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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Family Values  Season 1, Ep 5

Present Day: In the 33 years since Kathie Durst disappeared, no progress has been made in finding out what happened to her, or finding her body. Without answers, her family and friends continue to hunt for the truth.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Mar 16, 2015 - 9 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The NCAA  Season 2, Ep 6

ISIS gains an ally in Boko Haram. Ireland accidentally legalizes a number of psychoactive drugs for a day. Brazil prepares to investigate politicians taking bribes from oil companies. And Now: Newscasters Who Don't Know About You. Main story: NCAA is a billion dollar industry, but with many problems with how it treats its players (YouTube 21m). Last Week Tonight introduces the hashtag #soybeanwind and ends with an ad for their more realistic NCAA simulator video game.
posted by JHarris on Mar 16, 2015 - 6 comments

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: The State of Texas vs. Robert Durst  Season 1, Ep 4

2003. With Robert Durst on trial in Galveston, TX for the 2001 murder of Morris Black, many of those involved in earlier investigations – including Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro and Kathie Durst friends Gilberta Najamy and Eleanore Schwank – are convinced that a conviction is all but assured. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Mar 16, 2015 - 4 comments

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: The Gangster's Daughter  Season 1, Ep 3

2000: Susan Berman was the daughter of a famous Las Vegas mobster, Davey “The Jew” Berman, who was a partner with “Bugsy” Siegel in the Flamingo Hotel. Robert Durst’s closest friend since they attended UCLA together, she had a mobster’s mentality and matching code of ethics; people said she would do anything for a friend. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Mar 15, 2015 - 5 comments

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Poor Little Rich Boy  Season 1, Ep 2

2013: Durst’s interview with Jarecki begins with his childhood, when he witnessed his mother’s suicide. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Mar 15, 2015 - 4 comments

Girls: Tad & Loreen & Avi & Shanaz  Season 4, Ep 8

Tad and Loreen (Hannah's parents) are in the forefront of this episode as Tad shares some news on the eve of his Loreen's tenure party (Avi and Shanaz are the party hosts). Hannah corrupts a minor (Maude Apatow). [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Mar 11, 2015 - 9 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: US Territories  Season 2, Ep 5

This week: Federal civil rights committee finds evidence of systemic racism in Ferguson police department. Upcoming elections in Israel. Fanta ad pulled in Germany for referencing war-related origins. (Last Week Tonight makes a commercial for Fanta.) Main story: the rights of citizens and nationals in US territories. (YT 13m) How Is This Still A Thing: Daylight Savings Time. (YT 3m) And an update on the tobacco industry, and LWT's #jeffwecan tag and meme.
posted by JHarris on Mar 9, 2015 - 6 comments

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Chapter 1: A Body in the Bay  Season 1, Ep 1

2001: A dismembered corpse is found floating in trash bags near Galveston TX. Police trace the body back to a grisly crime scene in Galveston, and arrest one Robert Durst for the killing of his neighbor, Morris Black. Durst, detectives soon learn, is the scion of one of New York’s wealthiest families. Soon, he makes bail and goes on the run... [more inside]
posted by raysmj on Mar 8, 2015 - 9 comments

Girls: Ask Me My Name  Season 4, Ep 7

Hannah goes for drinks with a new coworker before attending an unusual art show. Later, she spends time with Mimi-Rose, while Adam spends some time with Mimi-Rose's ex, Ace.
posted by aabbbiee on Mar 3, 2015 - 5 comments

Togetherness?

Should I post it? I've really been enjoying this new half-hour show from HBO, but this first season is scheduled for eight episodes and Sunday's was the seventh.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Mar 2, 2015 - 2 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Decaying Infrastructure in the United States  Season 2, Ep 4

In Russia, another Putin critic, Boris Nemtsov was gunned down. (CNN) FCC passes Net Neutrality rules. (BBC) Scientists suspect gerbils, not rats, were responsible for bubonic plague. (New Yorker) Last Week Tonight makes a video apologizing to rats and demonizing gerbils. Main story: The crumbling national infrastructure of the United States, and why it's hard to do something about it. (LWT YouTube, 21m) LWT provides a trailer for an action movie about performing basic maintenance on roads and bridges.
posted by JHarris on Mar 2, 2015 - 19 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Judge elections in the US and the Chinese Year of the Sheep/Goat  Season 2, Ep 3

This week: Greece gets a loan reprieve. Cease fire violated in Ukraine, Egypt butchers the Russian national anthem. The UK's Labour Party tries to appeal to women by means of a pink bus (YT 4m). Last Week Tonight imagines what would happen if Labour did damage control in a video segment, Pretty Princess Ponies. Main story: The many problems with electing state judges in the US (YT 13m). And Now: CNN Weatherman Chad Myers Hates His Job, His Life and Everyone Around Him. China celebrates the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. Or is it Goat?
posted by JHarris on Feb 23, 2015 - 13 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The worldwide tobacco boom  Season 2, Ep 2

This week: The US Government pulls diplomats out of Yemen as Houthis take control of the country. Theaters saw the worldwide release of the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Ecuador president Rafael Correa carps back at John Oliver on Twitter (Washington Post). How Is This Still A Thing: the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (YouTube, 3m). The main story (YouTube, 18m) is on the current boom times for the tobacco industry around the world, and the efforts they've gone through to ensure them, which include suing countries through international courts to repeal and prevent public health legislation. Oliver presents a new mascot for free use of the tobacco industry, Jeff the Diseased Lung in a Cowboy Hat. Twitter uses can show their support for Jeff with the hashtag #jeffwecan. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 16, 2015 - 10 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prescription drug marketing to doctors, the thin skin of Rafael Correa  Season 2, Ep 1

This week: US Congressman Aaron Schock redecorates his office with a Downton Abbey theme. Argentina President Cristina Fernández catches flack for affecting a stereotypical Chinese accent on Twitter. Radio Shack files for bankruptcy and Last Week Tonight prepared a farewell message (YouTube, 3m), on their behalf. The main story: "Prescription drugs. The only ovals that can bring people in the Seattle area joy anymore." Marketing to doctors. (YouTube, 17m) And Equador president Rafael Correa calls out social media users who insult him on national television. John Oliver, in a helpful gesture to help Correa thicken his skin, provides his official Twitter handle, @MashiRafael, so internet users can directly insult him. That's right everybody: Last Week Tonight is back.
posted by JHarris on Feb 10, 2015 - 11 comments

Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Jane The Virgin' And Sexy Sex Thrillers

Both the sublime and the ridiculous get thorough airings this week as the team takes on the fine CW show Jane The Virgin and the bonkers sex thriller The Boy Next Door. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 2, 2015 - 8 comments

Game of Thrones: Pilot: "Winter Is Coming"  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 1

Welcome to the continents of Westeros and Essos. It is the end of a decade-long Summer.
posted by zarq on Jan 16, 2015 - 27 comments

The Newsroom: What Kind of Day Has it Been  Season 3, Ep 6

In the series finale, the newsroom staff attends Charlie Skinner's funeral. [more inside]
posted by axiom on Dec 15, 2014 - 21 comments

The Newsroom: Oh Shenandoah  Season 3, Ep 5

Jim and Maggie fly to Russia to attempt to get seats on Edward Snowden's flight to Havana. Will spends 52 days in jail. Sloan butts heads with Neal's replacement. Don does a pre-interview with a college student who started a website allowing people to anonymously accuse others of rape. [more inside]
posted by axiom on Dec 8, 2014 - 11 comments

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 - 23 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 - 44 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

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