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The Newsroom: Contempt  Season 3, Ep 4

Will continues to refuse to reveal the source of the leaked documents. Jim and Hallie fight over journalistic ethics. Charlie and Sloan try to find a "white knight" buyer to purchase ACN in lieu of Pruit. [more inside]
posted by axiom on Dec 1, 2014 - 16 comments

The Newsroom: Main Justice  Season 3, Ep 3

The Newsroom team faces off with the FBI and DOJ, while AWM seeks to spin off ACN to prevent the hostile takeover. The EPA story set up in last week's episode ends unexpectedly. [more inside]
posted by axiom on Nov 24, 2014 - 11 comments

The Newsroom: Run  Season 3, Ep 2

Reese, Charlie, and Leona confront Reese's half siblings over the hostile takeover, while Neal, the producers, and the lawyer Rebecca Halliday argue about what to do with the the classified document trove and Neal's source. Don and Sloan argue about their relationship status after Don purchases stock on an inadvertent tip from Sloan before she reports it. Hallie tweets an in-poor-taste joke from the ACN twitter account and gets faces the fallout. Maggie overhears an EPA administrator on the train back from Boston. [more inside]
posted by axiom on Nov 17, 2014 - 5 comments

True Detective: Form and Void  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 8

Case files... We're gonna hafta be lookin' at these records with fresh eyes, alright? Like we're totally green. Marty and Rust use every last resource to chase down Marty's hunch about the green-eared spaghetti monster. Green eyes, green ears, green paint, and then the Yellow King in Carcosa. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Nov 4, 2014 - 7 comments

True Detective: After You've Gone  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 7

Rust convinces Marty that he has a debt, and the two begin to work together on the investigation again after a decade. Aside from one brief jaunt back to recount Rust's interview of Johnny Joanie, the story mostly moves forward in the present time as they follow up on the missing persons reports (not) filed about Marie Fontenot. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 28, 2014 - 6 comments

True Detective: Haunted Houses  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 6

All the threads through 1995 and into 2002 begin to weave together as we watch the fate of both Marty's marriage and Rust's investigation. Cohle visits the families of missing children and follows up with old leads Joel Theriot and Reverend Tuttle, and realizes that his fears about the scope of the problem might have been an underestimation. Hart makes good on his down payment at the Bunny Ranch, and beats the crap outta pretty much ever'one. And in an oddly empty scene (that is, one with neither Rust or Marty in it) Papania and Gilbough bring in Maggie for some friendly questioning: In a former life I used to exhaust myself navigating crude men who thought they were clever. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 21, 2014 - 3 comments

True Detective: The Secret Fate of All Life  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 5

Time is a flat circle. The story and its telling deviate explicitly, as Rust and Marty wrap up their respective interviews with Gilbough and Papania by relating the culminating, heroic events of their 1995 investigation and summarizing the subsequent several years. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 14, 2014 - 3 comments

True Detective: Who Goes There  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 4

The Detectives jump on the Reggie Ledoux lead, retracing some steps but altogether making progress in a new direction, earning leeway with their commanding officer in the process. But Rust's history and Marty's present personal situation make timely and not-so-timely intrusions (respectively), and the seeming inexorability of their plan to find Ledoux weighs heavy on them both. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 7, 2014 - 8 comments

True Detective: The Locked Room  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 3

Rust and Marty put off handing the case over to the fly-in boys for as long as possible, following scant leads to remote locations and coming away with a description of the monster at the end of their story as well as a name. A tall man, with facial scars. "Reggie Ledoux." The world needs bad men. We keep the other bad men from the door. - Rust | You just look them in the eyes and the whole story's right there. - Cohle [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 1, 2014 - 5 comments

Movie: Temple Grandin

A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 29, 2014 - 7 comments

Movie: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered for his comedy on The Goon Show (radio), as Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther movies, comedy records, and much more. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 22, 2014 - 2 comments

True Detective: Seeing Things  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

The interview continues, Rust and Marty illustrate just how boring and frustrating chasing gossamer leads can be, and we continue to examine their slow drive investigation of Dorie Lang's murder and interpersonal relationships. — Days of nothing. That's what it's like to work cases. Days of... lost dogs. — It goes on like that.... you know the job. Lookin' for narrative. Interrogate witnesses. Partial evidence. Establish a timeline. Build a story. Day after day. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 22, 2014 - 16 comments

Interest in discussing HBO's Temple Grandin?

