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February 26

Constellation: Full season  Season 1 (Full Season)

Jo returns to earth after a disaster in space and discovers that there are missing pieces in her life, so she sets out to expose the truth about the hidden secrets of space travel and recover what she has lost.
posted by Kyol at 6:45 AM - 5 comments

February 25

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Pig Butchering Scams  Season 11, Episode 2

This week: West Virginia considers a law that would impose criminal penalties to people who expose children to "obscene literature," and similar moral panics grip lawmakers across the nation. The Alabama Supreme Court rules that frozen embryos are people "regardless of developmental stage," putting the legality of in vitro fertilization in jeopardy. Anti-abortion figures try to keep quiet that the Comstock Act could be used, in a second Trump term, to harm access to abortion drugs nationwide without going through Congress. And Now: More Explicit Readings From Concerned Citizens At Public Meetings. Main story: "Pig Butchering Scams," where malign entities send out-of-the-blue messages to people attempting to engage them in conversation, build a connection with them, and eventually con them. And Now: Local News Loses It Over Major League Baseball's New Pants. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:42 PM - 0 comments

Book: House of Flame and Shadow

Bryce Quinlan never expected to see a world other than Midgard, but now that she has, all she wants is to get back. Everything she loves is in Midgard: her family, her friends, her mate. Stranded in a strange new world, she's going to need all her wits about her to get home again. And that's no easy feat when she has no idea who to trust. Hunt Athalar has found himself in some deep holes in his life, but this one might be the deepest of all. After a few brief months with everything he ever wanted, he's in the Asteri's dungeons again, stripped of his freedom and without a clue as to Bryce's fate. He's desperate to help her, but until he can escape the Asteri's leash, his hands are quite literally tied. [more inside]
posted by rednikki at 6:37 PM - 0 comments

Movie: BlackBerry

Two mismatched entrepreneurs — egghead innovator Mike Lazaridis and cut-throat businessman Jim Balsillie — joined forces in an endeavour that was to become a worldwide hit in little more than a decade. The story of the meteoric rise and catastrophic demise of the world's first smartphone. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 6:11 PM - 7 comments

Book: Raising Steam

All Aboard! The steam engine has come to Discworld, and with it the prototype locomotive known as Iron Girder. It's new! It's flashy! It's noisy! It's smoky! It can get seafood from Quirm to Ankh-Morpork while it's still worth eating! It can easily kill you if things go wrong! It can let you work in Ankh-Morpork while living elsewhere! And it signals undeniable, major social changes for anywhere the tracks can get to. Moist von Lipwig has handled a lot of dangerous enterprises in his life, but he's never had to take on Dwarven terrorists before now... (Industrial Revolution #7, Discworld #40) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 1:41 PM - 8 comments

Saturday Night Live: Shane Gillis / 21 Savage  Season 49, Episode 12

Shane Gillis is the guy SNL hired, then fired before the season started because he was videoed spouting some ethnic jokes. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 12:55 PM - 16 comments

Movie: Drive-Away Dolls

[TRAILER] This caper follows Jamie (Margaret Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan) who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:42 AM - 4 comments

February 24

Movie: History of Evil

2045: In the backwoods of an America ruled by right wing militia groups, a small family of resistance fighters takes refuge in a remote house that may be more dangerous than the world outside.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:23 PM - 6 comments

Movie: Stopmotion

[TRAILER] Stop-motion animator Ella Blake (Aisling Franciosi) struggles to control her demons after her overbearing mother suffers a stroke. She embarks upon the creation of a film that becomes the battleground for her sanity. As Ella's mind starts to fracture, the characters in her project take on a life of their own. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:35 PM - 3 comments

February 23

Resident Alien: Lone Wolf  Season 3, Episode 1

The grey alien, Joseph, dates Asta and annoying Harry. Harry also starts working with General Wright trying to save the Earth.
posted by cowlick at 8:54 AM - 4 comments

The Tourist: Season 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

When a man wakes up in the Australian outback with no memory, he must use the few clues he has to discover his identity before his past catches up with him. Staring Jamie Dornan, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Danielle Macdonald and Ólafur Darri. (currently streaming on HBO Max according to justwatch)
posted by autopilot at 8:10 AM - 2 comments

Masters of the Air: Part Six  Season 1, Episode 6

Rosie and his crew are sent to rest at a country estate: Crosby meets an intriguing British officer at Oxford; Egan faces the essence of Nazi evil. [more inside]
posted by cardboard at 3:53 AM - 5 comments

Breathtaking: Full season  Season 1 (Full Season)

Breathtaking is a three-part British medical drama television series broadcast on ITV and available for streaming on ITVx. Based on a memoir of the same name written by Rachel Clarke covering the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. The series was written by Clarke with Jed Mercurio and Prasanna Puwanarajah. It stars Joanne Froggatt and was directed by Craig Viveiros. [more inside]
posted by Erinaceus europaeus at 3:47 AM - 1 comment

