In which I talk CrashCourse, Lean In, applicability, chicken and egg situations, why this book is like a veggie buffet, and why that apparently upsets people.
Author: Sursum Ursa
In this episode: fashion, entry-level jobs, entitlement, ambition, the impeccable Miranda Priestly, and the price of success. Also: Anne Hathaway, impractical shoes, and how to get fired from NerdQuest.
Ursa reviews a podcast posing as news, ads, and announcements for a fictional desert community where the sun is hot, the gay love interest is beautiful, and strange fangirlish notions pass through our heads as we try to sleep. Also, there’s a floating cat. Welcome to Night Vale…
In which Ursa sings, Sofie sings, a mysterious man in a mask sings, and also, we talk a bit about Phantom of the Opera. Because nothing says “Happy 75th Episode!” like The Plot, It Goeth Thusly: The Song!
Ursa rounds up this mini-series with a look at fandom, why it’s like belonging to a religion or a political movement, the need to belong, and giving away pieces of your heart. She also talks Nerdfighters, Gryffindor scarves, and her first-ever convention panel (squeee!).
In this episode, Ursa talks Harry Potter slash and fanfic, and why Sherlock, Supernatural and Lord of the Rings all have so much of both, and discusses two hot guys making out as an expression of female desire. …Wait, what?
Did you know the Harry Potter series is now sixteen years old? No? Feel old yet? Never mind, because Harry and friends were Ursa’s Very First Fandom, and she’d like to take you on a trip down memory lane. Movies, books, and fandom ahoy: it’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Themes!
No, not the tournament, it’s Wimbledon, the tennis-based romantic comedy! You know, the one where a last-hope English dude (hooray, Paul Bettany!) wins Wimbledon and has sex with a hot American player? That one. And… hold on just a second. Does that random extra playing a ball boy look a bit… familiar to anyone else?
A beautiful piano rendition of Only Love…with some singing. By me. Enjoy!
It had to happen eventually, right? Ursa and the Porn Critic team up (in person!!) to review Zombie Strippers!, starring Jenna Jameson and Robert Englund, where undead boobs meet existentialism, George W. Bush jokes, and contempt for the audience! Wait, what?
(LANGUAGE, CHILDREN.) Construction noise, costumed passersby, boats, and crash, bang and wallops…children, don’t film your crossovers outside. Even if inside was worse. Also: stop laughing, Jill….
Everyone’s favourite BBC shows get a genderswap crossover, with Sherlock, Joanna, circular Gallifreyan and bonus Hamlet (and maybe even a little Supernatural).
Because why not? (Thanks to Joe Ast…
It’s Ursa’s birthday, so she’s celebrating with a woman who kicks butt and takes names… in spaaaaaaace! It’s the Honorverse series of books that transplants the adventures of Horatio Hornblower into the 41st century (and into a female protagonist). Also featuring Prince Zuko, the suspiciously familiar Ode to Exposition, and a special appearance by our own Porn Critic!
Ursa takes a newbie’s-eye view of the 2009 Star Trek movie, and talks lens flares, Chris Pine, and how this movie relates to Jeremy Brett. No, really. This episode also includes a completely spoiler-free “review” (read: extended impressions session) of Star Trek Into Darkness. Caution: May contain Benedict Cumberbatch.
This week, Ursa delves into the pretty-but-bleak world of Holly Golightly. Featuring Audrey Hepburn, little black dresses, pearls, and an unsettling parallel with Anastasia Steele (can you spot it?), this review covers books, movies, and iconic images.
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.
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?