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January 11

Podcast: The Dream: S2 E3: Magic Little Pills

Can powders, pills and juices deliver on the promise to live longer and look younger? [more inside]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 5:16 PM - 3 comments

Movie: 1917

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake's own brother among them. [more inside]
posted by Huffy Puffy at 4:03 PM - 20 comments

Castle Rock: Season Two   Season 2 (Full Season)

Season two of Hulu's horror anthology building on characters and settings created by Stephen King. A feud between warring clans comes to a boil when nurse and budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan) gets waylaid in Castle Rock.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:04 PM - 9 comments

The Owl House: A Lying Witch and a Warden  Season 1, Episode 1

Luz, a girl who loves fantasy, is forced by her mother Camilia to go to Reality Check Camp to quell her bizarre fascinations following three different incidents at school. She goes somewhere else instead. [more inside]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 12:50 PM - 6 comments

Movie: Fighting with My Family

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 12:01 PM - 9 comments

Cheer: Cheer (Netflix): Full Season  Season 1 (Full Season)

In the small town of Corsicana, Texas, hard-driving head coach Monica Adalma demands perfection from her squad of competitive college cheerleaders. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 11:38 AM - 13 comments

Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing  Season 47, Episode 9

Set in contemporary Georgia with an election race underway, Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing finds the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war, but not all is peaceful amid the merriment. Former rivals battle it out, revenge is sought and trickery runs amok in this timeless comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication. [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over at 7:03 AM - 3 comments

January 10

Star Trek: Short Treks: Children of Mars  Season 2, Episode 6

12 year-old classmates Kima and Lil find themselves at odds with each other on a day that will change their lives forever. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:23 PM - 7 comments

Book: Chop Suey

In 1784, passengers on the ship Empress of China became the first Americans to land in China, and the first to eat Chinese food. Today there are over 40,000 Chinese restaurants across the United States. Now, in Chop Suey Andrew Coe provides some history of the American infatuation with Chinese food, telling its fascinating story for the first time. It's a tale that moves from curiosity to disgust and then desire. From China, Coe's story travels to the American West, where Chinese immigrants drawn by the 1848 Gold Rush struggled against racism and culinary prejudice but still established restaurants and farms and imported an array of Asian ingredients. He traces the Chinese migration to the East Coast, highlighting that crucial moment when New York "Bohemians" discovered Chinese cuisine--and for better or worse, chop suey. Along the way, Coe shows how the peasant food of an obscure part of China came to dominate Chinese-American restaurants; unravels the truth of chop suey's origins; reveals why American Jews fell in love with egg rolls and chow mein; shows how President Nixon's 1972 trip to China opened our palates to a new range of cuisine; and explains why we still can't get dishes like those served in Beijing or Shanghai. The book also explores how American tastes have been shaped by our relationship with the outside world, and how we've relentlessly changed foreign foods to adapt to them our own deep-down conservative culinary preferences. Andrew Coe's Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States is a fascinating tour of America's centuries-long appetite for Chinese food. Always illuminating, often exploding long-held culinary myths, this book opens a new window into defining what is American cuisine.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 7:05 PM - 4 comments

Infinity Train: The Family Tree Car  Season 2, Episode 2

Chasing after Alan Dracula, MT and Jesse find themselves descending down a literal family tree - whose main branches seem to be "Hatfield" and "McCoy". But when neither of their approaches seem to address the issue of descending a literal house divided, the two are going to have to learn to (grudgingly) work together...
posted by NoxAeternum at 4:20 PM - 3 comments

Movie: A Hidden Life

Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter refuses to fight in the German army or swear an oath of allegiance to Hitler in WWII. Directed by Terrence Malick, based on a true story. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 1:38 PM - 2 comments

Project Runway: She's Sew Unusual  Season 18, Episode 5

The iconic Cyndi Lauper is both inspiration and guest judge for this totally tubular team challenge. Split into two teams, the designers must create cohesive mini-collections. They need to collaborate to pay homage to Cyndi’s '80s fashion trailblazing that brought underground punk into the pop culture while still giving the looks a totally awesome modern take. Sounds pretty straight forward until Christian throws out a mid-challenge twist that changes everything.
posted by kanata at 1:34 PM - 16 comments

Movie: Where is the Friend's House?

