Archive for March 2011

In Defense Of...The Next Three Days

In Defense Of...The Next Three Days
Welcome to the first in what I hope will be a series of posts highlighting those movies that were overlooked, underappreciated, ignored, misunderstood, and unfairly maligned on first go-round. As an attorney, I see injustices in the world that need to be righted on a daily basis. Okay, maybe not. But, I’ve certainly had experience... Read more »

15 Questions About the American Idol Results Show

1. The American Idol Powers That Be are just so proud of their little manufactured drama from last week, aren’t they? They so are.  They can’t stop talking about it.  ”Look upon us, America!  We saved Seth Rogen from obscurity for the next one to ten weeks!  Bow to us!  Bow to us as we... Read more »

American Idol Recap - Circle of Life

American Idol Recap - Circle of Life
So, that happened. Your American Idols, America, got up and sang songs from the glorious songbook of Mister Sir Elton John, who was lucky enough not to have to show up for the proceedings.  I feel like every critique I’d give would be almost exactly the same as last week.  The country people sang country.... Read more »
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Movie Review - Paul (***1/2)

Movie Review - Paul (***1/2)
PAUL.  100 mins .  R.  Directed by Greg Mottola.   Written by Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. Julie and I had the chance to sneak out of the house on Sunday and catch the latest Simon Pegg-Nick Frost collaborative effort, Paul.  They wrote and star in this alien adventure comedy, though, sadly, partner-in-crime Edgar Wright (director... Read more »

A Second Opinion: Sucker Punch

BY ROBERT HAMMERLE, guest contributor to Hammervision The ultimate tragedy about director Zack Snyder’s much anticipated “Sucker Punch” is that it is an art house movie that has been mistakenly packaged as a mainstream film. From beginning to end it is an alternatingly foolish and mesmerizing contradiction. It is a post-feminist empowerment film wrapped in... Read more »

Movie Review - Sucker Punch (*1/2)

SUCKER PUNCH.  120 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Zack Snyder.  Written by Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya.  With originality in such short supply in Hollywood these days, it pains me to have to knock Sucker Punch around the ring.  On paper, this is exactly the sort of movie the studios should be bankrolling.  Original concept –... Read more »
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Butler, The Final Four, and Conceiving My Daughter

Butler, The Final Four, and Conceiving My Daughter
This is not the story of some seedy hotel room in Indianapolis.  Far from it.  This is the story of me, a sterile operating room, and my fifth cycle of in vitro fertilization. I always knew I was going to have fertility issues, based on no grounds whatsoever.  Just something in the back of my... Read more »

March Movie Madness! Sci-Fi Edition

March Movie Madness!  Sci-Fi Edition
Geek Alert!  My friend Jonah sent me a link to this the other day, and I just had to fill it out.  What is it, you ask?  It’s a bracket of 64 movies, in competition against each other for the title of “Greatest Science Fiction Movie Ever Made.”  There are no right or wrong answers... Read more »

Movie Review - The Lincoln Lawyer

BY ROBERT HAMMERLE, guest contributor to Hammervision NEWS FLASH! Matthew McConaughey can actually act!  REPEAT!  Matthew  McConaughey, particularly when liberated from co-starring with the woeful Kate Hudson, can actually act!  Okay, Okay, so I am being a bit melodramatic.  But having watched “The  Lincoln Lawyer,” it is gratifying to see what Mr. McConaughey can actually accomplish when... Read more »
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9 Questions About the American Idol Results Show

1. I have a lot of questions; so let’s get going, shall we? I’m limiting your questions tonight.  The tipoff for the Butler game is in about 40 minutes. 2. I was just kidding.  I have no questions. None? 3. OK, one.  Why was Lauren Alaina wearing cowboy boots with her perfectly adorable, if inappropriately... Read more »