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July 14

Book: America Inc.

A corporation is running for president. And that’s the good guys. Start with The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike, by Mefi's Own andrhia (a/k/a Andrea Phillips). Take a little detour into this follow-up essay. Then crack open America Inc., a novel of democracy and dirty tricks.
posted by Etrigan at 6:37 AM - 1 comment

Movie: Hugo

In 1931 Paris, an orphan living in the walls of a train station gets wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs at 4:53 AM - 0 comments

Book: The Empire of Gold

The final installment of the Daevabad Trilogy picks up exactly where the last book left off. Nahri and Ali surface on the Nile while Manizheh and Dara now have control of Daevabad. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 4:40 AM - 0 comments

July 13

The X-Files: Three of a Kind  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 20

In a sequel to "Unusual Suspects", the Lone Gunmen once again encounter Susanne Modeski while infiltrating a defense contractors' conference in Las Vegas.
posted by orange swan at 8:18 PM - 2 comments

Critical Role: Mysteries, Memories, and Music  Season 2, Episode 101

The Mighty Nein explore the island village of Vo, uncovering strange mysteries about the island itself and its unusual inhabitants...
posted by nubs at 7:26 PM - 0 comments

Dear My Friends: Full Season 1 (Also Known As: My Dear Friend, Dieo Mai Peurenjeu)  Season 1 (Full Season)

Life is ever-delightful — and ever-challenging — for a group of friends in their twilight years as they rediscover themselves through love and family. (Netflix, tvN Korea) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 6:43 PM - 1 comment

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Outrageous Okona  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 4

It all happened during that magical summer of 2365. A roguish freighter captain drew the Enterprise into an interplanetary dispute. A holographically-resurrected Joe Piscopo taught Data the human concept of comedy. And the new ship's doctor wisely stayed out of it all. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 10:30 AM - 16 comments

July 12

The X-Files: The Unnatural   Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 19

Arthur Dales, the brother of a retired FBI agent with the same name, tells Mulder about an alien who played baseball for the Roswell Grays in 1947.
posted by orange swan at 7:53 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Vivarium

A young woman (Imogene Poots) and her fiancé (Jesse Eisenberg) are in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:38 AM - 3 comments

The Order: Season Two  Season 2 (Full Season)

The Knights debate whether they are war-wolves or were-locks while trying to take down the Order from the inside.
posted by Literaryhero at 4:48 AM - 4 comments

RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race: The Charles Family Backyard Ball  Season 5, Episode 6

At a barbecue-themed ball, the All Stars must turn two lewks: a country cousin (on the runway in front of RuPaul's birth family!) and backyard eleganza (made out of things you would actually find in your backyard). [more inside]
posted by sigmagalator at 12:48 AM - 2 comments

RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race: Snatch Game of Love  Season 5, Episode 5

It's the return of Snatch Game of Love! Also the return of Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, who joins Tommy Dorfman in the celebrity guest role. On the runway, the category is: Prom Queen Fantasy. [more inside]
posted by sigmagalator at 12:28 AM - 1 comment

July 11

The X-Files: Milagro  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 18

A writer who lives next door to Mulder, and who demonstrates an unsettling level of interest in Scully, becomes the prime suspect in a series of killings in which the heart is removed from the victims' bodies without surgical incision.
posted by orange swan at 7:29 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Calibre

Two lifelong friends head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend hunting trip that descends into a never-ending nightmare as they attempt to cover up a horrific hunting accident. A Netflix original.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:13 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Sorry We Missed You

Hoping that self-employment through the gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation. The newest film from Ken Loach. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:56 PM - 5 comments

The Baby-Sitters Club: Mary Anne Saves the Day  Season 1, Episode 4

After dealing with a major dad dilemma, Mary Anne makes a dynamic new friend. Later, a medical emergency puts her caretaking skills to the test. [more inside]
posted by toastyk at 10:51 AM - 6 comments

