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December 18

Marco Polo: The Fourth Step  Season 1, Ep 4

Marco has daddy issues. The Blue Princess is back on. Jia is really cruel. [more inside]
posted by unliteral at 3:01 PM - 0 comments

Podcast: Judge John Hodgman: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chambers

We address winter holiday disputes in this all-docket episode (with a special surprise appearance from a past guest).
posted by ocherdraco at 1:11 PM - 0 comments

Breaking Bad: Problem Dog  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 7

A frustrated Walt gambles on a risky new plan. Skyler's business venture hits a snag. Hank recruits Walter, Jr. for an unusual outing. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 8:30 AM - 2 comments

Psycho-Pass: Gauging the Soul  Season 2, Ep 10

Kamui and his group try to locate the Sibyl System by overloading the network, by using the stolen Dominators on a group of 500 hostages. Kasei realizes the goal and orders Akane to kill Kamui by setting off a detonation that would kill all the hostages, pushing Akane further by showing her pictures of her grandmother's murder scene (actual scenes not visible in the episode). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:19 AM - 0 comments

Movie: White Christmas

and Holiday Inn. In White Christmas, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye put on a show to save the General's Inn. In Holiday Inn, Bing Crosby opens an inn that only puts on shows on holidays. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 6:51 AM - 8 comments

Podcast: Roderick on the Line: Ep. 134: "A Minimum of Eels"

The Problem: The Emperor went to Pepperdine. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 5:35 AM - 8 comments

Podcast: Serial: Episode 12: What We Know

On January 13, 1999, Adnan Syed was a hurt and vengeful ex-boyfriend who carried out a premeditated murder. Or he was a bewildered bystander, framed for a crime he could never have committed. After 15 months of reporting, we take out everything we've got - interviews and documents and police reports - we shake it all out, and we see what sticks.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 4:59 AM - 98 comments

December 17

Movie: Go

THE SPIRIT OF 99 VIEWING CLUB – A checkout clerk in need of rent money gives drug dealing a try. A Vegas weekend goes awry. A pair of soap opera actors deal with legal and relationship issues. "You know what I like most about Christmas? The surprises." [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 10:28 PM - 18 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BLACK SCORPION  Season 1, Ep 13

(B&W, Monster, Horror, Mexico, Volcano, Education) Giant scorpions come out of a volcano and attack Mexico. A large number of educated people try to stop them. "BLACK... so you can't see him until he's ready to get you! BLOODLESS... that's why he wants you!" "NOTE: The management reserves the right to put on the lights any time the audience becomes too emotionally disturbed!" We're here. We have made it to the end of the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It's also the end of the early history of MST, and the swan song of Josh "J. Elvis" Weinstein as Dr. Lawrence Erhardt and original voice and performer of Tom Servo. To Weinstein may I just say: "THAAANK YOOOU!" Unavailable on YouTube. First aired February 3, 1990. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 9:37 PM - 8 comments

Person of Interest: The Cold War  Season 4, Ep 10

"Here, Samaritan deploys a variety of non-violent intimidation and manipulation tactics that amount to a well-crafted argument as to why it deserves to win—and “win” means reign supreme over humankind in this case. As the scale of Samaritan’s efforts escalates from the intimate to the epic, its terrifying plot and capacity for destruction are slowly revealed until the tension climaxes with a stunning reveal." - The AV Club [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:06 PM - 6 comments

Podcast: Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast: 326 2014 Holiday Spectacular

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's the year end holiday episode of Comedy Bean Bag with music from The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and guests galore! Director of the Underworld series, Len Wiseman is back for the CBB festivities that will include visits from some spooky ghosts, a naughty elf, and much more. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 8:52 PM - 7 comments

Podcast: The Dead Authors Podcast: Chapter 38: Ian Fleming, featuring Matt Gourley

Chapter 38: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes the creator of James Bond himself, Ian Fleming (Matt Gourley) to the Dead Authors stage. Mr. Fleming is a troubled soul who only wants to be a monstrous misogynist. Is that so much to ask? Apparently so. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 8:42 PM - 5 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #5 Jennicam

In 1996 Jennifer Ringley started Jennicam.org, where she recorded and broadcast her entire life, 24/7. It made her famous. And then, one day, she disappeared from the internet entirely. What'd she figure out about the perils of living publicly before the rest of us did? Alex Goldman tracks her down.
posted by mathowie at 8:17 PM - 12 comments

