Are we doing this? Is anyone planning to do this? There's got to be some appetite for liberal drama in the age of Trump on here, right??
I am toying with this idea, in part because of chainsofreedom's new fictional "in these trying times" club and Miko's excellent recent ask. Except these days, most of what I read is nonfiction. Anyone up for a nonfiction #resisting club tackling useful works to know about? I'm thinking a mix of history, maybe some political thought, maybe some sociology kinds of things. Suggestions inside the cut. [more inside]
Inspired by this comment, would folks be interested in assembling a club to watch and discuss films in the context of the current U.S. administration and/or the rightward tilt of the world? The idea would be to draw from a broad base of films, albeit with more of an emphasis on things that can create uplift or provide guidance about how to go forward rather than pure criticism of the present. Asking because I am terrible at running clubs, but sort-of-okay about joining them. [more inside]
Is anyone else out there watching the new US reality show Hunted based on the UK show of the same name? It premiered Sunday, January 22 and there's another episode coming Wednesday. It's pretty ridiculous, but I'd love to chat about it.
I'm noticing something interesting which is that a lot of the first few posts in a thread tend to be something like "This is a spoiler-free description of whether or not this thing is worth watching"; People will go into a thread about a thing they've never watched to get a sense of whether or not the thing is worth watching and find spoiler-free reviews there written by other people who also do the same thing. I think this is an interesting observation & maybe something we want to support officially, because spoilers should be frankly assumed in general. [more inside]
I'm going to post episodes to discuss The Young Pope. You are invited to join.
After nearly a year, the next Friday the 13th is upon us. That means it is time for part five of the Friday the 13th movie club. [more inside]
I'm just wondering if anybody has seen this Korean drama. I found this by accident on Netflix. I was just looking for a simple Korean show (as a study aid for learning Korean) and the user ratings for this jumped out at me. I raised my eyebrows in doubt (I'm not a k-drama guy) and read some of the reviews. A lot of raters said they figured "meh, why not", and ended up binging. I was skepticaI, but curious, and thought that it's going to be the standard k-pop-ish k-drama ... you know, girls swooning/fighting over boys with loads of additional saccharine on top. Welp, I was wrong, wrong, wrong. Next thing I know I've binged all 12 episodes. [more inside]
I'm interested in reading through Terry Pratchett's excellent Discworld novels with MeFites. This post is to gauge interest, and make a plan for the order in which to read his (fairly extensive) Discworld oeuvre. [more inside]
Is anyone interested in talking about an Adam Curtis documentary? (In related questions: does anyone know a way for me to watch parts two and three of All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace? I am willing to pay!) I have been working my way through his catalog (which, taken all in a row, is pretty intense) and would be interested in talking about some of his movies. All Watched Over is my strongest contender, if I can find the other parts. But also The Way of All Flesh, or his film about Nick Leeson, or the Century of the Self... I'm flexible!
Which series will you be following for Winter 2017? [more inside]
It's college football bowl season, which is the most pointlessly fun part of the year for CFB fans and includes the playoffs for the FBS level and the end of the playoffs for the lower levels. Any chance we can get a Special Event to commemorate and discuss it?
Richard Kelly is known for unusual films (Donnie Darko and especially Southland Tales, unquestionably one of my all time favorites). So even his touted attempt at a big "commercial" thriller, 2009's The Box, gets odd and confusing in a way that only he could manage. It was panned by critics and tanked at the box office, but it's pretty interesting and I think it's due for a reevaluation. This is our Strange Club off-kilter holiday pick of 2016. Post goes live Monday, Dec. 19.
I've recently been listening to the podcast Politics Inside Out by marketplace. I have been really enjoying the topics brought up for discussion, but the show is super short and often makes me want some follow up thinking and hashing of things. [more inside]
Now that the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine rewatch is drawing to a close, we have tossed around some ideas about what Star Trek to cover next in recent threads. Let's organize our thoughts here and hash it out. [more inside]
FanFare has categories for TV, Movies, Podcasts and Books. What do folks think of the idea of using FanFare as a place to talk about video games? [more inside]
I've requested that Travelers - the new sci-fi show from Brad Wright (Stargate franchise) - be added. Is anyone else watching it?
Would anyone be interested in a Deadwood rewatch? [more inside]
Just finished bingeing the Netflix Gilmore Girls revival. Anyone want to chat about it? Let me know, and I'll post a thread for the whole shebang!
In light of recent events, I've been rereading The Handmaid's Tale. I'd love to discuss it here. Is anyone else interested?
Spoiler-friendly zone for discussing Society Game, a Korean variety show broadly similar to Survivor. [more inside]
The Clone Wars is getting pretty popular these days. From inspiring characters in the next Star Wars film to being a foundation for Rebels, it's echoing strongly in the present. How about a rewatch? [more inside]
Is anyone planning to post a thread for tonight's Rocky Horror Picture Show remake on Fox? Should the thread go up after the show as per Fanfare custom, or should this be a live-blog as per RHPS tradition?
It is considered a spoiler to discuss the title of a forthcoming but as yet unshown episode of a show? It's quite common these days for future episode titles to become known or even be announced, but I could imagine some people might try to avoid even these. Do we have a FanFare policy on this? [more inside]
I don't read tons of crime fiction, but I just finished Tana French's new novel The Trespassers and thought it would be fun to talk about it or the previous books, anyone else interested? [more inside]
I have 2 things: First thing is: It seems that the automated Fanfare code is pulling in the IMDB page for the 5-minute-each web series instead of the full length HBO series that is actually being discussed. Second thing is: I noticed that the series High Maintenance is on here as being on Season 7 and I'm wondering how that's being reckoned? I'm asking because it seems that there are 4 seasons of content I'm missing out on and I would like to know how to find them. According to IMDB there were 2 seasons of the web series (which I watched in their entirety last night) and the HBO series is on season 1. Am I missing something, is there more?
