Archive for February 2012

Why Do You Watch TV?

Why Do You Watch TV?
I tweeted something last week that keeps getting retweeted. It’s not bragging if it’s fact. What I tweeted was, “If #TheRiver had any character development AT ALL I might care that a monster is out to kill these folks. As it stands, I’m on Team Monster.” Anyway, the reason I’m pointing this out is because The River... Read more »

What's Your Favorite TV Show?

What's Your Favorite TV Show?
Which show do you most look forward to watching each week? If you had a full DVR, in what order would you clean that sucker out? Here’s my list (I’m only using TV shows that are currently on the air, otherwise Community would probably be #1 and Boardwalk Empire would be # Last): Happy Endings... Read more »

Denzel Plays It Safe In 2-Star "Safe House"

Denzel Plays It Safe In 2-Star "Safe House"
SAFE HOUSE Genre: Action Premise: After renegade ex-CIA agent Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) turns himself in and is attacked at a safe house, a young CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) has to transport Frost to a safer location.  The head games that Frost plays with him are almost as dangerous as the mercenaries who out to kill him.... Read more »
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An Early Valentine to You: A 'Walking Dead' Recap - Nebraska

An Early Valentine to You: A 'Walking Dead' Recap - Nebraska
The Walking Dead picked up right where we left off in November — with dead zombies strewn across the ground outside the barn and people staring at Rick slack-jawed after he shot zombie Sophia in the cranium. Let’s see how things are going for each of our main characters. Sophia: Dead. Low Rent Jamie Lee... Read more »

Embarrassing Fictional Crushes

Brand from The Goonies: I cannot be faulted for this. Josh Brolin was and is a dish.
AV Club just did a thing on fictional crushes. Here’s my embarrassing list. Who’s on yours?

'The Walking Dead' Returns This Sunday!!1! ZOMBEEES ZOMG

'The Walking Dead' Returns This Sunday!!1! ZOMBEEES ZOMG
I know you’re excited. I know I am. Here are a couple reminders about what was happening on the show when we last spent time with our cast of Lost characters with less personality. Dr. Vet wants our heroes to leave his farm because he doesn’t want to share his food and he doesn’t want... Read more »
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ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast - Episode 9

Today Andrew Daar and John Hammerle join Andy Daglas and Julie Hammerle to discuss the new one-word dramas that premiered this winter (Smash, Touch, Luck, Alcatraz). And The River, which we’re now calling just “River.” Tune in to find out which show one of us kind of thought wasn’t a complete waste of time. Here’s... Read more »

Harry Potter's All Grows Up In Stylish, Creepy "The Woman In Black"

Harry Potter's All Grows Up In Stylish, Creepy "The Woman In Black"
THE WOMAN IN BLACK Genre: Horror Premise: Recently widowed attorney Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe, in his first post-Potter role) goes to a remote village where a scary lady ghost is spooking the locals. Behind-the-Scenes: This is the first movie to bear the “Hammer” films production credit in a few decades.  Screenwriter Jane Goldman usually collaborates with Matthew Vaughn... Read more »

Lana Del Rey's "Hunger Games"

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A parody of Lana Del Rey that rhymes “Katniss” with “rat piss.”
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Is It Too Soon To Ask For A Remake Of "Chronicle"?

Is It Too Soon To Ask For A Remake Of "Chronicle"?
CHRONICLE Genre: Found Footage/Sci-Fi/Fantasy Premise: Three teens explore a mysterious hole in the ground, and walk away with unexplainable bloody noses and telekinetic powers, all while filming their exploits.  Those super powers ultimately separate the good from the bad, corrupting some but not others. Behind-the-Scenes: Fox was so impressed with first-time director Josh Trank that they offered him... Read more »