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Movie: Mars Attacks!

Ack ack! Ack! Ack ack ack! Ack! Ack ack ack ack ack ack. Ack Ack! Ack. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 11, 2022 - 11 comments

Resident Alien: Autopsy  Season 2, Ep 9

Asta is overwhelmed with guilt after she, Harry, and D'Arcy get rid of the dead body. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Aug 11, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Delicatessen

Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) is a butcher who owns a run-down apartment building in post-apocalyptic France. The building is in constant need of a handyman, because Clapet routinely butchers them and sells them as food. The latest in the long ling of disposable workers is Louison (Dominique Pinon), a former circus clown desperate for work and lodging. But this time Clapet's plan hits a snag when his young daughter (Marie-Laure Dougnac) falls head over heels for the lovable Louison. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 7, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Tammy and the T-Rex

A teen (Denise Richards) learns that a scientist implanted her dead boyfriend's (Paul Walker) brain into an animatronic dinosaur. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 6, 2022 - 11 comments

Movie: District 9

Thirty years ago, aliens arrive on Earth -- not to conquer or give aid, but -- to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is unconcerned with the aliens' welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent (Sharlto Copley) contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 1, 2022 - 15 comments

Paper Girls: Season One  Season 1, Ep 0

Paper Girls follows four young girls who, while out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween in 1988, become unwittingly caught in a conflict between warring factions of time-travelers, sending them on an adventure through time that will save the world. As they travel between our present, the past, and the future – they encounter future versions of themselves and now must choose to embrace or reject their fate. Based on the comic books by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 29, 2022 - 23 comments

Movie: John Carter

When Civil War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) mysteriously awakes on the surface of Mars -- also called Barsoom -- he little expects the adventure that awaits him. Carter reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict among the red planet's inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). As Barsoom is poised on the brink of collapse, war-weary Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that everyone's fate is in his hands. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 28, 2022 - 24 comments

Movie: Nope

Caretakers at a California horse ranch encounter a mysterious force that affects human and animal behavior. The third feature film written and directed by Jordan Peele. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 22, 2022 - 52 comments

Movie: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement," realizes that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 6, 2022 - 17 comments

Movie: Lightyear

Legendary Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits and his robot companion Sox.
posted by Stark on Jun 30, 2022 - 10 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE SPACE CHILDREN  Rewatch   Season 9, Ep 6

Rewatch! A benevolent blob from outer space gives Earth kids unearthly powers in order to prevent war. It contains Jackie "Uncle Fester" Coogan! Has the short Century 21 Calling, which is set at the Chicago World's Fair and tries to get us excited about the future of landline phones. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jun 30, 2022 - 2 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

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE PHANTOM PLANET  Rewatch   Season 9, Ep 2

Rewatch! An astronaut ends up on a distant asteroid and is shrunk down to the size of its inhabitants, joins their society, but then it's all destroyed. So uplifting! Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jun 2, 2022 - 0 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE PROJECTED MAN  Rewatch   Season 9, Ep 1

Rewatch! A scientist invents a teleporter and tests it on himself. He doesn't turn into a fly or get stuck halfway out a wall, which I understand are the usual fates for those who tamper in physical law, but instead becomes a mutated monster with a deadly touch. He could have just gotten up to get the remote control like a normal person, but oh well! Lembach is staying! Pearl & henchpeople & the SOL end up in present day Earth, above an ominously familiar castle. Oh no, Lembach is going! Previously.
posted by JHarris on May 26, 2022 - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 22

Re-rewatch! A supremely goofy movie that doesn't make much sense, with an excellent actor (Raul Julia), some sub-Doctor Who special effects, and great riffing combine to make a classic episode! It's the last episode of Season 8. Technically Pearl is still chasing the SOL but that's kind of forgotten to make room for one of the best sequences of host segments the show ever did, where Pearl creates a completely spurious public television telethon. And don't forget: get your monkeys, instantly, at Instant Monkeys Online! Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on May 19, 2022 - 4 comments

