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Re: “Rahm & Rauner help Amazon play New York City and Virginia like a bunch of saps

No word on a Jeff Bezos donation for local special education kids, but he did just give $2.5 million to Chicago's Primo Center for Women and Children, an organization that helps homeless families. https://www.chicagobusiness.com/nonprofits…

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Posted by John Greenfield on 11/21/2018 at 8:39 AM

Re: “On Chesil Beach

Why does the prospect of another British movie based on a quite decent novel make us shudder? After all, there will always be those pretty shots of the countryside, maybe a stop at a rustic pub, and of course seasoned performances from a reservoir of accomplished actors? The short answer is that cinema isn't literature and that a novel can be the worst sort of script material. Moreover, the better the novel, the more elements of it we won't be permitted to discard.

'On Chesil Beach' is the perfect example. The fact that Ian McEwan, author of the 2007 novel, did the script means he can't shift the blame. The story begins in the early 1960s which are, according to the cliche, 'lovingly' reconstructed. In fact 'obsessively precise' would be exact. The former imperial power (see Brexit) has a thing about the past. What British movies that refigure bygone days are actually doing is simply celebrating the reconstruction itself. (Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt's detail is impeccable, but so what?) An able director can do as much harm as good. For, as with Dominic Cook in this case, he will often have gained his spurs directing stage productions.

One doesn't expect historical veracity. Why should we in a dramatic medium? Nevertheless, when the plot turns on a change in manners, how-things-were has to be respected. The story called for a couple of virgins (Billy Howle and an excellent Saoirse Ronan) marrying in 1962 without any knowledge at all about how sexual congress can be effected. A year or two passes, the Beatles perform, and the separated couple and the general population become adept in bed or on the greensward of the Sceptred Isle. The wonder is that children were ever conceived before marijuana came in.

Such brutal time shifts can be softened in a novel, a form that is all about passing time. A movie, unlike a short story, can't manage it. That's why the transformation of the ex-bridegroom, in the space of five cinema minutes, from a suit-and-tie stick-in-the-mud to a bleary-eyed hipster is ridiculous. Even more so, is the jump into old age of the failed couple that tidies up the story at the very end.

McEwan's novelist's way of storytelling can be annoying. He offers us the fiasco of the couple's first and only night as a great tease. While they are on the hotel bed struggling without success to get their clothes off flashbacks rain down in a cloudburst. All that must have looked good on the page. Each word they utter introduces a return to incidents in their earlier life. We are more impatient than they are to see the business in hand climax.

The moral clangs down at the movie's end. The too-demanding young male should have accepted the no-sex neutrality his one-day bride offered. Love is greater than sex. But wait a minute...Is that what the Beatles were going on about?

Posted by Peter Byrne on 11/21/2018 at 4:49 AM

Re: “On Chesil Beach

Why does the prospect of another British movie based on a quite decent novel make us shudder?
After all there will always be those pretty shots of the countryside, maybe a stop at a rustic pub, and of course seasoned performances from a huge reservoir of accomplished actors? The short answer is that cinema isnt literature and that a novel can be the worst sort of script material. Moreover, the better the novel, the more elements of it we wont be permitted to discard.

On Chesil Beach is the perfect example. The fact that Ian McEwan, author of the 2007 novel, did the script means he cant shift the blame. The story begins in the early 1960s which are, according to the cliche, lovingly reconstructed. In fact obsessively precise would be exact. The former imperial powersee Brexithas a thing about the past. What British movies that refigure bygone days are actually doing is simply celebrating the reconstruction itself. (Cinematographer Sean Bobbitts detail is impeccable, but so what?) An able director can do as much harm as good. For, as with Dominic Cook in this case, he will often have gained his spurs directing stage productions.

One doesnt expect historical veracity. Why should we in a dramatic medium? Nevertheless, when the plot turns on a change in manners, how-things-were has to be respected. The story called for a couple of virgins (Billy Howle and an excellent Saoirse Ronan) marrying in 1962 without any knowledge at all about how sexual congress can be effected. A year or two passes, the Beatles perform, and the separated couple and the general population become adept in bed or on the greensward of the Sceptred Isle. The wonder is that children were ever conceived before marijuana came in.

