Joe Hammerschmidt

Proud WA state native, knows his way too well around three things: the history behind the local radio dial, the understated combination of pizza and root beer, and an endearing enthusiasm for film. Being involved at The Bull, he hopes to build on all three of those, and also contribute to the further growth of Seattle's country music scene. Tomorrow, the world. The next day, Mars!

FILM REVIEW – “Blinded By the Light”: Springsteen’s Music Shines Bright in Working Class Brit Dramedy

[NOTE: Film previously viewed as part of the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival] Queen. Elton John. The Beatles. Even Motley Crüe. And now Bruce Springsteen. You probably know where I’m going with this. Classic Rock is becoming a precise cinematic trend where either the biographical or the experimental sorts of filmmaking are reaching a mild fever. And in Gurinder Chadra’s …

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FILM REVIEW – “The Art of Racing in the Rain”: Predictable Spirit Runs High and Fast in Run-of-the-Puppy-Mill Literary Adaptation

Films involving our closest four-legged furry friends, ones we bear the greatest affinity to, they’re obviously nothing new. Dog films to be based on a novel, we’ve already had a pair in 2019 that have managed to go well overshadowed against much bigger box office draws. There’s a third now joining those ranks, and it may be welcome company after …

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REVIEW – Say Hello to “The Farewell”, 2019’s Best Family Celebration

[Note: This film presented initially during the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival] Every family is a little different, so many will tell say time and again. In size, shape, strength, race, a multitude of criteria. But of course, the ways we differ can’t stack well against those we’re similarly unified by. The best families will have to lie to protect …

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REVIEW – “Crawl” Paddles, Strokes, Swims Through Uniquely Original, Starkly Classic Summer Horror

The summer movie season usually isn’t complete without at least one horror plot involving dangerous animals (ala Jaws or last summer’s The MEG), dangerous weather (The Perfect Storm), a dangerous building structure of any size (Skyscraper), or a welcome combination of the three. Alexandre Aja’s Crawl is sure to fulfill all three on anyone’s summer flick bingo card, knowing those …

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FILM REVIEW – “Men in Black: International”: A Soft Reboot That’s Hard to Swallow, Easy to Neuralize

If there’s a studio that knows how to strategically mine valuable IP to the best advantage, clearly Sony’s tracking the most productive pulse, and there’s certainly no disputing their track record. However, determining just what product people want is equally important. Men in Black International, the fourth in a sci-fi franchise built at the mammoth strength of Barry Sonnenfeld, Will …

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FILM REVIEW – “Late Night”: Dynamic Workplace Comedy Packs Insufficient Roar

[AN OFFICIAL SELECTION FROM THE 2019 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL]   Late night television isn’t so much cutthroat nowadays as it would’ve been during the Leno/Letterman wars of the mid-90s. Yet, if you’re venerable English comedienne Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson), her own war has just begun. The host of Tonight with Katherine Newbury has been in the chair a long …

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FILM TRAILER – FROZEN 2: Is This Still Going to Be a Musical or…

We all remember where we were when Frozen Fever hit the world in late 2013. It started out with a mammoth opening weekend, but only grew bigger through insane word of mouth and merchandise sales through 2014. Fast forward five years, and Disney’s Arrendellan invasion has not ceased one iota, between a pair of theatrical shorts, regular theme park presence, …

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