Eight year old Ahmed's best friend faces humiliation and expulsion from the strict village school, and only Ahmed can set things right. But the path to a good deed leads crooked and uphill, Nematzadeh's donkey is fast, and there's a major problem.
posted by fleacircus at 7:41 AM - 5 comments

January 9

Movie: Missing Link

The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. Trouble is, none of his small-minded, high-society peers seems to recognize this. Hoping to finally gain acceptance from these fellow adventurers, Sir Lionel travels to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature known as the missing link. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 10:05 PM - 5 comments

The Good Place: You’ve Changed, Man  Season 4, Episode 10

The group works to negotiate an afterlife plan with Shawn and the judge.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:19 PM - 60 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Graduation Ep. 5 “What’s Yours is Mined”

The dorm-mates are dispatched on their first mission, squaring off against magma monsters, interplanar behemoths and a child's word puzzle. You'll never guess which one of those gives them the hardest time!
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:53 AM - 20 comments

Vikings: Death and the Serpent  Season 6, Episode 6

"Bjorn is forced to act quickly in the aftermath of the election for the King of all Norway. The bandits attack Lagertha's village again, confident of victory. But when the defense boils down to single combat with Lagertha, victory for the bandits looks less certain. Back in Kattegat, haunted and paranoid, Hvitserk continues to unravel."
posted by homunculus at 4:49 AM - 7 comments

January 8

Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time  Season 1 (Specials)

A television event featuring the three highest-earning Jeopardy! contestants of all time; Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holzhauer, competing in a best-of-seven primetime tournament with a top prize of $1 million to determine the greatest Jeopardy! contestant of all time. [more inside]
posted by kyleg at 9:46 PM - 42 comments

Vikings: The Key   Season 6, Episode 5

Norway's Kings and Jarls arrive at Harald's territory for the election of the King of all Norway, while King Olaf is confident of the result, the election may not run as smoothly as he thinks.
posted by porpoise at 8:50 PM - 1 comment

Party of Five: Pilot; Margin of Error (Episodes 1 & 2)  Season 1, Episode 1

When ICE deports their parents, life for the five Acosta siblings is turned upside down. (Freeform, US broadcast, reboot) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:21 PM - 1 comment

Critical Role: Lingering Wounds  Season 2, Episode 89

The Mighty Nein take a couple days of downtime in Rexxentrum to research, train, and reconnect with faces from the past...
posted by nubs at 9:52 AM - 3 comments

Book: The Heavens

New York, late summer, 2000. A party in a spacious Manhattan apartment, hosted by a wealthy young activist. Dozens of idealistic twenty-somethings have impassioned conversations over takeout dumplings and champagne. The evening shines with the heady optimism of a progressive new millennium. A young man, Ben, meets a young woman, Kate―and they begin to fall in love. Kate lives with her head in the clouds, so at first Ben isn’t that concerned when she tells him about the recurring dream she’s had...
posted by chavenet at 7:44 AM - 4 comments

January 7

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist: Pilot  Season 1, Episode 1

An introverted computer programmer living in San Francisco begins to hear the innermost desires of people around her through song. (NBC US broadcast) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:21 PM - 22 comments

Movie: Just Mercy

The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned, including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them. [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 6:40 PM - 5 comments

Schitt's Creek: Smoke Signals   Season 6, Episode 1

David scouts a potential wedding venue, while Johnny and Moira have a romantic picnic by the creek.
posted by jeather at 6:08 PM - 6 comments

Leverage: The Two-Horse Job  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 7

The team travels to Kentucky to help a horse trainer who lost everything when the racehorses he trains were killed in a fire. [more inside]
posted by snerson at 2:08 PM - 4 comments

The Trial of Christine Keeler: Episode #1.3  Season 1, Episode 3

Pressure mounts and Christine flees to Spain. Profumo orders Stephen Ward to intervene as her story nears publication.
posted by ellieBOA at 5:10 AM - 0 comments

The Trial of Christine Keeler: Episode #1.2  Season 1, Episode 2

Christine is pressured to sell her story to the newspapers, but powerful forces are beginning to form against her.
posted by ellieBOA at 5:09 AM - 0 comments

The Trial of Christine Keeler: Episode #1.1  Season 1, Episode 1

Drama about the notorious Profumo Affair. In 1960s London, model Christine Keeler deals with an explosive love triangle, while War Minister John Profumo seeks press attention.
posted by ellieBOA at 5:08 AM - 2 comments

