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Movie: UHF

An unemployed visionary becomes the manager of a local public station. The station becomes a success, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 16, 2018 - 26 comments

Movie: Black Dynamite

Michael Jai White is All-Star Baltimore Colts running back Ferrante Jones who is Black Dynamite, a former CIA agent who investigates the death of his brother at the hands of the mob. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Jul 30, 2016 - 11 comments

Movie: Galaxy Quest

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 7, 2016 - 45 comments

Fishing with John: Thailand with Dennis Hopper  Season 1, Ep 5

John Lurie and Dennis Hopper travel to Thailand in search of the deadly, hypnotic Giant Squid in this two part episode. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 5, 2015 - 5 comments

Fishing with John: Maine with Willem Dafoe  Season 1, Ep 4

John Lurie and Willem Dafoe brave the elements to go ice fishing in Maine. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 3, 2015 - 5 comments

Fishing with John: Costa Rica with Matt Dillon  Season 1, Ep 3

John Lurie and Matt Dillon try their hand at the mysterious, local fishing customs of Costa Rica. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 2, 2015 - 2 comments

Fishing with John: Jamaica with Tom Waits  Season 1, Ep 2

John Lurie and Tom Waits take a fishing trip to Jamaica. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 1, 2015 - 3 comments

Fishing with John: Montauk with Jim Jarmusch  Season 1, Ep 1

John Lurie and Jim Jarmusch drive to Montauk. New York to hunt man-eating sharks. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Sep 30, 2015 - 7 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The sad state of public defense in the US, OLOPE shuts down  Season 2, Ep 27

Michigan state representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat leave office, the first resigning, the second removed from her position, due to allegations they were having an affair together. Guatemala elects a new President following the resignation of Otto PĂ©rez Molina. Queen Elizabeth becomes the longest-serving monarch in British history. And Now: Some More Descriptions Of The Queen's Ridiculous Hats. Main story: public defenders, their relatively short history (only since 1963), and the many ways our legal system stacks the deck against them. (YouTube 15m) Last Week Tonight produced a short piece reimagining cop shows' Miranda warnings in light of the challenges faced by public defenders. And Now: An Important Message From Our Lady Of Perpetual Exemption (OLOPE), an update on the state of the church, which is closing down, and all the things they sent, at least one of which is really NSFW. Last Week Tonight is off next week. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 15, 2015 - 8 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Televangelists  Season 2, Ep 25

This week.... Cuba allows their US embassy to reopen for the first time in decades. Historians confirm that US President Warren G. Harding had a child out of wedlock. New Zealand is considering changing their flag, and held a competition for people to suggest designs. John Oliver points out some particularly ludicrous entries. And Now: Six More Actual Flag Designs Submitted to the New Zealand Goverment, With Descriptions of What They Look Like. Main story: Televangelists, those forgotten scourges of the poor, their tax-exempt status, and the surprisingly legal things they get away with. YouTube (20m) To demonstrate the extent of the problem, LWT started their own church, "Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption." Said church has a website, www.ourladyofperpetualexemption.com. Metafilter thread about the episode. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 18, 2015 - 8 comments

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

ISIS gains an ally in Boko Haram. Ireland accidentally legalizes a number of psychoactive drugs for a day. Brazil prepares to investigate politicians taking bribes from oil companies. And Now: Newscasters Who Don't Know About You. Main story: NCAA is a billion dollar industry, but with many problems with how it treats its players (YouTube 21m). Last Week Tonight introduces the hashtag #soybeanwind and ends with an ad for their more realistic NCAA simulator video game.
posted by JHarris on Mar 16, 2015 - 6 comments

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