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Movie: The Love Witch

A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in a tribute to 1960s pulp novels and Technicolor melodramas.
posted by naju to FanFare on Apr 18 at 2:19 PM
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The Expanse: Caliban's War

Friendship ended with Cotyar. Now Bobbie is Chrisjen's best friend! asavage has a speaking cameo on UNS Arboghast, which goes poorly. Amos doesn't kill Holden.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe to FanFare on Apr 20 at 6:56 PM
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Book: American Gods

Neil Gaiman's American Gods is the story of Shadow—released from prison just days after his wife and best friend are killed in an accident—who gets recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic trickster, Mr. Wednesday. So begins Shadow’s dark and strange road trip, one that introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.
posted by filthy light thief to FanFare on Apr 17 at 10:59 AM
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Book: It

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
posted by komara to FanFare on Apr 19 at 7:48 AM
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Star Trek: Voyager: Meld

Or, "The One Where Tuvok Finally Murders Neelix"
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Apr 20 at 3:16 AM
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Movie: Colossal

A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.
posted by everybody had matching towels to FanFare on Apr 17 at 11:23 AM
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Better Call Saul: Witness

Jimmy and Kim hire an assistant; Mike seeks out a mysterious acquaintance; Chuck uses the law to gain an advantage over Jimmy.
posted by adept256 to FanFare on Apr 17 at 11:24 PM
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST

"No girl was safe as long as this HEAD HUNTING THING roamed the land!" An astronaut dies on reentry. Aliens are emerging from his skin, including one really big one that roams the countryside, stopping watches. Everyone wants to kill it except the astronaut, who is now not dead and full of shrimp. With short Once Upon a Honeymoon: More celestial interfering with mortal affairs, this time with an angel helping a composer write a jingle so he and his wife can go on their honeymoon. Roger Corman again, this is his next-to-last featured movie. Daddy-O informs us that the exactly same costume and location were used in 315 TEENAGE CAVEMAN. This is a weird episode because there are two sets of host segments. The first showing was on Turkey Day 1995 and an alternate storyline was written involving Thanksgiving dinner with many of the show's Comedy Central movie cameo characters, making this a nice retrospective on the CC years. Because this is the first episode of the infamous Season Seven, only six episodes long and the end of the show's run on that channel. 701 701T (1h32m) Turkey Day '95 extra bits & alternate host segments Premiered: 701T on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1995; 701 on February 3, 1996.
posted by JHarris to FanFare on Apr 19 at 11:53 PM
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Book: It Can't Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news.
posted by chainsofreedom to FanFare on Apr 20 at 6:31 AM
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Star Trek: Voyager: Threshold

Adult Mutant Starfleet Salamanders, Adult Mutant Starfleet Salamanders, Adult Mutant Starfleet Salamanders, heroes on the Threshold! (Amphibian power!)
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on Apr 17 at 6:26 AM
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Podcast: S-Town: The full-"season" post, for S-Town bingers (and other completists).

Brian Reed's novelistic reportage/show was released in full from the get-go. It's a tightly woven tale, with one chapter flowing into the next - here's where to discuss it as a whole. (Ep 1 thread here, ep 2 thread here.)
posted by progosk to FanFare on Mar 29 at 8:18 AM
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The Americans: The Committee on Human Rights

As Paige becomes even more enmeshed in her parents' world, tensions with Matthew Beeman come to a head, Philip and Elizabeth's honeytraps take surprising turns, and Stan faces the consequences of overplaying his hand at the FBI.
posted by LizBoBiz to FanFare on Apr 19 at 9:23 AM
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The Magicians: We Have Brought You Little Cakes

Ember recaps things so far as only Ember can, which brings us to now: "a crisis comes to a head when the true power behind the troubles comes to party. Battles are won and wars are lost, as Q and the others must protect their kingdom. Alice makes a startling revelation and things may never be the same." Your books mean nothing here! [Season Finale; Season 3 due out in 2018]
posted by filthy light thief to FanFare on Apr 20 at 7:56 AM
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: French Presidental Elections

