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Movie: When Harry Met Sally...

During their travel from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally debate whether or not sex ruins a friendship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they're still no closer to finding the answer.
posted by rhizome to FanFare on Jul 17 at 12:37 AM
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Book: Godforsaken Grapes

There are nearly 1,400 known varieties of wine grapes in the world—from altesse to zierfandler—but 80 percent of the wine we drink is made from only 20 grapes. In Godforsaken Grapes, Jason Wilson looks at how that came to be and embarks on a journey to discover what we miss. Stemming from his own growing obsession, Wilson moves far beyond the “noble grapes,” hunting down obscure and underappreciated wines from Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, France, Italy, the United States, and beyond. In the process, he looks at why these wines fell out of favor (or never gained it in the first place), what it means to be obscure, and how geopolitics, economics, and fashion have changed what we drink. A combination of travel memoir and epicurean adventure, Godforsaken Grapes is an entertaining love letter to wine.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Jul 13 at 9:45 PM
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Book: The Ghosts Of Evolution

A new vision is sweeping through ecological science: The dense web of dependencies that makes up an ecosystem has gained an added dimension-the dimension of time. Every field, forest, and park is full of living organisms adapted for relationships with creatures that are now extinct. In a vivid narrative, Connie Barlow shows how the idea of "missing partners" in nature evolved from isolated, curious examples into an idea that is transforming how ecologists understand the entire flora and fauna of the Americas. This fascinating book will enrich the experience of any amateur naturalist, as well as teach us that the ripples of biodiversity loss around us are just the leading edge of what may well become perilous cascades of extinction.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to FanFare on Jul 8 at 9:43 AM
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Stranger Things: "Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt"

Terror reigns in the food court when the Mind Flayer comes to collect. But down below, in the dark, the future of the world is at stake.
posted by Fizz to FanFare on Jul 4 at 2:20 PM
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Star Trek: Enterprise: Bounty

The crew meet their first Tellarite.
posted by mordax to FanFare on Jul 15 at 10:24 AM
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Swamp Thing: Brilliant Disguise

The Cable family has a reunion. Alec plays doctor. An alliance is revealed.
posted by sardonyx to FanFare on Jul 15 at 8:04 PM
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Blown Away: Blown Away (Season 1)

Ten master artists turn up the heat in glassblowing sculpture challenges for the chance to win $60,000 in prizes and the title of champion. (Netflix premiere, Canadian TV)
posted by oh yeah! to FanFare on Jul 17 at 5:32 PM
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Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 468: Down the Soda Hole

According to our editing software, this one is about 55 minutes long. Which is strange, because while we were recording in the Standing Energy Time Dilation Plane, it seemed a whole lot longer than that. Suggested talking points: Standing Energy, Joe vs. Unassigned Carbon, Jelly Bean Pouch, Secret Donuts, Unfireable (w/ Guestpert Laura Kate Dale!), A Hospital for Humans and Birds
posted by Tevin to FanFare on Jul 15 at 1:17 PM
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Book: The Grace of Kings

Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.
posted by Chrysostom to FanFare on May 6 at 11:00 PM
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Movie: High Life

Monte and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. They must now rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole. Claire Denis's latest. In space. In English. Insane. Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter, last survivors on a spaceship, hurtle to the oblivion of a black hole. Sounds simple, maybe depressing, maybe tense, right? Oh but it's so much more. Or maybe not. Or maybe not happening at all. Or it's the ultimate reduction of humanity's destiny, contained in a box for us to watch. For fans of all-things-Denis, Pattinson, or Binoche. Similar in feel to some 70s slow dystopian space-thingy. Think Tarkovsky, Silent Running, Man Who Fell To Earth crossed with Trouble Every Day, and/or Bastards
posted by Harry Caul to FanFare on Jul 5 at 8:45 AM
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Movie: Stockholm

Based on the absurd but true 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the New Yorker as the origins of the 'Stockholm Syndrome'.
posted by ellieBOA to FanFare on Jul 13 at 3:07 AM
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Big Little Lies: The Bad Mother

