Archive for January 2015

Dear Angel Person Who Found Our Keys...

Dear Angel Person Who Found Our Keys...
I wrote a few weeks ago about how sometimes it feels like the universe is looking out for us, keeping us from causing ourselves too much harm. But sometimes it’s not the universe. Sometimes it’s just a kickass person who goes out of their way to help someone instead of ignoring the situation. On Monday,... Read more »

TV Tidbits: Shows to binge on, too many superheroes

I almost wrote “TV Timbits.” Someone wants doughnut holes! FOX is developing an X-Men series for television because everything must be ALL SUPERHEROES ALL THE TIME. Wintertime is a great time to get your TV binge on. I suggest Fargo and Empire, which is a short binge, only three episodes so far. If you like... Read more »

On the writing process

On the writing process
This week, our fearless ChicagoNow leader, Jimmy Greenfield, asked us to write about our writing processes. I’ve read a lot of writing books over the years, and oftentimes the author will get into the whole “process” thing. “I wake with the birds at 5:30 AM; and after my second cup of coffee, I grab my... Read more »
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Amy Poehler says, "Treat your career like a bad boyfriend," and I'm inclined to agree with her

Amy Poehler says, "Treat your career like a bad boyfriend," and I'm inclined to agree with her
For the past few days, I’ve been reading Amy Poehler’s book, Yes Please. It’s lovely and fun and thoughtful and a great companion to Tina Fey’s Bossypants. Now all I need is a Maya Rudolph memoir and my life will be complete. I read a chapter yesterday that was called “Treat your career like a... Read more »

TV Tidbits: The show that everyone's watching

A script for the upcoming The Walking Dead prequel/spinoff has leaked. T-Dog lives! Maybe! Oh, and trailer for the new season is out. Like we haven’t seen Rick Grimes with a gun before. HBO’s Scientology documentary airs this weekend. I’m intrigued. Everyone is watching Empire. EVERYONE. Enjoy this post? Click like on the Hammervision Facebook... Read more »

What American Sniper can teach your kids

What American Sniper can teach your kids
American Sniper made a lot of money. Its CinemaScore is an A+. Paddington only got an A, probably because there was a distinct lack of Bradley Cooper beefcake in that movie. Apologies to Lord Grantham. You’re cute too. For the past few days, however, conversation around American Sniper hasn’t revolved so much around its quality... Read more »
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TV Tidbits: Super Bowl counter programming; your certain, imminent death

Billy Crystal wants to see less sex, gay or otherwise, on TV. The world would like to continue seeing no Billy Crystal sex on TV, thank you. FOX is rebooting The X-Files and Prison Break because it’s been a minute. Actually, yeah. It’s been, like, literally a minute since those shows went off the air.... Read more »

Movie Review: American Sniper

Movie Review: American Sniper
AMERICAN SNIPER Genre: War Drama Rating: R Running Time: 132 mins. Premise: Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the most lethal sniper in U.S. history with over 160 kills, serves four tours of duty in Iraq where he’s considered a legend on the battlefield, but struggles at home where his time in battle takes a... Read more »

The Subtle-ish Racism of This Year's Oscar Season

The Subtle-ish Racism of This Year's Oscar Season
In real life, the major event at the end of Foxcatcher happened eight years after it happened in the movie. The nurse Stephen Hawking falls for in The Theory of Everything was not necessarily the patient, doting woman she was portrayed to be.  The Imitation Game made up some characters and played around with the... Read more »
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TV Tidbits: I'm quitting TV

NOW IMAX is showing a Game of Thrones teaser in front of that Clint Eastwood shit show Oscar bait (hey, it worked!), American Sniper. And no, I haven’t seen American Sniper yet, but I can still hate it. This is the internet, after all. Kit Harrington wants to sell you really, really expensive shoes that will... Read more »