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Movie: Children of Men

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
posted by Fizz on Nov 4, 2017 - 18 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK  Season 8, Ep 22

"Caught in a future world, his only escape is back in time." Raul Julia is Aram Fingal, who lives in a future dystopia and gets in trouble by scrolling up Casablanca at his data entry job. So he's doppled into a baboon--thankfully, not an anteater--but an impish schoolkid loses his body, so he's then-doppled into the world-running computer for safe keeping. He pretends to be Rick from Casablanca, meets his dead mom of whom he asks, "My nuts?" and runs afoul of both computech Apollonia Jones and the CEO of Novicorp. Look, I've seen the movie several times and I'm just as lost as you are. This has gotta be the most nonsensical movie in MST3K's rich history of nonsense. Gloriously silly and yet seems not to even notice. Made for public television, it's another strong contender for Worst Movie They Riffed. It's filled with heaping helpings of made-up future jargon like a kind of sad Nadsat. Get ready everyone, it's Fingal time! In the host segments, Pearl decides to run her own pledge drive and rake in the dollars. This is the end of season eight of Mystery Science Theater 3000. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered November 22, 1997. 26 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 26, 2017 - 33 comments

Movie: The Handmaid's Tale

In a dystopicly polluted rightwing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility. [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Sep 4, 2017 - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR  Season 8, Ep 11

"The only thing they don't use... is the scream" We know a remote farm in California, where Dick Sargent lives. Every July, dweebs grow there. One day a particularly upity dweeb decides to go see this "America" he's been told is so great and discovers he's a clone raised by a secretive organization to provide transplant organs for powerful people, in his case an important senator. Really. It's a stupid fate for a stupid guy in the stupid world of a stupid movie. The movie has the advantage of a higher budget than the average MST film, but that's more than offset by the great ridiculousnesses of the plot. We're expected to see the campus of the Clonus Project as a terrifying dystopia akin to The Village, but most of the time it ends up looking more like a resort for chowderheads. BTW, it has both Peter Graves and Keenan Wynn in it! In subplot news, Pearl and company find a group of runaway omnipotent space children and have to play babysitter. Bobo takes quite a bit of abuse. Trailer - Promo - YouTube (1h32m) Premiered June 7, 1997. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 10, 2017 - 9 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: The Other Side  Season 1, Ep 7

The story going into flashback and out of Gilead to check in on a familiar face [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on May 24, 2017 - 44 comments

Movie: The Circle

After landing a dream job at a powerful tech company called The Circle, a woman wrestles with whether the firm's 24/7/365 connectivity agenda represents a brave new world in which "Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better" or a horrifying breach of individual autonomy and privacy.
posted by carmicha on May 3, 2017 - 3 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Late  Season 1, Ep 3

Offred visits Janine’s baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge.
posted by Fizz on Apr 26, 2017 - 40 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Birth Day  Season 1, Ep 2

Offred and her fellow Handmaids assist with the delivery of Janine's baby, prompting Offred to recall her own daughter’s birth. Offred draws closer to Ofglen while dreading a secret meeting with... more
posted by Fizz on Apr 26, 2017 - 39 comments

The Handmaid's Tale: Offred  Season 1, Ep 1

Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.
posted by Fizz on Apr 26, 2017 - 63 comments

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. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Apr 20, 2017 - 1 comment

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. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Feb 22, 2017 - 34 comments

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. [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Feb 19, 2017 - 19 comments

3%: Chapter 8: Button (Botão)  Season 1, Ep 8

On the morning of the Purification Ritual, startling revelations and shifting loyalties leave the fates of four candidates hanging in the balance. (Season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 21 comments

3%: Chapter 7: Capsule (Cápsula)  Season 1, Ep 7

A night of celebration turns chaotic as Process officials realize there's a traitor in their midst and begin interrogating the candidates. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 1 comment

3%: Chapter 6: Glass (Vidro)  Season 1, Ep 6

Candidates find a tempting offer waiting for them in their new dorm rooms. Those who decide to stay face daunting individual tests. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 4 comments

3%: Chapter 5: Water (Água)  Season 1, Ep 5

Painful memories come flooding back to Ezequiel as Aline reveals what she's learned and offers to keep it quiet--for a price. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 2 comments

3%: Chapter 4: Gateway (Portão)  Season 1, Ep 4

Trapped in the dorms without food or water, the candidates race to find a solution. A sudden change in the test brings out a new side of Marco. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 10 comments

3%: Chapter 3: Corridor (Corredor)  Season 1, Ep 3

A nerve-wracking trip through a dark tunnel leaves Joana haunted by a vision from her past. Ezequiel receives an unexpected visitor. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 27, 2016 - 5 comments

3%: Chapter 2: Coins (Moedas)  Season 1, Ep 2

Fernando's medical exam yields a stunning discovery, a logic puzzle stokes tensions in the group, and Aline tries to find out what Ezequiel is hiding. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 26, 2016 - 3 comments

3%: Chapter 1: Cubes (Cubos)  Season 1, Ep 1

In a grimy near-future, 20-year-olds stream to a sleek testing facility to compete for a spot in an idyllic land known as the Offshore. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Nov 25, 2016 - 16 comments

