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August 4

Rick and Morty: Mortynight Run  Season 2, Ep 2

Morty attempts to save a life. [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus at 11:17 AM - 14 comments

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Auditions  Season 1, Ep 4

Camp Tiger Claw rips up some money, Andy regales us with "Champagne Eyes," J.J. thinks he's a turtle, and Logan's not dragging - it's just that kind of tune. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 10:18 AM - 9 comments

Movie: Bull Durham

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 8:17 AM - 6 comments

Movie: Major League

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 8:00 AM - 12 comments

Movie: A League of Their Own

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 7:46 AM - 5 comments

Movie: The Sandlot

A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team. Together, they get themselves into many adventures involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 7:37 AM - 6 comments

Movie: Moneyball

Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 7:31 AM - 3 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 263: Prank House

What do you get when you take one of Hollywood's most beloved pranksters and force him to live with one of Hollywood's most phantasmal pranksters? You get the latest gem in the USA Network roster.   Suggested talking points: Back to School, Crying in Court, Jelly Justice Pt. 2, Grocery Strength, 20 Minutes of Slimer Talk
posted by drezdn at 6:15 AM - 0 comments

August 3

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The case for Washington D.C. statehood  Season 2, Ep 23

This week.... Afghanistan reports Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar has died; it's been revealed that he actually died in 2013 and the Taliban has been lying about it ever since, and has even been releasing statements in his name. Three teenage girls in Chechnya bilked ISIL fighters, who thought they were securing themselves brides, out of thousands of dollars. A member of British Parliament, Lord Sewel resigns as deputy speaker of the House of Lords in the wake of a scandal after a video surfaced purportedly showing him taking cocaine with prostitutes. John Oliver supplies some context on the House of Lords. And Now: Ten Actual Titles of Current Members of the British House of Lords, Paired With Photos of Pets Who Look Like They Would Have That Name. Main story: On statehood for Washington D.C. (YouTube, 17m) John Oliver presents a rewrite of the song that names the fifty states alphabetically to cover the plight of Washington D.C., and sings it with 19 kids. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 3:47 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: Welcome to Night Vale: 71 - The Registry of Middle School Crushes

A heist is planned. Plus the answer to last week's quiz and news about The Trial of the Century. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 at 2:37 PM - 8 comments

Movie: 21 Up

3rd in the series of Michael Apted's "Up Series" documentaries, this episode tracks our more mature and insightful protagonists as they enter adulthood, exploring both their lives and their thoughts about the two earlier films. Lynn is married and running a bookmobile, Simon works as a meatpacker, Sue seems happy as a travel agent, Paul the same as a bricklayer, Bruce studies advanced math and calls himself a Socialist, wealthy Suzy smokes and seems quite world-weary, Charles (making his last appearance) waxes philosophic, no-longer-so-shy Nick studies physics at Oxford, Neil squats in poverty, Peter lives in a dump with college roommates and taxi driver Tony and posh John argue about who came off worst in the earlier films. Spoilers for the entire series allowed as we continue weekly every 7 years to 56 Up. [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 11:13 AM - 0 comments

Podcast: Writing Excuses: Writing Excuses 10.31: How Do I Control the Reader’s Sense of Progress?

This month’s Master Class episodes focus on pacing, and we’re dividing the concept of pacing into two parts: the first is the sense of progress within the story, and the second is the sense of the passage of time. In this episode we tackle that first bit, and discuss how we communicate progress to the readers. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 10:45 AM - 1 comment

Podcast: This American Life: #562: The Problem We All Live With

Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there's one thing nobody tries anymore, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program. First of a two-part series. [more inside]
posted by damayanti at 9:13 AM - 7 comments

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Activities  Season 1, Ep 3

Rehearsals go wrong! Stories get spilled! Camp Directors Mutate! Gifts get given! Horns get blown! Also Identities get blown! Arms get really good! Strap in! [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 9:12 AM - 11 comments

Movie: The Spirit of the Beehive

A sensitive seven-year-old girl living in 1940 in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world after viewing "Frankenstein." Available to watch commercial-free for Hulu subscribers here, and to rent from iTunes here. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:00 AM - 6 comments

The Strain: The Silver Angel  Season 2, Ep 4

Angel de la Plata is introduced; Fett says "boom boom" and means it; a TV reporter files their most memorable report yet; and this episode's ambitious cold open of B-movie footage is both a send-up and fond depiction of the vampire genre. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:32 AM - 5 comments

