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Movie: Emily the Criminal

Down on her luck and saddled with debt, Emily gets involved in a credit card scam that pulls her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Aug 13, 2022 - 0 comments

Movie: Bodies Bodies Bodies

When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Aug 12, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Black Swan

Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of "Swan Lake," Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina's dark side begins to emerge. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 6, 2022 - 8 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: DEVIL FISH  Rewatch   Season 9, Ep 11

Rewatch! Someone gave the military the money to breed killer deadly mutant fish, and they do! Funny that. A bunch of people eventually kill it, but not before many of their own number are themselves killed. This is one of those movies that suffers from the necessity of editing out scenes of gore and violence, as it removes several important deaths from the film. This is also the movie where, as one male cast member is climbing down a ladder above the camera, a certain globular piece of male anatomy slips out from his shorts, to the horror of our hosts. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Aug 4, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: The 355

A team of international secret agents join forces to retrieve a stolen superweapon. Starring Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Bingbing Fan, Diane Kruger, and Lupita Nyong'o. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Jul 30, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: Berlin Syndrome

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 8, 2022 - 4 comments

The Old Man: IV  Season 1, Ep 4

Both Chase and Harper try to move forward with their plans, but their choices backfire.
posted by kitten kaboodle on Jul 1, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: Hard Candy

Hayley (Elliot Page) is a smart, charming, young teenager. Jeff (Patrick Wilson) is a handsome, smooth fashion photographer. An Internet chat, a coffee shop meet-up, and an impromptu fashion shoot lead them back to Jeff's place. Jeff thinks it's his lucky night. It is not. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 1, 2022 - 11 comments

Movie: Audition

Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) is a widower who decides to start dating again. Aided by a film-producer friend (Miyuki Matsuda), Aoyama uses auditions for a fake production to function as a dating service. When Aoyama becomes intrigued by the withdrawn, gorgeous Asami (Eihi Shiina), they begin a relationship. However, he begins to realize that Asami isn't as reserved as she appears to be. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 27, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: The Baby (1973)

Mrs. Wadsworth (Ruth Roman) heads a household of two adult daughters and a (curiously) impaired adult son, when a new social worker (Anjanette Comer) takes a special interest in the bizarre family dynamic she finds. [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 on Jun 25, 2022 - 3 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

Shining Girls: Series 1 - All Episodes  Season 1, Ep 1

Shining Girls is an American thriller series on Apple TV+ based on the 2013 novel "The Shining Girls" by Lauren Beukes. [more inside]
posted by chill on May 21, 2022 - 8 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

Book: Someone Like Me

By the writer of The Girl With All the Gifts. Someone like Me follows the stories of two people who seem, at first, to be quite separate from one another. Both are traumatised by their past. Liz, a woman with two children, is trying to move on from a violently abusive marriage. Fran, a teenager, was kidnapped when she was a child. Liz is a kind, gentle person, but she keeps having episodes in which she can't stop herself from behaving in reprehensible ways. Fran has unexplained gaps in her memory, and she copes by conjuring up an imaginary friend, a mischievous and unpredictable fox girl. Their lives gradually converge as they face the pain from their past. [more inside]
posted by Zumbador on Apr 24, 2022 - 0 comments

Movie: Boiling Point

Enter the relentless pressure of a restaurant kitchen as a head chef wrangles his team on the busiest day of the year. [more inside]
posted by Zumbador on Mar 30, 2022 - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING & BECAME MIXEDUP ZOMBIES  Rewatch   Season 8, Ep 12

Rewatch! Ray Dennis Steckler, a.k.a. "Cash Flagg," was one of the more infamous Z-list Hollywood directors, and he was responsible for this film, which is something. A guy gets hypno'd by a carnival fortune teller into becoming an insane killer. The fortune teller's assistant Ortega is a sight, and immediately became the Torgo of the Sci-Fi Channel era of MST3K. Lots of the movie is just time spent watching bad performances on-stage at the carnival, pointless and unabridged. This movie is one of the worst in the show's history. Previously. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 10, 2022 - 2 comments

Pieces of Her: Season One  Season 1, Ep 0

A woman pieces together her mother's dark past after a violent attack in their small town brings hidden threats and deadly secrets to light. Stars Bella Heathcote and Toni Collette. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 8, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: No Exit

Darby skips rehab and rushes to Salt Lake City after her mother is taken to the hospital. Stranded by a blizzard at an isolated highway rest stop in the mountains, she discovers a kidnapped child hidden in a car belonging to one of the people inside. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 4, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Kimi

A tech worker with agoraphobia discovers recorded evidence of a violent crime, but is met with resistance when she tries to report it. Seeking justice, she must do the thing she fears the most: she must leave her apartment. [more inside]
posted by octothorpe on Feb 17, 2022 - 13 comments

