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August 17

Book: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

"Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she's black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride—no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away." [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 6:40 AM - 0 comments

August 16

Six Feet Under: The Eye Inside  Season 3, Episode 3

A young woman pursued by three aggressively cat calling young men runs into the street only to realize that they're her friends and are playing a "joke" on her... and that she's standing directly in the path of an oncoming vehicle. Keith and David spend the weekend at a resort. Ruth goes hiking and shopping with her new friend Bettina. Claire begins a new studio class with an inspiring new instructor, and reluctantly decides she and Phil have irreconcilable differences. Lisa has finally had all she can take of Carol's neurotic demands. Rico finds it difficult to separate thoughts of his family from his work, and Nate tries to find time for himself away from both family and work. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 9:16 PM - 0 comments

A Black Lady Sketch Show: 3rd & Bonaparte Is Always in the Shade  Season 1, Episode 3

Asia is shocked by a very public, very unexpected marriage proposal from her new boyfriend DeWayne. New recruits talk about their goals and expectations at a gang orientation. A church service devolves when congregants take to the mic with self-centered motivations. Dr. Haddassah Olayinka Ali-Youngman turns a toast at her sister's wedding into a teachable moment. (also a 227 reboot, and the continuing 'After the Event' sketch) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 9:15 PM - 0 comments

Killjoys: A Bout, A Girl  Season 5, Episode 5

Dutch enters the deadly Supermax prison fights for a chance to take over the entire ship. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:29 PM - 0 comments

Movie: Outlander

During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry.
posted by porpoise at 7:51 PM - 1 comment

Lodge 49: All Circles Vanish  Season 2, Episode 1

The pool shop is under new ownership. Dud recuperates while searching for Ernie. Ernie deals with the aftermath of his adventure. Liz seeks additional finances, while Connie finds herself in a new, supportive environment. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:16 AM - 4 comments

Perpetual Grace, LTD: Fiveever  Season 1, Episode 8

Pa and Ma face off new obstacles, as James faces his own set of hurdles in Half Acre, namely a ranger, an undertaker, and an orphaned son. Also, more on the magical art of Hunkering Down, and The Little Cabin That is Totally Not Scary But Rather is Oh So Filled with Fun and Safety And You Can Stay Here for Three Whole Days and be So Safe and Very Merry.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:11 AM - 0 comments

August 15

Elementary: The Last Bow  Season 7, Episode 13

Series finale: Holmes and Watson battle with tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach; and receive word of their old enemy and Sherlock's former love, Jamie Moriarty.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:06 PM - 8 comments

August 14

Mystery Science Theater 3000: GAMERA  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 2

Rewatch! Up in the arctic, atomic tests run by Major Curley awaken a huge, slumbering giant from the deep... if you thought, "oh it's okay, it's just a big turtle," you might be surprised by the havoc it raises. Meanwhile, a sad sad kid in Japan is obsessed with his pet turtle, so his parents take it away from him, making him even more sad. Oh, how will their stories converge. First of the Gamera series. Other than perhaps Gamera vs. Barugon, the only Gamera without kids in it, this may be the one that plays it the straightest, without goofy enemy monsters, the Gamera theme song or other ridiculous elements. It's not terrible as a monster movie, but that subplot with Kenny pushes it over the edge into ludicrousness. Previously
posted by JHarris at 9:24 PM - 1 comment

Succession: The Summer Palace  Season 2, Episode 1

Kendall tries to make amends with his dad for his takeover attempt betrayal. Logan receives some unvarnished advice from his banker about the next best move for Waystar Royco. As Tom maneuvers for a new position in the company, Shiv tries to determine whether Logan is playing mind games regarding his successor.
posted by JimBennett at 2:26 PM - 3 comments

August 13

The Handmaid's Tale: Mayday  Season 3, Episode 13

With her plan in place, June reaches the point of no return on her bold strike against Gilead; Serena Joy and Commander Waterford attempt to find their way forward in their new lives.
posted by roolya_boolya at 10:57 PM - 47 comments

