The Problem with Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal

Preface: I’ll warn you: This one requires a bit of ancillary reading on your part. Not books or anything (though they are always good things to read), but blog posts and articles. I hope you’re all right with that…because it’ll be worth it.

I am a huge fan of the world and mythos of Hannibal Lecter, and so I’m a bit ashamed of myself that I didn’t know, until the week of airing, that NBC was creating a new ongoing series called Hannibal, based on the events directly preceding Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon. But, upon hearing of what should have been a wondrous occurrence, I was what I’ll call “Aggressively Meh” about the whole thing.

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Your Weekend Justice #167: You Must Flow Like Waterston

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that comes up with great ideas for ways to get kicked out of conventions. They are so awesome you would think it would be totally worth it, but you would get your ass totally booted. Fair warning. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Matthew McConaughey

Agenda:

  • The Road, revisited, but even worse than Cormac McCarthy
  • For those about to mawk rawk, we salute you
  • Rock Sugar
  • Tongo Hiti vs. Rawk
  • Everyone vs. Telemarketing
  • High musicals and Glee
  • Aaron explains tween television
  • Adventure Time
  • Jon vs. Irish postage
  • The Newsroom
  • Walking Dead running joke
  • Simon Pegg and Leias
  • Jon vs. the U.S. Postal Service
  • Stress and DragonCon
  • The cost of racism
  • Marvel and fear
  • Seth MacFarlane: Praise and Fear
  • Lots of talk about R-rated films
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:30:46+00:00 July 20th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Paradise Lost Movie Shelved; Milton Quits CAA

    Satan from Paradise Lost

    Dammit, I wanted that guy from The Hangover to play me!

    Need to stay up to date with pop culture news but don’t want to wade through 57 blog posts a day to do it? No worries. We do it for you: one post with only the most critical items so you can get it out of the way in one sitting. You’re welcome.

  • “Greedily Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost engorged without restraint,/ And knew not eating death.” That’s right, the film has been killed due to budget issues. According to Variety, the technology to pull it off is still too expensive and the budget couldn’t be brought down to earth enough for Legendary Pictures. So whatever fantasy you had about Bradley Cooper in a satanic red loincloth or something will just have to remain inside your own heads. And really, the only person who needs to touch this project is Peter Greenaway. I’m just saying.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:15+00:00 February 9th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Stuff: Abraham Lincoln to Fight Vampires; Gillian Anderson to Fight Who

    Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
  • Abraham Lincoln will soon be kicking vampire ass, apparently. Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, will be updating Lincoln’s biography with his anti-vampire fu. io9 poo-poos this idea with the air of people who are pissed they didn’t think of it first, frankly. Because while this isn’t the Abraham Lincoln vs. zombies book I wanted to read, I’m still behind it 100%. Especially when it turns out Booth was just the blood slave of Dracula.
  • This is the trailer for One-Eyed Monster, which is what happens when the adult film industry and horror collide. It’s funny. But it’s wrong. And it has Ron Jeremy in the cast. And whether or not it’s SFW is up to you. Just wear headphones at least.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

  • Amazon has a crapload of sci-fi titles on sale. I’ve picked out some choice ones…

    And there’s a slew of television–like Stargate, X-Files and Trek–for decent prices as well. Check it all out here.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:03:44+00:00 April 27th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff: Christopher Guest is “Terrible”

    Christopher Guest
  • Gillian Anderson‘s busy. She’s snagged the rights to Gelhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life and she’s going to produce and star in a biopic of Martha Gelhorn, a female war correspondent. My prayers are answered–can’t find a role you like? Help produce the damn film. Well done.
  • Boston Legal‘s fourth season hits DVD on September 23rd from Fox. Looks like there will be one featurette included. But it does have the Shatner. And he’s like a walking Criterion, isn’t he?
  • Child’s Play has turned 20. Je-sus, I’m old. The Chucky’s 20th Birthday Edition is coming September 9th from MGM. Two commentaries plus “Select Scene Chucky Commentary” with I’m assuming Brad Dourif in character. That might be amusing.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:16:37+00:00 July 1st, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Stuff: Restoring the Godfather and Putting Drew Barrymore on Wheels

    The Godfather Coppola Restoration

    This is where we take all the pop culture news of the day, strip out all the extraneous hoobah surrounding it, then shove it into a burrito and hand it to you. Eat it. It’s delicious.

