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October 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment


Dallas and I saw the movie Gravity in 3D. Now THIS is a movie that has to be seen in 3D, not like all the ones coming out now that are done in 3D for no reason, except as a gimmick or to charge more. We ended up going to the Icon on Roosevelt* because the seats are more comfy and I wasn’t sure how sitting for an hour or two would affect me. We had originally planned to see the movie in 3D on the IMAX and I still think this would be worth the extra money to see on the IMAX, though we did enjoy it at the Icon.

As for the story, let’s just say it’s about space and a lot of things going wrong with the astronauts up there :). Basically, there are only a couple actors in 90% of the movie. I didn’t really read up on any of the story before going and found it to be really intense. Like gripping the armrest intense. And the cinematography and CGI is really beautiful.

See this movie, but in 3D or not at all! Better yet, go to the IMAX!!! Also, I kept thinking that with just a little bit of editing, this movie is beautiful enough to be shown at a planetarium. Those that have seen it, could you imagine it on the big dome? Now, THAT would be intense!

* This area on Roosevelt, the Roosevelt Collection, has really blown up! We’ve been going to this theater for a couple years and it seemed like FOREVER all the storefronts were empty. And now? Tons of stores.

** I keep getting this song in my head when I think about the movie:

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ShowPlace Icon Theater VIP

December 28th, 2012 · No Comments


Our friends have been telling us about the VIP seating at the ShowPlace Icon Theatre on Roosevelt for a long time, but we never experienced it until Christmas day. It’s become a tradition of ours to see a movie before going to Aunty Gail’s for dinner. And these are not uplifting Christmas movies we’ve seen. We were trying to think of all the movies we’ve seen on Christmas day … last year we saw The Descendents. Great movie, we loved it, but not uplifting! No Country for Good Men was another year. The only kind of feel good movie we saw on Christmas was Juno. Anyway, going with that… we decided to see Django Unchained. This was Dallas’s pick and I didn’t expect to like it that much, but it was fantastic! Also, I was half drunk because in the VIP seating you get drinks and food delivered right to your seat. The seats are big and cushy and paired off with tables. The paired seats are like sitting in one big cushy leather loveseat. I’ve mostly resisted the VIP seating because the tickets usually run about $20, but since we were at a matinee, the tickets were only $12. Only a little more than a regular ticket, for VIP! I ordered bloody drinks for a bloody movie!


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Paul Baker’s Birthday

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments

Last year Paul Baker had so much fun at his birthday that he decided to do the same this year: dinner at Spring World in Chinatown at 7:30 p.m.

To pass some time after work, before dinner, I met Alden and Emily at Wabash Tap for a beer. I liked this place. Good unassuming neighborhood bar. Lots of pool tables.

Wabash Tap, Near Southside

After a drink there we headed down to Chinatown and met up with Paul Baker, Kate, Paul’s sister Jen, Nicole and Dallas for dinner.

Paul and Dallas deciding what to order.

Paul talking to friends, waiting for dinner.

Kate & Paul digging in!

The afterglow!

We all ordered a dish, except Paul who ordered about three, and then we put them all on the lazy susan and tried everything. So good!

After dinner Paul and Nicole and Jen headed home. Alden, Emily, Dallas, Paul and I started looking for a cab to go somewhere else and hang out for a while. We couldn’t find a cab, but we found this:

A free shuttle bus to the Horseshoe Casino! So…. of course we got on the bus.

At the casino we had to sign up for the players club to get our free bus ticket back, but it was no big deal. It was free and took about 5 minutes.

Paul played blackjack for the first time ever. Kate texted me and asked me not to let Paul blow their wedding savings. I asked the same of Dallas. Paul ended up $25 ahead at the end of the night. … uh…. Dallas.. did not.

While at the casino we had a Slim Jim, which was delicious til we noticed the second ingredient is mechanically separated chicken. Ok. I’m not going to lie. It was delicious after that too!

At 1:36 a.m. we took the bus back to Chicago then took the train home. Fun night. Unexpected. Happy Birthday, Paul Baker!

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