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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ron DeSantis Season 10, Ep 3
This week... leading off with the main story, on Ron DeSantis, who has been doing a lot of horrible things as the governor of the US State of Florida, trying to position himself as the Republican nominee for President over the head of that other horrible person. And Now: Jerry O'Connell's Wife is a Scorpio, And He Needs Help. A final word on the TV ads of local business Radiant Plumbing which includes, among many others, Mister Scream, The Toiletnator, The Toilet Exorcist and... Toilet Dune. Last Week Tonight challenged Radiant Plumbing to make their next commercial based on their prompt sight-unseen, in exchange for a $10K food bank contribution, and Radiant Plumbing has already agreed, in classic fashion. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Bolsonaro Season 9, Ep 23
This week... Biden declares the pandemic to be over, which it isn't. Florida governor Ron DeSantis flies migrants (from Texas, not Florida) to Martha's Vineyard at Florida taxpayer expense in a ridiculous stunt for the benefit of Fox News. Puerto Rico, hit by Hurricane Fiona, has power problems again, in large part due to the mismanagement of LUMA Energy. Puerto Rican rap artist Bad Bunny drew attention to the island's continuing electrical woes with a video that at first appears to be a music video, but then turns out to be a 22-minute documentary. And Now: The Queue to End All Queues (the one to pay respects to the deceased Queen of England). Main Story: A return to Jair Bolsonaro, the far right President of Brazil who is running for election. He seems likely to lose but may decide to refuse to leave office, following Trump's example and encouraging a riot. On Youtube (20 minutes). At the end, John Oliver wishes support for the people of Brazil, speaking Portuguese while swinging nunchaku around. There's a reason, kind of.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Environmental Racism Season 9, Ep 9
This week... Flordia governor Ron DeSantis, Texas governor Greg Abbott and L.A. County sherriff Alex Villanueva engage in destructive messaging to rile up their base. And Now: Shaquille O'Neal Can't Stop Explaining How To Save Money On Gas. Main Story: Environmental Racism, on how minorities are exposed to the effects of pollution much more than white people. On YouTube (22 minutes). Infuriating term of the episode: "sacrifice zone." And Now: People On TV Read Rejected License Plates Out Loud.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tickets Season 9, Ep 4
This week (well, two weeks ago): Russias continuing invasion of Ukraine. In the US, the furor over Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill targeting educators, and Disney's contributions to state legislators who support it. And Now: Jim Cramer Presents Grounds For Divorce (expressing many times his wife's love for Wendy's Baconator hamburger). Main story: the market for event tickets, and the many ways it screws over ticket buyers, from the huge market share and hidden fees of Ticketmaster, to the resale market that allows people to buy up huge numbers of tickets and then, in possession of a near-monopoly, flipping those to fans at a large upcharge. On YouTube (20 minutes).
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Cononavirus Testing Season 7, Ep 10
This week: the show once again comes to us from the Blank White Void of Sad Facts. Alex Jones solemnly states on air "I'll admit it... I will eat my neighbors." The Coronavirus has, in three months, killed more Americans than the entire Vietnam War yet with no end in site, yet Jared Kushner essentially declared victory over it on Fox News. Ubiquitious testing is our only real way out of this problem, with current testing levels falling far short of what is needed despite having had months to improve the situation, so the main story tonight is: what happened? On YouTube (23m) And Now: Even During a Pandemic, Florida Just Can't Help But Be Florida. Finally, for some reason cats seem to love Last Week Tonight, so they decided to pander to them with a short spin-off show, "Cat Week Tonight." Contains Martin Sheen. [more inside]
Book: The Orchid Thief
A modern classic of personal journalism, The Orchid Thief is Susan Orlean’s wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flower—the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii—a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America’s strange flower-selling subculture, through Florida’s swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orlean—and the reader—will have more respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.
