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May 24

Book: Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and ...

"How did a libertine who lacks even the most basic knowledge of the Christian faith win 81 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2016? And why have white evangelicals become a presidential reprobate’s staunchest supporters? These are among the questions acclaimed historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez asks in Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, which delves beyond facile headlines to explain how white evangelicals have brought us to our fractured political moment." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:52 PM - 0 comments

May 23

Better Call Saul: Plan and Execution  Season 6, Episode 7

Jimmy and Kim deal with a last-minute snag in their plan. [Mid-season finale - last six episodes start July 11th]
posted by Rhaomi at 5:56 PM - 39 comments

Top Chef: We're On A Boat  Season 19, Episode 12

After saying goodbye to their loved ones and another fellow competitor, the chefs receive an ominous gift from Tom, who tells them to get up early and meet him at the docks. They’ll have to find their sea legs quickly because for their Elimination Challenge each chef must create two fresh fish dishes to hook their guest judges Stephanie Izard and Daniel Boulud. The catch? They’ll be fishing for all of their protein themselves. [more inside]
posted by Superilla at 8:58 AM - 3 comments

The Big Conn  Season 1 (Full Season)

On apple TV+: Follows the story of Eric C. Conn, a Kentucky attorney who managed to steal over $550 million dollars* from the U.S. government through its Social Security program. [more inside]
posted by Captain_Science at 8:27 AM - 0 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Subway  Season 9, Episode 12

This week.... Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, who spread Trump's like about 2020 election fraud (and has said some very disturbing things about how he'd run their election) and marched on the Capitol on January 6, reached a near-tie in the Republican primary for that state. And Now: Some Things They Say In Texas. The main story is about the Subway restaurant chain and the terrible straits their franchisee agreements can put buyers through, which can include opening new stores surprisingly close to each other. On YouTube. (27 minutes) At the end, they present a short romantic drama about a Korean Subway franchisee. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 4:09 AM - 9 comments

May 22

Love, Death & Robots: Season 3  Season 3 (Full Season)

The award-winning Netflix series of short, animated science-fiction-and-fantasy-adjacent films continues, with voice acting by Rosario Dawson, Joe Manganiello, Craig Ferguson, Mackenzie Davis, Dan Stevens, Joel McHale, Seth Green, Gabriel Luna, Jai Courtney, Elodie Yung, Chantelle Barry, Christian Serratos, Katie Lowes, and Jason Flemyng, with Josh Brener, Gary Anthony Williams, and Chris Parnell reprising their roles from season one. [CW: violence, with varying degrees of realism, and some sexual content.] [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:16 PM - 12 comments

Love, Death & Robots: Season 2 (Entire Season)  Season 2 (Full Season)

The Netflix series of short, animated (in various styles) science fiction films (although some of them edge on fantasy) continues. The season two cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Elodie Yung, Nancy Linari, Emily O'Brien, Joe Dempsie, Ike Amadi, Nolan North, Fred Tatasciore, Peter Franzén, Jennifer Hale, Sebastian Croft, Brian Keene, Steven Pacey, Scott Whyte, and Zita Hanrot. [CW: violence, with varying degrees of realism, and some sexual content.] [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:04 PM - 0 comments

Movie: Until the End of the World

Set in 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash with some bank robbers, who enlist her help to take the money to a drop in Paris. On the way she runs into another fugitive from the law Dr. Farber, an American who is being chased by the CIA. They want to confiscate a device his father invented which allows anyone to record their dreams and visions. On the run they travel the globe from Berlin to Lisbon to Moscow to Tokyo, ending up in Australia at his father's research facility, where they hope to play back the recordings Farber captured for his blind mother. [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 8:52 AM - 16 comments

Tomorrow: Tomorrow  Season 1 (Full Season)

Made half-human and half-spirit by accident, a young man is employed by a company of grim reapers in the underworld to carry out special missions. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:16 AM - 2 comments

Saturday Night Live: Natasha Lyonne / Japanese Breakfast  Season 47, Episode 21

Season finale. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 1:22 AM - 18 comments

