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Movie: Bottle Rocket

Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hare-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that somehow involves his former boss, the (supposedly) legendary Mr. Henry. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose on May 22, 2019 - 12 comments

Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas: Labor Problems  Season 2, Ep 1

Everyone's favorite late night show is back for a second season! unions : a modest proposal- jashoezzi : education [more inside]
posted by eustatic on May 12, 2019 - 0 comments

Movie: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

In this classic Preston Sturges comedy, the soldier-smitten Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) discovers that she is both married and pregnant after a raucous troop send-off party. While she has no idea who her new husband is, her longtime admirer, Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken), seizes the opportunity to help. When Trudy's cop father (William Demarest) catches wind of the situation, however, wacky misunderstandings follow, with the well-meaning Norval on the wrong side of the law.
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 9, 2019 - 5 comments

Dead to Me: Full Season  Season 1, Ep 0

Jen's husband was recently killed by a hit-and-run driver. As she tries to recover, she meets Judy, who also recently suffered a loss. But there's more to Judy (and to Jen (and to her husband (and to pretty much everyone and everything else))) than meets the eye. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on May 6, 2019 - 14 comments

The Great Beast That is the Global Economy

Wondering if anyone is watching this Amazon Prime documentary show. Hosted by the lovely and talented Kal Penn (Kumar of Harold and, former Obama admin advisor) and written by the author of The Big Short. Good range of topics from money laundering to our dependence on rubber, and a plethora of guest appearances in amusing skits. I would love to have the hive mind help me fangirl over the fun bits and grouse about questions that are raised but not satisfactorily addressed.
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Apr 25, 2019 - 1 comment

Don't Forget The Driver: First Series  Season 1, Ep 0

A coach driver and single father navigates the post-Brexit world surrounding his seaside enclave. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 16, 2019 - 2 comments

Santa Clarita Diet: Season III  Season 3, Ep 0

The Hammonds try to cope with increasing exposure while fending off an ancient enemy, and Abby and Eric cope with the consequences of their own criminal actions.
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin on Mar 29, 2019 - 22 comments

I'm Sorry: Seasons 1 and 2  Season 0, Ep 0

Almost finished binging the first two seasons of this hilariously, filthy comedy and loving it. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Mar 18, 2019 - 5 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Psychics  Season 6, Ep 2

You might not think much about psychics these days, but they're still all over the place, on daytime talk and "reality" shows especially. LWT takes a look at how they continue to bilk people. The main story is on YouTube.
posted by JHarris on Mar 11, 2019 - 3 comments

Movie: One Cut of the Dead

Don't stop the camera! Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies. [more inside]
posted by lesser weasel on Mar 10, 2019 - 11 comments

Miracle Workers: Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

When God (Steve Buscemi) plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels (Geraldine Viswanathan, Daniel Radcliffe) must convince their boss to save humanity. They bet him they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet: help two humans fall in love.
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Mar 9, 2019 - 8 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: He Said, She Said  Season 6, Ep 8

Jake and Amy investigate a workplace harassment and sexual assault case at a big financial firm; Holt is suspicious when his old nemesis "The Disco Strangler" dies. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Mar 1, 2019 - 18 comments

Movie: The Party

Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine. [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Feb 17, 2019 - 3 comments

Movie: Nine to Five

Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton work in a corporate office. Their boss is a pig. When they manage to trap him in his own house they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep him tied up?
posted by Emmy Rae on Feb 15, 2019 - 17 comments

Movie: Happy Death Day 2U

Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 15, 2019 - 5 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: CATALINA CAPER  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 4

Rewatch! What do you get when you cross a beach movie with a heist movie? Nothing good! It does contain a musical number by Little Richard. This movie marks the establishment of the rule that MST3K would avoid comedies, but it's still a fairly well-remembered episode from the show's classic era. With this film, we're back in Joel territory for a while! Previously
posted by JHarris on Feb 13, 2019 - 4 comments

PEN15: Season 1 (Complete)  Season 1, Ep 0

Comics Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play versions of themselves as 13-year-old outcasts in middle school in the year 2000, surrounded by actual 13-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Feb 10, 2019 - 15 comments

