It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…finally back with another episode as we claw out of the 2015 archive. The extended madness and delay will be explained further in an upcoming post. There may be spoilers if you haven’t watched television for several months.
Written by: Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Phillipa Boyens, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch
Review: In what’s winding up to be a six (possibly seven?) part Tolkien franchise, I enjoyed this one more than its predecessor. The action, while cartoonish, is fairly consistent, and we get several little treats in the form of cameos, combat barrels, and elves using various enemies as surf boards. Not to mention Cumberbatch and Armitage having a sassy insult throwdown.
Time: 18 seconds
So, Iron Man 3 kicks off the second phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I know there’s some division among people as to what they did with this film–stuff we can’t go into here for spoiler reasons–but I’m on the side of enjoying it. After rewatching #2 in prep for The Avengers, I figured the worst thing you could say about #2 is that, well, it wasn’t the first film. And the first film was a pretty mind-blowing experience. I think #3 here ranks higher than that–it’s not the first film, no, but it at least shows that the people running this train are aware that, unlike the comics, we can’t just have Tony facing down Other Guys In Armor every time he shows up. Because that would get old as hell. I was sent a Blu-Ray disc to check out the setup, and it’s a decent haul: the main event’s audio and video are very solid and, for fans of the film, worth snagging on their own. The commentary with writer/director Shane Black and writer Drew Pearce takes a while to get going but when they are actually delivering info, it’s good stuff. Other small bits include a gag reel, deleted scenes, and a behind the scenes featurette. Highlights include the One Shot “Agent Carter” which brings Hayley Atwell back in the role–and is pretty sweet (and might be a fifteen minute TV pilot?)–and also a breakdown of how much of the Air Force One attack was actually shot. I got the same feeling from it that I got from the semi-flip in Dark Knight…sort of not surprised to learn it was real. But all the people involved are fairly insane. Again, if you’re enjoying the Marvel CU, then this is worth snagging. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)
It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that wants to believe but can’t due to an overabundance of ECT while it was in middle school. And it’s here, albeit delayed by weather, illness and exhaustion–the three horsemen of the podcast apocalypse.
Over the course of the action-explodo-thon of Star Trek Into Darkness, there is a shot of Alice Eve in her underwear. I didn’t mind it, partly because it was a brief blip in a film that I was enjoying the momentum of, and partly because I own a penis. But apparently, there has been some kerfuffle about this–and in J.J. Abrams‘ appearance on Conan (shown after the jump), he explains what his thought process was. And, you know, penis or not (though for the record: there is one), I can see where he could have been going for that and it was a beat that just didn’t quite work in that way.
But yeah, he would have saved himself a ton of trouble if he had just left the shower scene in. All will be explained:
Special thanks to all our supporters! It’s Episode #150 for Star Trek Into Darkness, in which our protagonist applauds trailers that obfuscate for the good of mankind, is pleased that the franchise still knows what genre it’s in, and imagines that the world is going Wicked Batch Crazy.
Written by: Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof & Roberto Orci, based on the series created by Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve
All you know about Into Darkness is just a smoke screen.
Where to begin? How about some rules. A contract if you will, between you, the reader, and me, the reviewer. I ask you to stay away from any and all spoilers. I ask you not to speculate with others about this movie before you see it. In return, I will write a review that will sail around those spoilers and still serve you enough information to make a decision whether or not you want to see it.
With the second Star Trek by J. J. Abrams though, this spoiler-or-no-spoiler problem is key. How so? You have to consider that the marketing campaign–including every interview and every word that Abrams himself has said–are part of the game and the experience. After watching the movie I can summarize the effect the campaign had in one, simple formula: The more you know about the (old) universe of Star Trek and the less (i.e. spoilers) you know about this movie, the bigger the fun will be for you.
It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that is waiting for the spaceship to arrive and take it to safety as the world ends. It’s not here yet but we expect it at any moment. Honest.
It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that is crashing your holiday party. If not in this universe, then a universe quite like this one.
It’s the second season of BBC’s Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and brought to you by the mad minds of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. It’s out on Blu-Ray today from BBC Home Video. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
Bonus features include:
Â· Audio Commentary for episodes “A Scandal in Belgravia” and “The Hounds of Baskerville”
Â· “Sherlock Uncovered,” a behind-the-scenes featurette