May 21

Movie: Death Spa

Starbody Health Spa is a revolutionary facility. An advanced computer controls everything from air conditioning to the resistance on the stationary bikes. But suddenly things start going terribly wrong. Is it a saboteur or something far more frightening? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 7:54 PM - 0 comments

Movie: Downton Abbey: A New Era

The Dowager Countess receives a surprising letter: she has inherited a villa in the south of France. At the same time, the Crawleys receive a surprising request: would they permit a moving picture to be filmed in Downton Abbey? Some of the household don't approve of a movie being filmed in the house - but no worries, we'll just send them all off to France. The actors and crew invade and the staff go gaga over the stars in their midst. But the France-bound set find more drama at the villa than what is being filmed at Downton. [more inside]
posted by Gray Duck at 6:38 PM - 4 comments

Atlanta: Tarrare  Season 3, Episode 10

We finally get an episode wholly centered on Vanessa, and it's the season finale. Van goes native in Paris and takes a few friends on a surreal adventure including the humiliation of Alexander Skarsgård, ritual cannibalism, and a big emotional reveal by the Seine. [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 5:10 PM - 4 comments

Movie: Sherlock Jr.

A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 4:19 PM - 2 comments

Movie: The Valet

Movie star Olivia (Samara Weaving) faces a PR disaster when a paparazzi snaps a photo of her with her married lover, Vincent. Hard-working valet Antonio (Eugenio Derbez) accidentally appears in the same photo and is enlisted to pose as Olivia's new boyfriend as a cover-up. This ruse with Olivia thrusts Antonio into the spotlight and unexpected chaos. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:55 PM - 3 comments

Shining Girls: Series 1 - All Episodes  Season 1, Episode 1

Shining Girls is an American thriller series on Apple TV+ based on the 2013 novel "The Shining Girls" by Lauren Beukes. [more inside]
posted by chill at 2:16 AM - 3 comments

May 20

Movie: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

"Decades since their successful television series was canceled, Chip has succumbed to a life of suburban domesticity as an insurance salesman. Dale, meanwhile, has had CGI surgery and works the nostalgia convention circuit, desperate to relive his glory days. When a former cast mate mysteriously disappears, Chip and Dale must repair their broken friendship and take on their Rescue Rangers detective personas once again to save their friend's life." [more inside]
posted by Pronoiac at 7:53 PM - 18 comments

Podcast: The Besties: The Sleeper Hits of Spring 2022

This week, we're circling back with some of the lil' guys you might have missed this Spring while you were traipsing in the bluebonnets, or collecting berries or whatever. Games discussed: Shotgun King, Vampire Survivors, Haiku the Robot, Mini Motorways on Switch, OlliOlli World, Dungeons of Dreadrock, Rogue Legacy 2, Peglin, Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus?, Songpop Party, Forager, Fall Guys, Citizen Sleeper [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:02 PM - 0 comments

Book: The Fated Sky

Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there's a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic -- but potentially very dangerous -- mission? Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the Civil Rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there? [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 5:36 AM - 4 comments

Movie: The General

After being rejected by the Confederate military, not realizing it was due to his crucial civilian role, an engineer must single-handedly recapture his beloved locomotive after it is seized by Union spies and return it through ene... [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 12:10 AM - 5 comments

May 19

Book: All Boys Aren't blue

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 5:13 PM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: Ghosts of Illyria  Season 1, Episode 3

A mysterious disease sheds some light on a couple of the crew. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:24 AM - 42 comments

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

Re-rewatch! A supremely goofy movie that doesn't make much sense, with an excellent actor (Raul Julia), some sub-Doctor Who special effects, and great riffing combine to make a classic episode! It's the last episode of Season 8. Technically Pearl is still chasing the SOL but that's kind of forgotten to make room for one of the best sequences of host segments the show ever did, where Pearl creates a completely spurious public television telethon. And don't forget: get your monkeys, instantly, at Instant Monkeys Online! Previously and again.
posted by JHarris at 12:51 AM - 4 comments

