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Foundation: King and Commoner  Books Included   Season 2, Ep 3

The Empire recruits Bel Riose to investigate the resurgent Foundation. Hari leads Gaal and Salvor to a desert planet.
posted by Kyol on Jul 30, 2023 - 12 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BUBBLE  Season 13, Ep 12

"A visual science fiction experience that will boggle your mind." "SPACE VISION a step beyond 3-D" This is one of those movies that makes nonsensical and arbitrary things happen, but tries to excuse it by passing them off as mysterious. Well duh, anything's a mystery if there's no possible explanation for it! A plane with three people (one of the a pregnant woman) is downed by a storm, but ends up inside a huge hollow chamber with invisible walls, in which live zombie-like people who go through the motions of their lives. Like The Mask, this was made for 3D, so there's a bunch of in-your-face effects. Unlike that film though, only the 2D version is riffed on here. Joel riffs this one! The subplot has Jonah, Emily and Joel planning their escape, through the gimmick that the Mads, for some reason, can't hear anything spoken in rhyme. I like the episode, but the movie basically just toys with its characters throughout, until the unexpectedly happy ending. Premiered November 11, 2022, in the Gizmoplex. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jul 27, 2023 - 0 comments

Movie: They Cloned Tyrone

John Boyega, Teyonah Parris and Jamie Foxx. (YT Trailer) Tyrone Fontaine is a regular drug dealer in a retrofuturistic neighborhood, until a series of eerie events leads him and his unlikely companions down a rabbit hole into a conspiracy.... RT: 93%. Wikipedia Page [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jul 22, 2023 - 17 comments

Foundation: A Glimpse of Darkness  Books Included   Season 2, Ep 2

Gaal has a disturbing vision. Day's bond with Queen Sareth grows stronger. The Vault opens and reveals a cryptic message.
posted by Kyol on Jul 21, 2023 - 8 comments

Foundation: In Seldon's Shadow  Books Included   Season 2, Ep 1

Hari finds himself trapped in a mysterious prison. An assassination attempt leaves Day shaken. Gaal and Salvor devise an escape plan.
posted by Kyol on Jul 15, 2023 - 15 comments

Book: The Employees by Olga Ravn

The Employees chronicles the fate of the Six-Thousand Ship. The human and humanoid crew members complain about their daily tasks in a series of staff reports and memos. When the ship takes on a number of strange objects from the planet New Discovery, the crew becomes strangely and deeply attached to them, even as tensions boil toward mutiny, especially among the humanoids.
posted by Literaryhero on Jul 15, 2023 - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: H.G. WELLS' THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME  Rewatch   Season 13, Ep 10

Rewatch! In space, things happen. There's a plague and Jack Palance is evil, and at one point his holographic head is gigantic and rotating over the landscape of an alien planet, and there's a really annoying robot that can teleport wherever it wants it seems. H.G. Wells fans, well, won't actually have much to enjoy here, the movie's kind of dull and doesn't really have much to do with his writing. The movie's a mess. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jul 13, 2023 - 4 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BATWOMAN  Rewatch   Season 13, Ep 8

Rewatch! Not The Wild Wild World Of, this is just The Batwoman. In fact, The Mexican The Batwoman. She follows the natural career upgrade path south of the border, from luchador to superhero. Her mission is to stop a mad scientist from creating a race of fish people. Bats and fish: natural enemies. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jun 29, 2023 - 1 comment

Book: Waypoint Kangaroo

Kangaroo isn’t your typical spy. Sure, he has extensive agency training, access to bleeding-edge technology, and a ready supply of clever (to him) quips and retorts. But what sets him apart is “the pocket.” It’s a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe, and Kangaroo is the only person in the world who can use it. But he's pretty sure the agency only keeps him around to exploit his superpower. After he bungles yet another mission, Kangaroo gets sent away on a mandatory “vacation:” an interplanetary cruise to Mars. While he tries to make the most of his exile, two passengers are found dead, and Kangaroo has to risk blowing his cover. It turns out he isn’t the only spy on the ship–and he’s just starting to unravel a massive conspiracy which threatens the entire Solar System.
posted by Literaryhero on Jun 28, 2023 - 4 comments

