Frank Pieper

Frank Pieper

Frank's Faves: Good movies with bad titles

"It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything." — Oscar Wilde

Just as ideas for faves can be inspired by the oddest of occurrences, they can also come about in the unlikeliest of places.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Aug. 26, 2018

It has been this area's last, best festival of summer for the past 75 years, and will be for the next 75 as long as it's held each Labor Day weekend.

Frank's Faves: Movies where the bad guy (or girl) walks away

"I must have killed a lot of cows in a past life for Karma to hate me this much." — Katie McGarry

I'm sure I must have mentioned this a time or two before, but it seems life never fails to remind me on a regular basis that the strangest things can inspire a faves list at almost any moment.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Aug. 19, 2018

One good thing about the end of summer is that it coincides with festival season in these parts, and this weekend that means (pause here to salivate) the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. And, of course, where there are celebrations of good eating, tasty vittles for the ears are never far off.

Frank's Faves: Movies where people lose body parts

"Just a flesh wound." — John Cleese as the Black Knight in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)

It HAD been a pretty good week for Frank's Faves.

Last week's column didn't appear to offend any one unduly or make any glaring factual errors (judging by a general lack of negative feedback). And I came away with a bucket full of new, good suggestions for future faves.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Aug. 12, 2018

Just when the August lull starts giving me the idea that summer is packing its bags, along comes Taste of C-U — this Friday and Saturday in Champaign's West Side Park — to make everything all summer again.

Frank's Faves: Movie 'repeats'

"This is the lesson that history teaches: Repetition." — Gertrude Stein

My wife would be the first to tell you: I have my share of personality flaws. In fact, she could probably provide you with a 20-page itemized list.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Aug. 5, 2018

The last time we heard from Champaign native, St. Thomas More and University of Illinois graduate and historian/organist Christopher Holman, he was headed off to Switzerland for at least a year of researching and performing on some of Europe's oldest and most storied pipe organs.

Frank's Faves: Movie close calls

"You should have seen me with the pokerman; I had no money and I bet a grand; Just in the nick of time I looked at his hand ... " — Paul McCartney

Sorry to keep you in suspense. The previously reported quarter-ton (or so) branch on our roof is gone. Peaceably.

And pieceably (as in three ginormous pieces).

Frank's Weekend Faves, July 29, 2018

Does the summer heat have you seeing mirages of parrots and palm trees? Don't just sit there wasting away in Margaritaville; weigh anchor and set your course for downtown Champaign this Saturday for the 14th annual C-U in the Prairibbean — and support local programs and services for the developmentally disabled while you're at it.