I was just thinking the other day that it would be amazing if there was one central location to identify the shows you like to watch, then see a list of when, where and how to watch them. With so many different options (paid and free or illegal), it’s hard to manage TV if you don’t have cable and oodles of time. Luckily, Yewknee tipped me off to Follow Shows, a service that does just that. Awesome!
I wish you didn’t have to use Facebook to login (I hate in general when that’s the only option for any app or service), but I’m definitely giving it a try because I know it will come in handy.
“Movies, and what women do in and to them, are better than the Academy seemed to realize. The same could be said about a lot of women in a lot of jobs. And women can’t forget it.” –Amy Davidson
Sizzle reel created by Mark Selby promoting CBC Radio’s 75th anniversary and historic Gould box set, featuring 10 DVDs packed with rare material from the CBC vaults: performances, discussions, and interviews with the legendary figure, all broadcast on CBC Television. “From his earliest existing TV appearance on a 1954 kinescope to a series of programs on twentieth-century music from the late 1970s, it’s an unprecedented collection, made possible by Sony, CBC, and the Gould estate.” Read more at CBC’s Gould site.
I have to thank Lee for tipping me off to this amazing article at Overthinking It. Back in 2010, they started an initiative to log how every single episode of Law & Order ended. Now that it’s all finally out on DVD, they’ve been able to track jury verdicts through 456 episodes. They track guilty and not guilty and everything in between (implied win, hung jury, plea bargain…) and it’s an incredibly exhaustive collection of data about the show. It’s amazing to see the trends over the show’s long history, over time and by season. If you’re a Law & Order obsessive like I am, this research is invaluable and amazing!
This is very cool: you can now watch movies at Vimeo. The setup is extremely smart: buy an affordable movie online, then sync it with any number of devices (we use Roku, it’s been great) to watch however you prefer. Filmakers can upload and price their own work (not unlike Bandcamp, a nice model to work from), and have Vimeo’s great platform for uploading and viewing, both in user experience and quality. Nice work, Vimeo!
After I fell out of love with movies (new movies, that is—classic Hollywood I still adulate), I realized during my rare visits to the multiplex that what I missed wasn’t the big screen, that Mount Rushmore larger-than-lifeness, but the short vacation in the receptive dark, the comfort and calm of the blinds being lowered on the city outside. But even that respite is too often tattered by the cell-phone compulsives texting and checking their messages, whatever spell the filmmakers attempted to cast spoiled by these mousy little screens flashing their gray pallor. As movie theaters switch from film to digital projection, home flat-screens take up a wall, Blu-Ray discs exhume masterpiece-painting volumes of color and intricate detail from popular releases, and the unholy moviegoing experience cries out for human-pest control, cinema has lost its sanctuary allure and aesthetic edge over television, which as a medium has the evolutionary advantage. Movies will never die, not as long as a director like Terrence Malick can make every green blade of grass sway like the first dance of creation, but TV is where the action is, the addictions forged, the dream machine operating on all cylinders. As I write this, the Academy Awards are a few days away, with The Artist the odds-on best-picture winner. Does anyone think The Artist is better than Mad Men?
Read the rest…
“Once again, they censored the applause-o-meter in the dead-people montage. (Liz Taylor would have aced that shit, and don’t think for a minute Liz didn’t spend years daydreaming about all the applause her Oscar memorial clip would get.) Why? So Esperanza Spaulding could sing the eternally icky “What a Wonderful World,” a sentiment rarely expressed by dead people. But was that the dumbest moment? No, no, no. That would be the Cirque De Soleil interlude with all the mimes. Mimes! On trapezes! Not even a mimes-in-the-movies montage! Miiiiimes! Complain all you want about The Artist, it wasn’t about mimes. And when Chris Rock hosts next year (please?) there won’t be any mimes.”
This is huge news. If the Criterion library continues to grow on Hulu the $7.99 will be more than worth it. There’s already 150 titles there, and it’s said to be “growing rapidly”. Throw in some tv shows I won’t have to DVR anymore and it’s a pretty good deal! I wish there were more TV options on Hulu though … probably soon enough.
More brilliance from Brandon Bird! This one is “A Complicated Murder Case”, and you can get more information here.
Style Rookie has a collection of famous teen bedrooms from tv and film. I know there are more that we should be seeing there – what’s missing?
Kilborn is not another cookie-cutter host, one who is going to come out and do a monologue, then go to a commercial, then come back and do a sketch, then interview two celebrities and then have a band play a song. Kilborn's talk shows are talk shows as sort of performance art. Kilborn controls everything and the camera is almost always on him. This would be disastrous with most hosts (and most hosts wouldn't even welcome it), but Kilborn is in complete control. Maybe it was all those years as an anchor on 'SportsCenter' and 'The Daily Show.'
Nicholas W Skyles has created some incredible images to accompany the Tommy Westphall’s Mind theory.
A little back story:
“Tommy Westphall was an autistic child on the TV series St Elsewhere who, it was revealed in the closing moments of the final episode of that series, had dreamt the entire run of the show.”
From there, St. Elsewhere‘s producer, Tom Fontana, took the opportunity to take characters from St. Elsewhere and insert them into new projects. Characters appeared in Homicide: Life on the Streets, Law & Order and The Wire. Soon the web grew even further, and to date, the spreadsheet that keeps track of the connections is almost too large to digest. The connections include references to fictional places, character names, awards, newspapers, cigarette brands, and companies.
So, at some point it begins to look like most of the television world exists in Tommy Westphall’s mind. This might be the best “I dreamt it” series ending ever, considering it continues to live on with such mystery. I recommend Skyles’ illustrations to help simplify the digestion process — it’s pretty complex!
Get The Key, which will walk you through the details of each connection. I was excited to read that the airplane that crashed and strand the cast of LOST was Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 also featured on Diagnosis Murder. There are many more LOST connections (including a cute one that involves Alias