I'm sick. I'm watching a lot of Netflix. Specifically, I've been watching a lot of Toddlers and Tiaras. At first I didn't know what had come over me, but I think...I just like watching kids get interviewed about their lives? Even if their lives are ridiculous? I'm in my early thirties and I'm also super into those AT&T commercials so maybe it's a biological clock thing, but I'm too exhausted to second-guess myself about it. I know John & Kate + 8 exists, but that's just as gross and exploitative as T&T, as far as I can tell. I loved the 7 Up
documentaries and also enjoyed Babies.
What other recommendations for reality TV/documentary film about kids, pitched to adults, do you have for me? Bonus points if it's online. Thanks!
posted by pretentious illiterate
on Apr 15, 2014 -
For a friend: Say someone wants to develop a working sense of modern-day cultural literacy in the United States. This person has very limited knowledge of current events, and has limited himself to only a very narrow scope of popular entertainment. He now wishes to be able to converse about these topics with reasonably savvy adults (such as in dating scenarios and social gatherings). Can you provide sources of information for the following? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl
on Apr 13, 2014 -
I just recently got a Raspberry Pi system and I'm wondering what the best way is to revolutionize the tech in my life. [more inside]
posted by antgly
on Apr 10, 2014 -
Watching the video from this FPP
got me wondering. There are countless scenes in movie and TV shows that depict somebody shooting somebody else and that person falling to the ground dead from a rooftop, ledge, etc. (and possibly Wilhelm screaming on the way). Are there any examples where the shooter/killer keeps firing at the gravity-stricken victim while they fall?
posted by schleppo
on Feb 17, 2014 -
I'm looking for movies like The Mummy (the first two), The Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one), Ever After, and Prince of Persia that have light, fun (science fiction or fantasy) adventure and a cute couple. The Princess Bride might fit. (I plan to watch it this week.) TV shows would work too. I like the Adriane/Jason love story in Atlantis, and I like Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Thanks in advance!
posted by larkin123
on Feb 11, 2014 -
My guilty pleasure is entertainment featuring the obscenely wealthy and how they live, the clothes, the houses, the drama, the trashier the better. Think tv shows such as Revenge, movies like A Perfect Murder, The Game and Wall Street with Michael Douglas, Bonfire of the Vanities, Gossip Girl, Wolf of Wall Street, you get the idea. I'm not so keen on the Real Housewives, that's a little too real. What else can you suggest? I'm quite keen on New York based ones, but I'm open to others if you have them. I know a similar question was asked a few years back but I'm wondering if there's anything new out there that I've missed.
posted by Jubey
on Feb 1, 2014 -
This morning I was thinking about how in the movie Housesitter, Goldie Hawn's character wears a very limited number of pieces of clothing combined in a variety of different ways. My mom pointed this out to me at a very impressionable age, and noted how this was much more realistic than infinite wardrobes. I'm wondering what other other movies have an obviously finite wardrobe for a lead female character?
posted by Nimmie Amee
on Jan 22, 2014 -
Please give me recommendations for feel-good TV shows and movies that are available on Netflix streaming or Amazon Prime to help get me through a tough time. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird
on Dec 21, 2013 -
My office has had a giant TV sitting unused for ages. Today, we got a Chromecast to plug into it to get some use out of it. What would be some things we could play that would be nice background video? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg
on Dec 12, 2013 -
Violent or humiliating scenes in films, TV shows, books, news and just things I see and hear day-to-day really upset me, to the point where I can't even cope with seeing them without feeling traumatised. It feels like this is a problem in my life - but I've always been this way and can't seem to desensitise myself. How do I stop being so over-sensitive? [Much, much, much more inside - sorry x] [more inside]
posted by winterhill
on Nov 19, 2013 -
I've recently realized how therapeutic it is for me to have a nice, long, crying session. Watching something emotional that makes me cry has been my way of releasing stress, but I'm having a hard time finding material. I've been able to find lists of "movies to make you cry", but they tend to be romance movies or feel-good dramas with a sad ending. What about movies or TV shows that are sad, sweet, or emotional throughout the length of the film? [more inside]
posted by daisies
on Nov 13, 2013 -
I'm going through a heavy streak of sadness (seasonal change/life issues/past issues) along with some extreme fatigue. I'm looking for engaging distractions that make the really bad days bearable. Books/TV/Movies, etc. [more inside]
posted by kanata
on Oct 16, 2013 -
I'm trying to find where this quote comes from on behalf of a rapt and extremely frustrated knitting forum. This may not be completely accurate, but the gist of it is: "I wanted Sixteen Candles
Molly Ringwald, not Pretty in Pink
Molly Ringwald." [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize
on Sep 3, 2013 -
My ten year old wants to spend most of her summer days on the couch streaming TV over our roku. It is a zillion degrees outside with 200% humidity, so I sort of understand the couch potato impulse. How can I direct her so that her couch potato time doesn't spud her brain? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact
on Jul 16, 2013 -
My 10 and 8 year old daughters adored The Nr. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (the TV series). What other made-for-adults movies or TV could we watch together? [more inside]
posted by sively
on Jul 11, 2013 -
I'm looking for an AMAZING show to watch next. Something short-form, well written, emotional, the kind of thing I will tell everybody around me to watch. I don't care what genre it is in. [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Jun 30, 2013 -
My boyfriend and I are having a hard time coming up with movies to watch. Brainstorming based off of movies, directors, and genres we tend to like has gotten us nowhere, so I'd like to see what the hivemind can come up with based off a list of our recent favourite tv shows. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly
on Apr 13, 2013 -
Several friends and myself were sitting around draining the worlds supply of beer at the end of last summer, and decided to cap off the night by flipping on netflix. We ended up appointing someone to just pick a completely random movie just by the cover after a bit of arguing of what to watch... The trouble is, now none of us can remember what it was called. [more inside]
posted by emptythought
on Apr 8, 2013 -
I have a snippet of a movie or TV show (maybe a cartoon?) that's been rattling around my head for the past month or so and I can't pin down where it's from or if it was just a dream I once had.
