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November 5

Legends of Tomorrow: Dancing Queen  Season 4, Episode 3

The Legends go to 1970s-era London in search of a fugitive (mythtery) targeting the British monarchy; meanwhile Gary shows Nate the ropes at the Time Bureau. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:56 PM - 23 comments

Arrow: Level Two  Season 7, Episode 4

Oliver makes a drastic move in his quest to find Diaz. Likewise, Felicity pulls out all the stops to get Diaz. Meanwhile, when arsonists target Rene's community center, injuring Zoe in the process, the mysterious new Green Arrow swoops in to help safe the day, and Dina must decide if following the rules at all costs is the best plan to keep the city safe. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:39 PM - 11 comments

Movie: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel.
posted by latkes at 6:14 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: Everything is Alive: Annie, Jack o' Lantern

Annie is a jack o' lantern, but she doesn't want to scare you.
posted by eotvos at 4:50 PM - 2 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 432: Hand Dog and Face Cat

The time for fence-sitting has come to an end. We must all now decide between the two ghoulish, mind-poisoning animal companions that will bring our hearts and homes one step closer to Hell. This decision is too important to goof up. Follow your heart. Suggested talking points: Choppa Papa, Meats, The World's Two Most Horrible Pets, Big Earther, Cookie Punch, Christmas Doll
posted by Tevin at 4:48 PM - 15 comments

Star Trek: Enterprise: Sleeping Dogs  Season 1, Episode 14

Wherein there's Klingons on the starboard bow. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 8:34 AM - 8 comments

Outlander: America the Beautiful  Books Included   Season 4, Episode 1

Claire and Jamie try to make a home for themselves in the New World of Colonial America. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:11 AM - 15 comments

Podcast: Hello from the Magic Tavern: Season 2, Ep 84 - Traach and Treasure

Traach the Kobold returns to help us assess the many magic items found in the tavern. [more inside]
posted by FallowKing at 4:07 AM - 1 comment

November 4

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Family Separation  Season 5, Episode 28

This week....
  • 2018 Midterms, which has been exceptional in negativity. California Congressman Duncan Hunter accused opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar of being a terrorist trying to infiltrate Congress; Iowa Congressman Steve King, who has been notorious for associating with white nationalists and got pissy when confronted about it before cameras, and lost the support of a number of corporate PACs; and in Nebraska's 1st district a sign promoting Jeff Fortenberry was defaced with googly eyes and changed to read Jeff Fartenberry, causing his Chief-of-Staff to accuse a local professor, who was unlucky enough to have "liked" a Facebook photo of the sign within his random notice, of supporting vandalism.
  • And Now: Out Annual Check-In With The Consequences Of Combining Local News Shows And Halloween
  • Main story: Immigration, "The system that brought you me, but it's still good, and I promise that won't happen again." Specifically, the Trump administration's family separation policy. It's faded from the news, but its consequences have not ended yet. Content warning: horrifying consequences of the enforced separation of children from their parents. YouTube
  • And Now: Halloween Part II: Just The Traffic And Weather
[more inside]
posted by JHarris at 11:44 PM - 2 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: State Attorneys General  Season 5, Episode 27

That week....
  • Violence marred the prior week, and Fox News went out of their way to position the attacks as "false flag" operations, supposedly stages by Democrats to make Republicans look bad. Geraldo Riviera "outsmarts himself" in making such allegations.
  • Saudi Arabia continues to try to explain the disappearance, likely murder, of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while President Trump and right-wing figures try to downplay the killing of an American resident.
  • Main story: the role of state Attorneys General on our nation, their role in investigating wrongdoing, and the increasing degree to which the offices have become politicized. YouTube
  • Special productions: A WWE commercial that properly notes the fact that it takes place in Saudi Arabia, and the problems that causes; a concert for bagpipes, accordion, theremin and recorder (multiple, played by young children) to annoy people to stepping away from their TV sets and actually researching their states' candidates for Attorney General. A good place to do that, they note, is at Vote411.org.
[more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:08 PM - 2 comments