True Detective: Black Maps and Motel Rooms  Season 2, Ep 7

Ray, Ani and Paul take precautionary measures to elude detection and untangle a dark mystery; Frank deals with the fallout of his betrayal. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:23 AM - 109 comments

Halt and Catch Fire: Heaven Is A Place  Season 2, Ep 10

Following last week's events, Westgroup faces millions in losses from Cameron sneaking Sonaris into a Mutiny tech demo for Joe. Cameron leads Mutiny without Tom and Boz get back to work, but struggle to get network time. Joe signs his divorce papers. Gordon goes to therapy, and the truth comes out. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva at 6:56 AM - 5 comments

Adventure Time: The Gut Grinder  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 26

Is Jake secretly a monster that has been stealing gold from village after village?
posted by drezdn at 5:35 AM - 0 comments

August 2

Masters of Sex: Undue Influence  Season 3, Ep 4

Masters seeks advice on convincing Johnson to go on a book tour; Margaret Scully and her new partner seek help at the clinic; Virginia is distracted by news of Henry; Libby tries to help Paul and Joy.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:44 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
posted by jbickers at 6:05 PM - 8 comments

Fringe: Neither Here Nor There  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 1

Agent Lincoln Lee is introduced to the team via the unnerving death of his partner. Olivia and Fauxlivia snipe at each other while trading secrets. Walter is (justifiably?) paranoid about Walternate. And the Observers discuss Mr. Not-Appearing-In-This-Episode. Redverse? Blueverse? Welcome to the Amberverse.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:51 PM - 0 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Sanctuary  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 10

A new species is looking for a new home.
posted by Solomon at 3:47 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Fast Five

Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:49 PM - 8 comments

Podcast: Mystery Show: Case #6 Kotter

Starlee investigates a mysterious Welcome Back, Kotter lunch box.
posted by radioamy at 12:17 PM - 12 comments

Movie: Man of the Year

A comedian who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected. [more inside]
posted by nubs at 12:13 PM - 0 comments

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Lunch  Season 1, Ep 2

Lindsay shows up at camp. Coop saves Kevin from some embarrassment. Donna and Coop have words. Gail and Jonas announce their engagement. A new soccer counselor arrives. Rehearsals continue, but with mandated breaks. And Mitch comes clean. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 8:45 AM - 14 comments

August 1

Shameless (US): My Oldest Daughter  Season 4, Ep 2

Frank tells Carl his liver has “finally given up.” “No more alcohol. Just drugs — whatever you can get me.” Carl tries to find drugs and a liver transplant for Frank. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 6:43 PM - 0 comments

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Campers Arrive  Season 1, Ep 1

June 24th, 1981 - 7:45 am. Camp Director Mitch attempts to exert control over his teenaged group of counselors. Andy arrives a week late to work and sets his sights on Katie. Coop is super-excited to see his girlfriend Donna again. Susie and Ben get started on their opening night musical theatre production. Victor and Neil make a bet. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 8:01 AM - 18 comments

Star Trek: Bread and Circuses  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 25

The Enterprise investigates the disappearance of the SS Beagle and discover a planet modeled after a modern version of the Roman Empire where the crew must participate in brutal gladiatorial games. [more inside]
posted by Benway at 6:52 AM - 2 comments

July 31

Rectify: Girl Jesus  Season 3, Ep 4

Daniel struggles to follow the terms of his probation. Teddy pushes Tawney into making a painful confession. Janet loses her temper with Ted, Sr. [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 9:14 PM - 1 comment

Farscape: DNA Mad Scientist  Season 1, Ep 9

In exchange for samples of their DNA, a genetic scientist offers the Moyans star charts to reach their respective homeworlds, but his demands become too extreme when he takes one of Pilot's arms and his experiments result in Aeryn mutating into a Pilot hybrid. [via]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 5:38 PM - 9 comments

Movie: Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a 1988 American science fiction horror comedy movie made by The Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 2:28 PM - 2 comments

Dark Matter: Episode Eight  Season 1, Ep 8

The crew stop at a space station to refuel and rest, but Six has a different agenda, which has to do with revenge. Meanwhile, One is taken aback by an unwelcome revelation.
posted by rednikki at 1:32 PM - 5 comments

Killjoys: Kiss Kiss Bye Bye  Season 1, Ep 7

The quest to uncover the mystery behind D'avin's missing memories leads the Killjoys to an underground black market and triggers a shocking incident that will haunt the team.
posted by rednikki at 1:30 PM - 8 comments

Adventure Time: Finn Meets His Hero  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 25

Finn and Jake meet the legendary Billy. Unfortunately, he's given up the hero game.
posted by drezdn at 1:00 PM - 2 comments