Such brutal time shifts can be softened in a novel, a form that is all about passing time. A movie, like a short story, cant manage it. Thats why the transformation of the ex-bridegroom, in the space of five cinema minutes, from a suit-and-tie stick-in-the-mud to a bleary-eyed hipster is ridiculous. Even more so, is the jump into old age of the failed couple that tidies up the story at the very end.

McEwans novelists way of storytelling can be annoying. He offers us the fiasco of the couples first and only night as a great tease. While they are on the hotel bed struggling without success to get their clothes off flashbacks rain down in a cloudburst. All that must have looked good on the page. Each word they utter introduces a return to incidents in their earlier life. We are more impatient than they are to see the business in hand climax.

The moral clangs down at the movies end. The too-demanding young male should have accepted the no-sex neutrality his one-day bride offered. Love is greater than sex. But wait a minuteIs that what the Beatles were going on about?

Posted by Peter Byrne on 11/21/2018 at 4:29 AM

Re: “Joravsky's advice for the Republican Party

"What's an example of a TIF in Chicago that was used simply for the purpose of corporate welfare?"

That "simply for the purpose of" is the straw man.

"Increased government involvement in a particular corporate entity, whether by investments or whatever, is generally considered to be something that leans toward the left, not the right."

I just love that "or whatever." Precision is your hallmark, IAC.

Posted by Shorty Lee Lowe on 11/21/2018 at 12:16 AM

Re: “After a Halloween vote by the City Council, it looks like the Obama Presidential Center is finally a done deal

Not only ugly, but windowless, as well. This does not belong in a park. At 235 feet in height, it will overwhelm the park. Move it to the west side of Stony Island.

Posted by RP on 11/21/2018 at 12:13 AM

Re: “Chicago gets its first vinyl-pressing plant in decades

dutch and german maxi-single pressings from the 80's and early 90's kill these pressings quality-wise...just facts
nice company though

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Posted by Gabe Gutie on 11/20/2018 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Former Chicago gossip columnist Liz Crokin is now a star among far-right conspiracy theorists

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Posted by Evis Makon on 11/20/2018 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in the Harry Potter universe, but it lacks the magic

Oh lord. Apparently we're moving back to the age of Reader reviews written more for a critic to show off than to be of any use for typical movie fans. Saw it with a kid, everyone loved it - that's really the point, isn't it?

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Posted by Skeptic on 11/20/2018 at 1:27 PM

Re: “After a 2016 slump, Divvy turned a record profit in 2017

Thanks for the story -- I love me some Divvy, and I use it all the time. It's been a great service. I kind of can't believe the bikes cost $1,200, though -- that seems insane. Also: ever possible they'll upgrade beyond just three speeds?

Posted by Joel R on 11/20/2018 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Why are CBD products sold over the counter some places and tightly regulated in others?

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Re: “Under chef Erling Wu-Bower, Pacific Standard Time is now

"Bower was meant to have been joined by former Publican chef Cosmo Goss before the latter stepped away in the wake of Chicago's first restaurant #MeToo moment." How about the truth here, Mr. Sula? He did not "step away" because of a "#metoo moment." He was fired because of his callous participation in the sexual assault of an employee. I shouldn't have to tell you that language is incredibly important in journalism, and your words are poorly chosen and dismissive of a cultural shift that is so much more than a moment. Also, no food writer should ever use the word "testicles" to describe a dish, unless that dish is actually testicles.

Posted by ConstanceEcrivain on 11/20/2018 at 1:28 AM

Re: “"Can you come out your butt?"

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Re: “The bitter get better in Life Is Sweet

I always liked this movie! Especially the Rachel Portman theme which I cant find anywhere,p.