May 18

Movie: Bubble

Netflix anime Bubble turns post-apocalyptic Tokyo into a colorful playground. After bubbles that broke the laws of gravity rained down upon the world. Cut off from the outside world, Tokyo has become a playground for a group of young people who have lost their families.
posted by jazon at 11:17 PM - 0 comments

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: AEW Dynamite 5/18 & Rampage 5/20  Season 3, Episode 33

The Owen Hart Tournament jokers will be revealed! Wardlow takes his whipping! Jericho and William Regal meet face-to-face!" [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 5:05 PM - 6 comments

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Evil Under the Sun  Season 8, Episode 1

Poirot takes a holiday at a stylish Devon hotel, only to find himself in the middle of another mystery when a guest is found murdered. Suspicion falls on the victim's husband and several other guests, and Poirot is forced to use all his powers of observation and human insight in order to solve the complex case.
posted by Carillon at 3:04 PM - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Electric Utilities  Season 9, Episode 11

This week (episode taped on 5/14)... Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. was elected President of the Philippines as was feared in the previous episode, Norway presents a severely WTF entry to Eurovision. Alabama bans the use of hormones and puberity blockers to treat transgender patients under the age of 19, making it a felony punishable by 10 years in prison, a bill signed by Governor Kay Ivey. And Now: The Delightful Delight Of Allison Hammond. Main story: electric utilities: the incredible amount of power their wield, how weakly they can be regulated, and the damage that can do, which has resulted both in the creation of spurious and badly-managed projects in order to charge more on bills in profit, and in them attacking community-led solar projects that threaten their bottom line. In the end, John Oliver is killed by Reddy Kilowatt. On YouTube (24 minutes). [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 4:35 AM - 3 comments

May 17

Special Event: 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs 🏒 - Second Round

The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs kicks off tonight! The two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning take on the best team in the regular season, the Florida Panthers. The Battle of Florida is a repeat of last year's opening round, which featured some incredibly entertaining hockey. In the west, the heavily favoured Colorado Avalanche take on the St. Louis Blues, who won it all just a few years ago. Tomorrow night, the Carolina Hurricanes and their deep squad host the New York Rangers and the best goalie of the regular season, Igor Shesterkin. And in the final game, the first playoff Battle of Alberta since 1991 will be crazy; the Calgary Flames and the best line in hockey take on the Edmonton Oilers, who happen to have the best player in the sport, Connor McDavid. [more inside]
posted by Superilla at 2:25 PM - 23 comments

May 16

Better Call Saul: Axe and Grind  Season 6, Episode 6

Kim and Jimmy enlist a knowledgeable contact; Howard scrutinizes Jimmy's business practices.
posted by Rhaomi at 9:09 PM - 50 comments

Servant of the People: S2: From Love to Impeachment  Season 2 (Full Season)

Seasons 2 and 3 have dropped on Netflix, so we have the further adventures of Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko.
posted by tavella at 8:59 PM - 1 comment

Top Chef: Family Vacation  Season 19, Episode 11

It’s time to hit the beach. The Chefs head to the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston Texas, but they won’t have any time to relax. Chef Shota Nakajima is here to present them with their next Quickfire Challenge: using the freshest gulf shellfish to create a seafood tower with one hot and one cold dish. Then, for the Elimination Challenge, Padma announces that along with alumni Sheldon Simeon and Adrienne Cheatham, the chefs will be feeding a family of special VIPs, who are expecting them to cater to some very specific tastes. [more inside]
posted by Superilla at 3:41 PM - 6 comments

Conversations with Friends: Full Season  Season 1 (Full Season)

Two Dublin college students, Frances and Bobbi, and the strange and unexpected connection they forge with married couple, Melissa and Nick. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 3:31 PM - 1 comment

Book: The Southernization of America

A series of essays by two noted left of center personalities in the South (Frye Gaillard and Cynthia Tucker) that looks at what went wrong in the US, and how we got to a place in the county where 40% of the electorate are flat out racists. [more inside]
posted by COD at 5:38 AM - 0 comments

