Archive for September 2010

TV Review - 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'

NBC cancelled Law & Order: Old Spice just to greenlight this show that allows for weekly “ripped from the headlines” Lindsay Lohan stories. When?: NBC, Wednesdays at 9 PM The Good: There’s nothing inherently wrong about this show.  It’s just the ultimate procedural.  And if that’s your bag, baby, then you will love LAOLA (Let’s... Read more »

Movie Essentials: 2000

10. HIGH FIDELITY. A brilliant adaptation of a Nick Hornby book - witty, romantic, and seriously funny.  Jack Black had been in movies before but people really took notice of him after his role here.  The Top 5 Lists are a thing of beauty.  One of the rare movies where first-person narration (to the camera) actually works and is an asset to the movie.  John Cusack is great - the romantic comedy parts are enjoyable, but it's when the three guys talk shop in their record store that High Fidelity really flies.
Millennium!  As Conan O’Brien might say, “In the Year 2000…”  This year, George Bush ultimately beat out Al Gore for the Presidency, and “hanging chad” became a well-known term.  Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate representing New York.  Tiger Woods became the youngest player ever to win a Grand Slam in golf.  Concerns... Read more »

TV Review - No Ordinary Family ("Pilot")

NO ORDINARY FAMILY Airs: Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC Genre: Action Drama The Set-Up: When their plane crashes during a family vacation in Brazil, an ordinary family turns extraordinary when they start discovering they have super powers.  Sketch artist Dad (Michael Chiklis) has super strength.  Workaholic Mom (Julie Benz) gains super speed.  Wallflower Daughter (Kay... Read more »

Movie Reviews: Wall Street, Legend of the Guardians, Buried, Never Let Me Go, Catfish, Alpha and Omega, Solitary Man

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (***) It’s been about 23 years since the first Wall Street came out, but the timing couldn’t be better for a sequel.  Too bad the story doesn’t make the most of the current economic climate and ill will toward Wall Street fat cats.  It’s just a serviceable tale of good... Read more »

The Dirtiest Dirty Word in Television

We at Hammervision have slogged through a lot of crap in the last week, actively watching the likes of Outlaw and $#*! My Dad Says, but if there’s one word we never want to hear associated with another new TV show it’s…ew…I almost can’t even bring myself to type it… …”procedural.” Of the bazillion new... Read more »

TV Review - 'Blue Bloods'

Another crime drama (that pulled in 13 million viewers…on a FRIDAY!), but with a family slant. The Good: Magnum P.I., NKOTB’s Donnie, and Tom Brady’s baby mama.  The cast is pretty darn good.  This show is certainly better than most of the new programs this year.  The premise is interesting (three generations of law enforcers... Read more »

16 Questions About Mad Men - 'Hands and Knees'

1. So you totally called that, did you not? I’m not sure to what you are referring.   2. That Joan was pregnant and that Don is totally going to marry Megan? I just wanted to hear you say it. 3. So first Joan.  Do you think she went through with the abortion? I’m not... Read more »

Fall TV Preview - 9/26 - 10/3

I'm not sure why exactly NBC had to cancel 'Law & Order: Original Flavor' only to bring on this spin-off, but the cast is fairly star-studded.  You've got your Terrence Howard and your Alfred Molina and your Regina Hall and your (Yes!) Skeet Ulrich.
Phew.  After last week, watching all the new shows on TV this week will be a breeze.  There are only TWO!  I don’t even know what I’ll do with all the extra time.  Maybe watch Dancing With the Stars. The new shows this week are No Ordinary Family on ABC and Law & Order: Los... Read more »

TV Review - 'Outsourced'

It’s like The Office.  In India. The Good: I honestly went into watching this show with very, very low expectations, and it exceeded them.  While I didn’t laugh out loud, I did find the show somewhat amusing (especially the Assistant Manager who is torn between his duty to the job and his desire for more... Read more »

TV Review - $#*! My Dad Says ("Pilot")

  $#*! MY DAD SAYS Airs: Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS Genre: Sitcom The Set-Up: After being fired from his job writing for a men’s magazine, Henry (Jonathan Sadowski) moves in with his cranky, shotgun-wielding, outspoken dad, Ed (William Shatner).  Based on the popular Twitter feed. The Good: It’s only a half-hour.  This line: “If... Read more »