  • X-Files fanatics take note: really, really good actress Gillian Anderson is going to be in a production of Ibsen’s A Doll House in London next spring. Start saving your pennies now. I hope the new movie makes lots of money for her sake if nothing else. Have you seen The Mighty? Damn, she’s good.
  • AVG‘s new ad campaign is Hugs for Hackers. Basically, the idea is that AVG will stop the hackers dead in their tracks, so they’re going to be pretty bummed. And they’ll need a hug. They even snagged and put up a site on hugsforhackers.org. No, I haven’t linked to it because I went there and trust me, I’ve already told you the clever bit. We must all now smirk, nod, and keep moving.
  • Godfather‘s back. “The Coppola Restoration” is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray (no pre-order available yet) on September 23rd. From what I can tell from Paramount’s press release, there’s no new footage or anything, it’s just that they restored it frame by frame over the course of a year, which is unlike that reel by reel restoration…I…guess. Regardless, the four-disc set we had previously is replaced by a five-disc set where the fifth disc is all new stuff, so it’s the old set and then some. The Blu-Ray collection is four-disc but appears to just slam all the bonus bits onto a single disc. However, I’d like to point out that there never was a Godfather III. That is a vicious rumor and by me posting this I am in no way subscribing to the crackpot theory that the film ever existed.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:16:39+00:00 June 30th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    The X-Files: The Complete Eighth Season (2000) – DVD Review

    X-Files Season 8 DVD

    Film:
    DVD:

    Series Created by Chris Carter
    Starring Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Mitch Pileggi, Annabeth Gish, and David Duchovny

    Features:

    • Documentary: “The Truth About Season Eight”
    • Seven deleted scenes with optional commentary by directors Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban
    • Seven special effects sequences with commentary by producer Paul Rabwin
    • Running audio commentary on “Alone” by director Spotnitz
    • Running audio commentary on “Existence” by producer/director Kim Manners
    • Character profiles on Alex Krycek, Gibson Praise, and John Doggett
    • Forty-two promotional television spots
    • Six international language clips
    • DVD-ROM game: “Existence”

    Released by: Fox Home Entertainment
    Rating: NR (some violence)
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: If you are a fan, you will want to own it

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    The X-Files: The Complete Seventh Season (2000) – DVD Review

    Film:
    DVD:

    Series Created by Chris Carter
    Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Hagland, Bruce Harwood, and Nicholas Lea

    Features:

    • The Truth About Season Seven Docu
    • 10 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Carter
    • 13 special effects sequences with commentary by producer Paul Rabwin
    • Running audio commentary on episode “First Person Shooter” by Carter
    • Running audio commentary on episode “all things” by actress Anderson
    • Running audio commentary on episode “Je Souhaite” by writer Vince Gilligan
    • 44 promotional television spots
    • 17 international language clips
    • DVD-ROM game “Maitreya 2.0”
    • PS2 game preview

    Released by: Fox
    Rating:NR (some violence and scary images)
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes
    My Advice: Own it, if you’re a fan of the show

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    By | 2017-09-25T00:02:27+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews, TV|0 Comments

    The X-Files: The Complete Sixth Season (1999) – DVD Review


    Film:
    DVD:

    Series Created by Chris Carter
    Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and William B. Davis

    Features:

    • Season 6 documentary
    • Production featurette
    • Deleted/alternate scenes with optional commentary
    • Effects shots with commentary
    • CSM character profile
    • “Triangle” episode commentary with writer/director Chris Carter
    • “Milagro” episode commentary with director Kim Manners
    • Dozens of TV promo spots
    • International language clips
    • DVD-ROM game

    Released by: Fox
    Region: 1
    Rating: NR, suitable for audiences 13+
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Own it.

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    By | 2017-09-25T00:02:27+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews, TV|3 Comments

    Princess Mononoke (1999) – DVD Review

    Princess Mononoke DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Hayao Miyazaki, translated into English by Neil Gaiman
    Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
    Starring: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Gillian Anderson

    Features:

    • Featurette
    • Theatrical trailer

    Released by: Miramax
    Region: 1
    Rating: NR
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Own it.

    When a demon invades his village and sets in motion events that are certain to eventually claim his life, Ashitaka (voiced by Crudup), must accept his destiny and go forth to find the origins of the demon and end the evil. On his journey he meets the beautiful yet savage San (voiced by Danes), who, with her family of wolves, is at war with the Lady Eboshi (voiced by Driver). Eboshi wants all the wilderness destroyed so she can mine for iron ore, whereas San is the forest’s protector. They want to kill each other. Out of all of this conflict, Ashitaka must somehow find a way to bring all the sides in this war to peace–lest no one survive.

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    By | 2011-02-24T22:35:54+00:00 December 21st, 2000|DVD Reviews|0 Comments