June 2021

Pride Podtalk: Illinois Legislators of Anti-Conversion Therapy Laws

CHICAGO – At the recent Doc 10 screening of “Pray Away,” a new documentary by Kristine Stolakis, Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy and Evanston (Illinois) Mayor Daniel Biss made introductory remarks regarding their role in establishing laws against “Conversion Therapy” … the industry that promises to “cure” gay or trans orientation.

Film Review: ‘Luca’ Uses Queer-Bait Hoping to Reel in a Hit, Ends Up Getting Snagged

CHICAGO – Even as an adult, I am still in awe of how effective animated features are as narrative vehicles. As a kid, it was the thing I would consume the most, gorging myself into a stupor.

‘Luca’ Uses Queer-Bait Hoping to Reel in a Hit, Ends Up Snagged

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Rating: 2.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Even as an adult, I am still in awe of how effective animated features are as narrative vehicles. As a kid, it was the thing I would consume the most, gorging myself into a stupor. The cartoons didn’t even have to follow any set story structure, especially when some of my favorites included a cowardly dog, a cow and chicken as siblings, and even an underwater sponge that is friends with an aquatic squirrel.

Film Feature: The Importance of the Quiet Revolution of ‘In the Heights’

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When I used to have cable television (when I lived with my parents and they paid for it), there was this section of one hundred or so music channels, each with a different music style to explore. I remember stumbling across it one day when I was younger, in complete awe that there was even that variety of music in the world.

Tribeca2021: As Fest Ends, Four More Essential Films to Explore

CHICAGO – That’s a wrap! The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival – a hybrid mix of New York City in-person events and online access – has its last day on Sunday, June 20th. It’s also the last day for Tribeca At Home, click Tribeca2021.

Pride Week Podtalk: Gary G. Chichester, on First Chicago Gay Pride Parade, June 27, 1971

Chicago Pride Parade, 1971

CHICAGO – It’s Pride Week, ya all, part of Pride Month, culminating in the upcoming Pride Weekend … the more the Pride the better. 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first official Gay Pride Parade in Chicago – the first “march” took place a year earlier in 1970, honoring the first anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Uprising.

Film Review: ‘Luca’ Uses Queer-Bait Hoping to Reel in a Hit, Ends Up Snagged

CHICAGO – Even as an adult, I am still in awe of how effective animated features are as narrative vehicles. As a kid, it was the thing I would consume the most, gorging myself into a stupor. The cartoons didn’t even have to follow any set story structure, especially when some of my favorites included a cowardly dog, a cow and chicken as siblings, and even an underwater sponge that is friends with an aquatic squirrel.

Feature: The Importance of the Quiet Revolution of ‘In the Heights’

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Rating: 4.5/5.0

CHICAGO - When I used to have cable television (when I lived with my parents and they paid for it), there was this section of one hundred or so music channels, each with a different music style to explore. I remember stumbling across it one day when I was younger, in complete awe that there was even that variety of music in the world.

Tribeca2021: Best U.S. Narrative Film at Fest is ‘The Novice’

CHICAGO – Going both ways … in-person screenings in New York City and virtual/online for at-home enjoyment proved a success for the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. The 20th Fest announced their Jury Competition Award Winners on June 17th, with honorees that included Games and Podcasts for the first time.

Film Review: Illuminating! On-Air Review of ‘The Sparks Brothers’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on June 18th, 2021, reviewing the new documentary “The Sparks Brothers,” opening in theaters on June 18th, 2021.

Illuminating! On-Air Review of ‘The Sparks Brothers’

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Rating: 5.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on June 18th, 2021, reviewing the new documentary “The Sparks Brothers,” opening in theaters on June 18th, 2021.

Film Review: Wives Tale! On-Air Review of ‘HItman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 17th, 2021, reviewing the new film “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” in theaters beginning June 16th.

Wive’s Tale! On-Air Review of ‘HItman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’

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Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 17th, 2021, reviewing the new film “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” in theaters beginning June 16th.

Film News: 2021 Chicago Doc10 Opens June 17 with ‘Summer of Soul’

CHICAGO –The City of Chicago’s influence as a Film Town is one of its greatest strengths. Doc10, a ten documentary film fest mostly at the Northside’s Davis Theater, opens Thursday, June 17th, 2021. For information on the line-up and tickets, click here.

Film News: Chicago’s FACETS In-Person & Virtual Film Camps, June 23 to Aug 27, 2021

FACETS Film Camps 2021

CHICAGO – It’s summer camp time, and what better destination for budding cinephiles then Film Camp! FACETS cinema a variety of film classes both in-person. virtual/online and hybrids for children/teens from ages eight to 17. For more information and tuition fees, click here.

Tribeca2021: Documentaries Take Center Stage at the 20th Festival

CHICAGO – The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival continues as a hybrid mix of New York City in-person events and online access, which includes the finest documentaries of 2021. The festival takes place through June 20th. For information on joining in via passes or tickets, click TribecaFilm.com.

