January 18

Posts for Oscar-nominated shorts programs?

Following the release of Oscar nominations, ShortsTV usually arranges theatrical and streaming releases of the films in the three shorts categories. I've made posts for these in the past, but the past two years I've run into technical issues. Are these posts worthwhile, and if so, can anyone suggest a good way to handle these? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:15 AM - 3 comments

January 16

Pony request: How to watch (TV)

Many of the shows discussed here sound really interesting, but we have no idea how to watch them. Is it on a network? Is it streaming? What network? What service? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 4:42 PM - 4 comments

January 11

Booklist for 2019

I thought I would share the books I’m planning on reading and posting about this year (so far) in case anyone wants to read along. Of course, anyone is welcome to post about these books and I’m sure some have been posted about before. [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 6:33 AM - 2 comments

January 9

You’re the Worst final season

So, the final season of You’re The Worst supposedly starts tonight, but I can’t seem to get it clear whether it’s going to be on FXX or that FX+ pay stream service. I looked at my cable listings yesterday and FXX didn’t show YtW tonight.
posted by Thorzdad at 2:41 PM - 2 comments

January 7

Rivers of London?

Pusskillian and I ended up vaguely contemplating a Rivers of London/Peter Grant novels book club independently, and I was wondering if there was anyone else who would be interested (she just finished her reread, I'm on my first read of Foxglove Summer) * How far apart should we post the books? Or just have one post for everything? * I'm sort of assuming that we want to include the novellas, but do we also want to include the graphic novels?
posted by dinty_moore at 5:01 PM - 6 comments

Indigenous Book Club?

I'm wondering if there's any interest in a FanFare bookclub that focuses on reading Indigenous writers. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 7:38 AM - 7 comments

January 4

Winter 2019 Anime Season

It is upon us, because time somehow continues to pass. Anichart, MyAnimeList [more inside]
posted by Sequence at 10:16 AM - 16 comments

January 3

Firefly rewatch?

My yarn shop is showing Firefly again by popular demand, so I figured I'd comment about it. Anyone else interested? It's been almost 4 years since the threads here were active. Would we do a new rewatch thread, or just repopulate the current open posts? (I'll be watching one episode a week starting mid-January.) [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 1:14 PM - 7 comments

January 2

Any interest in the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series by Sue Grafton?

As stated in the 2017 MetaFilter post, Sue Grafton was "a prolific author of detective novels known for an alphabetically titled series that began in 1982 with ‘A Is for Alibi’…” Her Kinsey Millhone books are quick, delightful and great fun to read. Would anybody be interested in finishing the alphabet with me? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 1:28 PM - 2 comments

December 19

Any interest in overthinking 'The Little Drummer Girl'?

This question refers specifically to the recent miniseries adaptation of the 1983 John le Carré novel of the same name. [more inside]
posted by myotahapea at 9:45 AM - 5 comments

December 6

Interest in a Tournament of Books club?

The Tournament of Books is a March-madness style match up of contemporary fiction. The actual competition starts in March, but the longlist is already posted and the shortlist will be announced in January. Would there be interest in a 2019 Tournament of Books book club? [more inside]
posted by tofu_crouton at 2:56 PM - 14 comments

November 28

No Activity (US or AUS)

Both versions are fantastic but Tim Meadows excels in the US version. The second US season just dropped. Any interest in a discussion or comparison of the two versions?
posted by jojo and the benjamins at 10:08 PM - 1 comment

November 27

GBBO - "Beginnings"

I just noticed yesterday that Netflix now has what its labeled "The Great British Baking Show - The Beginnings." The first episode (which I'm currently watching) is labeled "Season 1" but there are multiple statements that make it sound like it's not the actual first season. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 4:27 PM - 6 comments

November 21

Pony Idea: TV Episode Ranges

For new TV seasons that get dropped all at once, which is fairly common these days, episode-by-episode is too granular and spammy, but a whole season in one post is awkward for spoiled and unspoiled alike. I think posting half a season at a time would work pretty well for these shows, so being able to select a range of episodes for a post seems like a good idea. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 5:32 PM - 6 comments

