Archive for July 2011

Movie Review - Crazy, Stupid, Love (*** out of 5)

Movie Review - Crazy, Stupid, Love (*** out of 5)
The new romantic comedy, Crazy, Stupid, Love, tries its darndest to cover all aspects of romance – marriage, first love, crush, divorce, playing the field, and more – in just under two hours.  It’s a noble effort, and the cast is as good as it gets with these types of films (especially Ryan Gosling), but... Read more »

Songs with Dates in Them

Pulp’s “Disco 2000″ came up on my very up-to-date iPod yesterday, and it got me thinking about songs that are focused around specific dates.  These songs lose their relevancy pretty quickly.  (Though “Disco 2000″ is still an awesome song.  And, yes, Jarvis, I would love to meet up in the year 2000.  I can be... Read more »

Movie Review - Attack the Block (****1/2 out of 5)

Movie Review - Attack the Block (****1/2 out of 5)
Some of you may not have heard of the newest Brit import Attack the Block, but I suspect that will soon change once it invades movie theaters this weekend in limited release.  Funny, profane, bloody, scary, and, most of all, fun, Attack the Block is a blast to watch.  It’s the kind of movie best... Read more »
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In Defense Of...MacGruber

In Defense Of...MacGruber
This is the sixth in a series of posts spotlighting the overlooked, underappreciated, and unfairly maligned movies of our time.  Other films given the “In Defense Of” treatment so far include The Next Three Days, Multiplicity, Speed Racer, Meet Joe Black, and Alfie (2004). BY MATT CAMPOBASSO, special guest contributor to Hammervision Have you seen... Read more »

Movie Review - Friends With Benefits (**1/2 out of 5)

Movie Review - Friends With Benefits (**1/2 out of 5)
I’m going to try my best to get through this with review without any comparisons to this year’s other f**kbuddy romantic comedy, No Strings Attached.  After all, the two are completely different, right?  Although both involve guy/girl friends who sleep together to avoid emotional intimacy only to eventually fall in love, one stars that actress... Read more »

Movie Review - Captain America: The First Avenger (***1/2 out of 5)

Movie Review - Captain America: The First Avenger (***1/2 out of 5)
Audiences feeling weary of sitting through yet another superhero flick (and who can blame them really after Green Lantern?) will find themselves lining up for them all over again after seeing the latest Marvel Avenger’s stab at big screen glory.  Captain America is a rousing success on a whole host of levels, providing good, old-fashioned... Read more »
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Recap of 'True Blood': I Hate You, I Love You

Recap of 'True Blood': I Hate You, I Love You
Last night’s episode was all about easy fixes to problems that have been plaguing the residents of Bon Temps for some time.  Here were the problems and how they were resolved: Problem #1: Getting Rid of Tara Tara had been threatening to leave Bon Temps and move back to New Orleans for weeks now.  Pretty... Read more »

10 Commandments of Topical Tweeting

There has been a lot of discussion this weekend about whether or not it’s OK to tweet about how sad you are about the death of a pop star (i.e. Amy Winehouse) when lots of other people are dying elsewhere (i.e. Norway, the rest of the planet).  Here are some solid guidelines to help you... Read more »

Movie Review - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (***** out of 5)

Movie Review - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (***** out of 5)
Deathly Hallows Part II “opens at the close” of Part I.  Wasting no time at all, the movie jumps right into the conclusion of the 8-film series, and maintains a relatively breakneck pace for the next two hours.  There is no attempt to play catch-up for the uninitiated.  At this point, you’re either a Potter... Read more »
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Hammervision Interviews...Jim O'Heir of 'Parks and Recreation'

Hammervision Interviews...Jim O'Heir of 'Parks and Recreation'
If you do not know who actor and Chicago native Jim O’Heir is, well, you best get on that because he deftly plays office punching bag Jerry Gergich on one of the very best comedies on television, Parks and Recreation.  I had the great pleasure of talking to Jim last week the day after his... Read more »