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November 21

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off: Ramona Rents a Video  Season 1, Episode 3

Motivated by a dream, Ramona follows a hunch and confides in a receptive Julie. At a video rental store, a tense run-in with Roxie fuels big feelings.
posted by asnider at 8:24 AM - 1 comment

November 20

The Gilded Age: His Grace the Duke  Season 2, Episode 4

Bertha receives discouraging news from the Met, while Ada fears that her sister will disapprove of her meetings with Mr Forte and asks Marian to cover for her. [more inside]
posted by drewbage1847 at 11:17 PM - 7 comments

Movie: You Were My First Boyfriend

You Were My First Boyfriend is a feature-length documentary in which filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo revisits her 1990s adolescence, a generation after she thought she'd left it all behind. [more inside]
posted by edencosmic at 5:21 PM - 1 comment

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off: A League of Their Own  Season 1, Episode 2

An eclectic crowd of familiar faces gather under unusual circumstances. Elsewhere, the League of Evil Exes meets up at a secret lair.
posted by asnider at 2:03 PM - 8 comments

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters: 1: Aftermath & 2: Departure  Season 1, Episode 1

Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. The dramatic saga — spanning three generations — reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 1:36 PM - 12 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Dollar Stores  Season 10, Episode 18

This week.... Fox Business asks Fabio for opinions on the Israel-Hamas war. The House passes a bill to prevent a government shutdown before the end of the year, but was also marked by multiple congresspeople insulting and even threatening each other. And Now: You'll Never Guess Where Fox's Pete Hegseth Went To College. (Princeton) Main story: Dollar stores, specifically Dollar General and Dollar Tree (which also owns Family Dollar), and how terribly they treat their employees. Dollar General has been called the worst retail job in America. Often a single employee runs the entire store at a given moment. The median Dollar General employee makes $18,352 a year. The piece finishes up with a trademark fake promo for a store called "Dollar Bucket." On Youtube. (22 minutes) Finally, an update on the New Zealand Bird of the Century poll, their sponsored bird, the pūteketeke, won the poll with over 22 times the votes that the second-place finisher, the kiwi, got. The organization that ran the poll was Forest & Bird, who are selling metal sculptures of the winning bird (with a removable John Oliver that can ride on its back) at the site metalbird.com. Last Week Tonight is off next week.
posted by JHarris at 2:27 AM - 11 comments

November 19

The Crown: Episodes 1-4: Persona Non Grata, Two Photographs, Dis-Moi-Oui, Aftermath  Season 6, Episode 1

The first four episodes of the season--the remaining ones featuring Diana--all dropped at once, so here's an overall post for all four. Also, Is The Crown Season 6 Accurate? Here’s What’s True and What’s False.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:49 PM - 7 comments

Beacon 23: Why Can't We Go on as Three?  Season 1, Episode 3

In shock after her first kill, Aster buries her feelings as she and Halan prepare for QTA Manager Coley to arrive on the beacon; Coley immediately distrusts Halan and sees him as a threat, forcing Aster to make a tough decision.
posted by Kyol at 6:17 PM - 4 comments

Movie: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Coriolanus Snow mentors and develops feelings for the female District 12 tribute during the 10th Hunger Games.
posted by cozenedindigo at 4:31 PM - 6 comments

The Curse: Pressure's Looking Good So Far  Season 1, Episode 2

Whitney attempts to forge new alliances.
posted by snofoam at 3:57 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Hard to Die

While doing the inventory for a lingerie outlet in a high rise office building, five attractive women are terrorized by a series of bizarre killings. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 1:25 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Sorority House Massacre II

Five college women buy the old Hokstedter place for their new sorority house. They decide to stay in it for the night to meet the movers in the morning, but begin to get the creeps when the weird neighbor starts poking around. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 1:18 PM - 0 comments

Saturday Night Live: Jason Momoa / Tate McRae  Season 49, Episode 5

No strike, no cameos? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 12:59 PM - 6 comments

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: All Elite Wrestling: FULL GEAR 2023  Season 5 (Specials)

The Young Bucks face their friend Kenny Omega, both women's titles are in contention, Sting has his last ever (?) match in Los Angeles, and AEW World Champ -- and relatively new babyface -- Maxwell Jacob Friedman must reclaim his stolen belt from Bullet Club Gold's sleazy leader Jay White. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 10:09 AM - 3 comments

November 18

Movie: Thanksgiving

After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts - the birthplace of the infamous holiday. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 9:46 PM - 4 comments

