Archive for January 2012

My Dinner With Hammervision - White Bean Chicken Chili

I am a big fan of food and cooking and laziness. So, if I can find a recipe that ticks all three of those boxes, count me in. This is a little meal I whipped up today. It’s healthy. It’s fast. It’s darn delicious. And I want to share it with you. Ingredients: a thingy... Read more »

"Extremely Loud" Is This Generation's "Pay It Forward", And That's No Compliment

"Extremely Loud" Is This Generation's "Pay It Forward", And That's No Compliment
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE Genre: Drama Premise: After the death of his father (Tom Hanks) on 9/11, Oskar (Thomas Horn), who falls somewhere on the Autism spectrum, finds a key in an envelope marked “Black” in his dad’s closet, and decides to meet with everyone in the city with that last name in order to unlock... Read more »

ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast - The Ocho

New TV Movie Tandem Trio podcast! Today, John and I join Andy Daglas to discuss the Oscar nominations and how we cannot temper our excitement for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Also, we talk a little bit about all the awesome things NBC is doing to make itself super relevant in 1999. Here’s the link: http://www.tvtandem.com/ChicagoNow_TV_Tandem/Podcast/Entries/2012/1/26_ChicagoNow_TV_Tandem__Episode_8.html Also, you... Read more »
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Your 2012 Oscar Nominees Are...

Presented without comment…for now. Best Picture The Artist The Descendants Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close The Help Hugo  Midnight in Paris Moneyball The Tree of Life War Horse  Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Alexander Payne, The Descendants Martin Scorsese, Hugo Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris  Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life  Best Actor Demián Bichir, A Better Life George Clooney, The... Read more »

The Tuskegee Airmen Deserve Better Than "Red Tails"

The Tuskegee Airmen Deserve Better Than "Red Tails"
RED TAILS Genre: Historical action drama Premise: A group of heroic African-American pilots in the Tuskegee training program battle segregation on the ground and Nazis in the air. Behind-the-Scenes: Executive producer George Lucas tried to get this movie made for the better part of 20 years.  Rumor has it that, unhappy with director Anthony Hemingway’s work, Lucas himself... Read more »

Oscar Nominations Tomorrow

It seems a little anticlimactic for the Academy to be handing out nods tomorrow when The Artist has already gone and locked up Best Picture, but that’s the way this over-hyped cookie crumbles. I’m hoping Bret McKenzie gets a well deserved “Best Song” nomination for his work on The Muppets. And Rise of the Planet of... Read more »
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Writing...With Children: Time Crunch

Hi, friends. I know I’ve been a little lax in my blogging lately and my brand new “Three Weeks Into January” resolution is to start blogging each and every day, even if what I blog about is not TV related. So, I’ve mentioned this before: my secret novel-writing shame. I’ve been working on a few... Read more »

"Alcatraz" Is The Love Child Of Lost and Fringe, And That's A Good Thing

"Alcatraz" Is The Love Child Of Lost and Fringe, And That's A Good Thing
ALCATRAZ Genre: Hour-long mystery thriller Airs: Mondays at 9/8c on Fox Premise: Before shutting down its prison operations in 1963, all of the Alcatraz inmates were transported off the island.  Only that’s not what happened.  Instead, they all mysteriously disappeared.  Cut to some 40 years later, and the missing inmates are now resurfacing and wreaking havoc.  It’s... Read more »

The Golden Globes Happened Last Night...

The Golden Globes Happened Last Night...
And for the first time since I can remember, I didn’t watch them live. And I didn’t much care. You’ve probably heard who won (The Artist, The Descendants, Michelle Williams for a musical/comedy when her movie was neither musical nor very comedic) and who didn’t win (Viola Davis, Brad Pitt, Ricky Gervais’s watered down schtick).... Read more »
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"Contraband" Will Be Quickly Exported From Your Memory

"Contraband" Will Be Quickly Exported From Your Memory
CONTRABAND Genre: Action thriller Premise: When his brother-in-law gets in trouble with a local drug lord (Giovanni Ribisi), a former smuggler (Mark Wahlberg) gets back in the game, heading to Panama to make a big score of counterfeit bills and pay off the debt.  If he fails, his family dies. Behind-the-Scenes: Based on the 2008 foreign film, Reykjavik-Rotterdam.... Read more »