“Free Movies Online” via Open Culture

Here’s a massive list of high quality movies available online, courtesy of Open Culture.

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25 Free World Music Samplers at Amazon.com

World music is my favorite music genre & when I’m working I like to listen to New Sounds at WNYC or Pandora. Back in days of yore, New Sounds was syndicated at a local station, so each evening I would tape the show & listen to it the next day at work, on a Walkman-type cassette player. Now it’s just a matter of going to the website, picking a show from the archives & listening to the streaming audio. However, I probably wouldn’t have known about the show if I hadn’t listened to it on my local radio station.

Anyway Amazon is offering 25 Free World Music samplers, plus a list of 100 Greatest World Music Albums of all time, some familiar, others not so much, but lots to explore there.

Free World Music samplers

Free World Music samplers

100 World Music albums

100 Greatest World Music albums

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Watched ‘Watchmen’

Watchmen

Watchmen

Last night I watched Watchmen on DVD, an experience which left me feeling oddly exalted even though the film’s vision is bleak and filled with “cartoon violence.” I think it must have been the Dr Manhattan perspective…

Looking to prolong the experience I checked out Amazon’s Watchmen store & thought the “Complete Motion Comic” sounds interesting, or maybe Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series). to further ponder the issues raised in the movie….

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Mad Men returning tomorrow (8/16)

Here’s a quick Season 2 recap:

See also: “Mad Men” at Amazon

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TV – January’s new & returning shows

From TheFutonCritic.com’s list of premieres in January, I’ve pulled out the ones I’m looking forward to in the coming month. Lots of great shows returning this month and at least one new one.

Wed Jan 7 @ 10 pm FX – Damages

Sun Jan 11 @ 8 pm Fox – 24

Fri Jan 16 @ 10 pm Sci Fi- Battlestar Galactica

Sun Jan 18 @ 9 pm HBO – Big Love; ABC – Desperate Housewives
Sun Jan 18 @ 10 pm HBO – Flight of the Conchords

Wed Jan 21 @ 9 pm Fox – Lie To Me; ABC – Lost

Thurs Jan 22 @ 10 pm USA – Burn Notice

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Battlestar Galactica – “Catch the Frak Up” video

In preparation for the new season of Battlestar Galactica Amazon offers a free “catch-up video” to watch online that covers all the previous episodes in 14 minutes. Also a good refresher even if you’ve seen all the episodes before. The video is also available at SciFi.com but I found it originally at Amazon. New episodes start January 16!
BSG "Catch the Frak Up"

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Vampire allure = ‘True Blood,’ ‘Twilight’ and more

True Blood on HBO

True Blood on HBO

Lately I’ve been watching and reading a lot of vampire-related material, especially True Blood on HBO, which inspired me to read the books the series is based on: The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. I recently finished the fourth book in the series, Dead to the World , my favorite so far.

Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark

Though in movie adaptations the book is usually better than the movie, in this case the TV series seems much richer and deeper than the books. With 12 episodes in the first season that essentially just covered events in the first book, the TV series added some characters and fleshed out the action quite a bit.

Twilight

Twilight

A few months ago the first two books of the best-selling Twilight Series appeared at a local garage sale, so I ended up reading all four of those books as well. They share certain elements with the Southern Vampire books — vampires, werewolves, and mind-reading— but the mood is completely different. The Twilight books are teen romance with a page-turning thriller element, where the Southern Vampire series books are light, humorous mysteries.

Before True Blood started I’d already had my mind on vampires, making my way through the many Dark Shadows DVDs (available through Netflix).

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

This soap opera from the 1960s is regarded as a cult classic, so thanks to Netflix I can fill in that gap in my pop cultural experience. It’s a very slow moving series, fun in a campy way, that shows how much TV production values have improved overthe last 40 years, also supporting the argument that TV has become more cognitively challenging (see Everything Bad is Good for You).

The Dead Travel Fast

The Dead Travel Fast

A nonfiction vampire book to check out: The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula.

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