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Movie: 紅の豚 / Porco Rosso (1992)

In 1930s Italy, sky pirates in seaplanes terrorize wealthy cruise ships as they sail the Adriatic Sea. The only pilot brave enough to stop the scourge is the mysterious Porco Rosso, a former World War I flying ace who was somehow transformed into a pig during the war. After his plane is damaged, Porco must prepare to battle a rogue American ace with the help of his two confidantes, a fearless teenage mechanic and a world-weary cabaret singer.
posted by Pallas Athena to FanFare on May 20 at 6:34 PM
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Evil: How to Split an Atom

A priest, a skeptic, and a psychiatrist (who is also a skeptic) walk into an utterly bonkers TV show. And this TV show asks: can a particle collider open a gate to Hell?
posted by Kitteh to FanFare on May 24 at 6:01 PM
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Movie: Curtains

[TRAILER] Entering an asylum to prepare for a movie role, a young woman is double-crossed and left behind by her director. With six new starlets auditioning for her role at a remote mansion, a masked murderer seeks revenge. This film (and its infamous "hag") are referenced extensively in Stephen Graham Jones' novel Don't Fear the Reaper.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on May 21 at 11:16 AM
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Movie: Django Unchained

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
posted by pwnguin to FanFare on May 21 at 10:27 AM
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Movie: Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World

[TRAILER] Overworked and underpaid production assistant Angela (Ilinca Manolache) is assigned to film a workplace safety video for a multinational corporation in Bucharest. When one of the interviewees makes a statement that ignites a scandal, Angela has to re-invent the story. Golden Bear award winner Radu Jude's anarchic satire is a wild and unforgettable ride through the vulgar indignities of the 21st century.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on May 24 at 7:14 AM
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Doctor Who: Boom

The 2024 soft re-boot of our beloved show continues with Ncuti Gatwa's Doctor and companion Ruby Sunday finding themselves in a war-zone.
posted by Coaticass to FanFare on May 18 at 2:45 PM
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Baby Reindeer: Season 1

This Netflix series follows Donny (Richard Gadd) on a downward spiral, as he meets a lonely woman named Martha (Jessica Gunning) who morphs from friend to stalker. Donny attempts to escape the grip of Martha's obsession, while trying to navigate the lingering effects of past trauma.
posted by dianeF to FanFare on Apr 23 at 5:45 AM
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Movie: La Chimera

Just out of jail, crumpled English archaeologist Arthur reconnects with his wayward crew of tombaroli — happy-go-lucky grave-robbers — as well as the family of his lover.
posted by fleacircus to FanFare on May 14 at 8:50 PM
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Movie: Leningrad Cowboys Go America

[TRAILER] An enthusiastic Siberian rock 'n' roll band, The Leningrad Cowboys, journeys to New York with their manager and a dead member who froze to death before his dreams of success could be realized. They land a gig in Mexico, and the band, including the dead member strapped to the top of their Cadillac, drives there through the country that birthed rock music, meeting various characters along the road to success. Meanwhile, a crazed fan from home chases them down.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on May 22 at 12:53 PM
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Abbott Elementary: Double Date

Two teachers head out on a double date, but when they run into familiar bar patrons, it proves to be an unfortunate distraction; at Ava's first book club meeting, the group ends up in a debate over who would be the best post-apocalyptic leader.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to FanFare on May 9 at 8:37 AM
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Movie: Brawl in Cell Block 99

A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.
posted by paper chromatographologist to FanFare on Jan 3, 2018 at 11:40 AM
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Sugar: Starry-Eyed

Sugar and Melanie track down Olivia's friend, who shares disturbing information about Davy and his family. Davy and Kenny dig into Sugar's past.
posted by Molesome to FanFare on Apr 19 at 3:58 AM
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Movie: WALL-E

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
posted by MoonOrb to FanFare on Jun 17, 2020 at 2:23 PM
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Abbott Elementary: Mother's Day

