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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

Movie: Battle for Sevastopol

Battle for Sevastopol is a Russian/Ukranian co-production based on the WWII experiences of Lyudmila Pavilchenko, a young Ukranian student who becomes one of the war's deadliest snipers. With 309 confirmed kills in just over a year, Pavilchenko is brought to the White House to meet President Franklin D Roosevelt, the first Soviet ever to receive such an invitation. Pavilchenko meets and is befriended by Eleanor Roosevelt, who invites her on a promotional tour of the United States to rally support for the Soviet "Second Front" war effort despite her PTSD. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Apr 29, 2017 - 1 comment

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: Episode 98 - Gorka II: The Gorkaning feat. Alex Pareene & James Adomian

Sebastian Gorka calls in again to comment on the fall of the hated Bannon and disclaim his connections to fascist movements: "Do you consider a surface-level series of tattoos to be a 'deep tie' to an organization? I'm not an active member." [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Apr 10, 2017 - 4 comments

Podcast: Hi-Phi Nation: Soldier Philosophers Part 1: Moral Exploitation

When one Army soldier discovered the propagation of torture tactics during the Iraq war, he engaged in a one-man mission inside the organization to learn about their origins, and the effect they had on lower-level soldiers who were implementing them... On this episode, we look at the side-effects of moral decision-making on the soldiers who are asked to carry-out a President's orders. Guest voices include Michael Robillard and Ian Fishback. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 4, 2017 - 0 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

Movie: Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson returns to directing after a 10-year gap with the story of WWII "conscientious cooperator" Desmond Doss, who served as a medic during the Battle of Okinawa, refused to kill people or carry a gun, and became the first U.S. citizen to win the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 87% critics/95% audience. And here's History vs. Hollywood on what was true and what was invented for dramatic purpose.
posted by mediareport on Dec 8, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: War Dogs

Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill), who worked their way up the ladder of Pentagon contracts to land a $300 million contract to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. [Trailer #1, Trailer #2] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 30, 2016 - 8 comments

Steven Universe: Bismuth  Season 3, Ep 20

Steven frees one of the original Crystal Gems from Lion's mane.
posted by Small Dollar on Aug 4, 2016 - 55 comments

UnREAL: War  Season 2, Ep 1

In the second-season premiere, Rachel hires the show's first African-American suitor after Quinn promotes her to produce the new season. Meanwhile, Chet attempts to reclaim control of the show and sways the suitor's opinion to agree with his vision.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jun 6, 2016 - 10 comments

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Nor the Battle to the Strong  Rewatch   Season 5, Ep 4

Jake learns for whom the bell tolls. [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Apr 13, 2016 - 10 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 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: 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: 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

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Laws of Nature  Season 3, Ep 1

S.H.I.E.L.D. searches the world for more powered people in the aftermath of their epic battle with Jiaying and her army of Inhumans, while the larger world grows uneasy at the number of super-beings on the planet. However, Coulson and the team soon find out that they are not the only group looking for these new Inhumans. Meanwhile, a distraught and driven Fitz searches for Simmons.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 30, 2015 - 40 comments

Movie: Fury

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Sep 26, 2015 - 9 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: LGBT Discrimination  Season 2, Ep 26

This week.... Hostilities flare up between North Korea and South Korea. Vladimir Putin bans the import of many types of food from the West. Greece President Alexis Tsipras resigns (but will still run for reelection) after just seven months in office amidst controversy over his bank-mandated austerity measures. And Now: Another Check-In With The Most Patient Man On Television. (That would be Steve Scully of C-Span's Washington Journal.) The main story: discrimination against LGBT couples still legal in surprisingly much of the nation. YouTube (15m) And Now: The Most Patient Man On Television Faces His Greatest Challenge. Finally, a follow-up on the business of John Oliver's church, Our Lady Of Perpetual Exemption. They got rather a lot of mail, including a giant bag of seeds, followed by gianter bag of seeds the next day. They also got beef jerky and a 100-Trillion-dollar bill from Zimbabwe (worth about 40 cents). Last Week Tonight is taking a break for two weeks. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 24, 2015 - 6 comments

Smiley's People: Part 6  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 6

The green light is given, and Esterhase's team moves in on Grigoriev. Will he help them unlock Karla's secret? Can George finally bring down his nemesis and redeem his career, his Western values, his very being? This is George Smiley's last chapter. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 15, 2015 - 3 comments