UnREAL: Princess  Season 1, Ep 9

The final three are narrowed down to the last two. Faith displays some surprising savvy about her and Adam's respective situations; Anna and Grace get blinded by the competition. Quinn uses her knowledge of everyone else's after-hours activities to shore up her power, but Dr. Wagerstein makes a surprising play. [more inside]
posted by psoas at 10:02 AM - 3 comments

BoJack Horseman: Still Broken  Season 2, Ep 3

A funeral brings the cast of Horsin' Around back together and sends them off on a treasure hunt. Princess Carolyn talks her way into a jam and into the paws of Mr. Peanutbutter who decides to have some fun at her expense.
posted by Atreides at 6:59 AM - 8 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 15. Step Away

‘Step-‘, as in stepparents or stepchildren, originated in grief. Family structures have evolved, but are stepmothers now so tainted by fairytale associations with the word ‘wicked’ that we need new terminology? Lore’s Aaron Mahnke stops by to describe the lovelessness, literary tropes and life expectancy around ‘step-‘. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 6:16 AM - 0 comments

July 30

Hannibal: ...And the Woman Clothed With the Sun  Season 3, Ep 9

The Great Red Dragon eats some pie. Hannibal and Will definitely don't eyefuck each other into oblivion. Freddie says what we were all thinking. Jack, you fucker! Hannibal, you fucker! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:10 PM - 244 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 20. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Three

In this installment, the question isn't 'Will our heroes survive,' it's, 'What's going to kill them first?' Our money's on either the elevator shaft full of sentient vines, or the godlike criminal waiting for them at the top of said shaft. Magnus has an embarrassing pants accident. Taako runs out of juice. Merle goes walking in Memphis.
posted by drezdn at 10:10 AM - 3 comments

Angel: Lonely Hearts  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

Angel meets Det. Kate Lockley of the LAPD as they both hunt a serial killer. Kate thinks it's Angel, but of course it's a demon. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:54 AM - 4 comments

Angel: City Of  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

The only Joss Whedon-directed episode of the first season, the series premiere brings Angel (David Boreanaz) to Los Angeles, where he saves some girls from vampires and realizes that he's closer to turning bad than he'd like. Fortunately, Doyle (Glenn Quinn) is there as a representative of The Powers That Be to get Angel back on the right track. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:20 AM - 6 comments

Deutschland 83: Bold Guard  Season 1, Ep 7

As preparations for NATO’s nuclear war game intensify, Martin receives an order from East Germany that cements his fears about their paranoia. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 7:55 AM - 5 comments

Movie: The Spy Who Loved Me

James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed. [more inside]
posted by doctornecessiter at 3:52 AM - 21 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TEENAGE CAVEMAN  Season 3, Ep 15

(1958, Black & White, Roger Corman, Samuel Z. Arkoff) "Prehistoric Lovers Against Primitive Beasts!" Rebellous young caveman Robert Vaughn ventures into an area forbidden by his tribe's laws in order to discover A SHOCKING TWIST ENDING!! With shorts Aquatic Wizards (a newsreel cavalcade of water skiing) and Catching Trouble (woodsman Ross Allen terrorizes Everglades wildlife). The second Roger Corman movie the guys faced. Most of it is standard 50s cheese, but the twist ending maybe have been slightly more effective when it was made, and everyone wasn't half expecting it from the beginning. Of the shorts, Catching Trouble is a classic. It's easy to build up a serious loathing for Ross Allen by the end of it, so Joel and the 'bots little pageant where they run a Ross action figure through a gauntlet of revenge is wonderfully cathartic. YouTube (2h) Premiered November 9, 1991. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 1:16 AM - 7 comments

July 29

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Living Conditions  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 2

Buffy's convinced her irritating roommate Kathy is a demon. She's right.
posted by yellowbinder at 10:14 PM - 10 comments

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Freshman  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 1

While Willow and Oz take to college life quickly, Buffy feels adrift until she meets a fellow awkward student. When he disappears, she investigates to find a gang of vampires preying on freshmen.
posted by yellowbinder at 10:04 PM - 19 comments

Mr. Robot: eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf  Season 1, Ep 6

Elliot attempts to hack Vera out of jail in order to save someone he cares about; Tyrell’s “game” gets crazy; and Angela digs deeper into her mother’s death.
posted by Catblack at 8:59 PM - 13 comments