The Romanoffs: The Violet Hour  Season 1, Episode 1

Set in Paris, an ancestral home holds the key to a family's future.
posted by k8t at 10:04 PM - 6 comments

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: It actually has a title... Patriot Act.   Season 1, Episode 3

Hasan explores Amazon. A bit ironic on Netflix, but I learned a lot!
posted by k8t at 6:31 PM - 3 comments

Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum  Season 11, Episode 5

The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly and unusual creatures.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:56 AM - 62 comments

Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill, Maggie Rogers  Season 44, Episode 4

Host: Jonah Hill, Musical Guest: Maggie Rogers [more inside]
posted by DizzyOnBugSpray at 6:41 AM - 23 comments

November 3

Movie: The Other Side of the Wind

Surrounded by fans and skeptics, grizzled director J.J. "Jake" Hannaford returns from years abroad in Europe to a changed Hollywood, where he attempts to make his innovative comeback film. [more inside]
posted by octothorpe at 6:43 PM - 4 comments

Book: The Monster Baru Cormorant

The traitor Baru Cormorant is now the cryptarch Agonist―a secret lord of Falcrest, the authoritarian Empire of Masks she's vowed to destroy. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 3:34 PM - 13 comments

Babylon 5: Severed Dreams  Season 3, Episode 10

President Clark attempts to seize B5. Many alien races begin declaring war on their neighbours, and Delenn goes to confront the Grey Council on their complacency. "That's what makes this war different from anything we have ever gone through before. This time, we know everyone we kill." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 9:42 AM - 6 comments

Movie: Suspiria

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:49 AM - 11 comments

November 2

Movie: The Hate U Give

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. [more inside]
posted by Become A Silhouette at 8:02 PM - 3 comments

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: I'm Making Up For Lost Time  Season 4, Episode 4

Rebecca reunites under unusual circumstances with her half brother Tucker and discovers they have many things in common; in an effort to connect with her kids, Paula plans an activity that requires they all work together. [more inside]
posted by JimBennett at 7:35 PM - 11 comments

Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody

A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen's legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert.
posted by lauranesson at 6:22 PM - 13 comments

Supernatural: Mint Condition  Season 14, Episode 4

Dean continues to struggle; Sam must think fast when action figures come to life, and the heroes find themselves living in a real-life horror movie. [more inside]
posted by litera scripta manet at 1:25 PM - 6 comments

November 1

The Walking Dead: The Obliged  Season 9, Episode 4

Rick's vision of a civilized future is threatened by a sudden reckoning with past sins that remain unavenged and unforgiven. [more inside]
posted by jimw at 10:13 PM - 12 comments

Book: The Labyrinth Index

Since she was promoted to the head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs, every workday for Mhari Murphy has been a nightmare. It doesn’t help that her boss, the new Prime Minister of Britain, is a... [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 9:37 PM - 8 comments

Channel Zero: The Dream Door  Season 4 (Full Season)

Based on the “creepypasta” short story Hidden Door by Charlotte Bywater, Channel Zero: The Dream Door follows newlyweds Jillian (Maria Sten) and Tom (Brandon Scott), who have each brought secrets into their marriage. When they discover a strange door in their basement, those secrets start to threaten their relationship — and their lives. (Streamable at SYFY.com) [more inside]
posted by ejs at 9:22 PM - 8 comments

The Good Place: A Fractured Inheritance  Season 3, Episode 6

Eleanor makes a startling discovery that tests her resolve, Tahani looks to make amends and Janet does some bonding.
posted by numaner at 5:32 PM - 92 comments

American Horror Story: Sojourn   Season 8, Episode 8

In the wake of a crushing defeat, Michael finds a new hope.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 4:43 PM - 6 comments

Book: Beastie Boys Book

A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.   Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus at 6:38 AM - 1 comment

October 31

Mystery Science Theater 3000: OUTLAW  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 19

