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Top Chef: The Jonathan Gold standard  Season 17, Ep 2

This week the chefs honor the late, great Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Using Gold’s last guide list, the chefs fan out all over Los Angeles to sample the unique taquerias, food trucks, mom-and-pop cafes, upscale eateries and ethnic cuisine only found in the City of Angels. Drawing inspiration from this one-in-a-lifetime culinary odyssey, the chefs create dishes to serve 200 of Jonathan Gold’s friends, family, and restaurateurs that he loved at the iconic Union Station. Noted food writer and personal friend of Jonathan Gold, Ruth Reichl serves as guest judge alongside Padma, Tom and Gail. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Mar 26, 2020 - 6 comments

Cherish the Day: Catharsis  Season 1, Ep 8

Series Finale: Gently hosts a birthday party for Miss Luma and most of the gang gathers. A surprise visitor from the past turns up.
posted by mediareport on Mar 25, 2020 - 4 comments

Cherish the Day: Synopsis  Season 1, Ep 7

Gently and Evan shop for counselors and recap their relationship thus far.
posted by mediareport on Mar 19, 2020 - 5 comments

Cherish the Day: Nemesis  Season 1, Ep 6

Conflict between Evan's focus on work and a newly-buttoned-down Gently boils over at a dinner.
posted by mediareport on Mar 19, 2020 - 1 comment

Cherish the Day: Analysis  Season 1, Ep 5

Differing expectations and backgrounds clash, resolve and clash again as Gently, Evan and their families plan a big day. The two dads meet for the first time and find they have much in common, and Evan's mother tries her best. Bonus: extended interview with Ava DuVernay in which she discusses the love story's origins in her documentary 13th, the actors choosing not to use an intimacy coordinator for the sex scenes, and why she "really wanted to embrace a darker-skinned sister" for the romantic female lead role.
posted by mediareport on Mar 4, 2020 - 1 comment

Cherish the Day: Basis  Season 1, Ep 4

Evan has a stressful breakfast with Gently's uncles. Miss Luma is in on a scheme. Evan takes Gently for a hike and fancy dinner, only to find the two of them have different conceptions of time. Evan ignores the advice of a friend. Ava DuVernay's one-day-per-episode look at love between two black professionals in Los Angeles continues. Bonus video: DuVernay talks about how she achieved gender parity in the first season by making sure over 50% of the show's entire crew (not just writers and directors) are women.
posted by mediareport on Feb 27, 2020 - 2 comments

Cherish the Day: Oasis  Season 1, Ep 3

Three months into their renewed relationship, Evan brings Gently to meet his parents at their 40th anniversary party. Gently’s own mother suddenly shows up in town as well, after years of absence.
posted by mediareport on Feb 19, 2020 - 1 comment

Cherish the Day: Synthesis  Season 1, Ep 2

One year after their first encounter, Gently and Evan meet again at an art gallery and spend the day together, with Evan running into the Friend Test from Gently’s BFF. Bonus bowling alley and emergency room visits.
posted by mediareport on Feb 19, 2020 - 1 comment

Cherish the Day: Genesis  Season 1, Ep 1

Ava DuVernay's new series tracks the relationship between Gently (Xosha Roquemore) and Evan (Alano Miller), two young African-Americans in south Los Angeles. Each of the 8 episodes takes place during one day, across what the series will cover as five years. In the premiere the two meet at the library and spend the day getting to know each other via cheesecake and a refrigerator. Cicely Tyson has a supporting role as a sharp, sly aging film star. Airing, like DuVernay's Queen Sugar, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
posted by mediareport on Feb 19, 2020 - 3 comments

Book: The Library Book

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who? [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on Apr 30, 2019 - 8 comments

Special Event: MLB baseball World Series 2018

L.A. Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox. Best-of-seven series starts tonight at 8pm eastern; come on in here to chatter, predict, and livewatch.
posted by LobsterMitten on Oct 23, 2018 - 104 comments

Special Event: MLB baseball playoffs 2018: Semifinals (NLCS & ALCS)

Two best-of-seven series to determine who will go to the World Series! The L.A. Dodgers vs. the Milwaukee Brewers for the National League Championship, and the Houston Astros vs. the Boston Red Sox for the American League Championship.
posted by LobsterMitten on Oct 12, 2018 - 56 comments

