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Book: Spinning Silver

Miryem, the daughter of a softhearted moneylender in a small village in Lithvus, takes over her father's business to keep her family from starving. As she steps into this role effectively, she attracts the notice of an Old One, a powerful Staryk lord from a kingdom of winter and magic, who presses her to spin silver into gold for him. The ensuing action draws in two other young women pushing at the limits of the roles they were born in--Wanda, a farmgirl from Miryem's village, and Irina, a duke's daughter with her own connection to magical beings--along with a prosperous Jewish family in the large city Vyšnia, the tsar himself, and a wide range of characters with a keen interest in how long winter will last, from squirrels to powerful beings of magic.
posted by miles per flower to FanFare on Jul 19 at 12:29 PM
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Movie: Nanette

Hannah Gadsby's Netflix special seems like it's going to be a stand-up comedy routine but ends up being a meditation on, among other things, the limitations of comedy. Currently being discussed on the blue here. This one needs a content warning for discussions of misogyny and homophobic violence, both emotional and physical.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious to FanFare on Jul 4 at 8:09 AM
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Book: First Test

"Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl who dares to take advantage of a new rule in Tortall—one that allows females to train for knighthood. After years in the Yamani Islands, she knows that women can be warriors, and now that she’s returned home, Kel is determined to achieve her goal. She believes she is ready for the traditional hazing and grueling schedule of a page. But standing in Kel’s way is Lord Wyldon. The training master is dead set against girls becoming knights. He says she must pass a one-year trial that no male page has ever had to endure. It’s just one more way to separate Kel from her fellow trainees. But she is not to be underestimated. She will fight to succeed, even when the test is unfair."
posted by Eyebrows McGee to FanFare on Jul 15 at 8:55 PM
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Book: The Adventure Zone

Welcome to the Adventure Zone! SEE! The illustrated exploits of three lovable dummies set loose in a classic fantasy adventure! READ! Their journey from small-time bodyguards to world-class artifact hunters! MARVEL! At the sheer metafictional chutzpah of a graphic novel based on a story created in a podcast where three dudes and their dad play a tabletop role playing game in real time!
posted by Ipsifendus to FanFare on Jul 18 at 6:47 AM
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Movie: Roman Holiday

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
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Book: Page

"When they think you will fail . . . fail to listen. As the only female page in history to pass the first year of training to become a knight, Keladry of Mindelan is a force to be reckoned with. But even with her loyal circle of friends at her side, Kel’s battle to prove herself isn’t over yet. She is still trying to master her paralyzing fear of heights and keep up with Lord Wyldon’s grueling training schedule. When a group of pages is trapped by bandits, the boys depend on Kel to lead them to safety. The kingdom’s nobles are beginning to wonder if she can succeed far beyond what they imagined. And those who hate the idea of a female knight are getting desperate—they will do anything to thwart her progress."
posted by Eyebrows McGee to FanFare on Jul 19 at 10:52 AM
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Movie: Rashomon

A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view [content warning].
posted by MoonOrb to FanFare on Jul 14 at 12:54 PM
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Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 415: My Very Cool Telescope!

This episode is chock-full of practical tips, like how to punish a bird, and how to defend the honor of your favorite telescope. If you don't use at least one piece of helpful advice from this episode at some point this week, we'll eat all three of our hats. Suggested talking points: Justin's Christmas List, Candy Life Lessons, Telescope Bullies, Hiker Surprise, How to Punish Birds, Hummus Cream, It Catches, Office Improv
posted by Tevin to FanFare on Jul 16 at 1:07 PM
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Book: The Nutmeg of Consolation

In the fourteenth book of the Aubrey-Maturin series the stranded Dianes repel an invasion of their cricket field by a fresh double fanged lady pirate, Kesegaran, with the assistance of the resurrected Beelzebub; they are saved at last by the bird's nest soup industrial complex; Stephen is immortalized with a fetid insectivorous parasite on the glabrous bugwort; the Cornélie is kited; Gelijkheid becomes Nutmeg after a long baptism, and the Surprise is similarly by the sweetening-cock freed of tons and tons of vile cable slime in the bilge, to say nothing of the cess-pit filth of furtive below-decks micturations; Sweeting's Island survivors Sarah and Emily are disappointingly not named Thursday and Behemoth; they befriend the plague of cokehead rats; to everyone's amazement a cross-jack is bent; Stephen considers the destructive effects of moral advantage in marriage and physick; Martin and Maturin are reunited, and for the first time they eschew the lubbers hole for the futtock shrouds, but Jack is not invited to their tête à têtes and wishes Martin at the Devil; and at long last, in the disgusting British Empire's horrific New and very South Wales, a platypus murders Dr. Stephen Maturin RIP.
posted by fleacircus to FanFare on Jul 16 at 9:26 PM
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Star Trek: Voyager: Author, Author