Podcast: The Besties: The Definitive Power Ranking of Star Wars Games

In today's episode, we're exploring the absolutely pristine history of Star Wars video games, and assigning each of them a grade in an EXTREMELY scientific and deliberate manner. It's a journey, y'all. Also discussed: Nobody Saves the World on Switch, Death's Gambit: Ashes of Vados, Fortnite, Rogue Legacy 2 [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 3:19 AM - 0 comments

May 15

The Time Traveler's Wife: Episode 1  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 1

In the clearing behind her home, six-year-old Clare Abshire encounters 36-year-old time traveler Henry DeTamble for the first time. Fourteen years later, an unexpected reunion at the library gives Henry the opportunity to meet Clare. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 6:59 PM - 2 comments

Atlanta: Rich Wigga, Poor Wigga  Season 3, Episode 9

High school student Aaron undergoes a test of his blackness as he tries to get college funding from an unusual source. Another standalone story. [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 6:57 PM - 4 comments

The Time Traveler's Wife: All Episodes  Books Included   Season 1 (Full Season)

Audrey Niffenegger's novel, previously adapted as a film, now a 6-episode series by Steven Moffat (HBO, HBOMax, Sky Atlantic). [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 6:56 PM - 11 comments

Movie: Them

Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise. They're not alone, and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 9:45 AM - 0 comments

Book: The Chosen and the Beautiful

Immigrant. Socialite. Magician. Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer and Asian, a Vietnamese adoptee treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her. But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how. The Chosen and the Beautiful reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice.
posted by rednikki at 8:13 AM - 3 comments

Stitch, Please!: Full Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

Legendary style on a tiny budget in a tight timescale? Shear madness. Blu Hydrangea challenges costume-crazy contestants to create iconic, inspirational costumes. Link to BBC3.
posted by ellieBOA at 6:57 AM - 2 comments

Saturday Night Live: Selena Gomez / Post Malone  Season 47, Episode 20

Both first-timers! [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 2:58 AM - 13 comments

May 14

Candy: (Hulu miniseries) Spoiler inside  All Seasons

Candy Montgomery is a 1980s housewife and mother who did everything right - but when the pressure of conformity builds within her, her actions scream for just a bit of freedom. Until someone tells her to shush. With deadly results. (IMDB) [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 7:43 AM - 5 comments

Special Event: Live Stream: The Grand Final (2022 Eurovision Song Contest)

Good evening, Europe! Good morning, Australia! The Grand Final will air on May 14 (today!), at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm EDT. Twenty-five artists are have made it through two semifinals, and tonight, we will find out who is the winner of Eurovision 2022! [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 7:24 AM - 488 comments

Book: Bad Actors

A governmental think-tank, whose remit is to curb the independence of the intelligence service, has lost one of its key members, and Claude Whelan—one-time head of MI5's Regent’s Park—is tasked with tracking her down. But the trail leads straight back to the Park itself, with Diana Taverner as chief suspect. Has Diana overplayed her hand at last? What’s her counterpart, Moscow’s First Desk, doing in London? And does Jackson Lamb know more than he’s telling? Over at Slough House, with Shirley Dander in rehab, Roddy Ho in dress rehearsal, and new recruit Ashley Khan turning up the heat, the slow horses are doing what they do best, and adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation… [more inside]
posted by Strutter Cane - United Planets Stilt Patrol at 2:49 AM - 1 comment

May 13

Movie: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Who will survive and what will be left of them? [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy at 1:43 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Firestarter

Parents Andy (Zac Efron) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon) have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her dangerous telekinetic powers. Andy has taught Charlie how to defuse her power, but as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. After an incident reveals the family's location, a mysterious operative is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:32 AM - 5 comments

Hacks: Hacks - Season 2  Season 2 (Full Season)

The dark mentorship between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and her young, entitled writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) continues to evolve as the two travel across the country workshopping Deborah’s new stand-up act. [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 11:16 AM - 4 comments

