Hammerle on… “The Card Counter,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and embracing ignorance

“The Card Counter” This is an extraordinarily dull film that kills an inventive plot. Oscar Isaac plays William Tell, a former prison inmate following his role in the military where he tortured and abused prisoners in Abu Ghraib. Having learned to count cards, he now travels to various casinos to make a few bucks. Tortured … Read more

Hammerle on…“Luca,” “F9: The Fast Saga” and “Black Widow”

“Luca” While “Luca” will likely not rank as your favorite Pixar film, it sits near the top. It tells the story of Luca, a tiny sea monster that becomes human when leaving the water. Let me start with the film’s splendid cinematography. Though an animated film, it brings to life the Amalfi Coast on the … Read more