April 14

Strange Club movie for Monday: THE LOVE WITCH (Anna Biller, 2016)

Currently streaming on Amazon Prime, and often cited as one of the best films of 2016. [more inside]
posted by naju at 12:55 PM - 0 comments

April 10


An amazingly funny YouTuber who also posts serious stuff sometimes. His voice is so calm that it could put you to sleep, but you don't fall asleep because you are so engaged in his content. [more inside]
posted by definitely_not_joe_newman at 3:25 PM - 0 comments

April 9

special characters are ?? in title Un village fran��ais

Could someone fix the title for Un village fran��ais where the special characters are ?? Should be Un village français [more inside]
posted by cda at 2:35 PM - 1 comment

March 25

Twin Peaks redux?

So I'm not sure what the protocol is for a show that has already been done in Fanfare, but in the lead up to the new series, I started KidRuki on Twin Peaks for the first time tonight. Kid's coming into this completely unspoiled, and it is fascinating to watch it through Kid's eyes. (Kid thinks Audrey did it!) Can we do a re-watch until new episodes air in May?
posted by Ruki at 9:20 PM - 5 comments

Most commented or recommended shows?

Sorry if this has been asked before, I don't visit FF much. I see there's a "most commented in the past 7 days" feature but there is one for all time, or the past year? My taste likely overlaps with most mefites so I'd be interested in the most popular shows/movies. Or is there some other way to do "if you liked THIS then you'll like THAT"? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 12:58 PM - 7 comments

March 23

Any interest in a comic book club?

We've had a couple of discussions about comics already, is there any interest in having a fanfare comic book club? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 1:29 PM - 9 comments

March 16

Strange Club Movie for Monday: THE DEVILS (Ken Russell, 1971)

This movie looks absolutely insane, blasphemous, reprehensible, and devoid of all merit. In other words, it's a perfect fit for Strange Club. It's also been super unavailable and impossible to track down in uncut form, UNTIL NOW: it appeared on the streaming service Shudder yesterday in a 109-minute unrated cut - "the most complete version of the film in existence." Lots of people are justifiably freaking out. Let's watch it. [more inside]
posted by naju at 8:18 PM - 1 comment

March 8

The Guardian Wants You to Tell Them Why You Love Buffy

The Guardian is going to celebrate 20 years of BtVS. "If you’re a fan of the American television series, we want to hear what it means to you and see your collections." Story includes online form.
posted by pjsky at 2:23 PM - 0 comments

February 27

Discussing story heavy games?

I just finished Night in the Woods, which is a story heavy interactive fiction game (blue thread here). I know that Fanfare doesn't have a game category, but what are the chances we could have a discussion for it here?
posted by codacorolla at 11:08 AM - 14 comments

February 25

Anyone interested in talking about Terrace House?

I've just started watching the Japanese reality TV show Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the City. It has been described as a show that 'fixes what's broken in reality TV' as it 'finds meaning in mundane human interaction'. Are there any MeFites who have been watching it and want to discuss? Episode-by-episode or whole-series?
posted by Panthalassa at 6:32 AM - 4 comments

February 23

The Good Fight on Fanfare

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??
posted by ominous_paws at 3:37 AM - 5 comments

February 16

Drugs! What'd they give you? Thorazine? Haldol? How much?

12 Monkeys [fanfare] season 2? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 10:49 PM - 3 comments

February 7

Interest in a nonfiction #resistance club?

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]
posted by sciatrix at 11:35 AM - 15 comments

February 5

Movies for the Current Administration Club

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]
posted by Going To Maine at 1:35 PM - 4 comments

January 23

Hunted interest?

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.
posted by Night_owl at 7:14 PM - 3 comments

January 14

New post type - "Should I watch this?"/Spoiler-free "Reviews of"

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]
posted by bleep at 12:12 PM - 14 comments

January 13

habemus papam iuvenibus

I'm going to post episodes to discuss The Young Pope. You are invited to join.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:08 PM - 4 comments

January 8

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

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]
posted by Literaryhero at 7:56 PM - 1 comment

January 2

Hello, My Twenties / Age of Youth

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]
posted by forforf at 3:04 PM - 2 comments

December 30

Terry Pratchett Book Club

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]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:42 PM - 24 comments

December 27

Adam Curtis documentaries

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!
posted by latkes at 7:55 AM - 14 comments

December 23

Winter 2017 Anime

Which series will you be following for Winter 2017? [more inside]
posted by needled at 3:02 PM - 8 comments

December 17

Special Event Request - College Football Bowl Season

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?
posted by Etrigan at 8:08 AM - 1 comment

December 15

Strange Club's Christmas movie for Monday: THE BOX (2009, Richard Kelly)

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.
posted by naju at 2:55 PM - 0 comments

December 14

Politics Inside Out + Side of Beans?