Podcast: The Best Show with Tom Scharpling: Ballad of a Comeback Kid

A year after Tom Scharpling ended The Best Show's monumental 13-year run on WFMU, it's back as a podcast. Mike! Spike! Gary the Squirrel! Kurt Vile! John Wesley Shipp whipping whips! Steamrollin' chumps with a studio full of equipment from Sam Goody!
posted by jason_steakums at 7:42 PM - 0 comments

American Horror Story: Orphans  Season 4, Ep 10

The death of a Freak sparks troubling behavior in Pepper. Elsa reveals the history of the Freak Show. Desiree grows suspicious of Maggie.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 6:57 PM - 4 comments

Fringe: Over There: Part 2  Season 2, Ep 22

Peter takes a helicopter tour of New York and visits Liberty Island, Olivia proves herself, and William Bell talks shop with the Fringe Division in this, the Science Fiction Double Feature season-ender. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:36 PM - 1 comment

Black Mirror: White Christmas   Season 3, Ep 1

I wish it could be Christmas every day [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:06 PM - 4 comments

Marco Polo: Feast  Season 1, Ep 3

The Cricket Master gets badass. Jingim is made to wriggle. Blue Princess is out, Khutulun is in. [more inside]
posted by unliteral at 3:08 PM - 2 comments

Mad Men: At the Codfish Ball  Rewatch   Season 5, Ep 7

Megan has visitors. Abe takes Peggy to dinner. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 12:46 PM - 11 comments

Podcast: 99% Invisible: 145- Octothorpe

In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings, brands—topics of all kinds. The “#” didn’t always have this meaning, though. It’s had a few different lives... [more inside]
posted by jazon at 5:51 AM - 5 comments

December 16

Movie: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:23 PM - 15 comments

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin: Shadow Slasher  Season 1, Ep 11

In the castle, Alfonso, León, and Germán encounter Bernardo, who is only interested in fighting Germán. While Germán and Bernardo confront each other, Alfonso and León venture deeper into the castle in search of Mendoza.
posted by needled at 6:19 PM - 0 comments

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin: Fallen Blood  Season 1, Ep 10

Alfonso and León join forces due to their shared goal of freeing Valiante from Horrors. Alfonso is introduced to Ema and Germán. Germán misunderstands his relationship to Alfonso, which leads to his reminiscing about his younger days with Anna and Bernardo. Meanwhile, Alfonso prepares a plan for attacking the castle. News of Rafael's death leads Mendoza to remember the origins of his rift with the Makai Order.
posted by needled at 6:07 PM - 0 comments

Marco Polo: The Wolf And The Deer  Season 1, Ep 2

Marco learns more about the Mongol culture, checks out the spices and is schooled in combat. Mei Lin gets badass. Kublai Khan gets badass. [more inside]
posted by unliteral at 3:03 PM - 6 comments

The Wire: Hamsterdam  Season 3, Ep 4

"Why you got to go and fuck with the program?" -Fruit [more inside]
posted by nubs at 2:29 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: This American Life: #542: Wait - Do You Have The Map?

Stories about people feeling lost and trying to figure out how to move ahead: two brothers take a doomed road trip through through Mexico and a couple from radically different backgrounds draw up a contract for their unlikely romance.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:10 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: NPR: Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Holiday Special 2014

The Bullseye Holiday Special returns for 2014! Music expert Mitchell Kezin talks about his new documentary called Jingle Bell Rocks! It dives into the world of alternative and underground Christmas music. Bill Corbett (the veteran writer and performer from RiffTrax and Mystery Science Theater 3000) talks about his new graphic novel called Super-Powered Revenge Christmas. And there’s another exciting Christmas comic out this year:  The Flash Gordon Holiday Special: 2014. Jesse will talk to its authors, The Daily Show writers Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy and their pal Stuart Wellington. Lastly, Jesse reveals his one true holiday tradition.
posted by ocherdraco at 12:00 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Top Five

A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.
posted by mathowie at 10:38 AM - 1 comment

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: The Green Mill Murder  Season 1, Ep 3

Miss Fisher enjoys a night out at a fashionable club, but the good times are rudely interrupted by a less-than-discreet murder. Her dance partner and another of her friends are clearly mixed up in the incident somehow, so Phryne follows a trail of blackmail victims to discover the killer. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 10:38 AM - 7 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Trial by Error  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 13

It's Twelve Angry Men, but not everyone is so angry, and there's more gender balance. Jessica is the foreperson in the case of the car crash that lead to a one-night stand and murder in self-defense. But with Jessica involved, nothing is ever cut and dry, much to the chagrin of nine other jurors.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:18 AM - 1 comment