Book: Badasstronauts

Melville, South Carolina was out of money, it was out of jobs, it was out of hope, and today it was out of astronauts. There were only two to begin with, and now one is stuck on the abandoned International Space Station after his mission went south. With NASA’s budget cut to the bone, there’s no one to bring him back home, so everyone is only too happy to ignore this embarrassing sign of American Failure and just let him die. But his cousin, Walter Reddie, isn’t going to let that happen. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:50 AM - 2 comments

May 12

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TIME CHASERS  Rewatch   Season 8, Episode 21

Re-rewatch! A guy invents a time machine using a small airplane and an 8-bit computer, but sells the tech to EvilCo. Good job! It's quaint that the movie believes a person working on his own without vast resources could invent something that a huge corporate behemoth couldn't. The roman times subplot is over on the SOL, this and the next episode are just sort of "in space" before we reach Castle Forrester in Season 9. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris at 4:23 PM - 3 comments

Anatomy of a Scandal: Episode 1  Season 1, Episode 1

James scrambles to mitigate the scandal's impact, while a devastated but determined Sophie remembers happier moments and Kate weighs her next move.
posted by penguin pie at 3:53 PM - 1 comment

The Great Pottery Throw Down: The Great Pottery Throw Down Season Five  Season 5 (Full Season)

An assortment of potters come together at Middleport Pottery to compete in clay. Keith and Rich judge, and Ellie Taylor holds down the host spot until Siobhán McSweeney's broken leg improves enough to let her rejoin the crew. The show is streaming on HBO Max in the US.
posted by PussKillian at 12:14 PM - 9 comments

Movie: The Sadness

A young couple in Taipei is pushed to the limits of sanity as they attempt to be reunited amid the chaos of a pandemic outbreak. The streets erupt into violence and depravity, as those infected are driven to enact the most cruel and ghastly things imaginable. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:04 AM - 14 comments

Special Event: Live Stream: Semifinal 2 (2022 Eurovision Song Contest)

Good evening, Europe! Good morning, Australia! Semifinal 2 begins Thursday May 12th (today!), at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm EDT. Come on in to chat about the second round of performances and to express all your Eurovision-related feelings. [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 6:47 AM - 125 comments

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: Children of the Comet  Season 1, Episode 2

While racing against time to save a planet somewhere beyond Antares, Spock and Uhura discover the diplomatic power of music. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:24 AM - 46 comments

May 11

Top Chef: Dinner in Zero Gravity  Season 19, Episode 10

The chefs get an early start as they head to the Houston farmers market to meet Padma and Quickfire guest judge Claudette Zepeda. For this Quickfire Challenge, the chefs have to put their own fresh take on fajitas, a Houston classic. The best fajita dish will win $10,000 courtesy of a sponsor. Next, the competition reaches new heights in the Elimination Challenge as the chefs voyage to the Houston Space Center to meet up with Melissa King and a few experts in space cuisine. If they want to blast off to victory, they’ll have to create a stellar new menu item that they would crave if they were on a multi-year mission to Mars that meets both NASA and guest judge Marcus Samuelson’s culinary standards. [more inside]
posted by Superilla at 9:57 PM - 9 comments

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: AEW Dynamite 5/11 & Rampage 5/13  Season 3, Episode 32

The Owen Hart Tournament begins tonight! MJF's secret contract requirements for Wardlow will be revealed! Danhausen has an actual match! I'm posting this a few hours early because I'm going to be IN ATTENDANCE AT THE SHOW! [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 12:57 PM - 6 comments

Movie: Time Lapse

Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:57 AM - 7 comments

Movie: The Purge: Anarchy

One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish -- including murder -- without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo (Frank Grillo), a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the mayhem. However, instead of a death-dealing avenger, he becomes the unexpected protector of four innocent strangers who desperately need his help if they are to survive the night. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:32 AM - 0 comments

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Lord Edgware Dies  Season 7, Episode 2

The dapper detective investigates the death of Lord Edgware, husband of a famous actress who was seeking a divorce. The actress and the lord's butler, who disappears with a large sum of money, are only two of the suspects uncovered by Poirot, all with motives but seemingly watertight alibis.
posted by Carillon at 8:15 AM - 2 comments

May 10

Movie: The Purge

Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:47 PM - 10 comments