Movie: Meander

After getting a car ride from an unknown man, Lisa (Gaia Weiss) wakes up in a tube. On her arm is strapped a bracelet with a countdown. She quickly understands that every 8 minutes, fire burns an occupied section. She has no choice but to crawl into safe sections to survive. To know why she's there and how to get out, Lisa will have to face the memories of her dead daughter. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 19, 2023 - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: ROBOT WARS  Rewatch   Season 13, Ep 2

Rewatch! One of a dwindling number to go at this point. It's one of those sci-fi movies whose grand vision of the future is largely today but like with multinational consortiums and giant robots. There's even a major location that's just a normal town circa the movie's making, passed off as a preserved ghost town and tourist location. Warning, there's an appallingly misogynistic character who's intended by the movie to be seen as a lovable scamp. Feh, meh, pleh, bleah. Previously. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 17, 2023 - 0 comments

Movie: The Last Starfighter

A video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best Starfighters to defend their world from the attack. [more inside]
posted by WedgedPiano on Apr 21, 2023 - 18 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE DAY TIME ENDED  Rewatch   Season 12, Ep 4

Rewatch! Some things happen, or do they? One of the most nonsensical movies in Mystery Science Theater 3000's ancient pantheon of nonsense. As oneswellfoop wrote, "It's like all the temporal paradoxes over the entire run of Doctor Who, Quantum Leap, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Irwin Allen's Time Tunnel, the Back to the Future movies and the episode of Babylon 5 where Babylon 4 reappeared all converged on one isolated location and didn't have clue what to do next so they ordered pizza." The episode has the return of J. Elvis Weinstein as Dr. Erhardt! Previously.
posted by JHarris on Apr 20, 2023 - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: LORDS OF THE DEEP  Rewatch   Season 12, Ep 3

Rewatch! People find a hyperintelligent lifeform in the ocean, and it's turning people into blobs! The opinions from MeFites the last time this one came up ran the gamut. Some were happy that it was a genuinely bad movie instead of a knockoff like 1201 and 2; someone mention that is a knockoff, of The Abyss; some liked it; some found it DULL. There's a fun during-movie song in this one, with a psychedelic tone.Previously.
posted by JHarris on Apr 13, 2023 - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: ATLANTIC RIM  Rewatch   Season 12, Ep 2

Rewatch! The Asylum is an infamous studio I'm a bit conflicted about. It's true, I've seen a lot of their films, despite finding it challenging to make it through a lot of them. Many of them aren't what I'd call good. But they continue to make movie after movie, even after all this time, despite it being a difficult craft, doggedly doing what they want no matter what people tell them. I admire that. And they made Z Nation, which people generally liked. Well, this is more typical of their output: a movie based loosely upon, and named similarly to, a big-budget movie, released straight to disk. This one has pretty unlikable characters. It's the second movie of "The Gauntlet," MST3K's short 12th season. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Apr 6, 2023 - 1 comment

Book: We are the Ants

16-year-old Henry has been regularly abducted by aliens since he was 13. But now they've given him a job. The earth will be destroyed in 144 days unless Henry pushes a button to stop it. It seems like an easy choice, but Henry hasn't been digging life lately. His boyfriend committed suicide last year, his best friend dropped out of his life too, his dad left years ago without saying goodbye, and his mom is an alcoholic chain smoker trying to get by on a waitress' income. His brother is a sadistic bully who just dropped out of college and moved back home because his girlfriend is pregnant. School is no better. Henry is doing poorly and is a target for the bullies there too, including the popular "straight" kid who he is secretly hooking up with on occasion. Henry isn't seeing any reason that the world should continue on in 144 days. He might be doing the world a favor by putting everybody out of their misery. Will he find a reason to push the button? The book gets into big issues of depression, mental health, self-worth, friendship, relationships, and bullying as Henry navigates the 144 days of his life before the world lives or dies on his command.
posted by COD on Apr 6, 2023 - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: MAC AND ME  Rewatch   Season 12, Ep 1