Book: Devil House by John Darnielle

A true-crime writer begins a new book project, centered on a grisly 1986 double murder in southern California, that leads him to question the ethics of his trade and to delve into the paradoxes of storytelling itself. [more inside]
posted by FrauMaschine on Feb 14, 2022 - 8 comments

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window: Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

Mixing wine, pills, casseroles and an overactive imagination, Anna (Kristen Bell) obsesses over a hunky neighbor across the street and witnesses a murder. Or did she?
posted by ltl on Feb 2, 2022 - 31 comments

Movie: Who Killed Teddy Bear

In New York, a disco hostess is stalked by a sexual predator and she requests help from a vice squad detective who takes a personal interest in the case. The era is pre-clean-up Times Square New York. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp on Jan 31, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: The Last Thing Mary Saw

Southold, New York, 1843: Young Mary, blood trickling from behind the blindfold tied around her eyes, is interrogated about the events surrounding her grandmother’s death. As the story jumps back, we witness Mary, raised in a repressively religious household, finding fleeting happiness in the arms of Eleanor, the home’s maid. Her family, who believe they are seeing, speaking, and acting on God’s behalf, view the girls’ relationship as an abomination, to be dealt with as severely as possible. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 21, 2022 - 5 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: DANGER! DEATH RAY  Rewatch   Season 6, Ep 20

Re-rewatch! Swave spy-guy Bart Fargo (Bart Fargo Bart Fargo) hunts people who've kidnapped the inventor of a death ray in an episode whose stature has grown over the years. Ding! Ba-dup-ba-dup-ba-da-dah da dah. Previously and again. With this, we have ten Comedy Central episodes left.
posted by JHarris on Sep 9, 2021 - 3 comments

Neoneun Naeui Bom: You Are My Spring  Season 1, Ep 0

A hotel concierge and a psychiatrist with traumatic childhoods form a heartfelt bond when they become entangled in a perplexing local murder case. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Aug 26, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: Old

A thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.
posted by Strange Interlude on Jul 28, 2021 - 18 comments

Book: The Spider Heist

A waitress inadvertently gets caught up in a bank heist. [more inside]
posted by gt2 on Jun 25, 2021 - 2 comments

Podcast: Passenger List: Season Two discussion thread

Atlantic Airlines flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le, a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, is determined to uncover the truth... SEASON TWO discussion! [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jun 24, 2021 - 7 comments

Movie: The Swimming Pool

(AKA La piscine). Set in a magnificent villa near a sun-drenched St. Tropez, lovers Jean-Paul (Alain Delon) and Marianne (Romy Schneider) are spending a happy, lazy summer holiday. Their only concern is to gratify their mutual passion - until the day when Marianne invites her former lover and his beautiful teenage daughter (Jane Birkin) to spend a few days with them. From the first moment, a certain uneasiness and tension begin to develop between the four, which soon escalates in a dangerous love-game. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Jun 19, 2021 - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD  Rewatch   Season 6, Ep 8

Re-rewatch! This episode is more popular than I suspected, partly on the strength, perhaps, of its short, A Day at the Fair. The movie itself is a spy-themed made-for-TV thing, made by Quinn Martin, originally intended as an NBC series pilot. The plot has to do with a couple of people trying to protect a deadly gas that can kill people on contact, which is indeed pretty deadly. It sounds impossible to work with. The host segments spotlight MST3K's least-considered regular character: Magic Voice. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Jun 17, 2021 - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: BLOODLUST!  Rewatch   Season 6, Ep 7

Rewatch! In which we find out, for a hunter, the most thrilling prey of all is Mike Brady (Robert Reed). Also has the short Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm! Also, the first episode with Pearl Forrester, long before the became an official Mad! And the fiddle player in the square dance scene, off-screen, is reputed to be Maria Bamford! There, I think that's all the interesting points. Riff away. Previously.
posted by JHarris on Jun 10, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

This psychological slasher and queer cult classic from 1982 tells the story of orphaned teen Billy (Jimmy McNichol) who becomes caught up in the twisted mind of his increasingly unhinged Aunt Cheryl (Susan Tyrrell, really going for it). It's driven by a surprisingly upfront queer subplot involving a bigoted detective who suspects Billy is part of a gay love triangle that ended in murder, and features a positive portrayal of a gay high school basketball coach along with some campy, gorey thrills. (It also lingers an awful lot on Jimmy McNichol's topless chest and butt, and includes a young Bill Paxton as a homophobic teammate.) Available on Shudder. [more inside]
posted by mediareport on May 23, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: Broadcast Signal Intrusion

In the late 90s, a video archivist unearths a series of sinister pirate broadcasts and becomes obsessed with uncovering the dark conspiracy behind them. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Mar 18, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: The Stylist

Claire seems to live a normal life as a hair stylist by day, lending a sympathetic ear to the women who visit her chair and encouraging them to unburden themselves as she works her magic. But for an unlucky few, Claire's interest grows more sinister, and she begins coveting their lives. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Mar 1, 2021 - 7 comments

Movie: Burn

Lonely, unstable gas station attendant Melinda is tired of being overshadowed by her more confident, outgoing co-worker Sheila. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Mar 1, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: I Care a Lot

A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears.
posted by gaspode on Feb 23, 2021 - 21 comments

Movie: The Dead Center

A hospital psychiatrist's sanity is pushed to the edge when he encounters a mysterious patient. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Nov 14, 2020 - 2 comments

Movie: The Craft

A continuation of the cult hit The Craft (previously), an eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers. [more inside]
posted by urbanlenny on Nov 7, 2020 - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS  Rewatch   Season 4, Ep 20

Rewatch! EHT! NAMUH! SROTACILPUD! Richard Kiel is an evil space guy who is making duplicates of world leaders in preparation to take over the world. His character here is pretty evil, but Kiel himself was a real sweetheart. Previously
posted by JHarris on Nov 7, 2020 - 1 comment

The Undoing: The Undoing  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 1

Grace Fraser becomes intrigued by a young mother at her son's school. Later, news of a tragedy rocks the school community. (HBO, adapted from You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Oct 25, 2020 - 5 comments

Movie: The Deeper You Dig

The man who hits a 14 year girl on the way home, his dead victim, and his victim's mother are locked in conflict. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Oct 17, 2020 - 0 comments

Book: When No One Is Watching

In her new book, novelist Alyssa Cole moves away from romance to thriller. Set in a close-knit neighborhood in Brooklyn, the book follows Sydney as Green as she learns more about her old neighborhood and her new neighbors.
posted by jacquilynne on Oct 4, 2020 - 6 comments

The Third Day: Saturday - The Son  Season 1, Ep 2

Jess and Sam take time to get to know each other. The Martins continue to dodge questions by answering them. Sam Appears to be in less and more danger than he's aware of. Our mystery deepens when Sam finds the coroner who did his son's autopsy living on the island. The night concludes with hasty decisions all around, and Epona's might be the worst of all. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Sep 25, 2020 - 2 comments

The Third Day: Friday — The Father  Season 1, Ep 1

Today is a very important day for Sam, played by Jude Law, but unfortunately it's sidetracked when he comes across a young girl in need of help while walking in the woods. He finds his life turned upside down when the folk-rich island she heralds from won't let him leave, in more way than one. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Sep 22, 2020 - 7 comments

Movie: Tenet

Armed with only one word - Tenet - and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Aug 27, 2020 - 54 comments

Deadwind: Full Season 2 (AKA Karppi)  Season 2, Ep 0

A year and more after the events of Deadwind/Karppi's first season, Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala) is reunited with Sakari Nurmi (Lauri Tilkanen) to solve the linked cross-Baltic murders of two Estonian sailors, one in Tallinn and one in Helsinki, at a time when interim Helsinki mayor Sara Tulisuo (Leena Pöysti) is working to get a long-anticipated undersea tunnel project connecting the two cities off the ground at last. [more inside]
posted by angeline on Aug 17, 2020 - 5 comments

Deadwind: Full Season 1 (AKA Karppi)  Season 1, Ep 0

Shortly after suffering a life-changing loss, prickly and reserved Helsinki detective Sofia Karppi returns to work, insisting she is just fine to anyone who asks. On her first day back she is unwillingly paired with Homicide department newbie Sakari Nurmi, freshly transferred from Financial Crimes for mysterious reasons. The two work fractiously together to solve the murder of Anna Bergdahl, a social worker and consultant whose body is found buried on the site of a proposed green-energy housing development that is the brainchild of Finnish company Tempo, for whom Anna had been working in her final days. Twists and turns and shocking revelations abound while Karppi clashes with suspects, her coworkers, and her own home life. [more inside]
posted by angeline on Jul 17, 2020 - 4 comments

Movie: Vivarium

A young woman (Imogene Poots) and her fiancé (Jesse Eisenberg) are in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 12, 2020 - 5 comments

Movie: Come to Daddy

A naive young adult (Elijah Wood) visits his estranged father in a remote location after receiving a cryptic letter. [more inside]
posted by treepour on Jul 6, 2020 - 9 comments

Movie: Crawl

A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators. [more inside]
posted by ejs on Jun 22, 2020 - 7 comments

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