The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 

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I want to tell you, my readers, about a new movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I haven’t done a lot of movie reviews, but some movies are too good not tell people about. I promise I’m not going to provide any information that can’t be seen or figured out from the trailers; so no spoilers here. For anyone familiar with the Lord of the Rings movies or with Peter Jackson, this will probably not surprise you, but this movie is amazing.

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Full Metal Jousting

Jousting has always been a fascination of mine. The reality of grown men, on horseback, riding full speed at each other to strike their opponent with a lance is as brutal as it gets. I have also speculated that modern day jousting would be awesome to watch. Not the theatrical stuff you see in movies or at dinner theater, but full on carnage. Well, the History Channel has made this a reality, with their new show Full Metal Jousting.

Full Metal Jousting

The show is as real as it gets. There are two “teams”, a red team and a black team. They have developed modern day versions of the armor Knights would wear in medieval jousting. Admittedly, the armor is awesome and I want it for myself; although I don’t know where I would wear it. It has all the attributes that you would expect from jousting armor with modern day safety in mind. The armor they use weighs around 80 pounds, looks pretty badass, and allows the jousters the mobility needed to compete. They have specially trained horses and their lances are made specifically for real jousting, with real hits.

They do have rules, for the safety of the jousters and the safety of the horses, but the competition doesn’t seem bogged down with them. There are real hits and real damage. There is also real injuries and real blood, so if you are squeamish or if you have young children, this may not be the show for you. It’s not gore for gore’s sake, and so far none of the contestants have been seriously injured, but when you have people running into each other with wooden lances while riding on 2000 pound horses, there is going to be some blood.

The show airs on Sundays 10/9c. For more information about the show, check out: http://www.history.com/shows/full-metal-jousting. UPDATE: The link is showing as broken. I did a search, and it does not appear the show was cancelled, it looks like they did a casting call for Season 2, but I can’t find any information on when that would air. Amazon does have the DVD for just under $25, or you can get each episode for $1.99 on Instant Stream Video, with the full season of Instant Stream priced at $9.99.

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Comic Book Men

I am geeky about allot of things and comic books are one of them. So when I heard about a show, Comic Book Men, based on Kevin Smith’s comic book shop Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, I had to check it out.

 

The show is reality based and it is primarily filmed at the shop in New Jersey. This show follows the guys at the shop, their daily activities, and the customers that visit. It also shows Kevin and the guys during their podcast where they discuss the show and comic books in general.

My kids truly love this show, and they look forward to it each week. We typically DVR it, so we can watch it together on the weekends, because our weeknight schedule can be pretty hectic. They enjoy seeing what the guys in the shop are up to, the comic books mentioned, and the “toys” that customers bring into the shop to sell. If we ever get down to the New Jersey area, I’d love to take them into the store to look around, and probably by something.

The show is on AMC Sundays at 10/9 central. If you like comic books, I recommend checking it out. For more information about the show, check them out on AMC’s website: http://www.amctv.com/shows/comic-book-men. Amazon Instant Video also offers previous shows. As of this posting, they are currently priced at $1.99 per episode for purchase ($1.89 per episode with TV Pass), or $10.99 for Season 1. They are offering Seasons 1, 2, and 3.  It’s showing 6 episodes for  Season 1, 16 for Season 2, and 8 so far for Season 3 – the latest episode aired on Dec 1. I don’t have a link, but if you go to Amazon and type in “Comic Book Men” it was the first three links to show up for me.

Disclosure: This post is NOT sponsored, solicited, or endorsed in any manner. All opinions are my own.