The Doctor writes a roman à clef holonovel about being a hologram doctor aboard a starship stranded thousands of light years from home. What could possibly go wrong?
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on Jul 19 at 8:19 AM
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Movie: Don't Talk to Irene

Irene must endure 2 weeks of community service at a retirement home. Following her passion for cheerleading, she secretly signs up the senior residents to audition for a dance-themed reality show.
posted by larrybob to FanFare on Jul 21 at 11:09 AM
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Movie: Sorry to Bother You

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.
posted by migurski to FanFare on Jul 8 at 7:23 AM
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Movie: The Bad and the Beautiful

An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.
posted by MoonOrb to FanFare on Jul 16 at 6:02 PM
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Movie: Three Identical Strangers

New York, 1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame..
posted by k8t to FanFare on Jul 17 at 10:53 PM
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Book: Squire

"Keladry of Mindelan dreams of becoming squire to the famous female knight Alanna the Lioness, but she worries that she will not be selected by her hero—perhaps not by any knight master. When Kel is picked instead by the legendary Lord Raoul, the unexpected honor shocks her enemies across the realm. Kel must quickly prove herself up to the task, mastering her fighting and leadership skills while discovering what it takes to be part of the royal guard. A new romance is blossoming as well, bringing with it the rush of first love and the unexpected challenges of balancing knight work and a relationship. All the while, Kel prepares for her biggest fear: the infamous “Ordeal,” the last challenge that stands between her and knighthood."
posted by Eyebrows McGee to FanFare on Jul 21 at 6:45 AM
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Star Trek: Voyager: Q2

Facing his son's banishment from the Q Continuum, Q leaves him on Voyager in the hopes that he will gain self-discipline. Yeah, good luck with that, Aunt Kathy.
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on Jul 16 at 8:01 AM
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GLOW: Here We GLOW Again

Season 2 of the Netflix hit about the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling will "deviate" from the real-life G.L.O.W., particularly in that critics actually like this version.
posted by Etrigan to FanFare on Jun 29 at 6:32 AM
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The Expanse: It Reaches Out

Oh my God, it's a mirage / I'm tellin' y'all, it's a sabotage
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul to FanFare on May 31 at 2:04 PM
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FLCL: Freebie Honey

With Ide absent from school, Hidomi finds herself tasked by Haruko to bring his classwork to him - a task that has her learning about the parts of Ide's life that he keeps secret from his fellow classmates...
posted by NoxAeternum to FanFare on Jun 10 at 12:36 AM
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Wynonna Earp: Blood Red and Going Down

