Thursday, April 23, 2015

Scarjo A Go-Go Episode 32: Hitchcock, or, "The Phantom Nipples"


This week we travel back in time to the heady 1950's as we watch Scarlett Johansson play iconic actress Janet Leigh in Hitchcock. And not only does she recreate the infamous shower scene from Psycho, but we're going to poke around behind the scenes and try to solve a little mystery of our own!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

StarWTF!? Episode 27: Life Debt

When I say Life Debt, you instantly think of Wookiees, right? Well there's another Life Debt in the Star Wars universe that we all seem to have forgotten... JAR JAR!

In this episode we discuss all kinds of Life Debts in Star Wars and even throughout general television and film. We discuss why Chewie and Han should have just been friends, and who we would want to owe us a Life Debt. Fun stuff!




The life debt was a social institution found in many honor-bound cultures throughout the galaxy, including the Wookiees, Trandoshans, Gungans, Noghri, Talz, and Srrors'tok. To summarize, if a person's life was saved by another, the saved person was obligated to pledge their life to protecting and looking after their savior, even to the point of sacrificing their own life, if necessary.

Monday, April 20, 2015

FPcast! The Fruitless Pursuits Podcast for April 20th 2015! Daredevil!


In a big week of news we explode with love for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are not so excited about Batman V Superman, review Alex Garland's brilliant taut sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, and get stuck into our thoughts on Netflix's Daredevil and the return of Game of Thrones! And there's probably even more stuff than that! Oh! Like Olivia Munn!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Scarjo A Go-Go Episode 31: The Avengers, or, "The Fixer"


We already met the fledgling incarnation of super-spy Black Widow back in Iron Man 2, but can writer/director Joss Whedon work with our hero, Scarlett Johansson, to fix up some of those flaws in his big screen team-building exercise The Avengers? Does a small woman with a gun stand a chance among Earth's mightiest heroes? I'll answer that question and many more as we discuss and dissect one of Scarlett's most iconic roles!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

StarWTF!? Episode 26: Malakili

Last week we discussed the Rancor, so naturally we needed to follow up with Malakili. You may know him as the big shirtless guy that cries after the Rancor's death in Return of the Jedi. But there is so much more to him than that!



We get down to the facts. What happened after the Rancor died? Which actor(s) played him? What's up with his choice of clothing? (We talk quite a bit about his fashion choices.)



Malakili was a male Human from the Core World of Corellia, a creature tamer and servant of the Hutt gangster Jabba Desilijic Tiure on Tatooine. Malakili took care of Jabba's rancor.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Book Was Better Podcast Episode 121: Camp Rock! (with guest host Violet!)


This week we pitch a tent at Camp Rock when we read the aptly named novelization of Camp Rock! And joining me on this stylish, teen musical adventure is guest host/fellow camper Violet! Join us as we get to the bottom of the Jonas Bros. bad boy behaviour and find out exactly what a Cesario Brown entails...

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Monday, April 13, 2015

FPcast! The Fruitless Pursuits Podcast for April 13th 2015! Oz Comic Con!


This week is all about Oz Comic Con! We spent the whole weekend absorbing pop culture and we're ready to share our raw unfiltered thoughts! Find out all about what happened with Billie Piper, Billy Boyd, Game of Thrones' Finn Jones and Daniel Portman and more! The cosplay! Our shopping adventures! The Oculus Rift! We did a whole lot of stuff and stayed up until 2am to tell you all about it!

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Scarjo A Go-Go Episode 30: We Bought a Zoo, or, "Why Not?"


This week our subject, Scarlett Johansson, takes a brief break from Black Widowing in order to help Matt Damon with his ludicrous scheme in We Bought A Zoo. Why on earth would any sane person buy a zoo? They wouldn't. But let's see if Scarlett enjoys a return to form as she talks to tigers and caddies carcasses!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

StarWTF!? Episode 25: Rancor

It's time to talk about a beast. A massive beast that almost consumes our hero Luke Skywalker. It's the Rancor, Jabba's destructive pet that he keeps in the basement for entertainment.

The Rancor scene is one of the most iconic scenes in Star Wars and when watching it back, it all happens so quickly. We discuss how it holds up today, as well as other Rancors throughout the Star Wars universe. There are a bunch of them and of course, they have wings and all kinds of other ridiculous things going on.


Rancors were large carnivorous reptomammals native to the planet of Dathomir. They were usually born brown, but in special circumstances, such as the mutant rancor, jungle rancor, and the bull rancor, their color may have differed.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Book Was Better Podcast Episode 120: Superman III (with guest host Brett!)


This week we check back in with Superman as he gets drunk and acts like a superdouche in the novelization of  Superman III. And today I play cub reporter to comics aficionado Brett who will help me answer all manner of pertinent questions like - why does Superman hate Italians?!

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