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Band of Brothers: Carentan  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 3

On D-Day plus two, the scattered men of Easy Company regroup with the help of Pvt. Albert Blithe (Marc Warren). Lt. Welsh (Rick Warden) then delivers their orders: they must take the town of Carentan.
posted by scruffy-looking nerfherder on May 3, 2017 - 3 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Gerrymandering  Season 4, Ep 8

So, recently?
  • Gorsuch appointed to Supreme Court via the "nuclear option," Devin Nunez recuses himself from investigating Trump as he himself is comes under an ethics investigation, and Thursday: Trump launches missiles at a Syrian airfield on very short notice and without apparent strategy while Brian Williams sings rhaposodies about their beauty. It's an act that, like so many of Trump's other acts, he tweeted against when Obama did it.
  • Bill O'Reilly hit by revelations that he settled multiple sexual harrasment suits totalling 15 million dollars over the years, leading to around 60 advertisers pulling ads from his show, but somehow a defense from Donald Trump. Sensing an opportunity, LWT pushed to fill some of the vacated time with their Catheter Cowboy, who will hopefully soon be telling Trump: "You're blowing this. You're sacrificing the chance to make society a better place on the altar of your towering ignorance and your fragile ego. YOU ARE BLOWING THIS."
  • Main story: The gigantic problem of gerrymandering, mostly from Republicans, but from some Democrats too, as well as the difficulties with redrawing districts fairly and intelligently. YouTube (20m)
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posted by JHarris on Apr 12, 2017 - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE STARFIGHTERS  Season 6, Ep 12

"THE BLAZING ADVENTURE of the men and planes who rocket to the very edge of OUTER SPACE!" A young Air Force cadet, who is Actual Bob Dornan and manifestly unlikeable even then, learns to fly a new jet, but forget about that. Get ready for tons of hott thicc triple-X refueling action! Oooh god. This episode has gotten something of a legendary reputation because of its great inanity (you wouldn't BELIEVE how much refueling can be in a movie), and the pointless late-film introduction of the "poopie suit," and the riffing is pretty great. The host segments have some great moments too, with the highlight being the United Servo Academy Men's Chorus. But the movie BITES, much more than the average. YouTube (1h32m) Promo (They're playing Doom!) Premiered October 29, 1994. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jan 12, 2017 - 12 comments

Podcast: Homecoming: 6. OPTIMISTS

What happened to the aquarium? Do you feel like coming to work every day? I'm going to stop you there, okay? [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Dec 22, 2016 - 4 comments

Podcast: Homecoming: 5. HYSTERICAL

Would you call this a date? The sequel is ten times as good as the original. [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Dec 14, 2016 - 0 comments

Podcast: Homecoming: 4. STOP HELPING

Walter asks for an explanation. Colin asks for the pot roast. [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Dec 9, 2016 - 3 comments

Podcast: Homecoming: 3. PHONY

A road trip. A simulation. A pivot. Another road trip. A viper's nest. [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Nov 30, 2016 - 0 comments

Podcast: Homecoming: 2. PINEAPPLE

Belfast is in Dubai. Palm trees are in Florida. A wheelchair is in the bathroom. The Titanic rises.
posted by CMcG on Nov 28, 2016 - 1 comment

Podcast: Homecoming: 1. MANDATORY

New clients arrive. A customer asks for the bill. The airport signage needs a lot of work. A bird wakes up in the Everglades.Homecoming was created and written by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg; directed by Eli Horowitz; sound design, editing, and music by Mark Henry Phillips; produced by Alicia Van Couvering and Mark Henry Phillips; casting by Henry Russell Bergstein. Homecoming is a production of Gimlet Media.
posted by CMcG on Nov 24, 2016 - 3 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #70 Stolen Valor

PJ dives into the world of military impostors and the vigilantes who hunt them. Plus, a dispatch from Dallas. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Jul 16, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: A Bridge Too Far

Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 6, 2016 - 2 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: Starship Troopers

You wanna live forever? Space bugs and space marines duke it out when Robert Heinlein's military sci-fi classic gets the Verhoeven treatment, marrying visually rich action set-pieces to a broader satire of a culture that worships its armed forces. (Trailer) [more inside]
posted by churl on Jun 15, 2015 - 47 comments

Movie: American Sniper

Based on the true story of a U.S. sniper who served in Iraq.
posted by bq on Jan 22, 2015 - 24 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Obama's Tour, Income Inequality, CIA Image Problems  Season 1, Ep 10

Japan ends its pacifist military stance. Warren G. Harding wrote naughty letters to his mistress. (YouTube) Obama goes on a tour of the nation. Main story: Income inequality and the estate tax. (YouTube) FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke is a hypocritical bastard. The CIA tries, and fails, to improve its public image.
posted by JHarris on Jul 14, 2014 - 9 comments

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