Barbara invites Gregory to her family's Mother's Day brunch; Jacob scrambles to figure out how to organize a school field trip.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to FanFare on May 9 at 8:38 AM
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Black Mirror: Mazey Day

A troubled starlet is dogged by invasive paparazzi while dealing with the consequences of a hit-and-run incident.
posted by ellieBOA to FanFare on Jun 17, 2023 at 11:02 AM
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Movie: Skinamarink

Two children wake up in the middle of the night to find their father is missing, and all the windows and doors in their home have vanished.
posted by guiseroom to FanFare on Jan 13, 2023 at 11:27 AM
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Book: The Overstory

New York Times Bestseller A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most "prodigiously talented" (The New York Times Book Review) novelists. An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light....
posted by OHenryPacey to FanFare on May 22, 2018 at 9:31 AM
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Bridgerton: Penelope & Colin

#Polin is here, based on the Julia Quinn book, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (which is actually #4 in the book series). In this friends-to-lovers tale, I'm guessing we'll get Colin finally coming to his senses, Penelope evolving from wallflower to the center of attention, and a big dash of "Who is Lady Whistledown?!?"
posted by BlahLaLa to FanFare on May 14 at 11:33 AM
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Movie: Thief

An ex-convict turned jewel thief attempts to build a normal family life and pull off "one last job." Starring James Caan as Frank, Tuesday Weld as Jessie, Willie Nelson as Okla, James Belushi as Barry, and Robert Prosky as Leo. Soundtrack by Tangerine Dream.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil to FanFare on Jul 25, 2018 at 4:32 AM
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Time Team: Dig Two - Secrets of Wytch Farm - Dorset

