Last Call: Two great movies and Chicago South Side BBQ

Photo: Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images
Photo: Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images

Only Angels Have Wings

Continuing my theme of classic romantic old movies for you to enjoy this Valentine’s week, my next suggestion is Only Angels Have Wings. It’s a Howard Hawks film in which Cary Grant plays a daredevil pilot who runs a South American mail service. Jean Arthur is the showgirl who develops a crush, Rita Hayworth is his ex who shows up married to a different pilot. Available on YouTube and Amazon, see why A.V. Club reviewer Mike D’Angelo asked “Could Only Angels Have Wings be the greatest Hollywood movie of all time?” My answer is yes. [Gwen Ihnat]


The Ballad of Lefty Brown

Winter hibernation is in full effect at Casa Bernot, and this weekend’s watch was The Ballad of Lefty Brown, a beautifully shot Western that tells the tale of an underdog cowboy on a quest to avenge his partner’s death. The cinematography is rich and wide, making my fair state of Montana look pretty damn good. I popped a bowl of Parmesan- and garlic powder-topped popcorn and enjoyed this cowboy tale quite a bit. [Kate Bernot]

Chicago South Side BBQ

Please indulge me in a bit of self-promotion. I live in Chicago, and I’ve always wanted to write a story about my city’s most under-appreciated culinary innovation: South Side-style barbecue. But it’s a type of barbecue that much of the country has never heard of, and even more damning, that half of Chicago has never ever sampled. The reasons for this is the reason Chicago is the most segregated city in America. The nice folks at Saveur allowed me to write this. [Kevin Pang]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.



Kevin, any love for Lem’s BBQ? The barbecued shrimp are one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.