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Movie: The Wizard of Oz

Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl (Judy Garland) kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Sep 21 at 12:01 PM
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Movie: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This low-budget freak show/cult-classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors and Janet Weiss inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair's car breaks down in the woods, they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff, who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop.
posted by johnofjack to FanFare on Sep 24 at 1:30 PM
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Star Trek: Lower Decks: Reflections

Mariner and Boimler work the Starfleet recruitment booth at an alien job fair, Rutherford challenges himself.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit to FanFare on Sep 22 at 12:04 AM
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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: Just Jen

Jen is a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding, a stressful event compounded by uniquely She-Hulk issues.
posted by 1970s Antihero to FanFare on Sep 22 at 5:18 AM
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The Goes Wrong Show: Episodes 1-6

The Goes Wrong Show, a British farce TV show (JustWatch to advise on streaming options; watch the first season free in the US on Tubi), is a spinoff of the live theater production The Play That Goes Wrong. Both the live show and the TV show depict an ambitious theatrical troupe trying valiantly to get through live performances of plays-within-a-play, despite all manner of mishap -- props and sets that fall apart, musical cues gone wrong, pratfalls, and whatnot.
posted by brainwane to FanFare on Sep 27 at 4:43 AM
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Movie: Leave Her to Heaven

A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both as well as everyone around them.
posted by Carillon to FanFare on Sep 24 at 12:59 AM
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Movie: The Sixth Sense

Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Sep 23 at 7:42 AM
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Movie: How to Train Your Dragon

Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. His progressive views and weird sense of humor make him a misfit, despite the fact that his father (Gerard Butler) is chief of the clan. Tossed into dragon-fighting school, he endeavors to prove himself as a true Viking, but when he befriends an injured dragon he names Toothless, he has the chance to plot a new course for his people's future.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Sep 23 at 12:26 PM
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Los Espookys: Los Espiritus en el Cementerio

After a long break, the Espookys crew is back!
posted by the primroses were over to FanFare on Sep 22 at 6:23 PM
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Andor: Reckoning

Cassian's desperation to avoid arrest leads him to a mysterious man with unknown connections.
posted by EndsOfInvention to FanFare on Sep 21 at 5:59 AM
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Movie: Dogfight

In the fall of 1963, Eddie Birdlace is an 18-year-old Marine Corps volunteer who is about to ship out with three of his buddies for a tour of duty in Vietnam. Planning a massive blowout for their last night in San Francisco, Eddie, his buddies, and a number of other Marines set up a contest they call a "dogfight." Acclaimed performances from Lili Taylor and River Phoenix really elevate this movie.
posted by bearette to FanFare on Sep 21 at 12:41 PM
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House of the Dragon: The Princess and the Queen

Ten years later. Rhaenyra navigates Alicent's continued speculation about her children, while Daemon and Laena weigh an offer in Pentos
posted by suburbanbeatnik to FanFare on Sep 26 at 5:40 PM
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Quantum Leap: July 13th, 1985 (reboot pilot)

A new team assembles to restart the Quantum Leap project. Lead physicist Ben Song takes an unauthorized leap into 1985 as the team scrambles to figure out what happened and how to get him back.
posted by oh yeah! to FanFare on Sep 19 at 7:57 PM
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Movie: City Lights

A hapless but resilient tramp (Charlie Chaplin) falls in love with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) on the tough city streets. Upon learning that she and her grandmother are to be evicted from their home, the tramp undertakes a desperate series of attempts to provide them with the money they need.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Sep 26 at 1:40 PM
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Book: Nona the Ninth

Her city is under siege. The zombies are coming back. And all Nona wants is a birthday party.
posted by snerson to FanFare on Sep 14 at 11:21 AM
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Movie: Slow West

A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide.
posted by Carillon to FanFare on Sep 22 at 9:17 PM
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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: The Great Wave

Queen Regent Míriel's faith is tested. Isildur finds himself at a crossroads. Elrond uncovers a secret. Arondir is given an ultimatum. Theo disobeys Bronwyn.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to FanFare on Sep 16 at 6:38 PM
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Movie: Barton Fink

Set in 1941, intellectual New York playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) accepts an offer to write movie scripts in L.A. He finds himself with writer's block when required to do a B-movie script. His neighbor (John Goodman) tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Sep 26 at 1:37 PM
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Movie: The Outfit

Aging master tailor Leonard (Mark Rylance) must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters in order to survive a fateful night.
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Sep 26 at 7:55 PM
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All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite: GRAND SLAM: Dynamite 9/21 and Rampage 9/23

