Archive for July 2012

Tweet Reviews: July Movies That Don't Have Batman or Spider-Man

THE WATCH.  Lame alien invasion comedy that wastes the talents of its three leads, and only draws a few laughs from Vince Vaughn's improvisational verbal diarrhea at the beginning. ** stars.

Breaking Bad Recap - Hazard Pay

Breaking Bad Recap - Hazard Pay
Last week we caught a glimpse of Walter White: Megalomanic. This week the same guy is still around, but he has a foil in the form of Mike Ehrmantrout: Serious Businessman. Walt thought that once Gus died, he would be like Mark-Paul Gosselaar after his roommate committed suicide, i.e. Big Man on Campus. But he... Read more »

The Fire Rises: Nolan Concludes His "Dark Knight" Trilogy in Stunning, Spectacular Fashion

The Fire Rises: Nolan Concludes His "Dark Knight" Trilogy in Stunning, Spectacular Fashion
First things first, The Dark Knight Rises is not The Dark Knight.  Check those expectations at the door.  Heath Ledger is gone, and nobody will ever replace his iconic Joker.  The Dark Knight is a modern masterpiece and was robbed of a Best Picture Oscar (to say nothing of a nomination even).  Christopher Nolan set... Read more »
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'Breaking Bad' Recap: Madrigal

'Breaking Bad' Recap: Madrigal
I don’t know if I can take much more of this. And by “this” I mean “Walter White feathering soft, pecking kisses on his wife’s shoulder.” The Creepy-Touch-O-Meter brought me awfully close to the “Productive Gag” zone, and I’m afraid that if this trend continues, I’ll be cleaning vomit from between my laptop keys next... Read more »

What Am I Not Getting About This Whole Fred Willard/Penis Exposure Thing?

What Am I Not Getting About This Whole Fred Willard/Penis Exposure Thing?
One of our most celebrated TV guest stars and Christopher Guest movie staples was arrested yesterday (today? Sometime in the recent past) for diddling his doo-dad in an adult movie theater. What is the big problem, is what I’m wondering. I mean, I don’t know why the police raided the thing. I’m an internet blogger... Read more »

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman & Robin (1997)

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman & Robin (1997)
BATMAN & ROBIN (1997) Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  What started as a runaway pop cultural juggernaut under Burton had, by 1997, devolved into a joke.  And not even a funny joke – a pathetic one.  I’m sure there are worse superhero films that have been made, I just can’t think of any.  Batman... Read more »
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ChicagoNow TV Tandem Podcast - Breaking Bad and Batman

Hey! I finally got last night’s podcast posted. Yay me. We changed up the cast of characters a little bit last night. Andy Daglas was busy watching The Bachelorette, so John Hammerle and Andrew Daar filled in for him. We discussed Breaking Bad and The Dark Knight Rises and other movies we liked and did... Read more »

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman Forever (1995)

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman Forever (1995)
BATMAN FOREVER (1995) Warner Bros. made a concerted effort away from the gothic stylings of Tim Burton when it hired Joel Schumacher to direct the third Batman film.  Schumacher has long been a director of more style than substance, and the Batman franchise let him indulge all of his worst, over-the-top instincts.  Though Burton stayed... Read more »

Breaking Bad Premiere Recap - Live Free or Die

Breaking Bad Premiere Recap - Live Free or Die
Walter White is invincible. Walter White knows how to do all the things. Walter White forgives you. Walter White has become such a megalomaniac that the next step is referring to himself in the third person. The season premiere of Breaking Bad starts out in the future, when Walter White has become “Mr. Lambert” from... Read more »
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The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman Returns (1992)

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman Returns (1992)
BATMAN RETURNS (1992) With the massive success of Batman under their belt ($250 million in the U.S. alone – in ’89 dollars! With no 3D upcharges!), Tim Burton and Michael Keaton reunited for the inevitable sequel.  But that kind of success gives a filmmaker plenty of clout, so Burton seemingly cashed in on that newfound... Read more »