AEW Collision: November 17, 2023 (& Rampage)  Season 1, Episode 23

Collision moved a day up to make room for the Full Gear PPV on Saturday, effectively forming a three-hour block with Rampage. It's the go-home show, what surprises are in store? [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 4:52 PM - 1 comment

The Curse: Land of Enchantment  Season 1, Episode 1

Newly married couple Whitney and Asher Siegel set out to make a show. [more inside]
posted by snofoam at 4:45 AM - 7 comments

November 17

Lessons in Chemistry: Calvin’s Book  Season 1, Episode 7

The chapters of Calvin's life shed light on the mysteries of his past.
posted by ellieBOA at 1:33 PM - 7 comments

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life  Books Included   Season 1, Episode 1

Scott Pilgrim is a 23-year-old Canadian slacker living in a video-game-style Toronto with his cool gay roommate, Wallace Wells. Scott dreams about a girl on rollerblades whom he has never met before. [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero at 6:38 AM - 24 comments

Movie: Rustin

Activist Bayard Rustin faces racism and homophobia as he helps change the course of Civil Rights history by orchestrating the 1963 March on Washington. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:33 AM - 8 comments

November 16

For All Mankind: Have a Nice Sol  Season 4, Episode 2

New Helios employees arrive on Mars as NASA undergoes major changes. [more inside]
posted by cardboard at 9:10 PM - 27 comments

Special Event: Film Crew: THE WILD WOMEN OF WONGO

Possibly the most awkward of the four movies Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy riffed as The Film Crew, it's 1959's version of a crazy sex comedy. Mother Nature and Father Time muse on the situation of the island of Wongo, where the menu are ugly and the women are beautiful, and of Goona, where the reverse is true. In the end those of matching levels of comeliness are paired up, and 1959 societal expectations are upheld.
posted by JHarris at 4:17 PM - 7 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Party Week  Season 14, Episode 8

It's Party Week. The bakers have a ball with a sausage roll and make an 'anything-but-beige' buffet. Who serves up a semi-finals-worthy spread and who's a party pooper?
posted by ellieBOA at 1:44 PM - 20 comments

Book: Being You: A New Science of Consciousness

Anil Seth positions consciousness as prediction: Rather than your mind passively receiving sensory information from outside, it is always predicting the world around it, trying to generate a plausible 'controlled hallucination' to keep you alive, always correcting the predictions (sometimes unsuccessfully) based on new information from the senses. Further, he extends this to the sense of self itself--the brain hallucinates a self as a method of internal monitoring through prediction. All along the way, he provides engaging examples from his research lab, and looks at some competing theories.
posted by mittens at 12:09 PM - 10 comments

Upload: Season 3  Season 3 (Full Season)

Nora and a recently downloaded Nathan race to stop Freeyond before his head explodes. Meanwhile, Aleesha discovers the dark underbelly of Horizon is even darker than she knew, Ingrid discovers work, Luke discovers a grey zone, Tinsley discovers duplicates, Choak discovers that actions have consequences and AI Guy discovers a whole new world.
posted by rednikki at 11:50 AM - 9 comments

Movie: The Persian Version

When a large Iranian-American family gathers in New York City for their father's heart transplant, a family secret is uncovered and catapults the estranged mother and daughter into an exploration of the past.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:19 AM - 1 comment

November 15

Rick and Morty: Unmortricken  Season 7, Episode 5

We get a bit more of insight into the origins of Evil Morty. [more inside]
posted by onya at 10:26 PM - 10 comments

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: Dynamite 11/15/23  Season 5, Episode 7

It's the last Dynamite before Full Gear. (Rampage will be rolled into the Collision post, since Collision will run on Friday this week.) All the men's matches announced for tonight are tag matches -- because why shouldn't this promotion play to their strengths? -- and the women's segment has implications for Saturday's TBS title match. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 5:04 PM - 5 comments

Welcome to Wrexham: Up the Town?  Season 2, Episode 15

Season finale. Review here.
posted by jenfullmoon at 4:41 PM - 8 comments

The Buccaneers: Homecoming  Season 1, Episode 4

The cast moves to NYC, where Conchita is happy, Nan is confrontational, Jinny and Lizzy have some unpleasant moments, and Agnes's mother walks in on her in the bathroom. Everybody lies. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 4:38 PM - 5 comments

The Lazarus Project: Full Season  Season 2 (Full Season)