Movie: Rebel Without a Cause

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 17, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: The Graduate

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 22, 2018 - 11 comments

Movie: Marlowe

A young woman from Kansas hires LA private detective Philip Marlowe to find her missing brother. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 14, 2018 - 1 comment

Podcast: 30 For 30 Podcasts: BIKRAM Part 1: Arrival

Bikram Choudhury begins his journey to fame, wealth, and scandal in 1970s Los Angeles. He takes Beverly Hills by storm, using his Hollywood connections and rags-to-riches origin story to build a devoted following and lay the foundation for a yoga empire. Reported by Julia Lowrie Henderson. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. More information at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram
posted by Cash4Lead on May 24, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: Drag Me to Hell

A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 16, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: Collateral

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 12, 2018 - 11 comments

Movie: Mulholland Dr.

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 4, 2018 - 8 comments

Movie: Friday

Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 28, 2018 - 4 comments

Movie: Terminator 2

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 25, 2018 - 25 comments

Movie: L.A. Confidential

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 10, 2018 - 15 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Future's End  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 8

This is the time-jump of the starship Voyager. Its 1996 mission: To bring Dolly the Cloned Sheep to the 24th century. To prevent the launch of Fox News Channel. To boldly go and see the Spice Girls live! (Part 1 of 2) [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil on Jun 22, 2017 - 16 comments

Movie: La La Land

A jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in Los Angeles meet, with lots of dancing, singing, and bright colors. Directed and written by Damien Chazelle. Co-starring: the city of Los Angeles. Now playing in a few cities; a wider release coming Friday December 16th. [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Dec 15, 2016 - 48 comments

O.J.: Made in America: Part 3: Rockingham  Season 1, Ep 3

The police arrived at the condo on Bundy Drive at 4:25 a.m. on June 13th, 1994. It was a gruesome murder scene, clearly the result of a violent confrontation that had left two people dead - one of whom, they'd quickly discover, was the estranged wife of O.J. Simpson. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Jul 5, 2016 - 3 comments

O.J.: Made in America: Part 2: Lack of Community Involvement  Season 1, Ep 2

There was never one Los Angeles, California. There were always two. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Jun 28, 2016 - 7 comments

O.J.: Made in America: Part 1: U.S.C. Culture  Season 1, Ep 1

To many observers, the story of the crime of the century is a story that began the night Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were brutally murdered outside her Brentwood condominium. But as the first episode of "O.J.: Made in America" lays bare, to truly grasp the significance of what happened not just that night, but the epic chronicle to follow, one has to travel back to points in time long before that. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Jun 23, 2016 - 6 comments

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The Verdict  Season 1, Ep 10

The jury reaches its decision, and not everyone agrees with it.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Apr 5, 2016 - 10 comments

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Manna from Heaven   Season 1, Ep 9

The Dream Team goes across the country to acquire the Mark Fuhrman tapes.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 29, 2016 - 5 comments

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: A Jury in Jail  Season 1, Ep 8

Months into the trial, cut off from their families, society and the media, the jurors grow stir crazy and start becoming unlikely targets for the prosecution and the defense. Meanwhile, the country gets an introduction to the science of DNA evidence.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 23, 2016 - 7 comments

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Conspiracy Theories   Season 1, Ep 7

Does the glove fit?
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 comments

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Marcia, Marcia, Marcia  Season 1, Ep 6

Tensions rise as the defense starts taking aims at racial implications in the case, and as Marcia faces an ongoing divorce and negative representation in the media.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 9, 2016 - 11 comments

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The Race Card   Season 1, Ep 5

The trial begins.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 1, 2016 - 6 comments

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: 100% Not Guilty  Season 1, Ep 4

As jury selection gets underway, the entrance of Johnnie Cochran adds an interesting energy to the case.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Feb 23, 2016 - 8 comments

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The Dream Team  Season 1, Ep 3

With a provocative strategy devised, Robert Shapiro begins putting together O.J. Simpson's legal counsel.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Feb 16, 2016 - 5 comments

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The Run of His Life   Season 1, Ep 2

O.J. Simpson's lawyers must handle an intense situation when he goes missing.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Feb 9, 2016 - 10 comments

Film Noir?

Anyone up for a Film Noir club? It could cover classic noir through neonoir. I'm thinking maybe start with a series of exclusively Los Angeles films, including some that have already been posted to FanFare (Chinatown, Inherent Vice, The Big Lebowski, The Long Goodbye, Strange Days, Double Indemnity) and then some that haven't (Kiss Me Deadly, D.O.A., Blade Runner, L.A. Confidential, Farewell My Lovely, Devil in a Blue Dress, the list goes on and on).
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 6, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: The Long Goodbye

Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 6, 2016 - 2 comments

True Detective: Down Will Come  Season 2, Ep 4

Ani and Ray find another connection that leads through Ani's family. Frank tries to reclaim his old life in crime. Paul makes a major breakthrough in the case. All the while Ani gets some bad news, Ray tries to reconnect, and Paul sees a new opportunity. The task force closes in on a suspect, but it doesn't quite go as planned. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jul 13, 2015 - 86 comments

Podcast: Mystery Show: Case #4 Vanity Plate

Starlee and her friend Miranda get stopped at a red light and see something shocking.  
posted by radioamy on Jun 15, 2015 - 23 comments

Podcast: 99% Invisible: 155- Palm Reading

Reports of palm theft have appeared in LA, San Diego, and Texas; palm rustling also gets a mention in Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief. What the palm tree* means to America, what they're worth, and how they've democratized the California Dream. [more inside]
posted by psoas on Mar 12, 2015 - 2 comments

Movie: They Live

Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 25, 2015 - 14 comments

Bosch: Fugazi  Season 1, Ep 4

Fugazi? That's a Vietnam thing. The Los Angeles river is awesomely ugly. Julia seems aggressively needy. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Feb 18, 2015 - 1 comment

Podcast: 99% Invisible: 152- Guerrilla Public Service

At some point in your life you've probably encountered a problem in the built world where the fix was obvious to you. Maybe a door that opened the wrong way, or poorly painted marker on the road.
posted by mathowie on Feb 11, 2015 - 8 comments

Transparent: Why Do We Cover the Mirrors?  Season 1, Ep 10

A funeral brings all the Pfeffermans together and reunites them with their past - Shelley and Maura with old friends, Sarah with her ex, and Josh with his teenage babysitter - who brings a 17-year-old boy. Just when they thought there were no more secrets, the family busts out a few more.
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 5, 2015 - 13 comments

Transparent: Looking Up  Season 1, Ep 9

Maura finds solace with ex-wife Shelly, and the two hatch a plot to help Ed realize his wishes. Sarah spends time with her ex-husband and begins to question their breakup, while Raquel finally breaks through to Josh. And when the entire family is summoned to Shelly's, they are in for a few surprises.
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 5, 2015 - 0 comments

Transparent: Best New Girl  Season 1, Ep 8

In a flashback, Mort escapes with friend Mark (Bradley Whitford) to a cross-dressing retreat in the woods, and becomes captivated with a very accepting woman named Connie (Michaela Watkins). Left alone after canceling her Bat Mitzvah, 13-year-old Ali finds trouble with an older man at the beach.
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 5, 2015 - 4 comments

Transparent: The Symbolic Exemplar  Season 1, Ep 7

Josh goes on a date with Rabbi Raquel while Ali explores her feminine side with a TA from Gender Studies class. The kids turn out for Maura's performance in a talent show, but her delight quickly turns to dejection.
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 5, 2015 - 5 comments

Transparent: The Wilderness  Season 1, Ep 6

As they struggle to come to terms with Maura, Josh looks for answers from a rabbi named Raquel (Kathryn Hahn), and Ali looks for answers in a Gender Studies class with Syd. Sarah is left to answer questions from her own kids, who meet Maura for the first time.
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 5, 2015 - 2 comments

Transparent: Wedge  Season 1, Ep 5

When Shelly's husband Ed goes missing, Sarah, Josh and Ali set out to find him, and instead find themselves lost in their past. Ali can no longer keep Maura's secret from Josh, which sends him into a tailspin. When Maura runs into a Pfefferman family friend she takes a stand for her new identity.
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 5, 2015 - 3 comments

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