Conslor | Chicago Reader

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Re: “James Cagney is more than just a tough-guy as FilmStruck's Star of the Week

The title character's precise little shuffle dance in celebration of good news in 'Public Enemy' is literally embedded in my mind whenever I think of the actor.

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Posted by Conslor on 07/03/2018 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Terminal cancer—and the band Toto—is bringing my family together for my parents’ last date

World class musicians (they played background on pretty much everything in the early 1970's Los Angeles music scene, particularly Steely Dan's albums) and world-class people away from the studio and sound-stage.

Fits like a glove.

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Posted by Conslor on 06/23/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Immerse yourself in the work of Jean-Pierre Melville, master of the French crime film

'Un Flic' has a beautiful scene of a Ford Galaxie vehicle waiting outside of a bank, while white snow falls on a desolate urban street bathed in blue afternoon light.

Won't spill anything more about what happens, but the movie was Melville's last before his untimely death and the man departed with his directorial acumen fully intact.

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Posted by Conslor on 06/01/2017 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Some African-American cops feel caught between black and blue

What do infantry soldiers, inner-city public school teachers, garbage collectors, and police patrol officers have in common?

Its a messy world out there, and @Sparkle paper towels alone aren't going to quite cut it. Somebody else better help out, come what may or won't.

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Posted by Conslor on 01/18/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Why everyone should be dreaming of a #BlackXmas

A year ago, I was driving into a going-to-work busy intersection near Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri on a cold December morning. The Washington University main campus faces the park from the west, and a group of Wash U students were in the middle of the intersection enacting a protest on the Michael Brown killing and the recent announcement of the grand jury rejection of criminal charges against the police officer who shot him.

The students were arranged in a circle that covered the entire intersection and doing response yells to a fellow male student who was marching around in the middle exhorting them on with a megaphone. Traffic was slowly building up in all directions, and a campus police officer walked up to my car and motioned to lower the window. He stated that if I wished it, he would go and break up the protest immediately. I shrugged and replied, 'Let 'em go, I'm not in any hurry.'

I and countless other early morning commuters watched the scene for about ten minutes more until another police officer finally broke through the circle and said something to the ringleader, who promptly wrapped up his speech and started waving his co-participants on to move to the sidewalks. The scene ended within a couple of minutes, and traffic as well as the day itself moved on.

I drove onto my intended destination with wet eyes, damned proud of a certain segment of this so-called apathetic and social-media-geeked-out millennial generation.

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Posted by Conslor on 12/25/2015 at 9:04 AM

Re: “The dark side of Star Wars

The esteemed weekly newsmagazine TIME announced that the original 'Star Wars' was 'The Year's Best Movie' in large black block print. In 1977, the same year that 'Annie Hall' was also released.

Adulthood is okay, it sure feels good to feel like a kid jumpin' up and down in the seat at a Saturday afternoon matinee sometimes.

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Posted by Conslor on 12/17/2015 at 6:29 AM

Re: “You had your chance to recall Mayor Rahm, Chicago

I read David Axelrod's 'Believer' when it hit the bookstores last fall and not really for the section on how-I-helped-elect-Barack-Obama-as-POTUS, but for what I figured would be the real juicy and compelling reading part---Chicago politics in the post-WWII era of the columnist Mike Royko, the father/namesake son Daleys, Jane Byrne, and the late great Harold Washington.

It just seems from reading Axelrod's book that an active and engaging 'Spotlight-the-movie' newspaper culture still existed to rally the populace to read, debate, and argue about what it read about City Hall in the daily morning and evening editions, and then actually go out and DO something about/for/against what they read when election day came around. Hell, they threw Michael Bilandic out of office simply for fumbling the city's reaction to a uber-massive snowfall back then.

Today and right here, right now? As per the Reader piece, Rahm Emmanuel can pretty much sit pretty and this whole thing out for the next four years.

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Posted by Conslor on 12/10/2015 at 6:47 AM

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