Six Feet Under: You Never Know  Season 3, Episode 2

A disgruntled former employee walks into his old workplace with a shotgun and murders three ex-colleagues, then himself. Fisher & Diaz handles the funerals of one of the victims and the gunman, much to Rico’s disapproval. Ruth is called to the bedside of her sister Sarah, who is going through Vicodin withdrawal under the stern eye of her friend Bettina. Nate and Lisa disagree on Q-tip technique and laundry detergent, bond over their irritation with Carol, and invite Keith and David to dinner. Claire learns her new thing with Phil is less of a thing than she thought. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 9:23 PM - 1 comment

Book: The Art of Fermentation

"The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners." [more inside]
posted by aniola at 9:19 AM - 2 comments

Critical Role: Manifold Morals  Season 2, Episode 74

Joined by a new, lawful ally, the Mighty Nein delve deeper into the disks of Uthodurn in their search for mithril and the whereabouts of a white dragon... (guest starring Mica Burton!)
posted by booksherpa at 9:17 AM - 4 comments

Legion: Chapter 27  Season 3, Episode 8

The end of the end
posted by nequalsone at 7:26 AM - 18 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 472: Public Domain LASIK Voicemails

We have been smashed to pieces by our recent viewing of Hobbs and Shaw, which may explain the somewhat punch-drunk nature of today's episode. It's also possible we've been sprayed with some kind of Jason Statham neurotoxin. In either case: Enjoy! Suggested talking points: 5DXXX, Neighbor Lube, Buying Money, Potential Golf Family, Secret Chicken Debut, Chinning, Fun Facts
posted by Tevin at 6:22 AM - 4 comments

August 12

Star Trek: Enterprise: Extinction  Season 3, Episode 3

An Away mission goes poorly. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 12:50 AM - 10 comments

August 11

Movie: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

On Halloween night in 1968, three teenagers in the small town of Mill Valley, Pennsylvania—horror-obsessed amateur writer Stella and her friends Auggie and Chuck—play a prank on school bully Tommy Milner and evade him with the help of drifter Ramon. The group decides to explore a local haunted house which belonged to the Bellows family who helped found the town. Inside they find a secret room and a book of scary stories belonging to Sarah Bellows who is not in any family photographs. Are the scary stories tell about Sarah and her stories true? Based on the children's horror story collections of the same name. Produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro. Directed by André Øvredal (Trollhunter).
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:05 PM - 2 comments

Podcast: The Report: Part IV: A Tale of Two Trump Towers

As the Russians were engaged in operations to hack and dump emails, the Trump campaign and its associates were in communication with Wikileaks about the distribution of stolen materials. But that's far from the whole story of the Trump campaign's connections to Russia during the 2016 election. As Special Counsel Robert Mueller began to piece together the rest of that story, his investigation came to focus on two Trump Towers. The first is Trump Tower Moscow. Beginning all the way back in 2013 and through the spring of 2016, the Trump organization is pursuing a project to build a skyscraper in Russia. For a long time, the plans for Trump Tower Moscow had gone nowhere. But when Donald Trump announces he is running for president, things start to get interesting.
posted by General Malaise at 12:41 PM - 1 comment

Movie: The Kitchen

The wives of New York gangsters in Hell's Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands' rackets after they're locked up in prison. [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 12:15 PM - 8 comments

Book: Trees in Paradise

California now has more trees than at any time since the late Pleistocene. This green landscape, however, is not the work of nature. It's the work of history. In the years after the Gold Rush, American settlers remade the California landscape, harnessing nature to their vision of the good life. Horticulturists, boosters, and civic reformers began to "improve" the bare, brown countryside, planting millions of trees to create groves, wooded suburbs, and landscaped cities. They imported the blue-green eucalypts whose tangy fragrance was thought to cure malaria. They built the lucrative "Orange Empire" on the sweet juice and thick skin of the Washington navel, an industrial fruit. They lined their streets with graceful palms to announce that they were not in the Midwest anymore. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:50 AM - 4 comments

Wu Assassins: Season 1 (Full Season)  Season 1 (Full Season)

Yesterday, he dreamed of owning a food truck.Today, he's humanity's last hope. He's the Chosen One -- and the last hero of his kind. (Netflix Original) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:37 AM - 5 comments