January 6

Tomorrow with You: Season 1 - all episodes  Season 1 (Full Season)

The head of a real estate firm with the ability to travel through time by taking the subway marries a photographer to try and change his future. (Netflix US, tvN Korea) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 9:07 PM - 1 comment

Manifest: Fasten Your Seatbelts  Season 2, Episode 1

As the Stone family reels in the aftermath of a devastating shooting, they're hit with their most foreboding calling yet; The Major attempts to tighten her grip on the unwitting Saanvi. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:16 PM - 5 comments

Into the Dark: Midnight Kiss  Season 2, Episode 4

A group of friends devise a sexy game for New Year's Eve called Midnight Kiss. There are only three rules: 1. The person you kiss at midnight has to be a stranger. 2. It has to be consensual. 3. If you continue to kiss your stranger, anything goes. But you must bid them farewell at dawn. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 8:11 PM - 1 comment

El vecino: Season One  Season 1 (Full Season)

Javier is going through a bad patch. His business of T-shirts with de-motivational slogans isn't taking off and his relationship with Lola is circling the drain. The last thing he needed was for an alien to fall on him and transfer his powers to him before dying. A Spanish language Netflix original. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:22 PM - 1 comment

The Bachelor: Season 24: Peter the Pilot  Season 24 (Full Season)

Peter the Pilot (he of Windmill fame from the last season of the Bachelorette) tries to "find love" on this season of The Bachelor.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:27 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 492: The Naming of 2020

It has arrived. Our annual opportunity to place a steady hand upon the rudder of the new year is here, and boy howdy, it's a big one. Twenty-Twenty?! It's the same thing twice! Is that anything? Please? We're spiraling. Suggested talking points: Down to Beesness, Tenure at Cool University, Lunch Smell, Faded at Spangles
posted by Tevin at 8:48 AM - 20 comments

January 5

Doctor Who: Spyfall, Part 2  Season 12, Episode 2

In another dimension, a terrifying plan to destroy humanity is about to reach fruition. The Doctor and her friends aim to defeat a deadly alliance. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:17 PM - 31 comments

Star Trek: Enterprise: Zero Hour  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 24

[Season finale] As the season, and its experimental season-long arc, wind to a close, we finally get the answer: was it worth it, or in the end, were the results... less than zero? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 12:39 PM - 13 comments

Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries: Season One  Season 1 (Full Season)

Peregrine Fisher (Geraldine Hakewill from the Australian series Wanted) sets out to become a private detective under guidance of The Adventuresses' Club, following in the footsteps of her missing aunt as she solves crimes in 1960s Melbourne. The series is a spin-off from the 1920s-set Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:34 AM - 4 comments

January 3

Anne: A Secret Which I Desired to Divine  Season 3, Episode 1

As Anne’s sixteenth birthday approaches, she finds herself longing to know more about her lineage, which strains her relationship with Matthew and Marilla. [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 8:31 PM - 10 comments

Book: The Little Ice Age

The Little Ice Age tells the fascinating story of the turbulent, unpredictable, and often very cold years of modern European history. Using sources ranging from the dates of long-ago wine harvests and the business records of medieval monasteries to modern chemical analysis of ice cores, renowned archaeologist Brian Fagan reveals how a 500-year cold snap began in the fourteenth century. As Fagan shows, the increasingly cold and stormy weather dramatically altered fishing and farming practices, and it shaped familiar events, from Norse exploration to the settlement of North America, from the French Revolution to the Irish potato famine to the Industrial Revolution. Now updated with a new preface discussing the latest historical climate research, The Little Ice Age offers deeply important context for understanding today's age of global warming. As the Little Ice Age shows, climate change does not come in gentle, easy stages, and its influence on human life is profound.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 8:53 AM - 5 comments

Project Runway: The Ultimate Upcycle  Season 18, Episode 4

Mega-stylist to the stars, Karla Welch is here to guest-mentor the designers and she’s got a job for them – dress her client: the one and only Karlie Kloss! Karla’s got a twist though, the materials used to design the look will be donated clothing from a local Goodwill, making this Project Runway’s first upcycling challenge. The designers will need to be resourceful, sustainable, and fast because it’s also their first one day challenge. One designer’s dreams will come true with the chance to dress a supermodel while another will be all out of second chances in this second-hand challenge. [more inside]
posted by kanata at 8:52 AM - 12 comments

