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October 6

Movie: HollyBlood

Javi, a shy teenager, has a crush on Sara who is into vampires. Sara comes to believe that Javi is a vampire named Azrael, but the real Azrael is nearby and doesn't take kindly to imposters.
posted by miss-lapin at 5:30 PM - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST  Rewatch   Season 10, Episode 7

Rewatch! Yet another guy named Paul turns into a monster in this movie; it's the fourth such movie in MST's history! The others are The Crawling Hand, The Projected Man and Werewolf. Note that Cry Wilderness is not included, the Paul in that movie is just friends with a monster. Anyway, the episode is not on many best-of lists, but it's generally fondly remembered. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 3:53 PM - 2 comments

Book: Kiss me like a stranger: my search for love and art by Gene Wilder

2005, from the back jacket: In this unusually personal book from the star of many beloved and classic film comedies-- from The Producers to Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory-- Gene Wilder writes about a side of his life the public hasn't seen on the screen. more inside [more inside]
posted by winesong at 11:08 AM - 1 comment

Movie: Deadstream

After a public controversy left him disgraced and demonetized, a washed up internet personality tries to win back his followers by livestreaming himself spending one night alone in a haunted house. When he accidentally pisses off a vengeful spirit, his comeback event becomes a real-time fight for his life (and social relevance) as he faces off with the sinister spirit of the house and her own powerful following. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:52 AM - 3 comments

Movie: Dogma

The latest battle in the eternal war between Good and Evil has come to New Jersey in the late, late 20th Century. Angels, demons, apostles and prophets (of a sort) walk among the cynics and innocents of America and duke it out for the fate of humankind. [more inside]
posted by Marky at 9:33 AM - 12 comments

Star Trek: Lower Decks: A Mathematically Perfect Redemption  Season 3, Episode 7

AKA "The Littlest, Nastiest Robot" or "This Is Not Your Father's Redemption Arc" [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:55 AM - 1 comment

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: Ribbit and Rip it  Season 1, Episode 8

Jen finally has a good hookup! However, no man acquits himself well in this installment except for Pug and this guy who's defending Luke Jacobson.
posted by cendawanita at 6:09 AM - 14 comments

October 5

Movie: DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

When megalomaniacal White Goodman, the owner of a trendy, high-end fitness center, makes a move to take over the struggling local gym run by happy-go-lucky Pete La Fleur, there's only one way for La Fleur to fight back: dodgeball. Aided by a dodgeball guru and Goodman's attorney, La Fleur and his rag-tag team of underdogs launch a knock-down, drag-out battle in which the winner takes all. [more inside]
posted by Marky at 9:35 PM - 14 comments

Movie: The Brothers Bloom

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life... [more inside]
posted by Marky at 9:29 PM - 4 comments

Movie: Shin Ultraman

As the threat of giant unidentified lifeforms known as "S-Class Species" worsens in Japan, a silver giant appears from beyond Earth's atmosphere. Released in Japan in May 2022, it has begun wide international release beginning September. Not sure about North America.
posted by cendawanita at 8:07 PM - 8 comments

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: Dynamite 10/5 and Rampage 10/7 + Battle of the Belts  Season 4, Episode 1

The fourth year of AEW Dynamite has MJF's first match back and The Acclaimed celebrate with "National Scissoring Day", so put away your rocks and hide your paper! (*NB: I am already ashamed of this joke.) [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 4:57 PM - 1 comment

Movie: WNUF Halloween Special

On Halloween 1987, a reporter and his crew from local independent television station WNUF28, accompanied by a Catholic priest and a pair of experienced paranormal investigators who are definitely not Ed and Lorraine Warren, entered the Webber House, site of a grisly occult-linked family slaying nearly twenty years prior, to conduct a seance and discover whether the infamous house truly is haunted. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:06 PM - 12 comments

Movie: Empire of the Sun

Jamie Graham (a young Christian Bale), a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:58 AM - 14 comments

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Hallowe'en Party  Season 12, Episode 2

Novelist Ariadne Oliver attends a Hallowe'en party in Woodleigh Common and hears young Joyce Reynolds boast of having witnessed a murder years before. When the girl is discovered drowned in an apple-bobbing bucket later that evening, Ariadne calls on her old friend Hercule Poirot to investigate. The Belgian sleuth soon uncovers a series of mysterious deaths in the village - any of which Joyce could have seen.
posted by Carillon at 9:17 AM - 1 comment

