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Movie: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train

[TRAILER] Tanjiro Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, boards the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it! [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 16, 2024 - 2 comments

Delicious in Dungeon: Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

What do you do when your sister has been swallowed whole by a dragon? True, dragons digest very slowly, so time's not an issue, but merely getting back to the lowest level of the dungeon is a an impossible challenge. You can't afford to buy much food, but even if you could, it's so heavy. You couldn't get very far down before you'd have to turn back, and there's nothing else to eat down there ... or is there? (An anime adaptation of Kui Ryoko's food-centric fantasy manga Dungeon Meshi.) [more inside]
posted by fleacircus on Feb 12, 2024 - 16 comments

Movie: The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

[TRAILER] Karel Zeman's 1962 Czechoslovak romantic adventure film, based on the tales about Baron Munchausen. The film combines live-action with various forms of animation and is highly stylized, often evoking the engravings of Gustave Doré. Original title: Baron Prášil. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 15, 2024 - 3 comments

Wheel of Time: Season 2  Books Included   Season 2, Ep 0

Covering the events of the The Wheel of Time book 2: The Great Hunt. There is an excellent series of show-only posts beginning here - go read those! This is the place for the book-readers (and book-curious) to discuss the adaptation choices and talk about how they fit into the larger picture drawn by the novels. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Oct 7, 2023 - 37 comments

Wheel of Time: What Was Meant to Be  Show Only   Season 2, Ep 8

All roads lead to Falme, so to speak.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Oct 6, 2023 - 17 comments

Wheel of Time: Daes Dae'Mar  Show Only   Season 2, Ep 7

All the chess pieces move in closer to being in battle. A familiar face foils Moraine and Rand's plans. New Allegiances are made, and Egwane remains steadfastly defiant. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Oct 2, 2023 - 26 comments

Wheel of Time: Eyes Without Pity  Show Only   Season 2, Ep 6

Rand makes a decisive decision, Matt makes a brief appearance, Perrin isn't featured at all, and Egwene gathers her strength to confront the horror of her circumstances. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Sep 24, 2023 - 10 comments

Wheel of Time: What Might Be  Show Only   Season 2, Ep 3

Nynaeve faces her greatest fears. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Sep 1, 2023 - 12 comments

Wheel of Time: Strangers and Friends  Show Only   Season 2, Ep 2

The Two Rivers youths forge new relationships, while Lan tries to mend an old one. Aes Sedai Allana is Unashamedly Poly. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Sep 1, 2023 - 16 comments

Wheel of Time: A Taste of Solitude  Show Only   Season 2, Ep 1

Moiraine, Lan, Nynaeve, Egwene, Perrin, and Mat find themselves more alone than ever. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Sep 1, 2023 - 9 comments

Movie: Bulbbul

[TRAILER] Set in 20th Century Bengal, Bulbbul is a mystery and fable about a young woman's journey from innocence to strength. Bulbbul, a child bride, grows up to be an enigmatic woman presiding over her household, harboring a painful past as the supernatural murders of men plague her village. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 9, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Before I Fall

[TRAILER] Samantha Kingston has everything. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, she wakes up with no future at all. Trapped into reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 4, 2023 - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE CHRISTMAS DRAGON  Season 13, Ep 13

"A Magical Journey to Save Christmas." This supposed kids movie opens with a kid's parents getting killed by a dragon. Merry Christmas! But wait, this is a fantasy world, with magic and dragons, do they have their own version of Jesus? In theme it can't decide if it wants to be Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, but whatever it is it went straight to DVD. Joel, Jonah and Emily hatch a daring plan to escape from Kinga's captivity, but they'll need a little help from an unlikely source. We're at the end of Season 13, and with it we're once again at the end of our trip through all of MST3K. Please see inside. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 3, 2023 - 0 comments

Movie: Conceiving Ada

[TRAILER] Emmy Coer (Francesca Faridany), a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace (Tilda Swinton), founder of the idea of a computer language and proponent of the possibilities of the “difference engine.” Ada’s ideas were stifled and unfulfilled because of the reality of life as a woman in the nineteenth century. Emmy has a plan to defeat death and the past using her own DNA as a communicative agent to the past, bringing Ada to the present. But what are the possible ramifications? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 3, 2023 - 3 comments

Book: When the Angels Left the Old Country

Little Ash, a lesser son of the famed demon king Ashmedai, studies Talmud all day with his counterpart, a forgetful angel, in the synagogue of a tiny Jewish town in the Pale of Settlement. But Little Ash wants to see more than their unnamed shtetl: He convinces the angel to go to America, ostensibly to find out what happened to Essie, the baker’s daughter who hasn’t written since she left Warsaw. Steeped in Ashkenazi lore, custom, and faith, this beautifully written story deftly tackles questions of identity, good and evil, obligation, and the many forms love can take. Queerness and gender fluidity thread through both the human and supernatural characters, clearly depicted without feeling anachronistic.
posted by latkes on Jun 19, 2023 - 4 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: DEMON SQUAD  Rewatch   Season 13, Ep 6

