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Steven Universe: Storm in the Room

Steven spends some time thinking about his mom.
posted by Small Dollar to FanFare on Feb 17 at 7:27 PM
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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.
posted by sciatrix to FanFare on Feb 7 at 11:35 AM
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Vladimir Putin

So, what happened last week?
  • President Trump continues to amplify unquestioningly whatever whimsical story was presented on Fox News, this time that Sweden is having problems with immigrants, which Sweden denies.
  • The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong-nam (Wikipedia), was poisoned in an airport, by a woman who claims she was told to do it as part of a reality show.
  • A Florida man plotted to have bombs placed in 10 Target stores in order to drive stock prices down.
  • AND NOW: Fox & Friends is Painfully Aware of Who is Watching Them
  • MAIN STORY: Russia, specifically Vladimir Putin (YouTube, 20m). Him, his regime, how he's profited, what happens to those who oppose him, and Trump's fascination for him. LWT produced a short dance number about him, refering to the Russian pop song praising Putin.

posted by JHarris to FanFare on Feb 20 at 3:26 PM
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Book: Equal Rites

Book 3 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.
posted by lazaruslong to FanFare on Feb 22 at 7:47 AM
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Movie: Lake of Fire

Lake Of Fire is a very dark, very thorough, very good, and very triggering 2.5-hour documentary by Tony Kaye about the politics of abortion in the US in the ‘90s and early aughts. The film captures a range of beliefs about abortion, manifestations of community among the pro- and anti-choice, the blood that has been shed in the war, and (a fraction) of the reality of the process of getting an abortion.
posted by Going To Maine to FanFare on Sep 30, 2015 at 10:31 PM
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The Expanse: Godspeed

Miller and Fred take the Navoo for a joyride. The OPA bus and truck crew stop in at Eros. Holden gets his hands dirty.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts to FanFare on Feb 18 at 6:36 PM
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Movie: Look Who's Back

Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but while Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society.
posted by theodolite to FanFare on Feb 20 at 9:33 AM
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Movie: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017: Animation

Shorts HD presents a theatrical release of the five Oscar nominees for Best Short Film, Animated, plus three "Highly Commended" animated shorts.
posted by DevilsAdvocate to FanFare on Feb 22 at 4:57 AM
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Book: The Handmaid's Tale

The seminal work of speculative fiction from Margaret Atwood. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.
posted by chainsofreedom to FanFare on Feb 22 at 7:04 AM
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Legion: Chapter 2

David reflects on his past with the help of new friends.
posted by oh yeah! to FanFare on Feb 15 at 8:21 PM
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Movie: Hidden Figures

A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.
posted by noneuclidean to FanFare on Jan 7 at 4:53 AM
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Movie: The Running Man

By 2017 the world economy has collapsed. Food, natural resources, and oil are in short supply. A police state, divided into paramilitary zones, rules with an iron hand.
posted by chrchr to FanFare on Feb 19 at 7:54 PM
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Homeland: Causus Belli

Keane gets sidelined. Carrie's work follows her home.
posted by Nelson to FanFare on Feb 20 at 10:00 AM
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Star Trek: Voyager: Jetrel

Say what you will about Neelix--he's irritating, bossy, inappropriately possessive and jealous of Kes--but you have to admit this: he had a bad war. A really, really bad war.
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on Feb 20 at 8:37 AM
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Podcast: 99% Invisible: 246- Usonia 1

Frank Lloyd Wright was a bombastic character that ultimately changed the field of architecture, and not just through his big, famous buildings. Before designing many of his most well-known works, Wright created a small and inexpensive yet beautiful house. This modest home would go on to shape the way working- and middle-class Americans live to this day. And it all started with a journalist from Milwaukee.
posted by jazon to FanFare on Feb 15 at 7:08 AM
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Podcast: 99% Invisible: 247- Usonia the Beautiful