August 10

Book: Evvie Drake Starts Over

From MeFi’s own Linda_Holmes comes a heartfelt debut about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game.
posted by Etrigan at 3:53 PM - 4 comments

GLOW: Say Yes  Season 3 (Full Season)

The third season of Netflix's GLOW was released on August 9, 2019. [more inside]
posted by box at 11:15 AM - 28 comments

Movie: Await Further Instructions

A family's Christmas takes a strange turn when they awake to find themselves trapped inside and begin receiving mysterious instructions through the television.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:53 AM - 4 comments

Movie: Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling

After 20 years in space, Rocko returns to a technologically advanced O-Town and makes it his mission to get his favorite show back on the air. [more inside]
posted by riruro at 8:32 AM - 5 comments

A Black Lady Sketch Show: Your Boss Knows You Don't Have Eyebrows  Season 1, Episode 2

A perpetually-late-to-work Shayla decides to forgo her morning makeup routine, to her coworker Toni's dismay. Trinity the Invisible Spy hunts down The Reclues, an elusive villain with a surprising identity. An array of average, awkward contestants perform before a panel of judges at the Basic Ball. Security guard Fatimah helps an office worker investigate who stole her missing mug. Robin, Quinta, and Gabrielle uncover a shocking truth about Ashley's nighttime ritual. (plus a wedding vow sketch) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 6:40 AM - 6 comments

Book: The Departure

Text: A badly-done-to super-genius gets his revenge on, and freedom from, the totalitarian world government by escaping IIIIIN SPAAAAACE. Subtext: Neal Asher grabbing you by the shirt collar and screaming THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU VOTE LABOUR! [more inside]
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 6:23 AM - 2 comments

Killjoys: Ship Outta Luck  Season 5, Episode 4

The Killjoy trio must figure out a way to break out from an inescapable maximum security prison. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:44 AM - 4 comments

Movie: Norma Rae

Though already in decline in the US, union membership was still close to 30% in 1973 when Crystal Lee Sutton (then Crystal Lee Jordan), a 33 year old mother of three, faced retaliation for her efforts to organize the textile mill where she had worked since age 17. Her actions were part of an ongoing struggle by activists and workers to unionize the J.P. Stevens plant in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, where three generations of Sutton’s family had toiled for low pay under poor working conditions. Before she left the plant, she made a final stand that would be immortalized in film. [more inside]
posted by theory at 1:25 AM - 4 comments

August 9

Book: The Planetary Omnibus

Planetary has been hailed as a timeless story that turned modern superhero conventions on their heads. Written by Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan) and with stunning art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men), this critically acclaimed, landmark series took a look at the inter-dimensional peace-keeping force known as Planetary. The trio on the ground includes Elijah Snow, a hundred-year-old man, Jakita Wagner, an extremely powerful woman, and The Drummer, a man with the ability to communicate with machines. Tasked with tracking down evidence of super-human activity, these mystery archaeologists uncover unknown paranormal secrets and histories, such as a World War II supercomputer that can access other universes, a ghostly spirit of vengeance, and a lost island of dying monsters.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:55 PM - 7 comments

Six Feet Under: Perfect Circles  Season 3, Episode 1

Nate has brain surgery, the surgery does not go smoothly, and his brain flashes through various possible outcomes for the surgery and his reality. Then, seven months post-surgery, he and Lisa settle into married life together and cope with Lisa's crazy boss, Ruth revels in being a grandmother, Rico flexes his business partner muscles, David and Keith try couples counselling, David tries out for a gay men's chorus, Claire is unenthused about art school, agrees to drive a body to the crematorium, and meets a musically inclined crematorium employee. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:26 PM - 3 comments

The Letdown: Season 2  Season 2 (Full Season)

New mom Audrey continues in the pathos of early parenthood. Australian series on Netflix. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 1:11 PM - 1 comment

August 8

Movie: 101 Dalmatians

When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella de Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 11:46 PM - 14 comments

Wu Assassins: Drunken Watermelon  Season 1, Episode 1

A botched restaurant order makes Kai a target of Triad members, who are unaware of his family connections -- and his new status as the Wu Assassin. (Netflix Original) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 8:23 PM - 10 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 33

