Archive for December 2010

Best Of/Worst Of Movies 2010

Bad acting, idiotic plotting, and ugly character design make this cheap-o sci-fi creature feature an embarrassing resume entry for all involved.  Writer/directors the Strause Brothers have threatened to do a sequel.  Please.  NO.
As a frequent moviegoer, the big payoff to seeing 125+ movies each year is sorting them, ranking them, and picking your favorites at year’s end.  There’s a fine line between one’s “favorite” movies and what one considers to be the objectively “best” movies.  My line is usually so fine that I can’t even distinguish between... Read more »

Year-End Movie Reviews Pt. 2: True Grit, Yogi Bear, Gulliver's Travels

TRUE GRIT (****) This remake of the John Wayne-starring film is a refreshingly old-fashioned, straight-up Western.  Though it comes from the Coen Brothers, apart from some typically clever verbal sparring among the characters, you’d be hard pressed to recognize it as such.  This is probably the Coens’ most vanilla, crowd-pleasing effort yet, and it’s sure to... Read more »

Movie Review - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

BY ROBERT HAMMERLE, special guest contributor to Hammervision While the “Chronicles of Narnia” series has been enjoyable on a surface level, no one has ever accused it of having great emotional depth. They tantalize you with visions of great battles fought for great causes but seldom deliver. You know these kids are never going to... Read more »

Year-End Movie Reviews Pt. 1: TRON Legacy, The Fighter, How Do You Know, The King's Speech

Time is running out on the year and I’m already behind so rather than give you full reviews of each film, I’ll give you a little taste of my thoughts.  Feel free to chime in and share yours.  And check back at the end of the year for Pt. 2 of these reviews (including Yogi... Read more »

16 Very Special TV Bests and Worsts of 2010

Idol kind of really sucks now.  LOST is gone.  So is 24.  But next month, the employees of the Pawnee, IN Parks Department will be coming back into our homes.  And not a moment too soon!
It’s the end of the year and it’s time to reflect on the good times and the bad.  This is a list of the rousing successes and the epic failures of the TV year that was.

The Tourist (**) And Other Underwhelming Star Vehicles

On my bucket list?  Never watching this maudlin Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman film again.
The Tourist.  103 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.  Written by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Christopher McQuarrie and Julian Fellowes.  Starring Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, and Timothy Dalton. Despite the A-list pedigree and undeniable attractiveness of its two stars, The Tourist is one ugly, odd duck.  It recently earned a... Read more »

Golden Globes Nominees - TV

Hear ye!  Hear ye!  The nominees for the most overrated awards show since the last awards show have just been announced.  Here are your Golden Globe TV nominees (and a few reactions): Best TV Series — DramaBoardwalk EmpireDexterThe Good WifeMad MenThe Walking Dead Yikes. I am definitely on board with Mad Men in this category.... Read more »

How "Essential" Are You?

31 years (starting from my birth year).  310 movies.  The Essential movies.  It’s been quite a journey getting to this point.  Now that we’re all caught up, and while we’re waiting for the remaining big-ticket flicks of 2010 to be released so I can finally unleash my Best Of/Worst Of list for the year, I... Read more »

The Nursing Mother's Guide to Late Night TV

So, I’m due to have a baby on Christmas Day. This kid will be #2 for Team Hammervision, and I have to say that I’m not really looking forward to doing the whole newborn baby thing all over again, but I am (and I know I shall eat these words in just a few weeks’... Read more »

Movie Review - The Warrior's Way

BY ROBERT HAMMERLE, special guest contributor to Hammervision “The Warrior’s Way” is slow, laborious and tedious beyond belief. To use a logical syllogism, it is to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) what Sarah Palin is to rational thought. And that analogy risks the near impossible, namely insulting Ms. Palin’s intellect. This is one of those... Read more »