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Movie: Sausage Party

A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence. [more inside]
posted by Small Dollar on Aug 13, 2016 - 25 comments

Saturday Night Live: SNL Season 42 Preview  Season 42, Ep 0

Two veterans – Taran and Jay – have been given their walking papers a year before their contracts would have expired. Jon Rudnitsky might be dropped as well! What next?
posted by not_on_display on Aug 9, 2016 - 67 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Journalism  Season 3, Ep 20

This week....
  • A recap of the Olympic opening ceremonies. Part 1 - Part 2 (both 4m)
  • And Now: Newscasters Perv Out Over a Shirtless Olympian in National Dress
  • Main Story: Journalists (19m), and the increasing difficulty that news outlets have staying in business while not compromising their work. With a special guest appearance by Tronc (MeFi)! Finishes with a trailer for "Stoplight," a depressingly realistic take on the plight of a reporter in the 21st century.
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posted by JHarris on Aug 8, 2016 - 8 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The US Democratic National Convention  Season 3, Ep 19

This week: [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 3, 2016 - 3 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

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Republican National Committee, and Campaign Songs  Season 3, Ep 18

This week....
  • The 2016 Democratic National Convention, and Hillary Clinton's choice of Tim Kaine as her VP pick.
  • David Cameron's successor Teresa May's controversial pick of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary.
  • And Now: A Summary of Roger Ailes' Contribution to Our Political Discourse
  • Main story: A recap of the 2016 Republican National Convention. (12m)
  • And Now: A Few More Highlights From the Republican National Convention
  • Referencing both the RNC's unapproved use of Queen's "We Are The Champions" for their convention, and the long history of Americal political parties misappropriating music, often unlicensed and frequently ironically, LWT got Michael Bolton, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Cyndi Lauper, John Mellencamp, Usher Raymond IV, Dan Reynolds, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson together to make a music video to speak against the practice. (7m)
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posted by JHarris on Jul 26, 2016 - 10 comments

Movie: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle (Sam Neill) who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. [more inside]
posted by hooray on Jul 10, 2016 - 18 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Brexit Update, Doping in Sport  Season 3, Ep 17

This week....
  • The UK votes to leave the European Union, and in the wake David Cameron resigns as Prime Minister of the UK. YouTube (5m)
  • And Now: The Things News Anchors Are Scared Of
  • Main Story: Doping in the Olympics, and its creeping ubiquity. LWT provides an inspirational athlete bio that may be more realistic than the usual uplifting sports story. YouTube (21m)
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posted by JHarris on Jun 27, 2016 - 8 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The NRA and Brexit  Season 3, Ep 16

This week...
  • The aftermath of Orlando shootings, from Trump's predictably awful remarks to the Democratic Party's filibuster, and the choke-hold the NRA holds over Congress and regulatory agencies, despite relatively low membership and campaign contributions. YouTube (11m)
  • And Now: "60 Minutes" Anchors Are Still Prompting People to Deliver the Exact Soundbite They Need
  • Main story: Brexit, that is to say, the motion to remove Great Britain from the European Union. Last Week Tonight debunks some of the reasons given for exiting. At the end, LWT provides their own (foul-mouthed, half-hearted) lyrics supporting staying in the EU, sung to the tune of Beethoven's "Ode To Joy." YouTube (16m)
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posted by JHarris on Jun 22, 2016 - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Trump University and Debt Buyers  Season 3, Ep 14

This week...
  • Trump and his businesses, it turns out, have been involved in over 3,500 lawsuits over three decades. LWT focuses on those concerning Trump University. YouTube: Part 1 (4m) and Part 2 (9m)
  • And Now: Wolf Blitzer States the Obvious
  • Main story: Debt, how Americans are in it (to the tune of $12 trillion dollars), how they get in it (often unavoidable medical reasons), how debt buying has become an industry to itself, and how it operates (predictably, badly) To demonstrate how easy it is to organize as debt buyers and buy debt, LWT organized as debt buyers in Mississippi, set up an EXTREMELY bare bones website, bought $15M of medical debt, the debt of 9,000 Texas people, and forgave it. The cost to them was a mere $60K, but it was technically the largest televised giveaway in history, beating out Oprah Winfrey's famous car giveaway. Oliver: "It is done! It is done! I am the new queen of daytime talk!" YouTube (21m)
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posted by JHarris on Jun 6, 2016 - 15 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: U.S. PRIMARIES AND CAUCUSES  Season 3, Ep 13

