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Book: The Way We Never Were

The definitive edition of the classic, myth-shattering history of the American family Leave It to Beaver was not a documentary, a man's home has never been his castle, the "male breadwinner marriage" is the least traditional family in history, and rape and sexual assault were far higher in the 1970s than they are today. In The Way We Never Were, acclaimed historian Stephanie Coontz examines two centuries of the American family, sweeping away misconceptions about the past that cloud current debates about domestic life. The 1950s do not present a workable model of how to conduct our personal lives today, Coontz argues, and neither does any other era from our cultural past. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on Mar 26, 2019 - 2 comments

Movie: Rebel Without a Cause

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 17, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: The Bad and the Beautiful

An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 16, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: Roman Holiday

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 15, 2018 - 7 comments

Movie: 12 Angry Men

A jury holdout (Henry Fonda) attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
posted by daybeforetheday on Jul 14, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: Rashomon

A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view [content warning]. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 14, 2018 - 4 comments

Movie: Rear Window

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 13, 2018 - 6 comments

Movie: The Bridge

In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 12, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: Singin' in the Rain

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 11, 2018 - 24 comments

Movie: Children of Hiroshima

Post war Hiroshima: It's been four years since the last time she visited her hometown. Takako faces the after effects of the A-bomb when she travels around the city to call on old friends. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 10, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: High Noon

A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 9, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: The Killing

Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 8, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: Anatomy of a Murder

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after his wife was assaulted. What is the truth, and will he win his case? [content warning]. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 7, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: The Blob

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 6, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: The Desperate Hours

Three escaped convicts move in on and terrorize a suburban household. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 5, 2018 - 0 comments

Movie: Diabolique

The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 4, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: The Lavender Hill Mob

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 3, 2018 - 5 comments

Movie: I Want to Live!

A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 2, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: North by Northwest

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 1, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: The Last Picture Show

In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 11, 2018 - 5 comments

Movie: The Outsiders

The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 26, 2018 - 4 comments

Movie: Les Enfants Terribles

In a snowball fight between schoolboys the handsome Dargelos hits the chest of Paul, who drops unconscious to the ground. Paul has a deep affection for Dargelos, and later denies that there... [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Mar 22, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: Phantom Thread

A 1950s period piece exploring the relationship triangle between couture dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), his sister and business partner Cyril (Lesley Manville), and Alma (Vicky Krieps), the woman Woodcock invites into his home to be his latest muse and model.
posted by Going To Maine on Jan 16, 2018 - 38 comments

Movie: The Hudsucker Proxy

After Hudsucker Industries President Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning) commits suicide, the senior executives -led by the seniorest of them, Sidney Mussburger (Paul Newman)- install naïve business school graduate Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) as President in a play to drive the stock price down. Meanwhile, fast-talking reporter archetype Amy Archer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) tries to figure out what’s going on.
posted by Going To Maine on Dec 21, 2017 - 29 comments

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Thank You and Good Night  Season 1, Ep 8

In the Season One finale, Midge and Susie deal with the repercussions of Midge's off-script takedown of a famous comedian. With tensions still high at the Weissman household, Rose makes some bold changes. Midge and Joel reunite for Ethan's birthday party.
posted by A4 on Nov 30, 2017 - 21 comments

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Put That on Your Plate!  Season 1, Ep 7

With Susie's help, Midge hones her act at the Gaslight. Abe surprises the women with a dinner guest, sending Rose into an emotional spiral. Working towards a promotion, Joel conjures up a new plan. Midge stirs up controversy after meeting a big-time comedian.
posted by A4 on Nov 30, 2017 - 7 comments

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Mrs. X at the Gaslight  Season 1, Ep 6

Midge finds a different kind of audience to perform for, much to Susie's chagrin. Abe gets offered the experience of a lifetime. The Weissmans come together for a family dinner. Susie finally shows off her management skills.
posted by A4 on Nov 30, 2017 - 4 comments

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Doink  Season 1, Ep 5

Midge dives into a new line of work and makes some quirky friends along the way. Susie continues her emphatic quest to keep Midge's career moving forward, but gets hit with a couple setbacks. Both Midge and Joel experience the downsides of their new lifestyles.
posted by A4 on Nov 30, 2017 - 7 comments

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: The Disappointment of the Dionne Quintuplets  Season 1, Ep 4

Midge begins to move on from her once perfect life. Susie shows Midge the ropes while going on a tour of New York comedy clubs. Rose takes a bit too much pleasure in Midge's new living arrangements
posted by A4 on Nov 30, 2017 - 4 comments

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Because You Left  Season 1, Ep 3

After another arrest, Midge finds herself in legal trouble, forcing her to rely on Susie's street smarts. Abe approaches Moishe with an interesting proposition. Lenny Bruce offers some unconventional inspiration for Midge's act.<
posted by A4 on Nov 30, 2017 - 4 comments

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Ya Shivu v Bolshom Dome Na Kholme  Season 1, Ep 2

Midge's life is in a tailspin in the wake of Joel leaving. Midge and Joel's parents butt heads while trying to keep their family together. Susie pushes Midge to get back on stage and find her voice.
posted by A4 on Nov 30, 2017 - 7 comments

Movie: Stalag 17

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 11, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: Vertigo

A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 10, 2016 - 15 comments

Movie: Kiss Me Deadly

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 9, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: Paths of Glory

After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 8, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: Pushover

A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood and the cops. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 7, 2016 - 0 comments

Movie: The Day the Earth Stood Still

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 6, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: Godzilla

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 5, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 4, 2016 - 1 comment

Movie: Bad Day at Black Rock

A one-handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 3, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: The Caine Mutiny

When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 2, 2016 - 6 comments

Movie: The Wages of Fear

In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 1, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him. Movie found here on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 11, 2016 - 0 comments

Movie: The Big Combo

A police lieutenant is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend, who despises him, for information instead. Full movie here on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 3, 2016 - 1 comment

Movie: D.O.A.

Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why. Full movie on YouTube found here. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 26, 2016 - 2 comments

Angel: Are You Now or Have You Ever Been  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 2

Angel Investigations finds a new home base, but first Angel has to take care of some old business. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Oct 15, 2015 - 3 comments

Movie: Legend

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1950s and 1960s. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 8, 2015 - 12 comments

The Bletchley Circle: Uncustomed Goods, Part 1  Season 2, Ep 3

Alice contacts her former Bletchley colleagues when Millie is kidnapped, as she suspects it is linked to black market deals and does not want to involve the police.
posted by isthmus on Mar 16, 2015 - 2 comments

The Bletchley Circle: Blood On Their Hands, Part 2  Season 2, Ep 2

In the concluding part of this story, the team continues to search for proof that Alice is innocent... [more inside]
posted by isthmus on Mar 12, 2015 - 2 comments

The Bletchley Circle: Blood On Their Hands, Part 1  Season 2, Ep 1

When Alice Merren, a former Bletchley Park colleague, is charged with a distinguished scientist's the murder, Jean reunites the women for their second case.
posted by isthmus on Mar 9, 2015 - 4 comments

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