Author: Sursum Ursa

VIDEO: The October Daye Series

For Ursa’s second anniversary, she does a spoiler-free review of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye fantasy novel series, about a private investigator named October “Toby” Daye who happens to be a changeling, i.e., half human and half faerie.

VIDEO: Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Ursa dips her toe into the weird and wonderful world of women’s soccer (or as Ursa calls it for some reason, “football”) and Sikh culture. With Spice Girls references, Keira Knightley, football montages, and a lead character who’s secretly a Disney princess, this is Bend It Like Beckham!

VIDEO: A Knight's Tale (2001)

Take one sports movie, add Chaucer, comedy, the hits of Queen, and anachronistic metalworking, and serve with a side of naked Paul Bettany. Also on today’s episode: Palamon, Arcite, Emily, and the Bessemer process. Not necessarily in that order.

VIDEO: Antitrust (2001)

A geeky Ryan Phillippe (see his glasses?) goes to work for an evil software company that is totally not Microsoft, run by a murderous CEO played by Tim Robbins who is totally not channeling Bill Gates. Sexy nerd boys, product placement, scenery chewing, and Linux: what more could you want in a film?

VIDEO: Analyzing the Avengers: Here Come the Girls

For the final installment of Analyzing the Avengers, Ursa takes a look at all the secondary and tertiary female characters that populate the Marvel Movie-verse. Why does Pepper wear those shoes? Who is Darcy written for? How does the narrative reward Dr. Foster for her career? And is Thor’s wardrobe department awesome, or what?

VIDEO: Analyzing the Avengers: Hawkeye

Oh, Clint, you so sassy. In this episode, Ursa chats about some aspects of Hawkeye’s character in The Avengers, and then gets overexcited by the Hawkeye Initiative, and its sterling efforts in highlighting the ridiculousness of female poses in comics. Good job there, Agent Barton!

VIDEO: Les Misérables: A Musical Review

It’s a special all-singing, all-dancing (except for the dancing) episode of Stuff You Like! In honor of the Les Misérables movie adaptation coming out today, Ursa musically summarizes the entire three-hour stage musical in four minutes. You’re welcome.

VIDEO: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

In order to do a thorough study of the Hulk (and Bruce Banner), Ursa had to watch Ang Lee’s Hulk and The Incredible Hulk starring Ed Norton and Liv Tyler. She hopes you appreciate the sacrifice. And yes, she still loves Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce best.

VIDEO: Miss Congeniality (2000)

What happens when you combine Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, and William Shatner with pratfalls and lipstick? Well… Miss Congeniality, of course! Which obviously means a discussion on makeover narratives and the Pygmalion myth, with supporting materials provided by Trinny and Susannah and the Apostle Paul. Because, why not?

VIDEO: Serenity (2005)

This week, we side with the Browncoats in a Serenity-themed “Agency vs. Structure” Smackdown! With cameos from Welshy, Cheapus, FunkyMonkey, Sofie Liv, the Porn Critic, and Mysterious Overlord of the Agony Booth Winston O’Boogie, it’s going to be… interesting.