Rewatch! There's a "counter-Earth" that's on the opposite side of the sun as the normal Earth, the same gimmick from Stranded in Space, but this one's not Authoritarian Dystopia (movie premise #218) so much as Burroughsian Otherworld Barbarian-Style Sword-and-Sorcery Made Possible Through MacGuffin (premise #245). Our many-man hero Cabot (Cabot? Cabot!) travels there through magic crackerjack prize, along with his unmanly-man professorial colleague, and must thwart the machinations of a slumming Jack Palance. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 11:25 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Void

Small town cop Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. Daniel takes him to the local hospital, but shit there ain't right: hunted by cultists bearing the symbol of a black triangle, people are undergoing monstrous transformations. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 11:19 PM - 8 comments

Movie: Halloweentown

After learning she is a witch, a girl helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures. "But Halloweentown isn't just Marnie's story: it tells the tale of three generations of women joining forces to battle against evil." Starring Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag, Joey Zimmerman, Phillip Van Dyke, and Emily Roeske [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:35 PM - 1 comment

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Live - Halloween Special!

BOO! That's us jumping out and surprising you with an episode that is A) One day early and B) An exquisitely spooky live adventure! It's our Halloween Special, and boy howdy, is it a wild one. Thanks to the Paramount Theater in Seattle, and everyone who came out to see us!
posted by Tevin at 1:13 PM - 11 comments

Movie: Southbound

The film contains five stories set on desolate stretches of a desert highway. Two men on the run from their past, a band on its way to a gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:00 AM - 10 comments

Movie: The Monster

A mother and her 10-year old daughter are trapped in a forest. There is something in this forest. Something unlike anything they have heard before. Something that lurks in the darkness and it's coming after them. From the director of The Strangers.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:58 AM - 1 comment

Movie: They're Watching

An American TV crew gets trapped in a centuries-old web of revenge, horror, and blood, when their home improvement show is attacked by angry Eastern European villagers out to kill the show's star.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:57 AM - 5 comments

Movie: I Remember You

After an older lady hangs herself in a church, a new psychiatrist discovers she was obsessed with the disappearance of his eight-year-old son, who vanished three years earlier. Meanwhile, three city dwellers are restoring a house when they realize it is haunted.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:56 AM - 1 comment

Movie: The Eyes of My Mother

A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:55 AM - 2 comments

Movie: The Devil's Candy

A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:53 AM - 5 comments

October 30

Black Lightning: The Book of Consequences: Chapter Four: Translucent Freak  Season 2, Episode 4

Jefferson confronts Anissa about her reckless and irresponsible behavior leading to a fierce disagreement. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:44 PM - 3 comments

The Gifted: afterMath  Season 2, Episode 5

Caitlin and Thunderbird struggle to safe the live of a mutant injured in the Inner Circle's breakout. Jace joins up with the Purifiers and comes dangerously close to colliding once again with the Mutant Underground. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:51 PM - 4 comments

The Flash: News Flash  Season 5, Episode 4

Barry and Iris face the ultimate parenting test when Team Flash battles Spin; Ralph and Sherloque combine their detective skills in the search for Cicada's identity. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:37 PM - 10 comments

Arrow: Crossing Lines  Season 7, Episode 3

Still in prison, Oliver faces his biggest challenge yet. Meanwhile, Felicity gets an intriguing offer, and Diggle asks Curtis to go undercover for ARGUS. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:55 PM - 3 comments

The Great British Bake Off: The Final  Season 9, Episode 10

Three bakers. A scorchingly hot tent. Three last challenges to see who of Kim-Joy, Rahul or Ruby will be 2018 Bake-Off winner. First, doughnuts - actually, British-style filled doughnuts and US-style ring donuts. Not that Rahul has had either before - will his imagination get the better of him? Then a technical challenge that surprises the bakers as much as it does us. Finally, a show-stopper bake where our final three get to show us their best. Needless to say, discussion involves mention of the winner. [more inside]
posted by Major Clanger at 4:35 PM - 17 comments

