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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]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 23, 2023 - 3 comments

Alchemy of Souls: Alchemy of Souls Season 2: Light and Shadow  Season 2, Ep 0

Jang Uk returns from death, and three years later, the story of the mages unfolds anew. Jang Uk becomes a hunter of the soul-shifters when a young woman, a prisoner in her own home, seeks his help to reclaim her freedom. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Jan 9, 2023 - 3 comments

Book: The Hands of the Emperor

Cliopher Mdang is the personal secretary of the Last Emperor of Astandalas, the Lord of Rising Stars, the Lord Magus of Zunidh, the Sun-on-Earth, the god. He has spent more time with the Emperor of Astandalas than any other person. He has never once touched his lord. He has never called him by name. He has never initiated a conversation. One day Cliopher invites the Sun-on-Earth home to the proverbially remote Vangavaye-ve for a holiday.
posted by Literaryhero on Dec 25, 2022 - 8 comments

Book: Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes

After a lifetime of bounties and bloodshed, Viv is hanging up her sword for the last time. The battle-weary orc aims to start fresh, opening the first ever coffee shop in the city of Thune. But old and new rivals stand in the way of success — not to mention the fact that no one has the faintest idea what coffee actually is.
posted by Literaryhero on Dec 20, 2022 - 22 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: CRY WILDERNESS  Rewatch   Season 11, Ep 2

Re-rewatch! One of the best episodes of the streaming era of the show, Cry Wilderness is an absolute classic and proved to many that MST3K was back. It's an incredibly strange film combined with brilliant riffing. Parents, please don't get your information on how to raise kids from this bizarre bigfoot movie, please. Bang! Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Dec 8, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Kwaidan

A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. The trailer contains spoilers for at least one of the stories, if you're not familiar with them already. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Dec 2, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Teen Witch

[TRAILER] High-school nerd Louise Miller (Robyn Lively) learns from psychic Madame Serena (Zelda Rubinstein) that she's possessed with magical abilities that will begin working on her 16th birthday. When the prophecy proves true, the teenager uses her new powers to get what she's always desired: popularity. After getting back at some bullies, the young witch casts a spell over hunky jock Brad Powell (Dan Gauthier). But Louise soon learns that getting what you want isn't all it's cracked up to be. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 30, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: Arizona Dream

[TRAILER] Axel (Johnny Depp) gets caught up into the family car business when his cousin, Paul (Vincent Gallo), coaxes him to come to Arizona to attend the wedding of their Uncle Leo (Jerry Lewis). As Axel makes the decision to try selling Cadillacs with his family, he meets an eccentric woman named Elaine (Faye Dunaway) and her equally quirky stepdaughter, Grace (Lili Taylor). Their lives become inextricably intertwined through romance, dreams -- and death. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 28, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Red Sonja

Power-hungry Queen Gedren (Sandahl Bergman) captures the priestesses guarding the Talisman, a mystical orb that created and can destroy the world. But one of the priestesses escapes and seeks out her warrior sister, Red Sonja (Brigitte Nielsen), to warn her about Gedren's plan for world domination. Lord Kalidor (Arnold Schwarzenegger), the Talisman's keeper, insists on helping Sonja, and though she scorns the assistance of any man, she soon gains respect for Kalidor's fighting prowess. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 22, 2022 - 9 comments

Movie: Time Bandits

[TRAILER] Young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) before the Supreme Being catches up with them. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 22, 2022 - 29 comments

Movie: The Beastmaster

Prehistoric Dar (Marc Singer) uses ESP with animals to save a slave girl (Tanya Roberts) from a sorcerer (Rip Torn). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 22, 2022 - 13 comments

Movie: Conan the Barbarian

[TRAILER] Orphaned boy Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is enslaved after his village is destroyed by the forces of vicious necromancer Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones), and is compelled to push "The Wheel of Pain" for many years. Once he reaches adulthood, Conan sets off across the prehistoric landscape of the Hyborian Age in search of the man who killed his family and stole his father's sword. With beautiful warrior Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) and archer Subotai (Gerry Lopez), he faces a supernatural evil. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 22, 2022 - 21 comments

Movie: Masters of the Universe

[TRAILER] When the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) finds a mysterious power called the Cosmic Key, he becomes nearly invincible. However, courageous warrior He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) locates inventor Gwildor (Billy Barty), who created the Key and has another version of it. During a battle, one of the Keys is transported to Earth, where it is found by teenagers Julie (Courteney Cox) and Kevin (Robert Duncan McNeill). Now both He-Man and Skeletor's forces arrive on Earth searching for the potent weapon. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 22, 2022 - 9 comments

Movie: Clash of the Titans

Perseus (Harry Hamlin), son of the Greek god Zeus (Laurence Olivier), grows up on a deserted island. His destiny is to marry Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker), who will someday rule the city of Joppa. But as long as the satyr Calibos (Neil McCarthy) -- who uses a giant vulture to kidnap Andromeda's soul every night -- is alive, no one can marry her. Perseus travels to Joppa, where he must defeat Calibos and other mythological monsters to rescue Andromeda. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 22, 2022 - 14 comments

Movie: Ladyhawke

[TRAILER] Captain Etienne Navarre is a man on whose shoulders lies a cruel curse. Punished for loving each other, Navarre becomes a wolf by night whilst his lover, Lady Isabeau, takes the form of a hawk by day. Together, with the thief Philippe Gaston, they try to overthrow the corrupt Bishop and break the spell. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 21, 2022 - 29 comments

Movie: November

In a poor Estonian village, a group of peasants use magic and folk remedies to survive the winter, and a young woman tries to get a young man to love her. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 21, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: The Sword and the Sorcerer

A mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovers his royal heritage when he is recruited to help a princess foil a brutal tyrant and a powerful sorcerer's plans to conquer the land. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 18, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Slumberland

A young girl (Marlow Barkley) discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw (Jason Momoa), she traverses dreams and flees nightmares, with the hope that she will be able to see her late father again. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 18, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Children are lured into a secretive factory worked by slaves. They come to horrible ends at the hands of the factory's unbalanced and mercurial owner. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 16, 2022 - 12 comments

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]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 14, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Orlando

[TRAILER] In 1600, nobleman Orlando (Tilda Swinton) inherits his parents' house, thanks to Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp), who commands the young man to never change. After a disastrous affair with Russian princess Sasha (Charlotte Valandrey), Orlando looks for solace in the arts before being appointed ambassador to Constantinople in 1700, where war is raging. One morning, Orlando is shocked to wake up as a woman and returns home, struggling as a female to retain her property as the centuries roll by. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 14, 2022 - 10 comments

Book: The Founders Trilogy

From the author of the Divine Cities Trilogy comes a magic-punk world of daring heists, huge action setpieces, scheming guilds, ancient gods, and societal upheaval. Sancia, a thief escaped from a plantation, enters a city full of physical magic programs that can rewrite the world, finds allies and love, and risks everything to replace the systems around her with new ones that work for everyone. [more inside]
posted by one for the books on Nov 10, 2022 - 2 comments

The Dragon Prince: Book 4: Earth  Season 4, Ep 0

Two years have passed since the battle at the end of Season/Book 3 (Sun) but Aaravos's plans are far from thwarted. Like previous seasons, Book 4 has nine episodes. The first episode, Rebirthday, was released free on youtube a bit ahead of the rest of the season. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Nov 4, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: Phantom of the Paradise

After record producer Swan (Paul Williams) steals the music of songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finley) and gives it to one of his bands, Leach sneaks into Swan's offices. Catching Leach, Swan frames him for dealing drugs, which lands him in prison. After Leach breaks out and again attempts to sabotage Swan's empire, an accident crushes his face. Leach then dons a costume and becomes the Phantom, intent on ruining Swan while saving singer Phoenix (Jessica Harper) from a terrible fate. A horror/fantasy musical by Brian De Palma, with songs by Paul Williams. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 25, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: The School for Good and Evil

Best friends Sophie and Agatha find themselves on opposing sides of an epic battle when they're swept away into an enchanted school where aspiring heroes and villains are trained to protect the balance between Good and Evil.
posted by restless_nomad on Oct 24, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Vampyr

Traveler Allan Gray arrives in the village of Courtempierre and takes lodgings in a small inn. Gray has a great interest in the supernatural, particularly vampires, and is barely settled in when he feels a sinister force descending upon him.
posted by johnofjack on Oct 8, 2022 - 1 comment

Book: Elder Race

Lynesse is the lowly Fourth Daughter of the queen, and always getting in the way. But a demon is terrorizing the land, and now she's an adult (albeit barely) with responsibilities (she tells herself). Although she still gets in the way, she understands that the only way to save her people is to invoke the pact between her family and the Elder sorcerer who has inhabited the local tower for as long as her people have lived here (though none in living memory has approached it). But Elder Nyr isn't a sorcerer, and he is forbidden to help, and his knowledge of science tells him the threat cannot possibly be a demon...
posted by Cash4Lead on Oct 2, 2022 - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: MERLIN'S SHOP OF MYSTICAL WONDERS  Rewatch   Season 10, Ep 3

Re-rewatch! A kid is bored, so his grandfather tells him tales of wonder to entertain him. But the grandpa is Ernest Borgnine, and he tells the kid about Merlin setting up shop in a strip mall and sourcing dangerous magic items to the suburbian public. Starting to see why King Arthur had problems. This is another classic episode from the last season of the classic series. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Sep 7, 2022 - 4 comments

Alchemy of Souls: Alchemy of Souls - Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

A powerful sorceress in a blind woman's body encounters a man from a prestigious family, who wants her help to change his destiny. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Aug 28, 2022 - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS  Rewatch   Season 9, Ep 13

Re-rewatch! In the mystic land of Europe, in a time of swords and sorcery but not sorcery, in a kind of pseudo-medieval time that's also the Renaissance, everyone had a funny name, and roughly 20% of the people were David Warner, who is about the only good thing about this intensely goofy movie. (We miss you David.) Everyone get out your foam boffers, it's time to larp. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Aug 18, 2022 - 5 comments

Book: Moon Witch, Spider King

The second book in Marlon James' Dark Star trilogy and sequel to Black Leopard, Red Wolf. [more inside]
posted by Sibrax on Aug 12, 2022 - 1 comment

Book: Aspects

Author John M. Ford's final, unfinished work. In the bustling capital city of Lescoray, a member of Parliament strives to do the right thing. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Aug 6, 2022 - 0 comments

Motherland: Fort Salem: All Of Season 2  Season 2, Ep 0

Conflicts and alliances among the military, civilian oversight, new enemies, and witch society further emerge and roil our characters. Streaming on Hulu and some other services in the US. This season includes an in-universe TV ad, the introduction of nonbinary witch M portrayed by nonbinary performer Ess Hödlmoser, a mystical mycelial network, battles, romance, and the scenery-chewing villain Alban Hearst, portrayed with glee by Bob Frazer. [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Aug 3, 2022 - 4 comments

Robin Hood: Robin of Sherwood, Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

Robin of Loxley and his followers fight for themselves--and the local peasants--in this 1984 BBC series. [more inside]
posted by mark k on Aug 1, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: The Sea Beast

When a young girl stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter, they launch an epic journey into uncharted waters - and make history to boot.
posted by garrett on Jul 26, 2022 - 10 comments

The Boys: The Instant White-Hot Wild  Season 3, Ep 8

The season finale opens with a family reunion. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jul 8, 2022 - 58 comments

