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The Good Place: The Worst Possible Use of Free Will

Eleanor recalls some forgotten events from her past.
posted by numaner to FanFare on Nov 8 at 6:04 PM
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Movie: Enthiran

This is a two and a half hour long Bollywood/Tamil musical/romantic comedy/sci-fi epic about Dr. Vasi, a brilliant scientist (Rajinikanth) who builds a robot named Chitti (also played by Rajinikanth) to protect mankind. Problems arise when Chitti falls in love with Dr. Vasi's girlfriend (Aishwarya Rai). This film's sequel, 2.0, is scheduled to hit theaters on 11/29/2018.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Nov 10 at 10:38 PM
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The Good Place: Don't Let the Good Life Pass You By

Michael and Janet take an important journey. Eleanor ponders whether she should share a secret.
posted by numaner to FanFare on Nov 15 at 5:32 PM
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Movie: Tampopo

A pair of truck drivers happen onto a decrepit roadside fast food stop selling ramen noodles. The widowed owner, Tampopo, pleads them to help her turn her establishment into a paragon of the "art of noodle soup making".
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Nov 12 at 9:18 AM
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Doctor Who: Demons of the Punjab

India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as India is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother's hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they, and what do they want?
posted by fearfulsymmetry to FanFare on Nov 11 at 11:57 AM
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Movie: They Shall Not Grow Old

Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: the men who were there.
posted by ppl to FanFare on Nov 13 at 4:33 AM
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Star Trek: Enterprise: Shadows of P'Jem

T'Pol's going away party hits an unexpected snag.
posted by mordax to FanFare on Nov 12 at 2:42 AM
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Movie: The Usual Suspects

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
posted by numaner to FanFare on Nov 9 at 8:28 PM
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Book: The Hundred Days

In the nineteenth book of the twenty book series, the disgusting British Empire flexes its cannon, Carbonari, and Cainites to thwart the Hashashin machinations of Napoléon, who is, if anything, abler aft far Elba. Lionesses are ended; cousins(?) clasp hands; drawers hit the deck; long-legged Naseby consumes Dupuytren's contraction; Montpellier snakes make poor pets; Killick snaps a tusk on a third class boy; Poll Skeeping makes loblolly girl; Pippin gets pipped; and all the livelong Deys don't amount to many as the mission goes from the Rock to Kasbah to the battle royale on Fortnight Island.
posted by fleacircus to FanFare on Nov 11 at 11:21 PM
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Babylon 5: Ceremonies of Light and Dark

Given the massive changes on B5, Delenn attempts to repeat the ceremony seen in "The Parliament of Dreams" to help people transition. Garibaldi attempts to purge B5 of hidden Nightwatch agents. Londo moves against Refa, taking inspiration from the Old Empire. "From the stars we came... To the stars we return, from now until the end of time. We therefore commit these bodies to the deep."
posted by flibbertigibbet to FanFare on Nov 10 at 6:09 AM
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Patriot: American Dimes

John must make a choice at the train platform - be free from his obligations and adversaries by letting Agathe take the money or pursue her in an effort to protect his brother, father, and country.
posted by Catblack to FanFare on Nov 11 at 6:05 PM
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS

Rewatch! Welcome back to EAT. Enjoy our slightly clean bathrooms, looked after by our janitor Critter. Consult with our local teleporting drug dealer, Buz. And follow the journey of our starry-eyed waitperson Michele as she chases high-class dreams of being a go-go dancer in a big city nightclub The Haunted House. Will she be able to keep her pretty mind long enough to have Critter's varmint? Who can say? The sleaze just drips off this movie, bring sanitizer. Previously.
posted by JHarris to FanFare on Nov 14 at 10:29 PM
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Podcast: Reply All: #130 The Snapchat Thief

This week, a new Super Tech Support: after Lizzie's Snapchat gets hacked, things start getting really creepy. Alex investigates.
posted by nightrecordings to FanFare on Nov 10 at 9:02 AM
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Draining the Swamp