Frank Lloyd Wright believed that the buildings we live in shape the kinds of people we become. His aim was nothing short of rebuilding the entire culture of the United States, changing the nation through its architecture. Central to that plan was a philosophy and associated building system he called Usonia.
posted by jazon to FanFare on Feb 15 at 7:10 AM
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Book: The Blind Assassin

If The Blind Assassin was a layer cake, the layers would be the impossibility of true love, the inexorable destructive force of time, and chocolate. The frosting is pulp and newspaper. It's a remarkable novel, if only for the way Margaret Atwood weaves together three wildly different genres into a whole. There's the gentle comedy of old age about an old woman living a rather solitary existence in a small Southern Ontario town. There are her reminiscences of her life and family, an old-fashioned bildungsroman or family saga. Then there's a story about a doomed romance and pulp science fiction. Each on their own a very good book, but together form a great one.
posted by Kattullus to FanFare on Dec 1, 2015 at 4:52 PM
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Steven Universe: The New Crystal Gems

Connie, Peridot, and Lapis fill in for the Crystal Gems (and Greg).
posted by Small Dollar to FanFare on Feb 10 at 5:49 PM
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Riverdale: The Last Picture Show

Jughead is bummed that the drive-in movie theater/his secret home is being demolished, while Hermione Lodge and the town gang are the ones working on said demolishment. But most of the episode is dedicated to "Who is this mysterious Miss Grundy who seduces teenage boys?"
posted by jenfullmoon to FanFare on Feb 17 at 10:59 PM
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Legion: Chapter 1