Movie: Sissy

Cecilia and Emma were tween-age BFFs who were going to grow old together and never let anything come between them, until Alex arrived on the scene. Twelve years later, Cecilia is a successful social media influencer living the dream of an independent, modern millennial woman... until she runs into Emma for the first time in over a decade. Emma invites Cecilia away on her bachelorette weekend at a remote cabin in the mountains, where Alex proceeds to make Cecilia's weekend a living hell. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:34 AM - 3 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Mexican Week  Season 1, Episode 4

The bakers explore authentic Mexican bakes, as they put their twist on the sweet bread pan dulce for the Signature, tackle a Mexican street food staple in the Technical, and make their own showstopping version of the milk-soaked tres leches cake.
posted by ellieBOA at 7:53 AM - 10 comments

Movie: Argo

On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it's just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them. Mendez's plan is to pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his "film" crew. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:54 AM - 13 comments

Movie: Wild Strawberries

Crotchety retired doctor Isak Borg (Victor Sjöström) travels from Stockholm to Lund, Sweden, with his pregnant and unhappy daughter-in-law, Marianne (Ingrid Thulin), in order to receive an honorary degree from his alma mater. Along the way, they encounter a series of hitchhikers, each of whom causes the elderly doctor to muse upon the pleasures and failures of his own life. These include the vivacious young Sara (Bibi Andersson), a dead ringer for the doctor's own first love. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:49 AM - 1 comment

The Handmaid's Tale: Fairytale  Season 5, Episode 5

June and Luke embark on a dangerous quest. Serena gets to know her new hosts.
posted by roolya_boolya at 5:40 AM - 3 comments

Andor: The Axe Forgets  Season 1, Episode 5

Cassian must carefully navigate the distrust inherent in being the new member of a secret operation.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:43 AM - 20 comments

October 4

Movie: Event Horizon

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared and has now returned. [more inside]
posted by Stuka at 8:46 PM - 28 comments

Los Espookys: Las Ruinas  Season 2, Episode 3

Úrsula assists Mayor Teresa's bid for president, while Los Espookys help a professor stage a fake archaeological site. [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over at 6:50 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Coal Miner's Daughter

Raised in rural Kentucky poverty and married at the age of 13, Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek) begins writing and singing her own country songs in her early 20s. With the tireless help of her husband Oliver "Doo" Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones), Loretta rises from local honky-tonks and small-time record deals to national tours and hit singles, befriending her idol Patsy Cline (Beverly D'Angelo) and becoming a country music icon despite the toll stardom takes on her family and her marriage. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:42 PM - 1 comment

Movie: A Bug's Life

Flik (Dave Foley) is an inventive ant who is always messing things up for his colony. His latest mishap was destroying the food stores that were supposed to be used to pay off grasshopper Hopper (Kevin Spacey). Now the strong-arming insect is demanding that the ants gather double the food -- or face annihilation. To avert disaster, Flik goes on a journey to recruit fighters to defend the colony. When he meets a band of high-flying circus insects, he thinks he's found his salvation. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:57 AM - 10 comments

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises

It has been eight years since Batman (Christian Bale), in collusion with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), vanished into the night. Assuming responsibility for the death of Harvey Dent, Batman sacrificed everything for what he and Gordon hoped would be the greater good. However, the arrival of a cunning cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and a merciless terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy) force Batman out of exile and into a battle he may not be able to win. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:46 AM - 13 comments

Movie: Batman Begins

A young Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels to the Far East, where he's trained in the martial arts by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows. When Ducard reveals the League's true purpose -- the complete destruction of Gotham City -- Wayne returns to Gotham intent on cleaning up the city without resorting to murder. With the help of Alfred (Michael Caine), his loyal butler, and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a tech expert at Wayne Enterprises, Batman is born. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:39 AM - 14 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Antiquities in Museums  Season 9, Episode 24

This week... Liz Truss faces a cost-of-living crisis in the UK and decides to solve it with trickle-down bullshit, and is roasted by British media after only one month in office. And Now: Shopping Networks Recognize Queen Elizabeth's Death The Only Way They Know How. Main story: Antiquities, artifacts of great cultural worth that are frequently stolen from their homelands in order to be displayed in museums, where they frequently remain indefinitely, one of those practices that people seem to think is okay mostly because it's done so often, and has been for so long. On Youtube (34 minutes)
posted by JHarris at 3:54 AM - 5 comments

