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


DragonCon 2013: Crawling From the Wreckage

Thank You Weekend Justice Cookie

So the madness that was DragonCon 2013 has come and gone. And as we wake up in our respective car trunks, oversized pieces of luggage and coffins–we struggle to remember the extended convention weekend that was.

Luckily, we have photos. And videos. And audio. And those will be happening as we can slam them into a somewhat respectable (for us) form. In addition to multiple panels where we got to see many, many of you, we did our experimental Weekend Justice #200 live recording and everyone had a chaotic good time. We also recorded another live Solve This, which will be hitting a lot sooner than the last one. And we had our annual Need Coffee Group Therapy session.

Some highlights, though. We have had it underscored just how incredibly sexy you, our fans, are. That picture up there is of the giant cookie that greeted me when I arrived on the scene at Make the Bad Men Part I. Yes, I know: I should have taken the picture before we began mauling it. But I’ve been on a diet for a while and…well, you know, giant cookies aren’t something you purchase for yourself regardless, right? It was amazing. And I ate way too much of it. Took me back to high school age birthdays, so it did.


Win Doctor Who: A Death in the Family on CD, Signed by Sylvester McCoy!

Doctor Who: A Death in the Family CD

I’m sure long-running Whovians are aware, but Big Finish Productions has been creating additional Doctor Who adventures, featuring previous Doctors. In this case we have The Seventh Doctor and Ace returning for the adventure, A Death in the Family. This features, of course, Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred playing the roles they originated.

From the Big Finish website:

“The future folds into the past. The homeless hero has fallen. Now begins the time of three tales: The Tale of the Herald. The Tale of the Hidden Woman. The Tale of the Final Speaker. When the last tale is told, all the lights shall fail. The world will end.” 21st century London: Nobody No One, the extra-dimensional Word Lord, is again running amok. Only this time, he’s unbeatable – and a terrible tragedy is about to unfold.


Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (1988) – DVD Review

Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks DVD cover


Written by: Ben Aaronovitch
Directed by: Andrew Morgan
Starring: Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred


  • Commentary by McCoy and Aldred
  • Deleted scenes and out-takes
  • Multi-angle scenes
  • Pop-up production notes
  • BBC1 Trailers
  • Music-only audio track
  • Photo Gallery
  • “Who’s Who” actor bios

Released by: BBC Video
Region: 1
Rating: NR, suitable for audiences 12+
Anamorphic: N/A; presented in original 1.33:1 TV aspect ratio

My Advice: Buy it.