Rewatch! A disturbingly malleable, bubble-gum-like alien and their family get stuck on Earth and befriend a wheelchair-riding boy in this notable box-office failure. Chris Pratt seems to like it though! Season 12 ties Season 7 for the shortest season of MST3K. This is the first episode of "The Gauntlet," a series of MST3K episodes designed to be binged, although that'd be over nine hours of riffed film, so good luch surviving that. Unlike the previous episodes, I only posted each MST3K episode from Season 12 once, so less of a retread this time! Previously.
posted by JHarris on Mar 30, 2023 - 8 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: AT THE EARTH'S CORE  Rewatch   Season 11, Ep 14

Re-rewatch! Once again, it's the last episode of Season 11, the first Netflix season. People go to the center of Edgar Rice Burroughs Earth and meet dinos and cavefolk. It's Growler's first episode, and the episode of Kinga's ratings-stunt marriage that never ends up happening. It ends on a kind of cliffhanger, but Jonah's okay, he's outside the SOL in a space suit. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Mar 23, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight

A disgraced Ranger takes command of an old, possibly haunted, ship on an escort mission that encounters deadly peril from a new enemy civilization. [more inside]
posted by Stuka on Mar 15, 2023 - 4 comments

Movie: The Outwaters

[TRAILER] Four travelers encounter menacing phenomena while camping in a remote stretch of the Mojave Desert. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 21, 2023 - 11 comments

Movie: Vesper

Struggling to survive with her father after the collapse of Earth's ecosystem, 13-year-old Vesper must use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the future.
posted by porpoise on Feb 19, 2023 - 4 comments

Movie: Daybreakers

[TRAILER] Ten years after a plague turns most of the world's population into vampires, a critical blood shortage causes panic and gruesome mutations among the reanimated. Edward (Ethan Hawke), a vampire hematologist, tries to develop a blood substitute when he meets Lionel (Willem Dafoe) and Audrey (Claudia Karvan), two fugitive humans who claim to have a possible cure. Edward casts his lot with them in the hope of perfecting the cure before it's too late. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 16, 2023 - 6 comments

Movie: The Lost World: Jurassic Park

[TRAILER] John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) summons chaos theorist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to his home with some startling information -- while nearly everything at his Jurassic Park had been destroyed, his engineers happened to have a second site, where other dinosaurs were kept in hiding. It seems the dinosaurs on the second island are alive and well and even breeding; and Hammond wants Malcolm to observe and document the reptiles before Hammond's financiers can get to them. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 13, 2023 - 7 comments

Movie: Twilight Zone: The Movie

[TRAILER] This tribute to the beloved supernatural TV show has four segments, three of which are remakes of episodes from the series, and one is original for the film. Directors John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, and George Miller each helm a segment. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 13, 2023 - 8 comments

Movie: The Wandering Earth II

[TRAILER] In the near future, after learning that the sun is rapidly burning out and will obliterate Earth in the process, humans build enormous engines to propel the planet to a new solar system, far out of reach of the sun's fiery flares. However, the journey out into the universe is perilous, and humankind's last shot at survival will depend on a group of young people brave enough to step up and execute a dangerous, life-or-death operation to save the earth. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 10, 2023 - 0 comments

Movie: War of the Worlds

Dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie (Justin Chatwin). When his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops them off at Ferrier's house, it seems as though it will be just another tension-filled weekend. However, when electromagnetic pulses of lightning strike the area, the strange event turns out to be the beginning of an alien invasion, and Ferrier must now protect his children as they seek refuge. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 6, 2023 - 15 comments

Movie: Knock at the Cabin

While vacationing, a young girl (Kristen Cui) and her dads (Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge) are taken hostage by a band of armed strangers (Dave Bautista, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abby Quinn, Rupert Grint) who demand that the family choose one of themselves to sacrifice to avert the apocalypse. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 3, 2023 - 34 comments

