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January 13

Movie: 37 Seconds

Yuma is a young Japanese woman with cerebral palsy. Torn between her obligations towards her family and her dream to become a manga artist, she struggles to lead a self-determined life. [more inside]
posted by Mogur at 3:25 PM - 2 comments

Station Eleven: Full Season  Season 1 (Full Season)

Based on the bestselling novel, this post-apocalyptic saga follows the survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew – while holding on to the best of what’s been lost. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk at 12:14 PM - 40 comments

And Just Like That...: Sex and the Widow  Season 1, Episode 7

Continuing adventures of Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte (but not Samantha) [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 10:01 AM - 7 comments

Movie: Lake of the Dead

A group of friends venture into the Osterdal forests to join Liljan's brother Bjørn at his remote cabin. Liljan's suspicion that her brother is in danger are confirmed when they arrive to find his dog dead and no sign of him. The gang is spooked further by a legend associated with the cabin: that a man who lived there once killed his sister and her lover and then drowned himself in the lake. Since then, it is said that anyone who stays in the cabin will be driven to the same fate. Norway's first horror film. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:52 AM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Prodigy: First Con-tact  Season 1, Episode 7

Dal makes the mistake of bringing his old Ferengi friend along to a world of sound and fury. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 4:14 AM - 5 comments

January 12

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: AEW Dynamite 1/12 & Rampage 1/14  Season 3, Episode 15

I'm in a hurry, so I borrowed the card description from Last Word On Sports: In this edition of Dynamite, “The Best In The World” will have his hands full against “Mr. Mayhem.” The mastodon of Team Taz seeks revenge against the high-flying Dante Martin. Plus, the Interim TNT Championship will be on the line as “The Spanish God” defends his newly-won crown against the dangerous “Red Death”. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 5:13 PM - 1 comment

Book: Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism

Kirkus describes Amanda Montell's Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism as "[a] scrutiny of the social science behind cult communication. With the same verve demonstrated in her debut on feminism and language, Wordslut (2019), Montell explores how language can manipulate masses of people in detrimental ways. Using accessible prose, the author discusses the varied definitions of the word cult, the dangers of universally demonizing its terminology, and its murky history as society’s relationship with spirituality has evolved." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:12 PM - 1 comment

Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge  Season 3, Episode 11

Poirot is taken ill during a weekend shooting party, which ends when the unpopular host is found murdered in his study.
posted by Carillon at 10:51 AM - 3 comments

The Book of Boba Fett: Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa  Season 1, Episode 3

Boba Fett must deal with two very different threats.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:14 AM - 84 comments

January 11

The Righteous Gemstones: I Speak in the Tongues of Men and Angels  Season 2, Episode 1

The Gemstones return for a second season. Jesse clashes with Eli over the future of the Gemstone empire. [more inside]
posted by miguelcervantes at 9:47 PM - 6 comments

Naomi: Don't Believe Everything You Think  Season 1, Episode 1

Naomi's closest friends join her to help uncover who or what's behind the unexpected event that has their small military town buzzing and left her with strange new fainting spells. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:02 PM - 3 comments

Stay Close: Limited Series  Season 1 (Full Season)

Stay Close is a British mystery drama miniseries based on the 2012 Harlan Coben novel of the same title, streaming on Netflix. The eight-episode series was released on 31 December 2021 [more inside]
posted by jazon at 9:08 AM - 7 comments

Podcast: The Besties: Staying Faithful to Pokemon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond

In which we discuss, with equal levels of enthusiasm, the latest remake from the world of Pokémon, and also the franchise as a whole. Then we take a deep dive into the mailbag, and share a blue million honorable mentions! Other games discussed include: Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Unite, Pokémon Let's Go, Pokémon Sword and Shield, Forza Horizon 5, Unsighted, Pony Island, Halo Infinite Multiplayer, Binding of Isaac: Repentance, Minecraft's Magic Kingdom Pack. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 8:06 AM - 0 comments

Critical Role: Thicker Grows the Meal and the Plot  Season 3, Episode 9

The group continues their search for Chetney's missing friend, even as their discoveries yield stranger and stranger reports about the man they're looking for...
posted by nubs at 7:22 AM - 3 comments

January 10

Search Party: Final Season  Season 5 (Full Season)

Dory and the gang seek enlightenment, funded by a Tech Dude played by Jeff Goldblum. As expected, things go haywire. In this final season they don't even try to make it believable, instead opting for metaphor, simile, parable, or something symbolic. Still not sure. That may have been the point. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk at 5:21 PM - 5 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 592: The Naming of 2022

