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This is 40
This is 40
This is 40
 

This is 40 (minutes too long)

6.5
 
December 19, 2012
 



Getting old is a bitch. At least that’s the point of This is 40, writer-director Judd Apatow’s sort-of sequel to 2007’s Knocked Up. The film centers on Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd), a couple (still) struggling with...

 
 
Movie
 
The Sessions
The Sessions
The Sessions

Based on “On Seeing a Sex Surrogate,” the article Mark O’Brien wrote for Sun magazine in May 1990, The Sessions isn’t as compelling as Breathing Lessons, an Academy award-winning 1996 documentary that addressed this story...

 
Beer
 
Samuel Adams The Vixen
Samuel Adams The Vixen
Samuel Adams The Vixen

I’m not certain there is a style for this one, so I’ll just call Samuel Adams’ The Vixen a celebration beer just in time for the holidays.  I got this 22-ounce beer in a gift pack that I picked up as a gift to myself.  Th...

 
Art
 
We Got Power
We Got Power
We Got Power

Over the years, plenty of writers have tried to document the punk rock scene in print. David Markey and Jordan Schwartz’s WE GOT POWER: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California  is one of the best books on the subjec...

 
 
Movie
 
The Hobbit
The Hobbit
The Hobbit

As big fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, we were excited to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the prequel that will subsequently launch a new trilogy. Helmed by Peter Jackson, the director behind Lord of the Rings, Th...

 
Flicks
 
Kickstarter Jerry
Kickstarter Jerry
Kickstarter Jerry

Director Malcolm Leo, whose work includes This Is Elvis and films on The Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills & Nash, interviewed the late Jerry Garcia in 1987. He recently unearthed the footage and decided it would make for a gre...

 
Trips
 
Macy's Window in Chicago
Macy's Window in Chicago
Macy's Window in Chicago
 

Chicago for the Holidays

 
December 13, 2012
 



Whopperjaw took a very short, unexpected trip to the Windy City for the weekend. We’re pretty familiar with Chicago, usually visiting at least twice a year–once for Lollapalooza and once to take advantage of a too-good-to...

 
Q&A
 
Aaron Lewis
Aaron Lewis
Aaron Lewis

Singer Aaron Lewis is best known as the front man of the hard rock act Staind, which has had a number of huge radio hits throughout the ’00s. With his new album, The Road, he’s wholeheartedly embraced country music. We recently...

 
Beer
 
Great Lakes Butcher's Brew
Great Lakes Butcher's Brew
Great Lakes Butcher's Brew

Unless you have a bottle of this in your possession, it will likely be very difficult for you to find one.  This is a very limited brew that Great Lakes Brewing Company released for the iconic West Side Market’s centennial cele...

 
 
Movie
 
Killing Them Softly
Killing Them Softly
Killing Them Softly
 

Killing Them Softly has a heavy hand

7.8
 
December 7, 2012
 



Killing Them Softly writer-director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) has said he sought to bring out the relevance of George V. Higgins’s 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade about the criminal un...