Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arrow Seasons 1 & 2!


For a long time a lot of people kept telling me to check Arrow out; the new show about DC’s the Green Arrow. I have to say, even though I love superheroes, the ads I saw on television weren’t filling me with hope. A big, muscled dude who was basically just doing a lot of chin-ups and push-ups.

I went to Perth Supanova in June and was struck by how many fans of the show were there to see the cast and went to a couple of panels that made the show seem at least interesting.

Then recently I was struck down with a virus and as I wallowed in self-pity needed something to half watch on the couch, under blanket and with a pile of tissues beside me. Arrow seemed like the perfect choice because it was a fairly formulaic series with not a huge amount of substance and enough of a story to keep me vaguely entertained while feeling sorry for myself. I was right, but what I didn’t anticipate was how invested in the characters and addicted to knowing what happens next I would become! Arrow is deceptively good and never claims to be anything other than what it is; a highly entertaining comic book series.

Follow me under the cut for a review of Arrow seasons one and two. Spoilers will be clearly labelled beforehand.

Scarjo A Go-Go Episode 7: My Brother the Pig, or "The Bees Knees"


This week things take a turn for the worse as Scarlett Johansson returns in this hamfisted, broad, pork-brother comedy, directed by some guy who helmed America's Funniest Home Videos. Scarlett has risen above some challenges but will she crumble on My Brother the Pig. And is that Eva Mendes?? Listen and learn! Scarlett Class is in session!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Book Was Better Podcast Episode 95: Alien vs. Predator (with guest host Brett!)

This week we mediate between two ancient foes as we trawl through the unnecessarily massive novelization of AVP, or, Alien vs. Predator. But don't panic, I've assembled an expert team of... well, Brett. Brett is the guest host, and we're going to do everything we can to make these belligerent alien and predator bastards kiss and make up! Whoever wins, YOU lose!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Doctor Who Season 8 - Episode 1 Deep Breath



Deep Breath was both stunning a bit of a mess. Regardless, the season opener and introduction of Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor has certainly got fans interested about where the Doctor is going this season and who he is becoming.

Jenna Louise-Coleman's Clara and the new, much older looking Doctor, find themselves in the belly of a Dinosaur when it swallows the TARDIS. Unfortunately, dragged along for the ride when the Doctor tries to escape, it ends up trapped in Victorian England.

Follow me under the cut for more on this week's episode of Doctor Who.

FPcast! The Fruitless Pursuits Podcast for August 25th 2014! Who We Do in the Shadows!


This week Jacinta returns from the dead for a big ol' review-a-palooza! We review Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, bizarre shark weather sequel Sharknado 2: The Second One, the hilariously unmissable vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, and the new Capaldi-fuelled episode of Doctor Who! Put our opinions inside your head!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Snowpiercer Review!



Snowpiercer, you incredible beast. Why can’t I get this movie out of my brain!? I’ll tell you why; because Snowpiercer is the best thing I have seen all year. I just want to watch it over and over again because I am sure there are things that I’ve missed and are hidden through out the film.

Snowpiercer takes place in a world where a failed attempt to kerb global warming has resulted in the on-set of an ice age. All life, all human life, has been extinguished save for those who had made it onto a self-sustaining train that operates on an annual loop. The Bong Joon-ho directed film follows Curtis (Chris Evans) and his fellow allies at the back of the train as they struggle for equality with those at the front of the train.

The film is beautiful, brutal and at times unexpected.

Follow me under the cut for an examination of this fantastic film. I’ll warn before moving to spoilers!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Scarjo A Go-Go Episode 6: The Horse Whisperer, or "Robert Redford Rebirth"


This week Scarlett Johansson is back on form as we dissect the drama-filled, "what-happened-to-the-rest-of-my-leg", bareback epic The Horse Whisperer! After last week's disaster she is in the competent hands of director/actor Robert Redford as he helps rehabilitate the injured Scarlett and her revenge fuelled horse. But is whispering to horses all he has on his mind? This one is a milestone!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Book Was Better Podcast Episode 94 - Krull (with guest host Courtney Coulson!)

This week is an epic quest back to 1983 when we read the verbose Alan Dean Foster's turgid novelization of sci-fi/fantasy mash-up Krull! (And yes, this one really DOES have Liam Neeson in it!) And who better to join me on my hero's journey than plucky squire Courtney Coulson who does her darndest to derail me! Get a glaive all up in yo' grill!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Scarjo A Go-Go Episode 5: Fall plus Home Alone 3, or "The Mirage"!


This week you get two-for-one as we dissect Scarlett Johansson's ridiculously brief 3 second cameo in Eric Schaeffer's weird fantasy-fulfilment film, Fall, and then we dive straight into the McCauley Culkin-less Home Alone 3! But is everything all that it seems? 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: The Circuit: Executor Rising by Rhett Bruno

I'm always looking for a great space opera, even though the genre doesn't always work for me. Sometimes it's the plot, sometimes it's the attention to detail, sometimes it's just that the ideas aren't compelling. The Circuit is a space opera that draws from a lot of different ideas, and when it works, it's really solid, but sometimes there's less likable parts to wade through to get to the meat.