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 -
After recommendations from friends, I've just recently discovered 30 Rock. I started watching from Season 1, Episode 1. Turns out I love the show. But here's the problem: I'm in a place in my life with very little time to dedicate to TV. So while I want to be caught up so I can watch the most recent episodes and talk about them with friends, there's no way I can watch all of the episodes. So, MeFi - what are the must-watch 30 Rock episodes
? I've Googled around, but would love your opinions.
posted by demagogue
on Jan 4, 2012 -
When I purchase an on-demand movie from Blockbuster on Tivo, why do I receive only the "letterboxed" (480i) version instead of the "full-screen" 1080 HD? I understand the ratio/aspect reasoning behind letterboxing but I find it hard to watch at my viewing distance from the screen. Is there a way to change the settings to receive full-screen HD or are only "letterboxed" versions available from Blockbuster on Tivo? My search for an answer has been fruitless. I have a 46" Sharp 1080P HDTV and use RCN cable. Thanks.
posted by mbx
on Jan 4, 2012 -
Can anyone identify this TV show about historical weaponry I saw in the late '90s/early 2000s? Basically, every episode featured the host learning how to use a different weapon. [more inside]
posted by gueneverey
on Jan 1, 2012 -
What is this piece of music in the BBC Four Program "Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity"? [more inside]
posted by katyggls
on Dec 26, 2011 -
I am planning on purchasing a new, larger monitor to connect to my 13" 2011 MacBook Pro. I'd like to consider the possibility of using a TV as a monitor, so I can possibly get a larger sized screen. However, I've never purchased a TV, only using someone else's old school hand-me-downs, so I know nothing about them. Looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by 4ster
on Dec 25, 2011 -
My Blu-Ray player will play AVI, MKV & other video files but it is a little too finicky about which ones it will accept. Is there a more liberal, tolerant, and accepting player on the market? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos
on Dec 23, 2011 -
I want watch on my TV the videos that are on my computer. HD (720p) format. Video streaming of content not necessary. What is the easiest and cheapest way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Dec 21, 2011 -
I need TV speakers for my parents. How do I figure out which ones I need? [more inside]
posted by pmed
on Dec 17, 2011 -
[College/Career Filter] How do I guide my HS daughter in her ambitions towards Theater production? [more inside]
posted by jamesalbert
on Dec 15, 2011 -
Emperor Wang Gun
. It is one of the best TV shows you have never seen. Unfortunately, I have only seen parts of it. Is there any way I can purchase this show at a reasonable price? All I can find is a heartbreakingly priced $300 DVD set.
posted by furiousxgeorge
on Dec 15, 2011 -
What is the statute of limitations for a juvenile assaulting another juvenile in England. I'm in the US., laid up for a few days and have been watching "Midsommer Murders"
on DVD. This would answer a plot point I have.
This is a VERY dangerous town to live in, every show 2 to 3 people die.
Don't go there!
posted by Pecantree
on Dec 1, 2011 -
Concerned about "backlight bleed" on Samsung 40" I just bought, can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by ascetic
on Nov 26, 2011 -
Recommendations please for using a big screen LCD TV (40+"?) as a computer display. "Don't" is fine as a response but please justify. Cost is a significant issue; we can spend up to or little over $700. [more inside]
posted by anadem
on Nov 25, 2011 -
I need advice about hiring someone to mount our 40" LCD TV on the brick wall above the fireplace in our New York City apartment. [more inside]
posted by sleepinglion
on Nov 14, 2011 -
I have a Hauppauge WinTV950Q USB tuner that I use to watch over-the-air television (usually HD) on my laptop. I have tried to record shows (using the WinTVv7 software), but the files it creates are enormous .ts files, ~10GB per hour or more, which I can't save/burn/share. How do I compress these to some usable size? I've often watched TV shows which are ~500MB/h and the quality doesn't seem too degraded.
posted by pjenks
on Nov 12, 2011 -
From my experience, the language along the front lines of a football game is...salty, to put it mildly. Trash talk, insults, plenty of swear words. Yet, during football games on TV, I rarely hear this. Despite all the parabolic mics aimed at the line that let me hear all the grunts and clashes after the snap. Despite the fact that they mix in the quarterback's snap count and audibles - sometimes I can make out individual words and numbers. So how do they keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out so effectively?
posted by jtajta
on Nov 8, 2011 -
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 -
On last Thursday's episode
of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dennis casually calls someone a "mister falcon
". A quick search revealed that it was not the first time
the writers have alluded to the TBS swear word replacement censoring. Today Andy Baio "redesigned [supercut.org
] as a community-driven database" (read more
). I have yet to find a complete collection or supercut
of said swear replacements — like monday to friday
/ motherfucker, peas and rice
/ jesus christ, etc. — but I've begun collecting from some partials. [more inside]
posted by rrrico
on Nov 1, 2011 -
Looking for good speakers for an apartment that can be used by both my TV and my laptop within one room. [more inside]
posted by jourman2
on Oct 30, 2011 -
Best setup for watching web video on TV? I currently have a PS3 which I occasionally use to watch Youtube etc via the TV. I'd like to do this more (especially longer videos) but using the PS3 is annoying for this, and I'd like some way to set up the videos on a laptop or tablet and send them wirelessly to the TV. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by crocomancer
on Oct 30, 2011 -
I want to watch the African Cup of Nations come January. Here's the problem: I live in the USA. Will I have to resort to, um, other measures than normal to see the matches?
posted by josher71
on Oct 26, 2011 -
What rare, important, especially unusual recordings can I only see at TV museums in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by stleric
on Oct 21, 2011 -
I distinctly remember seeing an episode of My Little Pony (original series, around 15 years ago) that involved the ponies using some sort of walk/ride through (via conveyer belt) machine to clean themselves or make themselves up pretty - somewhat like a car wash. Did such an episode really exist? I'll be stumped if it didn't, it's so clear in my mind. [more inside]
posted by mondotwistedmojo
on Oct 18, 2011 -
What movie or TV show was this? This has been nagging at me for years!
Around 1978 or 1979, when I was 7 or 8 years old, I remember seeing a creepy teaser on TV for an upcoming movie, or episode of something, in which a man wearing dark glasses is speaking to someone off-screen. He says something like, "Don't go in there, kid, unless you want to end up ... like this!
" And then he removes the dark glasses, and instead of eyes he has two things that look like raised, white ridges with horizontal slits cut into them. Something like Inuit snow goggles
, but set into the eyes instead of connected in the middle.
I never saw the show and this is literally all I remember about it. A friend of mine thinks it might be The Omega Man
, but I'm pretty sure it isn't.
posted by Ratio
on Oct 10, 2011 -
Is there any rumbling about when we might get a new Star Trek series? [more inside]
posted by smitt
on Oct 6, 2011 -