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


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

Your Weekend Justice #61: Adequate and Yet Awesome

And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. Or even cardboard boxes. Nothing. Nobody. Got it?


Mazes and Monsters


  • iPad! Or…not!
  • Recreation
  • Widge and the Nazi DS
  • Gaming MILFs
  • Gaming secret origins
  • King of Kong
  • Rob doesn’t save Leigh’s kid
  • The cutthroat world of competitive Scrabble
  • Phalanx!
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Lars Von Trier, Dick
  • Crispin Glover Returns!
  • Leigh is moving it. Or something.
  • Captain America
  • John Cusack, standoffish
  • Aaron likes getting wet
  • Ken Plume, Super Pimp
  • (more…)

By | 2017-09-24T22:53:04+00:00 April 9th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|6 Comments

Stuff: Viacom and YouTube Deserve Each Other

Spy vs. Spy

(L to R) Viacom and YouTube

All the time, there’s pop culture stuff going on. You don’t need a whole post about each and every little thing that happens, or every time a DVD gets dropped on the street. We’re here to filter it for you. Now back with sections, so if you don’t give a damn, you can just skip to the parts you want. You’re welcome. Read this then go have a life.

  • The lawsuit between Viacom and YouTube just got a lot more hilarious. It was revealed that YouTube knew from the get-go that a lot of their content was pirated but just wanted the traffic. However, it was revealed that Viacom contributed to their own pirated content on the site, including getting other people to upload their stuff to help boost popularity while at the same time bitching about Those Damn Pirates. Is there a way the judge can just say, “You’re both idiots, now take your toys and go home?” Anyway, the article lines it up rather well and is recommended reading.
  • (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T22:53:42+00:00 March 21st, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff: You Live Actioned My Battleship (Yamato)!

    There’s a lot of stuff happening these days in Popculturitania. Don’t worry, here’s your quick tour of what’s what. One post, and you can move on with your day. And as a reminder, if you want to purchase something we mention in here, doing so through this site gives us kickbacks, which helps pay for coffee. And you know, the server. In that order. Enjoy.

  • The previously mentioned Space Battleship Yamato looks like it might be live-actiontastic. It’s out from Toho and going to hit Japan in December. Check this out:

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

  • By | 2017-09-24T22:55:51+00:00 January 3rd, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Meet Murray McKellen, Headmaster

    Sir Ian McKellen

    We’re back with all the pop culture news you need in bite-sized chunks so you can, you know, get on with having a life or something.

  • So Ian McKellen, who will soon be gracing the small screen in the remake of The Prisoner, is headed for television again. He is on board a mockumentary series called The Academy. Now here’s the bit that shows it’s too brilliant and cannot possibly ever hit the airwaves. Or, erm, cablewaves. Whatever the hell they’re called these days. The bit: “McKellen would play his fictional brother, Murray McKellen, who heads a run-down drama school, the Clapham Academy of Creative Arts, that is hoping to secure new funding through a docu on the school.” See what I mean? It’s just too good. Oh, and the other reason it might not happen is that Hobbit starts in March and if they don’t shoot it quick, they’ll miss Sir Ian’s window of opportunity. Oh, and “Murray” is indeed Sir Ian’s middle name. Nice. Source.
  • Uncle Warren‘s Black Summer has been optioned for a feature film, so the man himself has told us. Should be interesting in that the comic book’s plot was about a hero deciding that the President of the United States was a criminal and, because he was created to deal with criminals, um, dealt with the guy. Decisively, shall we say. This is Vigilante Entertainment’s first joint and they’ve brought on Knowing co-scribe Ryne Pearson to adapt it. The collected series is available from Amazon here.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:57:41+00:00 November 5th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Win King Lear on DVD!

    King Lear DVD cover art

    Ian McKellen starring as Shakespeare‘s Lear in the Royal Shakespeare Company, co-directed by Trevor Nunn? Do you really need to know anything else? Except that we have a copy here thanks to PBS and we’re going to give it away? I didn’t think so.

    Enter using the form below. And do so once a day. (Just like you can with all of our contests.) And if we draw your name, you win. Simple.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:03:50+00:00 April 24th, 2009|Contests|0 Comments

    Del Toro to Helm Holm in The Hobbit?

    Ian Holm wants you to say hello to his leetle friend.

    Okay, probably not Sir Ian, but it was too good a headline to pass up. And it could happen. De-aging CG technology is pretty good these days. Or…who knows.

    Anyway, yes, Guillermo Del Toro is reportedly in talks to direct The Hobbit and The Hobbit 2: Shire Harder (this is a working title). And no, don’t panic, they’re just chopping the story in half because it was so helpful with the quality of the The Matrix and Pirates trilogies…urg.

    Excuse me. I almost choked on absolutely nothing a moment ago. Back now.

    As this report makes clear, it’s not like Del Toro is hurting for projects. Hell, I still want to see his Count of Monte Cristo update that he was showing us concept art for about ten years and more ago. But will McKellen return to play Gandalf? Will any of the rest of the cast return for their cameos? Will Smaug be re-imagined as a giant bug-like creature with 114 eyes? Will Andy Serkis and Doug Jones fight each other with steak knives over who’s going to do the physical movements of certain characters? Only time will tell.



    By | 2017-09-24T23:22:12+00:00 January 28th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

    The Golden Compass (2007) – 27 Second Review

    Golden Compass

    Written by: Chris Weitz, based on the novel by Philip Pullman
    Directed by: Chris Weitz
    Starring: Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

    Review: It’s dangerous for me to see a movie that promises armored polar bears, because five minutes in, I’ll lose patience, and yell “KILL SOMETHING ALREADY!!!!!” at the screen. When the brawling does begin, it does not disappoint. But I could have used a lot more of it. LOTS more. And a lot less in the way of ushers wanting me to stop yelling. LOTS less.

    Time: 18 seconds

    By | 2017-09-24T23:22:18+00:00 January 22nd, 2008|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

    X2: X-Men United (2003)- Movie Review

    X2: X-Men United Poster

    Written by: Michael Dougherty & Daniel P. Harris, based on a story by David Hayter, Zak Penn & Bryan Singer, which was in turn based on the comic book originally created by Stan Lee
    Directed by: Bryan Singer
    Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Brian Cox

    My Advice: Matinee.

    Picking up a short time after the first film left off, we find Wolverine (Jackman) trying to figure out his past. We also find a certain fuzzy blue teleporter (Alan Cumming) trying to off the President (Cotter Smith). Freaked–well, wouldn’t you be?–the POTUS authorizes William Stryker (Cox) to put certain plans to action to eliminate the mutant threat. And what he sets in motion will be so bad, it will involve a bold raid on the Xavier School, and force Magneto (McKellen) and his crony, Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), to join forces with the X-Men.


    By | 2011-07-18T00:16:42+00:00 May 3rd, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments