Archive for May 2015

Game of Thrones Recap: Hardhome

Game of Thrones Recap: Hardhome
Yasss. This is what we’re talking about, Game of Thrones. After suffering through a few episodes that ranged from middling to quite objectionable, we got an hour of TV that was as riveting during its quiet moments as it was during the big action set piece at the end. And…hmmm…who was missing from this episode?... Read more »

Movie Review: San Andreas

Movie Review: San Andreas
SAN ANDREAS Genre: Disaster Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 114 mins. Premise: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a rescue-chopper pilot who ditches work in the middle of a record-breaking earthquake in California and risks life and limb to save his family. And only his family. Behind-the-Scenes: Johnson and director Brad Peyton previously worked together on... Read more »

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: The Gift

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: The Gift
In the Game of Thrones game of winners and losers, either you win, lose, or, in the case of Stannis’s horses, die. This week, in the aftermath of Sansa’s rape, we saw more rape (of course we did), a few boobs, a flayed old lady, and a woman brought down for diddling her cousin. Girl... Read more »
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Game of Thrones recap: The Gift

Game of Thrones recap: The Gift
Very tricky, Game of Thrones. When I saw what this episode was called, I thought the titular “gift” would be The Gift, AKA the bit of land Jon’s trying to lure the wildlings to. But it wasn’t about that gift, in fact, we barely spent any time with Jon at all this week. That said,... Read more »

#TBT Hammerle's Movie Madness 1995

#TBT Hammerle's Movie Madness 1995
Julie just wrote about the bag of gifts that my sister, Courtney, brought over to our house last Friday.  The bag is full of random items my parents wanted to give to us before they moved to Dubai.  There were presents for the kids, a U.S. map placemat (naturally), and some old articles and newspaper... Read more »

A turtle named Titty

A turtle named Titty
Last weekend, my sister-in-law came over with a bag of toys for the kids. In it was a little stuffed turtle that my daughter took a liking to. On Saturday morning, she showed it to me. “This is my turtle,” she said. “His name is Titty.” I was on the phone with my mom at... Read more »
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Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
Folks, we need to talk about Ramsay. I remain on the fence about the sexual assault that happened at the end of the episode. On the one hand, I think it was a lazy creative choice. No one’s character is advanced here, except maybe Theon’s, and who cares about him. On the other hand, the... Read more »

Game of Thrones recap: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Game of Thrones recap: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
The title of this week’s Game of Thrones episode comes from the Dornish motto, but it applies to all of our stories tonight. Let’s get to it. Mad Men is on. Dorne: Jaime and Bronn have joined the Dornish equivalent of a biker gang and have reached the water gardens. They find Myrcella hanging out... Read more »

Hammering Out... Pitch Perfect 2

Hammering Out... Pitch Perfect 2
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: PITCH PERFECT 2. JOHN: I love the first Pitch Perfect.  It came out in 2012 and if I recall correctly, I named it my third favorite movie of the year, after Skyfall and The... Read more »
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Hammering Out... Mad Max: Fury Road

Hammering Out... Mad Max: Fury Road
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. JOHN: Die Hard. Terminator 2. Speed. The Road Warrior. Raiders of the Lost Ark. Aliens. The Raid 2. The Matrix.  For my money, these are the greatest action movies of... Read more »