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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The US Coal Industry

So recently you may have heard these things happening....
  • The mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case, the result of which prompted Cosby to exclaim Fat Albert's catchphrase "Hey hey hey!" while exiting the courtroom, further soiling all of our memories.
  • The incredibly unpopular AHCA Take Two, accompanied by a fitting graphic of the GOP logo with a blue skull superimposed with stars for eyes. Of the version passed by the House, Trump (who held a presentation where he celebrated its passing) was quoted as saying it was "mean," the irony entirely lost on him. Its very existence is causing problems in insurance markets, as companies decide if they want to pull out of the current markets or not.
  • And Now: Things People's Fathers Used To Say
  • Main Story: Coal, coal mining jobs, coal executives, coal mining companies, executives of coal companies, and Donald Trump's fixation on the mineral, discussed divorced of its (tremendous) ecological toll. Eventually the story comes around to involving a giant squirrel.... YouTube (24m)

posted by JHarris to FanFare on Jun 21 at 5:26 PM
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Movie: Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

Comic Hasan Minhaj of "The Daily Show" shares personal stories about racism, immigrant parents, prom night horrors and more in this stand-up special.
posted by lunasol to FanFare on Jun 23 at 9:55 AM
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Star Trek: Voyager: Future's End

This is the time-jump of the starship Voyager. Its 1996 mission: To bring Dolly the Cloned Sheep to the 24th century. To prevent the launch of Fox News Channel. To boldly go and see the Spice Girls live! (Part 1 of 2)
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Jun 22 at 3:19 AM
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Movie: Batman: the Movie (1966)

The Dynamic Duo faces their greatest challenge yet: four of Gotham City's most dastardly known super-criminals are all at large and working together. Their goal? Nothing short of… world domination! (Available on Netflix, in the US at least, until the end of the month!)
posted by DoctorFedora to FanFare on Jun 22 at 6:35 PM
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Doctor Who: World Enough and Time

The Doctor, intent on seeing if Missy can be redeemed, sets her a test. Things do not go according to plan. We meet an old enemy, in unexpected circumstances. And another old enemy, in equally unexpected circumstances.
posted by Major Clanger to FanFare on Jun 25 at 10:09 AM
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Twin Peaks: The Return, Part 8

Gotta light? (description from Showtime)
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Better Call Saul: Lantern

Kim takes time off; Jimmy tries to make amends; Nacho gambles with his future; Hamlin pushes Chuck to make a decision. [Official synopsis - season finale]
posted by filthy light thief to FanFare on Jun 20 at 6:56 AM
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: WIZARDS OF THE LOST KINGDOM II

"Across the Sea of Dreams... behind the Curtain of Time... lies the land of ultimate fantasy." I bet you weren't looking forward to another visit to the world of last week's movie. Good news, other than the name and executive producer Roger Corman, this movie has nothing to do with the first one! A shepherd who's also a wizard tries to save the world from bad wizards blah blah Tolkien Eddings Brooks. A lot of people think Part 1 was a highlight of the season, but many also think this is a lowlight, so beware guys. A subplot begins in this episode, with Kinga deciding to marry Jonah. And we have another visit from Pearl! Episode 1111 is available on Netflix.
posted by JHarris to FanFare on Jun 21 at 7:45 PM
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Dark Matter: All the time in the world

Three finds himself in a temporal loop. The rest of the crew is more than skeptical about what he's experiencing, so Three goes to some extreme measures to prove what he's saying is true.
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Dark Matter: Welcome to the Revolution

The crew of the Raza intervenes in a dispute between a colony looking to gain its freedom and the corporate security staffers that have been abandoned by their company. Six encounters somebody from his past and makes a decision about his future. On the ship, the Android discovers a walled-off database and the presence behind it.
posted by sardonyx to FanFare on Jun 20 at 8:47 PM
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Movie: Mrs. Doubtfire

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.
posted by nubs to FanFare on Feb 16, 2015 at 7:17 PM
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Any interest in Claws on TNT?