Hey all! So Strange Club was going well for a bit in 2015, and then dropped off the radar entirely in 2016. I'm feeling the itch to get it started back up again, though, after attending Fantastic Fest and having my love for inexplicable, visionary cinema rekindled. So let's get back in the saddle. [more inside]
Anyone else watching Amazon Prime's Crisis in Six Scenes? [more inside]
Cagemas weekend is here at last! Just wondering who plans to be posting episode threads.
Anyone out there watching The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim? I think it's kind of amazing and a worthy successor to Space Ghost Coast to Coast. It might not be everyone's cup of tea and you have to be a little cracked to dig it, though. Good thing is all the episodes are only 11 minutes long so you can go binge the first three seasons and still have plenty of daylight left.
I got an email from PJ and Alex of Reply All yesterday: "Hello! We have some exciting news, but we need to be a little secretive... Your favorite podcast co-hosts — PJ & Alex of Reply All (duh!) — have a new show. It's called Secret Chatroom. It's live, it's interactive, and it's monthly. It's an hour long, and it's for Gimlet Members only. That's really all we can say. Trust us, though, you won't want to miss it." [more inside]
Recently the anime charts have been posted and let's discuss which series we're following here. [more inside]
It bounces up on youtube immediately, and with iPlayer and the Beeb extension for Chrome, discussion could be pretty immediate and topical. Mitchell Brooks school fans represent!
I only caught bits and pieces of Strangers with Candy when it first aired, but I notice it's on Hulu. Would anyone be up for some FanFaring? I could see doing either a "rewatch" or "first watch" run.
Is anyone considering putting up a post for the final Tragically Hip show? I'm still trying to figure out how to watch from the US and potentially mid-trip or I would volunteer.
I notice there are threads for all the Harry Potter books and films. The follow-up play has just opened in London and the script on which it is based has been published worldwide today. Any chance of a FF thread to discuss the script? Perhaps with comments by people who have seen the production?
Would there be interest in adding discussions for a few political podcasts? With the size of the election threads on the blue quickly reaching into the thousands of comments, I thought maybe this might be a good way to have a more focused conversation. [more inside]
At last, the long hiatus is at an end! Sure, there were five episodes a couple of weeks ago, but starting Monday of next week Cartoon Universe will be showing new episodes of Steven Universe every weekday for four weeks. With how deprived show fans have been (and how fanatical they tend to be), the excitement over new episodes has been running extremely high! Are you new to the show, or need to catch up? Don't worry, I got yo' number.... [more inside]
I recently started listening to ars PARADOXICA (via collectallfour's AskMe) and am really enjoying it. Is there any interest in adding it to the FanFare podcast feeds? [more inside]
The 'new' season of The Great British Baking Show currently airing on PBS is actually last summer's season of The Great British Bake-Off. Is there any way to bump the old Bake-Off posts onto the front page, so that the season can be discussed without there being two posts about the same episode? [more inside]
So every so often I google 'Hannibal season 4' and today there were a couple articles... [more inside]
Is an "all season" post appropriate to discuss stuff that comes out before the show's premiere? [more inside]
I just got into this and it's so addicting. You can read the whole thing here. Here's the MeFi post for it. I'd like to have a discussion topic for this, and I suppose this can work, or maybe someone can create a Book entry for it?
Sometimes plans change. This week we'll be discussing Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle). This film was already posted earlier this year, so the discussion will happen at the old thread. It's on YouTube for $3 in the US.
Next up, on Monday, June 13, is Orson Welles's Touch of Evil, widely considered to mark the end of the classic film noir era:
Welles' Mexican border-town B-movie classic Touch of Evil (1958) is generally considered the last film in the classic cycle of film noirs. It starred Charlton Heston as Vargas - a naive Mexican-American narcotics cop, Janet Leigh as his imperiled, honeymooning wife Susan, and Welles' own corrupt and corpulent local cop Hank Quinlan. The film also featured a comeback appearance by cigar-smoking bordello madam Marlene Dietrich, and a breathtaking opening credits sequence filmed in a single-take.--Filmsite.org [more inside]
Recently the anime charts have been posted and let's discuss which series we're following here. [more inside]
Next Film Noir Club Selection is Robert Aldrich's 1955 masterpiece Kiss Me Deadly, found streaming here in HD on YouTube. This selection will be posted Thursday, June 9.
Next feature in the Film Noir club is 1954's Pushover starring Fred MacMurray, E.G. Marshall, and introducing Kim Novak. Streaming here on YouTube, going to post this on Tuesday, June 7. [more inside]
Lady Dynamite just dropped on Netflix this weekend. I'd love to hear responses, but I've accidentally binged the entire thing before thinking of starting a Fanfare post, and I suspect many of y'all also did. [more inside]
After beating Benfica and Dnipro, only Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool stand between Unay Emery taking the Europa League trophy to Seville for the third consecutive season. [more inside]
The Film Noir Club is back with this gem from Sam Fuller: The Naked Kiss, streaming here on YouTube.
Reboot of the Voltron series with updated animation and characters. The series is produced by Dreamworks and distributed by Netflixs. Legendary Defender centers on five Earth teenagers — Keith, Lance, Hunk, Pidge and Shiro — who are thrown into the middle of an intergalactic battle and become the last line of defense for Arus and other planets against an evil alien force led by King Zarkon. (USAToday) [more inside]
So, I created a Cycling Club as a trial balloon just to see if anyone is interested in talking about pro racing of any kind (no motorized doping though!). You can find it here. I know there have been decent comment totals on Blue posts in the past concerning racing, but if it fizzles out NBD. [more inside]
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