Breaking Bad: Cornered  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 6

Skyler makes an unsettling discovery. Walter, Jr. pushes his dad into a questionable purchase. Jesse offers Mike some unexpected help. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 8:47 AM - 6 comments

Movie: Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch's beautiful, moody, and lingering tale of a vampire couple (portrayed by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) in what seems to be a faintly apocalyptic world of today. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 6:43 AM - 14 comments

December 15

Movie: Scrooge

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale (1970). Directed by Ronald Neame, starring Albert Finney and more. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:54 PM - 2 comments

The Newsroom: What Kind of Day Has it Been  Season 3, Ep 6

In the series finale, the newsroom staff attends Charlie Skinner's funeral. [more inside]
posted by axiom at 8:51 PM - 19 comments

Gugure! Kokkuri-san: Adult Dropout Cosplay!  Season 1, Ep 11

The household succumbs to even more chaos than usual after Inugami steals Kokkuri's bottle of rejuvenating spring water.
posted by ardgedee at 4:57 PM - 0 comments

Marco Polo: The Wayfarer  Season 1, Ep 1

In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, "Marco Polo" is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China. [IMDB] [more inside]
posted by unliteral at 2:39 PM - 10 comments

Movie: Synecdoche, New York

CRFC8: Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York centers on a theater director named Caden Cotard. Caden, coming off an award winning production of Death of a Salesman, is given a MacArthur grant for his work. With the newfound money he strives to make the most realistic piece of theater ever. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 1:58 PM - 10 comments

Bob's Burgers: Tina, Tailor, Soldier, Spy  Season 5, Ep 7

Tina goes undercover in her old Thundergirls troop to expose a plot most foul, Louise joins her to "help". Meanwhile Gene explores fashion most foul and Linda explores her inner blonde. [more inside]
posted by bjrn at 9:04 AM - 4 comments

Podcast: Welcome to Night Vale: 58 - Monolith

A stone monolith appears overnight in front of City Hall. Plus, a former high school quarterback playing college football, opening ceremonies at the Drawbridge, and updates from the desert otherworld. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 6:39 AM - 5 comments

Podcast: Radiolab from WNYC: Buttons Not Buttons

Buttons are usually small and unimportant. But not always. Sometimes they are a portal to power, freedom, and destruction. Today we thread together tales of taking charge of the little things in life, of fortunes made and lost, and of the ease with which the world can end. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 5:37 AM - 3 comments

December 14

The Librarians: And the Horns of a Dilemma  Season 1, Ep 3

The Librarians' first solo mission hits a snag when Baird loses the others in a magical labyrinth that exists below a skyscraper.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:38 PM - 4 comments

Homeland: "Krieg Nicht Lieb"  Season 4, Ep 11

While the embassy is being cleared out for good, Carrie and Quinn have different agendas. Surprisingly, both get the chance to take out Haqqani, but don't. Quinn's attempt is blighted by Carrie, who is within spitting distance of the target. When Carrie aims at the terrorist, she makes a shocking observation. [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats at 8:56 PM - 9 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Stakeout  Season 2, Ep 11

The unbreakability of Peralta and Boyle's friendship is tested during an eight-day stakeout. Amy and Gina notice that the main characters in Terry's DIY picture book bear a striking resemblance to themselves. Meanwhile, Capt. Holt's nephew (guest star Nick Cannon) draws Diaz's romantic interest, and everything is awkward. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:16 PM - 12 comments

Movie: Whiplash

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. [more inside]
posted by starman at 1:17 PM - 2 comments

Saturday Night Live: Martin Freeman/Charli XCX  Season 40, Ep 9

The star of the Hobbit series, the UK version of The Office, and the FX series Fargo drops by Studio 8H.
posted by Small Dollar at 12:20 PM - 15 comments

Cowboy Bebop: Boogie Woogie Feng Shui  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 21

Jet receives a cryptic e-mail from his old friend, Pao, who is one of the top three feng shui masters on Mars. Or was, as Jet finds Pao's gravestone, where he meets Pao's daughter, Mefia, and some hitmen. Spike and Faye speculate about Jet's relationship to Mefia, which gets to Jet, but they all work together to solve the mystery of the sun stone. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:17 AM - 1 comment

Mad Men: Far Away Places  Rewatch   Season 5, Ep 6

Peggy is rattled by a pitch while Don visits a potential client.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 4:33 AM - 7 comments

