Movies watched for the first time (non-theatrically) since last week:
* The Hammer - As advertised. Adam Carolla still had his radio show when he made The Hammer, so as a former listener, I heard plenty about it not only as it was in production, but also the reaction from the show's crew, guests, and fans. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, and followed Carolla beyond his radio days and into his days as one of the Lords of Podcasting. I was a loyal listener for a long, long time before finally calling it quits a year or so ago, as I found that in a one-on-one context, Adam made for a shitty interviewer - the guy can't help but dominate the conversation and talk about himself. We're talking 80% of the time...which is fine for a radio show, but then why have guests?
Anyway, I digress. Point is, I started to worry over the months about The Hammer that, with Carolla producing an small, independent film with himself as the star, that it would be 90 minutes of him riffing, or at least 75.
Fears assuaged. The Hammer is indeed the feel good, charming, and funny indie it was made out to be. Carolla is, by comparison, reigned in a lot, as much screen time is given not only to his non-acting, real-life friend/sidekick Oswaldo Castillo (hilariously unintelligible), but also to potentially up-and-comer Harold House Moore, in his first acting gig as a rival boxer. Jane Lynch even pops up in an extended cameo.
Being the small-time film that it is, it's clunky in a few spots, and the acting is spotty as well, particularly from Heather Juergensen, who plays the love interest (and produces as well). Nonetheless, The Hammer is more than worth your time.
* 44 Inch Chest - I'll be joining Steve and Brian of The Film Cynics (again!) this Sunday - for a full hour this time. We'll be reviewing this flick, amongst other things. So, all you Cabin Dwellers over there in Victoria, B.C. (so, Steve, in other words), listen in to CFAX-1070 on Sunday at 3:00 PM. For the rest of you, I'll be posting a link next week for your auditory pleasure (Steve and Brian sound a lot better than I do).
Music I'm currently obsessed with:
Somehow, I never listened to a full Muse album until Watchmen came out. It wasn't until after hearing "Take a Bow" that I thought it was time to give them a fair shake. Of course, it didn't take long at all for me to realize that I was already familiar with more than a handful of songs from them. Hell, I think all of the Black Holes & Revelations disc got radio play - I was just too thick to notice that I all of these songs that I kinda liked were all from the same band.
Fast-forward to this week, when I picked up my fourth CD by them, Origin of Symmetry. I count them as one of my favorite bands, and have at least one song of theirs overtaking my head every week. Can't wait to get some from this latest disc in there as well.
Book I'm currently reading:
Still none. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ought to be arriving shortly...