I am watching Claws and am really enjoying it. Is anyone else watching it? The second episode was on Sunday. It's starring Niecy Nash and I love that the main characters are mostly women.
posted by apricot to FanFare on Jun 20 at 9:53 AM
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Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 360: Gatorade Weak

Wait, don't tell us you're STILL chugging that full-power, unfiltered sports beverage? Listen: Nobody needs that much energy. Why not come down to our level with a smooth glass of a soothing Gatorade alternative? One for poet-types, and brain-thinkers! Suggested talking points: The Cream Cheese Incident, Apple Juice Marketing, Subway Connections, Blapron, Sperm Maze, Go-To Sillyness
posted by Tevin to FanFare on Jun 19 at 11:38 AM
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Moo Moo

Terry wants to file a complaint after he's stopped by a fellow police officer while off-duty in his own neighborhood; Jake and Amy get a glimpse into the difficulties of parenthood when they take care of Terry's kids.
posted by MCMikeNamara to FanFare on May 3 at 7:04 AM
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Anyone up for a 1966 Batman: the Movie post?

I’m out this weekend but after watching Batman: the Movie last Friday with friends in honor of Adam West, it only felt right to see if folks here would be interested in discussing it. If nobody else wants to, I can make a post later!
posted by DoctorFedora to FanFare on Jun 17 at 5:20 PM
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Dark Matter: It Doesn't Have to Be Like This

The crew is fulfilling their promise to take the fight to Ryo
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP

A monster movie from South Korea, in which a petroleum-eating monster awakened from the Middle East attacks Seoul. Whatever geopolitical metaphor is intended by this is obscured by the fact that, oh Gamera, we have another little kid protagonist. Yongary's death scene is rather protracted. Ah, another little kid monster movie! And not a Kenny kid either, this is a full-on obnoxious lil brat along the lines of Time Of The Apes' Johnny, or that kid from Godzilla Vs. Megalon. When we meet this kid, he's aiming his superscience itch ray at relatives driving by in their car! There's a lot of other crazy on display here too. Episode 1109 is on YouTube.
posted by JHarris to FanFare on Jun 7 at 8:57 PM
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Movie: Five Easy Pieces

Jack Nicholson (in the role that earned him a reputation as a serious actor, and an Academy Award nomination) portrays Bobby Dupea, a disaffected oil rig worker who goes on an existential journey back to his privileged roots.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Jun 14 at 6:29 AM
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Movie: Computer Chess

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed with the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.
posted by fleacircus to FanFare on Jun 10 at 2:40 PM
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Fargo: Somebody to Love

