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February 18

Young Rock: Working the Gimmick   Season 1, Episode 1

As Dwayne Johnson runs for president in 2032, he reflects on his life that's shaped him into the man he is today, from growing up in a resilient family, to navigating rebellious teen years, to playing NCAA football.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:55 AM - 5 comments

February 17

The Watch: Better to Light a Candle  Season 1, Episode 8

Carcer has everything he needs to destroy the city. Can the Watch save it?
posted by miss-lapin at 10:17 PM - 1 comment

Movie: Aliens

Fifty-seven years after surviving an alien loose aboard her ship, first officer Ripley finds herself returning to the planet where she first encountered the creature. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama at 8:50 PM - 50 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TEEN-AGE STRANGLER  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 14

Rewatch! Someone's strangling teen girls and the blame falls on members a local gang. This is the movie with Mikey, the object of some scorn by the space-trapped human and his automated mocking machines. Has the short "Is This Love?", and you can just imagine how they treat that one. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 9:41 AM - 1 comment

Book: Earthlings

Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata's first novel to be translated from Japanese to English, received glowing reviews for its portrayal of a woman who rejects the values of her family-oriented social class and finds her niche working in a convenience store. Now comes Earthlings. As one reviewer puts it:" The two books might be seen as siblings, though Earthlings would definitely be the evil twin." [more inside]
posted by BibiRose at 6:16 AM - 1 comment

Taskmaster: Series 2  Season 2 (Full Season)

Contestants are Doc Brown, Joe Wilkinson, Jon Richardson, Katherine Ryan, and Richard Osman. Come to watch a man throw a potato, stay for an inanimate object that looks like someone, be rewarded by watching them hide the pineapple. All episodes are on the Taskmaster channel on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:31 AM - 12 comments

February 15

Movie: For Love of the Game

After 19 years of playing the game he's loved his whole life, Detroit Tigers pitcher Billy Chapel has to decide if he's going to risk everything and put everything out there. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 11:37 PM - 2 comments

Movie: Romancing the Stone

A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama at 7:55 PM - 23 comments

Book: Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

“Wintering is a season in the cold. It is a fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress, or cast into the role of an outsider. Perhaps it results from an illness or a life event such as a bereavement or the birth of a child; perhaps it comes from a humiliation or failure....However it arrives, wintering is usually involuntary, lonely, and deeply painful.” Katherine May's memoir, Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times, reflects on what she has learned about this life season: not avoidance, but acceptance of its inevitability, and the ways she has found to soften its impact. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:33 PM - 2 comments

Critical Role: The Neverending Day  Season 2, Episode 125

Having escaped the frozen fields of Eiselcross, the Mighty Nein search for allies and assets to help them in their fight against the nine eyes...
posted by nubs at 3:33 PM - 4 comments

The Head: Entire Series  Season 1 (Full Season)

Winter has fallen on the South Pole. The sun will soon disappear for the next six months. A small team, known as the Winterers, will remain at the Polaris VI Antarctic Research Station to continue their innovative research, a crucial part in the fight against climate change, under the command of renowned biologist Arthur Wilde (John Lynch). But when spring comes, summer commander Johan Berg (Alexander Willaume) returns to the station only to find the entire team are either dead or missing. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:15 AM - 2 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Identity Crisis  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 18

Something is luring a former away team back to the planet they once investigated five years ago – an away team that La Forge was a part of. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 9:37 AM - 18 comments

The Great Pottery Throw Down: Terracotta Cookware & Engraved Tiles  Season 4, Episode 6

It's Terracotta Week and the remaining potters are tasked with making their own range of cookware, before judge Rich Miller sets a second terracotta challenge to engrave tiles.
posted by ellieBOA at 12:33 AM - 5 comments

February 14

Movie: Saint Maud

Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient. [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast at 11:30 PM - 9 comments

The Great North: Avocado Barter Adventure  Season 1, Episode 3

Wolf tries to find Honeybee the perfect gift for their six-month anniversary, while Judy interviews her for the school newspaper and learns about her early years in Fresno.
posted by ellieBOA at 10:58 PM - 0 comments