Movie: I'm Totally Fine

Vanessa (Jillian Bell) embarks on a solo trip to clear her head after the death of her best friend Jennifer (Natalie Morales). But her self-care vacation takes a detour when she finds the recently departed Jennifer standing in her kitchen, claiming to be an extraterrestrial. Together, they spend the next 48 hours partying and reminiscing on better days. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 3, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David (Haley Joel Osment) is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee (Sam Robards) and his wife (Frances O'Connor). Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final acceptance by humans or machines, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both vast and profoundly thin. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 2, 2023 - 15 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT  Rewatch   Season 11, Ep 7

Re-rewatch! A German U-boat sings a passenger vessel, but rescues survivors. The strife between the two groups is set aside when they find a land peopled by prehistoric people and dinosaurs. Previously and again
posted by JHarris on Feb 2, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Infinity Pool

While staying at an isolated island resort, James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) are enjoying a perfect vacation of pristine beaches, exceptional staff, and soaking up the sun. But guided by the seductive and mysterious Gabi (Mia Goth), they venture outside the resort grounds and find themselves in a culture filled with violence, hedonism, and untold horror. A tragic accident leaves them facing a zero tolerance policy for crime: either you'll be executed, or, if you're rich enough to afford it, you can watch yourself die instead. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 30, 2023 - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: STARCRASH  Rewatch   Season 11, Ep 6

Re-re-rewatch! (what, really?) Stella Star is a star rogue kind of lady, whose second-in-command and guy-pal Akton also seems to have weird space powers. Anyway, they're on the run from the Space Law, until the Emperor of the Universe wants them to track down his lost son amidst the "Haunted Stars." If this seems awfully random, trust me, it's only the beginning. By the end there's amazons with a giant lady robot with metal breasts, a Texan-speaking law robot, the evil Count Zarth Arn, and much much more. A legendary ridiculous movie, and prime fodder for Jonah and a pair of wisecracking robots. Previously, again, and one more time. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jan 26, 2023 - 5 comments

Movie: JUNG_E

(TRAILER) On an uninhabitable 22nd-century Earth, the outcome of a civil war hinges on cloning the brain of an elite soldier to create a robot mercenary. Streaming on Netflix [more inside]
posted by jazon on Jan 25, 2023 - 4 comments

Movie: Tetsuo: The Iron Man

A “metal fetishist,” driven mad by the maggots wriggling in the wound he’s made to embed metal into his flesh, runs out into the night and is accidentally run down by a Japanese businessman and his girlfriend. The pair dispose of the corpse in hopes of quietly moving on with their lives. However, the businessman soon finds that he is now plagued by a vicious curse that transforms his flesh into iron. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 12, 2023 - 5 comments

Movie: Resident Evil

When a virus leaks from a top-secret facility, turning all resident researchers into ravenous zombies and their lab animals into mutated hounds from hell, the government sends in an elite military task force to contain the outbreak. Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) are charged with leading the mission. But they only have three hours before the pathogen becomes airborne and infects the world. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 12, 2023 - 13 comments

Movie: M3gan

Brilliant toy-company roboticist Gemma (Get Out's Allison Williams) suddenly becomes the caretaker of her orphaned 8-year-old niece, Cady (Violet McGraw, The Haunting of Hill House). Unsure and unprepared to be a parent, and under intense pressure at work, Gemma decides to pair M3GAN, her new AI-powered doll/companion prototype with Cady in an attempt to resolve both problems--a decision that will have unimaginable consequences. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 12, 2023 - 10 comments

Movie: A Boy and His Dog

Vic (Don Johnson) is a libidinous 18-year-old traversing the post-apocalyptic desert of 2024, in the company of his telepathic dog, Blood. When the pair encounter an underground community, the leader's daughter, Quilla Holmes (Susanne Benton), seduces Vic into their fold, separating him from Blood, who's left to survive on his own. But once Vic discovers he's been lured there solely for mechanized procreation, he realizes he's doomed unless he can escape and rejoin Blood. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 10, 2023 - 8 comments