When the world locks into a time loop in which the world ends every three weeks, the Lazarus team must race against time to find a solution before humanity is wiped out forever. Among their number is resolute Lazarus agent, George (Paapa Essiedu), who’s been left in disgrace after betraying the organisation in the name of love. [more inside]
posted by Kyol at 12:20 PM - 12 comments

Movie: Apocalypse Clown

When a mysterious technological blackout plunges Ireland into anarchy and chaos, a group of failed washed up clowns are forced to traverse the country for one last shot at their dreams. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 1:27 AM - 3 comments

November 14

A Murder at the End of the World: The Silver Doe  Season 1, Episode 2

Synopsis inside as it would spoil episode 1. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 2:27 PM - 6 comments

A Murder at the End of the World: Homme Fatale  Season 1, Episode 1

An amateur sleuth receives a mysterious invitation to a reclusive tech billionaire's secret retreat.
posted by ellieBOA at 2:25 PM - 13 comments

Beacon 23: Wreckers  Season 1, Episode 2

On the heels of Aster's discovery, Wreckers force their way onboard. Looking to steal a prize, the Wreckers have been told this beacon is carrying something special. Aster's only hope for survival is to find common ground with an enemy.
posted by Kyol at 8:19 AM - 5 comments

Beacon 23: Corbenic  Season 1, Episode 1

On the outskirts of space, Beacon 23 is operated by one man, who helps ships navigate the hazards of space travel. But the job becomes complicated when an unexpected visitor exposes a dark secret hidden on the beacon. [more inside]
posted by Kyol at 8:18 AM - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Israel-Hamas War  Season 10, Episode 17

This week... the main story is about the Israel-Hamas war, specifically about their leaders, "how they came to power, whose interests they do and don't represent, and what role they played in bringing us to this current conflict." Hamas undermined the efforts of the previous poltical party Fatah, which had been pursuing peace; and Netanhayu is currently widely reviled within Israel by those who blame him for the security lapses that allowed Hamas to attack, but has long had other very troubling issues, and currently presides over the most right-wing government in Israel's history. (On Youtube, 32 minutes) And Now: Rachel Campos-Duffy Really, Really Needs You To Know That Her Husband Was Once In Congress. Concluding the episode is an update over the New Zealand Bird of the Century election. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 4:45 AM - 3 comments

November 13

The Gilded Age: Head to Head  Season 2, Episode 3

Opera war escalates. Surprise guest at Bertha's fundraiser. Agnes supports Academy preservation. Peggy offers to cover Tuskegee story. Ada hosts luncheon for Mr. Forte. George woos Henderson. Watson mulls offer. [more inside]
posted by drewbage1847 at 9:06 PM - 4 comments

Orphan Black: Echoes: Full Season  Season 1 (Full Season)

Set in the near future, Echoes takes a deep dive into the exploration of the scientific manipulation of human existence. It follows a group of women as they weave their way into each other’s lives and embark on a thrilling journey, unravelling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal. Spinoff of Orphan Black.
posted by Kyol at 6:19 PM - 13 comments

Movie: Ikiru

A bureaucrat tries to find meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 4:07 PM - 8 comments

November 12

Book: Sentience: The Invention of Consciousness

In Sentience, Nicholas Humphrey distills a lifetime of study of consciousness to give a picture of how he thinks it works to be sentient--that is, to be someone for whom a sensation can be personally meaningful. From monkeys with blindsight to gorillas with nothing to think about but each other, he ranges across the research to come to a conclusion he calls qualiaphilia...consciousness becomes important because it makes life worth living, makes possible empathy, and is apparently quite attractive to potential mates. Having given us a sense of what it means to have a sense of something, he goes on to ask: Who else? Are animals sentient as well? [more inside]
posted by mittens at 4:10 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Killer

After a fateful near-miss, an assassin battles his employers, and himself, on an international manhunt he insists isn't personal. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 1:21 PM - 31 comments

AEW Collision: November 11, 2023  Season 1, Episode 22

A very fast moving episode of Collision fills in the blank undercard spaces for Full Gear, and also introducing Tony Khan's very own version of a G1-style tournament. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 8:30 AM - 6 comments

Saturday Night Live: Timothée Chalamet / boygenius  Season 49, Episode 4

Back from the strikes. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 1:21 AM - 27 comments

