Archive for November 2012

The Walking Dead Recap: When the Dead Come Knocking

The Walking Dead Recap: When the Dead Come Knocking
Sunday night’s The Walking Dead episode was the penultimate episode of the first half of Season 3. AMC confuses me. My new rule of thumb is if there are more than two months between season halves, the shows don’t belong to the same season. Sorry, Breaking Bad. If I have to watch an old episode... Read more »

My So-Called Life Team-Up Review: "Life of Brian" and "Self-Esteem"

I haven’t watched last night’s The Walking Dead yet (I KNOW!), so I have no recap for you. I mean, I could make one up, but it would probably be mostly X-Rated T-Dog/The Governor slash fiction and yada yada yada been there done that. So, in the meantime, here’s a little thing I wrote for... Read more »

NaNoWriMo Home Stretch: Three Lessons Learned

We’re heading into the last week of National Novel Writing Month and I’m about 10,000 words away from my 50,000 word goal. And you know what? I’ve been amazed by how easy I have been able to fit NaNoWriMo into my life, despite having children at home all day and wanting to have time to... Read more »
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Oscar Watch Round 1: Silver Linings, Sessions, Lincoln

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.  Writer-Director David O. Russell's follow-up to The Fighter is a surprisingly mainstream romantic comedy, but with a hint of that anarchic independent spirit that made Russell famous with films like Flirting with Disaster and I Heart Huckabees.  Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have sizzling chemistry as two "crazies" who find some form of sanity in each other's company.  Cooper has never been better and Lawrence shines, but it's Robert DeNiro who really surprises in a supporting role as Cooper's father.  DeNiro hasn't been this engaged or impressive in over a decade.  Kudos.  The movie isn't perfect, and the ending is a little too tidy for me, but Cooper and Lawrence sell it.  **** stars.  Oscar Best Bets: Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actress (Lawrence).
The Oscar onslaught of December is still upon us, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any Oscar-worthy movies vying for your attention now.  In addition to Argo (**** ) and Flight (***1/2), which have been in theaters for a while now and are both highly recommended by Hammervision, audiences can also choose between the following... Read more »

Live-Tweeting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Live-Tweeting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Last night, in a time-honored tradition over these past four years, I went by myself to the late opening night screening of the latest Twilight movie.  This year, the screening started a little earlier, at 11pm, so I didn’t have to wait until midnight.  My sleep cycle appreciated it. Now, I’ve only read part of New... Read more »

The Countdown is Over! Skyfall Is Here, and It's the Best Bond Yet

The Countdown is Over!  Skyfall Is Here, and It's the Best Bond Yet
25 movies in 2 months may not sound all that daunting to the most hardened of filmgoers, but when I first took it upon myself to watch or re-watch every official and unofficial James Bond film from the past 50 years, I didn’t know what I was in for.  Hammervision has been counting down to... Read more »
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The Walking Dead Recap - "Say the Word"

The Walking Dead Recap - "Say the Word"
Real life nonsense kept me from recapping last week’s episode. Well, “real life nonsense” and, of course, the raw pain of dealing with T-Dog’s unfortunate demise. The Walking Dead only has room for one African-American guy at a time, and apparently the new guy is it. He doesn’t even have a name yet, does he?... Read more »

Countdown to Skyfall: Quantum of Solace (2008)

Countdown to Skyfall: Quantum of Solace (2008)
QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008) BOND: Daniel Craig DIRECTOR: Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) BOND GIRL(S): Olga Kurylenko (Camille); Gemma Arterton (Strawberry Fields) COOL GADGETS: None, really. THEME SONG: “Another Way to Die,” sung by Jack White & Alicia Keys.  It’s a toss-up for me whether this or “A View to a Kill” is my favorite Bond... Read more »

Countdown to Skyfall: Casino Royale (2006)

Countdown to Skyfall: Casino Royale (2006)
CASINO ROYALE (2006) BOND: Daniel Craig DIRECTOR: Martin Campbell (Goldeneye) BOND GIRL(S): Eva Green (Vesper Lynd) COOL GADGETS: None to speak of. THEME SONG: “You Know My Name,” sung by Chris Cornell.  What is Chris Cornell doing singing a Bond theme in 2006?  Maybe if we were back in ’95 for Goldeneye, that would have... Read more »
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Countdown to Skyfall: Die Another Day (2002)

Countdown to Skyfall: Die Another Day (2002)
DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002) BOND: Pierce Brosnan DIRECTOR: Lee Tamahori (XXX: State of the Union, Along Came A Spider) BOND GIRL(S): Halle Berry (Jinx); Rosamund Pike (Miranda Frost) COOL GADGETS: Invisible car; ring that instantly breaks glass. THEME SONG: “Die Another Day,” sung by Madonna.  Electronica-disco nonsense. IMDB PLOT SUMMARY: James Bond is sent to investigate... Read more »