Gloria follows the money; Nikki plays a game; Emmit learns a lesson about progress from Varga.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome to FanFare on Jun 22 at 12:12 PM
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This is so tangential as to be irrelevant. In 2003 I was the foreman of a prefabricated glass block window factory. The glass block wall at Wexler-McGill isn't prefabricated. They're fire-rated, very heavy, and have to be laid on-site. We did use a very similar design though, called 'wolke' which I think is german for 'cloudy'. They look like this.... [more]
posted by adept256 to FanFare on Jun 22 at 1:16 PM
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I don't have the words to explain how mesmerizing and upsetting this hour of TV was to watch. of what other show can one say "I was not prepared for the upsetting parts because I was lulled into complacency by the restful nuclear explosions and billowing mushroom clouds" [view]
posted by queenofbithynia to FanFare on Jun 25 at 7:11 PM
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Haha hey remember last week when a guy swept a floor for five minutes and we were all "oh that David Lynch, so weird" [view]
posted by jason_steakums to FanFare on Jun 25 at 8:56 PM
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The Doctor spending whole minutes explaining about time dilation, when he could have summoned the elevator and explained on the way down, saving Bill literally years of her life seems like an unusually dick move, even for him. [view]
posted by BungaDunga to FanFare on Jun 26 at 7:31 AM
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Don't know if it's been said enough but Patrick Fabian has been outstanding. The genuine pain on Howard's face in private, followed by the big smiling farewell act, then followed by him turning the smile off like a light switch. Wow. [view]
posted by whuppy to FanFare on Jun 21 at 2:36 AM
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If that single hour was all we got, and there wasn't an entire season, I'd still call the reboot a success. Thaat was astounding. [view]
posted by codacorolla to FanFare on Jun 25 at 7:36 PM
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If they cyber-fridge another PoC I'm going to be pissed off!! [view]
posted by Pendragon to FanFare on Jun 25 at 10:24 AM
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Among the confections at Easter's were the type of cookie where it's really two cookies sandwiched with a filling, and with a hole in the top cookie so you can see the filling. Kind of like these. Except hers were in the shape of hands. Stigmata cookies. [view]
posted by DevilsAdvocate to FanFare on Jun 20 at 2:39 PM
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That was the weirdest anti-smoking campaign ever. [view]
posted by leotrotsky to FanFare on Jun 25 at 7:52 PM
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I will be so disappointed if Kim becomes an opera figure that "causes" Saul, instead of someone who rejects him. [view]
posted by armacy to FanFare on Jun 20 at 8:16 PM
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I've said this elsewhere, but I think the one-two punch of WizardsOTLK I and II is one of the best things in the season, and in its own way is an incredible meta-joke that plays out separately from the riffing proper. You get to the end of the first movie, and think to yourself "Wow, that was terrible. Those characters were the worst!"... [more]
posted by Strange Interlude to FanFare on Jun 22 at 6:12 AM
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Of all the hours of television I have watched in which nuclear detonations opened up a pathway for otherwordly spirits to come into the world as bugs and then enter into the mouths of sleeping women, that was definitely one of the top two. [view]
posted by weretable and the undead chairs to FanFare on Jun 26 at 3:39 AM
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I freaking love this bit from the AV Club review: When Wednesday spits out unwelcome truths about Easter’s subordination to the many Christs, Jesus Prime takes the moment to make it all about him. “I feel terrible about this,” he said, his voice breaking, as he martyrs himself once again. [view]
posted by showbiz_liz to FanFare on Jun 19 at 12:46 PM
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Chuck is such a tragic figure to me. A huge asshole who seemed more than all, striving to get the world's approval and admiration. Yet he was constantly being reminded that regardless how brilliant a lawyer he might have been, people who knew him would always in the end come to think of him as loathsome and without redeeming personal qualities.... [more]
posted by 2N2222 to FanFare on Jun 20 at 6:08 PM
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Another thought: The opening scene with Lil Chuck reading to Lil Jimmy is possible to read as a little representation of their views of the world. Lil Chuck is sure that things will work out because he knows how the story is supposed to go; adult Chuck believes that things are supposed to work a certain way, and that the world will follow a... [more]
posted by kewb to FanFare on Jun 21 at 5:48 AM
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He's surprised and thrown off mostly by the fact that the world keeps on going, and other people don't just vanish when he's done or freeze into place where he's left them. I disagree, I think he is actually very anxious about what's happening when he's not there. He is constantly checking on people, constantly following up with people... [more]
posted by rue72 to FanFare on Jun 21 at 7:58 AM
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This whole season, aside from ~1.5 episodes, has been such a disappointment, and it's the kind of season where if you complain about it, somebody will reply with "no, you just don't get the point it was trying to make". Yes, yes, I DO get it, I got it the first time Varga opened his filthy mouth. I just don't think that's very interesting.... [more]
posted by destructive cactus to FanFare on Jun 22 at 5:18 PM
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It's so frustrating that he could look Jimmy square in the face and berate him for pulling sad faces at the same time as he admits that Jimmy's feelings are real (to him) -- and yet still not see how that applies to himself. Chuck is actually in pain. The allergy is fake, but the pain is real. Of course you aren't going to find the source of... [more]
posted by FatherDagon to FanFare on Jun 23 at 12:18 PM
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I'm going to choose to believe that the Master spent a lot of time on that colony ship watching his collection of Babylon 5 DVDs and was deliberately channeling Zathras with his Mr Razor persona. And a good disguise it was! I'm annoyed that they put Simm (and the Mondasian Cybermen) in the trailers as I don't think I would have twigged that it... [more]
posted by sobarel to FanFare on Jun 25 at 10:44 AM
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Bighead travels across America, just meeting and hanging out with people, and somehow gets elected President. [view]
posted by Pope Guilty to FanFare on Jun 26 at 11:01 AM
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