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Maximum Nonsense, Tony Law

Maximum Nonsense is a recent Go Faster Stripe standup DVD by Canadian comedian Tony Law. You can buy the DVD–which comes with 10 minutes of extras and is region zero–or as a straight download for those of you who no longer have DVD players. “Law is enjoying himself hugely–and the feeling is contagious.” –The Guardian…

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Robin Ince’s Last Ever Show

If you’re even half as much a Robin Ince fan as Anglonerd magazine is, you’ll appreciate that Go Faster Stripe has released a mammoth sendoff to Ince’s standup career: a two-disc DVD set containing hours and hours of recent standup material from Ince, including a recording of Ince’s last big standup show before he retired. Robin…

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Chasing Shadows

CHASING SHADOWS (2014) IS A MINI SERIES COP DRAMA STARRING REECE SHEARSMITH, ALEX KINGSTON, AND NOEL CLARKE. EACH OF THE TWO EPISODES IS AN HOUR AND A HALF (SHOWN IN TWO 45-MINUTE HALVES), TOTALING THREE HOURS. YOU CAN GET IT ON ACORN.TV OR AMAZON ON-DEMAND. Alex Kingston is back with the shadows, but this time instead…

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Detectorists

Detectorists (2014-2015) is a TV show directed by, written by, and starring Mackenzie Crook, who you’ll recognize from The Office and Pirates of the Caribbean. It has so far run two seasons, totaling 13 episodes. Season 1 is currently on Hulu and Netflix. Both seasons are on DVD (region 1 and region 2), Acorn.TV, and Amazon Instant. Andy and Lance…

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The Cottage

The Cottage has all of the ingredients that make up a classic horror film without any mucking around with unique plot devices or character depth. A thug who believes he’s the only competent person in the story. His scaredy cat brother, unwillingly thrust into criminal life. A martial artist stripper. Asian spies. A farmer with a…

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Exile

Exile is a 2011 two-part television drama by Paul Abbott and Danny Brocklehurst. You know you’re in for a treat when you learn that you’ve got John Simm and Olivia Colman playing siblings with Jim Broadbent playing their father. Simm, who would win a BAFTA for his role in Exile, had just come off filming Mad Dogs, which…

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Dirk Gently, radio drama

Richard MacDuff is having one of those days. His couch is stuck in the stairwell, there’s a horse in the bathroom, and his old school pal Svlad Cjelli has invited himself back into Richard’s life on some kind of interconnected detective case. Penned by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is…

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Science, Ricky Gervais Live IV

If you’re looking for a standup set about science, you’re better off with Robin Ince’s Happiness Through Science DVD than Ricky Gervais’ Science DVD because, as Gervais points out, Science is more “an investigation into the rational and non-rational” than it is cracks at Medel and his peas. However, if you’re in on Gervais’ irony…

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Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9 is a comedy-horror TV show written and starring Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. With 6 episodes per season, it is currently on season 3. Season 1 is available on Amazon streaming. If you like scary movies, this is a good TV show for you. Every episode is self contained with separate stories…

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Black Mirror

Black Mirror is Charlie Brooker’s science fiction television series. Each season is three episodes long. Each episode is 45 minutes long. There is a new season every one or two years since 2011. Black Mirror is The Twilight Zone meets Person of Interest. Each episode is its own story with its own characters, like the Twilight Zone, and has some sort…

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Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning is a collection of short stories by Neil Gaiman. Most interesting about the breadth of this volume is the variety of narrators, many of whom are unreliable or not making clear their identity up front: the points of view of an imaginary friend, a genie in a bottle, a killer, or a living statue.…

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Undone

Imagine that you just moved from a rinky-dink village called Toaster to the big, bustling metropolis of London where the world is opening up to you, throwing offers of adventure at your feet. Just when you think London is more excitement than you could have ever hoped for, you discover that there is a second…

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Double Science

The students are making drugs in the chem lab, the science teacher has his trousers around his ankles again, someone’s slipped the drama teacher some speed, and MI5 is investigating a possible bomber. Just another day in the double award science department at Forrester College where high school kids are enrolled in a pre-University program…

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Roald Dahl Audiobooks

Last year for Roald Dahl’s brithday (September 13), Penguin Random House posted ways to celebrate the children’s author’s birthday. PRH Audio Group has produced a collection of Dahl’s books read by famous British actors, and one of the ways you can celebrate (again tomorrow) is to listen to the free sampler of the Roald Dahl…

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Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Beware, here be spoilers. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride has everything a Sherlock fan could possibly ask for. Moffat and Gatiss have really outdone themselves this time. It’s like they caved and said, “All right, give them everything they want. It is Christmas, after all.” It has Victorian garb and dialect (“the game is afoot”) for…

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An Idiot Abroad

What is it? An Idiot Abroad (2010-2013) is Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s TV show starring their friend and former radio producer Karl Pilkington. Pilkington is not an actor or comedian but is nevertheless found (somewhat unwillingly) hosting a travel show. The series thrives on Pilkington’s unintentionally hilarious and unique outlook on life. The show ran three…

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Son of Rambow, film

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is a good little boy with a religious mother (Jessica Hynes) who isn’t even allowed to watch television and movies. What a perfect hobby for him, then, to be an amateur filmmaker. With the help of Lee (Will Poulter–the River Phoenix to Milner’s Wil Wheaton), the naughtiest kid at school, Will…

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Skellig, film

Michael (Bill Milner), his father (John Simm), and his pregnant mother (Kelly Macdonald) have just moved into a new home, making way for Michael’s forthcoming baby sister. While his family struggles with a premature birth, his father’s drunkenness, and his baby sister’s heart condition, Michael befriends the homeless man (played by Tim Roth) who, unbeknownst…

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High-Rise

In the film adaptation of J. G. Ballard’s novel High-Rise, Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons) has built what he believes will be the perfect residence: a high-rise apartment building that contains both affordable housing for the poor and luxury suites for the rich. It is so perfect that–with in-building super markets and swimming pools–one never needs to…

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The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos’ dystopia takes place in the near future in a world where people who don’t find mates are sentenced to 45 days in The Hotel. If they don’t find a partner by the end of those 45 days, they are turned into an animal of their choice. If they try to escape, the other…