Mystery Science Theater 3000: CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD Rewatch Season 6, Ep 8
Re-rewatch! This episode is more popular than I suspected, partly on the strength, perhaps, of its short, A Day at the Fair. The movie itself is a spy-themed made-for-TV thing, made by Quinn Martin, originally intended as an NBC series pilot. The plot has to do with a couple of people trying to protect a deadly gas that can kill people on contact, which is indeed pretty deadly. It sounds impossible to work with. The host segments spotlight MST3K's least-considered regular character: Magic Voice. Previously and again.
An unflinching Ozarks girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts for her meth-cooking father in order to keep her family intact. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: BLOODLUST! Rewatch Season 6, Ep 7
Rewatch! In which we find out, for a hunter, the most thrilling prey of all is Mike Brady (Robert Reed). Also has the short Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm! Also, the first episode with Pearl Forrester, long before the became an official Mad! And the fiddle player in the square dance scene, off-screen, is reputed to be Maria Bamford! There, I think that's all the interesting points. Riff away. Previously.
The Underground Railroad: full season. Season 1, Ep 1
Amazon Prime says: "From Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, 'The Underground Railroad' is a new series that chronicles Cora Randall’s desperate bid for freedom in the Antebellum South. After escaping a Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad beneath the Southern soil." I've just watched the full ten episodes of this over a period of about two weeks. I found it very gripping, full of great casting and first-rate performances. The later episodes are stronger than the early ones in my view, but maybe that just reflects my increasing investment in the show as it went on. What did other MeFites make of it? [more inside]
An English junior officer in World War I Cairo is able to arrange his being sent to observe the Arabs in their rising against the Ottoman Empire. The British have their reasons for aiding the Arabs. The Arabs have their reasons for rising up against the Ottomans. And the English junior officer has his own reason for going into the desert. "Fun." [more inside]
Mare of Easttown: Sore Must be the Storm Season 1, Ep 6
So much coming to light, so few answers. Mare opens up about her son's death; Siobhan makes a heart-wrenching confession; Pat, Billy, and John come in accordance; Deacon Mark sets the record straight; both Jess and Brianna come clean; and Lori airs out her brand new dirty laundry. [more inside]
A middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to her by her family, customers and friends. [more inside]
Wakefield: Episode 5 Season 1, Ep 5
James suffers a loss of identity as Tessa deals with her mother getting rid of all her things. Nik has a lot of unanswered questions over his brothers death when his mother shows up.
Wakefield: Episode 4 Season 1, Ep 4
Kareena tells Nik that his distressing phenomenon and outer body experiences could be from his past trauma that he could be suppressing.
Wakefield: Episode 3 Season 1, Ep 3
Memories of a flood enter Nik's mind as he tries to find the ring that once belonged to his mother. Discovering how much Kareena means to him Nik remembers he used the same ring to once propose.
Wakefield: Episode 2 Season 1, Ep 2
Raff's loyalty to Genevieve is tested when her desires become all too much for him to handle. Nik accidentally injures Tessa when she is set off and almost attacks Linda.
Wakefield: Episode 1 Season 1, Ep 1
Nikhil Katira is a psychiatric nurse working at Wakefield, a facility perched on the edge of Australia's spectacular Blue Mountains. There's one problem - while his patients are getting better, he's getting worse. Episode 1: Nik gets a song stuck in his head and it triggers memories he doesn't understand, while James who is running a business while in the ward, as Ivy cannot cope with crying from a baby. [more inside]
The One: Full Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Love -- and lies -- spiral when a DNA researcher helps discover a way to find the perfect partner, and creates a bold new matchmaking service.