We've chosen a spectacular location for a very special dig. It's Time Team's 30th birthday and we are celebrating in style... Time Team heads to Wytch Farm, in the shadow of Corfe Castle, Dorset, where Derek and Lawrence discovered two Iron Age burials back in 2021. They've called in the full team to investigate. Was this a cemetery, and how long have people been living here? Where were they living, and, above all, what were their livelihoods? Will we uncover the secrets of Wytch Farm? We have just three days to find out!
posted by drewbage1847 to FanFare on May 23 at 6:52 PM
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And yea, it's an absurd absolute tone shift, as Django deals mostly in one-liners, in contrast to Schultz's endless banter. And unfortunately, there's not a lot of plot left here, just an hour's worth of trading bullets with random henchmen and a very upset Samuel L Jackson, punctuated with an explosion. Easily the weakest act. My Grand... [more]
posted by Tom Hanks Cannot Be Trusted to FanFare on May 22 at 9:36 AM
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Well I loved it and none of the moons hatched at all, always a plus IMO. [view]
posted by Coaticass to FanFare on May 18 at 11:24 PM
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I've gotten up to the start of episode 4, and I'm 100% team Lord Debling. He's kind, shows genuine interesting in Penelope and encourages her to be her true self, he's an environmentalist. And apparently he's got an impressive title/estate. I felt the same way about Daphne and that Prince in S1. They shared similar values, seemed to get along,... [more]
posted by litera scripta manet to FanFare on May 17 at 7:23 PM
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Ok I will admit the once scene I did genuinely laugh at was when Francesca and Lord Kilmartin were sitting in silence and Eloise was marveling at this man-repelling tactic she hadn't thought to try. [view]
posted by TwoStride to FanFare on May 19 at 9:09 AM
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I am so much more invested in the Eloise-Pen friendship tension than any of the Colin-Pen romance stuff. [view]
posted by ourobouros to FanFare on May 18 at 6:18 AM
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Porco Rosso is so good and yes, "Better a pig than a fascist!" [view]
posted by Kitteh to FanFare on May 21 at 5:23 AM
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The shoot was famously fraught. The DP Darius Khondji left during pre-production in a quit/fired situation and was replaced by Conrad W. Hall. Then Hayden Panettiere dropped out just before shooting started, being replaced with Kristen Stewart. The film shot for two weeks with Nicole Kidman in the lead, only to find out she had a fracture below... [more]
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on May 23 at 7:16 AM
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Having watched Queen Charlotte's prequel in between seasons, it is difficult to understand how we get from that Charlotte to this one who is both bored and boring, as well as insecure and jealous. I didn't mind her before because she was more of a plot twist than a person, but now that she's been given a complete character, I am interested in the... [more]
posted by jacquilynne to FanFare on May 18 at 7:58 AM
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This (the 2005 dub, specifically) is my favorite Miyazaki movie, hands down. I love the flying sequences, the minimal effort Keaton puts in to grunting his lines, Elwes's flamboyance, and Brad Garrett's easily recognizable voice as the pirate boss. [view]
posted by hanov3r to FanFare on May 20 at 8:21 PM
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I always feel like Django is two movies and the split point is when Schultz gets killed by Candie. The first part is a great Western full of mood and imagery. After Schultz's death, it becomes a grindhouse revenge flick. I definitely prefer the Western. [view]
posted by drewbage1847 to FanFare on May 21 at 10:35 AM
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I was a little bit disappointed by the serial killer in the basement thing of the previous episode and I thought this finale redeemed that by the reveal that Henry was involved. It raised some interesting points about the whole idea of the neutral observer. After a point, I think if you are observing an atrocity and not intervening, you are... [more]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl to FanFare on May 17 at 7:07 PM
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I saw this in the cinema at the, now gone, Dublin Road movie house in Belfast. At one point there was a dinosaur/Kong fight that went on SO LONG that, (and I swear this is true), I went across the street to the pub, had a drink, and then went back to the theatre: AND THE FIGHT WAS STILL GOING ON. [view]
posted by jettloe to FanFare on May 18 at 1:43 PM
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I did really start to enjoy Colin right at the very end, when he stopped his dithering and finally moved into a state of action. I kinda want the same for Pen -- too much heavy, anxious breathing on her part, and not enough strength. I agree, which is why I wonder how Colin will take to the inevitable unmasking of Penelope as Lady... [more]
posted by unicorn chaser to FanFare on May 19 at 2:34 AM
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Just added this to MeFi: The real life Lady Whistledown scandalised 18th-century society [view]
posted by ShooBoo to FanFare on May 19 at 10:59 AM
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MY SPOUSE: Who's that? ME: Silver Samurai. MY SPOUSE: Who's that? ME: Alpha Flight. MY SPOUSE: Wait ... how did Rogue do that hand clap thing without any atmosphere? ME: Oh, that's the Blue Area of the Moon. There's atmosphere there. MY SPOUSE: I see. And how do you feel about knowing all this offhand? ME (cheerfully): Deeply... [more]
posted by kyrademon to FanFare on May 15 at 1:09 PM
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Tarantino has described there being two forms of violence (basically: bad violence done by bad people, and good violence done by good people) but the film seems to have three kinds of violence: traumatic, revenge, and dramatic. Traumatic violence I largely associate with slavers. Whipping, branding, being fed to dogs, locked in an oven to... [more]
posted by pwnguin to FanFare on May 21 at 11:45 AM
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Interesting attempt to humanize Cressida. [view]
posted by Julnyes to FanFare on May 17 at 9:11 AM
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I hate when a show drops all episodes, thus we have to have a binge thread, and I can't just write/read about each episode before starting a new one because I haven't gotten there yet...sigh...so I wrote down the things I wanted to comment on while watching. * I tend to mix up/forget the names of the Featherington sisters. Prudence is the bitchy... [more]
posted by jenfullmoon to FanFare on May 19 at 9:43 AM
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"a cartoon movie for tired middle-aged men whose brain cells have turned to tofu" no wonder i love this movie so much. better a pig than a fascist! [view]
posted by AlbertCalavicci to FanFare on May 21 at 4:58 AM
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We badly misjudged Hy'Rell over here; we were sure she was going to lure Book away and imprison him as a permanent part of the library's Kwejian collection. [view]
posted by jordemort to FanFare on May 17 at 9:40 AM
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