Movie: Shrek 2

In the 2004 sequel to the first "Shrek" movie, we catch up with Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey, and meet a number of new characters such as a fairy godmother and Prince Charming. Voices include Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, and Jennifer Saunders.
posted by brainwane on Jul 5, 2022 - 1 comment

Book: Fevered Star

Return to The Meridian with New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Roanhorse's sequel to the most critically hailed epic fantasy of 2020 Black Sun — finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Lambda, and Locus awards. [more inside]
posted by DowBits on Jul 4, 2022 - 1 comment

The Boys: Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed  Season 3, Ep 7

Episode 7 starts with Soldier Boy's rendition of If You Wanna Be Happy. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jul 1, 2022 - 36 comments

The Boys: Herogasm  Season 3, Ep 6

Episode 6 starts with Imagine. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jun 25, 2022 - 31 comments

The Boys: The Last Time To Look On This World Of Lies  Season 3, Ep 5

Episode 5 starts with Побег (Escape) by Mikhail Shufutinsky. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jun 18, 2022 - 23 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: DOCTOR MORDRID  Season 13, Ep 5

"Jeffery Combs is" Doctor Mordrid! Master of the Unknown! Also, landlord of a building in New York! And yet the movie wants to believe he's a force working for good. He was sent to our world by a pair of blue eyes to save all reality from the eeeeevil Kabal! Sadly it seems his mystical abilities provide him no defense against getting arrested. It's the fifth episode of Season 13, and not such a bad movie. The story goes it was originally written as a Doctor Strange movie but they lost the rights, so they renamed some characters and made it anyway. Emily hosts this one; it looks like Joel will be hosting the next! Premiered in the Gizmoplex on June 10th, 2022. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 11, 2022 - 4 comments

The Boys: Glorious Five Year Plan  Season 3, Ep 4

Episode 4 starts with Soldier Boy's Solid Gold performance of Rapture. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jun 10, 2022 - 27 comments

Movie: Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

Five years after their first time-travelling adventure, Southern California rockers Bill and Ted must venture to parts they had not previously explored, including the afterlife (featuring William Sadler), to defeat a villain -- who's made impostor robots who impersonate our heroes. This film came out the same year as Keanu Reeves's Point Break, which is rather a range!
posted by brainwane on Jun 7, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves), high school buddies starting a band in 1980s Southern California, get help from Rufus (George Carlin) to help them complete their final history presentation. Silly time travel shenanigans ensue. [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Jun 7, 2022 - 18 comments

The Boys: Barbary Coast  Season 3, Ep 3

Episode 3 starts with a pre-teen Starlight's Little Miss Hero pageant performance of ...Baby, One More Time. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jun 6, 2022 - 26 comments

The Boys: The Only Man in the Sky  Season 3, Ep 2

Episode 2 starts with the trailer for Not Without My Dolphin. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jun 6, 2022 - 6 comments

The Boys: Payback  Season 3, Ep 1

Season 3 starts with the trailer for the Bourke Cut of Dawn of the Seven. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jun 6, 2022 - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: MUNCHIE  Season 13, Ep 4

"Roger Corman presents..." "Munchie just moved in... There goes the neighborhood." "Magical. Mystical. Munchie!" a kid beset by bullies and the school principal (who hates him for some reason) opens a mysterious box and inside is a dead-faced animatronic puppet with the voice of Dom DeLuise. While a sequel to Munchies, there are no horror elements of this movie, other than the stark horror of the puppet's construction. Reputedly this was a very difficult movie for the MST guys to write for. Jonah and his bots riff this one, but he has a conversation with Emily, and Emily and her bots have a couple of segments before and after the movie. Premiered on the Gizmoplex on May 27, 2022. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 27, 2022 - 6 comments

Book: The Chosen and the Beautiful

Immigrant. Socialite. Magician. Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer and Asian, a Vietnamese adoptee treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her. But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how. The Chosen and the Beautiful reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice.
posted by rednikki on May 15, 2022 - 3 comments

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