Archive for August 2012

Countdown to Skyfall: Goldfinger (1964)

Countdown to Skyfall: Goldfinger (1964)
GOLDFINGER (1964) BOND: Sean Connery DIRECTOR: Guy Hamilton BOND GIRL(S): Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore), Shirley Eaton (Jill Masterson) COOL GADGETS: Bond’s famous tricked-out Aston Martin vehicle.  It has everything: sonar tracking, ejector seats, weaponized hubcaps, and more! THEME SONG: “Goldfinger,” sung by Shirley Bassey.  Bold, brassy, and hugely memorable.  Every other theme song will try... Read more »

Do Boys Obsess Like Girls Do?

Emma Fraser and I sent scores of emails across the Atlantic Ocean this week discussing the second episode of My So-Called Life for This Was Television. A big part of our discussion centered around the fact that we were pretty boy crazy in high school. And I mean that in the nerdy, not-getting-any Angela Chase... Read more »

Tweet Reviews: Paranorman, Expendables, Timothy Green, Premium Rush

PARANORMAN.  Another stop-motion animated delight from the makers of Coraline.  This is a funny, loving homage to '80s fright flicks.  The perfect introduction to horror for your wee ones.  Best animated movie of the year so far.  **** stars.
This week in Tweet Reviews… Paranorman proves to be one of the best of the year, animated or otherwise; The Expendables 2 shows that the action geezers still got it; The Odd Life of Timothy Green makes viewers reach for their hankies, and their barf bags; and Premium Rush delivers faint, acceptable thrills for the... Read more »
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Countdown to Skyfall: From Russia with Love (1963)

Countdown to Skyfall: From Russia with Love (1963)
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963) BOND: Sean Connery DIRECTOR: Terence Young BOND GIRL(S): Daniela Bianchi (Tatiana Romanova) COOL GADGETS: A weaponized briefcase, complete with poison gas, knife, coins, and more, given to Bond by Q, who makes his first appearance in the series.  Actor Desmond Llewelyn would continue in the role until 1999′s The World... Read more »

Breaking Bad Recap - Say My Name

Breaking Bad Recap - Say My Name
From the second Mike announced at the beginning of the episode that he was, in fact, out of the operation, it was obvious that things would not end well for Mr. Erhmantraut. As much as I would’ve loved to see him live out his days as a proud, crossword-doing grandfather (hey, that sounds a lot... Read more »

Countdown to Skyfall: Dr. No (1962)

Countdown to Skyfall: Dr. No (1962)
In anticipation of the November 9 release of the new James Bond film, Skyfall, Hammervision will be re-watching all of the previous Bond movies and giving readers a primer on the highs and lows in each entry of the franchise.  For those doing the math, that’s 25 movies (including Skyfall) in 11 weeks. Which ones... Read more »
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Remembering Tony Scott: His 5 Essential Films

1. CRIMSON TIDE (1995).  Probably my favorite of all of Tony Scott's movies.  Denzel vs. Hackman is a movie star match-up for the ages.  Both actors tear into their roles, and if Washington's character proves more sympathetic at times, the movie does a fantastic job of stacking the deck equally for each character.  The suspense is almost unbearable at times, and the stakes (nuclear war triggering World War III) couldn't be higher.  Crimson Tide delves into interesting and morally complicated subject matter, but does it all with tremendous wit and style, never sacrificing entertainment at the expense of art, though it's a perfect example of both.
The film world lost one of its great modern visionaries with Sunday’s passing of Tony Scott.  Though he never received the critical notices and awards love shown to his brother Ridley, Tony Scott was a huge success in his own right.  With Top Gun in 1986, he practically ushered in the slick action blockbuster, and,... Read more »

Republican Politician or 'Game of Thrones' Character

Republican Politician or 'Game of Thrones' Character
It’s time for everyone’s favorite game! Test your nerd level and identify whether each of these names belongs to a Republican politician or a Game of Thrones character. Reince Priebus Phil Bryant Sam Tarly Brynden Tully Sandor Clegane Sam Brownback Jon Kyl Jon Snow Olympia Snowe Jack Dalrymple Hot Pie Butch Otter Barristan Selmy Dennis... Read more »

Breaking Bad Recap - Buyout

Breaking Bad Recap - Buyout
Last night’s episode of Breaking Bad finally gave us a peek into what’s really going on in the mind of Walter White (at least, what we can assume is going on inside his mind, until his doctors find the brain tumor, remove it, and turn Heisenberg back into a mild-mannered chemistry teacher, obviously). Walt is... Read more »
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Let's Talk the '90s and 'My So-Called Life'

Let's Talk the '90s and 'My So-Called Life'
Over at This Was Television, a fab new site co-founded by fellow ChicagoNow blogger Andy Daglas, Emma Fraser and I will be writing about My So-Called Life every other week for the next…however long it takes us to get through the entire run of the show. Though I was basically the same age as Angela... Read more »