The Great North: Feast of Not People Adventure  Season 1, Episode 2

Judy learns that Ham's been keeping a secret from her, while the rest of the family participates in a town festival.
posted by ellieBOA at 10:57 PM - 0 comments

The Great North: Sexi Moose Adventure  Season 1, Episode 1

The Tobins' plan to celebrate Judy's 16th birthday on their fishing boat goes awry when a moose breaks into their home.
posted by ellieBOA at 10:56 PM - 3 comments

Small Axe: Lovers Rock  Season 1, Episode 2

Lovers Rock is a 2020 romance film directed by Steve McQueen and co-written by McQueen and Courttia Newland. It stars Micheal Ward and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn as two lovers who meet at a reggae house party in 1980 in West London. The film was released as part of the anthology series Small Axe.
posted by latkes at 9:09 PM - 4 comments

Saturday Night Live: Regina King / Nathaniel Rateliff  Season 46, Episode 12

First-time host. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 4:15 PM - 13 comments

Book: Slough House, by Mick Herron

At Slough House, Brexit has taken a toll. The slow horses have been pushed further into the cold, Slough House has been erased from official records, and its members are dying in unusual circumstances, at an unusual clip. No wonder Jackson Lamb’s crew is feeling paranoid. But are they actually targets? With a new populist movement taking hold of London’s streets and the old order ensuring that everything’s for sale to the highest bidder, the world’s a dangerous place for those deemed surplus. Jackson Lamb and the slow horses are in a fight for their lives as they navigate dizzying layers of lies, power, and death.
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:11 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Scare Me

Frustrated wannabe writer Fred (Josh Ruben) holes up in a cabin in hopes of getting something done. During a power outage, Fred and Fanny (Aya Cash of The Boys and You're the Worst) the tenant of a neighboring cabin tell each other scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in the dark of a Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear: Fanny is the better storyteller. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:30 AM - 7 comments

Movie: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time - ever. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 9:51 AM - 6 comments

Movie: Judas and the Black Messiah

The story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 8:42 AM - 5 comments

Can't Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World (Full Series)  All Seasons

Love, power, money, ghosts of empire, conspiracies, artificial intelligence – and you. Dystopia revisited, through the mind of Adam Curtis. [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 4:11 AM - 3 comments

February 13

Movie: Scare Package

Chad, the owner of Rad Chad's Horror Emporium, recounts a series of bone-chilling, blood-splattered tales to illustrate the rules of the horror genre to his newest employee. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:43 PM - 3 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #173 The Test Kitchen, Chapter 2

Chapter 2, "Glass Office": Years later, in 2018, a new wave of people of color arrives at Bon Appétit. And when their white bosses don't understand the problems they're facing, those people will decide to fix the place themselves. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 5:51 AM - 18 comments

February 12

Kim's Convenience: Tennis Anyone?   Season 5, Episode 4

Umma and Appa try to fit in at an upscale tennis court. Shannon helps Omar deal with his over-eager family. Janet misjudges a co-worker. [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 9:23 PM - 2 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #172 The Test Kitchen, Chapter 1

In the summer of 2020, Bon Appétit faced an online reckoning. It imploded, seemingly overnight, former employees calling it a racist and toxic workplace. But the story of what actually happened there started ten years earlier. This is Chapter One, "Original Sin," of our series The Test Kitchen. This is chapter one of a four part series reported and presented by Sruthi Pinnamaneni. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 7:40 AM - 9 comments

The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears  Season 1, Episode 6

Britney Spears hasn't been able to fully live her own life for 13 years, stuck in a court-sanctioned conservatorship. A new documentary by The New York Times examines what the public might not know about the pop star's court battle with her father for control of her estate. It also explores the fervent fan base that is convinced Spears should be liberated from the conservatorship, and re-examines the media's handling of one of the biggest pop stars of all time. "Framing Britney Spears' premiered in the US on FX and Hulu.
posted by riruro at 6:04 AM - 4 comments

WandaVision: All-New Halloween Spooktacular!  Season 1, Episode 6

The Halloween special is here
posted by cendawanita at 5:47 AM - 133 comments

February 11

Movie: Ordinary People

Calvin, Beth, and their son Conrad are attempting to get back to normal after Conrad's return home from a psychiatric hospital. Conrad visits Dr. Berger who works with him to not push away his pain. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama at 9:19 PM - 12 comments