Book: Badasstronauts

Melville, South Carolina was out of money, it was out of jobs, it was out of hope, and today it was out of astronauts. There were only two to begin with, and now one is stuck on the abandoned International Space Station after his mission went south. With NASA’s budget cut to the bone, there’s no one to bring him back home, so everyone is only too happy to ignore this embarrassing sign of American Failure and just let him die. But his cousin, Walter Reddie, isn’t going to let that happen. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on May 13, 2022 - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TIME CHASERS  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 21

Re-rewatch! A guy invents a time machine using a small airplane and an 8-bit computer, but sells the tech to EvilCo. Good job! It's quaint that the movie believes a person working on his own without vast resources could invent something that a huge corporate behemoth couldn't. The roman times subplot is over on the SOL, this and the next episode are just sort of "in space" before we reach Castle Forrester in Season 9. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on May 12, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Time Lapse

Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 11, 2022 - 7 comments

Outer Range: The West  Season 1, Ep 8

The Abbott family face a reckoning over the course of a single day as the showdown between Royal and Autumn culminates, unearthing a shattering revelation. (Season finale.) [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 10, 2022 - 12 comments

Outer Range: The Unknown  Season 1, Ep 7

Royal must salvage what is left of his family and his livelihood as the Tillersons close in on their secrets; Autumn orchestrates the unthinkable. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 10, 2022 - 0 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: SPACE MUTINY  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 20

Re-rewatch! Slab Bulkhead! Fridge Largemeat! Punt Speedchunk! Butch Deadlift! Bold Bigflank! Splint Chesthair! Flint Ironstag! Bolt Vanderhuge! Thick McRunfast! Blast Hardcheese! Previously and again. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 5, 2022 - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 19

Rewatch! Preposterous robots from space attack the Earth, and only Space Chief and some kids can save us. Uses stock footage of aerial bombardment of Japan to represent the attack. Prince of Space was the light-side of Japanese filmmaking in Season 8. This one is the dark side. It's a difficult film to make it through. I think it should be noted that some people think Mike and the bots' commentary on Japan crosses the line of acceptability in this one. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Apr 28, 2022 - 0 comments

Book: The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer

In The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer, singer-songwriter, actor, fashion icon, activist, and worldwide superstar Janelle Monáe brings to the written page the Afrofuturistic world of one of her critically acclaimed albums, exploring how different threads of liberation—queerness, race, gender plurality, and love—become tangled with future possibilities of memory and time in such a totalitarian landscape…and what the costs might be when trying to unravel and weave them into freedoms. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Apr 26, 2022 - 5 comments

Russian Doll: Full Season Two  Season 2, Ep 0

Russian Doll returns after three years. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Apr 20, 2022 - 63 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 17

Re-rewatch! Monsters created by radiation lumber ashore to attack the population of old teenagers. Their savior? As always, the magic metal: SODIUM. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Apr 14, 2022 - 0 comments

Book: The Anomaly, by Hervé Le Tellier

It’s so difficult not to spoil any plot points; maybe it’s best to leave all the descriptions for inside the post.
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 30, 2022 - 9 comments

Book: The Kaiju Preservation Society

Jamie Gray is miserably working as a deliverator for füdmüd in the early days of COVID quarantine in New York City. A chance encounter with an old acquaintance gets Jamie on an interesting new career path: doing odd jobs at a secret base on an alternate Earth, helping scientists who are studying -- and helping protect -- kaiju.
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 17, 2022 - 17 comments

Resident Alien: Alien Dinner Party  Season 2, Ep 8

It's a surprise party as everyone gathers to celebrate Harry but some dangerous guests cause havoc. (Mid-season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Mar 16, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes

A café owner discovers that the TV in his café suddenly shows images from the future, but only two minutes into the future. A mind-bending sci-fi comedy from Japan, unfolding in a single take. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 16, 2022 - 10 comments

Resident Alien: Escape From New York  Season 2, Ep 7

Harry and Asta find what they are looking for but not what they need as danger closes in. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Mar 10, 2022 - 5 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 11

Re-rewatch! The evil organization of this movie raises dumb clones of important people, like senators, to serve as sources of spare body parts. It was the kind of movie premise that seemed plausible in 1979, I guess. What happens when the senator gets voted out? Costs a lot of money to keep a clone in feed when it might not even be needed. In subplot news, Pearl and minions babysit a trio of god children. Previously, and again.
posted by JHarris on Mar 3, 2022 - 7 comments

