Your Weekend Justice #241: There’s No Kangaroo Figs in Risk

ABC After School Special

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…finally back after DragonCon and other things that provide both money and medication. Please Note: this episode was recorded before DragonCon, so this might seem like it came through the TARDIS…but if that makes it make more sense to you, then yeah, sure, go for it. Think that.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:10+00:00 September 27th, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

‘Almost Human’ Recaps: The Pilot

Almost Human: Karl Urban and Michael Ealy

Remember that time when I watched the first three episodes of the American remake of Being Human, in order to give it a chance and try my hardest not to vomit? No? Well it’s a thing I did. Now, in the effort of moving up and through the alphabet, I’m going to do the same with the new show from JJ Abrams and series creator J.H. Wyman, on FOX: Almost Human.

Why? Because, as I said elsewhere, I’m more than a little wary about this show, not least because of the title which is, in itself, indicative of network’s perception of the audience as unable and unwilling to attempt to understand the position, motivations, and desires of a non-human agent. We want our AI to either already be somewhat humanesque (see J.A.R.V.I.S.), or to seek to be human but maybe never achieve it (see Star Trek‘s Data, and below), but we really don’t do well with AI which have not only instances of, but even their own Types of goals and desires.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:44+00:00 November 29th, 2013|Stimuli|5 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

Headsup: Swords, Aliens and Effective Chaps

There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

Conan the Barbarian 2011 Blu-Ray
Our Idiot Brother Blu-Ray
Super 8 Blu-Ray

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By | 2017-09-24T22:34:35+00:00 December 11th, 2011|Headsup|0 Comments

Star Trek (2009) – Movie Review

Star Trek (2009) movie poster art

Written by: Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman, based on the TV series created by Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

Something’s gone horribly awry: a strange ship has appeared out of nowhere and destroyed the starship, the U.S.S. Kelvin. But out of death comes life (or some such hackneyed expression) and the life here is the birth of James Tiberius Kirk (Pine), who takes the loss of his father rather hard. He uses this to become a complete miscreant while those around him are joining Starfleet to make something of themselves. After another public altercation, he gets admonished by Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood), who dares him to rise to his father’s legacy and surpass it–by joining Starfleet.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:03:09+00:00 May 10th, 2009|Reviews|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know, Wednesday, August 13, 2008

  • Witches of Eastwick: The Series. Okay, sure. So it’s like an older, wiser Charmed? Maggie Friedman, scribe for Dawson’s Creek, will scribe here as well. Apparently NBC has a pilot in 1992 for one version, starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Julia Campbell, Ally Walker and Michael Siberri. Yes, Stewart from Last Starfighter and Night of the Comet and Walker from Profiler. Then in 2002 there was Eastwick for Fox, which “focused on the teenage sons of the original witches,” with Lori Loughlin, Marcia Cross and Kelly Rutherford. And yes, Loughlin was Becky on Full House and Cross went on to star in Desperate Housewives. Has anyone seen either of those pilots? I’d be fascinated to hear about them. Then–and I knew this and had forgotten–it was a musical.

    Here’s a taste of said musical.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    No offense to the cast of that–I think they did the best they could with subpar source material. Seriously. That song’s pretty terrible. Source: Variety.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:14:20+00:00 August 13th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Stuff: J.J. Abrams and the Puzzle Apartment

    Green Lantern Battery prop replica

    Because some things you simply need to know. Here’s the day’s news in a quick digest form. Trust me, you lost nothing if somebody got cast in some film at 8am and you’re finding out about it now.

  • In more startling proof that the Law of Relative Development holds under continuous testing, Paramount snagged the rights to the magazine article we talked about previously, in which a New York apartment was turned into a walk-in puzzle. J.J. Abrams will be producing the film, thus ensuring that the apartment will be seen through jumpy POV camera and the ending poem in the wall will be made of smoke.
  • Blu-ray is expected to do $1B in sales this year, $2.5B next year. How many people have made the switch? Show of hands.
  • The Catholic Church is putting together the criteria for what they think constitutes good cinema. From the report: “Priest Marco Fibbi, a spokesman for the Diocese of Rome, said Wednesday that the church was working on a set of guidelines that will determine whether a film contains the ‘proper’ religious sentiment.” Meanwhile, the rest of the world is putting together criteria for what they think constitutes good religion. Top of the list? Not messing with altar boys.
  • Here’s Hasbro’s Cloverfield monster. Siege tells me it comes with ten parasites. Just like your high school.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:17:26+00:00 June 18th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|4 Comments