It's the best time to tune in for the first time as we set goals, or maybe just settle on some mood lighting, for the year 2022. However long it takes. Ten minutes. Forty minutes. The whole episode. It's only three years into the twenties and we honestly already can't wait for the thirties. Suggested talking points: Carl Daniels, Sarcopha-Get It, A Night to Remember, Turn up the Fondue, Not That Kangaroo Jack. Center for Reproductive Rights: https://reproductiverights.org/
posted by curious nu at 4:15 PM - 7 comments

Movie: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

From writer/director Kier-La Janisse (author of House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films comes "a seductive mega-text" (Indiewire) through the history of folk horror. Exploring the rural roots, occult creeds and cultural lore that continue to shape international cinema, this SXSW Audience Award winning documentary features clips from over 200 films and interviews with more than 50 filmmakers, authors and scholars. Severin Films presents this "astounding achievement" (Screen Anarchy) that Rue Morgue calls "an unprecedented journey into where folk horror has been, where it's going and ultimately what it says about humanity." [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:42 AM - 5 comments

January 9

RuPaul's Drag Race: Big Opening No. 1  Season 14, Episode 1

A new cast of queens, competing for $100,000, must show off their performance skills in a talent show. Superstar singer Lizzo guest judges. [more inside]
posted by supercres at 9:34 PM - 8 comments

Awesome Games Done Quick 2022

The semi-annual Games Done Quick speedrunning marathon has begun today, going until midnight-ish January 15th, beating video games as fast as possible while raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Let's use this post to talk about any of the speedruns happening during the week. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 12:06 PM - 6 comments

Yellowjackets: Doomcoming  Season 1, Episode 9

You are cordially invited to The Doomcoming. On the brink of death, the Yellowjackets opt to throw one last rager before careening into oblivion. An increasingly paranoid Shauna struggles between keeping her cool and being Shauna. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk at 10:36 AM - 24 comments

The North Water: (all 5 episodes)  Season 1 (Full Season)

A disgraced ex-army surgeon signs up as ship's doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic; on board he meets a harpooner, a brutish killer whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world. [more inside]
posted by jouke at 9:13 AM - 3 comments

Movie: Dark August

A man accidentally runs down a young girl and has a curse placed on him by the girl's father, an occultist. He goes to a spiritualist for help in fighting the curse. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:39 AM - 2 comments

Project Runway: The Housewives  Season 19, Episode 10

Bravo's Real Housewives of Potomac, Orange County and New York City bring their signature attitudes to the catwalk for a client challenge like no other. Emotions run high as each designer is paired with a Housewife to make them the ultimate reunion show look. Pop culture icon and the man who turned the housewives into a phenomenon, Andy Cohen, will be the guest judge. (Contains spoilers) [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 8:38 AM - 14 comments

Movie: Collider

In the year 2033, a young girl trapped in a mysterious orphanage recklessly travels back in time to find her parents and amend her past. [CW: self-harm] [more inside]
posted by polytope subirb enby-of-piano-dice at 5:39 AM - 1 comment

Dexter: New Blood: Sins of the Father  Season 1, Episode 10

Dexter and Harrison try to live a normal life in a place that they have discovered is not as normal as they thought it was. Will they live happily ever after, despite all the threats coming their way?
posted by roolya_boolya at 3:15 AM - 19 comments

Podcast: The Besties: Gotta Exorcise 'Em All with Shin Megami Tensei V

Today, we're cracking into the oftentimes impenetrable Shin Megami Tensei series' fifth major installment, and share some thoughts on the masterful GTA Trilogy remasters, which are terrible. Other media discussed: Halo Infinite Multiplayer, Resident Evil 4 VR, Cape Fear 1962 and Moonlighter. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 12:27 AM - 1 comment

January 8

Movie: Viy

A young seminary student is ordered to preside over the wake of a witch in the church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him. Classic folk horror from Russia, 1967. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:09 PM - 11 comments

Movie: The Amityville Horror

George Lutz (James Brolin) and his wife Kathleen (Margot Kidder), move into their Long Island dream house with their children only for their lives to be turned into a hellish nightmare. The legacy of a murder committed in the house gradually affects the family and a priest is brought in to try and exorcise the demonic presence from their home. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:26 AM - 17 comments

Movie: Rope

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 12:37 AM - 11 comments

January 7

The Expanse: Why We Fight  Books Included   Season 6, Episode 5

Books-included discussion for the penultimate episode of the TV series.
posted by schmod at 7:21 PM - 15 comments