Podcast: Within the Wires: Season 1, Cassette 10: Horopito

This will be the last tape. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Oct 25, 2016 - 3 comments

Movie: The Lobster

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. [more inside]
posted by sapagan on May 12, 2016 - 35 comments

Movie: The Congress

Robin Wright plays her fictionalized self in this live action/animated dystopian film inspired by Stanislaw Lem's The Futurological Congress. Also starring Paul Giamatti and Jon Hamm's voice. [more inside]
posted by nom de poop on Mar 24, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: Advantageous

In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jul 6, 2015 - 10 comments

Psycho-Pass: Gauging the Soul  Season 2, Ep 10

Kamui and his group try to locate the Sibyl System by overloading the network, by using the stolen Dominators on a group of 500 hostages. Kasei realizes the goal and orders Akane to kill Kamui by setting off a detonation that would kill all the hostages, pushing Akane further by showing her pictures of her grandmother's murder scene (actual scenes not visible in the episode). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 18, 2014 - 1 comment

Psycho-Pass: Omnipotence Paradox  Season 2, Ep 9

Mika learns the truth of the Sibyl System and her hue is unchanged. Seeing this, Kasei and Togane decide to use Mika to push the ever-calm Akane into darkness. Meanwhile, Akane and the others learn of one of Kamui's school friends, Koichi Kuwashima, who didn't get on the fateful plane. The young man is now an up-and-coming official who seems to be working with Kamui.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 13, 2014 - 0 comments

Psycho-Pass: Untraceable Children  Season 2, Ep 7

As Mika's group handles the aftermath of the drone incident, Akane tries to determine Kamui's motives behind obtaining Dominators. and confronts Kasei on why she hasn't deactivated Shisui's Dominator privileges. Meanwhile, Mika looks up Togane's background, learning all of the inspectors he had previously worked with became latent criminals, and of his family's medical corporation. As the group examines evidence found in Kamui's hideout, they discover Kamui had used a hologram that was aged up from a child who died in a plane accident 15 years ago. Akane apprehends a surgeon who previously operated on Kamui and has Saiga interrogate him. Pieces start falling together, linking seemingly unrelated events and details together into one complicated web, all connected to Kamui.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 10, 2014 - 0 comments

Psycho-Pass: Those Who Cast Stones  Season 2, Ep 6

The episode opens with the MSWPB tangled in a battle with civilian-controlled drones, through the "Hungry Chicken" mobile game. Akane figures out Kamui's intention behind this event, while Shion and Sho Hinakawa try to handle the mobile game-controlled drones, further stressing out Mika.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 8, 2014 - 1 comment

Psycho-Pass: The Scales of Justice   Season 2, Ep 1

The MWPSB (Ministry of Welfare's Public Safety Bureau ) is called to investigate a incident involving an explosion at a busy shopping venue despite no casualties. So far, their main suspect is Akira Kitazawa due to his unstable Crime Coefficient and prior knowledge of demolitions. As a part of Division 1 Inspector Akane and her Enforcers are called in to track and arrest the suspect, who flees from the scene with a female hostage by car. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 11, 2014 - 2 comments

Psycho-Pass: The Creeping Unknown   Season 2, Ep 2

Inspector Akane and Enforcer Togane start interrogating the suspect Kitazawa who talks about a person who is able to lower crime coefficients and responsible for the fake hostage. After examining the hologram used in the crime they find out it's extremely elaborate and not the regular run of the mill criminal. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 11, 2014 - 1 comment

Psycho-Pass: The Salvation of Job  Season 2, Ep 4

After interrogating the politician Masuda, Inspector Akane finds herself at a dead end about Kamui other than hearing his name tied to clear HUEs. However, Inspector Aoyanagi does gain some new info related to Kamui's motives and ideals for their society from the criminal. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 6, 2014 - 4 comments

Psycho-Pass: Unforbidden Games  Season 2, Ep 5

The MSWPB continue to investigate the crime scene from earlier that day at the clinic but don't find anything new other than the same mysterious message "WC?" Meanwhile, Inspector Akane is working with other people to continue checking up on potential suspects tied to Kamui and visit one of his a possible secret bases. All seems normal until halfway there is a sudden incident connected to the drone's controls ends up causing another problem. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 6, 2014 - 3 comments

Psycho-Pass: The Devil's Proof  Season 2, Ep 3

Inspector Akane continues to focus on her investigation of the strange message left at the previous crime scene and by meeting with other characters who may or may not have relevant information to the case. Inspector Aoyanagi meets with Ginoza about what it means to be an Inspector before receiving a surprising phone call. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Oct 26, 2014 - 9 comments

Person of Interest: Prophets  Season 4, Ep 5

In which a golden boy political pollster discovers the harsh realities of campaigning in a digital dystopia, Harold reminisces about the Machine's formative years, Reese goes to anger management, and Root finally meets her adversary's avatar.
posted by homunculus on Oct 21, 2014 - 15 comments

Movie: The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam's newest dystopian sci-fi kaleidoscope, starring Christoph Waltz.
posted by HeroZero on Oct 9, 2014 - 9 comments

Movie: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
posted by mathowie on Jul 11, 2014 - 20 comments

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