November 15


I'm wondering if there's interest in discussing the ContraPoints YouTube videos and, secondarily, how it'd fit on FanFare. [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 10:04 AM - 24 comments

November 8

Romanian New Wave

I've been watching as many of these as I can get my hands on of late, as they are usually pretty terrific, if extremely bleak and dark. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, Graduation, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu... I'm probably going to be posting a fair number of these over the next few weeks and then wrapping up with an FPP when I run out of films. Anyone who would like to follow along can do so. I'll be posting under the #romanianfilm tag and including links on where to find the films wherever possible. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:43 AM - 4 comments

November 5

World Chess Championship

The World Chess Championship 2018 is an chess match between the reigning world champion since 2013, Magnus Carlsen, and challenger Fabiano Caruana to determine the World Chess Champion. [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey at 5:40 PM - 1 comment

November 3

House of Cards, Claire's season?

The final eight episodes are up on netflix. Most reviews are about offscreen politics and complaints - any metafilter fans who support #metoo and love the vicious Claire Underwood?
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 7:34 AM - 3 comments

November 2

What to do about the Good Place podcast?

The Good Place podcast is great and adds a ton of cool detail to the show. It comes out on Friday morning after the Thursday night episode. But is it okay to post about it in the episode Fanfare? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:24 PM - 17 comments

October 30

The Bechdel Cast?

Is anyone else listening to The Bechdel Cast, a podcast that looks at how women are portrayed in films? I feel like we could have some interesting conversations about the films and the podcast episodes about them, but you kinda need to have both seen the film in question and have heard the podcast, so participation would probably be super low. [more inside]
posted by ODiV at 12:12 PM - 2 comments

October 26


Anyone interested in a watch-through of Lexx? [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr at 7:13 AM - 13 comments

October 23

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown?

I tried looking but I haven't seen any conversational topics on it. I haven't watched the final season yet, mostly because I feel I'd find it hard to deal with since I'm still pretty shocked he's gone. Would anyone else be interested in watching the last season? I could also set it to the entire series, but I'm not sure what would work best for a show like this.
posted by yueliang at 2:20 PM - 1 comment

October 19

Mike Flanagan Appreciation Society

Given how fantastic The Haunting of Hill House is, I've been revisiting the other works of writer-director Mike Flanagan. They are consistently terrific. Anyone interested in a series of posts for Absentia, Before I Wake, Oculus, etc.?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:08 PM - 4 comments

October 18

Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix

There's a lot to love about Salt Fat Acid Heat, but when I try to add it to FanFare, I get this message: "The show that you requested currently exists on IMDB, but information about it is not yet available to us. We have added it to our queue and will approve it as soon as we can. Sorry about the delay." What does it mean that the info is not available? The IMDb listing seems complete.
posted by roger ackroyd at 3:51 PM - 3 comments

There She Goes - BBC4

This looks really interesting - "A young girl with a learning disability makes her way through life. " ... stars David Tennant (Doctor Who etc) and Jessica Hynes (Spaced, W1A). Anyone interested in a fanfare post for it?
posted by memebake at 11:55 AM - 1 comment

October 16

Dancing Queen?

Anyone interested in FanFare posts for Dancing Queen (Alyssa Edwards new show on Netflix)? I'd probably do just one post for the whole season since it's only 9 episodes.
posted by sperose at 7:46 AM - 3 comments

September 27

American Vandal Season 2 - Mrs. Wexler’s role

How did Mrs. Wexler play in to Kevin’s confession? [more inside]
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra at 7:46 AM - 4 comments

September 22

American Vandal Season 2 Grossout Factor

I am easily grossed out. I loved American Vandal season 1 but I hear season 2 is super gross. Can I get a judge's ruling on HOW gross? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:27 PM - 2 comments

September 21

Maniac on Netflix

Should we do a full season discussion or per episode?
posted by Catblack at 11:56 AM - 3 comments

