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Hap and Leonard: Holy Mojo   Season 2, Ep 3

Grisly new evidence leads Hap and Leonard on a wild goose chase across town. The guys' passions flare, threatening to derail the investigation.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 30, 2017 - 0 comments

Hap and Leonard: Ticking Mojo  Season 2, Ep 2

Hap and Florida scheme to free Leonard from a dire situation. Odd clues bring Hap and Leonard to a cryptic person of interest in the case.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 23, 2017 - 1 comment

Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo  Season 2, Ep 1

In the East Texas of the late 1980s, two rough and tumble ne'er-do-wells with hearts of gold try and fail to stay out of trouble. [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 16, 2017 - 1 comment

Movie: Coming to America

An African prince goes to Queens, New York City to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 31, 2016 - 12 comments

Movie: Blue Velvet

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 30, 2016 - 3 comments

Movie: The Dark Crystal

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 29, 2016 - 21 comments

Movie: Airplane!

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 28, 2016 - 23 comments

Movie: Used Cars

When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 27, 2016 - 11 comments

Movie: The Hit

Two hit men pick up ex-gangster Willie to escort him back to Paris to face his betrayed colleagues. The road trip suffers from complications. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 26, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 25, 2016 - 16 comments

Movie: Das Boot

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 24, 2016 - 10 comments

Movie: The King of Comedy

Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin wants to achieve success in show biz by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 23, 2016 - 6 comments

Movie: Streets of Fire

A mercenary goes after his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a gang. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 22, 2016 - 13 comments

Movie: This Is Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 21, 2016 - 19 comments

Movie: Silverado

A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices which exist in a small town. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 20, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: The Big Red One

The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II. A semi-autobiographical account by director Samuel Fuller; the original version was chopped from a 270 minute cut to 113; most reviews below are from the 2004 "Reconstruction" version which, although it post-dated Fuller's death, likely comes closer to realizing his vision. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 19, 2016 - 3 comments

Movie: The Fly

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 18, 2016 - 20 comments

Movie: Pee-wee's Big Adventure

When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 17, 2016 - 9 comments

Movie: RoboCop

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 16, 2016 - 22 comments

Movie: Breaker Morant

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 15, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: Clue

In arguably the finest movie based on a board game, six guests are invited to a strange house, only to find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery where everyboddy is either a victim or suspect. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 14, 2016 - 40 comments

Movie: Lost in America

A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 13, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: The Hunger

The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age... until Miriam has enough of them. Unfortunately that's currently the case ... [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 12, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: Blood Simple.

A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 11, 2016 - 9 comments

Movie: Escape from New York

In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 10, 2016 - 13 comments

Movie: Casualties of War

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 9, 2016 - 1 comment

Movie: Heathers

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 8, 2016 - 23 comments

Movie: Down by Law

The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 7, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: An American Werewolf in London

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 6, 2016 - 9 comments

Movie: Witness

A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 5, 2016 - 6 comments

Movie: Valley Girl

Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends. Top notch soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 4, 2016 - 8 comments

Movie: Manhunter

Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named "the Tooth Fairy" by the media. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 3, 2016 - 5 comments

Movie: Purple Rain

A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 2, 2016 - 14 comments

Movie: Midnight Run

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 1, 2016 - 10 comments

Movie: Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)

A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 5, 2016 - 28 comments

Anyone interested in (re)watching Wiseguy?

I just noticed that Wiseguy, the 1987-1990 crime drama, is streaming on Hulu. Alan Sepinwall described it as "a dark, moody, intelligent drama" that was "20 years ahead of its time" due to its then-groundbreakingly-lengthy story arcs, which allowed the show to develop richer villains than the typical case-of-the-week shows of the time. From what I've read, it seems like an important foundational show for modern TV, but it's been largely forgotten today. I think I'm going to watch it - would anybody else be interested in watching along with me? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 21, 2015 - 12 comments

Moonbeam City: The Strike Visualizer Strikes Again  Season 1, Ep 3

Dazzle starts a friendship with an artist. Meanwhile, a killer called the Moonbeam Maniac is terrorizing the city.
posted by cashman on Oct 2, 2015 - 2 comments

Deutschland 83: Brandy Station  Season 1, Ep 6

Martin wants to stay in East Germany after returning for his mother’s kidney transplant. Alex Edel takes General Jackson hostage. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jul 23, 2015 - 2 comments

Deutschland 83: Northern Wedding  Season 1, Ep 4

When the bug is found in Linda's desk, NATO is placed on high alert. Linda arrives to visit Martin, who scrambles to turn her loyalties around. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jul 9, 2015 - 8 comments

Deutschland 83: Brave Guy  Season 1, Ep 2

Martin is sent to break into the hotel room of a NATO analyst to steal a report, which turns out to be something different than the East Germans expected. Along the way he has another encounter with the General's daughter, and a run-in with a hotel waitress. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jun 25, 2015 - 10 comments

Deutschland 83: Quantum Jump  Season 1, Ep 1

A coming-of-age spy thriller set in 1980s Germany. The first German language series to air on US TV. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jun 17, 2015 - 14 comments

Movie: My Dinner with Andre

This film depicts a conversation between Gregory and Shawn (not necessarily playing themselves) at Café des Artistes in New York. Based mostly on conversation, the two discuss experimental theatre, rebirth experiences, and the importance of electric blankets. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Mar 14, 2015 - 24 comments

Movie: Near Dark

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 1, 2015 - 10 comments

Movie: They Live

Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 25, 2015 - 12 comments

Movie: The Abyss

A civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 24, 2015 - 12 comments

Movie: The Accidental Tourist

An emotionally distant and depressed writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after experiencing family tragedy. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 27, 2014 - 6 comments

Movie: Parting Glances

Parting Glances was one of the first major films about out, gay characters and AIDS and portrayed an unusual (for Hollywood) love triangle that was deeply grounded in queer sensibilities. The film launched the career of Steve Buscemi and featured hits from Bronski Beat. Reviews were mixed at the time, but it continues to be recognized as groundbreaking.
posted by latkes on Dec 10, 2014 - 4 comments

Movie: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Bob Hoskins stars as the hard drinking hard boiled detective investigating a convoluted case in Toon Town, in a groundbreaking combination of live action and animated film. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 22, 2014 - 21 comments

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