rental. “The Theory of Everything” and “Birdman” are both nominated for best picture, and their stars are considered the front-runners for the best actor prize. Both films can be seen today on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD — not to mention many suburban movie theaters.

  • NBC's soapy 'Slap' strikes at heart of domestic conflicts Feb 9, 2015 2:57 PM
    It has a funny title and a premise that doesn't sound like it can support a TV show, but “The Slap,” NBC's new eight-episode “event series,” is a dead-serious grabber. An American adaptation of an Australian show based upon a novel by Christos Tsiolkas, “The Slap” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, with an episode containing the titular event: A misbehaving child is slapped by an adult at a tense 40th birthday party.

  • What else is on TV on Super Sunday? Jan 30, 2015 6:00 AM
    Super Sunday is here, but not all of us want to watch Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks take on deflated ball-handler Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. There's puppies, kittens, comedians, time-travelers, zombies and starship captains waiting for you this weekend.

  • Get caught up before ‘X-Files’ comes back to Earth Jan 23, 2015 6:01 AM
    Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman confirmed last weekend that the network is hoping to bring “The X-Files” back to TV in some form. The prospect of a new “X-Files” season is exciting. If you want to revisit “The X-Files,” you can watch all 202 episodes with a Netflix or Hulu Plus subscription.

  • ‘Boyhood,’ other top films already available at home Jan 16, 2015 6:01 AM
    Sunday’s Golden Globes winners and Thursday’s announcement of the Academy Awards nominations gave us plenty of moviegoing ideas: “Selma,” “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and other awards-season favorites are still exclusive to your local moviehouse. But many of 2014’s most acclaimed films and underseen films are already available to home viewers, beginning with the Globes’ big winner, “Boyhood.”

  • ‘Man Seeking Woman’ in search of the right comedic tone Jan 12, 2015 5:30 AM
    The new FXX half-hour comedy “Man Seeking Woman,” premiering at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, has an impressive pedigree. So why isn't it funny?

  • Pop-culture moments to remember in 2014 Dec 23, 2014 9:08 AM
    Dancing Groot. A Bowie song in the '50s. An essential Foo Fighters track. The furious finale of "Whiplash." These and more are Sean Stangland's essential pop-culture moments of 2014.

  • Journey to Middle-earth has been an emotional one Dec 17, 2014 6:40 AM
    Fifteen years after filming began in New Zealand on the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, director Peter Jackson's Middle-earth saga concludes this weekend with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The journey from “The Fellowship of the Ring” to today has been very long, but very rewarding — even if the latter half of it ultimately feels unnecessary.

  • ‘Inherent Vice’ director Anderson among the modern greats Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose latest film, “Inherent Vice,” opens Friday in select theaters, has crafted a distinct, singular vision, Daily Herald columnist Sean Stangland says. Here’s how he’d rank Anderson's six previous films.

  • Are you still infected with ‘Frozen’ fever? Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    More than a year after its release, the world is still infected with “Frozen” fever. The theatrical release made $1.27 billion, the all-time champ among animated films. DVD and Blu-ray sales in North America have brought in another $280.8 million in a year when the No. 2 elease, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” made less than half that figure. And then there’s the merchandise, which includes ... duct tape?!

  • Hyping the hype: ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Jurassic World’ trailers premiere Nov 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    The world loves movies, but sometimes it seems to love movie trailers even more. This weekend brings film fans their first looks at new "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park" films as Hollywood studios are starting to market the release of their trailers with the same breathless excitement as the films themselves.

  • What to watch now that you’ve seen ‘Interstellar’ Nov 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Interstellar” joins a legacy of thoughtful sci-fi epics that began in 1968 when Stanley Kubrick changed the movie landscape forever. Here are some of Sean Stangland's favorites.

  • Still dumb — and funny — after all these years Nov 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    The brainless heroes Lloyd and Harry from "Dumb and Dumber" are back in theaters this weekend and easier than ever to watch at home. Meanwhile, in Gotham City, the past incarnations of Batman and Robin are coming to Blu-ray and DVD for the very first time.

  • Podcasts geek out about Bond, movies, celebs Oct 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    They keep us company while we drive, work and work out. They’re also among the best things to happen in the 21st Century to radio junkies like me. We're talking about podcasts, and here are some worth checking out.

  • ‘Walking Dead’ just won’t die Oct 17, 2014 7:23 AM
    “The Walking Dead” returned to AMC last week to huge ratings, and Sean doesn't really get why. But who cares what he thinks? The show is so big, it has its own pinball table. And speaking of pinball, Wheeling is the place to be this weekend for enthusiasts of the game.

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