Meanwhile, back on Earth....
  • Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer digs an incredible hole for himself, first appearing to claim that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria was worse than Hitler because Hitler never used chemical weapons (he did), then that Hitler never used them against innocent people (he did), then making up the term "Holocaust centers" as the place where Jews were gassed.
  • Trump meets with China president Xi Jinping, who apparently in 10 minutes convinced him to do what over half the United States desperately wanted him to do for months: learn a damn thing about North Korea. Alas they did so at Trump's Mar-a-Lago, having recently been cited for 13 health code violations. Trump continues to flip-flop on practically everything related to foreign policy, underscoring how desperately stupid his campaign was.
  • Trump drops a "MOAB" (Mother Of All Bombs) on Afghanistan, causing euphoric celebration at Fox News from Geraldo Rivera. When directly asked if he had authorized the strike, Trump danced around the question.
  • And Now: You Put Easter And Local News Together, And What Do You Fucking Expect?
  • Main Story: The upcoming French Presidental elections, between 11 different candidates, at least three of which have been assaulted in public by citizens throwing baking ingredients. YouTube (18m)

posted by JHarris to FanFare on Apr 18 at 12:17 AM
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Movie: Free Fire

When IRA men Chris and Frank try to buy guns from South African arms dealer Vernon a grudge between two of their henchmen explodes into a long, bloody, painful gunfight.
posted by Grangousier to FanFare on Apr 22 at 5:11 PM
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Adventure Time: Orb

Finn, Jake and BMO's dreams fall under the influence of a mysterious orb.
posted by FallowKing to FanFare on Apr 23 at 11:55 AM
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Silicon Valley: Success Failure

In the Season 4 premiere, the guys struggle to find funding for Pied Piper's video-chat app to keep up with their rapidly growing user base. Meanwhile, Erlich encounters resistance from Big Head's dad; Gavin clashes with Jack Barker at Hooli; and Richard hatches a revolutionary idea that could change his future.
posted by noneuclidean to FanFare on Apr 24 at 3:45 AM
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Star Trek: Voyager: Dreadnought

The Guerrilla Starship Engineer's Handbook, Chapter XLVII: How To Deal With a Smart Bomb That's Outsmarted You, by B'Elanna Torres
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on Apr 24 at 6:28 AM
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Girls: Latching

The series finale of Girls.
posted by aabbbiee to FanFare on Apr 17 at 11:17 AM
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Movie: T2 Trainspotting

