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Hammerle on ...'Jurassic World,' 'Inside Out'

July 1, 2015
Bob Hammerle writes that "Jurassic World" poses a small, interesting questions for the obvious sequel. What if the U.S. could release Velociraptors of enemies like ISIS?

Hammerle On…'Spy,' 'The Connection'

June 17, 2015
Robert Hammerle writes about "Spy" that international spies have not been this frenetic and madcap since Peter Sellers died.

Hammerle on ... the value of books

May 20, 2015
Bob Hammerle takes a break from reviewing movies to offer his thoughts on a book that involves Hollywood directors serving in World War II.

Hammerle On…'The Water Diviner,' 'Ex Machina'

May 6, 2015
Bob Hammerle gives Russell Crowe credit for trying to match the power of "All Quiet on the Western Front" in his movie "The Water Diviner."

Hammerle On… 'Fast & Furious 7,' 'While We're Young'

April 22, 2015
Bob Hammerle says even if you have to wear a disguise, you should go see "Fast & Furious 7."

Hammerle On… 'What We Do in the Shadows,' 'It Follows'

April 8, 2015
Bob Hammerle says "What We Do in the Shadows," a mockumentary about four vampires, is an inspiring bit of cinematic lunacy.

Hammerle On…'Chappie' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

March 25, 2015
Bob Hammerle says “Chappie” was "everything that I didn’t think it would be."

Hammerle On … The Oscars revisited; 'McFarland, USA'

March 11, 2015
Bob Hammerle calls "McFarland, USA" a Hispanic version of the movie "Hoosiers."

Hammerle On… 'Still Alice,' 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

February 25, 2015
Bob Hammerle says Julianne Moore's performance in "Still Alice" won an Oscar for a role you will never forget.

Hammerle makes his 2015 Oscar picks

February 11, 2015
Let me again venture out on a limb and make my Academy Awards picks. Of course, I will likely be wrong, but never in my cinematic heart.
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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."