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Actually it is called Patriot Act  Season 1 (Full Season)

Comedian Hasan Minhaj, former Daily Show correspondent, has launched his own Netflix news comedy show, with a millennial and PoC edge.
posted by k8t at 3:43 PM - 8 comments

Castlevania: "War Council"  Season 2, Episode 1

Episode One of Season Two picks up right where the Season One finale finished. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 2:14 PM - 7 comments

Podcast: The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2: Chapter 7

We talk with Trolls World Tour scribe (yes we can say things like that now) Elizabeth Tippet and receive the greatest surprise of our lives.
posted by Tevin at 1:50 PM - 7 comments

Movie: Cube

Seven strangers are taken out of their daily lives and placed mysteriously in a deadly cube where they all agree they must find their way out.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:48 AM - 19 comments

Movie: Deathgasm

Two New Zealand teenagers unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:34 AM - 5 comments

Movie: Sun Choke

As Janie recovers from a violent psychotic break, she's subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie's buried demons begin to surface.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:31 AM - 2 comments

Movie: Igor

Animated fable about a cliché hunchbacked evil scientist's assistant who aspires to become a scientist himself, much to the displeasure of the rest of the evil science community. [more inside]
posted by zinon at 9:24 AM - 0 comments

Lexx: I Worship His Shadow  Season 1, Episode 1

His Divine Shadow rules The Cluster with absolute power and an impenetrable bureaucracy, where even a minor infringement of the rules results in horrible punishment. This episodes opens with a futile attempt by the Brunen-G to stop His Divine Shadow. [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr at 7:56 AM - 10 comments

Podcast: Limetown: S2 Episode 1: London

+120 hrs from Lia Haddock's abduction. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 7:06 AM - 9 comments

Movie: Ravenous

In a small, remote village in northern Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore--their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors goes hiding into the woods, looking for others like them.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:00 AM - 2 comments

Legends of Tomorrow: Witch Hunt  Season 4, Episode 2

The team finds themselves headed to the Salem witch trials when the magical Time Seismograph goes off. Meanwhile, Nate and Ava work together to try to keep their Time Bureau funding. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 4:04 AM - 27 comments

October 29

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Full Season  Season 1 (Full Season)

Chef Samin Nosrat travels to Italy, Japan, Mexico, and California to learn about and demonstrate four of the fundamental building blocks of cooking, to teach and encourage home cooks how to think about their food beyond just following recipes. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 7:48 PM - 12 comments

Podcast: Thunder Bay: all episodes

The highest homicide and hates crime rate in the country. A mayor charged with extortion. A police chief who faced trial for obstruction of justice. Nine tragic deaths of Indigenous high schoolers. Why does it all happen here? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 4:54 PM - 3 comments

Movie: The Transformers: The Movie

The Autobots must stop a colossal planet-consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons. [more inside]
posted by bq at 2:46 PM - 22 comments

Movie: Evolution

10-year-old Nicolas lives with his mother on a remote island, in a village inhabited solely by women and young boys. In a hospital overlooking the ocean, all the boys are subjected to a strange medical treatment. Only Nicolas questions what is happening around him. He senses that his mother is lying to him, and is determined to find out what she does with the other women at night, on the beach. What he discovers is the beginning of a nightmare into which he is helplessly drawn.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:35 AM - 2 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 431: A Very Spooky Burger

Welp, I guess this is unofficially our second Halloween episode, because we are ding-dongs who are incapable of looking at a calendar before recording our chart-topping advice podcast. It's like having two Babadooks for the price of one! Suggested talking points: Johnny English 3 Watch, Secret Spectrum, Sentient Chairs, Zoo Busking, Nightmare Burger, Teacher Cuss Tickets, New Birthdays, Munch Squad Jr.
posted by Tevin at 10:37 AM - 3 comments

Movie: Faults

Claire is under the grip of a mysterious new cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire's parents recruit one of the world's foremost experts on mind control, Ansel Roth. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:22 AM - 3 comments