A continuation of the Trainspotting saga reuniting the original characters. Danny Boyle returns to direct, and many of the original cast return as we check in with the characters 20 years on.
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin to FanFare on Jan 28 at 7:25 AM
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Jimmy's impatience is the overt theme here, and his compulsive need to be visible is the character subtext. The ripping of the tape, the barging in, the clumsy garbage dive are all Jimmy making sure he's witnessed. But his whole life is visibility: the desire to be seen on TV and his anxiety about the commercial and the viewers/clients he knows it... [more]
posted by kewb to FanFare on Apr 18 at 4:36 PM
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Sorry, man. I asked around. [view]
posted by bondcliff to FanFare on Apr 21 at 11:03 AM
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I bet they were making her be extra careful after she threw the last dude into the tv set hard enough to shatter it. [view]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe to FanFare on Apr 21 at 1:29 PM
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The bit with Bobbie and the electrician was more badass than the bit in the power-armor, I think - Bobbie is unarmed, walking slowly, speaking calmly, and the electrician is absolutely *terrified*. For me, this is the scene that sells Bobbie as an absolutely devestating force. And, er, also kind of hot. [view]
posted by Mr. Excellent to FanFare on Apr 22 at 9:05 AM
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What was the music playing during the competitive bridge tournament scene? Prisencolinensinainciusol. There was a Mefi post about it. [view]
posted by bondcliff to FanFare on Apr 20 at 8:47 AM
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I watched it last night and it was gooooooood and then I looked at some reviews and got very depressed because if you are a woman, your jokes just cannot be anything but confusing and mysterious for some people no matter how simple and broad they are. the bits with Gahan and Barbara were the funniest but also, the way Elaine has so much power in... [more]
posted by queenofbithynia to FanFare on Apr 21 at 3:39 PM
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It's interesting to see that the people going balls to the wall in favor of leapfrogging human evolution to make us all protodudes have already achieved their human dreams. Mao, Errinright, the doctors that have died, everyone willing to toss aside things like Bobbi's exoskeleton suit -- they literally have everything, they are at the... [more]
posted by Unicorn on the cob to FanFare on Apr 21 at 5:30 PM
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It was good to seen Ben in a different context where people aren't expected to constantly use racial slurs and shower each other in inventive, graphic verbal abuse. But I have trouble believing that that place is uber [view]
posted by Mick to FanFare on Apr 21 at 5:54 AM
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The Arboghast getting taken apart like an exploded technical diagram was the protomolecule learning. Also notice that the "massive EM uptick" and the Martian ship just disappearing happened immediately after the protomolecule hybrid got vaporized by the Roci's drive plume, although relativistically at the distances they were at it's... [more]
posted by Lexica to FanFare on Apr 20 at 9:19 PM
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I must admit: I love Bobbie's characterization this season, but the power armor scene visually didn't live up to what I was hoping. Rather than Han Soloing in at the end, I imagined her having to fight all the way back through the ship, Hulk smashing armed henchmen into bulkheads, using ammo specifically created for ship boarding to obliterate... [more]
posted by bluecore to FanFare on Apr 21 at 10:32 AM
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The epic build-up to the power armour, followed by a quiet and slackly choreographed two seconds of Bobbie cow-tipping in a field, was super lame. I could have done with less of the Roci Protomolecule - which, according to my stardate calculations, spent a cumulative three days of in-universe time punching through one (1) aluminium floor,... [more]
posted by turbid dahlia to FanFare on Apr 22 at 5:19 PM
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Rewatching this episode improved it a lot for me. First, while I know motherhood-is-a-new-chapter is a well-worn trope, the usual way it is handled is through something like a birth episode, where the character we know is handed her newborn and looks into its eyes and makes a soul connection and the orchestra swells, indicating that the... [more]
posted by aabbbiee to FanFare on Apr 18 at 9:21 AM
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Putting the final credits in French was a nice touch. [view]
posted by orange swan to FanFare on Apr 18 at 9:34 PM
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I disagree on the Mike thing -- if he wanted to be noticed, wouldn't he have gone in himself and not bothered with Jimmy at all? -- and think it's mostly that Jimmy has been established as the only person Mike can turn to for stuff like spilling coffee on policemen or getting an idiot like Daniel Wormald out of trouble. Mike's insistence on... [more]
posted by kewb to FanFare on Apr 19 at 3:38 AM
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when I was eighteen I microwaved a Pop Tart on top of its wrapper, and it made purple lightning appear in the microwave. The microwave was fine but the Pop Tart tasted like death and ash. Thank you for your time [view]
posted by Countess Elena to FanFare on Apr 19 at 9:33 AM
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The Doctor pointed out that there doesn't actually need to be a "villain" per se. He said something to the effect of "not many things are evil, but lots of things are hungry, and hunger looks very like evil from the wrong end of the cutlery." [view]
posted by uberchet to FanFare on Apr 19 at 10:27 AM
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A prediction: Renée is a KGB agent There were way too many specific details in her story, which made it all seem made up. Of course, this being a fictional television show, it was. That was either excellent writing or terrible writing. We shall see. The movie they were watching was Breaking Away. It was indeed filmed... [more]
posted by Sys Rq to FanFare on Apr 19 at 11:58 AM
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Oh Matthew, get a clue. And a haircut. er, no, he's about the only actual authentic thing about the 80's [view]
posted by sammyo to FanFare on Apr 20 at 5:11 AM
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Just an excruciatingly pedantic note on this episode and the spoiler in last season's title anagram: If this is a prequel to BB, Fring isn't "back"... he's here for the first instance in linear time. If anything, Fring has Frung. [view]
posted by Cold Lurkey to FanFare on Apr 20 at 8:15 PM
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Basically, the internalization of the idea behind "the churn" seems more prevalent to people of the Expanse universe than to ours. I don't think it's a bad thing, and it's not being handled in a heavy-handed manner, but it's an interesting theme for sure. It feels very medieval, to me; it's an attitude that shows up a lot in... [more]
posted by mstokes650 to FanFare on Apr 21 at 9:18 AM
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