I'd like to do a FanFare post on HBO's Temple Grandin - would people be interested in discussing this? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 18, 2014 - 10 comments

True Detective: The Long Bright Dark  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

Meet LA State Police Criminal Investigation Division Detectives Martin Eric 'Marty' Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Spencer 'Rust' Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), both retired from the force, as they each sit down with State CID detectives in 2012 to go over an old homicide case of theirs from 1995 that has mysteriously resurfaced. As Nic Pizzolatto's story seeps slowly out of director Cary Joji Fukunaga's vision of their recollections, dank and withered and burned out hollow, the tale of occult, ritual, (iconic, planned) murder emerges from the jungle of coastal Louisiana like so much aluminum-tinged smoke and ash. People out here, it's like they don’t even know the outside world exists. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 15, 2014 - 10 comments

Hey, so True Detective is being rebroadcast on HBO soon.

It's going from Sept. 14th into November. I would definitely participate in a thread. Anyone else? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 9, 2014 - 10 comments

The Leftovers: The Garveys at Their Best  Season 1, Ep 9

Tom connects with his past, even though he knows it's a mistake. Meanwhile, Nora has a job interview; Kevin's father receives an honor; troubling news comes as no surprise to Laurie; and Kevin tracks down a rampaging deer, but can't seem to shake his bad habits.
posted by carmicha on Aug 25, 2014 - 8 comments

True Blood: Thank You  Season 7, Ep 10

Series Finale. [more inside]
posted by brina on Aug 24, 2014 - 78 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Police Response In Ferguson, Wage Differences Between Men and Women  Season 1, Ep 15

This week: Mo'ne Davis pitches first shut-out in Little League history. Iranian Parliament forbids vasectomies and birth control. A look at a Crimean annexation celebration events. Police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri sparks civil unrest, and a look at police militarization (15m). And a piece on the wage discrepancy between men and women, with commercial for "Ladybucks." Last Week Tonight is off for the next two weeks.
posted by JHarris on Aug 18, 2014 - 12 comments

The Newsroom: The 112th Congress  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 3

"What is this meeting?" "Is it News 101?" "To artificially hype the threat of a bomb? You're confusing it with Douchebaggery 101!" [more inside]
posted by axiom on Aug 13, 2014 - 3 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Payday Loan Industry, Russia Bans Food Imports  Season 1, Ep 14

This week: Americans striking ISIS in Iraq with aerial bombardment. Russian gang steals 1.2 billion internet passwords. A three-day cease-fire in Gaza doesn't quite go the distance. A long piece on the payday loan industry. (16m) Russia bans Western food imports.
posted by JHarris on Aug 11, 2014 - 9 comments

The Newsroom: News Night 2.0  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

The newsroom team capitalizes on the great new start from the pilot by promptly screwing up. [more inside]
posted by axiom on Aug 10, 2014 - 2 comments

The Newsroom: We Just Decided To  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world? It's not... but it can be. Season 3 starts "Fall 2014" which is... soonish. I suggest a rewatch, starting at S1E01. [more inside]
posted by axiom on Aug 6, 2014 - 6 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Argentina vs. Elliott Management and Native Advertising  Season 1, Ep 13

Uganda anti-gay law invalidated due to improper procedure. Obama comments on torture. The New York Port Authority sues local New York kitchenware maker Fishs Eddy. Argentina defaults on debts due to machinations of hedge fund Elliott Management. Newscasters telling you about the things that will kill you. And a look into "native advertising," or, ads made to look like news, presented in news contexts. Bonus: The resolution of last week's space sex gecko story.
posted by JHarris on Aug 4, 2014 - 13 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Thailand Mad At John Oliver, Nuclear Weapons, #GoGetTheGeckos  Season 1, Ep 12

This week: Flordia Representative Curt Clawson mistakes Americans for Indian government figures on camera, ISIS may have ordered genital mutilation for women in an Iraqi city (but may not have, at least they deny it), Thailand's government annoyed with Last Week Tonight's coverage of their silly prince (with a bit about nations with a lèse-majesté law), newscasters annoyed at what they're covering, a long piece on nuclear weapons in the US (YouTube, 15m), politicians using outdated pop culture references, and the temporary loss of that Russian gecko sex satellite (YouTube 3.5m).
posted by JHarris on Jul 28, 2014 - 18 comments