This week....
  • Protests rock Venezuela as their economy continues to deteriorate due to low oil prices.
  • Canada Prime Ministar Justin Trudeau hits a very minor scandal, "Elbowgate," due to his pushing his way through a crowd of people in the House of Commons.
  • And Now: John McLaughlin Angrily Introduces Discussion Topics.
  • Main story: Primaries and Caucuses, the means by which the Democratic and Republican candidates get chosen, which is far from proportional to public will.
  • And Now: Increasingly Weird Bell Ringers at the New York Stock Exchange
  • Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, widely considered to be a brutal strongman and who idolizes Putin, has completely lost his cat. LWT launches a campaign to find Kadyrov's cat before anyone suffers for it. Follow-up on Huffington Post.
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posted by JHarris on May 26, 2016 - 8 comments

Movie: The Thin Man

Nick and Nora Charles, a former detective and his rich, playful wife, investigate a murder case mostly for the fun of it. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on May 23, 2016 - 19 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: 911  Season 3, Ep 12

This week.... [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 18, 2016 - 5 comments

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Sees a Sunset!  Season 2, Ep 12

Kimmy attempts to help Andrea stop drinking, but to no avail. Jacqueline decides to pursue Russ, the lawyer who took away her painting. Titus and Mikey move in together.
posted by Cash4Lead on May 16, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: The Lobster

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. [more inside]
posted by sapagan on May 12, 2016 - 35 comments

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Meets a Celebrity!  Season 2, Ep 11

Cyndee comes back to New York, where Kimmy finds out she has been seeing a celebrity television therapist (Jeff Goldblum). Titus mentors a teenage boy and contemplates having a family of his own. Lillian handcuffs herself to a bulldozer to prevent gentrification.
posted by Cash4Lead on May 11, 2016 - 3 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Science  Season 3, Ep 11

This week.... [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 10, 2016 - 10 comments

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes to Her Happy Place!  Season 2, Ep 10

Kimmy begins therapy with Andrea. Titus helps Mikey come out to his family.
posted by Cash4Lead on May 10, 2016 - 26 comments

Movie: The Fortune Cookie

A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 8, 2016 - 1 comment

Movie: Barbarella

In the far future, a highly sexual woman is assigned with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way, she encounters various unusual people. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 5, 2016 - 11 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Puerto Rico  Season 3, Ep 10

  • Obama visits Saudi Arabia, but is snubbed when he's greeted at the airport by a governor, not the king.
  • Obama visits the UK, and is met by the Queen, driven by a 94-year-old prince, and his hand shaken by the adorable child Prince George.
  • Norway reacts to Syrian migrants by tightening the borders.
  • And Now: Everyone Likes Mispronouncing "Target"
  • Main story: Puerto Rico (21m), and it's $70 billion debt crisis.
  • Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda sings in behalf of his native Puerto Rico.
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posted by JHarris on Apr 25, 2016 - 14 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Greg & Larry  Season 3, Ep 23

SEASON FINALE! After Holt is kidnapped in a stunning double-cross, the Nine-Nine pull off a daring rescue and escape, and finally solve the FBI conspiracy against Pimento.
posted by Strange Interlude on Apr 21, 2016 - 22 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 38. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Ten

It's time for the final confrontation. Who's been hunting our heroes all throughout this campaign? What's Lucas really after? Why is Merle getting just completely boned in every fight? Answers to these questions and more linger just behind the play button. Taako has a plan. Magnus has a snack. Merle says his prayers.
posted by Cash4Lead on Apr 21, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: A Coffee in Berlin

Filmed in black and white, A Coffee in Berlin is a tragicomedy centered upon a fateful day that pushes an aimless college dropout (Tom Schilling) to stop wasting his time and finally engage with life.
posted by gemutlichkeit on Apr 15, 2016 - 1 comment

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes Roller Skating!  First Watch   Season 2, Ep 1

Titus' ex-wife sues him for spousal support. Kimmy still has feelings for Dong. Jacqueline's Sioux family gets fed up with her.
posted by Cash4Lead on Apr 15, 2016 - 23 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Maximum Security  Season 3, Ep 21

