Archive for January 2011

Get Your Blizzard On: 16 Films That Are Essential to Your Snow Survival

And sometimes those creatures are NAZI ZOMBIES.
Snowmageddon is upon us.  What will you do while you wait in your house with no heat and no electricity and only a single can of expired pinto beans for sustenance?  How will you pass the time as you wait for the zombies to come and make a meal out of you? Why, you’ll watch... Read more »

10 Movies The Oscars Made Me Hate

10 Movies The Oscars Made Me Hate
I despise what the Academy Awards have done to me.  They have made me a negative, bitter old crone (more than usual). Every year the Academy chooses a list of films that they deem worthy of praise and attention.  Every year some of my favorites are left out, and every year the Oscar race itself... Read more »

Movie Review - The Way Back

BY ROBERT HAMMERLE, guest contributor to Hammervision “The Way Back” is an old fashioned, highly entertaining historical drama that Hollywood has all but forgotten how to make. Based on a true story, it follows seven eclectic inmates of a Russian prisoner of war camp located in Siberia when they escape during the early years of... Read more »

Oscar Nominations: Snubs, Surprises, Frustrations, Cool Picks, and More - Oh My!

Oscar Nominations: Snubs, Surprises, Frustrations, Cool Picks, and More - Oh My!
  Well, the Academy went and did it again.  Even though the nominations were predicted months ago, and we’ve all had plenty of time to steel ourselves for the results, I still feel annoyed by some of the Academy’s choices.  It’s like this every year, and you always think that it will be different, but... Read more »

2010 Oscar Nominations

Here are your shocking nominations for this year’s Academy Awards: Best Picture Black Swan The Fighter Inception The Kids Are All Right The King’s Speech 127 Hours The Social Network Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter’s Bone Best Director Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan David O. Russell, The Fighter Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech David Fincher,... Read more »

SPOILER ALERT: I Don't Like Spoilers

Back in the day when the Internet was just getting it’s groove on for the first time and I was working at the best day job I ever had (i.e. college residence hall desk worker/toilet paper distribution engineer), I’d spend my time at work scouring website after website for the latest gossip about movies and... Read more »

TV Review - Fairly Legal ("Pilot")

FAIRLY LEGAL Airs: Thursdays at 10/9c on USA Genre: Legal drama The Set-Up: Expert arbitrator Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi) resolves conflicts for a living but can’t seem to avoid them in her personal life. The Good: Shahi is an engaging leading lady.  Smart, funny, beautiful – she’s obviously got a lot working in her favor.... Read more »

No Strings Attached (***), or How Natalie Portman Escaped the Norbit Effect

He didn't do himself any favors though by voicing Boo Boo in the big-screen adaptation of Yogi Bear, which came out two months later.  Hard to be taken seriously when you're playing Boo Boo.
No Strings Attached.  110 mins.  R.  Directed by Ivan Reitman.  Written by Elizabeth Meriwether. The bar for January movie offerings is admittedly low.  The same can be said for romantic comedies.  And films starring Ashton Kutcher.  No Strings Attached has a lot working against it before you even enter the theater.  But it does have... Read more »

TV Review - Ebert Presents At the Movies

EBERT PRESENTS AT THE MOVIES Airs: Fridays at 8:30c on PBS Genre: Film Criticism The Set-Up: Similar in format to the various incarnations of Siskel & Ebert over the years, the two critics in the balcony this time around are Christy Lemire of The Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of  There is also a... Read more »

Movie Review - The Company Men (**1/2)

The Company Men.  113 mins.  R.  Written and Directed by John Wells. There’s no denying that The Company Men is a timely movie.  It concerns three corporate employees of varying experience and rank (played by Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper) who are laid off from their jobs and struggle to find their... Read more »