Archive for July 2010

Movie Reviews: Dinner for Schmucks, The Kids Are All Right, Cats & Dogs

Dinner for Schmucks (**1/2) There are moments of real hilarity in this odd remake of the 1997 French dark comedy about a rising exec (Paul Rudd) who brings the perfect guest (Steve Carell) to his boss’s monthly “dinner for idiots”, but they are few and far between.  Rudd and Carell have enjoyed success working together... Read more »

Friday Procrastination Aid - 7/30/10

It’s the last day of the week and the penultimate day of July.  To get through it, here are some handy links and videos, as Adam Lambert would say, for your entertainment. has compiled some of the greatest pick-up lines ever (you might want to try some of these this weekend).  I’m a little... Read more »

'Project Runway' Recap - Season Premiere!

You tried, McKell, and that was your biggest downfall.  Well, that and the hideous hair and early '90s cold shoulder homage.
In the immortal words of modern sage Homer Simpson, “Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably.  The lesson is, never try.” That’s kind of how it felt last night on the season premiere of Project Runway when we saw two designers get away with doing basically nothing.  One made pants out of pants... Read more »

Optimus Prime Sighting!

Much ink has been spilled already about Transformers 3’s take-over of Chicago.  Some might find it annoying.  Fine.  But on our way home from a 15-0 slaughter-rule softball victory last night, we stumbled upon the following scene being shot, and the night got exponentially cooler.  I may not have been excited about Transformers 3 before,... Read more »

Movie Essentials: 1992

Movie Essentials: 1992
  A lot happened in 1992.  U.S. voters were introduced to Texas billionaire and presidential hopeful Ross Perot (plus Dana Carvey’s inspired impression of him).  Bill Clinton ultimately won.  Euro Disney opened in France.  The largest shopping mall, Minnesota’s Mall of America, was constructed.  Mike Tyson was convicted of raping Miss Black Rhode Island (Desiree Washington). ... Read more »

TV Review: Covert Affairs (***)

Covert Affairs, airs Tuesdays 10/9c on USA.  Stars Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, and Peter Gallagher. Fans of Alias will likely get a surface-level enjoyment out of USA’s new hourlong spy comedy/action/drama, Covert Affairs.  Heavily promoted as coming from the producer of the Bourne Trilogy, the show is a swift, though empty, kick that... Read more »

Coolest TV Moment of the Weekend: Dad & Son Foul Ball @ Cubs Game

Coolest TV moment of the weekend (and yes, this includes the fourth season premiere of Mad Men): fellow MCHammerCast’er, Matt Campobasso, caught a foul ball at the Cubs-Cardinals game on Saturday with one hand.  In his other hand?  His 7 month-old son.  Bonus: it was his son’s first Cubs game.  Check it out:

Movie Review: Salt (***1/2)

Salt.  99 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Phillip Noyce.  Written by Kurt Wimmer.  Starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. In the new spy thriller Salt, Angelina Jolie earns her paycheck and then some by jumping off bridges onto moving cars, dyeing her hair from blonde to black, and gunning down a lot of people (or... Read more »

15 Questions About the Season Premiere of 'Mad Men'

1. Who is Don Draper? Don Draper is a good old Midwestern boy who was taught never to talk about himself.  So shut the frak up, peg leg. 2. No, but really.  Who is Don Draper? Well, as far as I can tell, Don Draper is the creative head of the brand spanking fancy revamped... Read more »

'True Blood' Recap - A Return to Form

Hooray for True Blood this week, returning from last week’s laughable episode to deliver one full of suspense, blood, and just a touch of Alcide’s abdominal muscles. Here’s an excerpt from my recap at After an episode last week that was borderline True Blood parody, it was nice to see this week’s episode filled with blood,... Read more »