December 13

Adventure Time: James Baxter the Horse  Rewatch   Season 5, Ep 19

After watching James Baxter the Horse masterfully cheer up BMO after a tragedy, FDH and JDD decide to learn how to make others happy through entertainment. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 7:52 PM - 10 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Murder by Appointment Only  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 12

Jessica accompanies her nephew, Grady, who is hoping to land a job with the Lila Lee cosmetics firm. Grady's in is his old friend, Todd Amberson, who is the son of one of the firm's partners, Norman Amberson, and nephew to Lila Lee Amberson, the forceful face of the company. Norman's secretary and future bride is Jessica's former English student, Elizabeth Gordon. Unfortunately, not everyone supports the planned marriage between Norman and Elizabeth. When she's murdered during what appears to be a break-in without robbery, Jessica digs in to find out the truth of the crime, and more.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:19 PM - 2 comments

Constantine: The Saint of Last Resorts  Season 1, Ep 8

John and Chas investigate a child abduction in a Mexican convent as a favor to a member of John's Newcastle crew and discover the ancient forces behind the rising darkness. Back in Georgia, Zed's past comes back to haunt her.
posted by Small Dollar at 7:19 PM - 6 comments

Psycho-Pass: Omnipotence Paradox  Season 2, Ep 9

Mika learns the truth of the Sibyl System and her hue is unchanged. Seeing this, Kasei and Togane decide to use Mika to push the ever-calm Akane into darkness. Meanwhile, Akane and the others learn of one of Kamui's school friends, Koichi Kuwashima, who didn't get on the fateful plane. The young man is now an up-and-coming official who seems to be working with Kamui.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:00 PM - 0 comments

Elementary: The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction  Season 3, Ep 7

Joan is hired to find a woman who had mysteriously disappeared five years ago. Joan, Sherlock, and Kitty soon find themselves investigating several disappearances which all had one clue in common: the smell of nutmeg. Is it the signature of a serial killer, or something else?
posted by filthy light thief at 6:00 PM - 15 comments

The Amazing Race: Hooping It Up  Season 25, Ep 11

4 teams race in Manilla on the penultimate leg of a race around the world. [more inside]
posted by julen at 11:15 AM - 9 comments

Star Trek: The Return of the Archons  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 22

The Enterprise travels to Beta III to learn the fate of the U.S.S. Archon, gone missing a century earlier. One member of the landing party disappears, and one returns in a strangely blissful state. Kirk beams down with another landing party; amidst the chaos of "Festival" their hosts asks if they are "Archons." To learn more, Kirk must convince Betan citizens to disobey Landru, the man who has ruled them for 6,000 years - or find those who already resist. But with the Lawgivers everywhere, that task is going to be difficult... [more inside]
posted by Benway at 11:15 AM - 0 comments

Movie: Awakenings

Directed by Penny Marshall in 1990, Awakenings focuses on a group of patients frozen in a trance like state until Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) begins to experiment with a drug called L-DOPA. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 8:55 AM - 7 comments

The Walking Dead: TS-19  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 6

In the Season 1 finale, the group finds shelter at the CDC, and Rick learns a disturbing secret. Of course, the relative safety and comfort doesn't last long...
posted by escape from the potato planet at 8:26 AM - 10 comments

Breaking Bad: Shotgun  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 5

When Jesse goes missing, Walt fears the worst. Skyler has an unlikely reunion. Hank shares some bad news with Detective Tim Roberts. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 7:50 AM - 5 comments

Project Runway All Stars: Luck Be A Lady  Season 4, Ep 6

Designers roll the dice to determine their fabric and the occasion for which the outfit will be worn. Denim/Brocade/Lace/Silk and for Dmitry, "I'd rather shoot myself" Velvet. The events were Bachelorette Party/Awards Ceremony/Gallery Opening/Sunday Brunch and wtf? Masquerade Ball? [more inside]
posted by TWinbrook8 at 3:55 AM - 17 comments

December 12

Grimm: Chupacabra  Season 4, Ep 8

When a traveler inadvertently brings a blood-sucking legend to Portland, Nick and Hank investigate el chupacabra's gruesome trail; Monroe and Rosalee prepare to leave for their honeymoon; Wu confronts Nick about what he has been seeing.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:19 PM - 8 comments

Podcast: How Did This Get Made?: 99 A View To a Kill: LIVE (w/ Matt Gourley, Matt Mira)

In a very special podcast cross-over event, Bond experts Matt Gourley and Matt Mira of James Bonding join Paul, June, and Jason to figure out if A View To a Kill is the worst Bond movie of all time. Recorded LIVE at Largo in Los Angeles, they cover h...
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 11:51 AM - 14 comments