Your Weekend Justice #134: How Many Licks Does It Take to Get to the Center of Cerebro?

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that focus on television like a sawed-off shotgun filled with Jell-O. 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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Night of the Comet

Agenda:

  • Spock, the closet and Rox’s sincerity
  • Amazon, DC and Barnes & Noble
  • Don’t hate on Neil Gaiman, fuckers
  • Jon, Lord of the Uni-Pull
  • New podcast advertisement!
  • Scott, helpful person
  • The sound of the 1870s
  • Widge’s beer and return to Alabama
  • Leigh’s abandoned costume (idea)
  • Alice in Wonderland redux
  • Bacon funnel cakes!
  • Howard Hessman and autographs
  • Sex and Medieval Times
  • The Irish and The Welsh and some islanders
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:36:20+00:00 October 21st, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Iron Man 2 – Spoilerific Review and Analysis

    Iron Man 2 Whiplash poster

    So I saw Jon Favreau‘s Iron Man 2, staring Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Favreau as Happy Hogan, Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko (Whiplash), and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanov (Black Widow), and Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes (War Machine). What follows is what I’d call a review of medium-high-level spoilerage; I give away some plot points–but nothing that you couldn’t infer from the trailer–and a working knowledge of the Iron Man comics. If you’ve not yet seen the movie, and that worries you, please: Read no further. We can always talk after you watch the glory that is this film. I’ll still be here. Also? This one’s a bit longer than Dom’s. Sorry about that. Kind of.

    Now, to continue into the heart of this review, I have to say that I was extremely wary of the replacement of Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle. Not because I thought the latter man couldn’t do the work–if you’ve ever seen him in anything, you know that isn’t the case–but because, no matter the actor or their skill, there will always be a disconnect when a character you love is played by someone else. Always. We are looking at a completely different person, and nothing you do or say can make that not be the case. Your best bet is to just hang a lantern on it, as they say–draw attention to the fact that you’re aware of the problem–and let it be. This is masterfully handled in the film in the very first exchange between Tony and Rhodey. It is so subtle, in fact, that I missed it until I was writing this paragraph.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:52:11+00:00 May 12th, 2010|Reviews|4 Comments

    Iron Man 2 (2010) – Movie Review

    Iron Man 2 poster

    Written by: Justin Theroux, based on the character created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck and Larry Lieber
    Directed by: Jon Favreau
    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson

    Tony Stark (Downey) is the king of the world. Since we left the man in the suit, Stark single-handedly brought our world to peace. Although one superhero could never be enough to stop war all over the world, the movie suggests a situation similar to the fear of nuclear weapons: nobody is making a move because they’re afraid Iron Man will intervene, at the same time they are trying to develop their own warsuits.

    The tides turn for the eccentric billionaire with the rock star image, when he is being attacked by Ivan Vanko (Rourke) during a car race in Monaco. Stark was able to shrug off the government’s attempts to get the suit into their hands before the incident, but after the attack, even his friend Rhodey (Cheadle) turns against him. And things just proceed from there.

    You only need to know one thing about this movie: before the flick started, I was not in a good mood, mostly because the people behind were loud and annoying. When the movie was over, I had a big smile on my face. If you want to know why, keep on reading.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:52:17+00:00 May 9th, 2010|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

    Sherlock Holmes (2009) – 27 Second Review

    Sherlock Holmes poster

    Written by: Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham & Simon Kinberg, based on a story by Johnson & Lionel Wigram, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Directed by: Guy Ritchie
    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Mark Strong, Rachel McAdams, Eddie Marsan

    Review: After the putrid retch that was Revolver, it’s good to see that Guy Ritchie is back making them awesome. I’d waited for this movie for a long time, and I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint. The kicksplode was a special type of Victorian brand…and extensive to boot. Also: Doilies!