The Amazing Race: The Amazing Race  Season 33 (Full Season)

The first three legs of season 33 of The Amazing Race were filmed in February 2020... and then production was shut down due to COVID. The Race resumed 17 months later. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 1:40 PM - 5 comments

Movie: The Stone Tape

Broadcast on BBC Two as a Christmas ghost story in 1972, the story concerns a team of scientists who move into their new research facility, a renovated Victorian mansion that has a reputation for being haunted. The team investigate the phenomena, trying to determine if the stones of the building are acting as a recording medium for past events (the "stone tape" of the title). However, their investigations serve only to unleash a darker, more malevolent force. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:16 AM - 12 comments

January 6

The Expanse: Why We Fight  Show Only   Season 6, Episode 5

Paths converge on Ceres when Drummer and her fleet arrive to aid the relief effort. Holden tries to convince Avasarala to release crucial information that might avert catastrophe, but she has her own request of him. As Amos and Bobbie get a little R&R at the station, Naomi has a difficult and long-awaited reunion.
posted by ShooBoo at 6:01 PM - 45 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE MOLE PEOPLE  Rewatch   Season 8, Episode 3

Rewatch! Albinos oppress humanoid creatures beneath the surface of the Earth, and the situation is remedied by white guys from the surface. Warning: contains The Load. Previously. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 3:23 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Licorice Pizza

A precocious former child TV star meets and forms an unlikely friendship-possible-relationship with a 25 year old woman in early 1970s San Fernando Valley. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 2:00 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Timecrimes

in Nacho Vigalondo's time-travel thriller, a man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:16 PM - 16 comments

Station Eleven: Dr. Chaudhary  Season 1, Episode 9

Jeevan and Kirsten survive their first winter alone, until an argument sends Jeevan on an unexpected path.
posted by roolya_boolya at 12:10 PM - 18 comments

Station Eleven: Who's There?  Season 1, Episode 8

Kirsten arrives in Severn City to rescue the Traveling Symphony - only to find herself trapped in a family conflict that began twenty years ago.
posted by roolya_boolya at 12:08 PM - 0 comments

Station Eleven: Goodbye My Damaged Home  Season 1, Episode 7

On a journey to unravel her deepest trauma, Kirsten goes back to the apartment she once shared with Jeevan and Frank.
posted by roolya_boolya at 12:07 PM - 9 comments

And Just Like That...: Diwali  Season 1, Episode 6

The continuing adventures of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, not Samantha, and their new friends. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 11:10 AM - 10 comments

Movie: Hotel Poseidon

Dave is the "manager" of the defunct Hotel Poseidon. When one of the residents of this ruin challenges Dave to "do something different today" Dave's existence becomes even stranger and more horrifying than it already is. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 4:51 AM - 7 comments

Star Trek: Prodigy: Kobayashi  Season 1, Episode 6

When Dal discovers the ship's holodeck, Janeway must find a way to enable the V-chip before it's too late. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:46 AM - 14 comments

January 5

The Witcher: Fireplace  Season 2 (Specials)

It's a yule log, except it's a fireplace, with soundtrack music from The Witcher. [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 7:21 PM - 8 comments

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: AEW Dynamite: 1/5 & Rampage 1/7  Season 3, Episode 14

It's Dynamite's first episode on TBS! Hangman vs. Danielson 2! [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 4:58 PM - 3 comments

Movie: 13 Ghosts

Reclusive Dr. Zorba has died and left his mansion to his nephew Cyrus and his family. They will need to search the house to find the doctor's fortune, but along with the property they have also inherited the occultist's collection of 13 ghosts. A film by William Castle. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:37 PM - 2 comments

Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Affair at the Victory Ball  Season 3, Episode 10

Poirot is invited to a masquerade ball and is advised to come as someone famous - so he decides to go as himself. While he is there, he is called on to solve the murder of Lord Cronshaw, who was killed at the crowded party without anyone seeing. A fragment of a costume helps him to unmask the killer.
posted by Carillon at 10:42 AM - 3 comments

Movie: House on Haunted Hill

Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) has invited five strangers to a party of a lifetime. He is offering each of them $10,000 if they can stay the night in a house. But the house is no ordinary house. This house has a reputation for murder. Frederick offers them each a gun for protection. They all arrived in a hearse and will either leave in it $10,000 richer or leave in it dead. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:38 AM - 9 comments

Abbott Elementary: Light Bulb  Season 1, Episode 2

Janine takes it upon herself to fix every problem when she notices a flickering light bulb in the hallway; Gregory asks Barbara for help talking to a parent, which leads him to spend his lunch period in an unexpected way. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 10:33 AM - 3 comments