The Stand: The Circle Closes  Season 1, Episode 9

Limited series finale written by Stephen King. After seeing both the light and the dark, Frannie makes her stand. Air Date: Feb 10, 2021 [more inside]
posted by guiseroom at 6:49 AM - 10 comments

Taskmaster: Series 1  Season 1 (Full Season)

Greg Davies is the Taskmaster. Alex Horne is the Taskmaster's assistant. Contestants for series 1 are Frank Skinner, Josh Widdicombe, Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan, and Tim Key. All episodes (in the USA) are on the Taskmaster YouTube channel. [more inside]
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:19 AM - 20 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Night Terrors  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 17

Investigating a distress signal, the Enterprise crew discovers that everyone went insane in the Brattain. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:49 AM - 20 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 13

Rewatch! A brilliant scientist is thought of as "mad," and only because he saves his girlfriend's severed head when she is killed in a car crash, then keeps it alive by setting it in Neck Juice (TM), allowing her to befriend the terrible monster he keeps in his basement while he goes out trying to murder women to provide her with a donor body. But really, is that "mad?" Okay. Yeah, on further reflection I guess it is. Oh, and he has an assistant with his own weird issues. This is Mike Nelson's first episode as host of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 12:56 AM - 4 comments

February 10

Movie: Bloody Hell

When Rex stops a bank robbery, a video of his heroics makes him famous. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 9:49 PM - 2 comments

February 9

The Watch: Nowhere in the Multiverse  Books Included   Season 1, Episode 7

Vimes slips into an alternative universe where he is part of a jailbreak. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 10:27 PM - 5 comments

February 8

Critical Role: A Walk to Warmer Welcomes  Season 2 (Full Season)

Exhausted and hunted, the Mighty Nein search for sanctuary in Aeor while contemplating their own potential chess moves...
posted by nubs at 12:32 PM - 1 comment

A Place to Call Home: Season Five  Season 5 (Full Season)

Jumping ahead four years to 1958, season five looks at the changes in Australian society during that period, as cultural norms fall away, morals evolve, and the younger generation rejects the values of their elders and the continued focus on the War years. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:48 AM - 5 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Galaxy's Child  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 16

La Forge finds out that a scientist is hardly what he imagined her to be. Meanwhile, they must work together to save the child of a space-borne alien the Enterprise has accidentally killed. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 8:15 AM - 30 comments

Movie: Space Sweepers

Set in the year 2092 and follows the crew of a space junk collector ship called The Victory. When they discover a humanoid robot named Dorothy that's known to be a weapon of mass destruction, they get involved in a risky business deal. Available on Netflix. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 6:17 AM - 18 comments

The Great Pottery Throw Down: Music Legend Busts & Mini Musical Instruments  Season 4, Episode 5

It's Music Week and the remaining potters sculpt a life-like bust of a music legend, receive a surprise special message from an iconic artist, and make mini musical instruments.
posted by ellieBOA at 12:52 AM - 5 comments

February 7

Saturday Night Live: Dan Levy / Phoebe Bridgers  Season 46, Episode 11

900th episode. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 12:09 PM - 23 comments

Resident Alien: Homesick  Season 1, Episode 2

In his first week at the clinic, Harry struggles to diagnose a strange condition: human emotion. [more inside]
posted by Major Clanger at 5:27 AM - 7 comments

February 6

Movie: May the Devil Take You Too

Two years after escaping from a demonic terror, Alfie and Nara try to continue their lives, but Alfie is still haunted by feelings of guilt and unnatural visions. The sequel to Indonesian horror director Timo Tjahjanto's 2018 horror hit. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:13 PM - 0 comments

Special Event: Super Bowl LV + commercials

Kansas City Chiefs (Mahomes!) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Brady!). The Buccaneers will be the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium, and it's Brady's 10th Super Bowl. Only 25,000 people in a stadium which seats 65,000 people. Also there are commercials!
posted by jessamyn at 3:42 PM - 82 comments