    Time: 13 seconds

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:55:53+00:00 January 1st, 2010|27 Seconds, Reviews|2 Comments

    Stuff: Mashup Artists Looking Forward to Warren Ellis/Holy Grail Possibilties

    Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex with Megan Fox

    There’s plenty going on in the world of pop culture. But you have a life–we don’t. That’s why we do this: news in quick digestible chunks so you can be about your business, armed with geek info. You’re welcome.

  • A bunch of posters were rolled out at San Diego, including Jonah Hex (snippet shown), can be found at Yahoo Movies. Some are unimpressive, like, oh, Saw VI. But the Alice in Wonderland posters give a better look at the characters. And such.
  • Castlevania is back on again, with James Wan (Saw) on board to co-scribe and helm. And they’re apparently discarding the previous version of the script and starting over. And what does this mean to the animated version that Uncle Warren scribed? No idea. Although if somebody wanted to send me his script, I wouldn’t be sad. I’m just saying. Source.
  • You L.A. types, be aware that Cirque du Soleil is doing more of their 25th anniversary fun-stuff at the Grove this coming Sunday, August 2nd. All six shows from Vegas will have acts on hand to perform starting at 12:30pm and for free. Nice. “The event will be family friendly, featuring a circus play area set up for kids with face painting, jugglers and other activities. Prize giveaways, specially priced tickets for the shows in Vegas, and a chance to meet Cirque du Soleil castmembers will round out the festivities.” Also nice. Seriously, if you’re out that way, go. It’ll be a hoot. Source.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:00:36+00:00 July 28th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Win Tropic Thunder on DVD!

    Tropic Thunder DVD cover art

    What might be the funniest war movie that wasn’t really a war movie ever made–and a glorious bit of Hollywood meta action–is Tropic Thunder. Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. in the funniest role of the year, and Tom Cruise, even, rocking like he hasn’t rocked since Magnolia. The commentary alone in which Downey is still in character–is worth the price of admission. Trust us, you want to win this. And you’ve got three chances, amigos. So enter–and enter once a day–then go and enter all our other contests once a day, because we’re crazy enough to let you–and if we draw your name, you win. Sweet.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:09:05+00:00 December 7th, 2008|Contests|0 Comments

    Headsup: Regarding Horror, Sci-Fi, Spandex and Skynet

    An ongoing attempt to help you sort through the mountains of new material that people want you to buy. Should you? I’ll try and help sort this out.

    Ultimate Matrix Collection Blu-Ray cover art
    Ghost House Underground DVD cover art

    The Ultimate Matrix Collection takes everything that you would want out of a Matrix set–which is basically everything that you had in previous collections–and smacks it into a Blu-Ray set. Mostly. The three films plus Animatrix are all provided in Blu-Ray and look about like what you would expect these films to like on hi-def: which is to say, awesome. Granted, there is not enough awesome in the world to fix the third film. But I’ll try to keep from harping on that as we move forward. Each film comes with an “in-movie experience” that pops up with extra bits while you’re watching. This is good if you’re not wanting to wade through all thirty-five hours of bonus bits. Each film also comes with a commentary track with critics as well as a separate one with philosophers, with the cast and crew giving a commentary on the first film. Each film also comes with a positively ludicrous amount of behind the scenes bits, some focusing on particular scenes, like the Freeway Sequence or the Upside Down Fight Sequence. There’s also two bonus discs comprising the “Matrix Experience” as well as a bonus disc that has the digital copy of the first film–if you’re into such things. So not counting the digital copy, it’s a six-disc set, of which four are Blu-Ray and the “Experience” discs are vanilla flavored. So should you buy it? Well, it is one of those films that just screams for hi-def, since it is, warts and all, visually stunning. So there is that. And if you wanted, say, just the first film in Blu-Ray form–you’re stuck with getting it this route. There are no plans from Warner Brothers to release the films separately at this time as I understand it. It’s $74.95 on Amazon as I write this, so you’ll have to ultimately decide about the price point. But the set is formidable and fans of the series might want to seriously consider it. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:10:55+00:00 October 17th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments