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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

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

Angie Tribeca: "The Wedding Planner Did It"  Season 1, Ep 2

Tribeca and Geils investigate a series of baker murders. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 6, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: Turbo Kid

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a comic book fan dons the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 5, 2016 - 14 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Karen Peralta  Season 3, Ep 14

When Jake brings Amy to meet his mother (special guest star Katey Sagal) for his birthday, he receives an unwelcome surprise. Meanwhile, Charles and Rosa's test run of the NYPD's body cams comes with some unexpected body issues. Elsewhere, Holt and the rest of the Nine-Nine wrack their brains solving a fiendish escape-the-room puzzle.
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 4, 2016 - 4 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Cruise  Season 3, Ep 13

The Pontiac Bandit rides again! When Jake and Amy go on their first romantic cruise, they discover that the ship's piano lounge entertainer is none other than Jake's hated archnemesis-slash-secret best bro Doug Judy. (special guest star Craig Robinson) Back at the precinct, Charles and Rosa wage dueling charm offensives to snag an amazing apartment that belonging to the vic in a murder case, and Holt must endure a visit from his brassy sister Debbie. (guest star Niecy Nash) [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Jan 27, 2016 - 11 comments

Movie: The Final Girls

A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 23, 2016 - 6 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 9 Days  Season 3, Ep 12

When Jake tries to raise a lonely/depressed Holt's spirits with a long-abandoned case, they both end up in a nine-day mumps quarantine. With Holt out sick, Terry finds himself in charge of the precinct and unsure of his leadership abilities. Meanwhile, Rosa helps Charles deal with the tragic (mid-humping) death of his beloved dog. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Jan 20, 2016 - 7 comments

Detectorists: Season 1 discussion  Season 1, Ep 0

Andy and Lance attempt to find the burial site of a Saxon king, but will relationships and the nemeses get in the way?
posted by drezdn on Jan 14, 2016 - 14 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Hostage Situation  Season 3, Ep 11

When Boyle's ex-wife Eleanor (special guest star Kathryn Hahn) holds his frozen sperm for ransom, he turns to Jake to help him "bring his boys home". Back at the precinct, Terry barely survives Amy's attempts to get his recommendation for a mentor-mentee program. Meanwhile, Holt and Diaz enlist Gina's help(?) in interrogating a tight-lipped perp with a surprising connection to her mysterious past...
posted by Strange Interlude on Jan 6, 2016 - 5 comments

Galavant: A New Season aka Suck It Cancellation Bear/World's Best Kiss  Season 2, Ep 1

Galavant got a second season, and everyone on the show is as surprised as we are! In the first part, Gal and Richard are waylaid at a bar frequented by Richard's "uncle", and everyone else adjusts to their new place in society. In the second part, Izzy and Gal come to a less charitable appraisal of their memorable first kiss.
posted by Small Dollar on Jan 3, 2016 - 11 comments

Movie: Survive Style 5+

A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkable inane idea after another; a British hitman who only wants to know everyone's function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance. Starting off as unrelated plot lines, they intertwine with each other as they continue on their respective ways.
posted by naju on Dec 31, 2015 - 9 comments

Rita: The Idealist  Season 1, Ep 1

Rita is a 40-something single mother of three and a teacher. She rents an old caretaker's house adjacent to the low-stakes school where she has worked for the last 14 years. Rita is unconventional, headstrong, fiercly protective of her charges, and somewhat in need of help herself. [more inside]
posted by Thella on Dec 19, 2015 - 5 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Yippie Kayak  Season 3, Ep 10

While taking care of some last-minute Christmas shopping, Jake, Charles, and Gina find themselves in the middle of an actual Die Hard hostage situation. On the outside, Terry matches wits (or whatever) with The Vulture (returning guest star Dean Winters!) to keep the whole thing from boiling over. Elsewhere, Holt and Rosa talk a skittish Amy into joining them on an ice-cold Polar Bear Swim. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Dec 14, 2015 - 15 comments

Movie: Krampus

Max is a true believer who has become jaded with Christmas. As his extended family visits for what promises to be a terrible three day celebration, Max makes a wish that he soon begins to regret. Krampus is the new holiday horror film from director Michael Dougherty. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Dec 8, 2015 - 8 comments

Movie: A Hard Day's Night

Not, as I assumed, some sort of concert documentary, but a farce portraying a sort of parody of a day in the life of the Beatles early in their career as they dodge hordes of screaming fans and commit shenanigans and hi-jinks on their way to a live TV concert. I found it charming and very funny. [more inside]
posted by straight on Dec 8, 2015 - 15 comments

Movie: Dinner at Eight

Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal. Available to stream on VUDU and Amazon Instant Video. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Dec 8, 2015 - 2 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Swedes  Season 3, Ep 9

When Jake and Rosa take on an international jewel smuggling case and are teamed with a pair of overly-chummy Swedish Interpol detectives (guest stars Anders Holm and Riki Lindhome), they begin to question their current level of professional camaraderie. Meanwhile, Amy and Terry attempt to open Gina's mind to the wonders of the cosmos, and Boyle rediscovers his inner McEnroe by filling in as Holt's squash partner. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Dec 7, 2015 - 12 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Syrian Refugees, The Penny, End Of Year Recap  Season 2, Ep 35

This week... more on the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris. US politicians use the opportunity to pile on Syrian refugees. And Now: The Dismal Prop Comedy Of The United States Congress. Main story: The US Penny, its dwindling value, and the issues around supporting it. YouTube (10m) And Now: What In God's Name Are They Covering On WCBS News At 11? And, finally, this is the final episode of this year of Last Week Tonight, so the show provided a retrospective, featuring the return of Wanda Jo Oliver. This concludes LWT's second season; it resumes in February. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 27, 2015 - 12 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Ava  Season 3, Ep 8

Everyone in the Nine-Nine springs into action when Terry's wife Sharon goes into labor at the precinct: Jake and Gina discover the doula within, Rosa and Terry make a daring escape from Rikers, Amy and Boyle scale a mountain of paperwork, and Holt has to bury the hatchet with an old ex. (special guest star Nick Offerman)
posted by Strange Interlude on Nov 23, 2015 - 15 comments

The Grinder: Buckingham Malice  Season 1, Ep 7

Instead of following in his father's footsteps and joining the backstage technical crew, Ethan auditions for a role in the school play. Meanwhile, Stewart questions his father about why he gave Dean and him two different takes on how to live their lives.
posted by 2ht on Nov 18, 2015 - 2 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fantasy Sports  Season 2, Ep 34

This week.... Terrorist attacks kill over a hundred people in Paris. Singles Day, a minor holiday turned into a gigantic sales event, hits the nation of China, and called in to promote it are foreign celebrities Adam Lambert, Daniel Craig and Kevin Spacey as, of all things, his House Of Cards character Frank Underwood. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his first visit to the UK, while Indian industrialists prepare legal challenge for the return of the Koh-i-Noor, a huge diamond that currently serves as the centerpiece of the Queen's crown. And Now: Another One Of John McCain's Favorite Jokes. Main story: Daily fantasy sports apps DraftKings and FanDuel, and their skirting laws regulating gambling. Last Week Tonight provides a more honest ad for the apps than the ones they have been filling the airwaves with. YouTube (19m) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 18, 2015 - 4 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Mattress  Season 3, Ep 7

When Jake and Amy work their first case together as a couple, it's time to go to the mattresses. Back at the precinct, Charles (in Charge?) accidentally scratches Holt's prized convertible, and Rosa finds out that her Little Brother mentee got picked up for shoplifting.
posted by Strange Interlude on Nov 16, 2015 - 16 comments

Please Like Me: Natural Spring Water  Season 3, Ep 4

Josh, Tom and Arnold have a night to remember as they experiment with drugs, head to a nightclub, meet the intriguing Ella and end up spending a long and surprising night in hospital.
posted by misfish on Nov 14, 2015 - 1 comment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prisoner Re-Entry  Season 2, Ep 33

The UK unveils new surveillance laws. A hearing reveals that the honors to US veterans that often precede sporting events are frequently paid for by the Department of Defense. A certain Washington football team complains about its offensive trademark being cancelled by listing other companies with offensive names whose trademarks still stand. And Now: Everybody Wants To Be An Outsider. Main story: Prisoner re-entry, and the formidable societal and legal obstacles set up to harass prisoners reentering society. John Oliver interviews Bilal Chapman, a tomato grower subject to many of those problems. YouTube (19m) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 9, 2015 - 9 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Into The Woods  Season 3, Ep 6

Jake's plan for a relaxing weekend cabin getaway with Charles and Terry goes awry when he fails to take certain key considerations (namely, food) into account. Back at the precinct, Amy gets Gina to help her come up with a no-fail "shark tank" pitch for her practical yet boring invention. Meanwhile, Holt summons forth every last ounce of the raw emotion within in order to coach Rosa through an unexpectedly painful breakup. (Bye, Marcus...) [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Nov 8, 2015 - 20 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Medicaid Gap  Season 2, Ep 32

This week... John Kerry holds a conference in Vienna to try to get Syria to reach an agreement with rebels, but while delegates from 20 nations show up, neither Syria nor the rebels attend. "Chewbacca" is arrested in Ukraine for campaigning on behalf of "Darth Vader," who is running for mayor there. In the UK, the threatened removal of tax credits for the poor are thwarted by an unlikely benefactor: the House of Lords. And Now: The Inevitable, Sad Consequences Of Morning Show Anchors Celebrating Halloween. The main story: 2015 state elections determine whether more states will opt out of expanding Medicaid to their residents. YouTube (14m) And Now: Oh Sweet Jesus, They've Put The Weather Forecasters In Costumes Too. Finally, China attempts to gain control over shipping lanes in the South China Sea by claiming sovereignty over artificial islands, a situation that has become tensely volatile and a potential cause for war. In an attempt to introduce some reason, Last Week Tonight brought on Kenny G (unexpectedly popular in China) to sing a song about it. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 4, 2015 - 3 comments

Podcast: Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4: The News Quiz (23 Oct 2015)

A satirical review of the week's news, chaired by Miles Jupp. Jeremy Hardy, Holly Walsh, Yasmine Akram and political sketch writer Michael Deacon are Miles' guests this week. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Oct 26, 2015 - 3 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Halloween III  Season 3, Ep 5

Capt. Holt returns to the precinct, just in time for this year's Halloween (HALLO-WEEEEEEN!) heist. This will be a decisive year, since Holt and Jake are currently tied at 1-1 over the past two seasons, and there's a new twist: Instead of Jake stealing something of Holt's, they're each putting together a team to go after the same prize -- a golden crown that will anoint the winner as King of the Nine-Nine. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Oct 25, 2015 - 18 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Canada's Election, Misattributed Quotations  Season 2, Ep 31

This week.... New Zealand Prime Minister John Key answers surprisingly candid questions on radio. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, unpopular for his reforms, courts controversy with an insensitive TV commercial. A Copenhagen zoo's decision to kill a healthy two-year-old giraffe and feed it to the lions is followed up by the decision to kill two lions and their cubs, and another zoo in Denmark dissected a lion in front of a crowd. LWT helpfully produced an honest commercial for Denmark's zoos. Main story: Canada has an election tomorrow (er, by now, two days ago -- Justin Trudeau won). Cameo appearance by Mike Myers! YouTube (15m) And Now: A Student Passes Out Listening To Steven Harper Speak. (Two students, actually.) Finally, in response to the epidemic of quote misattribution by political figures and generally on the internet, LWT created a website to generate random misquotes from historical figures, definitelyrealquotes.com. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 21, 2015 - 2 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Oolong Slayer  Season 3, Ep 4

It's a brand-new Jake/Holt team-up! When the Vulture limits the precinct to working dull misdemeanors (wieners), Jake rebels by secretly taking on a serial killer case, and an equally bored Holt (with Gina!) jumps at the chance to help. Meanwhile, Rosa and Amy are both roped into planning the Vulture's birthday party, and Terry fights a losing battle against stress eating. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Oct 18, 2015 - 15 comments

Steven Universe: Too Far  Season 2, Ep 24

Work on the drill continues apace, but Peridot's Homeworld sensibilities cause a culture clash with the Crystal Gems.
posted by Small Dollar on Oct 15, 2015 - 18 comments

BBC News Quiz?

Is anyone interested in trying a few News Quiz posts? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Oct 14, 2015 - 8 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: North Dakota  Season 2, Ep 30

Russia fires cruise missiles at targets in Syria and Iran, and the U.S. suspends their rebel training program. FIFA's ethics committee suspends Sepp Blatter for 90 days, and all his replacements are either being investigated themselves or might be soon. The U.S. asks Toyota how come so many of their trucks have gotten in the hands of ISIS. And Now: John McCain's Favorite Joke. Main story: North Dakota's oil rush, and the environmental and human cost to the state. LWT produced a video appeal to North Dakota to hold oil companies to greater account for their malfeasence, and paid for a billboard in the state saying "Be Angry. (Please.)" YouTube (20m) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 12, 2015 - 18 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

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mental Health, Peeple  Season 2, Ep 29

Vladimir Putin launches air strikes against ISIS in Syria. Quick takes from the United Nations general debate: Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe defends their anti-homosexuality laws; Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaims the Iran nuclear deal by silently staring them down for 45 seconds; dictator of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko brings his 11-year-old son to sit beside him in the General Assembly. The Secret Service hits scandal yet again by trying to embarass Congressman Jason Chaffetz by leaking his old job application to their agency. And Now: People On Television Talking Shit About Their Producers. Main story: the horrifying plight of the mentally ill in the United States. YouTube (12m) And Now: Newscasters Stretching The Definition Of The Word "Exclusive." And finally, the new "Yelp for people" app, Peeple... wait that sounds a bit familiar. Last Week Tonight launches a website to facilitate people saying awful things on the internet without actually hurting anyone: screamintothevoid.com. Or consider another suggestion by LWT: Peeble, an app which rates people according to the opinion of Mario Van Peebles. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 5, 2015 - 3 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Funeral  Season 3, Ep 2

(Official Fox synopsis) The Nine-Nine gets another personnel change that could put Jake and Amy’s budding relationship at risk. Meanwhile, Terry assists Holt with an important public relations matter, and Rosa and Gina try to convince Charles to rethink his affection for a fellow officer (guest star Archie Panjabi). [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Oct 4, 2015 - 12 comments

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