Posted by Avya on 11/19/2018 at 8:32 PM

Re: “After a 2016 slump, Divvy turned a record profit in 2017

Truth Speaker: "They were able to get a record profit even with the jamokes stealing bikes? How is that possible?" This article is about profitability in 2017, before the theft crisis started this summer. We don't have figures for 2018 yet. But re-read the third-to-last paragraph for an explanation of why the thefts haven't been that big a deal, relatively speaking, for the city of Chicago from a financial standpoint.

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Posted by John Greenfield on 11/19/2018 at 7:37 PM

Re: “After a 2016 slump, Divvy turned a record profit in 2017

Original IAC: "Are there any residents in those areas that have actually stated that they are waiting for the service?" Yes, 2,500 people signed a Beverly Area Planning Association petition asking Divvy to come to the 19th Ward. https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160119/b…

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Posted by John Greenfield on 11/19/2018 at 7:34 PM

Re: “After a 2016 slump, Divvy turned a record profit in 2017

They were able to get a record profit even with the jamokes stealing bikes? How is that possible?

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Posted by Truth Speaker on 11/19/2018 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Joravsky's advice for the Republican Party

By the way, I wouldn't describe corporate welfare (and I've seen no evidence that I recall of this in the context of TIFs) as a right wing action. I think this is something that those on the left who believe it is a major problem consider to be right wing and those on the right consider to be left wing. Increased government involvement in a particular corporate entity, whether by investments or whatever, is generally considered to be something that leans toward the left, not the right. The most extreme example of this is socialism, after all, which obviously just about everyone considers to be left wing and not right wing.

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Posted by The original IAC on 11/19/2018 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Joravsky's advice for the Republican Party

"I'm against TIFs in general, because they are often just good old fashioned corporate welfare. That seems like a left position."

What's an example of a TIF in Chicago that was used simply for the purpose of corporate welfare?

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Posted by The original IAC on 11/19/2018 at 6:35 PM

Re: “After a 2016 slump, Divvy turned a record profit in 2017

"To make the system more equitable, many of the new stations were installed in lower-income African-American and Latinx communities on the south and west sides. Ridership has been relatively low in these areas due to factors such as the cost of membership, the relative scarcity of bike lanes, and the greater distances between destinations and Divvy stations, which makes bike share less convenient to use."

Much more importantly, in my opinion, is the much lower traffic congestion in those areas which causes driving to nearly always far outweigh Divvy use in terms of convenience. For example, there is usually an abundance of free parking spaces available within a very short walk to people's destinations on the south side. That obviously isn't the case on the north side or downtown. I don't think there's every going to be significant Divvy ridership on the south or west sides if that doesn't change. And the only way that would change would be for there to be a very large increase in the amount of housing and commercial density that exists. If that happens, it will probably take at least a decade.

"Another positive recent development from an equity standpoint is Mayor Rahm Emanuel's announcement last month that he plans to use part of a $2.5 million climate-change grant from the Michael Bloomberg Foundation to help bring bike share to the rest of the city. That may not help Divvy's bottom line, but for residents of outlying neighborhoods who've been waiting more than five years for the service, that expansion is way overdue."

Are there any residents in those areas that have actually stated that they are waiting for the service? Those areas are extremely car rather than bike friendly.

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Posted by The original IAC on 11/19/2018 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Joravsky's advice for the Republican Party

Jovarsky is scum. The problem with this country is that the progressive anti trump anti American garbage who elected black uninformed,anti cop, radical, pro BLM loser bureaucrat Lauren Underwood who has only one thing in mind. And that is to give money to those who do not work at the expense of those who do. I hope all those who earn good money in that community and voted for this pro blm terrorist will be happy to watch their property values plummet and taxes rise as Underwood and her radical crazy liberals will bring section 8, baby momma drama, crime, drugs and shooting to decent neighborhoods as the ghetto trash will be welcomed to the decent suburban communities. You who voted for her deserve to be penniless. Public housing will come to du page county now. Hope you liberal scum are happy.

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Posted by West Loop Realist on 11/19/2018 at 5:37 PM