Rewatch! Joel Robinson returns to the SOL to riff this movie about a private paranormal investigator who works the seedy demonic underworld of Mobile, Alabama. It's a bit like Constantine, and while it's very low budget it's a fun movie! Released in 2019, at the moment this is the most recent movie MST3K has done. Of particular note, a couple of months ago the makers held a Kickstarter to make a sequel and appealed to MSTies to help fund it, and they were successful! Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jun 15, 2023 - 0 comments

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

Rewatch! Emily and her bots are handed this Doctor Strange knockoff (word is it was originally written as a Strange movie), where an occult wizard guy, who also owns an apartment building in New York, fights evil by the behest of a pair of giant eyes. Not actually too bad, this is one of a genre of MST movie I like to call a very indie film, although not nearly as indie as something like Manos or Carnival Magic. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jun 8, 2023 - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: MUNCHIE  Rewatch   Season 13, Ep 4

Rewatch! While a sequel to the horror movie Munchies, Munchie has little to do with it, and isn't even a horror movie, but a fantasy comedy about a kid who gets a magic gremlin-like pal, voiced by Dom DeLuise, who tries to help him out but keeps messing things up. This is a notably bad movie, compounded by terrible special effects for Munchie. Good luck with this one. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jun 1, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Freaks Out

[TRAILER] Four circus freaks with superpowers find themselves trapped in Nazi-occupied Rome after their owner and father figure goes missing in the aftermath of the 1943 surrender of Italy to the Allies. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 9, 2023 - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: ATOR THE FIGHTING EAGLE  Rewatch   Season 12, Ep 6

Rewatch! Remember Cave Dwellers? Before Cave Dwellers there was Ator: The Fighting Eagle. This movie. The only character the films have in common is Ator, played by a sizable quantity of O'Keefe. The generic fantasy setting seems to be mostly different too, similar, but modulated differently. Ator's love interest/sister gets newted in a flashback in Cave Dwellers, so don't get too wrapped up in her fate here. Other than that it's standard barbarian-type shlock, a bit more skin and pseudo-Conan lore on display than in Cave Dwellers, and it moves a little faster. It's the last episode of (beat) The Gauntlet, the end of Season 12, and the end of the Netflix era. Previously.
posted by JHarris on May 4, 2023 - 0 comments

The Heavenly Idol: The Heavenly Idol  Season 1, Ep 0

A fantasy-romance drama about a High Priest from another world who body-swaps with a K-pop idol to fight a demon king on this world. (Based on the webnovel High Priest Rembrary) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Mar 26, 2023 - 1 comment

Carnival Row: Carnival Row (Full Season 2)  Season 2, Ep 0

Lovers Philo and Vignette risk their lives to help the oppressed Faefolk of Carnival Row as international politics are set to undergo upheaval.
posted by porpoise on Mar 3, 2023 - 9 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: WIZARDS OF THE LOST KINGDOM II  Rewatch   Season 11, Ep 11

Re-rewatch! In contrast to the movie of the previous episode, which was quirky and had interesting characters, this movie is sometimes cited as one of the worst of Season 11. It's a meandering fantasy that reused footage from four other fantasy movies, into a plot that doesn't make much sense. Despite the title and an attempt to tie it in with the previous movie at the start, it really has nothing to do with the first Wizards of the Lost Kingdom except it also had Roger Corman as an executive producer. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Mar 2, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Vesper

Struggling to survive with her father after the collapse of Earth's ecosystem, 13-year-old Vesper must use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the future.
posted by porpoise on Feb 19, 2023 - 4 comments

Movie: The BFG

[TRAILER] Ten-year-old Sophie (Ryby Barnhill) is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler (Bill Hader), Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria (Penelope Wilton) to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 13, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: The Fall

[TRAILER] In a hospital on the outskirts of silent film era Los Angeles, bedridden injured stuntman Roy Walker (Lee Pace) passes the time by telling his fellow patient Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), a little Romanian girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur as the tale advances. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 10, 2023 - 13 comments

Movie: Always

Aerial firefighter Pete (Richard Dreyfuss) risks himself and his vintage World War II airplane in a constant and death-defying quest to fight forest wildfires, much to the dismay of his girlfriend, Dorinda (Holly Hunter). His love for Dorinda and the advice of fellow pilot Al (John Goodman) convince Pete to give up his perilous career, but he flies one last mission. Pete heroically saves Al's plane from certain destruction, but with supernatural consequences. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 6, 2023 - 11 comments

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 - 10 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 - 24 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 - 30 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 - 22 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

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