January 2

You: Season 2 (Full Season)  Season 2 (Full Season)

In the second season, Joe Goldberg moves from New York to Los Angeles to escape his past, and starts over with a new identity. When he meets avid chef Love Quinn, Joe begins falling into his old patterns of obsession and violence.
posted by The Gooch at 9:58 PM - 9 comments

Movie: The Departed

To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:17 PM - 7 comments

Letterkenny: Season 8  Season 8 (Full Season)

So you were watching the latest season of Letterkenny with yr pals the other daaaaayyy.... [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 5:09 PM - 15 comments

Infinity Train: The Black Market Car  Season 2, Episode 1

Looking to be her own person and not a reflection, Mirror Tulip or "MT" (sporting a complete makeover) ventures through the Infinity Train, experiencing the vast array of worlds within the cars. But for someone who has broken the rules of the Mirror Car, such a life means being on the run from the law, who would love nothing more than to grind her into literal dust... [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 4:42 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Zama

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the king that will grant him a transfer from the town, in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate, and he must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to submissively accept every task entrusted to him by successive governors, who come and go as he stays behind. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 2:26 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Cop Car

A small-town sheriff (Kevin Bacon) sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:42 PM - 4 comments

January 1

Movie: Transit

In an attempt to flee Nazi-occupied France, Georg assumes the identity of a dead author but soon finds himself stuck in Marseilles, where he falls in love with Maria, a young woman searching for her missing husband. Directed by Christian Petzold. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 11:17 PM - 2 comments

Doctor Who: Spyfall, Part 1  Season 12, Episode 1

Intelligence agents around the world are under attack from alien forces, so MI6 turn to the only people who can help: the Doctor and friend. As they travel the globe looking for answers, attacks come from all sides. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:06 PM - 32 comments

Dracula: Dracula (2020)  Books Included   Season 1 (Full Season)

Moffat & Gatiss return with a three-part "adaptation" of Dracula on BBC One and Netflix. [more inside]
posted by betweenthebars at 3:42 PM - 41 comments

Oh My Ghost!: Oh My Ghostess (Oh Naui Gwishinnim) - all episodes  Season 1 (Full Season)

Timid Na Bong Sun gets possessed by the ghost of a confident young woman who seeks to solve her one unfinished business by hooking up with Bong Sun's boss, famous chef Kang Sun Woo. (Netflix US, tvN Korea) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:11 AM - 2 comments

December 31

Movie: The Muppet Movie (1979)

Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection; the lovers, the dreamers and me
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:52 PM - 10 comments

The Repair Shop: First Two Seasons  All Seasons

Expert artisans restore timeworn family heirlooms with touching sentimental value while also uncovering their uniquely rich histories. The depth of experience here is quite amazing, including painting and ceramics conservators, experts in woodworking, metalworking, clocks and gramophones, pinball machines, teddy bears, stained glass, music boxes, and more. If you have a damaged antique family heirloom, chances are this crew can fix it. On BBC ONE and Netflix [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 4:20 PM - 16 comments

Leverage: The Miracle Job  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 6

Nate helps his old friend Father Paul stop the demolition of his church. His means however, a fake miracle, are a lot less holy than his ends. [more inside]
posted by snerson at 4:09 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Bridesmaids

2011 American comedy film directed by Paul Feig, written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, and produced by Judd Apatow. The plot centers on Annie (Wiig), who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend, Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph.
posted by growabrain at 3:14 PM - 15 comments

Movie: Honeyland

A woman utilises ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of Macedonia. When a neighbouring family tries to do the same, it becomes a source of tension as they disregard her wisdom and advice. Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 10:43 AM - 2 comments

Movie: For Sama

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. [more inside]
posted by chill at 7:30 AM - 2 comments

December 30

Movie: Sweetheart

Jenn (Kiersey Clemons) has washed ashore on a small tropical island. It doesn't take her long to realize she is completely alone. She must spend her days not only surviving the elements, but must also fend off the malevolent force that comes out each night. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:13 PM - 3 comments

Book: Normal People

Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation—awkward but electrifying—something life changing begins. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:07 AM - 7 comments

Movie: Memories of Murder

1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about a serial murderer grow louder. A special task force is set up in the area, with two local detectives Park Doo-Man and Jo Young-Goo joined by a detective from Seoul who requested to be assigned to the case.
posted by ruben at 8:50 AM - 5 comments