Dave J. | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Rules Don't Apply

What an exciting write-up of a film I'd thought all critics had dumped in the ash heap of cinema history: Without reading any further than some terrible pans in the dailies and cool reception on NPR, the best I could think to hope for, still wanting to see it, was that Beatty was working with some kind of rumination on late-life dementia as played out through the lens of great wealth and power, which might account for the "mess" so many critics claimed this film to be. So glad to hear and think there's more here than met those lazy, dismissive eyes. Did NOT want to think our great Warren Beatty was out peddling a movie he'd lost control of in the making. Sounds like his work is masterful as ever. Thanks for the encouraging news. Can't wait to take a look. (My rating is for the review, not yet the film itself.)

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Posted by Dave J. on 03/04/2017 at 3:14 PM

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Re: “Music critic Peter Margasak says farewell and thanks to the Reader and to Chicago

Thanks for all you've done to add light and life to the Chicago music scene and to the pages of the Reader.

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Posted by Dave J. on 09/05/2018 at 3:22 PM

Re: “The dividing line between the U.S. and Canada

So hard to Like, Mike....

Your column has been a guiding light - through the prism of "a civic gem" - for almost as long as I can remember. Which, unfortunately, is a time growing shorter almost quicker than whatever time I see ahead.

Thanks, ever. And hope to see you 'round the backward R some time(s).

Dave J.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dave J. on 05/15/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “New Algren bio slanders my poker table

This sounds like it could be rounded into a 'missing chapter' of Richard Brautigan's "Trout Fishing in America."

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Posted by Dave J. on 03/28/2017 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Roger Ailes accuser ‘Susan’ waited decades for someone to hear her out

Thanks for your usual and necessary square-on look at a sensationalized story, Mike.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dave J. on 07/15/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Where Rauner sees threat, I see my family's refugee roots

Right on the money, Steve. Exactly what the French people were celebrating in the American character when they gifted us with that Statue we so proudly display to the world in New York harbor — at least on our patriotic holidays.

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Posted by Dave J. on 11/17/2015 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Critic and 'gregarious loner' Andrew Patner passes away at 55

Great piece, as usual, Mike. Thanks for remembering his mom Irene.

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Posted by Dave J. on 02/03/2015 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Lee Sandlin, scourge of the small screen

Thanks for this, Jim. Great remembrance.

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Posted by Dave J. on 12/17/2014 at 6:06 PM

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