Tribeca2021: Variety of Films Highlight the 20th Festival

CHICAGO – The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival had its first weekend, as the hybrid mix of in-person and online events unfolded throughout New York City and the rest of the country. The festival takes place through June 20th. For information on joining in via passes or tickets, click TribecaFilm.com

Tribeca2021: 20th Film Fest Launches ‘Tribeca at Home’ Option

2021 Tribeca Film Festival

NEW YORK – Opening Night was this past Wednesday, June 9th, for the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. The 20th year edition will be a mix this year. New York City is opening all five boroughs for special in-person events from June 9th-20th, and the festival is offering “Tribeca at Home” for fans of cutting edge and new cinema. For information on joining in via passes or tickets, click here.

Film Review: Ain’t That America! Audio Review of ‘Holler’

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the new film “Holler,” an IFC Films new release about a brother and sister trying to survive in a dying factory town. In select theaters and through Video On Demand beginning June 11th, 2021.

Ain’t That America! Audio Review of ‘Holler’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the new film “Holler,” an IFC Films new release about a brother and sister trying to survive in a dying factory town. In select theaters and through Video On Demand beginning June 11th, 2021.

TV Review: Literary/Film Influences Temper the Glorious Chaos of ‘Loki’

CHICAGO – From villain to anti-hero to homoerotic fan fiction icon, Loki has traveled a long way from the greasy-haired megalomaniac we have come to love. For most of his cinematic character development, Loki has been a foil to Thor’s massive himbo (n.: a very attractive, often beefy male who isn’t the brightest bulb, but is still able to shine because of his good-natured attitude and respect for women. Male version of a “bimbo”) energy.

Cinematic and Literary Influences Temper the Glorious Chaos of ‘Loki’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

CHICAGO – From villain to anti-hero to homoerotic fan fiction icon, Loki has traveled a long way from the greasy-haired megalomaniac we have come to love. For most of his cinematic character development, Loki has been a foil to Thor’s massive himbo (n.: a very attractive, often beefy male who isn’t the brightest bulb, but is still able to shine because of his good-natured attitude and respect for women. Male version of a “bimbo”) energy.

Via Zoom: Filmmaker Jack C. Newell on His New Film ‘Monuments’

CHICAGO – The evolution of the “local filmmaker” always seems to be defined through where that person is. Jack C. Newell appears to not be measured by time and place, but as a filmmaker of artistic vision with a basis in love. His latest film, “Monuments,” opens June 4th, 2021, through the Gene Siskel Film Center virtual cinema.

Film Review: ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ is Haunted By Its Past

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CHICAGOThe Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is our third official, not-counting-the-spinoffs foray into the “based on true events” shenanigans of Ed and Lorraine Warren, and it’s starting to show. If you’re a tea drinker and equally as frugal as I am, you have reused a tea bag to make a second (sometimes even a third) cup of tea.

Film Review: Spirit Moves She! On-Air Review of ‘Spirit Untamed’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 3rd, 2021, reviewing the new Dreamworks animated film “Spirit Untamed” in theaters beginning June 4th.

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ is Haunted By Its Past

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 2.5/5.0
Rating: 2.5/5.0

CHICAGOThe Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is our third official, not-counting-the-spinoffs foray into the “based on true events” shenanigans of Ed and Lorraine Warren, and it’s starting to show. If you’re a tea drinker and equally as frugal as I am, you have reused a tea bag to make a second (sometimes even a third) cup of tea.

Spirit Moves She! On-Air Review of ‘Spirit Untamed’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on June 3rd, 2021, reviewing the new Dreamworks animated film “Spirit Untamed” in theaters beginning June 4th.

Film Review: Wheel Goes Round! Audio Review of ‘Drunk Bus’

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the new film “Drunk Bus,” an indie about an aimless bus driver in a college town, and his unlikely friendship with a man named Pineapple, currently in select theaters and through Video On Demand.

Wheel Goes Round! Audio Review of ‘Drunk Bus’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review on the new film “Drunk Bus,” an indie about an aimless bus driver in a college town, and his unlikely friendship with a man named Pineapple, currently in select theaters and through Video On Demand.

Film News: Anthony Michael Hall to Star in ‘The Class’ in Chicago

CHICAGO – With films now in progress ramping up, Chicago is welcoming a new production that will be shooting here this summer. “The Class” will have a back-to-the-past familiarity for actor Anthony Michael Hall. Instead of joining “The Breakfast Club,” he will portray an assistant principal responsible for monitoring a new generation.

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    CHICAGO – From villain to anti-hero to homoerotic fan fiction icon, Loki has traveled a long way from the greasy-haired megalomaniac we have come to love. For most of his cinematic character development, Loki has been a foil to Thor’s massive himbo (n.: a very attractive, often beefy male who isn’t the brightest bulb, but is still able to shine because of his good-natured attitude and respect for women. Male version of a “bimbo”) energy.

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    Television Rating: 5.0/5.0

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 18th, 2021, reviewing the new TV series “Young Rock,” Tuesdays on NBC-TV.

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