Celeste is blindsided by Mary Louise; Bonnie contemplates a solution to her mother's suffering and her own ongoing guilt; Ed entertains an unusual proposition; The Monterey Five feel the pressure of increased scrutiny of Perry's death.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Jul 14 at 9:01 PM
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Pose: Never knew love like this before

"In “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” Pose held up a mirror to the continued violence perpetrated against transgender women of color in our society and asked us not to look away."
posted by ChuraChura to FanFare on Jul 11 at 7:10 AM
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Podcast: The Good Place: The Podcast: Ch. 3: Jameela Jamil, Actress | Camille Bratkowski, Set Designer

First-time actress Jameela Jamil (Tahani) and set designer extraordinaire Camille Bratkowski shoot the shirt with host Marc Evan Jackson about acting for the first time, Ted Danson's unconventional behind-the-scenes relaxation techniques to enhance his comedy performance, the amazing locations you can actually visit in Los Angeles and a fork-ton more.
posted by bq to FanFare on Jul 11 at 1:50 PM
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Movie: Threads

Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.
posted by MoonOrb to FanFare on Apr 7, 2018 at 2:11 PM
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Movie: The Fifth Element

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay.
posted by MoonOrb to FanFare on Feb 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM
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Book: Fall; or, Dodge in Hell

It's a big ol' Neal Stephenson book, relating the further life and times of REAMDE's virtual world tycoon Richard "Dodge" Forthrast, among others. It tells a story about the transhumanist destiny unfolding in the nearish future. Engineers have always had God complexes, but never so literally.
posted by fleacircus to FanFare on Jul 13 at 7:41 PM
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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

An angel and a demon must join forces to find a way to save the world as the end of time grows near with the approaching Armageddon. Adapted from the book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
posted by vverse23 to FanFare on May 31 at 10:22 AM
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Inescapable

Altarah traps Fitz and Simmons in a mind-prison to coerce them into inventing time-travel. They encounter many obstacles, including the return of Leopold and a homicidal ballerina representing Gemma's buried rage. Enoch figures out how to be a better BFF.
posted by under_petticoat_rule to FanFare on Jun 24 at 2:48 PM
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The Handmaid's Tale: Unfit