November 11

Book: Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree

Viv's career with the notorious mercenary company Rackam's Ravens isn't going as planned. Wounded during the hunt for a powerful necromancer, she's packed off against her will to recuperate in the sleepy beach town of Murk―so far from the action that she worries she'll never be able to return to it. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 4:05 AM - 10 comments

November 10

Pluto: Episodes 7-8  Season 1, Episode 7

Episode 7: Dr. Tenma attempts to bring Atom back at all costs. A government official advises a distressed Epsilon to evacuate since he's the next target. Episode 8: Professor Ochanomizu closely monitors Atom's erratic behavior. Dr. Tenma confronts his past and the truth unravels, triggering a world destroying threat.
posted by Alex404 at 11:47 PM - 3 comments

I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

A narrative RPG with a card battling system and a queer-friendly science fiction vibe. Explore, grow up, and fall in love. The choices you make and skills you master over ten years will determine the course of your life and the survival of your colony. [more inside]
posted by one for the books at 3:53 PM - 8 comments

Lessons in Chemistry: Poirot  Season 1, Episode 6

Elizabeth and others fight back against the system. Madeline continues to investigate her lost father. We see flashbacks to what happened with Elizabeth's brother (trigger warning there). [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:30 AM - 6 comments

Ten Percent: British remake of Call My Agent / Dix Pour Cent  Season 1 (Full Season)

British version of the French show Dix pour cent (English title Call My Agent) a comedy dram about a London talent agency where agents scramble to keep their star clients happy and their business afloat. [more inside]
posted by Zumbador at 6:23 AM - 3 comments

November 9

Loki: Glorious Purpose  Season 2, Episode 6

Loki learns the true nature of 'glorious purpose' as he rectifies the past. Explained. Also explained. Easter eggs.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 10:43 PM - 61 comments

For All Mankind: Glasnost  Season 4, Episode 1

Eight years later, a new mission begins: Capture an asteroid. Aleida and Danielle are still haunted by events from the past. [more inside]
posted by cardboard at 9:24 PM - 36 comments

Doom Patrol: Done Patrol   Season 4, Episode 12

The Doom Patrol takes on the apocalypse. But what will they do if they emerge victorious?
posted by kittens for breakfast at 5:04 PM - 5 comments

Movie: The Marvels

Carol Danvers gets her powers entangled with those of Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau, forcing them to work together to save the universe. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:24 PM - 62 comments

Book: Erasure

Thinking of seeing American Fiction (previously)? Read its origin story--Percival Everett's Erasure--first. "Thelonious "Monk" Ellison’s writing career has bottomed out: his latest manuscript has been rejected by seventeen publishers, which stings all the more because his previous novels have been "critically acclaimed." He seethes on the sidelines of the literary establishment as he watches the meteoric success of We’s Lives in Da Ghetto, a first novel by a woman who once visited "some relatives in Harlem for a couple of days." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:57 PM - 3 comments

Special Event: Film Crew: KILLERS FROM SPACE

We're in the final weeks of MST Club's ten-year mostly-weekly run, although we'll probably do other shows from time to time. Tonight's episode is the second Film Crew production (R.I.P. Mike Dodge), about a guy who's killed in a crash, kidnapped by aliens, then forced to aid them in their plans for world domination... which involves irradiated giant lizards. It's like the backstory to a kaiju movie.
posted by JHarris at 3:49 PM - 1 comment

Book: The Ghost Theatre

A wild and hallucinatory reimagining of Elizabethan London, with its bird worshippers, famed child actors, and the Queen herself; a dazzling historical novel about theatre, magic, and the dangers of all-consuming love. [more inside]
posted by rednikki at 10:22 AM - 2 comments

Book: Free Agents: How Evolution Gave Us Free Will

Kevin J. Mitchell explores how free will can exist by taking us through the beginning of life all the way through to humans making decisions. [more inside]
posted by mittens at 7:23 AM - 1 comment

November 8

Welcome to Wrexham: Worst Case Scenario  Season 2, Episode 14

With promotion still up in the air, co-chairmen Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds bring in friends and sponsors to help raise the club's profile.
posted by kitten kaboodle at 8:25 PM - 4 comments

Welcome to Wrexham: Family Business  Season 2, Episode 13

Family is everything for the members of Wrexham AFC and we meet the fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons behind some key people.
posted by kitten kaboodle at 7:51 PM - 4 comments

The Morning Show: The Overview Effect   Season 3, Episode 10

The Hyperion-UBA deal comes to a vote. Bradley faces her past as Alex considers her future in the new world order. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 6:56 PM - 5 comments