Movie: Primary Colors

Based on the initially anonymous blockbuster 1996 account of Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, the film version continues the novel's weak à clef distance, casting a thinly disguised John Travolta as Bill and Emma Thompson as Hillary as they navigate the ethically trying road to the White House. [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs on Feb 10, 2019 - 5 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: A Tale of Two Bandits  Season 6, Ep 5

When a car thief seemingly copies the MO of the now-retired (and possibly deceased?) Pontiac Bandit Doug Judy, it's up to Jake and Terry to crack the case. Meanwhile, the rest of the Nine-Nine submit to a drinking contest to defend Shaw's Bar from an attempted FDNY takeover. Guest starring Nicole Byer and Rob Riggle!
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 8, 2019 - 15 comments

Movie: Night Is Short, Walk On Girl

The story of the titular girl known only as "The Girl with the Black Hair" and her insanely long night of partying and drinking-complete with a book fair, festival, and many adventures in between. It is also the story of "Senpai," her upper class man who has been attempting to get closer to her by "coincidentally" running into her again and again. However, on this night, meeting up with her may be the greatest challenge of his life. [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Feb 3, 2019 - 0 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Tattler  Season 6, Ep 3

Jake and Gina attend their 20th high school reunion. Back at the Nine-Nine, Charles helps Rosa with her love life. Also: crinkling noises. [more inside]
posted by InTheYear2017 on Jan 25, 2019 - 12 comments

Schitt's Creek: Season Five  First Watch   Season 5, Ep 0

As we begin the new season (after a lovely Christmas special), Moira is filming her comeback movie in Bosnia and David is working on taking his relationship with Patrick to the next level. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jan 17, 2019 - 10 comments

Future Man: Replay One  Season 2, Ep 0

Josh wakes up... or does he? after saving the world... or did he? in the future... or is it? You know what, who knows what the hell's going on anymore. But Future Man is back, and things are as grimy as ever.
posted by Etrigan on Jan 14, 2019 - 10 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Honeymoon  Season 6, Ep 1

The Nine-Nine is back, now on Thursdays on NBC! (Spoiler inside!) [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Jan 11, 2019 - 20 comments

Schitt's Creek: Season 2  Season 2, Ep 0

After a failed attempt to sell the town, the once rich and powerful Rose Family come to the depressing realization that their stay may be longer than they originally hoped. But the Roses will bloom again – even if it’s in Schitt’s Creek. [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Dec 26, 2018 - 5 comments

Schitt's Creek: Schitt's Creek Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

A wealthy businessman (Eugene Levy), his soap-opera acting wife (Catherine O'Hara), and their 2 adult children have their assets stripped from them from the feds except ownership of a rural town named Schitt's Creek.
posted by fizzix on Dec 17, 2018 - 25 comments

Patriot: American Dimes  Season 2, Ep 1

John must make a choice at the train platform - be free from his obligations and adversaries by letting Agathe take the money or pursue her in an effort to protect his brother, father, and country.
posted by Catblack on Nov 11, 2018 - 12 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Family Separation  Season 5, Ep 28

This week....
  • 2018 Midterms, which has been exceptional in negativity. California Congressman Duncan Hunter accused opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar of being a terrorist trying to infiltrate Congress; Iowa Congressman Steve King, who has been notorious for associating with white nationalists and got pissy when confronted about it before cameras, and lost the support of a number of corporate PACs; and in Nebraska's 1st district a sign promoting Jeff Fortenberry was defaced with googly eyes and changed to read Jeff Fartenberry, causing his Chief-of-Staff to accuse a local professor, who was unlucky enough to have "liked" a Facebook photo of the sign within his random notice, of supporting vandalism.
  • And Now: Out Annual Check-In With The Consequences Of Combining Local News Shows And Halloween
  • Main story: Immigration, "The system that brought you me, but it's still good, and I promise that won't happen again." Specifically, the Trump administration's family separation policy. It's faded from the news, but its consequences have not ended yet. Content warning: horrifying consequences of the enforced separation of children from their parents. YouTube
  • And Now: Halloween Part II: Just The Traffic And Weather
[more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 4, 2018 - 2 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: State Attorneys General  Season 5, Ep 27