September 20

Series Posts vs Individual Episodes

Is there any agreement on Binge-worthy series and if they merit a single entire series post, or do most people prefer individual episode posts? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 4:00 AM - 11 comments

September 9

Fall 2018 Anime Season

Time for another season of new shows for the upcoming Fall season. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 12:26 PM - 54 comments

September 7

The Flash TV - Inhumane prison - asking for a little spoiler

Does the show ever meaningfully address the inhumanity of their jail? I stopped somewhere in season 2 because the good guys should not be running a worse Gitmo. I imagine this has been addressed before, but the search function only brought up episode caps. I really dislike spoilers, but this I would need to know. It's okay if they don't - there's so much Supernatural I haven't got to yet. Thanks!
posted by turkeybrain at 10:48 AM - 7 comments

August 31

Creating a thread for an entire book series (trilogy)?

Apologies if it's been discussed before, but I couldn't find what the protocol would be for creating a thread for a book series rather than a single book (much like posting for a season rather than each episode), or if it would be better to post book-by-book. [more inside]
posted by typify at 1:59 PM - 2 comments

August 25

The Children Act (2017 movie, released 2018)

Legal drama adapted by Ian McEwan from his 2014 novel, starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Ffion Whitehead. Has this had a wide enough distribution to make it worth discussion here? It's just got a limited release in the UK, and I understand it's gone straight to streaming in the USA. (IMDB, BBC)
posted by Major Clanger at 2:13 PM - 1 comment

German language film/tv club?

Anyone interested in a biweekly/monthly club where we watch something in German and chat? Open to any genre/theme/vintage. [more inside]
posted by mrcrow at 11:20 AM - 10 comments

August 13

Lodge 49?

Heard Terry Gross interview the creator on NPR today and the show sounds cool.
posted by rhizome at 11:36 PM - 9 comments

August 11

BlackkKlansman, anyone?

Curious whether someone's already preparing a post for discussion for this. Just saw it and am curious to hear other thoughts.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:18 PM - 3 comments

August 6

The Next Voyage

There's been some talk of another Trek series rewatch now that our Voyager rewatch is wrapping up. So, as we did before, let's hash out some deets! [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:54 AM - 19 comments

August 3

Making It?

I wanted to suggest the Nick Offerman/Amy Poehler craft show, but it doesn't show up on IMDB so I can't officially do it.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:06 AM - 10 comments

July 15

Temporary TV doldrums

With so many good shows having ended their seasons in the past few months, are there any newer television-like-entertainment-products that people are liking? FFT include any streaming service. [more inside]
posted by sylvanshine at 5:31 PM - 26 comments

[Netflix] Any interest in Sacred Games season review?

Netflix first big budget Indian production and it is damn good. Sacred Games [more inside]
posted by KaizenSoze at 8:45 AM - 7 comments

July 6

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Surprise, surprise, another Friday the 13th is right around the corner, and with that another episode of the Friday the 13th slow burn movie club. I will post the movie to Fanfare next Friday, the 13th, so you have a week to watch if you are inclined. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 2:49 AM - 1 comment

July 3

Star Trek Discovery discussion

This thread about the S7 Voyager episode Prophecy sprawled into a discussion of Star Trek Discovery's merits and treatment of Klingons. I am moving it here to allow broader discussion. All aired Star Trek should be considered fair game here. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 7:29 PM - 7 comments

July 2


I wanna discuss Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette, y’all. Do Netflix specials get classified as TV or movies?
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 4:27 AM - 7 comments

June 30

Interest in "Kiss Me First"?