October 3

Kevin Can F**k Himself: Allison’s House   Season 2, Episode 8

Allison comes to terms with what she’s running from, and what she left behind. Series finale.
posted by emkelley at 8:04 PM - 2 comments

Movie: The Bad Seed

Air Force Colonel Kenneth Penmark and his wife, Christine, dote on their daughter, Rhoda -- as does their lonely landlady, Monica Breedlove. But self-centered Rhoda has a secret tendency for selfishness and loves to accumulate gifts, whether given or stolen, in her room. Christine keeps her knowledge of her daughter's darker side to herself, but when a schoolmate of Rhoda's dies mysteriously, her self-deception unravels. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 5:46 PM - 6 comments

Movie: The Elephant Man

Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:20 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Smile

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can't explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:17 AM - 12 comments

Movie: Primal Fear

Defense attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) takes on jobs for money and prestige rather than any sense of the greater good. His latest case involves an altar boy (Edward Norton), accused of brutally murdering the archbishop of Chicago. Vail finds himself up against his ex-pupil and ex-lover (Laura Linney), but as the case progresses and the Church's dark secrets are revealed, Vail finds that what appeared a simple case takes on a darker, more dangerous aspect. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:12 AM - 3 comments

Movie: Toy Story 2

Woody (Tom Hanks) is stolen from his home by toy dealer Al McWhiggin (Wayne Knight), leaving Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the gang to try to rescue him. But when Woody discovers that he's actually a valuable collectible from a once-popular television show called "Woody's Roundup" and is reunited with his horse Bullseye, Jessie the yodeling cowgirl (Joan Cusack) and his faithful sidekick, Stinky Pete the Prospector (Kelsey Grammer), he doesn't want to leave. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:05 AM - 3 comments

Movie: Men in Black

After a police chase with an otherworldly being, a New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth: the Men in Black. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:23 AM - 18 comments

House of the Dragon: Driftmark  Books Included   Season 1, Episode 7

As the families gather on Driftmark for a funeral, Viserys calls for an end to infighting and Alicent demands justice. [more inside]
posted by asteria at 7:36 AM - 44 comments

October 2

Book: Elder Race

Lynesse is the lowly Fourth Daughter of the queen, and always getting in the way. But a demon is terrorizing the land, and now she's an adult (albeit barely) with responsibilities (she tells herself). Although she still gets in the way, she understands that the only way to save her people is to invoke the pact between her family and the Elder sorcerer who has inhabited the local tower for as long as her people have lived here (though none in living memory has approached it). But Elder Nyr isn't a sorcerer, and he is forbidden to help, and his knowledge of science tells him the threat cannot possibly be a demon...
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:35 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Hagazussa

A maturing young girl and her mother live isolated in the 15th Century Alps, shunned from the local villagers, when the mother falls ill and delirious from plague. As the mother's health declines and takes her, the girl finds herself carrying on alone into adulthood to fend for herself as she was raised. [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 at 7:09 PM - 1 comment

Reboot: All of season 1 (Hulu)   Season 1 (Full Season)

How do you work through issues of parental abandonment, career failure, collapsing relationships, insecurity, and other traumas? If you're Rachel Bloom, Paul Reiser, Judy Greer, Johnny Knoxville and Keegan-Michael Key, you reboot an old sitcom, but make it edgy. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 6:25 PM - 10 comments

Interview with the Vampire: …After the Phantoms of your Former Self  Books Included   Season 1, Episode 2

As a newly-born fledgling, Louis attempts to negotiate between his human commitments and vampiric compulsions. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 12:15 PM - 0 comments

Saturday Night Live: Miles Teller / Kendrick Lamar  Season 48, Episode 1

Season 48 premiere [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 2:01 AM - 14 comments

The Patient: The Patient  Season 1 (Full Season)

Therapist Alan Strauss (Steve Carell) is abducted by one of his patient's (Domhnall Gleeson) who wants help to stop being a serial killer.
posted by miss-lapin at 12:44 AM - 6 comments

