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.
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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!
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.
Sofie and Ursa (er, I mean Holmes and Watson…) take on Guy Ritchie’s second great Holmesian blockbuster, A Game of Shadows: now with even more explosions, fighting, cross-dressing, and really blue slo-mo!
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?
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?
He is Loki of Asgard, and he is burdened with a purpose so glorious that it supersedes showering. Ursa takes a look at the Internet’s favorite demigod bad boy.
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!
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.
He’s our awesome everyman who fights alongside the Avengers in a snappy suit. Today, Ursa takes on that most mild-mannered of badasses, Agent Phil Coulson, and discusses why Clark Gregg made Movieverse Coulson too adorable to live, along with sacrificial lambs, and death, destroyer of worlds.
Thor: God of Thunder. Prince of Asgard. KING OF CAPSLOCK. Kind of a prat. And capable of learning, growing, and inspiring little girls to dress up in armor and tutus.
How adorable is Steve Rogers? Very adorable. Ursa talks Captain America, leadership, and donzerly light. Though she may have got that last part wrong.
She’s as broken and scarred as the rest of the Avengers, but it’ll never prevent her from doing the right thing. Black Widow: She’s Ursa’s favorite Avenger. And now, she gets character development, and a plot arc to boot!
Ah, Tony Stark. How Ursa loves you, even if you’re sometimes kind of a jerk. So much so that she’s going to try and explain why. (Then again, she enjoyed Iron Man 2, so what does that tell you?)
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.
Ursa turns the squee up to eleven and watches The Avengers. Or Marvel’s The Avengers. Or Avengers Assemble. Oh, who cares what it’s called? It’s awesome! Fanboys and fangirls, assemble!
Mix one part Sandra Bullock, two parts the Dark Side of Makeovers, a couple of bleeding-uterus jokes, and a random quote from The Great Fitness Experiment. Stir well, and bake for 8:41. It’s Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous!
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?
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.
Tune in for China and Yetis, whining, a complete waste of Jet Li, whining… more whining… Seriously, Alex O’Connell, would you like a little cheese with that?