Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scarjo A Go-Go Episode 13: Girl With A Pearl Earring, or "The Stand In"!


This week we watch Scarlett Johansson literally watch paint dry in the period drama snooze-fest Girl With a Pearl Earring. Will she tell the truth like Bill Murray talk to her. Will she succumb to Cillian the Meat Man? Where the hell did that pearl earring come from anyway? All will be revealed on this very special show!

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Doctor Who 8.09 - Flatline





This week’s episode of Doctor Who was the most pleasant surprise. Finally, a freaky monster, some real character development and some great support actors. The story was engaging and the focus was on the choices that both Clara and the Doctor make, not just in this adventure, but in their lives.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

StarWTF!? - Episode 1: The Bowcaster

StarWTF!? is a new Fruitless Pursuits podcast about the depth of the Star Wars universe. Not the actual universe, but instead the universe that originated by George Lucas and was "expanded" by everyone and their brother.

According to Wookieepedia, something as simple as the Bowcaster (which we've seen as Chewbacca's cool weapon on screen) has a deep history including the following line "Bowcasters appeared huge to many non-Wookiees and even Jedi such as Olee Starstone doubted she could lift one, much less fire it."

That's a good idea of where the podcast goes. We look at something memorable from the Star Wars universe, learn a little about it, speculate a lot about it, and have a blast doing so.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review: The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F Hamilton


One of my favorite science fiction books of all time is Pandora's Star by Peter F Hamilton, with the sequel, Judas Unchained, a fairly close second. A duology within a group of books labeled The Commonwealth Saga, it's hard sci-fi that doesn't really try to forget about the human elements, and invites a lot of cool ideas that go along with the overall theme.

The companion books, the Void trilogy, I couldn't get into. It was less of what I liked in a hard sci-fi book, especially given what I loved about the two prior books, and more about some fairly out-there ideas and concepts that left me a little cold. It wasn't really Hamilton, it was me.

So what do you get when you get a new series of books with people and concepts from both Commonwealth tales? It's ultimately mixed.

FPcast! The Fruitless Pursuits Podcast for October 20 2014! Kill the Messenger!


This week is a jam-packed show as we discuss a ton of recent entertainment news, including the DC movie release slate and leaked Star Wars art. We review a ton of films including Jeremy Renner's Kill the Messenger, Pride, and Daniel Radcliffe is the devil movie Horns. We catch up on a whole lot of television including American Horror Story and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And we talk about Wortho in the middle of a live storm! Don't miss it!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scarjo A Go-Go Episode 12: Lost in Translation, or "Phase Two"!


After a brief hiatus we return with a thorough dissection of Scarlett Johansson's first film as a fully grown adult: Lost in Translation. Along the way we'll discuss everything from that opening shot, Suntory whiskey vs Sodastream, what Bill Murray really whispered, and a whole lot more! Whether you've been listening to these discussions from the beginning, or this is the first one, stick this in your welcoming head!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Doctor Who 8.08 - Mummy on the Orient Express



This week’s Doctor Who episode, Mummy on the Orient Express, was exactly what one might expect from this season; the Titanic episode on a train, with a mummy and an excuse to put Jenna Louise Coleman in a flapper dress. It’s getting old saying that this season is boring and poorly paced, and to some extent, I think words would be wasted providing the usual recap of the episode itself because not a lot happened.

What you’ll find instead under the cut is some commentary on the character development in this episode and how this might affect the season moving forward.

Monday, October 13, 2014

FPcast! The Fruitless Pursuits Podcast for October 13 2014! Taking Tusk to Task!


This week we return from our overseas sojourn in order to review Kevin Smith's man-in-a-walrus-suit epic, Tusk, and to detail our many adventures and many, many purchases in beautiful Singapore! It's like being forced to look at someone's holiday photos except the photos are being forced into your ears!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Doctor Who 8.07 - Kill the Moon


This week’s Doctor Who episode Kill the Moon was perplexing. I can’t tell if it was okay, if oddly paced, or just tired and confusing. The plot idea itself was pretty interesting though and I guess for once we can’t blame Steven Moffat for all the bad stuff!

Follow me under the cut for a review of Kill the Moon.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Dresden Readthrough: Ghost Story


We continue our readthrough of Jim Butcher's uber-popular urban fantasy series The Dresden Files today with book thirteen, Ghost Story. The continuing plan is to do a book a month on the first Tuesday of each month, and with 16 books on the publication schedule between now and when our readthrough is over, our reading list should be pretty full for the foreseeable future.

As for Ghost Story, in many ways this was my favorite book in the series so far, and in many ways it was easily the most frustrating.