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April 14

How to find this wild-looking Donnie Yen film?

Does anyone have an idea where I might be able to buy or stream or download 1985's Mismatched Couples, which based on the trailer is a ridiculous and joyful mix of martial arts and hip hop starring a very young Donnie Yen?
posted by Lluvia at 12:06 PM - 3 answers

What does Parminster signify?

I am curious about the assumed meanings and implicit cultural coding of the fictional town of Parminster in Dr. Foster. [more inside]
posted by nantucket at 10:10 AM - 14 answers

April 13

I‘m holding out for a hero

I recently reread Tombs of Atuan and I understood why teenage me was so infatuated with the book. Sparrowhawk, as the male lead, is a kind and empathetic as well as intelligent man and these traits and how he uses them are crucial to the day being saved in the end. I would like to find more books with male main characters who are like that and who drive the plot by being this way. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 2:49 PM - 16 answers

April 12

College Radio Earworm Help

What song did I hear on the radio? [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon at 1:39 PM - 7 answers

Post-post-collapse fiction?

I've read plenty of speculative fiction taking place in the years/decades following the collapse of society (for various definitions of "the collapse of society"). I'm looking for recommendations for post-post-collapse fiction, taking place after society has begun to rebuild itself. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:28 PM - 60 answers

TV shows that integrate phone content?

Can you recommend some TV shows that do a good job integrating smartphone content with the show as it progresses? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:39 AM - 9 answers

April 11

Asian protagonists in Mystery/Crime Fiction: Book Recommendations?

[Book Recommendation Filter] Seeking recommendations for mystery and crime fiction that feature an Asian protagonist or a predominantly Asian cast of characters. It's not required that the books be set in Asia, but it's fine if they are. Open to books set in any time period, or written in any time period, or that involve persons from any Asian background (East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, et cetera). A few extra details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:27 PM - 45 answers

What is this mystery song residing in my head?

I heard a jazz performer at the mall playing a melody that sounded super familiar, and noticed some other nearby people react positively to it too, so I think it must be something relatively classic and well-known. All I have now is a vague sketch from memory: https://instaud.io/3xpl, 00:10-00:20 is the recognizable part. That melodic phrase is quite tender and poignant. Sorry I don't have much else other than this fragment to go on, but if anyone can ID it that would really help clear things up!
posted by polymodus at 1:06 AM - 10 answers

April 10

How do you get leftist news and culture?

I've reached a crossroads where I'm finished with two media entities that I've relied on heavily in recent years: Twitter and Harper's. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Kwine at 5:01 PM - 10 answers

Once there was a little spider who wanted to reach the moon...

My grandpa told me a story (when I was about 6?) about a spider who wanted to reach the moon, and eventually, after a series of misadventures, managed to spin a web into a ladder(?) allowing him to climb to his destination. I don't think he made it up; it sounded like a folk tale of some sort, but I can't seem to find anything quite like what I remember. And it would have been roughly 1983-1984 when I heard the story, but I am pretty sure it wasn't contemporary. Help? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 12:56 PM - 3 answers

What do you call this '80s pop vocal style? Or was it even a thing?

Looking for terms to describe a particular tightening of the throat I hear in so many '80s male pop / new wave vocal performances, which sounds to me effortful and cramped (and great). Examples below. [more inside]
posted by miles per flower at 12:02 PM - 8 answers

April 9

Take me back to 2011

I am finally watching Game of Thrones, mostly for the first time, although I've read most of the books (not my cup of tea) and have not hid from spoilers whatsoever. I am looking for good supplementary podcasts from non book readers, so I can live vicariously through their surprise/shock/confusion. I am pretty much done with season 1, so it's fine if it doesn't start right at the beginning. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 1:41 PM - 9 answers

What to read after The Goblin Emperor?

I just finished The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. I found it scratched a similar itch to Becky Chambers’ books, which I loved. What should I read next? I’m home with a bad cold today, so it’s a perfect time to curl up and read. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:58 AM - 21 answers

April 8

I want to play Piano Blues like this! what is this??

From Deutschland 86 Episode 10, piano playing in a bar: This piece. I love this type of music so much and would like to find either this music or something similar, in transcription ("sheet music"). I can't find what the piece is by doing searches for the music in the episode. Any help in finding it, or anything like it, much appreciated!
posted by DMelanogaster at 7:34 PM - 12 answers

What kind of car is this?

What kind of car is this?
posted by pxe2000 at 11:07 AM - 2 answers

The piano music of my dreams

I am seeking beautiful piano music within the avant garde / contemporary classical / etc realm. Specifically, I'm looking for two genres: very long solo piano songs, and interesting combos of piano with yelping/wailing etc. Examples within. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 8:28 AM - 14 answers

Take/Pass the Ball, then "???"...subtitles and EU video format issues

I purchased this video as a gift for my dad who's a big Barca fan. Since it was from a UK vendor and it said the narration was in English (it is), I figured there'd be a robust and easy to find subtitle function for any of the Spanish, et al that was featured. Maybe not. [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 8:09 AM - 3 answers

Agent [], here is your first mission

I've been watching El Ministerio del Tiempo (the Ministry of Time) on Netflix and have been reminded that I really enjoy the loose genre of "average person is recruited into"/"the reader/watcher discovers top-secret government agency/top secret team" where the story is lighthearted or a comedic/alternative take on this story, the agency/team is responsible for something non-standard like stealing art, or there is time travel or magical/supernatural forces involved. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 7:59 AM - 24 answers

Quality discussions of the Ethics of Rewards?

Asking for my husband: Seeking high-quality media discussions on the topic "The Ethics of Rewards." TED talks, short documentaries, lectures? This would be for a university Philosophy of Ethics course. More salient details inside. [more inside]
posted by deep thought sunstar at 7:04 AM - 1 answers

April 7

"Never...until now!"

I was rewatching Bob le Flambeur (1956) this weekend (thanks, Kanopy!) and noticed an exchange early on, re the prestigious casino Bob is planning to rob, to the effect of: "But no one has ever even thought about [hitting this particular target]!" "Well, now someone has thought about it." [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 8:38 PM - 2 answers

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