Below Deck: Below Deck (all Seasons)  All Seasons

Below Deck (IMDB) is a workplace reality TV show that follows the lives of a crew on a mega-yacht during a season of short charters. Cramped quarters, wild parties obnoxious guests (Screenrant), and glamorous international locations, all proved a big draw for from season 1 in 2013 - up to an abrupt stop in season 8 when the show ran into... well...2020. The making and editing of the show is an interesting story in its own right - as a super-yacht is turned into a floating TV studio operating 24 hours a day (NYT). [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 8:51 AM - 15 comments

February 5

Movie: Psycho Goreman

After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding. (Trailer) [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 12:49 PM - 8 comments

Kim's Convenience: Appa & Linus  Season 5, Episode 3

Appa destroys a piece of Gerald's childhood. Umma misrepresents herself to her support group. Shannon gets in the way of Kimchee's plan to visit Jung in California. [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 9:26 AM - 1 comment

Book: The Farthest Shore

Darkness threatens to overtake Earthsea. As the world and its wizards are losing their magic, Ged—powerful Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord—embarks on a sailing journey with the highborn young prince, Arren. They travel far beyond the realm of death to discover the cause of these evil disturbances and to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it. (Book 3 of the Earthsea cycle) [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:20 AM - 5 comments

Movie: Collective

After a tragic fire in the Romanian club "Colectiv" in 2015, burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life threatening, and the resulting public outrage topples the government. This documentary follows the investigative journalists (from a sports daily) and a young pro tem Health Minister as they work to uncover fraud and reform the health care system, even a little bit. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 7:01 AM - 0 comments

WandaVision: 5. On a Very Special Episode...  Season 1, Episode 5

Welcome to the 80s! Billy and Tommy find a lost puppy, and learn an important lesson about responsibility. Vision has some questions about what is happening, though. [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero at 6:55 AM - 161 comments

February 4

Mystery Science Theater 3000: MITCHELL  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 12

Re-rewatch! Mitchell is a dull, stupid, unlikable cop. I mean, the movie even says that. The movie seems to be making the point that, all the smart cops would naturally be on the take, so we need dumb ones, and Mitchell, he's just the dumb cop we need. Then it goes and shows us the implications of that by following Mitchell around, like it's trying to tell us, "don't look away, this is necessary!" You could get a really dim view of human nature watching Mitchell. It makes for fine riffing though! This is also Joel's last episode as host of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris at 2:44 PM - 7 comments

The Stand: The Stand  Season 1, Episode 8

Risking everything, the Boulder travelers face off with Flagg's followers in New Vegas, among them a very different - and pregnant - Nadine. Air Date: Feb 3, 2021
posted by guiseroom at 8:54 AM - 14 comments

Star Trek: The Next Generation: First Contact  Rewatch   Season 4, Episode 15

This week on Sikla Medical Facility: Dr. Berel's job is at stake when a patient arrives with bizarre medical conditions like having fingers. Is he even a Malcorian—or a space alien? New Sikla, next daily broadcast…and maybe THEY are watching too! [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 5:36 AM - 15 comments

It's a Sin: It's a Sin  Season 1 (Full Season)

Drama from Russell T Davies about five friends living and loving in the shadow of AIDS. [more inside]
posted by chill at 4:45 AM - 10 comments

Movie: High Ground

In a bid to save the last of his family, Gutjuk, a young Aboriginal man, teams up with ex-soldier Travis to track down Baywara, the most dangerous warrior in the Territory, his uncle. [more inside]
posted by Thella at 2:14 AM - 1 comment

February 3

Movie: Night of the Kings

Set in Abidjan's MACA prison, the aging Black Beard, in attempt to maintain control over his fellow inmates, resorts to a story ritual, wherein one prisoner is forced to tell a story. But after the story ends, the story teller must die.
posted by miss-lapin at 1:22 PM - 3 comments

Movie: Life in a Day 2020

Putting out a global call, documentarist Kevin Macdonald asked people to document their lives on July 25th and send him the footage. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 9:46 AM - 1 comment

February 2

Movie: Violation

Miriam, who is in a strained marriage, spends the weekend with her sister and brother-in-law. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 9:03 PM - 1 comment