Resident Alien: An Alien In New York  Season 2, Ep 6

Harry and Asta travel to New York looking for one of his people, but things go horribly wrong. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Mar 3, 2022 - 10 comments

Resident Alien: Family Day  Season 2, Ep 5

Harry and Asta's trip is interrupted by an uninvited relative as the town celebrates family. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 24, 2022 - 5 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 9

Rewatch! Not as terrible a movie as usually featured on the show, this has Michael Landon as the titular preadult dogboy. Much later, he'd return to the role, in a way, in the Highway to Heaven episode I Was a Middle-Aged Werewolf. In continuity, Pearl, Bobo and new accompanier Brain Guy are on "camping world." Previously.
posted by JHarris on Feb 17, 2022 - 1 comment

Resident Alien: Radio Harry  Season 2, Ep 4

Asta is going to find out whether Harry is building another bomb as they go camping on the reservation. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 17, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Come True

Not wanting to go home and looking for an escape from her recurring nightmares, 18-year-old Sarah submits to a university sleep study, but soon realizes she's become the conduit to a frightening new discovery. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 12, 2022 - 5 comments

Resident Alien: Girls' Night  Season 2, Ep 3

Harry meets a woman unlike any other and realizes that she is the key to his new mission. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 10, 2022 - 10 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE SHE-CREATURE  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 8

Rewatch! Because in the 50s even our creatures had to be obviously gendered. A lady is hypnotized and, as all hypnotized people do, summons a lobster woman. It's the last episode on Observer World before Mike destroys it. Oops! Previously.
posted by JHarris on Feb 10, 2022 - 2 comments

Resident Alien: The Wire  Season 2, Ep 2

Harry has a plan to save Asta and himself but first he must attend the Sheriff's poker game. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Feb 3, 2022 - 6 comments

Resident Alien: Old Friends  Season 2, Ep 1

Harry, the alien, is back on Earth but doesn't remember who he is, and only Asta can keep him safe. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Jan 31, 2022 - 8 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 7

Rewatch! Scientists invent a time machine. Lady comes from the future, where apparently most people are sterile, in order to take fertile men back with her. If there's anything these movies have taught me, it's that the future causes impotency. But she kills a nurse in order to take her place, because the future causes psychopathy too. In the show's "plot," we're still in Observer world. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jan 26, 2022 - 1 comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE MOLE PEOPLE  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 3

Rewatch! Albinos oppress humanoid creatures beneath the surface of the Earth, and the situation is remedied by white guys from the surface. Warning: contains The Load. Previously. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jan 6, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Timecrimes

in Nacho Vigalondo's time-travel thriller, a man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 6, 2022 - 16 comments

The Silent Sea: The Silent Sea (Full Season)  Season 1, Ep 0

During a perilous 24-hour mission on the moon, space explorers try to retrieve samples from an abandoned research facility steeped in classified secrets. (Netflix) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Dec 27, 2021 - 9 comments

Movie: Last and First Men

Tilda Swinton narrates the bleak future of humanity in the only feature directed by the Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 12, 2021 - 7 comments

Movie: Encounter

Two brothers embark on a journey with their father (Riz Ahmed), who is trying to protect them from an alien threat. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 10, 2021 - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: LASERBLAST  Rewatch   Season 7, Ep 6

Re-rewatch! A kid living out in the desert gets a ray gun that also turns him green, and he takes out his frustrations in an orgy of laser violence against innocent Star Wars signs, until goofy lizard aliens stop him. It's the last episode of the Comedy Central era of the show. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Dec 2, 2021 - 12 comments

Foundation: The Leap  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 10

An unexpected ally helps Salvor broker an alliance. A confrontation between the Brothers leads to unthinkable consequences.
posted by Gary on Nov 19, 2021 - 16 comments

Foundation: The First Crisis  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 9

On Terminus, the null field has become even more powerful. Brother Dawn makes a daring choice.
posted by Gary on Nov 12, 2021 - 36 comments

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