Movie: Butterfly Kisses

A filmmaker discovers a box of video tapes depicting two students' disturbing film project featuring a local horror legend, The Peeping Tom. As he sets out to prove this story is real and release it as a work of his own, he loses himself and the film crew following him into his project. [more inside]
posted by forbiddencabinet at 12:22 AM - 1 comment

October 1

Queer Eye: Brazil: Season One (Full Season)   Season 1, Episode 1

A new Fab Five in Brazil, kicking butt and changing lives.
posted by bunderful at 8:16 PM - 3 comments

Resident Alien: I Believe in Aliens (Season Finale - for real now)  Season 2, Episode 16

Harry comes face to face with his greatest enemy and makes a choice that may affect Earth forever. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 12:47 PM - 3 comments

Reservation Dogs: I Still Believe (Season finale)  Season 2, Episode 10

The Rez Dogs go on a journey for Daniel. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 12:43 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Downfall

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his generals and advisers to fight to the last man. When the end finally does come, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:47 AM - 16 comments

Movie: Hiroshima Mon Amour

A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 12:29 AM - 1 comment

September 30

Interview with the Vampire: In Throes of Increasing Wonder...  Books Included   Season 1, Episode 1

Anne Rice’s romantic, tormented bloodsuckers return to the screen as a TV series. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 7:38 PM - 15 comments

Bad Sisters: The Cold Truth  Season 1, Episode 8

We discover how JP’s father George really died. Eva and JP find out who between them got the promotion. The Claffin brothers get the results of the exhumation and autopsy. Becka comes up with a new suggestion for finally doing away with JP, but not all the sisters approve. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:52 AM - 7 comments

Movie: The Strangers

After returning from a wedding reception, a couple (Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman) staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:49 AM - 7 comments

Movie: Pather Panchali

Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. Alone, his wife, Sarbojaya, looks after her rebellious daughter, Durga, and her young son, Apu, as well as Harihar’s elderly aunt Indir. The children enjoy the small pleasures of their difficult life, while their parents suffer the daily indignities heaped upon them. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:42 AM - 4 comments

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Udûn  Season 1, Episode 6

Galadriel talks with a stable boy as they sail to Middle Earth, Arondir makes a promise, Halbrand has a reunion, and Adar leads the Orcs into an attack in the Southlands.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:39 AM - 33 comments

Movie: A Little Princess

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe must leave India and go to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self- worth. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:54 AM - 7 comments

Movie: The Sound of Music

Maria (Julie Andrews), a tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey becomes a governess in the home of widowed naval captain Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) who has seven children. The free-spirited young woman brings a new love of life and music into the home. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:26 AM - 26 comments

Movie: Saving Private Ryan

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:18 AM - 12 comments

Movie: Inglourious Basterds

It is the first year of Germany's occupation of France. Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) assembles a team of Jewish soldiers to commit violent acts of retribution against the Nazis, including the taking of their scalps. He and his men join forces with Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger), a German actress and undercover agent, to bring down the leaders of the Third Reich. Their fates converge with theater owner Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), who seeks to avenge the Nazis' execution of her family. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:11 AM - 25 comments

Podcast: The Besties: The Fall 2022 Indie Gaming Pick-A-Mix

We couldn't pick a game to discuss this week, so instead we present to you an installment of Oops! All Indie Games. We've got a bumper crop of backlog material for you to dive into, from slime-based horticulture to interstellar mining simulators.Games discussed: Trombone Champ, Slime Rancher 2, Shovel Knight Dig, Deep Rock Galactic, The Diofield Chronicle, Steel Rising, Squad 51 vs. the Flying Saucers [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 5:36 AM - 2 comments

Movie: Under Siege

An ex-Navy Seal turned cook is the only person who can stop a group of terrorists when they seize control of a U.S. battleship. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 12:56 AM - 8 comments

September 29

Movie: Mad Detective

Inspector Ho seeks the help of the notorious, erratic Inspector Bun to investigate several murders committed with a missing cop's gun. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 9:17 PM - 1 comment

Abbott Elementary: Wrong Delivery  Season 2, Episode 2

Janine is determined to make Abbott Elementary look just as good as a new charter school; Gregory goes out of his way to avoid Barbara; Ava hosts an event to help decide what to do with the rest of the funds from the grant.
posted by the primroses were over at 6:24 PM - 7 comments