Smiley's People: Part 5  Season 1, Ep 5

George Smiley finally has the whole story, and now must work to put a plan in place. Circus Chief Saul Enderby takes Maude for a spin around the "garden," earning his cold shoulder from Part 4 and blessing him with his totally-deniable approval of the plan to snare Karla (as well as free access to the Reptile Fund). Commence file-digging with Peter Guillam, target-shadowing with Toby Esterhase, and totally ignoring Oliver Lacon at dinner. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 7, 2015 - 6 comments

Smiley's People: Part 4  Season 1, Ep 4

Sleepless and relentless, Smiley races across West Germany and finally tracks down Otto Leipzig. He's still a step behind Karla for now, but with a flurry of aliases and feints and a little—OK a lot of help from Peter Guillam (Michael Byrne) all of the bits scattered by the death of General Vladimir are finally being swept up into one place. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 30, 2015 - 11 comments

Smiley's People: Part 3  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 3

George drinks his way through three interviews while piecing together the story that General Vladimir died trying to get to him. Bernard Hepton and Beryl Reid reprise their roles from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as Toby Esterhase and Connie Sachs, respectively, and then Smiley ventures overseas in search of Otto Leipzig and the Ginger Pig's confession. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 23, 2015 - 8 comments

Smiley's People: Part 2  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

Straight from the briefing with Lacon, Strickland, and Mostyn, George steps out onto the Heath in the light of day and attempts to reconstruct the General's movements from the night before. Then, from the week before. He had two proofs. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 16, 2015 - 21 comments

Smiley's People: Part 1  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

George Smiley is once again retired from The Circus, living peacefully in his Bywater Street home. But a letter from Paris sets in motion a chain of events that, once again, calls George back into the game. If a rogue elephant... charges at me out of the thicket of my past and gives me a second shot at it, I intend to shoot it dead—but with the minimum of force. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 9, 2015 - 12 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 7 - Flushing Out The Mole  Season 1, Ep 7

Smiley springs his trap and then goes about picking up the pieces and putting The Circus back together. Poor George! Life is such a puzzle to you, isn't it? - Lady Ann
posted by carsonb on Apr 2, 2015 - 13 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 6 - Smiley Sets a Trap  Season 1, Ep 6

With a new light cast on the aftermath of Operation Testify—who told Jim Prideaux to forget it, man... forget it! and move on with his post-Circus life—George Smiley knows who in the Merlin/Witchcraft circle to approach first. But before he heads down that path, a bit of follow-up is in order with old-boy lamplighter and drunkard footie newsman Jerry Westerby. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 26, 2015 - 21 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 5 - Tinker Tailor  Season 1, Ep 5

George Smiley conducts two interviews, first with old hand Sam Collins, the duty officer on the night Jim Prideaux was shot, then with Prideaux himself. Between the two testimonies a clearer picture is painted of the events of that night, the fateful, failed Operation Testify, as well as its fallout.
posted by carsonb on Mar 19, 2015 - 22 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: How It All Fits Together  Season 1, Ep 4

In search of more information about Operation Testify, George sends Peter back to The Circus for the archived file. Waylaid mid-operation by the three of them and Alleline, Peter is read in on and then interrogated about some ultra-ultra-sensitive Witchcraft material. Patrick Stewart makes a brief, silent, and rather intense appearance during Smiley's relation to Guillam of the time in Delhi when he met Karla in the flesh. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 12, 2015 - 12 comments

Steven Universe: Rose's Scabbard  Season 1, Ep 45

Lion finds a scabbard that belonged to Rose Quartz, and Steven and Pearl go looking for the sword. [more inside]
posted by Small Dollar on Mar 9, 2015 - 13 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 3: Smiley Tracks The Mole  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 3

Smiley sends Guillam to The Circus headquarters at London Station to covertly follow up on Ricky Tarr's story, while he visits Oxford to pick the brain of former Head of Research Connie Sachs. Connections begin to appear as they compare notes, and George fills Peter in on Merlin, Witchcraft, and Percy Alleline's insufferable angling for Control's chair. There are three of them, and Alleline. Control's words. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 2  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 2

Four men in a room quickly filling with smoke: George Smiley, newly un-retired right-hand man to The Circus chief, Peter Guillam, disgraced head Scalphunter for The Circus, Oliver Lacon, Intelligence Service overseer, and Ricky Tarr, officially absent without leave, on the Wanted list, recently resurfaced Circus spook extraordinaire. Ricky has a story he thinks might change all their lives. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Feb 26, 2015 - 3 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 1  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 1

Two to six men in a room filled or quickly filling with smoke. There is terse, slow conversation, interrogations mostly, punctuated by short, uneventful drives on the streets of Cold War-era London. Spies! George Smiley (ret.), played elderly and formidable and ironically reticent by Sir Alec Guinness, looms and frowns at the goings-on and pieces together the legend of a mole, right at the top of The Circus. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Feb 19, 2015 - 15 comments

