Archive for March 2010

America's Next Top Model - Blood and Dreck

LOST: An Impressive "Package"

  From friend of Hammervision and special guest columnist, Matt Campobasso: I’ll admit it, I expected to be let down following last week’s opus, “Ab Aeterno.”  How could I not be?  A full hour dedicated to Richard Alpert and his journey from devoted husband to island consigliore.  That’s the stuff that television dreams are made of – well... Read more »

American Idol - Rhythm and Blahs

My Idol recap from Most of the interesting Idol moments tonight happened offstage and not when the Idols were singing.  Because when the Idols were singing, pretty much nothing of interest happened. Here were the little gems that the camera happened to catch: 1.     Kevin DemoGurdington, in super tight leather pants (kudos to her on that), made... Read more »

Dancing With the Stars: A Pictorial Journey...With Pictures!

“Stars” danced.  Kate whined.  Evan begged for votes in the Naper-thrill.  Derek macked on the ladies, and an American hero’s wife frightened all the children. Just another Monday night in our disco ball fantasyland.

Queue It Up: March 30, 2010

Click on any of the titles below to add to your Netflix queue PICK OF THE WEEK: An Education: Carey Mulligan earned a boatload of praise (and a Best Actress nomination) for her work in this Nick Hornby-scripted period drama.  The movie was also nominated for Best Picture – the only nominee I didn’t get... Read more »

How Simon Cowell is Killing American Idol from the Inside

Simon’s been phoning it in this season, but is there a more sinister reason behind his actions?  My analysis is over at An excerpt: There’s no debate that this is the worst season of Idol of all time until next year (isn’t that always the case?).  But this year seems more terrible than usual.  Could a... Read more »

How to Train Your Dragon (***1/2)

How to Train Your Dragon.  98 mins.  PG.  Written and Directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders.  Starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, and Kristen Wiig. Dreamworks’ latest animated feature is further proof that by eschewing the self-conscious, pop culture referencing traps that so many of today’s... Read more »

Strange Crush of the Week

Finding attractiveness where there should be none. Watching Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days with my son this morning, I wondered when it happened that this person went and got so foxy (Don’t worry, it’s not Big Bird). It’s the lead singer of the Spin Doctors.

Hot Tub Time Machine (**1/2)

Hot Tub Time Machine.  100 mins.  R.  Directed by Steve Pink.  Written by Josh Heald and Sean Anders & John Morris.  Starring John Cusack, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Chevy Chase. There’s a quote from This is Spinal Tap that goes, “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.”  True words, and with... Read more »

MCHammerCast: Top 5 TV Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now

For those of you who are new to Hammervision, MCHammerCast is a weekly podcast hosted by John Hammerle and Matt Campobasso, two Chicago-based attorneys who happen to also be veteran and passionate film and tv fans.  Each week, we discuss various top 5s in the world of television and movies, and are usually joined by a special... Read more »