Archive for October 2010

Essential Halloween TV Episode Of the Day - The Office "Halloween"

The one redeeming thing about being fired on Halloween -- Lots of pumpkins laying around to throw at your boss's car.
TV shows love holiday-themed episodes — and so do we!  From now until Halloween we at Hammervision are highlighting a different Halloween-themed TV episode every day. Today’s Episode: The Office’s “Halloween,” Season 2 It’s the last day of October (AKA Halloween) and Michael has to fire someone from the office in order to appease corporate.... Read more »

Essential Halloween TV Episode Of the Day - How I Met Your Mother, "The Slutty Pumpkin"

And finally, Ted thought he had discovered the Slutty Pumpkin of yore, but it was just a Tootsie Roll pouring Barney.
TV shows love holiday-themed episodes — and so do we!  From now until Halloween we at Hammervision are highlighting a different Halloween-themed TV episode every day. Today’s episode: How I Met Your Mother’s “The Slutty Pumpkin” from Season 1 You know it’s true.  For every authentic and creative lady costume out there in the world... Read more »

Movie Reviews: RED, Conviction

RED (***) RED is a slight, mostly enjoyable action comedy that wears out its premise by the end of its overly long 2-hour running time.  The main selling point is the cast of old timers thrust out of retirement and back into spy hijinks.  John Malkovich steals the show, but Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren... Read more »

15 Questions About Mad Men - "Tomorrowland"

1. OK.  Gloat.  Get it out of the way. Ha!  Right?  Well, friends, in the end, this season of Mad Men was leading not up to Conrad Hilton riding in on his Disney-issued horse to save SCDP, Roger (or Sally or Lane) committing suicide, or Peggy and Don hooking up.  Nope.  This season was leading... Read more »

Movie Essentials: 2003

10. OLDBOY. It's hard not to be essential when your movie contains perhaps the single greatest fight scene ever - a stunner of a continuous shot, lasting nearly 4 minutes long and resulting in the death/injury of about 30 people at the hands of one man.  The movie goes in some crazy directions toward the end, but Oldboy is a unique moviegoing experience that takes a lot of chances and succeeds.
In 2003, Americans idiotically tried to rename “french fries” to “freedom fries.”  Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California.  The first cloned horse was born.  Apple launched iTunes.  JK Rowling released Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  A white tiger attacked Roy Horn during a “Siegfried & Roy” show.  Beyonce and Jay-Z were,... Read more »

Movie Review - Jackass 3D (***)

Jackass 3D.  94 mins.  R.  Directed by Jeff Tremaine.  Starring Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Wee Man, Chris Pontius, and Steve-O. To be honest, I’m not sure how to even review Jackass 3D.  It’s not really a movie per se – more like a series of sick/funny stunts that no person should ever willingly perform.  This... Read more »

Whoopi and Joy Walk Out on 'The View'

Gawker featured a blind item yesterday about a TV show where all of the current cast members have been getting along so splendidly that the higher-ups had to start thinking of ways to drum up new drama and publicity.  Most of the commenters agreed that it sounded like American Idol, but maybe it was The... Read more »

8 TV Things For Which I'm NOT Grateful

I predicted in my post about TV things for which I am grateful that the negative list would be lengthier.  It’s only one.  One more lengthy.  I must be in a good mood or something. What’s bothering you on TV these days?

7 TV Things For Which I'm Grateful

Designers, Tim Gunn will not tolerate your pettiness.  And he will CALL YOU ON THAT SHIT, IVY!
It’s not yet Thanksgiving (though it seems like it has already passed based on how much Christmas paraphernalia is littering every single storefront — It’s not even HALLOWEEN yet, people!), but it’s never too soon to give thanks for some people and shows that have made the Fall TV Season somewhat interesting to behold. What... Read more »

Movie Essentials: 2002

10. 28 DAYS LATER. 28 Days Later presented audiences with the ultimate dilemma: do you like your zombies slow (a la George Romero) or do you like them fast (and furious)?  Me - I like 'em both, especially when fast zombie movies are as scary and kinetic as this one.  Danny Boyle is exactly the kind of filmmaker you want tackling a horror movie - in Boyle's world, anything goes.  Yes, it runs off the rails in the last half-hour, but up until then, the intensity is so thick you can barely breathe.
In 2002, Kelly Clarkson enjoyed “A Moment Like This” after she was crowned the first American Idol.  George Bush created the Department of Homeland Security to fight threats of terrorism.  Kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was killed in Pakistan.  Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize.  Nelly got it “Hot In Herre.”  The... Read more »