Archive for May 2010

Review - Sex and the City 2 (**1/2)

Sex and the City 2.  147 mins.  R.  Written and Directed by Michael Patrick King.  Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, John Corbett, and Chris Noth.   I went into this movie with claws out, ready to hate it.  And often times, I came close.  There’s no word to describe it... Read more »

The 1st Annual Hammer Awards for Achievement in Television

Jerem from 30 Rock.  Best line: "That's not that much cheese."
The regular TV season is behind us, but there’s still time to reminisce before we dive head-first into So You Think You Can Dance and True Blood.   Here are our picks for some of the best (and worst) TV moments of the past season. SPOILERS abound, so beware.

MCHammerCast: Episode 16 - LostCast Vol. 2: The End

As promised, Matt and John are back this week, with an in-depth discussion of last Sunday’s controversial Lost series finale.  Favorite moments, disappointments, what made them cry, and commentary on fan reaction are all in there, so this is a must-listen for any Lost fans.  And for those of you who could care less about... Read more »

Review - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (*1/2)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.  116 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Mike Newell.  Written by Boaz Yakin and Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard.  Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, and Alfred Molina. Prince of Persia finds producerJerry Bruckheimer trying to mine the same formula that made Pirates of the Caribbean such an all-audience smash hit back... Read more »

American Idol: Final-Lee

From my recap at That was not as painful as I had anticipated.  Maybe the pain was dulled by the stimulating Idol chatter that was happening over on Twitter during the show.  Thanks so much to everyone who’s been following me this season (@MagistraAI), and who has taken the time to chat me up.  I’ll still... Read more »

Review - Shrek Forever After (***)

Shrek Forever After.  93 mins.  PG.  Directed by Mike Mitchell.  Written by Josh Klausner & Darren Lemke.  Starring the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, and Walt Dohrn. The fourth movie in the ever-popular Shrek franchise is being billed as “The Final Chapter,” and that’s probably a good thing.  Having exhausted... Read more »

A Failure of Song Choice on American Idol

Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze cannot be held (solely) responsible for the lameness that was last night’s Idol performance finale.  They had some song choice help in the form of Producer Simon Fuller and his minions. Here’s my recap from For the first time in, I think, ever, I went into watching the Idol finale with... Read more »

The Essentials: 1983

10. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. Though I don't go crazy for this movie like others do, any James Brooks is good James Brooks.  Well, maybe not Spanglish.  Terms is a fine comedic drama, featuring rich, lived-in performances from Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson.  And it won Best Picture, so that's gotta count for something.
In 1983, the first mobile phones were introduced to the public, courtesy of Motorola.  Microsoft Word hit the market.  Swatch created its first watch.  The series finale of M*A*S*H garnered 125 million viewers – an all-time high for a non-sports broadcast.  Michael Jackson had a helluva year, with hit singles “Beat It” and Billie Jean.” ... Read more »

Dancing With the Stars: Redemption Is Theirs

The dance included some ripping off of the costumes, of course.  Len seemed fine with it.  They ended up with a 27/30 because of a botched lift at the end of the dance.  Hilarious!
If the counter-programming of Chuck and 24 didn’t steal your attention, then your TV was probably tuned to the finale of the So You Think You Can Still Be Called a Celebrity Dance Spectacular.   Each of the final three couples had to dance a freestyle dance and a dance of redemption (basically a do-over... Read more »

Review - MacGruber (***)

MacGruber.  99 mins.  R.  Directed by Jorma Taccone.  Written by Will Forte & John Solomon & Jorma Taccone.  Starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillipe, Powers Boothe, and Val Kilmer. It’s a shame that people are dismissing MacGruber so instantly upon hearing of it.  Yes, movies based on SNL characters typically suck (It’s Pat, anyone?),... Read more »