To uncover the conspiracy against Pimento, the Nine-Nine sends Santiago undercover, to pose as a hardened (and extremely pregnant) women's prison inmate. Does Amy have what it takes? For that matter, does Jake? Meanwhile, Rosa and the rest put on a fake funeral for Pimento in an attempt to catch the mysterious "Scar Joe"... [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Apr 6, 2016 - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: US CONGRESSIONAL FUNDRAISING  Season 3, Ep 7

This week.... Vladimir Putin snubs the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, and Donald Trump demonstrates that nuclear weapons is another thing he doesn't have much knowledge about. Baseball season prepares to begin, and the New York Yankees annoy and frustrate fans by making it difficult to resell premium tickets online, claiming that the tickets may end up in the hands of people who the Yankees owner figures may not know how to treat the privilege of sitting in the first five rows at a Yankees game. LWT is running a short impromptu context: tweet a picture of yourself wearing something that would would look ridiculous sitting in premium seats at a Yankees game with the hashtag #IHAVENEVERSATINAPREMIUMLOCATION, and you can win one of those seats to a game. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Apr 4, 2016 - 11 comments

Movie: This Is Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 21, 2016 - 19 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Trump's Border Wall  Season 3, Ep 6

This week.... Brazillians protest against their president Dilma Rousseff and their legislature moves to impeach, although 60% of members themselves face criminal charges of some kind. Obama nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by Scalia's death. And Now: two segments on CBS This Morning's Awkward Sex Talk. Main story: Trump's proposal to build a border wall along the US/Mexico border. (YouTube 19m) Finally, Last Week Tonight begins to consider updating their All-Dog Supreme Court and asks the public to choose a dog for the event that Garland gets confirmed. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 21, 2016 - 7 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Terry Kitties  Season 3, Ep 19

Terry settles a kitten-related score with his old nemesis at the Six-Five (guest star Matt Besser) by taking on a 20-year-old burglary case that got away. Back at the precinct, Charles summons all of his beta-male powers to stand up to alpha-dog Pimento. Elsewhere, the rest of the Nine-Nine take a bomb disposal class that turns unexpectedly competitive for Amy and Rosa. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Mar 18, 2016 - 6 comments

Movie: Mei ren yu (The Mermaid)

Director Stephen Chow presents the finest Chinese Mermaid Murder Comedy you'll see all year. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Mar 15, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: Clue

In arguably the finest movie based on a board game, six guests are invited to a strange house, only to find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery where everyboddy is either a victim or suspect. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 14, 2016 - 41 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Encryption  Season 3, Ep 5

This week....Hillary Clinton apologizes for remarks made about Nancy Reagan on the occaision of her death. Trump rallies erupt in violence, but he claims (despite multiple recorded examples) not to have encouraged it. International Women's Day is observed, sometimes oddly, throughout the world. Swiss president Johann Schneider-Ammann commemorates the Day of the Sick with a weird speech. And Now: Everybody Listen, Bernie Sanders Has Something to Say. Main story: Software encryption (18m), especially relevant concerning Apple's current court case. LWT made a commercial on behalf of Apple about the nature of software security. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 14, 2016 - 10 comments

Movie: Lost in America

A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 13, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: The Forbidden Room

A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the corridors of the doomed vessel, they find themselves on a voyage into the origins of their darkest fears. [more inside]
posted by sapagan on Mar 11, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: Heathers

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 8, 2016 - 23 comments

Movie: Down by Law

The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 7, 2016 - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Abuse of Special Districts  Season 3, Ep 4

This week.... The Republican primaries degenerate into yet more chaos, and the Republican elite tear into Donald Trump. LWT presents a short clip of Morgan Fairchild reading Trump's former wife Ivana's (remember her?) barely-fictionalized account of sex with him. Trump's confrontational attitude in tweets has begun to inspire imitators even worse than the original. And Now: People On TV Mean "Fucking." Main story: Special-purpose districts (YouTube 15m), local governmental entities created for a purpose but given little oversight, and which are sometimes wildly abused. Many people don't know what they are, so to help spread the world, LWT made an explanatory video with the help of some California school children. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 7, 2016 - 5 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Cheddar  Season 3, Ep 18

Corgi. [more inside]
posted by soundguy99 on Mar 7, 2016 - 9 comments

Movie: Valley Girl

Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends. Top notch soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 4, 2016 - 8 comments