I just saw the first episode. of Netflix Original "Kiss Me First". It's based on a YA novel of the same name, but they added in some VR elements (makes for better TV I guess, but it's not the main point of the show). Great camera work, writing, and acting - watch the first two minutes and see how the director can say so much with just a simple camera pull - had me hooked for the whole ep. Any interest in an episode by episode or even just a "Full Series watch"?
posted by Mogur at 8:35 AM - 5 comments

June 20

Summer 2018 Anime Season

Summer lineup on MyAnimeList and AniChart. I predict there will be punching, zapping, transformations, power ups, and scenes of people waxing rhapsodic about the freshly served food they just bit into. Anything look good to you? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 1:48 AM - 34 comments

June 6

Plus Ultra! (My Hero Academia Interest Post)

Wondering if there's enough people watching My Hero Academia (currently available on crunchyroll [memail me if you want a guest pass]). If you don't know it's an anime about a superhero high school in Japan. It looks at themes of what it means to be a hero (and a villain) in a world filled with super powers. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw at 7:59 AM - 7 comments

June 5

After El Ministerio del Tiempo... ?

I'm enjoying watching El Ministerio del Tiempo with y'all. I've been watching it partially to help with my Spanish, and I'd like to find another equally addicting Spanish-language show to watch when we're through. Would anyone be interested in joining me? If so, does anyone have recommendations? Someone told me that Money Heist / La Casa de Papel was great, but I know nothing about it. [more inside]
posted by tofu_crouton at 6:25 PM - 9 comments

June 1

Break out your space blanket ponchos, Better Call Saul fans

The show is coming back August 6th, per this AV Club article. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 12:07 PM - 5 comments

May 27

Cowboy Bebop: 20th Anniversary

CB was originally run in 1998 and it is 2018 and that seems like a good point for a rewatch! [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 9:13 PM - 17 comments

The Break with Michelle Wolf

I not on FanFare much but just saw the first episode of The Break with Michelle Wolf on Netflix and wonder if others have seen it/are interesting in discussing it. Am not proposing to discuss entire season necessarily and not sure how this works. So should I just wait to see if someone else proposes discussing the season as it goes along or ... ? Dunno if y'all do one-offs or really how this works. (I read the FAQ, honest!)
posted by Bella Donna at 3:15 AM - 6 comments

May 21

Colony Season 3?

Colony Season 3 [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 10:34 PM - 5 comments

May 14

Only show things that also have books?

Is there a way to only view items that have both a book and a tv/movie version? [more inside]
posted by aesop at 1:51 PM - 2 comments

May 11

Can we set up a Eurovision 2018 post?

Eurovision is tomorrow!
posted by k8t at 3:38 PM - 5 comments

May 9

Horror Book Club?

Just a thought for people who enjoy reading horror like I do. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 11:27 AM - 9 comments

May 8


Just wondering if anyone else has work issues and watches the red panda of rage. Is it worth discussing here? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:26 AM - 7 comments

May 7

Fallback shows?

What shows, in our age of universal infinite access, do you rerun as comfort viewing when the hunt for novelty wears thin? Personally, I run TNG, the Jeremy Brett Holmes, Poirot, and the Fry and Laurie Jeeves and Wooster - all, not incedentally, prestige series from the late eighties and nineties (although Poirot really hits its stride much later).
posted by mwhybark at 7:53 PM - 12 comments

May 4

Cobra Kai

The two episodes are free on YT. After watching, YouTube Red just got the most unlikely new customer. ‎Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from 1984's The Karate Kid. It's 34 years later. It's underdog vs asshole once again. Or is it? Peppered with clips from the original movie and sequel, the themes are familiar but jumbled and amusing, and contrasted with more modern themes. Kept me smiling the whole time. Looks to be ten half-hour episodes. This is one of the most clever reboots I've seen. Nostalgic, yet fresh. Will likely binge watch this weekend if I can get out of some grubby work.
posted by 2N2222 at 10:21 PM - 6 comments

May 1

Anyone interesting in Wakfu?

A few notes from my viewings of Wakfu:

The show just showed up on Netflix. It is French production, but the English dubbing is very good.

Nice blending of American and Japanese animation styles.

Definitively a kids show, but with adult jokes.

The end credit animations can be adorable.

Mostly strong female characters with caveats.

Episodes are short, less then 30 minutes.

Fan fare has it in their TV list now.

posted by KaizenSoze at 10:12 AM - 2 comments

April 30

Blood and Ashes!

Who is interested in doing a first read/reread of The Wheel of Time? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 12:21 PM - 3 comments

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