I'd like to see commentary during sports events, or interviews with athletes after a sports event, that are high level analysis, that would be more fit for a professional athlete rather than the average fan. Specifically where the athlete is revealing his strategy, or thinking during the sporting event, and where the athlete is taking into account what his opponent was thinking. Most commentary is "lebron shoots a 3, and he scores, wow lebron is really heating up, better watch out, if lebron can get over 40 points this game, then Miami really has a chance" I'd prefer something more like "you see how Lebron took that 3? he could take it because he had fake a pull up to shoot twice before, and then took it to the hole, so now the defender is leaving a little more room for lebron to shoot the 3, and so he is capitalizing on that, I wouldn't be surprised if next time you see the defneder mark Lebron a little tighter, and then lebron fake the 3 and take it to the hole". I'd like this level of analysis for any major sport. Thank you.
How can I listen to live Ashes cricket radio commentary in the US? During the first leg of the series played in England, I listened to Test Match Special via the "British Radios" app but all I get now when I choose the BBC Radio 5 link is a message telling me that "this part of the program is unavailable due to rights restrictions." I cannot access the ABC through the Grandstand website. Clicking on the live commentary link gets me ads for Grandstand but no Jim Maxwell. The link on the Cricket Australia site is dead. Google hasn't helped me. I'd rather listen on my iPhone or iPad (ios7) but I'll resort to a laptop if needed. Is there a free solution I've overlooked? Is there a paid option I haven't found? If it turns out that I can't listen to broadcasts can someone please explain why?
I like to watch video game let's plays. I have yet to find a let's player who doesn't make me feel gross with the sexism and racism and all that. Who should I watch for non-yuck commentary? [more inside]
I'm thinking of doing a free trial of Netflix's DVD program. I love listening to commentary tracks. What are some of your favorite commentaries on film/tv show dvds (specific seasons, please!)? [more inside]
I've been re-reading Tolstoy's "What is Art?" and Ayn Rand's "Romantic Manifesto". I would like to read more about how we think about art and what we consider to be art as well as the relationship between the artist and society/culture. I'm especially interested in how we think of art and what is my responsibility as an artist to the greater society and culture. [more inside]
Popular sports commentary seems to be dominated by windbags and silly pundits. What are some recordings of tight, insightful commentary? No sport preference or even activity preference if you've a good recommendation from another field.
I've been re-watching Mefi favorite Community with all the commentary tracks and really enjoying it. So, I'm looking for other good TV shows (genre unimportant) on DVD that have commentary for ALL the episodes. Preferably a show that is complete, but that's not necessary. Most important is that every episode have commentary on it. Recommends?
[DVD/Blu-Ray Commentary Filter]What compels the star(s)/director/producer/whomever to do commentary for a DVD/Blu-Ray release? Are they paid for that session of sitting and watching the movie while miked up? Or are they just hoping for more sales for their share of the back-end? Or is this just out of the goodness of their heart (particularly on "anniversary" releases)?
Which website does a good job of indexing and discussing DVD Director Commentaries? [more inside]
Do you know where online I can watch the French Open with English commentary? I've been watching it (or rather listening to it) on ESPN3, but there is absolutely no commentary. As I'm watching it in snatches at work, it's kind of nice to have the commenters natter on a bit, so I can catch up on what I've missed. I do not just want recap sports shows, but rather the actual matches (preferably as live as ESPN3, but recorded for the next day would be interesting as well). Thanks.
Asking for a friend. She's looking for an article she read a few months ago online - possibly in the New Yorker or Atlantic. It talked about how television has replaced books/literature as the medium for social/cultural commentary. [more inside]
How do sports announcers get so good at their job? Specifically hockey, where the action is extremely fast. [more inside]
Fruit on TV? I remember someone saying something to the effect of, "If we put a piece of fruit on television every night, it will become a national icon". Who said that? And I think that someone actually did it (SNL?), did THAT happen?
I like watching sports but don't particularly like listening to the commentators. Surely I am not alone in this. So why don't they broadcast commentator-free audio on the SAP channel? [more inside]
This is a shot in the dark, but maybe you well-read, politically minded people can help: I am trying to track down a short commentary I remember reading around election day 2008. It was written in a French newspaper, I believe, and it was a short piece, but the basic gist was: "Today we are one with america. that may change later, but today we're one" re: the Obama win. I feel like I saw it linked in Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, but couldn't find it in the archives. I was voraciously reading so many sites at the time that I have no idea where it actually was. It was just a beautiful piece and I would like to read it again and keep it around. If it rings a bell with someone, that would be great!
What are some of the most stirring and melodramatic sports compilation videos on Youtube? [more inside]
My approach to academic papers is to read through once, then go back and type up notes on it. The problem is that my notes serve two functions: summary and commentary. What's the best software for making synopses of academic papers with personal annotated notes? [more inside]
What movies have great director's commentary? [more inside]
Looking for Broadway funnymen...and women! In the spirit of this post, I am looking for theater know-it-alls who comment on theater with a detached but loving sense of humor. [more inside]
Where can I find a downloadable version of Michael Murphey's classic, "Temple of the Sun" to download? Of course I am willing to pay for the copyrighted, legal, etc. version. But I would rather not have to buy the entire Swans Against the Sun CD to get this one song. Also, HUGE Bonus Points if you can lead me to similar(?) songs which might interest my sons (see inside for more on this challenge). [more inside]
In screenwriting terminology, what are "bookends"? [more inside]
I am looking for an article from Spy Magazine about America's colorful track record with politically appointed ambassadors. The title set the tone nicely--something along the lines of: "Hey Jambo, Does Anyone Here Speak American?" [more inside]
Help me create my own commentary track for a DVD movie. [more inside]
Do the commentaries on the Twin Peaks DVDs contain spoilers? [more inside]
How can I (legally) recreate the commentary of the last few moments of the Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series? [more inside]
I'd like to transcode the commentary tracks of some DVD's for iPod listening, preferably on a mac. I think I have it narrowed down to some obscure VLC commands. [more inside]
Many times I'm really interested in what a DVD commentary may have to say, but just don't have enough time to watch the whole movie again, especially if it was a rental. Are there any sites that summarizes the major points made in a commentary, or even transcribes the commentary? [more inside]
Writing political commentary. I have a friend (no, really) who has a lot of talent for writing political opinion pieces. He's had letters published in Time and in the International Herald Tribune. Now he'd like to start submitting some articles he has written, but he doesn't know where to send them. He's looking for small publications where he could get started, and he isn't necessarily looking to make money from this. In terms of slant, he describes himself as a civil libertarian, free-trader, legislative minimalist when it comes to issues of morality and mores, pro-redistributive lefty who veers right on issues of unnecessary regulation.
Any ideas on where he might find his niche? Much appreciated!
Any ideas on where he might find his niche? Much appreciated!
What are your favorite DVD commentary tracks?