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

Win Heavenly Creatures on Blu-Ray!

Heavenly Creatures Blu-Ray

It’s Heavenly Creatures, the uncut version, hitting Blu-Ray from Lionsgate. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

Called “a visionary triumph” (Rolling Stone), Academy Award®-winning director Peter Jackson (Best Director, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003) presents a true crime drama involving two friends separated by their parents. Oscar®-winner Kate Winslet (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, The Reader, 2008), in her big screen debut, stars alongside Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air) in the Oscar®-nominated screenplay (Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, 1994) co-penned by Jackson and his writing partner Frances Walsh (The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy). The Uncut Version features ten minutes of footage not seen in the released theatrical version.

Based on the shocking true story, two teenage girls form an unwavering bond rooted in a fantasy world that only they share. When their parents become disturbed by the intensity of the friendship, they separate the girls and threaten to keep them apart permanently. Scarred by the decision and blinded by their anger, the two girls hatch a devastating plan and vow murderous revenge on their families.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:34:43+00:00 December 2nd, 2011|Contests|1 Comment

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

    From Somewhere: Dragons on a Main

    Temeraire

    Welcome to From Somewhere, a semi-weekly digest of interesting nuggets strewn about the information highway. Be they about technology, pop culture, or just random odd items, I’ll attempt to make sense of them…

    Time for a little Hollywood Math (patent pending): Return of the King took in over a billion at the box office, and Pirates 2 just crossed the billion mark a few weeks back. So what if you could find a franchise that crossed the Pirates action with the Lord of the Rings mythology, with a dash of actual history thrown in?

    Never mind; Peter Jackson already did.

    The director used his own fundage to secure the film rights to first time (!) author Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series. The historical fantasy series does a “What if..” on the Napoleonic Wars, adding dragons and their pilots to the mix of high seas warfare. Jackson has hinted at helming the first film in the series himself.

    So it’s a safe bet Naomi’s having a mighty good week.

    Now you’d think this would be a good week to be Lukas Rossi–the latest winner of CBS’ Rockstar. Ah, but with newfound fame, trouble finds you.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:39:54+00:00 September 22nd, 2006|Stimuli|0 Comments

    King Kong (2005) – Movie Review

    Film:
    Kicksplode:

    Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the story by Merian C. Cooper & Edgar Wallace
    Directed by Peter Jackson
    Starring Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell

    My Advice: Matinee.

    Carl Denham (Black) has a vision. Okay, well, Leonard Cohen would call it a scheme. He’s known for going and making safari movies, but now his backers want more. So he’s lined up a name actor (Kyle Chandler) and a name actress…oops, she’s dropped out of the project. Denham has to find a replacement actress (Watts), get his screenwriter (Brody) to finish his work, and somehow convince everyone that they’re filming in Singapore, when in fact they’re headed to a place called Skull Island with nothing but a strange map of how to get there and a load of bad checks. Once there, however, they’re going to get much more than they bargained for. Much more indeed. Mooha.

    Okay, it’s nearly pointless to worry about spoilers for a film, at least for major plot points. The only thing more ridiculous would be being concerned about the end of Hamlet or something. We know where this is going. So the trick with this film is to make the ride to get there an enjoyable one. With Jackson on board to make the film he’s been wanting to make since before Lord of the Rings, can the ride be worthwhile?

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:51:04+00:00 December 18th, 2005|Movies, Reviews|2 Comments

    King Kong (2005) – 27 Second Review

    King Kong (2005) poster art

    Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the story by Merian C. Cooper & Edgar Wallace
    Directed by: Peter Jackson
    Starring: Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell

    Review: Quite simply, it rocked hard. Unlike most remakes, it pays great homage to the original. And then of course it has enough balls-to-the-wall destruction to make you piss yourself with glee. So bring an extra pair of shorts.

    Time: 9 seconds

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:51:08+00:00 December 15th, 2005|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

    Got Kong?

    Okay, so the large furry guy is just about to arrive in cinemas. I pray that he will kick my ass through the back of the theatre. Let us hope I am correct in this, mostly because I have a running bet with Tobias about my reaction to the film.

    But enough about that. Let’s talk about what’s really important: stuff you can buy to supplement your giant ape experience.

    First up, know your history. I’m talking about the two-disc collectible tin-packaged edition. Along with the completely restored film, you’ve got commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston with Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray providing comments via excerpts of interviews. It comes with postacrds, a reproduction of the souvenir program from 1933, a docu on Cooper, a gigantic seven-part making-of docu, and test footage with commentary by Harryhausen. Warner Brothers is definitely not screwing around with this one. For more info, check out the official site here.

    If you want to then delve into the remake, then streeting today is something from Universal that will help you out: Peter Jackson’s production diaries in a two-disc set. This impressive set, which basically gives you DVD bonus features for a film you’re about to go into the cinema to see–sweet, boasts the production diary bits that Jackson posted to the official Kong website. From end to end, you get the whole tour of the behind the scenes process, plus a fifty-two page production memoir and some art prints. Are you hardcore? Then grab it.

    Want to hear the movie once you leave the cinema? Fine, the soundtrack’s available with a score by James Newton Howard. That also streets today. Twenty-one tracks and that hits from Decca Records.

    Still not satisfied and want to play the movie? Fine. The game has hit and is quite the experience. It uses some of the same CG that WETA put in the film, so you know that’s got to be quality. You can play ass-kicking playwright turned action hero or you can play ass-kicking giant ape. Your choice. Either way you’re immersed in game-play that’s setup to be as close to the film as you can get. Audio, graphics and the interface (or seeming lack thereof) are all choice. Is it the end-all be-all of games? Nah. Is it worthwhile to nab to go galavanting about and breaking shit as Kong? Sure, go for it. Pictured is the Xbox 360 version, though it’s available for the regular Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, PSP and PC.

    Buy the original on DVD from Amazon.
    Buy Peter Jackon’s Production Diaries on DVD from Amazon.
    Buy the soundtrack from Amazon.

    Buy the game for the Gamecube from Amazon.
    Buy the game for the PC from Amazon.
    Buy the game for the PS2 from Amazon.
    Buy the game for the PSP from Amazon.
    Buy the game for the Xbox from Amazon.
    Buy the game for the Xbox 360 from Amazon.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:51:09+00:00 December 13th, 2005|DVD, Games, Headsup, Music|0 Comments

    Stop Motion Geekgasm

    This video has Bob Burns showing up to gab with Peter Jackson. He brings along the armature from the original Kong. It takes the full tour of the production crew for the remake, gets animated yet again, and enables Jackson to recreate a famous pose that he has the other puppet for. Too freaking cool.

    Found via MetaFilter.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:53:20+00:00 October 23rd, 2005|Movies|0 Comments