February 22

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Aang  Season 1, Episode 1

This is about the 2024 live-action series on Netflix with the same name as the original animated cartoon. An airbender comes to grips with his new reality as war erupts. A century later, a pair of Water Tribe siblings make a discovery that changes everything. [more inside]
posted by miguelcervantes at 7:51 PM - 20 comments

Book: I Shall Wear Midnight

Well, it's the Chalk's annual Summer festival, and Tiffany Aching has no one to kiss, as her erstwhile beau Roland is now engaged to Leticia Keepsake, daughter of the Duchess. Not that it really matters, as Tiffany is busy enough with making the rounds, burying bodies, stopping lynch mobs, tending to the dying Baron, being accused of the Baron's murder, flying back and forth to Ankh-Morpork to find the heir, escaping from the castle dungeons, guiding two very different young untrained witches, and battling a foul-smelling demonic ghost that is turning the whole disc suddenly and viciously against her... (Tiffany Aching #4, Discworld #38) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 7:48 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Elektra

Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect a single father and his young daughter from a group of supernatural assassins. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:52 PM - 6 comments

Abbott Elementary: Smoking  Season 3, Episode 4

Things go completely to hell when one kid getting caught smoking leads to (a) realizing smoking isn't banned here, (b) the teachers are all filmed talking about all the pot/pot products/pinot grigio they consume...by a student, who of course blasts it online, (c) the requisite anti-drug presentation goes as lame as they ever do, (d) draconian mandates go down, searches happen, and teachers can't say anything but "just say no." In other news, Janine hates her sub. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 4:53 PM - 6 comments

Special Event: The Mads: Mutiny In Outer Space

The Mads are Trace Beaulieu, who played Dr. Clayton Forrester and was the original voice and performer for Crow on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Frank "TV's Frank" Conniff. They partner with Dumb Industries to riff movies and shorts! We are doing some of their shows in our continuing exploration of the wider universe of riffing. Their most recent show was Mutiny In Outer Space. The Commander of Space Station X-7 has come down with a bad case of space raptures, and his crew has to mutiny to save their station from being destroyed.
posted by JHarris at 4:11 PM - 3 comments

The Days: Full Season  Season 1 (Full Season)

Blamed by some, hailed as heroes by others, those involved with Fukushima Daiichi face a deadly, invisible threat in an unprecedented nuclear disaster. [more inside]
posted by rory at 8:10 AM - 2 comments

Death and Other Details: Memorable  Season 1, Episode 7

Imogene walks in Rufus' shoes, revisiting the investigation into her mother's murder. [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 7:01 AM - 11 comments

Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Shadows of Tantiss  Season 3, Episode 3

Omega and Crosshair hatch a daring plan.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 5:03 AM - 5 comments

Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Paths Unknown  Season 3, Episode 2

Following a lead, Hunter and Wrecker make a startling discovery.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 5:01 AM - 4 comments

Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Confined  Season 3, Episode 1

Imprisoned on Tantiss, Omega adjusts to a new life.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 5:00 AM - 1 comment

February 21

Hazbin Hotel: Scrambled Eggs  Season 1, Episode 3

In hell, trust does not come easily. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 9:47 PM - 1 comment

Hazbin Hotel: Radio Killed The Video Star  Season 1, Episode 2

When the radio demon Alastor returns after years, [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 9:43 PM - 0 comments

Book: Unseen Academicals

Lord Vetinari, the tyrant Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, hates Football. Everyone knows this. It doesn't stop the mob-rules sides from battling it out in the back streets of the city, but the chaos and violence that inevitably results is at odds with his ability to impose order. When the Wizards at Unseen University discover that their beloved food budget is dependent on them fielding a team at least once every twenty years, though, it seems like it's time for the disc to finally organize the beautiful game. And four lowly employees at UU get swept along in all the furor, catching a whiff of dreams they never would have previously thought possible... (Industrial Revolution #6, Discworld #37) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 7:59 PM - 8 comments

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: February 21, 2024  Season 5, Episode 21

Dynamite gets a little stochastic in the build to Revolution 10 days away, putting a lot of top names into a six-man main event, lighting the fuse on the FTR vs Blackpool Combat Club, and sending the melodrama into overdrive with a bevy of chilling promos. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 6:51 PM - 0 comments

Criminal Record: Carla  Season 1, Episode 8

Season finale. A wave of public outrage pushes Hegarty and June to work together before it's too late.
posted by ellieBOA at 11:20 AM - 2 comments

Movie: Madame Web

Cassandra Webb develops the power to see the future. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women bound for powerful destinies, if they can all survive a deadly present. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 8:44 AM - 7 comments