Run On: Run On Season 1, Ep 0
Veering off course from his preset path, a track star follows his own pace and heart for the first time after a film translator steps into his life. (Netflix, jTBC Korea) [more inside]
A precocious fourteen-year-old experiences heartbreak for the first time. [more inside]
A small-town pastor struggles with his faith. [more inside]
Calvin, Beth, and their son Conrad are attempting to get back to normal after Conrad's return home from a psychiatric hospital. Conrad visits Dr. Berger who works with him to not push away his pain. [more inside]
It's a Sin: It's a Sin Season 1, Ep 0
Drama from Russell T Davies about five friends living and loving in the shadow of AIDS. [more inside]
A woman working at her father's record store in Harlem in the late 1950s meets an aspiring saxophone player. [more inside]
Two gutsy food delivery workers strive to overcome their socioeconomic disadvantages to achieve big goals -- and bump into love along the way. (Netflix, KBS2 Korea) [more inside]
Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE REBEL SET Rewatch Season 4, Ep 19
Rewatch! At our accelerated pace we're careening through the history of the show, and already we're nearing the end of Joel's last full (pre-revival) season. This is the one where the Chief from Get Smart (Edward Platt) tries to rob a train. There is a short, Johnny at the Fair, where a kid explores a World's Fair and meets Joe Louis and "the Hellzapoppin' boys," and is narrated by Lorne Greene, apparently! Previously
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by the Cause and its charismatic leader. [more inside]
A young man must complete his work at a Navy Officer Candidate School to become an aviator, with the help of a tough Gunnery Sergeant and his new girlfriend. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BEATNIKS Rewatch Season 4, Ep 15
Re-rewatch! Written and directed by Paul Frees (the voice of Boris Badenov), these characters are not really beatniks, they're more young criminals. But one of them can sing, and that gives him the worth to be lifted up out of his life of crime. There's a General Hospital clip before the movie too. A somewhat popular episode, but not many people's favorite? Previously, and again
When Krisha returns to her estranged family for Thanksgiving dinner, past demons threaten to ruin the festivities. [more inside]
The School Nurse Files: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Wielding a light-up sword through the dark corners of a high school, a nurse with an unusual gift protects students from monsters only she can see. (Netflix, 6 episodes) [more inside]
Borgen: Full Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
A shocking turn of events thrusts relatively unknown Moderate Party leader Birgitte Nyborg Christensen into the political spotlight in Denmark, culminating in her seating as the country’s first female Prime Minister - with all the personal and political complications such a situation brings. [more inside]
Chicago Typewriter: Chicago Typewriter (Sikago Tajagi) Season 1, Ep 0
A veterinarian and two writers have a mysterious connection to Korean independence fighters from the Japanese colonial period. (Netflix, tvN Korea) [more inside]
Was It Love: Was It Love? Season 1, Ep 0
When four very different men appear in her life, a single mother who hasn't dated in years begins to rediscover love — and herself. (Netflix, jTBC Korea) [more inside]
2019 Australian comedy/ crime/ drama TV show with Lucy Lawless as a police consultant. Anyone seen this?
Brave New World: Full Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking 1932 novel, Brave New World imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself.
Life is ever-delightful — and ever-challenging — for a group of friends in their twilight years as they rediscover themselves through love and family. (Netflix, tvN Korea) [more inside]
Hoping that self-employment through the gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation. The newest film from Ken Loach. [more inside]
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen. [more inside]
Steve Coogan has been asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, but after his girlfriend backs out on him he must take his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon. [more inside]
Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen Squad Leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide. [more inside]
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. [more inside]
An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. [more inside]
A thirty-years traveling diamond salesman must mentor a brash young replacement when his company downsizes him. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: WILD REBELS Rewatch Season 2, Ep 7
Rewatch! On Sunday: They were reckless violent killers before it was cool, and they did it for the kicks! Three biker thugs and a lady, calling themselves "Satan's Angels," see what they did there, decide to rob the prestigious Bank of Citrusville, and the only one who can stop them is a former stock car racer who they perhaps unwisely approached to drive the getaway vehicle. One of those movies where no one is likable. Previously
Mystery Science Theater 3000: RING OF TERROR Rewatch Season 2, Ep 6
Rewatch! On Thursday: Puma? Puma! An unflappable med student so irks his prospective fraternity brothers that they arrange for an initiation where he must get the ring off the hand of a corpse. John Carradine thinks back on the event and laaaaughs. Most of the episode is just lead up, making for a pretty boring experience. Fortunately we have three wisecracking intermediaries to help make the film watchable. Previously
Dead to Me: Dead 2 Me Season 2, Ep 0
We start right where we left off last year. [more inside]
Kingdom: Kingdom Season 2, Ep 0
After the shocking double-reveal cliffhanger at the end of season 1 (currently at 93/97 on Rotten Tomatoes) this South Korean period drama, set soon after the Japanese invasions of the 1590s, is back for another 6 episodes with more palace intrigue, class warfare, beautiful costumes and gorgeous cinematography, set against the backdrop of a massive plague of flesh-eating monsters. On Netflix.
Crash Landing on You: Season 1 - all episodes Season 1, Ep 0
A paragliding mishap drops a South Korean heiress in North Korea -- and into the life of an army officer, who decides he will help her hide. (Netflix, tvN Korea) [more inside]
A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam. [more inside]
A socially awkward woman with a fondness for arts and crafts, horses, and supernatural crime shows finds her increasingly lucid dreams trickling into her waking life. Starring, written, and produced by Alison Brie. [more inside]
Giri/Haji: All episodes Season 1, Ep 0
A detective from Tokyo scours London for his missing brother, who's been involved with the Yakuza and accused of murder. [more inside]
Everything's Gonna Be Okay: Seven-Spotted Ladybug; Greenbottle Blue Tarantula (Episodes 1 & 2) Season 1, Ep 1
Nicholas' single dad has very bad cancer and he's going to die, soon. So Nicholas offers himself up to be the guardian for his two teenage half-sisters. What's the worst that can happen? / Nicholas wishes he could call an adult. After the death of their father, Nicholas, Matilda, and Genevieve struggle to return to their daily - and nightly - routines. (Freeform, US broadcast) [more inside]
The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned, including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them. [more inside]