Movie: Relic

When Edna, the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) travel to their remote family home to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:37 AM - 5 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: FUGITIVE ALIEN  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 10

Rewatch! Sunday-- Ken is a Star Wolf, a member of a ruthless band of space raiders from the planet Valna, who unexpectedly develops a conscience and saves an Earth woman and sun from a comrade. He is labeled a traitor and is force to team up with hard-drinking earthling Captain Joe and his crew on the old spaceship Bacchus III. I love this episode. The movie is goofy but watchable (and as Joel and co note in the sequel, the music legitimately rocks), the jokes are funny and on-point, and in a series filled to overflowing with memorable moments, gives us several great ones, culminating in the classic lyric: "HE TRIIIED TO KILL ME WITH A FORKLIFT!" Olé! Previously Below the fold, some comments about the movie. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 9:52 AM - 4 comments

Movie: Manos Returns

A sequel to 1966's Manos: The Hands of Fate. Streaming on Amazon Prime, Manos Returns features several cast members from the first film, which was made famous (largely by its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000) as arguably the worst film ever made. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 7:44 AM - 2 comments

July 10

Movie: Palm Springs

In this surreal comedy produced by The Lonely Island, carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and reluctant maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Miloti) have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding that leads to some hi-lar-ious complications! They soon find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, each other, or the extremely angry Roy (J.K. Simmons). What a day!
posted by Going To Maine at 11:00 PM - 27 comments

The X-Files: Trevor  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 17

Agents Mulder and Scully pursue a ruthless escaped convict in Mississippi who is capable of passing through solid matter at will, and who seems to be in search of something he believes to be his.
posted by orange swan at 8:25 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Old Guard

Four undying warriors who've secretly protected humanity for centuries become targeted for their mysterious powers just as they discover a new immortal. (Netflix Original, comic-book adaptation) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 6:33 PM - 21 comments

Critical Role: Hunted at Sea  Season 2, Episode 100

The Mighty Nein are back! Faced with a pursuing dragon turtle, the Mighty Nein must rely on luck and cunning in order to battle their enormous, determined foe...
posted by nubs at 9:38 AM - 3 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Elementary, Dear Data  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 3

Data decides to out-LARP Picard on the holodeck in a Sherlock Holmes adventure that turns dangerous when Geordi botches a line of code. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 8:57 AM - 11 comments

July 9

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D  Season 7, Episode 7

Deke sings the hits. Mack wallows in models. Coulson tunes into a new frequency. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 8:21 PM - 17 comments

The X-Files: Alpha  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 16

After a Wanshang Dhole, a species of dog long believed to have been extinct, kills two merchant seamen and escapes from its freight crate en route from China to the U.S., Mulder and Scully try to track it down with the help of an introverted canine expert, and the enigmatic cryptozoologist who claims he initially found and captured the dog.
posted by orange swan at 8:14 PM - 2 comments

Doom Patrol: Finger Patrol   Season 2, Episode 5

Vic tries to make amends with Roni, Larry reaches out to his son, and Dorothy makes a new friend.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 5:52 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Selah and The Spades

Five factions run the underground life of Haldwell School, a prestigious east coast boarding school. At the head of the most powerful faction - The Spades - sits Selah Summers, walking the fine line between being feared and loved. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 10:08 AM - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 9

Rewatch! Thursday-- A film from the most prolific director of MST3K movies, Bert I. Gordon. Glenn Manning is a man with a big problem, getting bigger: he was exposed to an experimental weapon that makes him grow and grow and grow. A better movie than its sequel, War of the Colossal Beast, but often in it shadow because WotCB contains perhaps the most popular short in MST's history. Previously
posted by JHarris at 12:08 AM - 2 comments

July 8

The Baby-Sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey  Season 1, Episode 3

As competition heats up for the BSC, Stacey attempts to hide a personal secret and revisits a painful event from her past. [more inside]
posted by toastyk at 10:40 PM - 9 comments

The X-Files: Arcadia  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 15

Mulder and Scully go undercover as a married couple in a planned community in San Diego County, California, where people who don't follow the extensive and exacting homeowner regulations mysteriously disappear.
posted by orange swan at 7:44 PM - 6 comments

July 7

Stargirl: Shiv Part Two  Season 1, Episode 8

After Courtney gets herself into some trouble following an unexpected confrontation, Pat decides they need to come clean to Barbara. Meanwhile, Cindy takes heat from her father after a plan to take matters into her own hands goes awry. Finally, Yolanda, Beth and Rick lead an investigation into one of their own classmates. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:28 PM - 17 comments

Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Ambergris Element  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 13

The crew of the Enterprise explore a submerged culture on a water world. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 4:56 PM - 2 comments

I May Destroy You: It Just Came Up  Season 1, Episode 5

Arabella reassesses a sexual encounter with Zain and opens up to Biagio about her assault. She is in danger of breaking the internet when she goes off script at a writing summit. Kwame is prompted to report his assault to the police. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 7:22 AM - 1 comment

I May Destroy You: That Was Fun  Season 1, Episode 4

2 months after the incident, Arabella meets with a therapist, Carrie. Her agents assign another client, Zain, to help her with the first draft of her book. Kwame introduces his new love interest, Damon, to a stranger he met online. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 7:20 AM - 0 comments

I May Destroy You: Don't Forget the Sea  Season 1, Episode 3

In a flashback, Terry visits Arabella in Ostia, where she is living it large. After procuring party favours from Biagio, Arabella and Terry each have a wild night. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 6:54 AM - 0 comments

I May Destroy You: Someone Is Lying  Season 1, Episode 2

Disturbed by what little she remembers of the previous night, Arabella attempts to retrace her steps, but Simon seems reluctant to help her. Meanwhile, Terry has a lousy audition. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 6:44 AM - 0 comments

I May Destroy You: Eyes, Eyes, Eyes, Eyes  Season 1, Episode 1

After visiting her boyfriend in Italy, Arabella returns to London and a deluge of frantic messages from her literary agents. She plans to pull an all-nighter to finish a draft of her book but is tempted to join a friend on a night out. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 6:41 AM - 3 comments

July 6

The X-Files: Agua Mala  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 13

Arthur Dales asks Mulder to come to Florida during a rising hurricane after a neighbouring family disappears.
posted by orange swan at 7:54 PM - 6 comments

Movie: Come to Daddy

A naive young adult (Elijah Wood) visits his estranged father in a remote location after receiving a cryptic letter. [more inside]
posted by treepour at 1:22 PM - 8 comments

The Baby-Sitters Club: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls  Season 1, Episode 2

The spooky spirit of Halloween sweeps through Stoneybrook. Meanwhile, Claudia explores budding romance and struggles to connect with her parents. [more inside]
posted by toastyk at 12:08 PM - 8 comments

Warrior Nun: Full Season  Season 1 (Full Season)

Based on an American manga, the Netflix series Warrior Nun is perhaps best described as a cross between Buffy and The Da Vinci Code with a splash of Ancient Aliens. Mindless fun of bad-ass nuns kicking demon butt while questioning the strictures and motivations of the church they serve. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 6:04 AM - 12 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Where Silence Has Lease  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 2

When an immortal entity from outside the universe subjects the Enterprise to cruel experiments, each crew member anxiously checks the color of their shirt. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 5:49 AM - 10 comments

July 5

The X-Files: One Son (Part 2/2)  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 12

Mulder learns the truth about the Syndicate's extraterrestrial collaborations, just as the time has arrived for the Syndicate to give up the hybrid Cassandra to the alien colonists.
posted by orange swan at 7:41 PM - 5 comments

Movie: But I'm a Cheerleader

But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 American satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader whose parents send her to a residential inpatient conversion therapy camp to cure her lesbianism. There Megan soon comes to embrace her sexual orientation, despite the therapy, and falls in love. The supporting cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Dante Basco, Eddie Cibrian, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, Katrina Phillips, RuPaul, Richard Moll, Mink Stole, Kip Pardue, Michelle Williams, and Bud Cort.
posted by Fizz at 7:31 AM - 10 comments

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea  Season 1, Episode 1

Kristy has a great idea for a baby-sitting business for herself and her friends. [more inside]
posted by toastyk at 7:14 AM - 16 comments

July 4

The X-Files: Two Fathers (Part 1/2)  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 11

Cassandra Spender is found at a railyard in Arlington, Virginia, the only survivor among a number of people who have been burned alive, and she asks to speak to Agent Fox Mulder.
posted by orange swan at 8:29 PM - 2 comments

Doom Patrol: Sex Patrol   Season 2, Episode 4

Flex Mentallo returns, and tries to use the power of Muscle Mystery to free Rita of her inhibitions.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 1:13 PM - 12 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: GAMERA VS. GAOS  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 8

Re-rewatch! On Sunday: like Godzilla, Gamera progressed through his career from being a force of destruction to being a protector of humanity, defending Japanese cities against other kaiju. Gaos (alternately spelled Gyaos) may be the most iconic and effective of Gamera's foes, being a sort of giant vampire bat thing with laser eyes. Sadly, the annoying kid Gamerafriends are back after their absence from Gamera vs. Barugon. Previously - Also previously
posted by JHarris at 11:51 AM - 2 comments

July 3

Doom Patrol: Pain Patrol  Season 2, Episode 3

Rita, Larry and the Chief fall into a gruesome Clive Barker meets Takashi Miike nightmare, as meanwhile Vic begins a bittersweet romance and Cliff tries yet again to reunite with his family, all somehow without inducing complete tonal whiplash. Plus! A super depressing Nick Cave song montage!
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:45 PM - 4 comments

The X-Files: Tithonus  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 10

When a young agent notices that a certain New York City crime scene photographer has an suspiciously uncanny knack of being first on the scene whenever someone dies, A.D. Kersh assigns Scully to the case.
posted by orange swan at 7:46 PM - 4 comments

Unsolved Mysteries: Full Season  Season 1, Episode 1

Immersive, character-driven stories are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable. Families, detectives and journalists hope viewers hold the clues to solving these mysteries. (IMDB, 2020)
posted by Countess Elena at 4:57 PM - 7 comments

Book: Middlegame

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story. Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math. Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet. Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.
posted by dinty_moore at 3:34 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Hamilton

The real life of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Streaming on Disney+. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 8:18 AM - 35 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Child  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 1

Change is coming too fast for Wesley Crusher's career, the unstable viruses in the Enterprise's cargo bay, and Troi's new family member. (CW: sci-fi sexual assault) [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 7:29 AM - 14 comments

July 2

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Adapt or Die  Season 7, Episode 6

The team is split up, cut up, blown up, blocked up, and fed up. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 9:14 PM - 7 comments

Doom Patrol: Tyme Patrol  Season 2, Episode 2

The Chief tries (and fails) to win Cliff's sympathy, and Rita devises a plan.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:12 PM - 4 comments

The X-Files: S.R. 819  Rewatch   Season 6, Episode 9

Skinner becomes infected with a disease that confounds his doctors, keeps catching glimpses of a unkempt man lurking near him, and receives phone calls telling him that he will die.
posted by orange swan at 7:49 PM - 4 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: DADDY-O  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 7

Rewatch! A guy is forced off the road by a lady, so naturally they decide to drag race. Things progress in the natural manner, so he ends up going undercover in a nightclub to find out who killed his friend, and the lady, who's kind of sweet on him despite everything, helps. Has the short Alphabet Antics, the first of the show's many educational shorts. Previously
posted by JHarris at 4:43 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

Ron Howard production: A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966. [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 3:56 PM - 3 comments