Review: Limetown, episodes 1 – 4

Limetown popped up on Facebook Watch. It stars Jessica Biel as a journalist investigating a 15 year old mystery that she has a personal connection with.

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Review: Impulse, season 1

Impulse is an action-packed YouTube original. At its heart, it’s about sexual violence and assault. Wrapped around that heart is a blanket of mystery and sci fi about special powers. It’s a compelling combination, and very well done.

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Review: Anyone But Me

Anyone But Me is a web series, available on Amazon Video, YouTube, at anyonebutmeseries.com, and Hulu. There have been 3 seasons so far. It’s about two 16 year old high school girls who fall in love. They live in New York City. One of them is forced to move to the suburbs of Westchester because of her father’s injuries received as a first responder during 9/11. Continue reading “Review: Anyone But Me”

Watch This: Teaser for Flip the Script

Flip the Script is a web series from Women in Film. It takes real situations and changes the genders to create a comedic series about gender parity and representation.  Continue reading “Watch This: Teaser for Flip the Script”

Review: Her Story

Her Story is a web series about the T in LGBTQ. Transgender people and their problems are often overlooked by both the LGBTQ community and the larger society as well. Web series like this one can help change that. Continue reading “Review: Her Story”

WhoHaHa Has Funny Women

Elizabeth Banks announced the arrival of WhoHaHa: Spotlight on Funny Women. The site is up and running and ready to make you laugh. Banks has an important announcement for men, “After years of taking 90 percent of lead comedy roles and being forced to appear nightly on stand-up stages around the globe, we are here to relieve you of your obligations.” Continue reading “WhoHaHa Has Funny Women”

Let Titus and Dronicus Bring a Smile to Your Face

Three short videos make Titus and Dronicus a brief foray into the delightfully nutty Hollywood world of Hamlet. Directed by Liz Rizzo and written by Megan Kelly, Madhuri Shekar, and Seamus Sullivan, this tale is the antidote to everything you’ve suffered lately. Continue reading “Let Titus and Dronicus Bring a Smile to Your Face”

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Talk about Female Friendship

“Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin: A hilarious celebration of lifelong female friendship” is a TED Talk with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin discussing friendship with Pat Mitchell.

Since so many of my top 10 picks for the year 2015 explore the power of female friendship, this conversation between them is especially relevant. Continue reading “Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Talk about Female Friendship”

Lois Smith in The Americans and in Ruth & Erica

Last week in the “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep” episode of The Americans, Lois Smith was a guest star. It was an important episode of The Americans because it showed the Russian spy, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) as she begins to grasp the horror of what she does as a spy. Continue reading “Lois Smith in The Americans and in Ruth & Erica”

5 Sources for Free Movies and TV

Free – or almost free – sources for streaming movies and TV is what I’m sharing today. These are things you can watch anywhere you can get an Internet connection without shelling out big bucks to the cable company or the phone company. The free services generally have ads, but you are bombarded with ads on the TV you pay to have piped into your home by the cable company anyway.

Vudu

Vudu home page

Vudu is not a free service, but it has some great deals. If you click on the Deals tab and go to the bottom of the page, you can find some $2 for 2 nights deals, which is not much more than renting a movie from Red Box.

TVland

TVland home page

TVland offers full episodes of its current lineup of original shows like Hot in Cleveland and Younger. TVland shares a few old episodes of shows like I Love Lucy, The Golden Girls and Roseanne. You can’t binge watch a whole series, but you can get a good laugh from somewhere on the nights when you need one. Completely free.

Shout Factory TV

Shout Factory TV home page

Shout Factory TV offers lots of horror and sci fi movies, some TV series, and the occasional really interesting collection, such as the complete collection of Werner Herzog films. The TV series are oldies such as The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. This month they are featuring Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Completely free.

Internet Archive

Internet Archive home page

Internet Archive has pretty much the whole world in its hands. In the feature film archive you’ll find such diverse films as House on Haunted Hill, Charlie Chaplin and The Three Stooges films, The Birth of a Nation and more. There are over 770,000 items in the television archive alone. There’s a very handy search feature on this site. Completely free.

Crackle

Crackle home page

Crackle is worth knowing about because it has all of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. If you need more reason than that to go check it out, it also has original programming, movies and series such as Damages and The Shield. Completely free.

These are legitimate sites, not places sharing pirated shows. If you know other such trustworthy sources of free or almost free programming, please speak up in the comments.

Ali Wentworth image from Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee