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Top Chef: Holiday Vacation Season 20, Ep 5
Following a quickfire involving cooking a celebratory dish with honey and mead, the cheftestants hit the road to a [sponsor name removed] vacation house in Kent to cook a family celebration dinner for their fellow chefs and judges. [more inside]
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.
In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living a tranquil life for years. While he takes their small herd of llamas out to graze, she keeps house and walks for miles with the other local women to fetch precious water. When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, Virginio and Sisa must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city. Their dilemma is precipitated by the arrival of their grandson Clever, who comes to visit with news. The three of them must face, each in their own way, the effects of a changing environment, the importance of tradition, and the meaning of life itself. [more inside]
Movie: Around the World in Eighty Days
[TRAILER] Victorian-era Englishman Phileas Fogg (David Niven) proclaims before his fellow members of a London gentleman's club that he can circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days, further boasting that he will bet the princely sum of 20,000 pounds on the success of his endeavor. With his stalwart manservant Passepartout (Cantinflas) alongside, he goes forth on his adventure, pursued by a dogged Police Inspector (Robert Newton) who suspects Fogg of chicanery. [more inside]
Movie: The Greatest Show on Earth
[TRAILER] To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground. [more inside]
Leverage: Redemption: The Fractured Job Season 2, Ep 6
Eliot backstory, fracking and poisoned water, Sophie self-doubt, and a guest appearance by Aldis Hodge as Hardison that's so lighthearted it's practically weightless.
Movie: Strange World
[TRAILER] A journey deep into an uncharted and treacherous land, where fantastical creatures await the legendary Clades: a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest, and by far most crucial, mission. [more inside]
A family finds themselves terrorized by their eight-year-old son's imaginary friend. Trailer. [more inside]
Movie: Petite Maman
[TRAILER] Eight-year-old Nelly has just lost her beloved grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother's childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods where her mother used to play and where she built the fort Nelly has heard so much about. One day, her mother suddenly leaves, and Nelly meets a girl of her own age in the woods, building a fort. [more inside]
Movie: Fanny and Alexander
Two young Swedish children in the 1900s experience the many comedies and tragedies of their lively and affectionate theatrical family, the Ekdahls. [more inside]
Atlanta: Snipe Hunt Season 4, Ep 7
Go nosing around in the Georgia woods at night, you never know what you might find. Maybe something ... special. [more inside]
Movie: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
When the Primm family (Constance Wu, Scoot McNairy, Winslow Fegley) moves to New York City, their young son Josh struggles to adapt. That changes when he discovers Lyle - a singing crocodile (Shawn Mendes) who loves baths, caviar and great music-living in the attic of his new home. [more inside]
Abbott Elementary: Principal's Office Season 2, Ep 4
When Gregory sends a disruptive student to Principal Ava's office, he learns that the students like spending time with Ava. Meanwhile, Melissa invites Janine over so she can learn how to cook, but Janine is hoping that Melissa and her sister can reunite.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: Superhuman Law Season 1, Ep 2
In the aftermath of Titania's defeat, Walters gains reputation as a new superhero dubbed "She-Hulk" by the public, much to her dismay. [more inside]
Reply 1988: (aka Answer Me 1988) Eungdabhara 1988 Season 1, Ep 0
Reply 1988 centers on the lives of five families living in a small neighborhood in Seoul. No cell phones, just one TV in the main living area, and absurdly large family meals (frequently shared with the whole neighborhood). As with Hospital Playlist, Prison Playbook, and the rest of the Reply series, shows from this writer & director pair are about relationships; in Reply 1988 the relationships are between the childhood friends as they slowly mature, between parents & children, and across all the adults. It’s a slice of life drama, with a lot of comedy, romance, culture, and history mixed in. 20 episodes, most over 90 minutes. [more inside]
Our Blues: Our Blues Season 1, Ep 0
Romance is sweet and bitter — and life riddled with ups and downs — in multiple stories about people who live and work on bustling Jeju Island. [more inside]
Book: When Women Were Dragons
A rollicking feminist tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman's place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are. - The first adult novel by the Newbery award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon. [more inside]
Top Chef: Family Vacation Season 19, Ep 11
It’s time to hit the beach. The Chefs head to the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston Texas, but they won’t have any time to relax. Chef Shota Nakajima is here to present them with their next Quickfire Challenge: using the freshest gulf shellfish to create a seafood tower with one hot and one cold dish. Then, for the Elimination Challenge, Padma announces that along with alumni Sheldon Simeon and Adrienne Cheatham, the chefs will be feeding a family of special VIPs, who are expecting them to cater to some very specific tastes. [more inside]
Movie: Turning Red
A 13-year-old girl named Mei Lee turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited. (IMDB)
Book: Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks
Journalist Mark Woods gets a grant to visit 12 US National Parks over a year to write about the future of the National Park System. Life throws in a curve ball as his mother gets a terminal cancer diagnosis early in the year. Part travelogue, part reflection on family, part essay on the past and future of the National Park Service, this was a really enjoyable book to read, especially in January when my camper is in winter storage.
Eung-dab-ha-ra 1997: Reply 1997 (aka Answer Me 1997) Season 1, Ep 0
Set in the 1990's, the drama centers around a female high school student Shi Won, who idolizes boyband H.O.T and her 5 high school friends in Busan. The timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, where one couple will announce that they're getting married. [more inside]
The Wonder Years: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Struggling to figure out where he fits in, Dean decides to pursue his calling as "The Great Uniter" and attempts to organize the first integrated baseball game between his team and his friend Brad's team. (ABC reboot) [more inside]
Bluey: Season 2 Season 2, Ep 0
Follow the adventures of a family of Australian heeler dogs in what Vulture calls "the best kids' show of our time". Highlights include "Dance Mode", "Sleepytime", "Cafe", and "Granddad".
Movie: The Mitchells vs. the Machines
A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity's unlikeliest last hope.
Movie: Samurai Rebellion
The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. [more inside]
Resident Alien: Birds of a Feather Season 1, Ep 4
“Birds of a Feather” is a beautiful love letter to family and community. The show is doing an excellent job of incorporating human-like nuances into Harry’s character. Little by little, he’s starting to acclimate to his surroundings and, well, become one of them. Naturally, this will provide fodder for internal conflict when Harry inevitably finds his device. Can he really decimate the planet after befriending some humans? (geekgirlauthority.com)
Resident Alien: Secrets Season 1, Ep 3
A fisherman finds a severed foot in the lake, [more inside]
The Uncanny Counter: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
Noodle shop employees by day and demon hunters by night, the Counters use special abilities to chase down malevolent spirits that prey on humans. Circumstances bring So Mun, a high school student, into their circle. [more inside]
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Family Rewatch Season 4, Ep 2
Captain Picard takes leave on Earth and visits his family while recovering from his assimilation into the Borg. Worf's Human parents visit the Enterprise and help him deal with his discommendation. [more inside]
The Umbrella Academy: The Umbrella Academy season two (full season) Season 2, Ep 0
Based on the comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, the Hargreeves are back... in 1963, and have brought the apocalypse with them.
Trying: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall) try to navigate the UK adoption system in this AppleTV+ original. [more inside]
Better Call Saul: Bad Choice Road Season 5, Ep 9
In the wake of Jimmy's traumatic misadventure, Kim takes stock of what is important. Jimmy attempts to return to business as usual, but it's more difficult than anticipated. Gus and Mike set a plan in motion. [more inside]
Book: Here and Now and Then
Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142. [more inside]
Everything's Gonna Be Okay: Seven-Spotted Ladybug; Greenbottle Blue Tarantula (Episodes 1 & 2) Season 1, Ep 1
Nicholas' single dad has very bad cancer and he's going to die, soon. So Nicholas offers himself up to be the guardian for his two teenage half-sisters. What's the worst that can happen? / Nicholas wishes he could call an adult. After the death of their father, Nicholas, Matilda, and Genevieve struggle to return to their daily - and nightly - routines. (Freeform, US broadcast) [more inside]
Movie: Brittany Runs a Marathon
A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon.
Movie: Knives Out
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. [more inside]
BoJack Horseman: The Face of Depression Season 6, Ep 7
BoJack travels around the country reconnecting with loved ones, while Mr. Peanutbutter embarks on his own national tour as the face of depression. Princess Carolyn sets a new work-life balance.
BoJack Horseman: The Kidney Stays in the Picture Season 6, Ep 6
The assistants of Hollywoo go on strike. BoJack tries to help Doctor Champ. When Todd learns that his mother needs a kidney, Diane comes up with a plan. "Howdy, howdy! Welcome to Mike and Morgan's House of Organs! We handle all your matters, from keyboards to bladders."
Lodge 49: The Door Season 2, Ep 10
After the events of Mexico, the Lynx regroup at a revived Lodge and prepare for an important coronation. Liz goes for a swim. Connie has a secret. [Season finale.] [more inside]
Lodge 49: Le Rêve Impossible Season 2, Ep 9
In a foreign land, the Lynx search for the Grail and Ernie embraces his fate. Liz rides another gravy train to its end. "She's like some kind of magical, disgusting horse." Blammo. [more inside]
Lodge 49: Zugzwang Season 2, Ep 8
Ernie and Dud meet a legend, who inspires them look deep within and embrace the zugzwang. Liz gets a promotion and Scott goes for a walk. [more inside]
Lodge 49: Exile Season 2, Ep 7
Ernie sees someone from his past, hits rock bottom, and gets lucky. Liz goes to the mat for her employees, and is offered an opportunity. Connie is done being haunted by the end. Scott is released from his duty, and takes a drastic turn. Dud resumes his apprenticeship with Blaise. "I'll sleep when I wake up."
Movie: The Farewell
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time. (Note: I guess "grandma" is IMDB's translation of Nai Nai, which is how the character is referred to throughout the movie.) [more inside]
Movie: The Deep End
The Deep End is a 2001 drama film starring Tilda Swinton as Margaret Hall. Margaret disapproves of her teenage son Beau (Jonathan Tucker) sneaking off to meet his lover Darby Reese (Josh Lucas). When an argument between Beau and Darby ends in death, Margaret finds she's in over her head. [more inside]
Perpetual Grace, LTD: When Doves Cry Season 1, Ep 6
The episode where Ben Kingsley sings "When Doves Cry," and Ma (Jacki Weaver) tells Scotty Sholes (Hana Mae Lee) some (mis)information about mourning doves. Also, there's a switch-back Mexico double-cross, but it's not time for the yogurt phase yet.
Book: The Way We Never Were
The definitive edition of the classic, myth-shattering history of the American family Leave It to Beaver was not a documentary, a man's home has never been his castle, the "male breadwinner marriage" is the least traditional family in history, and rape and sexual assault were far higher in the 1970s than they are today. In The Way We Never Were, acclaimed historian Stephanie Coontz examines two centuries of the American family, sweeping away misconceptions about the past that cloud current debates about domestic life. The 1950s do not present a workable model of how to conduct our personal lives today, Coontz argues, and neither does any other era from our cultural past. [more inside]
A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold. [more inside]
The Umbrella Academy: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
Based on the comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, a dysfunctional family of superheroes reunites after the death of their adoptive father, days before the end of the world. Shenanigans ensue.
Catastrophe: Episode 2 Season 4, Ep 2
Rob's sister visits and makes some introductions to Rob and Sharon; Sharon has some trouble at work; Sharon, Fran, Chris (and Chris' new girlfriend) get together to attend a suprising Shakespeare performance by Jeffrey. [more inside]
Catastrophe: Episode 1 Season 4, Ep 1
As Rob is sentenced to community service, finding a new acquaintance in the process, Sharon finds her own tools for dealing with the resulting upheaval. [more inside]