February 20

Movie: Twister

Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 9:34 PM - 21 comments

Movie: Magic

A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 5:10 PM - 5 comments

Book: Wintersmith

Oh, to be on the cusp of thirteen, with all the attendant emotions swirling around that you can't quite comprehend yet, going to a dance for the first time and locking eyes with some handsome young beau... Of course, there's always the chance that the young man in question will develop an unhealthy fixation on you afterwards. And if you're a young witch-in-training, like for instance Tiffany Aching, that young man might also be the personification of Winter, and have a little trouble understanding rejection... (Tiffany Aching #3, Discworld #35) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 11:23 AM - 5 comments

Movie: River

[TRAILER] Mikoto (Riko Fujitani), a waitress at a Japanese Inn, is called back to work while standing outside along the Kibune River. Two minutes later, she finds herself in the same position facing the river. The clerk, waitresses, chefs, and guests all begin to feel something strange. Every 2 minutes, time rewinds and everyone returns to where they were, though their memories continue. Some want to get out of the loop, others want to stay, yet they all have issues they need to solve. Director Junta Yamaguchi and writer Makoto Ueda (who last paired on the positively delightful Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes) return with another two minute time loop comedy. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:00 AM - 8 comments

Book: Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore

Whale researcher Nathan Quinn has a problem. It’s not a new problem; in fact, it’s been around for nearly 20 million years. And Nate’s spent most of his adult life working to solve it. You see, although everybody (well, almost everybody) knows that humpback whales sing (outside of human composition, the most complex songs on the planet) no one knows why. Nate, a Ph.D. in behavior biology, intends to discover the answer to this burning question―and soon. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 4:19 AM - 3 comments

February 19

Book: Cahokia Jazz

A 1920s-noir crime thriller set in an alternate US where the ancient indigenous city of Cahokia is still a thriving metropolis. From Francis Spufford, the author of Red Plenty, and Golden Hill. Equal parts world-building and detective fiction. [more inside]
posted by rishabguha at 6:20 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Fallen Leaves

The story of two lonely people who meet each other by chance in the Helsinki night and try to find the first, only, and ultimate love of their lives. Their path towards this honorable goal is clouded by the man's alcoholism, lost phone numbers, not knowing each other's names or addresses, and life's general tendency to place obstacles in the way of those seeking their happiness. [more inside]
posted by edencosmic at 6:16 PM - 3 comments

True Detective: Night Country, Episode 6 (finale)  Season 4, Episode 6

In the midst of a brutal storm, Danvers and Navarro find themselves stuck at Tsalal with no electricity or means of contact. As the truth about what happened to Annie and the Tsalal men unfolds, Navarro and Danvers each confront the demons from their past. [via Reddit's live episode discussion]
posted by chavenet at 4:05 PM - 58 comments

Movie: Eraser

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 2:41 PM - 7 comments

Book: Whalefall by Daniel Kraus

Jay Gardiner has given himself a fool’s errand—to find the remains of his deceased father in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Monastery Beach. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 2:17 PM - 1 comment

Book: A Hat Full of Sky

It's been about two years since her adventure into the Land of the Faeries to battle the Queen and rescue her brother, and Tiffany Aching is off to see a bit more of the world as an apprentice. Witchfinder Miss Tick brings her to the very curious Miss Level, who teaches her the ways of folk medicine and generally being a good person to have in a community, while the local girls teach her what they understand about witchcraft. But something is after Tiffany, a being as old as the universe itself, with no thoughts, no body, and capable only of craving and fear... (Discworld #32, Tiffany Aching #2). By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 1:42 PM - 2 comments

Movie: The Burning

[TRAILER] New York state's "Cropsey" urban legend becomes a slasher written by Bob Weinstein, produced by Harvey Weinstein, with special effects by Tom Savini, a score by Rick Wakeman of Yes, and a young cast including Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens, and Holly Hunter. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:34 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Out of Darkness

[TRAILER] A small boat reaches the shores of a raw and desolate landscape. A group of six have struggled across the narrow sea to find a new home. They are starving, desperate, and living 45,000 years ago. First they must find shelter, and they strike out across the tundra wastes towards the distant mountains that promise the abundant caves they need to survive. But when night falls, anticipation turns to fear and doubt as they realize they are not alone. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:46 AM - 3 comments

Movie: Cat Person

An adaptation of Kristen Roupenian’s viral short story “Cat Person” (archive) published in The New Yorker during the height of #MeToo. Trailer. Streaming on Hulu. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 11:02 AM - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Supreme Court  Season 11, Episode 1

