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  • Movie poster from the 2008 film Cloverfield. Courtesy of Wikipedia

    Cloverfield “franchise” destroys a great original theme Some one should explain to J.J. Abrams that it isn’t enough to just put a word in a movie title to create a franchise that will excite the public. I loved the 2008 movie “Cloverfield.” But the two films int he so-called “Cloverfield franchise” don’t even come close...

  • Pat Tomasulo "Man of the People" Logo, WGN TV Saturday nights at 10 pm

    The mad, mad, mad, mad world of Tomasulo’s “Man of the People” “Common sense perspective” returns to American TV late night comedy in Pat Tomasulo’s “Man of the People” on Saturday nights at 10 pm on WGN TV. Tomasulo is the only host on TV offering original comedy that isn’t driven by the boring and...

  • President Johnson meets with candidate Richard Nixon in the White House, July 1968 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Movie Review: “The Post,” when newspapers had more respect The new movie “The Post” is a powerful film that takes Americans back to 1971 when journalism was a profession dominated mostly by principle. Truth outweighed political partisanship. But in watching the movie this week, it only made me sad. Because it reminded me how badly...

  • Dinner table setting at a high end restaurant. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

    Double dipping tipping is getting out of hand Service industry businesses like restaurants, limousines, hotels and cruise lines are getting into the habit of imposing a 20 percent “tip” for services rendered to customers. But they are still asking for an additional “tip” when the bill arrives. A “tip” is supposed to reflect a customers...

  • Deck of the Norwegian Cruise Ship Epic. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

    Holidays today are not like holidays of the past It was so much better in the “old days.” Movie theaters were more enjoyable and traveling on airlines and even cruises were simpler. We knew what we were getting upfront for the single cost we paid. Today, traveling is a gamble, and going to the movie...

  • Omelette plate, bacon, salmon salad on a bagel, hash browns and coffee from Granite City. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

    Finding the best Sunday Brunch restaurants It seems like the Sunday Brunch has gone out of style or something. A lot of the great restaurants that once offered wide variety brunch menus seem to have disappeared. But if you look hard enough, there are a few worth the effort on a late Sunday morning By...