When a mysterious bus full of sexy strangers rolls into town, Wynonna must figure out why they're in Purgatory before the entire town falls under their spell.
posted by oh yeah! to FanFare on Jul 20 at 8:42 PM
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So the Diamonds are clearly your typical wealthy WASP family: you have the dutiful first child (Yellow); the creative middle child who thinks she's nicer than she is and lives in the eldest's shadow (Blue); the rebellious youngest child who can't take the family's hypocrisy (Pink); and the terrifying matriarch who never acknowledges the problems... [more]
posted by CatastropheWaitress to FanFare on Jul 22 at 6:15 PM
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We saw it this weekend in an Oakland theater with an Oakland audience, which I think is possibly the best way to see this film. Everyone was there for it, laughing and gasping and groaning at appropriate times. (And OMIGOD is this movie rooted in Oakland. It felt sooo good to watch. I was playing a personal game of "how quickly can I identify... [more]
posted by Lexica to FanFare on Jul 17 at 9:32 PM
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Just rewatched for the first time since I saw it in the theater and probably loved it even more this time. It may be my favorite Star Wars movie or at least come very close to Empire in my rankings. I love how Johnson is constantly pulling the rug out from under you narratively and never firing off any of the Chekhov's guns that Abrams left... [more]
posted by octothorpe to FanFare on Jul 17 at 8:03 PM
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(No it’s not UBI, it’s the libertarian-acceptable version of slavery, which is not far off the pseudo-sharecroping shit people get forced into when real jobs go away, but if Musk or whoever figure out how to go one step further with that they totally will.) [view]
posted by Artw to FanFare on Jul 16 at 4:49 PM
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Oh and to add to graventy's "That was a pretty great fun theater experience" -- this was probably the most fun I've ever had sharing a movie with a live audience. There was lots of reacting and commentary and it was EXCELLENT. If you are on the fence about seeing this movie in the theater, definitely go for it - for me I can't... [more]
posted by seemoorglass to FanFare on Jul 17 at 12:28 PM
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SEASON FOUR IN SIXTEEN DAYS, Y'ALL (August 6th, 8 pm central, AMC. Will also be available for purchase on iTunes the next morning, and on Netflix for you lucky non-US/Canadian folks.) IF YOU POST SPOILERS IN THIS THREAD PLEASE ALSO INCLUDE YOUR ADDRESS SO I CAN HUNT YOU DOWN [view]
posted by AFABulous to FanFare on Jul 21 at 8:32 AM
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People said I liked this movie, but that’s not how I remember it. [view]
posted by Servo5678 to FanFare on Jul 15 at 3:48 PM
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The most disturbing part of this to me was that people have been unsuccessful in suing Amazon when they facilitate sales of dangerous products. I swear, half the episodes of Reply All are ultimately deregulation horror stories. Between that and the episodes about Racist Twitter, Reply All should be called Reagan's Legacy. I guess the internet as it... [more]
posted by latkes to FanFare on Jul 15 at 6:22 PM
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re: Oakland locations: @Sorry2BotherYou lol we actually have this graphic handy Lexica- years ago we tagged along with some friends who were having a realtor show them the flats in the Cathedral building- they were all vacant at the time since they had basically been developed during the downturn. The one in the film was being offered for... [more]
posted by oneirodynia to FanFare on Jul 17 at 10:46 PM
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I knew nothing about the filmmaker going into this, so I spent the first half afraid it was going to turn into some kind of weird alt-alt-right critique of universal basic income. Yeah, I really don't think that was the film's intended critique. I read it as a satire of the way that large corporations have tended to demand more and more... [more]
posted by One Second Before Awakening to FanFare on Jul 16 at 1:55 PM
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My take on the pants was they were signifying namaste-bro, in the vein of Bentinho Massaro or any of these other appropriating power hungry dudes that think because they do yoga they can do no evil. [view]
posted by oneirodynia to FanFare on Jul 18 at 9:14 AM
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I saw Worry-Free as a representation of how private corporations are taking on responsibilities that government no longer has the will to perform, like Starbucks subsidizing its employees' college educations, or Domino's Pizza filling in pot holes. It's not hard to see this sort of thing evolving into a situation where people live their lives... [more]
posted by Strange Interlude to FanFare on Jul 16 at 2:10 PM
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Part of why Rashomon works so much better than its imitators is that the point is not to find the "true events" or to mock subjective bias, but rather to see two characters -- the priest and the woodsman -- (re)awakened to the need for empathy and compassion. The other is that the characters' "filters" are not the... [more]
posted by kewb to FanFare on Jul 18 at 10:30 AM
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Ancient Greek historians had to deal with the problem that all the different cities had different calendar systems so it was hard to correlate various events. So the historian Timaeus came up with the method of using the four year intervals between Olympic games as a standardized calendar, with individual games identified based on the winner of the... [more]
posted by Kattullus to FanFare on Jul 16 at 3:12 PM
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I have long wished for a convincing way to spell "kyean't" the way she pronounces it. [view]
posted by rhizome to FanFare on Jul 19 at 2:36 PM
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So the Diamonds are clearly your typical wealthy WASP family "Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together..." [view]
posted by speicus to FanFare on Jul 23 at 12:18 AM
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The good morning song and dance is after a threesome and nothing will convince me otherwise. [view]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Jul 11 at 10:47 PM
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And how she feels like she has to make things easier for people by being funny, self-deprecating, "releasing the tension," etc. Spoilers: I keep thinking about the story she tells about getting beat up when she was 17. And in the first version, when the guy realizes that she's a girl, he jumps back and apologizes. And it's... [more]
posted by lunasol to FanFare on Jul 4 at 4:15 PM
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About Ruby's dress -- yes, it's not only an adorable visual, but it's a cue to make no mistake: Ruby is pretty butch, but you're DEFINITELY looking at a queer wedding here. Sapphire in the tux, after years of setting up that Sapphire is a high femme even to the point of wearing a dress to play baseball, is one of the many amazing payoffs in this... [more]
posted by thesmallmachine to FanFare on Jul 7 at 9:50 AM
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I love this movie for the honesty of the ending. [view]
posted by kokaku to FanFare on Jul 15 at 5:28 PM
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