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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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?

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Mazes and Monsters

Agenda:

  • 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
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Stuff: Viacom and YouTube Deserve Each Other

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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.
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    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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