Posts in category "The Essentials"

Movie Essentials: 2008

10. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. This Swedish import was recently given the Hollywood remake treatment.  I loved the remake, and find it to be just as good as the original.  This one did it first though, and did it near-perfectly.  Screw those Twilight bloodsucker teens, for a real clue as to how to mine the vampire genre for hidden meaning and subtext, let this one in.  Both scary and touching.
In 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain to become the first African-American President of the United States.  Heath Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose.  Miley Cyrus drew controversy by posing with a bare back and shoulders in Vanity Fair.  Madonna turned 50.  Blu-Ray beat HD-DVD in the high definition format war.  T.I. scored... Read more »

Movie Essentials: Leslie Nielsen

THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2: THE SMELL OF FEAR..  Nielsen reprised his role as Drebin in this above average sequel.
On Sunday, November 28, 2010, the film world lost one of its great comedic actors when Leslie Nielsen passed away at the age of 84.  Born in Canada, Nielsen started off his acting career beginning with television in 1948 – two years later, he had logged over 50 appearances.  Films followed, and though he took... Read more »

Movie Essentials: 2007

10. THE ORPHANAGE. This is the rare horror movie that doesn't rely solely on scares to goose the audience.  The story is actually compelling for a change and the mystery at its center is chilling.  By movie's end, I was deeply touched by the Peter Pan-like turn the movie takes.
In 2007, the Mitchell Report was published, showing the widespread use of steroids in Major League Baseball and forever tarnishing the legacies of some of our biggest idols.  Nancy Pelosi was elected the first female Speaker of the U.S. Congress.  Apple introduced the iPhone.  J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released and... Read more »
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Movie Essentials: 2006

10. THE DESCENT. One of the scariest movies I've seen.  The claustrophobia in those caves is almost unbearable, and those Gollum-like creatures on crack are the stuff of nightmares.  Skip the sequel though and stick with the original.
In 2006, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging for crimes against humanity.  Italy won the World Cup by defeating France.  The one billionth song was purchased on iTunes. Nintendo came out with the Wii.  Justin Timberlake released one of the best albums of the last decade with FutureSex/Love Sounds, and had a smash... Read more »

Movie Essentials: 2005

10. CRASH. Love it or hate it, Crash sent people into a tizzy when it snuck in and stole the Best Picture award from Brokeback Mountain's clutches.  I don't know what all the fuss is about.  I like the movie.  It's well-acted and writer-director Paul Haggis makes some interesting points on race relations.  Some are subtle, some aren't - but I find all of it to be compelling.  This one's essential, not just because it won Best Picture but because it's so polarizing.  See it and judge for yourself.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tragically struck, flooding roughly 80% of New Orleans.  Pope John Paul II died.  Microsoft released the XBox 360.  Black Eyed Peas ruled the radio with “My Humps.”  Natasha Bedingfield wrote a hit song called “Unwritten.”  Battlestar Galactica and How I Met Your Mother premiered, while Six Feet Under and NYPD Blue... Read more »

Movie Essentials: 2004

10. TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE. South Park is a tough movie to top, but darn it if Trey Parker and Matt Stone don't come close here.  Team America is hugely funny and it's a great technical achievement - these marionettes do things you'd never think they could.  The songs are great - I especially love "Pearl Harbor Sucks (and I Miss You)".  Also notable for its searing parody of Rent ("Everyone Has AIDS") and its graphic, hilarious sex scene.  F**k yeah.
In 2004, George Bush beat John Kerry and was elected to a second term as POTUS.  Scott Peterson was found guilty of murdering his wife, Laci.  Washington D.C. was terrorized by a series of sniper shootings.  Also in D.C., the National WWII Memorial opened to the public.  Janet Jackson’s boob was briefly exposed by Justin... Read more »
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Essential Halloween TV Episode Of the Day - Freaks & Geeks "Tricks and Treats"

They went as Groucho Marx, a guy with an arrow through his head, and Gort from 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.'
TV shows love holiday-themed episodes — and so do we!  From now until Halloween we at Hammervision are highlighting a different Halloween-themed TV episode every day. Today’s Episode: Freaks & Geeks “Tricks and Treats” The Weir children are growing up too fast for their mother, who wants them to continue their Halloween traditions of yesteryear.... Read more »

Movie Essentials: 15 Scariest Movie Moments

Movie Essentials: 15 Scariest Movie Moments
As I was watching the end of Paranormal Activity 2 through the cracks of my fingers on Friday, I got to thinking about other scary movie moments, and what has traumatized me the most over the years.  I’ve seen my fair share of horror movies, and, though everyone is different, I’m not a fan of... Read more »

Essential Halloween TV Episode Of the Day - 30 Rock "Jack Gets In the Game"

TV shows love holiday-themed episodes — and so do we!  From now until Halloween we at Hammervision are highlighting a different Halloween-themed TV episode every day. Today’s Episode: 30 Rock’s “Jack Gets in the Game” While not technically a “Halloween” episode, it did feature this spooky little nugget: And that’s worth more than all the... Read more »
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Essential Halloween TV Episode Of the Day - The Office "Halloween"

The one redeeming thing about being fired on Halloween -- Lots of pumpkins laying around to throw at your boss's car.
TV shows love holiday-themed episodes — and so do we!  From now until Halloween we at Hammervision are highlighting a different Halloween-themed TV episode every day. Today’s Episode: The Office’s “Halloween,” Season 2 It’s the last day of October (AKA Halloween) and Michael has to fire someone from the office in order to appease corporate.... Read more »