Let's get this out of the way: I am an atheist. If that revelation means you'll never read my blog again, or that you believe I'm condemned to Hell, that's fine. I'm OK with not being a bold fresh piece of humanity beholden to an imaginary man in the sky.
So Bill Maher's "Religulous" is right up my alley: An acerbic comedian travels around the world, asking people of faith why they believe in the nutty things they believe in. Surprisingly, the dude playing the role of Jesus at an Orlando theme park has more satisfying answers than many of the lawmakers and religious figures in the film.
A couple more.
Pumpkin carving photos from the book Extreme Pumpkin..
Yeah, I know, it's supposed to be a politics blog.
After watching/listening to yesterday's Sox and Cubs games I've got a new theme song. At least Phantom Planet kinda makes panicking sound fun.
• "Fringe" is really starting to hit its groove. This week's episode was easily my favorite so far, thanks mostly to the addition of an antagonist (or is he?) in the form of the bald man in black, The Observer. He's played by Michael Cerveris, who told the tale of Sweeney Todd in the minimalist Broadway revival that cleaned up at the Tonys a few years back. The episode's final scene between Josh Jackson and John Noble gives me hope that Jackson's character will finally settle down and stop being so smarmy and screamy all the time. Can't wait for the next one, which comes in two weeks thanks to the second presidential debate.
• The new so-called Coppola Restoration print of "The Godfather" is playing this week at the Music Box Theatre near Wrigley. Next week they show "The Godfather Part II." No love for Part III, though...
The first in what is supposed to be a 50-location luxury cinema franchise opens Friday in South Barrington. The Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas offers eight screens with no more than 40 seats per theater. The seats are big and plush, and come with a table for the food and drink you can order from a waiter, whom you can summon with the push of a button. You can read more about the theater's amenities in this story by Daily Herald staff writer (and fantasy football guru) Chad Brooks.
You're probably thinking this sounds familiar to the VIP seating at the Muvico 18 in Rosemont -- my choice as the best movie theater in the suburbs -- or the AMC Premium Cinema at Yorktown Shopping Center.
But here's the difference: It costs $35 to get in.