Movie: Primer

Intellectual engineers Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) build and sell error-checking technology with the help of their friends Robert (Casey Gooden) and Phillip (Anand Upadhyaya). But when Aaron and Abe accidentally invent what they think is a time machine, Abe builds a version capable of transporting a human and puts the device to the test. As the two friends obsess over their creation, they discover the dark consequences of their actions. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 9, 2023 - 12 comments

Doom Patrol: Hope Patrol  Season 4, Ep 6

The team resists the threat of Immortus, but is Immortus the salvation of humanity?
posted by kittens for breakfast on Jan 8, 2023 - 5 comments

Movie: Crossworlds

[Trailer] College good guy Joe is drawn into a battle to save the world from arch-enemy Ferris. Joe's heirloom pendant just happens to be the key to the staff that opens doors to the Crossworlds.
posted by sammyo on Jan 7, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Vibrations

While up-and-coming rock star TJ (James Marshall) heads to his big audition to secure a record deal, his car is hit by a car load of drunks and he loses both hands. He falls out of the music business and becomes a homeless alcoholic with plastic hands. One night he is awoken in the dirty warehouse he sleeps in by an illegal rave party. He meets computer artist Anamika (Christina Applegate) and his plastic hands help him stop her from being assaulted by rave thugs. With Anamika's love and a pair of robotic hands, techno-playing T.J. becomes a rave club superstar as a robot named Cyberstorm. This is a real plot summary. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 6, 2023 - 11 comments

Movie: Nowhere

[TRAILER] In Los Angeles, a colorful assortment of bohemians try to make sense of their intersecting lives. The moody Dark Smith (James Duval), his bisexual girlfriend (Rachel True), her lesbian lover (Kathleen Robertson) and their shy gay friend (Nathan Bexton) plan on attending the wildest party of the year. But they'll only make it if they can survive the drug trips, suicides, trysts, rapes, mutilations and alien abductions that occur as one surreal day unfolds. Featuring Christina Applegate as "Dingbat." [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 6, 2023 - 2 comments

Doom Patrol: Youth Patrol   Season 4, Ep 5

Willoughby Kipling returns to lead our heroes in a charge against yet another vaguely defined threat, and predictably they fuck off and get high instead.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Dec 29, 2022 - 5 comments

Doom Patrol: Casey Patrol   Season 4, Ep 4

Dorothy is living in her own private Idaho on Danny, working through her feelings about her dad, when an alien threat invades that even her imaginary friends can't save her from -- so it's time to make a new one.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Dec 22, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: The Police Are Blundering in the Dark

During an outbreak of violent murders in the area targeting young women, a journalist searching for a female friend gone missing ends up in a villa owned by an eccentric photographer. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 16, 2022 - 0 comments

Doom Patrol: Nostalgia Patrol  Season 4, Ep 3

Vic reunites with old friends (not the Titans; his really old friends), Rita goes to the movies, and Jane has a very unexpected experience.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Dec 15, 2022 - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE TIME TRAVELERS  Rewatch   Season 11, Ep 3

Re-rewatch! Continuing with the first streaming season, some scientists are trapped in the future because of Danny. Thanks, Danny. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Dec 15, 2022 - 1 comment

Doom Patrol: Butt Patrol  Season 4, Ep 2

Our heroes hatch a plan to present this week's terrifying future, but it involves a radical change to the team.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Dec 8, 2022 - 6 comments

Doom Patrol: Doom Patrol   Season 4, Ep 1

The Doom Patrol try to take themselves seriously as superheroes, only to find that their enemies are more ridiculous than ever.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Dec 8, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: History of the Occult

[TRAILER] Sixty Minutes Before Midnight, Argentina's most watched investigative journalism program is being taken off the air. The staff attempts to go out in a blaze of glory, exposing a conspiracy and linking the government to a obscure secret society. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 8, 2022 - 8 comments

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