The Department of Unexplained Phenomena's grip on Kepler's topside begins to loosen as The Pine Guard attempts to infiltrate their compound. A deadline approaches. The Quell is waiting.
posted by Tevin at 9:33 AM - 3 comments

August 7

Mystery Science Theater 3000: POD PEOPLE  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 3

Rewatch! Deep in the northwestern woods somewhere is a house in which lives a lonely boy with way too many pets. His newest pet, however, is from a species with serious aggression problems. Oh also there are poachers in the woods. Oh and there's some singers in town who are vacationing in those same woods. It stinks! Pod People, shown early in Season 3, is a hugely iconic episode of MST3K, and "It stinks!" quickly became one of the shows many, many catchphrases. And I think we can all agree: the pet alien from this movie would make a better president than our current one. Previously.
posted by JHarris at 4:45 PM - 7 comments

Movie: Riddick

Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick (Vin Diesel) finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 1:46 PM - 7 comments

Movie: The Chronicles of Riddick

After escaping the dark planet, Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) has been in hiding for five years, evading most of the bounty hunters and mercenaries. Riddick is reunited with Imam (Keith David), the man he rescued. Imam believes Riddick is a Furian, a race of warriors long thought extinct, and wants to know about his homeworld and if anyone other than himself is left. Recaptured by Toombs (Nick Chinlund), Riddick is taken to Crematoria, a harsh subterranean prison moon, where Jack (Alexa Davalos), a girl Riddick rescued, was reported to have been sent. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 1:39 PM - 17 comments

Movie: Pitch Black

Pitch Black is a 2000 American science fiction action film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. Dangerous criminal Richard B. Riddick (Diesel) is being transported to prison in a spacecraft. When the spaceship is damaged by comet debris and makes an emergency crash landing on an empty desert planet, Riddick escapes. However, when predatory alien creatures begin attacking the survivors, Riddick joins forces with the surviving crew and other passengers to develop a plan to escape the planet. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 11:05 AM - 20 comments

Six Feet Under: The Last Time  Season 2, Episode 13

Aaron Buchbinder, the cancer patient Nate had been visiting, dies, and Nate accompanies his body to the crematorium as requested, then schedules his long-postponed embolism, and takes care of some other neglected business. Keith surrenders Taylor to the care of his parents and is too wrapped up in his own problems to be there for David. A government inspection finds that Fisher & Sons needs an expensive drainage upgrade, and Rico seizes the opportunity to make Nate and David a business proposition. Claire has her art school interview. Ruth quits the flower business to become a more involved grandmother. Brenda gives group therapy a shot. And Nate heads into surgery. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:50 AM - 1 comment

The Handmaid's Tale: Sacrifice   Season 3, Episode 12

Gilead leadership is rocked by losses of their own; Luke and Moira adjust to new arrivals in Canada; A tragedy strikes the Lawrence household.
posted by roolya_boolya at 9:53 AM - 29 comments

August 6

Legion: Chapter 26  Season 3, Episode 7

Everyone is someone, David.
posted by artlung at 11:02 AM - 8 comments

Movie: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.
posted by sperose at 10:04 AM - 17 comments

Alternatino with Arturo Castro: Season One  Season 1 (Full Season)

In this sketch series, Arturo Castro attempts to navigate life as a Latin millennial in the U.S. Satirizing everything from modern dating to American culture to politics, Alternatino brings a fresh point of view to the Latinx experience. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:35 AM - 5 comments

Euphoria: Season 1 discussion  Season 1 (Full Season)

Euphoria follows "a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship." [more inside]
posted by KTamas at 6:36 AM - 6 comments

August 5

Book: Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1 Path of Doom

He was the world’s greatest hero. Then the world he knew was wiped from existence. Escaping with his wife and son, Superman fled to a strange new version of Earth. There he worked in the shadows and watched as a different Superman—younger, less experienced, but every bit as heroic—defended his planet. That young hero died, and now the original Man of Steel is ready to step forward and replace him. But he’s not ready for what comes next. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:17 PM - 1 comment

Book: Superman Vol. 1 The Unity Saga: Phantom Earth

It's Superman's job to keep the Earth safe, no matter what, but when the entire planet is mysteriously transplanted into the Phantom Zone, the prison dimension built to hold Krypton's most dangerous criminals, it may be more than Superman and even the Justice League can handle. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:40 PM - 2 comments