Banshee: Real Life is the Nightmare  Season 3, Ep 4

Burton kills someone. Again. Rebecca kills someone. Again. Carrie kicks someone's ass. Again. Hood gets his ass kicked. Again.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Jan 31, 2015 - 3 comments

Mr Selfridge: Episode 1  Season 3, Ep 1

Two weddings and a funeral. [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Jan 26, 2015 - 3 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

Marco Polo: The Heavenly And Primal  Season 1, Ep 10

Kublai has a disagreement. A bloody egg. Fire lances and trebuchets. A bit of a dust up at Xiangyang. An exquisitely jokey scene to end it all. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Dec 26, 2014 - 1 comment

Marco Polo: Prisoners  Season 1, Ep 9

AAAHHHHHHHHH! A cute mini-cannon. Impotence rears it’s ugly head. We spend a lot of time preparing for an execution. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Dec 22, 2014 - 5 comments

Marco Polo: Rendering  Season 1, Ep 8

An engagement. A revengeful murder. AhLin develops further. Sword dancing. Bone dice are played with. Grisly pots get stirred. Kokachion comes under Marco's protection. Marco gets sucked in. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Dec 22, 2014 - 2 comments

Marco Polo: The Scholar's Pen  Season 1, Ep 7

We learn about Sidao and Mei Lin’s history. There are missions for Marco and Hundred Eyes. Khutulun goes stone cold. Preparations for war. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Dec 22, 2014 - 1 comment

Movie: The Imitation Game

English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 17, 2014 - 20 comments

Movie: Good Morning, Vietnam

An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 15, 2014 - 2 comments

Movie: Three Kings

SPIRIT OF 99 - March 1991. The war just ended. Kuwait has been liberated, President Bush has negotiated a ceasefire with barely any conflict, and there's thousands of US troops running roughshod over the Iraqi desert. Three (or so) of them venture off-base in search of a purported bunker full of Saddam's gold. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Nov 6, 2014 - 9 comments

The Knick: The Golden Lotus  Season 1, Ep 9

Thackery does lots of coke. Everett prescribes an emetic  to someone with an eating disorder. Barrow gets salt water from his loan shark instead of cocaine. Disregarding the evidence in front of his nose, Bertie hits on Nurse Elkins and she gaslights him. Bertie also refuses to admit that Thackery is a hop-head. There is one patient in The Knick who doesn't care that Dr. Edwards is black. Finally, we learn that 'golden lotus' means foot not a portion of a woman's nether regions. ‎ [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Oct 12, 2014 - 1 comment

The Knick: Working Late A Lot  Season 1, Ep 8

Thackery does drugs. Typhoid Mary goes to trial. Bertie's father pressures Thackery. Barrow goes looking for money. [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Oct 3, 2014 - 1 comment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scottish Independence, Corporations Misuse Twitter  Season 1, Ep 17

The NFL is embroiled in controversy for their handling of player Ray Rice's assault on his wife. ISIS prompts yet another American military intervention in Iraq (2m). Olive Garden comes under fire from activist hedge fund for poor practices, including not using salt to boil pasta water to prolong pot life. Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom (15m). Newscasters misidentify photographs as selfies. A record of companies misappropriating Twitter hashtags and memes to try to look important and socially-conscious, featuring the hashtag #WeUnderstandThatAsCorporateEntities​OurPresenceInCertainDiscussionsIsNotAlwaysRequired​SoWeWillStriveToLimitOurActivities​ToJustSellingyouShit.
posted by JHarris on Sep 15, 2014 - 9 comments

Movie: Hopscotch

A lighthearted Cold War spy thriller, Hopscotch follows the retirement of the most dangerous man in the world, CIA field agent Miles Kendig (Walter Matthau). At odds with his new boss and desk assignment, the wily Kendig is ready to hang up his spook, settle down with an old flame, and write his memoirs. But the Company, the FBI, and the KGB would prefer he not spill the beans, and will do everything in their power to shut him up and lock him down... with hilarious results. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 10, 2014 - 23 comments

Movie: The Expendables 3

Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
posted by mathowie on Aug 15, 2014 - 6 comments

Game of Thrones: The Watchers on the Wall  Books Included   Season 4, Ep 9

Jon Snow and the Night's Watch face a big challenge.
posted by mathowie on Jun 8, 2014 - 273 comments

Movie: Edge of Tomorrow

An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.
posted by mathowie on Jun 6, 2014 - 47 comments

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