Movie: Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder

Dark forces older than time itself are on the attack, hell-bent on stopping the dawn of a wondrous new green age. Don't you hate when that happens? Even more shocking: Bender's in love with a married fembot, and Leela's on the run from the law - Zapp Brannigan's law! Fry is the last hope of the universe, recruited for an ultra-top-secret mission. Could this be the end of the Planet Express crew forever? Say it ain't so, meatbag! [more inside]
posted by numaner at 3:56 PM - 2 comments

Pretty Little Liars: FrAmed  Season 6, Ep 8

Aria’s big moment of seeing her work displayed in an art gallery is in jeopardy as Ella is determined to keep her safe at home. Hanna is still uncomfortable with the scholarship money and is determined to give it back. The one normal high-school rite of passage the girls are looking forward to is in danger as Rosewood High is considering not letting the PLLs attend prom due to security issues. Meanwhile, the more Alison doubts that young blonde haired boy she sees in the photos and in her memories could become a deranged killer. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:05 AM - 15 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Second Sight  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 9

While noted scientist Gideon Seyetik is preparing for an ambitious project to re-ignite a star, Sisko is intrigued by a woman who keeps disappearing. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 5:36 AM - 8 comments

July 28

Movie: Evil Dead II

When friends Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell set out to turn their 1978 short Within the Woods into a full-length film on a shoestring budget, what they came up with was The Evil Dead; a nauseating film, sure, but also a thunderstorm in a bottle that managed to splice black comedy with innovative technique to make a hugely beloved cult horror mainstay. But how could anybody follow up such an apparent fluke with a sequel? Well, if you're Raimi and Campbell, you take another run at the same story, with the insanity turned up to 11, and in the process you practically invent a new genre of film.
posted by churl at 8:56 PM - 10 comments

Farscape: That Old Black Magic  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 8

On a commerce planet, Crichton finds himself lured into an alternate reality controlled by Maldis, a being who feeds off negative energy. He is pitted against Crais in a fight to the death, leaving Zhaan to tap into her old darkness to try and help him. [via]
posted by Squeak Attack at 8:33 PM - 11 comments

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Death Comes Knocking  Season 2, Ep 2

With Aunt Prudence swept up in the new spiritualist fad, Phryne becomes embroiled in a murder committed 10 years prior on the battlefield.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:30 PM - 2 comments

Under the Dome: Caged  Season 3, Ep 6

Big Jim is captured and forced to manipulate Christine; Norrie and Joe get into trouble after questioning the town's new rules. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:11 PM - 7 comments

Podcast: Slack Variety Pack: Episode 6 - Panic Pack

OH MY. Someone just stole all my passwords! My parents have NO clue what I do for a living!! I think my disposable coffee cup lid has been touched by a dozen strangers!!! AND I'm 12,500 feet under the ocean, stuck on the deck of the Titanic!!!... Welcome to Episode 6: The Panic Pack. Breathe in... breathe out. You're in a safe place now. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 3:19 PM - 0 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 262: Where Everybody Flies a Plane

Apologies in advance: We recorded this episode in a hurry, thanks to some chaotic McElroy family travel adventures -- as a result, Travis recorded with the wrong mic. Now, as for the 10 minutes of vamping on the theme song for Wings: We have no excuse for that.   Suggested talking points: 10 Year Jump Analysis, Dweezil Zappa's Love Party, Earthquake Sex, Tectosexual, Wings, Muscle Puzzles, Ewok Butt Carriers, Kevin Sorbones, Lice Bryce
posted by drezdn at 1:24 PM - 1 comment

July 27

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mandatory minmum sentencing in the US  Season 2, Ep 22

This week.... The Obama administration reaches a historic deal with Iran, but has difficulty selling it to Congress. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is in Russia to kick off preparations for the 2018 World Cup. Ashley Madison, a website that encourages and helps set up affairs between married people, was hacked and the responsible parties threaten to release records on their userbase. LWT produced a short message exhorting married citizens of Ottawa not to have affairs. Main story: The absurdity of mandatory minimum sentencing laws in the US. YouTube (15m) And Now: Unnecessary Full Disclosure. Ukraine threatens to blacklist Gérard Depardieu as a threat to their national security (Guardian) for a statement made last year at a film festival. Over the closing credits, LWT provides a brief slideshow of photos of Depardieu set to "cartoonishly French music." [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 11:05 PM - 6 comments

The Strain: Fort Defiance  Season 2, Ep 3

Gus and Vaun wage an attack on Palmer as Eph struggles to connect with Zack. Councilwoman Justine Faraldo vows to bring her extermination policies to the other boroughs. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:45 PM - 11 comments