About Paige Wiser
I'm a free-lance writer, editor, critic, commentator, muse -- so many talents, so little time. I also have an encyclopedic knowledge of celebrities' baby names. Does that sound braggy?
You can find my writing in Michigan Avenue magazine and its sister publications, Capitol File and L.A. Confidential. I've written cover stories on celebrities ranging from Rosie O'Donnell to Jenny McCarthy, as well as pop-culture essays that defy categorization.
I've also worked as the movie critic on ABC-7's "Windy City Live" with partner David Plummer, as a regular contributor on WGN radio, as a director of communications, as a desktop publisher, as an office temp, and in my teens I sold shoes at the Shop for Pappagallo in Woodfield Mall. Happiest I've ever been.
I have two kids, ages 13 and 11, and have served as the deputy room mom in charge of caramel fondue at a class Halloween party. Volunteering at school is not for the faint-hearted.
Over 17 years starting in the '90s, I served as intern, editor, reporter, critic, and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. Regular columns included "Planet Paige," in which I wrote about the quirkier side of the news; "Camera Obscura," which celebrated B movies; and "BioFeedback," which distilled celebrity biographies.
I earned my bachelor's degree at Notre Dame and my master's at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. I'm thinking of putting "philosopher/adventuress" on my business cards.
Monthly Archives: December 2011
I dearly wish I had made it to a screening of “Larry Crowne” so that I could put it on my “worst” list, but I haven’t seen it and spending money to somehow see it is just something I won’t do. But I can tell you I wouldn’t have liked it.
10. “Dolphin Tale”
I was thinking of calling this “my favorite movies of the year,” which is altogether different than saying “the best movies of the year.”
For instance, I was absorbed by “Melancholia” despite a lifelong respulsion to Kirsten Dunst, and I thought it was original and profound — so profound that I didn’t completely understand what it was trying to do. I would call it one of the “best” movies, though, for advancing the medium and for entertaining us.