Archive for January 2011

TV Review - Perfect Couples ("Pilot")

PERFECT COUPLES Airs: Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC Genre: Sitcom The Set-Up: Three different couples with three very different types of relationships weave in and out of each other’s lives. The Good: The cast of twenty-somethings is attractive and, for the most part, adept at comedy, particularly Kyle Bornheimer and Christine Woods, as Dave and... Read more »

American Idol: The New Class

Last night was the season premiere of the tenth season of American Idol on FOX.  I had (OK, still have) lowered expectations going into this season.  I’m not a big gushing fan of either Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler (I blame her entire oeuvre for my feelings on the former and hearing “Jaded” on the... Read more »

Movie Reviews: The Green Hornet (**1/2), The Dilemma (**)

THE GREEN HORNET, directed by Michel Gondry, Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, and Christoph Waltz.  PG-13.  108 mins. Seth Rogen may not be the first person that comes to mind when you think superhero.  But when he started losing all that weight for his role in The Green Hornet, which he also co-wrote,... Read more »

Movie Review - Rabbit Hole

BY ROBERT HAMMERLE, guest contributor to Hammervision “Rabbit Hole” ultimately drowns under the oppressive weight of its good intentions. It is so unrelentingly morose that it all but deadens its intended emotional impact. Every character, no matter how minor, is grief stricken. Becca and Howie Corbett are unable to escape the lingering daily reverberations resulting... Read more »

TV Review - Harry's Law ("Pilot")

HARRY’S LAW Airs: Mondays at 10/9c on NBC Genre: Legal dramedy The Set-Up: Irascible patent lawyer Harriet Korn (Kathy Bates) is fired from her job and opens up her own boutique firm/shoe store with some other misfit lawyers.  From creator David E. Kelley. The Good: The first ten minutes aren’t terrible – forced, sure, but... Read more »

TV Review - Being Human ("There Goes the Neighborhood")

BEING HUMAN Airs: Mondays at 9/8c on SyFy Genre: Drama The Set-Up: In an attempt to achieve normalcy, a vampire (Sam Witwer), werewolf (Sam Huntington), and ghost (Meaghan Rath) become roommates.  U.S. adaptation of the hit BBC series. The Good: Being Human embraces its pop cultural roots and has a tongue-in-cheek tone.  Jacob himself (Mark... Read more »

Bears vs. The World: Daytime TV East Coast Bias

I’ve been very lax in my blog posting due to, well, it not being easy to type with a newborn baby in one’s arms.  However, I’ve been doing my job as a TV blogger by watching more than my share of daytime television.   Today I watched The View and Not Dead! with Regis &... Read more »

The 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011

I don't know much about this other than it's a romantic comedy starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, and Ryan Gosling.  Test screening scores have been through the roof though and the studio was so confident in the movie, that it pushed the release date to the prime of summer.  That bodes well.
With 2010 safely in our rearview mirror, and the typical January movie “dump” in our midst, now seems like the perfect time to look ahead to the 2011 movie calendar, and work up some excitement.  Plenty of superhero films, remakes and sequels headed our way – easy to anticipate, easy to disappoint.  And never a... Read more »

TV Review - Off the Map ("Pilot")

Airs: Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC Genre: Medical Drama The Set-Up: Three established, “older” docs mix it up with three naive, “baby” docs at a clinic in Central America, where technology is in short supply and impromptu coconut IVs are the norm.  Off the Map comes from producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), and... Read more »

Movie Review - Season of the Witch

BY ROBERT HAMMERLE, guest contributor to Hammervision The worst thing about acknowledging that you have actually paid money to see Nicholas Cage in “Season of the Witch” is the mountain of ridicule that will follow that revelation. Not only do I expect it, I clearly deserve it. So in the immortal words of Pat Benatar, “Hit... Read more »