That week....
  • Violence marred the prior week, and Fox News went out of their way to position the attacks as "false flag" operations, supposedly stages by Democrats to make Republicans look bad. Geraldo Riviera "outsmarts himself" in making such allegations.
  • Saudi Arabia continues to try to explain the disappearance, likely murder, of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while President Trump and right-wing figures try to downplay the killing of an American resident.
  • Main story: the role of state Attorneys General on our nation, their role in investigating wrongdoing, and the increasing degree to which the offices have become politicized. YouTube
  • Special productions: A WWE commercial that properly notes the fact that it takes place in Saudi Arabia, and the problems that causes; a concert for bagpipes, accordion, theremin and recorder (multiple, played by young children) to annoy people to stepping away from their TV sets and actually researching their states' candidates for Attorney General. A good place to do that, they note, is at Vote411.org.
[more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 4, 2018 - 2 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh  Season 5, Ep 24

This week (after a gap of some episodes, sorry about that), after an introduction acknowledging Trump's embarrassing UN conference and the Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty, the whole show was devoted to the main story, Brett Kavanaugh's looming confirmation, and the terrible implications if he is confirmed. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 30, 2018 - 5 comments

Movie: King Ralph

As the only relative to take over the Royal throne, a down on his luck American slob must learn the ways of the English. [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs on Sep 19, 2018 - 5 comments

Movie: Putney Swope

Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight regime of monied white ad men with his militant brothers. Soon afterwards, however, the power that comes with its position takes its toll on Putney... [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs on Sep 14, 2018 - 0 comments

Movie: Death Becomes Her

When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival. [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs on Sep 12, 2018 - 13 comments

Movie: The Package (🍆)

When a group of teenage friends go on a spring break camping trip, an unfortunate accident sets off a race against time to save their friend's most prized possession. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Sep 4, 2018 - 7 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sexual Harassment, Interview with Anita Hill  Season 5, Ep 18

This episode aired on July 29:
  • More Stupid Watergate, "Something with the potential gravity of Watergate, if the entire White House was on bath salts and Nixon was a raccoon with his head stuck in a jar of peanut butter." Revealed is that Cohen secretly taped interactions between him and Trump, and some of one of the tapes was leaked, relating them planning to keep a story about Trump's affair with Playboy Bunny Karen McDougal secret. Also, Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of the meeting with Russian representatives in Trump Tower. And, Mueller is looking into whether Trump's tweets constitute obstruction of justice.
  • Facebook loses $119 billion dollars of value, 19% of its total valuation, overnight. That's more than the value of the entire global cheese market: Facebook's stock dropped by the concept of cheese. It's because of piracy issues, which they've apologized for via an ubiquitous ad. LWT provides one of their trademark more honest versions.
  • Main story: Workplace sexual harassment. In the wake of a number of prominent male executives being brought down, it's looking like something may finally be done about it... except that the current situation shares a lot of things in common with the 90s, at which time everything was supposed to change, and then, didn't. The issue became national news with the testimony of Anita Hill before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • The last act was a great interview with Anita Hill herself.
Both the main story and the interview are on the show's official Youtube channel. (29m) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 13, 2018 - 1 comment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Gene Editing and CRISPR  Season 5, Ep 17

Let's catch up a bit, shall we? This was the episode that aired July 8, 2018:
  • Trump's "We got more money, we got better brains, we got more houses," etc. speech.
  • The week's prerequisite bombshell was the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. As of this writing his position has still not been filled. Oliver reminds us that this has the potential to be really really bad for reproductive and LGBT rights. Democrat hopes to block mean once again playing America's most depressing game show, HOPE SUSAN COLLINS FLIPS AND BE DISAPPOINTED WHEN SHE DOESN'T!!! Jeffery Toobin made a tour of talk shows to make sure everyone's hopes were appropriately dead.
  • And Now: For Canada Day, The Most Canadian Thing Imaginable: Polite Interactions Between Professional Curlers At The 2018 Tim Hortons National Championship
  • Main story: Gene editing, and how a revolution in technology, "CRISPR," puts it into the hands of people literally working in their garage. Contents: jacked, sexy beagles; work on reviving wooly mammoths; irresponsible biohackers; the hope to wipe out malaria; an Australian man who hates invasive cane toads; a Lyme disease experiment on Nantucket Island; the question of whether deafness and dwarfism are diseases that should be eliminated; and China's pushing the boundaries of gene editing. It's on YouTube (20m).
  • And Now: Hey Guys--What The Fuck's Going On With Animals In Florida?
[more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 13, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: Don't Talk to Irene