Movie: Midnight Run

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 1, 2016 - 12 comments

Movie: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Mar 1, 2016 - 7 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump  Season 3, Ep 3

This week.... Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attempts to tackle his nations economic woes while wasting money on red carpets and begging for donations. President Obama tries, again, to close Guantanamo Bay over the objections of Congress. And Now: Basketball Enthusiast Pat Roberts Spends Twelve Minutes of Sentate Time Fantasizing About Playing One-On-One with the President. "Our main story tonight, and I cannot believe I am saying this, is Donald Trump." (YouTube 22m) A long and hilarious segment on Trump's many many failings, ending with the revelation that his ancestral family name was, in fact, Drumpf -- a word which the show has filed paperwork to trademark. They also own the website donaldjdrumpf.com, and offer an extension for Chrome called The Drumpfinator. Additionally, last week's segment on Hollywood Whitewashing (5m) is available on LWT's YouTube channel. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 29, 2016 - 17 comments

Movie: Flirting with Disaster

A young man, his wife, and his incompetent case worker travel across country to find his birth parents. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 28, 2016 - 5 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Hollywood Whitewashing, Abortion  Season 3, Ep 2

This week.... Donald Trump wins the South Carolina Republican Primary despite a feud with the Pope, and Jeb Bush finishes fourth. Republicans dig in on not confirming whatever replacement Supreme Court Justice Obama nominates. The "Judicial Crisis Network" makes an ad saying Republican senators should not confirm made mostly of smiling faces bought from stock footage sites. Last Week Tonight provides a stock footage rebuttal. How is This Still a Thing: Hollywood whitewashing. This week's main story: breast implants abortion (16m), and the stealth efforts of the right to outlaw it de facto by making it impossible in some states to operate an abortion clinic through the imposition of ridiculously onerous rules. The show finishes up with footage of a bucket of baby slothes -- and one in person, in the studio. Metafilter thread. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 24, 2016 - 8 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Adrian Pimento  Season 3, Ep 17

When a hard-boiled former undercover detective (special guest star Jason Mantzoukas) rejoins the Nine-Nine, Jake steps up to ease him back into a normal routine. Meanwhile, Gina tries to apply her trademark pizzazz to an informational video for the precinct, and Boyle must appease the janitorial boss (guest star Kate Flannery) after making an nigh-uncleanable mess of the break room. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 23, 2016 - 9 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: House Mouses  Season 3, Ep 16

After Jake pawns a ho-hum drug case off on Hitchcock and Scully, it turns out that the small-fry investigation is a very loaded potato indeed. OPERATION BEANS IS GO! Meanwhile, Holt's classical-music fanboy nature comes to the fore on a robbery case concerning a famous(?) oboist; elsewhere, the ladies of the Nine-Nine make a mutual pact to face their greatest fears. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 22, 2016 - 5 comments

Movie: The Cable Guy

A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend. His target, rejects him, with bad consequences, but not before creepy karaoke, awkward family game nights, and other hijinks ensue. Relatively early appearances of Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Bob Odenkirk, among others. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 19, 2016 - 7 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Voter ID Laws in American States  Season 3, Ep 1

Last Week Tonight S03E01 Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at age 79. Chipotle restaurants face federal investigations over food safety. (LWT produced a small commercial for them.) Main story: Voting (YouTube 14m), and the increased obstacles put in place to make it harder for US citizens to vote in elections. And Now: Newscasters Using Entirely The Wrong Tone. New Zealand's Prime Minister Steven Joyce is smacked in the head by a thrown phallus and is thereafter nicknamed by the New Zealand Herald "Dildo Baggins." Joyce tweeted to send it the GIF to John Oliver to get it over with -- and so they put the image on a flag, and gave the flag to Peter Jackson to wave. And then things got weird.... Yes that's right: Last Week Tonight is back! [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 15, 2016 - 26 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The 9-8  Season 3, Ep 15

After a water main break temporarily forces the neighboring 98th precinct to move into the Nine-Nine's offices, Jake is reunited with his old partner Stevie (guest star Damon Wayans, Jr.), leaving Charles feeling like the odd man out. But is Stevie entirely on the up and up? Meanwhile, the rest of the Nine-Nine crew have to deal with some irritating new deskmates, spurring some radical solutions. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 14, 2016 - 7 comments

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