Welcome back! This week (and the past two months).... The Chicago Rat Hole. (wait, what?) Tucker Carlson had a fawning interview with Vladimir Putin. Israel continued its horrific assault on Gaza. Courts have hit Trump with gigantic fines, but he keeps on Trumping, saying (amidst the word salad) all the horrifying things he's now been saying for over eight years, including telling Russia to "do whatever the hell they want." And Now: Chuck Grassley Celebrates His Favorite Holiday (Groundhog Day). Main Story: The Supreme Court, which has been losing respect among many, has been rocked by news of gross financial impropriety by Justices, which is dangerous for an institution with no enforcement power. Thomas, in particular, has accepted millions of dollars of trips and other gifts from conservative billionaires, including some who frequently are involved in matters before the court, and almost never recuses himself from their cases, and in recognition of its status as the highest court, the law explicitly carves out exceptions for Supreme Court justices. Last Week Tonight offers to resolve the appearance of impropriety with its characteristic bluntness: if seats on the highest court of the land are so invulnerable to appearances of influence without consequence, then John Oliver himself will offer Justice Clarence Thomas a $2.4 million-dollar motor coach and a million dollars a year for the rest of his life, if he will just step down from his office. In Oliver's words: "How is this legal?" [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:27 AM - 7 comments

Book: Witch King

After being murdered, his consciousness dormant and unaware of the passing of time while confined in an elaborate water trap, Kai wakes to find a lesser mage attempting to harness Kai's magic to his own advantage. That was never going to go well. But why was Kai imprisoned in the first place? What has changed in the world since his assassination? And why does the Rising World Coalition appear to be growing in influence? Kai will need to pull his allies close and draw on all his pain magic if he is to answer even the least of these questions. He's not going to like the answers. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 8:42 AM - 11 comments

February 18

Movie: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

A tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 9:32 PM - 1 comment

Movie: In the Line of Fire

Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 6:07 PM - 11 comments

FEUD: Masquerade 1966  Season 2, Episode 3

At the height of his fame, Truman throws a lavish ball at the Plaza Hotel, a night which goes down in New York high society history. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 9:07 AM - 1 comment

February 17

Movie: Walden

Walden Dean is a stenographer, a ghost in the courtroom, recording everything said without judgement. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 10:25 PM - 1 comment

Movie: The Rock

A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 1:54 PM - 16 comments

Movie: Perfect Days (2023)

Hirayama (Koji Yakusho) is content with his life as a toilet cleaner in Tokyo. Outside of his structured routine he cherishes music on cassette tapes, books, and taking photos of trees. Through unexpected encounters, he reflects on finding beauty in the world. [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 12:25 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Slotherhouse

When a poached sloth becomes a sorority house's mascot, it goes on a murderous rampage. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 12:02 AM - 6 comments

February 16

Movie: No Escape

A soldier convicted for murdering his commanding officer is dumped and left to die on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 10:21 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Monolith

A desperate young journalist turns to podcasting to salvage her career, but her rush to make headlines leads her to an alien conspiracy. [more inside]
posted by edencosmic at 5:41 PM - 2 comments

Podcast: 99% Invisible: The Power Broker #2: Jamelle Bouie

This is the second official episode, breaking down the 1974 Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Power Broker by our hero Robert Caro. New York Times political columnist Jamelle Bouie is our book club guest.On today's show, Elliott Kalan and Roman Mars will cover Part 3 of the book (Chapters 6 through the end of Chapter 10), discussing the major story beats and themes, with occasional asides from Jamelle Bouie guiding us through the politics of the era. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:19 AM - 2 comments

Movie: Hotel Rwanda

[TRAILER] Hutu Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) manages the Hôtel des Mille Collines and lives a happy life with his Tutsi wife and their three children, but when Hutu military forces initiate a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, Paul is compelled to allow refugees to take shelter in his hotel. As the U.N. pulls out, Paul must struggle alone to protect the Tutsi refugees in the face of the escalating violence later known as the Rwandan genocide. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:11 AM - 2 comments

Movie: Cemetery Man

[TRAILER] Original title: DellaMorte DellAmore. Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) is the beleaguered caretaker of a small Italian cemetery, who searches for love while defending himself from dead people who keep rising again. Everything is going well until “She” (Anna Falchi) comes along and stirs things up a bit. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:16 AM - 19 comments

Movie: K.G.F: Chapter 2

[TRAILER] In the blood-soaked Kolar Gold Fields, Rocky's name strikes fear into his foes, while the government sees him as a threat to law and order. Rocky must battle threats from all sides for unchallenged supremacy. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:41 AM - 1 comment

Movie: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train

[TRAILER] Tanjiro Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, boards the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it! [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:28 AM - 2 comments

Movie: The Princess Diaries

[TRAILER] Shy San Francisco teenager Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is thrown for a loop when, from out of the blue, she learns the astonishing news that she's a real-life princess! As the heir apparent to the crown of the small European principality of Genovia, Mia begins a comical journey toward the throne when her strict and formidable grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews), shows up to give her "princess lessons." [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:18 AM - 6 comments