Podcast: The Besties: The Obligatory Annual Call of Duty Episode

This week, we're breaking down two great tastes that taste great together: The many faces of Call of Duty: Vanguard, and the newly expanded Animal Crossing: New Horizons. We also give a metric ton of iOS recommendations, and argue about the Mario Bros' Mushroom Kingdom citizenship. Other games discussed: Inscryption, Devil's Gambit, The Binding of Isaac: Repentence, Bloodshore, Nickelodeon All Stars Brawl, Super Stickman Golf 3+, Clap Hanz Golf, Solitarica, SNKRX, Fire Emblem Heroes [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 6:09 AM - 0 comments

The Book of Boba Fett: Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine  Season 1, Episode 2

Boba Fett faces new challenges on Tatooine. [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:41 AM - 77 comments

Taskmaster: New Year Treat 2022 / Basic recipe 28.  Season 12, Episode 11

Greg Davies is the Taskmaster. Little Alex Horne is the Taskmaster's assistant. A special / one-off: Adrian Chiles, Claudia Winkleman, Jonnie Peacock (Alan Davies in-studio), Lady Leshurr, and Sayeeda Warsi. Available on Youtube and channel4.com.
posted by Pronoiac at 12:40 AM - 8 comments

January 4

Podcast: Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine: Mariko Aoki Phenomenon

Have you ever had the sudden urge to go to the bathroom while browsing in a TJ Maxx or a book store? Well, apparently many people have. This phenomenon was first mentioned by Mariko Aoki to a Japanese magazine in 1985, and has recently made its way to TikTok. Dr. Sydnee and Justin investigate some different theories and philosophies around the sudden need to poop while book shopping. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
posted by zeptoweasel at 5:48 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Asphalt Jungle

A major heist goes off as planned, but then double crosses, bad luck and solid police work cause everything to unravel. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 3:02 PM - 4 comments

Podcast: Maintenance Phase: Fat Camps

How America's oldest fat camp — and the inspiration for Disney's "Heavyweights" — became the symbol of a health intervention that enjoys worldwide popularity despite no evidence that it improves anyone's health. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/maintenancephase) [more inside]
posted by bq at 8:31 AM - 10 comments

January 3

Movie: The Tragedy of Macbeth

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Directed by Joel Cohen, starring Denzel Washington in the title role and Frances McDormand as the Lady.
posted by chrchr at 7:15 PM - 17 comments

Podcast: Sweet Bobby: (full series)

How well do you know the person you love? Sweet Bobby, released in 6 episodes (plus a Q&A) starting October 2021, was a live, multi-part investigation in search of one of the world’s most sophisticated catfishers. "It’s a story about who we are online, and how social media can be weaponised as a tool of abuse and coercion." Reported by Alexi Mostrous, produced by Tortoise Media, and recently named the Guardian's Best Podcast of 2021.
posted by progosk at 4:33 PM - 0 comments

Movie: Flesh for Frankenstein

A delectably gory and cynical social satire from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Morrissey, this film, disingenuously billed at the time as Andy Warhol's Frankenstein is among the most original and transgressive interpretations of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. With an exceptional cast, led by Udo Kier, in what might be his most iconic performance, Joe Dallesandro, Monique van Vooren, and Italian child star Nicoletta Elmi, and featuring a lush soundtrack by Claudio Gizzi (Blood for Dracula). Currently streaming in the US on Shudder in both 2D and 3D versions. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:22 PM - 3 comments

Book: Mythos

From the US Publisher's website: "Here are the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, stylishly retold by Stephen Fry. The legendary writer, actor, and comedian breathes life into ancient tales, from Pandora's box to Prometheus's fire, and transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder. Classical artwork inspired by the myths and learned notes from the author offer rich cultural context."
posted by Ipsifendus at 1:46 PM - 8 comments

Book: Murder After Christmas

"A war's on and a murder has been committed―and we sit here talking nonsense about almond whirls and mince pies!" [more inside]
posted by scorbet at 12:24 AM - 2 comments

January 2

Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks  Season 13 (Specials)

New Year’s Eve. Sarah is working—again. Nick is her only customer—again. Same old same old. Except this year, their countdown to midnight will be the strangest and deadliest they have ever known. Why is an executioner Dalek targeting these two people, in this place, on this night? Why are they having to live through the same moments again? Can the Doctor, Yaz, and Dan save them and survive into the New Year?
posted by mumkin at 5:59 PM - 29 comments