This week (yes, a timely LWT post!):
  • The Republicans lose the US House of Representatives, an act which Trump actually said was "close to a complete victory" for him. Also, businessman Danny Darkanian loses his sixth straight election in Nevada, annoying his wife greatly. And three states voted to expand Medicaid, Flordia voted to restore voting rights to felons, and Utah voted to legalize medical marihuana.
  • Update in Stupid Watergate: Trump fires Jeff Sessions and replaces him, as acting head of the Justice Department, with Matthew Whitaker, a man known for many stupid things, foremost among them serving as an advisor to a company that had to pay out a $25M judgement for scamming inventors.
  • And Now: Steve Bannon's Election Night Coverage Went Just Great
  • Main Story: Donald Trump (again), and his campaign promise to "drain the swamp." A noble sentiment, but, predictably, absolutely the opposite of what he's doing. Here's the piece on YouTube.
  • And Now: Monday Night Football's Graphics Are Officially Out Of Hand
  • Finally, an epidemic of unnotified promotion of products by influencers on social media has been going on, including DJ Khaled hawking alcohol to millions of followers. To help illustrate, LWT reveals something they've been doing (not been getting paid for it, but doing it anyway) concerning Scientology....

posted by JHarris to FanFare on Nov 12 at 12:05 AM
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Movie: Despicable Me

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.
posted by zinon to FanFare on Nov 13 at 12:27 PM
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ContraPoints?

I'm wondering if there's interest in discussing the ContraPoints YouTube videos and, secondarily, how it'd fit on FanFare.
posted by Nelson to FanFare on Nov 15 at 10:04 AM
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Star Trek: Short Treks: Calypso

A marooned astronaut (played by Aldis Hodge) wakes up on a seemingly deserted starship (voiced by Annabelle Wallis).
posted by Mogur to FanFare on Nov 9 at 3:09 PM
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Movie: Antibirth

Hard-drinking, pill-popping, bong-ripping Lou (Natasha Lyonne) and her best friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny) spend their days adrift in a druggy haze. But one wild night out becomes a bad trip that never ends when Lou wakes up with symptoms of an unexplained, highly abnormal pregnancy. Who-or what-is growing inside her? As her due date approaches with alarming swiftness, the fear, paranoia, and conspiracy theories begin to pile up.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Oct 27 at 8:39 AM
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Doctor Who: Flatline

While the Doctor is trapped in a tiny Tardis, Clara has to save Bristol and the world from invaders from a flat universe who have come to steal our dimensions.
posted by Grangousier to FanFare on Oct 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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South Park: Time to Get Cereal