Rick and Morty: Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty Season 4, Ep 4
Special Ricktims Morty Morty gets a dragon (Liam Cunningham) in this one broh. It's a wild ride broh. And there's a talking cat (Matthew Broderick) who just wants to relax and have fun with Jerry, no questions asked. [more inside]
Book: The Nickel Boys
In this follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. [more inside]
Movie: Spring Breakers
Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. [more inside]
On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Go Getters Gonna Go Getcha Season 1, Ep 10
Krystal helps Judd out of a jam. Cody finds himself pulled in two directions. Bets puts her foot down. Buck and Pat see an opportunity. [Season finale] [more inside]
On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Wham Bam Thank You FAM Season 1, Ep 9
The Orlando FAM community braces for the Wham Bam Thank You FAM 37th Anniversary Jam. Krystal's loyalties are tested. Obie opens his heart to some orphans. Harold says a cuss word. [more inside]
On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Birthday Party Season 1, Ep 8
Krystal does a J-O-B two-step. Ernie and Bets cha-cha. Roger celebrates his birthday with Cody. [more inside]
On Becoming a God in Central Florida: American Merchandise Season 1, Ep 6
Krystal rubs elbows with the upper crust. Cody makes a surprising business proposal. Ernie finds his rhythm as a recruiter and celebrates with pizza. Dreams are realized, and dreams are shattered.
On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Many Masters Season 1, Ep 5
Obie and Louise Garbeau host a lavish motivational retreat at Paradise Cay for Washington-level entrepreneurs. Krystal and Cody try different tactics to get approval. "You know, folks, I've always felt that we could learn a great deal from our brethren in the animal kingdom. But none more so than the noble pelican."
On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Manifest Destinee Season 1, Ep 4
Things get weird -- Krystal goes on an odyssey, and meets a new adversary. A partnership takes a heated turn, and a collection of vintage motivational tapes just might change Cody's destiny. [more inside]
On Becoming a God in Central Florida: A Positive Spin! Season 1, Ep 3
Cody throws FAM a rally, where Krystal really gets into the spirit. Ernie tries to connect with his son, while Stan finds a new supplier for the water park. Meanwhile, Judd Waltrip tries to share his story with Mirta Herrera, who's more interested in positive spin, like hip-hop youth who breakdance for peace, and the aligator widow. (But he has a real hot story!)
On Becoming a God in Central Florida: The Gloomy-Zoomies Season 1, Ep 2
Krystal networks her way into an opportunity in the beauty pageant industry. Cody tries to be his own workhorse. Ernie builds a time capsule. [more inside]
On Becoming a God in Central Florida: The Stinker Thinker Season 1, Ep 1
Krystal Stubbs (Kirsten Dunst) doubles down on her husband's dreams while he wrestles with leaving his J-O-B. Cody (Théodore Pellerin) loses a friend, but meets his hero. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z Season 10, Ep 5
a.k.a. Zaat. "Is The Monster Man...Fish...Or Devil?" "It Would Take An Atom Bomb To Wipe Out The Walking Catfish!" "WARNING! Positively no one admitted during last 15 minutes!" Sargassum! After a short, nonsensical narration of an aquarium, a scientist charts on his gigantic circular day-planner his revenge on the scientific establishment, and the world that shunned his ideas, by turning himself into a monster that he calls (but isn't) a fish, then sets about making himself a fishy mate, while very southern authorities try to stop him. We've been through some adventures, haven't we? Well here's one more, the last of what I'd call the extreme pain category of episodes. Great host segments in this one! This episode is available to watch on YouTube. Premiered June 27, 1998. Eight episodes left. [more inside]
Podcast: Homecoming: 2. PINEAPPLE
Belfast is in Dubai. Palm trees are in Florida. A wheelchair is in the bathroom. The Titanic rises.
Podcast: Alice Isn't Dead: Part 1, Chapter 4: The Factory by the Sea
A delivery in Florida turns strange. [more inside]
Jane the Virgin: Chapter One Season 1, Ep 1
Through a series of plausible accidents, Jane gets pregnant through artificial insemination. Now she has to make some decisions. [more inside]