3 things about Gordon Douglass’s SINCERELY YOURS

Sincerely Yours [1955]

1. An exterior shot of Madeleine Elster’s apartment from Vertigo!
2. “Do you want to touch me?” The woman reaches out and gingerly pokes him on the leg. “A little higher, honey. About here is where I get the message.”
3. Bubble bath banter with William Demarest.

Bonus: “Where did you practice your scales? Reaching for martinis?”

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It is happening again.

On Sunday, December 10: another Chicago screening of Pause of the Clock. It’s at Transistor in Andersonville and it’s free! My film pal Michael Glover Smith will be on hand to introduce the movie and then lead a Q & A afterwards. So come join us!

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3 things about Stephen Cone’s PRINCESS CYD

Princess Cyd [2017]

1. The sound of an airplane periodically invades their conversation. A very slow zoom in and then, in the middle of her story, a cut.
2. “What will I do without you?”
“Probably whatever you did a week ago before you met me.”
3. Reading Raymond Chandler at the beach.

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3 things about Oscar Bucher’s NELSON ALGREN LIVE

Nelson Algren Live [2016]

1. Neon sign for Fritzel’s.
2. Making room.
3. The look on Rick Kogan’s face as he watches Willem Dafoe perform “The Lightless Room.”

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A fantastic evening!

L to R: Jason Adasiewicz, Joshua Abrams, Keefe Jackson, Josh Berman, Barry Gifford. (Mike Reed not pictured.) Performing at Constellation in Chicago, 4 November 2017.

L to R: Jason Adasiewicz, Joshua Abrams, Keefe Jackson, Josh Berman, Barry Gifford. (Mike Reed not pictured.) Performing at Constellation in Chicago, 4 November 2017.

I’d like to thank everyone who made the show such a success! Especially Keefe Jackson and Mike Reed, who joined the lineup late in the game and still delivered killer performances. It was an amazingly exciting evening.

L to R: Jason Adasiewicz, Keefe Jackson, Joshua Abrams. Josh Berman, Mike Reed. Performing at Constellation in Chicago, 4 November 2017.

L to R: Jason Adasiewicz, Keefe Jackson, Joshua Abrams, Josh Berman, Mike Reed. Performing at Constellation in Chicago, 4 November 2017.

And thank you Andy Steadham for the snapshots.

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669 posts.

That’s how many I wrote under my own name, and there are many others I wrote (including several collaborations) that were posted by someone else.

The first post I wrote for Chicagoist was in 2006 (about, ugh, The Bachelor: Rome) and my last was just a few months ago, a roundup of five original cocktails I created in honor of Twin Peaks: The Return. And now, Chicagoist is no more.

It’s true that over the past few years I had pulled away from Chicagoist because of other projects. Well, I guess I don’t need to worry about accidentally burning my bridges anymore. Seriously though, writing for Chicagoist changed my life in so many positive ways I couldn’t possibly count them all. Not least of which was meeting awesome writers and editors like Anthony Todd and Marcus Gilmer and Jim Kopeny (and everyone else … like Scott Smith … you know who you are). And of course writing for Chicagoist was absolutely the catalyst for once again focusing my brain and energy on the world of film, and that lead me to finishing Pause of the Clock and starting my new project. So, I am so grateful.

Here’s a quick spin through some of the amazing folks I was able to interview because of Chicagoist: Don Klugman, Brad Bischoff, Wyndham Wallace, J.R. Jones, Michael Kaplan, Andrew Bujalski, Stephen Cone, Leonard Maltin, Paul McGee, Gabe Klinger, Tippi Hedren, Greg Allen, Eva Marie Saint, Marty Rubin, Jeffrey Brown, Bob Balaban, Wallace Shawn, Alan Arkin, Ignatius Vishnevetsky, Joe Swanberg, Christian Friedel, Daniel Kraus, Lucas Hilderbrand, Neil Ortenberg, Andrew Davis, Brian Jun … And it was through meeting both Barry Gifford and Jason Adasiewicz for Chicagoist that Roy’s World was born.

It was the relentless pace of writing 2-3 posts every week for several years that honed my word skills and shut down my proclivity towards procrastination. My postmortem of the aborted Chicago Trader Vic’s is a piece I’m still proud of.  I was never in it for the money. Most of all I just loved having the chance to write about stuff I loved, stuff I’d heard or seen or read that excited me. Chicagoist was a unique platform that will never really be equaled.

So RIP Chicagoist, and screw you Mr. Ricketts.

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“The approach is unorthodox, but so is the film-in-the-making–“

Whoa! Jason and I were interviewed by legendary jazz critic Howard Reich about the film!

Oh, and guess what? You can follow @RoysWorldFilm on Twitter.

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