The Wire: Cleaning Up  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 12

Tactics shift on both sides after the raid. Pay-boxes and pagers are out, different wires go in. Baltimore PD continues to provide excellent health care for its C.I.s. Barksdale's crew is short on soldiers, which puts pawns in more important positions and sends back-row players out into battle. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jul 23, 2014 - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: America's Prisons  Season 1, Ep 11

This week: Conflict in Gaza. Ukraine rebels shoot down airliner. The Commonwealth Games. John Oliver says the overall theme of the week was how depressing it was, so let's have a long piece on prisons in America... but with a puppet song at the end! John Oliver suffers so that we might laugh.
posted by JHarris on Jul 21, 2014 - 10 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Obama's Tour, Income Inequality, CIA Image Problems  Season 1, Ep 10

Japan ends its pacifist military stance. Warren G. Harding wrote naughty letters to his mistress. (YouTube) Obama goes on a tour of the nation. Main story: Income inequality and the estate tax. (YouTube) FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke is a hypocritical bastard. The CIA tries, and fails, to improve its public image.
posted by JHarris on Jul 14, 2014 - 9 comments

The Leftovers: Two Boats and a Helicopter  Season 1, Ep 3

In the face of dwindling church attendance and threats on his life, Reverend Matt Jamison continues to preach his gospel: that many who disappeared in the Departure were sinners and not saints. Matt’s campaign is detoured when he learns he may lose the church to foreclosure, forcing him to launch a desperate, last-minute plan to come up with the cash to keep it.
posted by killdevil on Jul 13, 2014 - 24 comments

The Wire: The Cost  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 10

With Wallace in custody, McNulty and Daniels try to figure out what to do with him in the months before he testifies. Sydnor and Carver track down one of Barksdale's stash houses, and Prez shows off his 'gift for the paper trail.' [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jul 12, 2014 - 10 comments

The Leftovers: Pilot: The Old World Is Gone  Season 1, Ep 1

Three years after the abrupt disappearance of 2% of the world's population, what happens next? [more inside]
posted by MsVader on Jun 30, 2014 - 45 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: US Influence on Homosexual Persecution in Uganda  Season 1, Ep 9

This week: Luis Suarez bites another player in the World Cup for the third time. Snakes and bees drive the terrorist organization Boko Haram out of the Nigerian forest. Obama requests $500M in aid for moderate Syrian rebels. US Supreme Court decides Hobby Lobby case. Politicians misuse the word "literally." Ugandan persecution of homosexuals intensified due to influence by American evangelical groups. Interview with Ugandan transgender activist Pepe Julian Onziema. Part 2 (web exclusive).
posted by JHarris on Jun 30, 2014 - 15 comments

True Blood: I Found You  Season 7, Ep 2

The H-vamp apocalypse continues. A trio of hostages taken in the Bellefleur's attack looks to a familiar face as a possible liberator from the H-vamps. Sookie and Jason visit the neighboring town of Saint Alice, where a young woman's diary offers clues to the potential fate of Bon Temps. Spurned by Lafayette, a desperate Lettie Mae turns to Willa to channel her family past. Vince whips his fellow vigilantes into a dangerous frenzy. Pam's search for her maker leads her to a very familiar place.
posted by Catblack on Jun 29, 2014 - 37 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Monarchy Around The World, Dr Oz & Dietary Supplement Regulation  Season 1, Ep 8

This week: Iraq continues to fall to ISIS. Thailand undergoes a military coup d'etat. Antarctic ecosystem threatened by tourists. A long piece on monarchy around the world. And the top story, on Dr. Oz, dietary supplements, and their regulation. To show Dr. Oz that he can pander on his show without making questionable claims, Oliver finishes up with a pander-palooza, which has to be seen to be believed.
posted by JHarris on Jun 23, 2014 - 19 comments

True Blood: Jesus Gonna Be Here  Season 7, Ep 1

A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur's, with shocking results. As Sookie seeks refuge from accusations that she's somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the "one vampire for every human" plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince, Bill receives aid from an unexpected source.
posted by Catblack on Jun 22, 2014 - 74 comments

The Wire: The Wire  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 6

Brandon is found. Wallace is unsettled. The detail gets a wiretap running. Daniels clashes with Rawls.
posted by Bugbread on Jun 20, 2014 - 26 comments