A male character is singing karaoke and the audience is booing and heckling him. One of the hecklers mocks his song choice by yelling out, "That's a chick song." The male character retorts, "No it's not! It's a song to get chicks."
Does this ring a bell with anyone? Bonus internet points for a video clip (partial credit for just the song).
posted by mhum
on Mar 25, 2013 -
I've been completely absorbed in British fiction from the 1920s & 30s lately - mostly of the snappy, witty detective variety: Georgette Heyer, Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie. I've also read and adored the incomparable Wodehouse and Nancy Mitford. Now, the question is, what should I watch that will scratch this same itch for sparkling conversation, sophistication, romance and great clothes? I'm open both to original time period stuff and well done more contemporary versions of the period. If it's streaming on Netflix or Amazon, I can watch it. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry
on Mar 20, 2013 -
I've always thought King Missile's Failure
was a pretty good depiction of the kind of intrusive, self-defeating thoughts that characterize depression. The recent FPP'd game Depression Quest
does something similar. What are some other works that are reminiscent of the experience
of having depression or another mental illness (as opposed to depicting characters with the illness?)
posted by kagredon
on Mar 9, 2013 -
I'd like to create a great streaming setup for my living room. Exact requirements inside [more inside]
posted by nickhb
on Feb 16, 2013 -
Prepping for a five hour layover in Houston (and lots of other holiday traveling in the next three weeks). What are your favorite movies or shows to watch while traveling? [more inside]
posted by mittenedsex
on Dec 19, 2012 -
Seen any good movies or TV lately, or ever? The hard part: must be Bechdel-positive. [more inside]
posted by Corvid
on Dec 8, 2012 -
Laid up for surgery during the month of December. Please recommend to me your cheesiest Christmas movies or TV episodes that are available online. Made-for-TV movies are OK, in fact they would be awesome.
posted by backwards compatible
on Nov 17, 2012 -
[Moves/Media Filter] What scenes in either movies or television depict employees being laid off? I am thinking scenes that are done either properly, or terribly inappropriate. Ideally the clips should be short 1-4 minutes. Thank you in advance!
posted by handbanana
on Nov 10, 2012 -
What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Sep 22, 2012 -
Is there a last.fm-esque website for movies? I want something that allows me to keep track of what I've watched (really, any media tracking website) [more inside]
posted by apip
on Aug 9, 2012 -
A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
posted by theatro
on Jul 23, 2012 -
To what extent do American Highschools resemble the stereotypical American Highschool seen in just about every movie and TV show ever, withever present competition for social status, rigidly defined cliques, omnipresent bullying, etc... etc?
posted by Artw
on Jul 18, 2012 -
Is there any way to play media files on a tv if the files are stored on an external USB 2 drive, which is hooked up to an Airport Extreme Base Station? There's a Roku SD and iPhones involved in this party, if that helps.
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jul 15, 2012 -
I need pet names for guns from movies and TV.
For example, "Winona" was John Chrichton's blaster on Farscape
, and "Vera" was Jayne's tricked-out assault rifle on Firefly
Please give me more examples. Thanks!
posted by ScarletPumpernickel
on Apr 24, 2012 -
I just watched Poltergeist, which I am now thinking seems right-wing, almost Catholic. at the end of the movie, the husband kicks the tv out of the room and serene music plays. is this a common feature of the movies of the time? did people kick the tv out of the room a lot in the movies of the 80s?
posted by parmanparman
on Mar 28, 2012 -
I recently bought a new TV, replacing one from the early 90s. And I went a bit crazy plugging in ALL the things. The trouble is... there's still nothing on! Is there some kind of master TV / movie / media guide I can use to tell me what device or service(s) offer what I want to watch? [more inside]
posted by marylynn
on Jan 20, 2012 -
Where did this TV/movie trope originate: the one where someone can no longer play a musical instrument because of a painful past incident.... [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice
on Jan 19, 2012 -
What are some examples of movies, tv shows, or music videos that use the "high production value/low production value" trope like in this Coldplay video? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair
on Jan 4, 2012 -
In what movie(?) does a little brother draw lines on the back of his sister's legs to fake a pair of silk stockings? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee
on Nov 3, 2011 -