In the series premiere, a troubled young man battling mental illness wonders if the visions he experiences are real following a strange encounter with a fellow patient. (Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz)
posted by oh yeah! to FanFare on Feb 8 at 8:45 PM
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I'm not seeing a lot of "hand talk" that evolved out of having to physically communicate while suited. There are several examples. When Belters point, they tend to do it with the index & middle fingers together. Like when Miller and Gia are talking about "Forgotten arm". -First one on screen is Naomi. When... [more]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey to FanFare on Feb 19 at 8:26 PM
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It isn't 100% fully formed at this stage, but I would say this is the point in the story of Discworld where Pratchett successfully makes the leap across the chasm dividing "books that are about the traditional tropes of fantasy literature" and "books that are about the world that we live in, explored using the traditional tropes of... [more]
posted by Nerd of the North to FanFare on Feb 22 at 12:30 PM
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As for the episode itself.... First off, I watched this one on Actual Television, and caught the end of an episode of Mighty Magiswords before it. I just want to say it really, really bugged me. The timing was atrocious! It did this thing a lot of recent cartoons do, especially those with short running times, but that Adventure Time and... [more]
posted by JHarris to FanFare on Feb 18 at 1:48 PM
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I'm only ten minutes in and I'm loving it. "I'm going to cast -" "At this point my reaction to those words is that everything planned is going to be screwed." "No, I'm just casting Animate Object on the mannequins. Ten of them." "WHAT THE FUCK?" [view]
posted by nubs to FanFare on Feb 23 at 3:38 PM
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It really depends on what your definition of "resolved" means, as I see it completely differently, that all these situations took quite some time before they wrapped up. You could say Jasper got bubbled in one episode, but you could also notice that it actually took place over a story arc of six episodes: Gem Hunt, Crack the Whip,... [more]
posted by JHarris to FanFare on Feb 19 at 1:00 PM
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"So, he's back from the spa huh?" "No, I said space!" "Huh." Quoting this to highlight one of the things I love so much about this show overall. Almost every show and book, especially from my childhood, where magic and the real 20th / 21st century world co-exist, magic has to hide itself. Or be hidden by... [more]
posted by honestcoyote to FanFare on Feb 19 at 5:56 PM
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He looks like someone in the Pacific Northwest knit a man. [view]
posted by CheeseLouise to FanFare on Feb 20 at 4:41 PM
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For me, this will always be THE archetypal episode of Deadwood. Two ruthless criminals attempt to negotiate their way through a delicate and highly volatile situation, each hoping to find a solution that will enable them to meet the complex and completely different demands of their two antagonistic subcultures, and the only word they both know is... [more]
posted by Naberius to FanFare on Feb 20 at 8:34 PM
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I'm a couple chapters away from finishing my re-read of this. It's taking me longer than I expected, because it's bringing up so many feelings of overwhelm. I first read this as a teenager in the early 2000s, and it was the first time I realized that rights could be taken away. The way I learned history in school, I assumed that humanity,... [more]
posted by mixedmetaphors to FanFare on Feb 22 at 8:46 AM
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Thanks to noticing lazaruslong's mention of this in a thread on the Blue, I'm very pleased to say my long non-reading spell has finally been broken. I haven't been able to read for pleasure since November (this, after normally reading every day), and this book is exaaaaaactly the thing I needed. I never got into the Disc World novels in the past,... [more]
posted by taz to FanFare on Feb 23 at 10:48 AM
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Here's a short animatic and a long animatic of the last few minutes of this episode -- both of them very very good. If it wasn't an absolutely ridiculous prospect I'd love to see a full conversion of the podcast to an animated series just based off of all the absolutely fantastic animations I've seen come from it. [view]
posted by flatluigi to FanFare on Feb 20 at 10:44 AM
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Hey remember in The The Adventure Zone Zone when Griffin was railing against people asking him to bring back Barry Bluejeans? Griffin: But, yeah, RIP Barry Bluejeans. Clint: But that doesn’t answer the question: would we ever bring him back? Griffin: He’s dead as fuck! Like, I don’t know how many times I have to say it, Barry Bluejeans- Barry... [more]
posted by showbiz_liz to FanFare on Feb 23 at 4:57 PM
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Haven't watched the film, and don't intend to. Wanted to share New Bloom Magazine's review and analysis of the movie by Brian Hioe. He argues that the film isn't a straight-up case of whitewashing/racebending, nor is it reliant upon the white savior trope, but ultimately perpetuates cultural stereotypes of both Easterners and Westerners alike, and... [more]
posted by Apocryphon to FanFare on Feb 17 at 1:11 PM
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The Running Man was a good story and they should make a movie based on it at some point. [view]
posted by Pope Guilty to FanFare on Feb 20 at 9:26 AM
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Yes to all the problems that have been raised so far. But what really ticked me off about this one is how the episode frames Neelix's survivor guilt as a legitimate response to his dereliction of duty. The war went on for the better part of a decade and ended with a WMD attack. One conscripted soldier was not going to make a difference. But the way... [more]
posted by Banknote of the year to FanFare on Feb 21 at 9:19 AM
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Six million downloads a month - even if you split that in two for the two episodes, that's more popular than a lot of TV shows these days. [view]
posted by showbiz_liz to FanFare on Feb 21 at 10:11 AM
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I think I'm pretty much out of these threads. The atmosphere isn't nearly as toxic as I'd feared, given all the endless Voyager hate in fandom, but my opinions of this show are so different from most of yours that I don't see how it'd be useful for me to participate. I wouldn't change any minds and it'd just be waste of our precious hours... [more]
posted by Ursula Hitler to FanFare on Feb 22 at 3:17 AM
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I like this podcast, but it desperately (desperately) needs to have permanent panelists who are women and PoC (not only to push back on some of the ridiculous things that guests say, but also those that the guys say). Case in point, the discussion with how "controlled" Clinton was. Clinton was "controlled" for a multitude of... [more]
posted by longdaysjourney to FanFare on Feb 22 at 7:57 AM
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Annnnnnd this week's terrifying Griffin tweet:My heart was actually racing recording the end of tomorrow’s #TheZoneCast, to the point where I didn’t know if I could get all the words out [view]
posted by Narrative Priorities to FanFare on Feb 22 at 3:38 PM
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