Wednesday, December 17, 2014

StarWTF!? Episode 9: Dejarik (a/k/a Holochess)

Today we look back at Dejarik, the game that you probably know as "Holochess". It's the chess-like game that Chewbacca and R2-D2 play in the Millennium Falcon. The Dejarik table is a Star Wars icon (even teased by JJ Abrams during episode 7 shooting), but is the game itself any good? And more importantly, if you were playing, would you let the Wookiee win?


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Dejarik was a popular holographic game that was played throughout the galaxy. When activated, the game would project holographic playing pieces that resembled dangerous-looking species from throughout the galaxy. The players can move their pieces to attack one another and said pieces will behave like living beings when in battle.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Book Was Better Episode 108: Jack Frost (with guest host Jacinta!)

This week our festive coverage continues as we dive into the giant Christmas turkey that is the novelization of Jack Frost! No, not the horror movie where Shannon Elizabeth gets assaulted in the shower - we're talking about the Jack Frost where Michael Keaton dies in a car accident and comes back as a creepy snowman puppet! And joining me for these horrific mixed messages is the steel-nerved Jacinta! And rest assured we're going to get to the bottom (ball) of this!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

FPcast! The Fruitless Pursuits Podcast for December 25th 2014! I'm Birdman!


This week we talk about the freshly revealed new character names from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus we review the wonderful Birdman, Boyhood, and MORE!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

StarWTF!? Episode 8: Lightwhip

With The Force Awakens trailer out, everyone is buzzing about the new cross-guard lightsaber, but we go way back to the Expanded Universe and talk about the Lightwhip! We discuss the worst possible "light" weapons, and speculate on what we'll see in the sequels. (Note: We recorded this BEFORE The Force Awakens trailer was released, so there's lots of speculation. Alex's was eerily accurate.)


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Lightwhips generally functioned on the same principles and mechanics as lightsabers, emitting a coherent beam of energy that was used as a weapon. However, rather than the straight, meter long blades emitted by standard lightsabers, lightwhips featured long, flexible blades that often exceeded several meters in length.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Book Was Better Episode 107: Jingle All the Way (with guest host Sabrina!)

This week our holiday bonanza continues as we dare to read the festive fiasco that is the novelization of Schwarzengger goes shopping shocker Jingle All the Way! And caring about as much as I do as to whether or not Baby Anakin Skywalker gets some stupid toy is the always wonderful guest host Sabrina! Prepare to deck the halls with terrible impersonations! GET TO DA SHOPPAH!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

FPcast! The Fruitless Pursuits Podcast for December 8th! Exodus Gods and Yobs!


This week we're back after a brief hiatus, catching up with our thoughts on the Force Awakens trailer, Suicide Squad casting, the Terminator Genisys trailer and a whole lot more! Plus we review Ridley Scott's 3D bible epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring our own Joel Edgerton as a baby in drag!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Scarjo A Go-Go Episode 19: Match Point, or, "The Net"


This week I watch Woody Allen's brilliant and multilayered Match Point for the very first time and Scarlett Johansson's iconic and alluring performance as a self-aware seductress gives us a whole slew of stuff to talk about! This is a film you shouldn't miss!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

StarWTF!? Episode 7 - AT-AT (Plus the results of our AT-AT pronunciation poll!)

In this episode, we discuss the coolest looking vehicle in the Star Wars universe. And we get right down to business with the AT-AT vs. A Tee A Tee debate. How do YOU pronounce AT-AT? Then we discuss the practicality of the design. What is inside of this beast of a vehicle??



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Since we recorded the episode, we've caused quite a stir online asking people the important question on the pronunciation.

The Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar ADVENTure 2014 Begins!

OK, due to popular demand, I am going to also be covering the Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar, but I'm going to keep it on our Facebook page in an attempt to not clutter up the site, but also to do social media better! So if you want to hear all about Day 1 and Day 2 then please head RIGHT OVER HERE, like us, and keep on following!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Dresden Readthrough: Skin Game


We conclude our readthrough of Jim Butcher's uber-popular urban fantasy series The Dresden Files today with book fifteen, Skin Game. We made it, guys! We did it! High five!

So we've reached the latest volume of the series, and I have to say that, after seeing how it was going in the last volume, I thought this was quite the step backwards.