When dead citizens start popping up all over town, the boys realize they need Al Gore’s help. The boys are willing to do almost anything to save the town, and themselves, but it may be too late.
posted by numaner to FanFare on Nov 8 at 11:21 AM
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> I've really enjoyed this season (I did think the Trevor episode was ...not great), but I'm not at all sure how it can continue. It obviously will, and I'm here for it, but... We haven't seen the Good Place yet. We've seen one alleged representative of the Good Place in Marie St. Claire's intro video, but that's it. There are places... [more]
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon to FanFare on Nov 10 at 6:29 PM
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Michael's file on Eleanor, page 4,815 of 162,342 Hello, Lost numbers! Nice to see you on a much better show. [view]
posted by phatkitten to FanFare on Nov 10 at 10:36 AM
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I wonder if the arbitrary point system of Jacksonville-Style Pool is meant to parallel the arbitrary point system of the afterlife? [view]
posted by Aznable to FanFare on Nov 16 at 2:52 AM
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Metafilter: The second we close they use this place to shoot porn [view]
posted by Aznable to FanFare on Nov 8 at 6:36 PM
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Good job they didn't decide to give Eleanor a sloth, or they'd never have got any filming done at all. [view]
posted by Grangousier to FanFare on Nov 11 at 1:03 PM
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On a recent episode of the podcast, they made a passing reference to a "bottle episode" that was somehow more extreme than your average bottle episode and perhaps had never been done on television before, which makes me think that next episode is just going to be 21 minutes of team cockroach talking with each other in a monochromatic... [more]
posted by Rinku to FanFare on Nov 15 at 8:53 PM
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The fact that Chidi's startle response is to scream "WHY" was my first belly laugh of this episode. [view]
posted by pykrete jungle to FanFare on Nov 9 at 9:06 PM
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In terms of sheer laughs I thought this was the funniest episode in a long time. Every segment had at least a chuckle or two, although the Poddys came closest to being a dud. It almost seemed like a Portlandia sketch, and not in the good way. Very gentle satire and stuff where you have to know a lot of hipster references to get... [more]
posted by Ursula Hitler to FanFare on Nov 11 at 4:35 PM
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The idea of a race of aliens that make it their mission to serve as witness to the otherwise-unmourned dead around the universe is profoundly moving. But even more moving, something that just hit me today - at the end, The Doctor and Yaz and the others have stopped to look back at what is no doubt going to be Prem's murder. But before Prem is... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to FanFare on Nov 12 at 9:02 AM
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I can't even begin to separate the politics of this from the show itself so I won't even try... Background. In WW2 British India suffered in many distinct ways. Lots of Indians served the military. There was economic havoc as India was forced to pay directly and indirectly for the war in forced loans and then inflation. There were food shortages... [more]
posted by TheophileEscargot to FanFare on Nov 12 at 6:01 AM
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Sepinwall: If the rhythms of Eleanor’s speech to Shawn about Michael seemed familiar, it’s because the whole thing was a loving tribute to a gag from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Indy delivers a similar speech about Marcus Brody. [view]
posted by rewil to FanFare on Nov 15 at 7:22 PM
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I will not be satisfied with any ending short of Team Cockroach harrowing the Bad Place, leading the freed prisoners from the land of butthole spiders and penis flatteners to the actually Good Place, and destroying any entity that stands in their way, no matter how divine said entity might be. In my headcanon, Janet isn’t God. but she will... [more]
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon to FanFare on Nov 9 at 5:26 PM
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I get the feeling that there's an additional message behind the Thijarians. They were not originally the ones who bear witness, they were one of the feared bad-ass violent species of the universe who had to confront their own mortality and racial morality. (So much that the Doctor jumped immediately to a conclusion.) They're the flip side of the... [more]
posted by GenderNullPointerException to FanFare on Nov 13 at 7:23 AM
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Bad news -- I've been going to the gym. A lot. [view]
posted by BlahLaLa to FanFare on Nov 15 at 9:07 PM
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Theory: they are going to see Benton Fraser. And if they're not, someone needs to write me the fanfic where they do. [view]
posted by nonasuch to FanFare on Nov 10 at 7:36 AM
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Not sure what to think about Permission. I'm glad attitudes are changing but lately I feel like SNL is making a joke out of it. Like they're saying "ha ha we have to be politically correct now isn't that CRAZY?" but maybe it's just me taking it the wrong way. The songs are Redd's babies and, well, there's a huge difference... [more]
posted by Ruki to FanFare on Nov 12 at 9:01 AM
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During the opening I was like "oh, please let that be Michael McKeean" and then it happened, dreams do come true. The moment where they got Michael McKeean to line his head up and smile just like young Doug Forcett was eerie as hell. Love how they don't tell you until three seconds before the episode ends that there's a cliffhanger,... [more]
posted by skewed to FanFare on Nov 15 at 8:54 PM
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It's so great to see Michael's happy, deeply touched face whenever Eleanore calls him her friend. His character interests me because he is the one that broke the mold in the Bad Place that started this whole ball rolling in the first place. I mean here's this demon (!) who's been a demon for thousands of years and he's....becoming good? Breaking... [more]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee to FanFare on Nov 11 at 1:37 AM
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Are they in a different region? I also get them Friday at 5am (US). I did a quick sketch of our penguin friend, Bleek Bortels. [view]
posted by mikepop to FanFare on Nov 12 at 6:23 AM
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Incidentally, my roommate caught a really subtle but fun moment - the night before the wedding, when they've decided to go ahead and prepare for it, Umbreen's mother says something like "okay, women with Umbreen and me inside the house, and men stay out here in the barn with Prem." And apparently, after she says that - The Doctor gives... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to FanFare on Nov 12 at 10:26 AM
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