Lucy Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) spends her days behind a glass window in a Chicago Transit Authority booth and her nights home alone with her cat. On the surface, it sounds like the While You Were Sleeping paints a refreshingly honest portrait of the painful reality of urban loneliness. Unlike rom-coms that center on romance for romance’s sake, While You Were Sleeping roots the idea of dating and marriage in what it actually is for many people: a way to start, join, or blend a family. That thoughtful emotional core is even more impressive considering it comes from a movie about a woman who pretends to be a coma patient’s fiancée. The plot kicks off because Lucy doesn’t have any family to spend Christmas with. She was raised by a single dad who recently died after a protracted illness, and she’s been working all the major holidays ever since. Because she’s at her CTA token-taker job on Christmas Day, she’s there when handsome lawyer/object of her … [Read more...] about Sandra Bullock became a rom-com star with a cozy love story about crushing loneliness
The fact that Kia is building a large seven/eight-seater SUV is about as surprising as discovering that the Twinkie you’ve just bitten into contains an interior chamber, filled with a white, sweet, creamery substance. It’s a move so safe that I’d tell it my bank card PIN, if it asked. People will buy these, because, it seems, that’s all they want to buy anymore. Happily, Kia’s jump on this particular bandwagon is a jump well executed. I can say this because not only did I take the 2020 Kia Telluride on a little road trip, but I slept in it overnight, too, because that’s how you really get to know a car. (Full disclosure: Kia lent me a 2020 Telluride with a full tank of gas for a week so I could review it. I did not need it for transportation as I already own several ridiculous cars but I used it for that anyway. They made me swear not to sleep in it or let my kid lie on the dashboard and I’m proud to have honored that promise.) Also, if a car … [Read more...] about The 2020 Kia Telluride Is a Pretty Nice SUV to Drive and Sleep In
Is Google ripping everyone off with its Google One cloud-storage service? I confess, this isn’t something I’ve thought about much, but a Lifehacker reader recently sent a letter to our tech-advice column asking this very question. I’ll let George explain: “I recently upgraded my Google account storage via Google One. I opted for 200 GB. I assumed my total storage would then be 215 GB; the free 15 GB that I had with my free Google account, plus the 200 GB I am now paying for. But that is not the case. I have 200 GB of storage for my Google account. Am I an idiot for assuming I would have 215 GB of storage? I feel like I’m paying for 185 GB of storage now that Google has seemingly rolled my free 15 GB of storage into my 200 GB purchase. Thank you for your time, and keep up the great work on Lifehacker.” Your question is more “Why does Google like round numbers” than anything else, I think. Before I get to an answer, … [Read more...] about Is My Google One Storage Plan Ripping Me Off?
Each week on the On Cinema podcast, comedians Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington (a.k.a. Neil Hamburger) skewer the stuffy ol’ world of film criticism by offering up the most generic and run-of-the-mill reviews of the latest would-be blockbusters. Now, the duo is bringing an even more ridiculous version of their Siskel and Ebert act to the mobile world with an On Cinema app. The app purports to contain pocket-sized audio reviews of more than 17,000 different films, covering everything from stone-cold classics like Citizen Kane to stone-cold duds like Turner & Hooch. Of course, it contains nothing of the sort. To give you some idea of the incisive and not-at-all random commentary contained in the reviews, here’s a sampling of Heidecker and Turkington’s thoughts on the aforementioned films: Citizen Kane Turner & Hooch Advertisement The app was created by Milwaukee production company Special … [Read more...] about Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington’s
The previous episode’s shocking elimination promised to be a game-changer. While “Sex And The Kitty Girl” ultimately reverts to form, the ripples from Naomi’s choice are felt throughout the episode, making for the most exciting deliberations yet. Previous polarizing eliminations have prompted fan backlash toward the eliminating queen, including disturbing, violent threats on social media. This is a big reason there’s been such an emphasis on report card eliminating in All Stars 4, which has led to a satisfying, but less suspenseful season. Naomi took a risk throwing that out the window and being unabashedly strategic. The other queens could have thrown her to the wolves, condemning her decision to eliminate one of the frontrunners. Instead, Monét reveals that she pulled the same lipstick. Manila was going home either way, so those hating on Naomi can add Monét to their lists. Trinity calls them out briefly, but the overall tone is one of glee and … [Read more...] about Deliberations take center stage as