The Wire: The Pager  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 5

Stringer warns D'Angelo that there may be a snitch in his camp. The detail gets its affidavit approved for a cloned pager but are puzzled at the results. Prez begins to redeem himself in the eyes of his colleagues by taking a fresh approach to the pager information. Wallace spots Brandon, one of Omar's crew, in an arcade and passes the information on to the Barksdale enforcers.
posted by Bugbread on Jun 16, 2014 - 25 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The State of Immigration Reform, Interview with Stephen Hawking  Season 1, Ep 7

This week: Tom Wheeler responds to the show's Net Neutrality piece: "I would like to state for the record that I'm not a dingo," Al-Qaeda offshoot ISIS overruns Iraq, Dan Snyder refuses to rename the Washington Redskins (with parody commercial), the sorry state of immigration reform (with necessary revision to An American Tail) and interview with Stephen Hawking, with an extended version on YouTube.
posted by JHarris on Jun 16, 2014 - 19 comments

The Wire: Old Cases  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 4

Bodie avoids Herc and Carver. Avon discusses the loss of the pit's stash and puts the word on the street about Omar. McNulty and Moreland investigate an old murder that may be related to D'Angelo. [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Jun 11, 2014 - 60 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Dirt on FIFA and Syria President Bashar al-Assad  Season 1, Ep 6

This week: Racehorse California Chrome fails to win the Triple Crown, a German lawmaker calls Anglea Merkel on their version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, China censors web searches on the Tiananmen Square massacre, a long segment on FIFA, the organization that runs the World Cup (13m) (bonus: remix of FIFA President Sepp Blatter falling off a stage [19s]), and ending with the history of Syrian Dictator and professional monster Bashar al-Assad. And in connection with that, surprise musical guests Right Said Fred (3m)! Extra: the Tony Abbott piece from last week's show (4m).
posted by JHarris on Jun 9, 2014 - 17 comments

The Wire: The Buys  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 3

The early-morning 'field interviews' by Herc, Carver and Prez have consequences. On the other side of the law, D'Angelo teaches Wallace and Bodie how to play the game. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 6, 2014 - 46 comments

Band of Brothers: Day of Days  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 2

D-Day. [more inside]
posted by asterix on Jun 6, 2014 - 10 comments

Band of Brothers: Currahee  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 1

Easy Company prepares for D-Day. We flash back to their training in Georgia and England and meet the cast of characters.
posted by asterix on Jun 2, 2014 - 21 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Europe Swings Right, Net Neutrality, National Spelling Bee Ends In Tie  Season 1, Ep 5

This week: far-right groups including Greece's Golden Dawn party picking up seats in the European Parliament, Ukraine elects candy billionaire Petro Poroshenko as President, Obama's plans to leave Afghanistan, White House Press Secretary Jim Carney retires, the FCC's planned ruling on Net Neutrality (13m), the idiocy of Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and Scripp's National Spelling Bee ends in a tie. The show's official YouTube page offers this bonus clip (4m) coming off the hiatus.
posted by JHarris on Jun 2, 2014 - 18 comments

The Wire: The Detail  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 2

McNulty feels the heat. Greggs is given the lay of the land regarding Avon Barksdale's key players. Herc, Carver and Prez find big-time trouble at the towers. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 31, 2014 - 37 comments

The Wire: The Target  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 1

In the pilot, Baltimore homicide detective Jimmy McNulty gets into hot water and winds up assigned to a detail of narcotics outcasts charged with investigating drug lord Avon Barksdale and his powerful operation in Franklin Terrace. Meanwhile, Avon's nephew D'Angelo is fresh off beating a murder rap. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 28, 2014 - 88 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Gay Marriage Turns 10, GM Recalls 11M Vehicles, Fareed Zakaria  Season 1, Ep 4

Episode 4 of John Oliver's satirical news program. Highlights are a video of Mario kissing Link, a disturbingly hilarious internal PR document from GM, John Oliver posting embarrassing pictures of himself to the internet, and an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria. Next week the show is on break.
posted by JHarris on May 19, 2014 - 10 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Kentucky Senate Race & Global Warming Debate  Season 1, Ep 3

The third episode of John Oliver's satirical "whatever this is" for HBO. Covers the drafting of the first openly-gay player in the NFL, the Eurovision Song Contest, the Russia v. Ukraine commemorative "coin," the FEC allowing contributions in Bitcoin, the Kentucky Senate race (NSFW), people dressing up as other races and the dangers of global warming. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 12, 2014 - 14 comments

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