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What better way to brave the last of the winter weather than to check out the next edition of CHIRP Night at The Whistler this Wednesday? Local Chicago bands SunSurfers and Gums will take the stage for an evening of great music and great cocktails. A portion of the proceeds supports CHIRP Radio. The Whistler is located at 2421 N Milwaukee Ave 60647. Join us!
Welcome to The Fourth Wall, CHIRP's e-conversation on cinema. This week's subject is 2019 in Review.]
This edition is written by CHIRP Radio volunteers Kevin Fullam and Clarence Ewing.
I know, I know. It's been a while. I have no excuse. Actually, can my excuse be that 2019 was a sh*tty year for cinema? I looked back on our Best of 2018 list, and I had a fully-fleshed-out Top 10 -- with Honorable Mentions, even! This past year, there were no fewer than seven films that I wanted to walk out on (but only actually left Booksmart, which was the most egregious offender). The complete list:
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
At least San Francisco and The Lighthouse were visually interesting? In the case of the former, I think the tale choked on its stylization, while with the latter, I was reminded of Kill List, an excellent Irish film (I later discovered) that I was unable to parse in theaters due to the thick Irish accents and lack of subtitles; I gleaned very little through the audial soup that was The Lighthouse's Willem Dafoe peculiar brogue.
[*Booksmart's saving grace was that it became abundantly clear to me very quickly that the tale was absolutely not my preferred brand of comedy. Humor is, of course, subjective.]
This Wednesday CHIRP Radio presents two events in town that are sure to entertain and spark conversation:
CHIRP and The Chicago Humanities Festival present the series debut of Hulu’s reimaging of High Fidelity. The original movie took place in Chicago and stars John Cusack. The remake moves the story to Brooklyn and features Zoë Kravitz as the main character whose taste in music far exceeds their luck in love.
This exclusive screening of the series’ first two episodes will be followed by Q&A with cast member Da’Vine Joy Randolph and local radio host and stand-up comedian Jill Hopkins. The event is from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Click here to get more info and buy tickets.
Also on Wednesday, the Chicago-and-world famous music and lit series The First Time returns to Martyrs’ for its 2020 debut “First Class.” Readers tell true stories about their “First Class” accompanied by music provided by the First Time Four:
This 21+ event starts at 8:00pm. Click here for tix.