Birdman ***** (Out Of *****)

A play within a play has long been one of my favorite devices in storytelling. If isn’t used often, and some directors have a hard time keeping things together, but when it’s done well it can add such a great layer to each character. Such is the case with Alejandro González Iñárittu’s new film Birdman. Michael Keaton delivers the performance of his career as a … Continue reading Birdman ***** (Out Of *****)

Dastardly’s CATASTROPHE! An Old-Timey Western Variety Show

Tuesday night at the Hideout, Chicago indie-western favorites Dastardly put on a show the likes of which hasn’t been seen in ages. Combining music and comedy to hilarious and delightful results, Gabe Liebowitz and company entertained the crowd with their “Hee-Haw for hipsters” good time. Playing MC for the night was Chad Briggs as the not too quick “Dickie Phipps.” I think he made me … Continue reading Dastardly’s CATASTROPHE! An Old-Timey Western Variety Show