Posting this one earlier in the day than usual because I'm going to be there live! If you're watching this on TV than you're getting what's essentially a PPV-quality match card for free on television, as every Dynamite match this week is a title match.
posted by The Pluto Gangsta to FanFare on Sep 21 at 10:28 AM
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potrzebie - The Rocky Horror Show was written by a resting (i.e. unemployed) actor to keep himself entertained and maybe make work for himself. So a huge amount of the show is there for no better reason than Richard O'Brien thought it might be fun for it to be there. It was originally put on in a sixty-seat theatre above the... [more]
posted by Grangousier to FanFare on Sep 26 at 3:34 AM
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It's weird to think that there's now more time between the present and the making of Rocky Horror than between the making of Rocky Horror and the films it was referencing. I don't think it's possible for the younger generation to truly understand how important this movie was to so many of us. I'm a cis guy who grew up in the Midwest, Catholic... [more]
posted by rikschell to FanFare on Sep 25 at 5:47 AM
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So I saw this when I was stationed in Germany, in the on-base theater. It was just popular enough that we got it, but it wasn't so popular that we got it fast. I'd seen coverage of it in various magazines and online (such as "online" was back then), but had been careful to avoid The Twist. But, you know, even knowing that there... [more]
posted by Etrigan to FanFare on Sep 23 at 10:18 AM
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So not only did the staff perfectly anticipate what the online haters’ reaction to the show would be, they went ahead and made them the Big Bads for the series? That is some pro-level trolling right there. [view]
posted by 1970s Antihero to FanFare on Sep 22 at 5:23 AM
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For a couple of years I had a dating profile the contained the line I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey. I had moderate success with that profile and a couple people asked me about that line but not one person who contacted me recognized it. Whether that is because the line is somewhat obscure or because everyone who did... [more]
posted by Parasite Unseen to FanFare on Sep 24 at 2:15 PM
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I have dragged my wife lengthwise through this show, over her protests, and I honestly can't blame her for being mad about it at this point. There are individual bright spots, and things like costuming and set design are glorious (although wherever Elrond's conversation with Gil-Galad was supposed to be, it was... a soundstage. Really a soundstage)... [more]
posted by restless_nomad to FanFare on Sep 25 at 9:15 AM
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When I was in college the local paper decided to do a piece about why this movie was so awesome and popular. They called the college of fine & performing arts looking for a film "expert" to weigh in. Somehow I got the call (I was an older student and I had started a filmmaking club, I guess that qualified me). When I talked to the... [more]
posted by under_petticoat_rule to FanFare on Sep 21 at 12:13 PM
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I was really bothered by the thing with the oath. Oaths are important in Tolkien: witness the endless tragedy inspired by the Oath of Feanor, and the lengths that his sons were driven to by the Oath. So you put Elrond in a position where he feels obliged to take a big important oath (even though I don't know why he felt he had to know... [more]
posted by suelac to FanFare on Sep 25 at 8:29 AM
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The mansion where they filmed this is now a fancy hotel, about 20 minutes drive from Heathrow Airport. The room where they filmed the time warp is now a fancy dining room. A butler caught us doing the time warp there. [view]
posted by simonw to FanFare on Sep 24 at 8:28 PM
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Have to say that from a technical standpoint, this movie is pretty fantastic. Amazing production and costume design, and Matthew Libatique's cinematography is unsurprisingly excellent. Florence Pugh and Chris Pine are great, and most of the rest of the cast handles their small roles well. Harry Styles... has a fair amount of screen time, so good... [more]
posted by tomorrowromance to FanFare on Sep 23 at 10:27 AM
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The plot for this has one of the most famous turns in the history of movies. If you have not seen this and do not know the plot of this film, and are doing the thing people do where they check in on a movie they are thinking about seeing, turn and run. FF threads can always include spoilers as they are akin to book clubs and are aimed... [more]
posted by DirtyOldTown to FanFare on Sep 23 at 7:47 AM
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I have to do the Time Warp when I hear the song. Twice now in my working life, I have somehow ended up being the last person to leave an office for the day; either it was before a holiday and I was finishing something up, or there was a storm coming and everyone else was skedaddling quick to commute home in time (and I lived next door... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to FanFare on Sep 24 at 7:18 PM
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I loved the slow pace of these first three episodes Me too! Being able to soak in the details of the world was really refreshing (in stark contrast to Obi Wan, which zipped around at whiplash speed and all of it was ultimately forgettable IMO). In preparation for Andor, I watched Rogue One again for the first time since it was... [more]
posted by jeremias to FanFare on Sep 23 at 9:21 AM
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Was the Horse of a Different Color scene (at the entrance to Oz) edited out of the annual tv showings? No, it wasn't. I, like Thorzdad, first saw the movie on a B&W TV. I thought the whole film was black-and-white. The Horse of Another Color, the Ruby Slippers, the Emerald City: I thought all these references were included so that... [more]
posted by SPrintF to FanFare on Sep 21 at 4:41 PM
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Ah, the film that shows the best possible way to have experienced American history in the previous century was to be white, stupid, and lucky. I went to see this the week it came out and it left me with such a bad taste in my mouth and I really couldn’t have said why at the time. There were things I liked. The effects that put Tom Hanks into... [more]
posted by wabbittwax to FanFare on Sep 21 at 11:59 AM
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Well the kid saw it last night with her friend and gave it "1000 stars out of 10". You know what? That's awesome. I love having that kind of experience at the movies, and I'm glad someone did. [view]
posted by reclusive_thousandaire to FanFare on Sep 25 at 7:30 AM
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I see you shiver with antici [view]
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace to FanFare on Sep 24 at 2:21 PM
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Was the Horse of a Different Color scene (at the entrance to Oz) edited out of the annual tv showings? Because when I saw it as an adult (after annual viewings as a kid, yes on a b&w tv) I didn't remember it at all. My nephew never flinched at the flying monkeys but he's made of sterner stuff than me. Around the same time he was being... [more]
posted by TWinbrook8 to FanFare on Sep 21 at 3:19 PM
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It’s also what M. Night completely failed to do in all his other movies. They had twists just to have twists, and the surprise was either super duper predictable or came out of no where. He seems to have completely misunderstood what made this movie so special. That's the essential tragedy of M. Night. This 2013 thread has a lot of... [more]
posted by Halloween Jack to FanFare on Sep 23 at 11:47 AM
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