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Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Last Friday, the blog was acting up, and we were unable to post Danahey's riveting review of "Dolphin Tale." Here that is...


Dolphin Tale



I had this once at an illicit, underground sushi bar. It was sinfully tasty. As for the movie, it's about a group of people who get a fake tail for a handicapped dolphin. The dolphin gets all the good parking spots, which is why the humans befriend it in the first place. Harry Connick, Jr., is in it. I wonder if he sings?

Beer rating: Maybe some sake instead of beer.


WHAT?! You were looking for a REAL movie review? Our Sun-Times Media colleague Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times does a swell job at that.


--
Mike Danahey, Staff Writer




Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


50/50



Based on a true story, an L.A. guy battles cancer with humor and the help of his best friend. If this was made with women instead of Seth Rogan it would be called a chick flick. This looks affable enough, so maybe I will wait for the DVD and watch it in a bubble bath or invite some guys over so we can all cry and not be embarrassed because no women will see us bawling.

Beer rating: That bottle of wine I've had in my fridge since June.


Dream House, after the jump.

D300 joins YouTube

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Thumbnail image for emily.jpgCommunity Unit School District 300 is pretty hip with the kids.

The Carpentersville-area school district joined Twitter on August 31, 2009, and Facebook, on April 30, 2010. Last week, it also launched its own YouTube channel.

"This is the latest installment in our ongoing use of social media," District 300 spokesperson Allison Strupeck said. "Video speaks to many people in a way that written words, and even photographs, cannot."



District 300's debut is a video by high school students on the new District 300 Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. In the video -- which the students endearingly, continually refer to as "this five-minute video," despite its 12-plus minute running time -- council members address addressing questions about the district's proposal to lengthen its high school day next school year.

In the future, Strupeck said, "We will occasionally post video clips from events and activities -- some produced by staff and some produced by students."

"For example, we will soon be posting excerpts from last month's Staff Rally. There were so many memorable moments at the Staff Rally that our employees would love to see again and would amaze the broader community. It will be a great forum for showing first grader Jeffrey Wojnarwoski's adorable dance moves, personal reflections by Dundee Middle School's Marla Kotesky and Dundee-Crown graduate Korvell Branch, and especially the performance of "Born this Way" by Jacobs sophomore Colin Bokowy that inspired a tearful, lengthy standing ovation. Who knows, maybe the Staff rally video of Colin will go viral and finally all of America will discover what we already know - that we have some of the very best, brightest and most talented students right here in D300!"


In a December 2010 article in the Courier about the district solidifying a social media policy, Strupeck had said, "We think social media sites are a good thing, and we're using them at the district level."

District 300 now has 1,108 Twitter followers and 1,798 Facebook like-ers.

That's a marked difference from other area school districts. Elgin School District U46, for one, has only a Facebook group.

What do you think? Is it a good idea for school districts to have a presence on social networks? Do you use social networks to keep tabs on your district? Will you watch the District 300 channel?


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-- Emily McFarlan, Readers' Reporter

(Follow Emily, the Courier's education reporter, on Twitter at @mcemilywrites for updates about districts U46 and 300.)

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


Drive



Stuntman by day, getaway driver for the mob by night. What could go wrong with that? This sounds more like a music video than a movie. In fact, I bet it would be better without dialogue, but with a score of atmospheric 80s music.

Beer rating: Some Four Loko.


I Don't Know How She Does It, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for jason.jpgNOTE: Freelance writer Jason Duarte books shows in Elgin and Chicago, is part of a band and occasionally blogs about the local music scene (usually Wednesdays) on Between the Bylines.


'The Other Side of Darkness'
Night Birds
Grave Mistake Records
Release date: 9/13/2011

Rating: 4/5


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New Jersey's Night Birds will release its first studio full-length titled "The Other Side of Darkness" on Sept. 13. I've been following Night Birds since the band's early days in 2009 (by obtaining a couple copies of the demo CD-R at Insubordination Fest 2009), and I've been waiting around for a proper full-length release of this band for two years. The 7-inches held me over, but finally "The Other Side of Darkness" is here.


Jason's review of the album, track by track, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


Shark Night 3D



Lake sharks attack swimmers in Louisiana. In Louisiana, such a predator quickly would become prey and part of some Cajun dish. Otherwise this pretty much is "Anaconda," "Lake Placid," or an other riffs on the "Jaws" theme.

Beer rating: A six-pack of Abita Red Ale.

The Debt, Apollo 18, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, after the jump.

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