Irene must endure 2 weeks of community service at a retirement home. Following her passion for cheerleading, she secretly signs up the senior residents to audition for a dance-themed reality show.
posted by larrybob on Jul 21, 2018 - 2 comments

Who Is America?: Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

Is it funny, rude, productive, deceitful, illuminating, mean, subversive, constructive, or a great example of how we got where we are today pretending to be a solution to where we are today? Sacha Baron Cohen's latest "entertainment" involves four characters (disguises) who question political figures, celebrities, and ordinary citizens about the current state of American politics. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk on Jul 19, 2018 - 7 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: 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: Sorry to Bother You

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe. [more inside]
posted by migurski on Jul 8, 2018 - 72 comments

Movie: Nanette

Hannah Gadsby's Netflix special seems like it's going to be a stand-up comedy routine but ends up being a meditation on, among other things, the limitations of comedy. Currently being discussed on the blue here. This one needs a content warning for discussions of misogyny and homophobic violence, both emotional and physical.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious on Jul 4, 2018 - 30 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

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mexican Elections  Season 5, Ep 16

Last week (at one remove)....
  • Trump reacts to outrage over his policy to separate the children of illegal migrants to the US from their parents, first by insisting he couldn't change it, then when the outcry became too great, changing it. Because he LIES.
  • 7-11 courts controversy in Norway by advertising condoms on television and in train stations there a defense against chlamydia, which has especially high incidence rates there. The spots called Norway the "Land of Chlamydia."
  • And Now: Local News Is Concerned About Teens
  • Main story: Mexico, and their upcoming (well, yesteray's) elections, the largest in that nation's history. The approval ratings of their current President, Enrique Peña Nieto, went down to 12% from public anger over corruption. The show looks at a number of competitors for the top job, and their issues, sometimes considerable ones. The main story can be watched on YouTube (20m).
  • And Now: Kathie Lee and Hoda Are Slowly Becoming One.
[more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jul 1, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: How to Steal a Million

Romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and the man who helps her. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 23, 2018 - 7 comments

Movie: The Graduate

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 22, 2018 - 10 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: China President Xi Jinping  Season 5, Ep 15

This week:
  • Trump's summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un happened. The result was what Oliver reminds us is a Trump speciality, something akin to an "Ice Cream Blow Job." Something that sounds great, but when you think about it, doesn't actually mean anything.
  • Thousands of children were forcibly taken from parents due to the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy over illegal imigration, an act that has infuriated millions.
  • And Now: Senator Chuck Schumer Is Caught In An Endless Graduation-Speech Time Loop
  • Main story: China President Xi Jinping has overcome term limits, had his ideas enshrined in China's constitution, and cultivated a cult of personality around himself. Under him, China's released catchy viral videos to advance their economic interests. LWT made their own to remind everyone of their human rights issues. The main story (20m) is available on YouTube.
[more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 20, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 19, 2018 - 12 comments

Movie: Yojimbo

A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 18, 2018 - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Stupid Watergate II: Fox News' Cries Of "Witch Hunt"  Season 5, Ep 14

This week:
  • Trump prepares for the (then) upcoming North Korea summit, of course, by not preparing.
  • Philippine President and strongman Rodrigo Duterte very uncomfortably kisses a young woman before a crowd.
  • And Now: Julie Chen Has A Few Questions For The Audience of "The Talk."
  • Main Story: More on Stupid Watergate, this time about Fox News' efforts to normalize the idea that the Mueller investigation is a "witch hunt" by calling that through every channel available to them, in an desperate (yet somewhat effective) effort to get ordinary Americans thinking it must be one, despite the fact that they've already charged 20 people and three companies, and gotten five guilty pleas. Watch it on YouTube (18m).
  • And Now: The Entire Seventeen-Minute Piece You Just Saw, Boiled Down To Eight Seconds.
  • Finally, a bit about the UK. Last week's episode had a segment about the putdowns of House of Commons speaker John Bercow that could not air in the UK, because of a stupid law saying footage of the chamber could not be used in "light entertainment" or "political satire." Because they used such footage this week and thus UK viewers again cannot be shown the whole program, LWT offers five minutes of replacement content: Gilbert Gottfried reading Yelp reviews.
[more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 16, 2018 - 1 comment

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