The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – 27 Second Review

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:38+00:00 January 20th, 2014|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

Headsup: Jarvis, Execute the “Frustrate DC” Protocol…

Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray

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.)

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:06+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #195: Criminal Cravings for Empanadas

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.

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Pie Town

Agenda:

  • Beer and loneliness. By degrees.
  • Donut outreach
  • The definition of in-laws and Serv’s true occupation
  • The true nature and conspiracy behind X-Track
  • Fun with Hannibal
  • Doctor Who, drugs and the 80s
  • Need Coffee: The Beer
  • Frank Zappa and shoes
  • More Derelict
  • Grimm and gypsy safety advice (SPOILERS)
  • Benedict Cumberkhan and Star Trek mayhem (SPOILERS)
  • Avengers cartoons
  • Strange Dredd casting
  • Faces of Death starring The Monkees
  • Sympathy for the Masters of Evil
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:27:42+00:00 June 2nd, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Benedict Cumberbatch, the Shower of Evil, & the Gravity Well of Fanservice

    Benedict Cumberbatch from Star Trek: Into Darkness

    You want to stare at me like a piece of meat, do you? So...shall we begin?

    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:
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:27:45+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Star Trek: Into Darkness – Movie Review

    Star Trek Into Darkness IMAX 3D Poster

    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.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:27:48+00:00 May 16th, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #184: Two Tables Flipped For Your Face

    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.

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    Spider-Man Sheets

    Agenda:

  • Stop bothering Rox with your last minute crap Xmas gift ideas
  • The danger of Amazon Prime
  • The evil of raisins
  • Fun with Instagram
  • Cat butt coffee ale!
  • Leigh vs. gravity and the death of keyboards
  • The Hobbit and hotness
  • Kids and fandom
  • Aaron Sorkin, making people sad
  • Spazhouse: The Barbershop
  • Angela Lansbury, not dead
  • The Flaming Keyboard
  • French Cumberbatch
  • Rox’s search for cake
  • The Search for Star Trek Sex Toys
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:28:53+00:00 December 21st, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|3 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #183: Apples, Confusion & Aneurysms

    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.

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    Paul Wegner as The Golem

    Agenda:

  • Rox vs. the Digital Hipsters
  • Silent Service
  • Welcome to Meth Talk
  • Festive nutmeg
  • Waiting for Beer
  • Your Sam Adams Report
  • Man of Steel teaser
  • Kevin Costner and the Box
  • Waterworld the Series
  • Pissy restaurants in Tallahassee
  • Rock Lobster!
  • Star Trek teaser
  • Benedict Cumberbatch goal! Plus voice babies.
  • Monitor envy
  • The Lone Ranger trailer
  • Johnny Depp
  • Tim Burton‘s A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Mickey Rourke, non-hobo
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:28:54+00:00 December 14th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Win a Signed Copy of Sherlock Season 2 on Blu-Ray!

    Sherlock Season 2 Blu-Ray

    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:

    In “A Scandal in Belgravia,” the first new episode of the second season, Sherlock gets embroiled in the complex plans of the dangerous and desirable Irene Adler (Lara Pulver, True Blood), and finds himself employing every one of his remarkable skills to survive as the unlikely duo square off in a battle of wits…and perhaps emotions? In “The Hounds of Baskerville,” the increasingly popular detective and his companion Watson travel to the wilds of Dartmoor to investigate the claims of Henry Knight (Russell Tovey, Being Human) and discover the beast lurking in the eerie landscape. Meanwhile, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott, The Hour) is still out there in the shadows, and is determined to bring Sherlock down–at whatever the cost–in “The Reichenbach Fall.” Nothing is what it seems, and nothing will be the same again, when this thrilling season reaches its conclusion.

    Bonus features include:
    · Audio Commentary for episodes “A Scandal in Belgravia” and “The Hounds of Baskerville”
    · “Sherlock Uncovered,” a behind-the-scenes featurette

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:31:37+00:00 May 22nd, 2012|Contests|0 Comments