Critical Role: Uthodern  Season 2, Episode 73

Live from Indianapolis, the Mighty Nein journey through the Greying Wildlands to Uthodurn, in hopes of finding someone who can reforge the Star Razor...
posted by booksherpa at 12:16 PM - 5 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 471: Face 2 Face: The Fraternity of Bones

We spent pretty much all of last week on Island Time, which means we didn't have time to record our japes and post them online for you, our dear friends. Instead, please enjoy this VILE episode that we did in Cleveland, a city that we ruined, with our filth.
posted by Tevin at 10:58 AM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Enterprise: Anomaly  Rewatch   Season 3, Episode 2

Enterprise is attacked by pirates in the Expanse. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 10:46 AM - 9 comments

Podcast: The Report: Part III: The Campaign & The Leaks

It's July 27, 2016. Donald Trump has just given a press conference during which he suggests that Russia hack Hillary Clinton and release the 30,000 allegedly missing emails from her private email server. The Russians, unbeknownst to people in the United States, appear to take the request seriously and hour later begin cyber-attacking Clinton's private office for the first time. Privately, Trump has instructions for his top aides: He repeatedly asks individuals affiliated with his Campaign to find the deleted Clinton emails too. His national security adviser, Michael Flynn, says Trump made this request repeatedly. And so Flynn acts on it, teaming up with a shadowy Republican political operative in an ill-fated attempt to track down a trove of Clinton emails from Russian hackers
posted by General Malaise at 9:40 AM - 1 comment

Movie: Sword of Trust

Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War. [more inside]
posted by Harry Caul at 9:23 AM - 0 comments

August 4

Archer: Robert De Niro  Season 10, Episode 9

Season Finale: When a trial turns into a party it can only mean that Barry-6 has returned [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz at 11:56 PM - 8 comments

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Sign / New Life  Season 6, Episode 12

With time running short, the team has to go to hell to stop the end of everything. (Two-parter in some locations.)
posted by rednikki at 9:11 PM - 14 comments

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 3  Season 3 (Full Season)

he-Ra and the Princesses of Power follows Adora, an orphan raised by the Horde. This evil army is led by Hordak, who rules the planet Etheria with an iron fist. One day, after getting lost in the woods, Adora finds a magic sword that transforms her into the Princess of Power, She-Ra. After realizing the suffering that the Horde has inflicted on Etheria and its inhabitants, Adora joins the Resistance in the fight against the Horde through rebuilding the Princess Alliance, a group of other magical girls that once all opposed Hordak. Adora's newfound allegiance to the Resistance pits her against her former best friend Catra, whose sense of abandonment, malicious ambitions, and the disappearance of her former friend enables her to rise in the ranks of the Horde to become the new heroine's mortal enemy.
posted by snerson at 6:18 PM - 24 comments

A Black Lady Sketch Show: Angela Bassett Is the Baddest B***h  Season 1, Episode 1

Two women seek an escape from an ominous fog. 1960s soul group Claude and The Boppers perform their hit song "Ice Cream Shop." A world-renowned author and "philosophizer" promotes her latest masterclass. Maya's confession in a support group gets a less-than-supportive response. Trinity, the Invisible Spy, meets a formidable adversary. (HBO broadcast premiere) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 12:38 PM - 10 comments

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted: Season One (All Episodes)  Season 1 (Full Season)

Gordon Ramsay travels around the world meeting with indigenous people to learn about their foods and cultures. In each location, he harvests new ingredients and samples new dishes. He also teams up with local legends to cook feasts to present to the native peoples.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:40 AM - 8 comments

August 3

Swamp Thing: Loose Ends  Season 1, Episode 10

The series wraps up with its final episode.
posted by sardonyx at 9:38 PM - 4 comments

Book: The Man of Steel

Only Superman and Supergirl stand between Rogol Zaar and the utter annihilation of the Kryptonian race. Meanwhile, Kal-El faces a completely different challenge in his adopted home city of Metropolis, where Clark Kent still lives and works--but without his wife and son. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:59 PM - 3 comments