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Decide What Film To Watch With Rob Christopher's Book Queue Tips

By Maggie Hellwig in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 7, 2012 8:20PM

Chicagoist is delighted to announce that one of our film writers, Rob Christopher, has completed his second book—Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie.

Queue Tips is an answer to the affliction that plagues the at-home movie viewer. Sitting in front of our high-definition television sets, flipping through the variety of films that Netflix, Crackle, Amazon, Hulu Plus, and other streaming hosts have to offer our overwhelmed brains, we have all asked the same dissatisfied question: "What should I watch?"

Indeed, what should we watch when the options are so plentiful, and yet the number of films from which to choose is so equal in both fantastic and awful quality? Rob breaks down our options for us, suggests and reviews recommendations, and even provides trivia perfected for a movie marathon night. Included are contributed suggestions from personalities such as the SNL alum Julia Sweeney and New York Magazine film critic Bilge Ebiri.

Rob does more than contribute to Chicagoist on a regular basis. 100 Spinning Plates, his first "book"—a package of 100 different cards, all with different stories to be arranged at will--was released in 2003. He has also written articles for the Chicago Reader, American Libraries, and was the co-editor of the documentary Kosher Messiah.

For a chance to meet him and purchase an autographed copy, attend the book release at the Nightingale Theatre on Nov. 15. Contributor David Kodeski, will also be reading from the chapter: "That Magic Moment, Homoerotic Display in Heteronormative Cinema." To lubricate the event, The Animated Bartender, Tyler Lymer, will be mixing the cocktails.

We'll be there to celebrate along with Rob, and hope to see you there.

Thursday, Nov. 15, at The Nightingale Theatre: 1084 N. Milwaukee Ave., 7:30 p.m., FREE!