June and the rest of the Handmaids shun Ofmatthew, and both are pushed to their limit at the hands of Aunt Lydia, who reflects on her life and relationships before the rise of Gilead.
posted by roolya_boolya to FanFare on Jul 10 at 12:38 PM
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The part that really required a suspension of disbelief was a full-duplex, zero-latency, noise-free radio connection for the Never Ending Story duet. It's like the Duffer Brothers have never even called CQ on an DX QSO over HF. Don't get me started on RF propagation characteristics for different wavelengths, especially through concrete or... [more]
posted by autopilot to FanFare on Jul 14 at 9:08 AM
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So that was awesome, but I'm going to pick a nit, just for fun. The show is great at creating a real sense of time and place in the '80s, with cultural references that are period-accurate. But a major plot point in the final episode hinges on the value of Planck's constant, and Dustin contacts Susie for the correct value. And of course because... [more]
posted by biogeo to FanFare on Jul 5 at 8:02 AM
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At first my wife and I were concerned that they went so deep into the "everyone is split up for reasons" thing, which can be a source of forced drama/problems/etc. But by the end we were happy that actually, every team had their own job and point and it all came together nicely in the end. Far fewer "if only they bothered to... [more]
posted by thefoxgod to FanFare on Jul 11 at 6:01 PM
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AVclub has a thing about 'why bother with a season 2' and all I can think is you know what, it's living with after the domestic violence, after the divorce, after the terror that's also a story. Women's lives are interesting even when there isn't a man in the center. Celeste wringing her wrist hidden out of view in the courtroom is a gesture I... [more]
posted by dorothyisunderwood to FanFare on Jul 15 at 12:12 AM
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A realistic re-write of the ending written by someone with roughly thirty years experience playing Dungeons & Dragons: Mike: What if you want to join another party? Will: Not possible. [Title cards announces “FIVE MINUTES LATER”] Random Kid: Hey, wanna play some Dungeons & Dragons? Will: yes oh thank Christ yes oh sweet god... [more]
posted by Parasite Unseen to FanFare on Jul 11 at 6:59 AM
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I have strong sympathy with Will JUST WANTING TO PLAY SOME GODDAMN D&D. [view]
posted by kyrademon to FanFare on Jul 5 at 2:20 PM
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Like, not only was it a wholly unexpected moment of absurd levity in an otherwise extremely tense and dire finale (and "tense" and "dire" are not complaints there!) but it was also an object lesson in the advice Dustin had been giving Steve. When the whole crowd "meets" Suzie at last, she absolutely does not make... [more]
posted by Navelgazer to FanFare on Jul 5 at 8:51 PM
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Season 4: The video store is under siege by demowhatevers, Steve complains that he wasn't even supposed to be there that day. [view]
posted by tobascodagama to FanFare on Jul 8 at 2:58 PM
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Every once in a while I drive behind a car with a NERV sticker on it and I wonder which building near me contains the giant rifles suitable for Angel combat. [view]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit to FanFare on Jul 11 at 12:26 PM
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Joyce's really low stakes "what happened to my magnets? Oh god thank you for reminding me of one of the huge plot loopholes that infuriated me especially for a science fiction show! Yeah, we get that the fridge magnets drop off. But what about all of the other magnets In everyday life? There would have been a lot... [more]
posted by Miko to FanFare on Jul 8 at 7:05 AM
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I'm still pissed off about the placement of the duet. I fully support the cuteness of the duet just not there. I thought it was hilariously inappropriate. Tension builds, the monster's chasing them, there's only one thing thing that can save them all - the combo to the safe. But first, a musical interlude! Joyce, Jim &... [more]
posted by scalefree to FanFare on Jul 11 at 9:56 PM
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I would also accept a series featuring Robin and Steve's video rental store adventures. [view]
posted by asperity to FanFare on Jul 8 at 2:52 PM
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I loved this episode because it brought back something I miss from movies -- a team of people all working together to do the right thing. I'm so sick of the trope of the lone hero -- that one misanthropic guy who's kinda sketch but we're all supposed to accept that because he saves the day. I miss shows like this where you have a group of people,... [more]
posted by wildblueyonder to FanFare on Jul 11 at 9:42 AM
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There were so many great things about that Robin-Steve scene, but among the less obvious ones is that Steve's emotional journey was in no way nullified by Robin not being interested. He went from hitting on every girl who came into Scoops Ahoy to recognizing that there's something deeper and more meaningful with someone he actually has a connection... [more]
posted by Navelgazer to FanFare on Jul 7 at 6:32 PM
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If you want a spin-off, how about the government Men In Black that constantly have to keep covering stuff up in Hawkins? Hey, where did all these random dozens of citIzens disappear to? THEY DIED IN MALL FIRE Even that sweet old lady who went cuckoo and ate all that fertilizer and they had to send her to the hospital? She went to the mall too?... [more]
posted by dr_dank to FanFare on Jul 9 at 8:19 PM
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And Dustin called the hill where he set up the transmitter Weathertop. (Which I think he should have known was maybe not the most auspicious reference where diminutive protagonists are concerned?) [view]
posted by mubba to FanFare on Jul 14 at 3:17 PM
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Aunt Lydia was an incel. [view]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit to FanFare on Jul 11 at 2:38 PM
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Re: RadioShack, it's Mexican/Central American concerns are now held by Grupo Gigante, which is the most made-up sounding conglomerate conceivable. [view]
posted by Navelgazer to FanFare on Jul 11 at 9:38 PM
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Dear Netflix: I am seven episodes into the third season. I am never going to want to skip the intro. [view]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit to FanFare on Jul 7 at 7:33 PM
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Rewatching the series prompted me to dig into Evangelion wikis to find explanations for the weird lore of the series, and to my surprise there was actually a lot of interesting detail that made way more sense than I remembered. Then I discovered that almost all these explanations were sourced from unlockable codex entries in a PS2 visual novel... [more]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia to FanFare on Jul 13 at 5:09 PM
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