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]
posted by Feantari at 10:13 AM - 0 comments

December 13

(Get a) Life After Deep Space Nine

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]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 2:11 PM - 37 comments

FanFare: Video Game Threads OK?

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]
posted by sourcequench at 1:00 PM - 3 comments

December 9


I've requested that Travelers - the new sci-fi show from Brad Wright (Stargate franchise) - be added. Is anyone else watching it?
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 9:40 AM - 6 comments

December 1

Feels like an indy

Anyone else see Freaks of Nature (2015)? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 7:00 PM - 0 comments

November 29


Would anyone be interested in a Deadwood rewatch? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 4:52 PM - 18 comments

November 25

Gilmore Girls revival?

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!
posted by Ragini at 11:56 AM - 9 comments

November 16

The Handmaid's Tale, anyone?

In light of recent events, I've been rereading The Handmaid's Tale. I'd love to discuss it here. Is anyone else interested?
posted by SisterHavana at 4:20 PM - 15 comments

November 6

Society Game discussion megathread

Spoiler-friendly zone for discussing Society Game, a Korean variety show broadly similar to Survivor. [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa at 5:18 PM - 30 comments

October 27

Holiday Movie Club 2016

With November fast approaching, let's plan for the 2016 Holiday Movie Club! [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:26 AM - 24 comments

October 26

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Rewatch?

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]
posted by Atreides at 12:10 PM - 3 comments

October 20

Rocky Horror Picture Show on Fox

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?
posted by oh yeah! at 5:47 AM - 8 comments

October 19

Discussing titles of forthcoming episodes?

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]
posted by Major Clanger at 8:02 AM - 8 comments

October 18

Tana French novels (The Trespasser etc) - any interest?

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]
posted by whir at 9:12 PM - 7 comments

October 17

Manhattan Series

Let's watch Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:35 PM - 0 comments

October 4

High Maintenance Maintenance

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?
posted by bleep at 12:09 PM - 1 comment

October 2

Strange Club: the return

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]
posted by naju at 6:54 PM - 3 comments

October 1

Crisis in Six Scenes?

Anyone else watching Amazon Prime's Crisis in Six Scenes? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 4:38 AM - 0 comments

September 30

Luke Cage plans

Cagemas weekend is here at last! Just wondering who plans to be posting episode threads.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:45 AM - 2 comments

September 24

The Eric Andre Show

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.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:25 AM - 7 comments

September 20

Secret Chat Room

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]
posted by bq at 1:29 PM - 0 comments

August 30

Fall 2016 Anime

Recently the anime charts have been posted and let's discuss which series we're following here. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 7:33 PM - 31 comments

August 29

The Big Fat Quiz of Everything?

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!
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 12:56 AM - 0 comments

August 25

Strangers... with candy?

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.
posted by duffell at 10:21 AM - 6 comments

August 18

The Hip

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.
posted by hydrobatidae at 8:51 AM - 1 comment

August 12

Slow down, FanFare, you move too fast.

Direct from Norway, Slow TV is now streaming on Netflix. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 11:29 PM - 7 comments

July 31

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script?

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?
posted by crossoverman at 2:56 AM - 1 comment

July 22

Interest / Appropriateness of a few political podcasts...

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]
posted by the_querulous_night at 9:56 AM - 5 comments

July 13

Steven Universe: Upcoming SUMMER OF STEVEN

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]
posted by JHarris at 1:55 PM - 7 comments

July 6

Interest in "ars PARADOXICA", a sci-fi/mystery serial fiction podcast?

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]
posted by metaBugs at 1:52 AM - 5 comments

July 4

Mechanism for bumping older British shows as they re-air in America?

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]
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:31 PM - 2 comments

July 1

Hannibal season 4 rumors?

So every so often I google 'Hannibal season 4' and today there were a couple articles... [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 11:43 AM - 8 comments

June 17

Pre-season discussion ok?

Is an "all season" post appropriate to discuss stuff that comes out before the show's premiere? [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire at 2:51 PM - 7 comments

June 16

Worms the serial

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?
posted by numaner at 10:26 AM - 13 comments

June 12

Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle)

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.
posted by infinitewindow at 9:19 AM - 0 comments

June 10

Film Noir Club: Touch of Evil

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]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:53 AM - 2 comments

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