what I'm watching

took a ride on the nostalgia train tonight, back to the eighth grade, and my number one outfit that year - a long sleeved black body suit paired with a gigantic pair of purple corduroy cross colours (that I saved up my allowance for weeks to purchase) and steel-toed suede combat boots. yep. this trip was made possible thanks to the very lifetimey production of crazysexycool: the TLC story which premiered tonight on vh1. 

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NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (2010)

Oh man, there’s a FOUR HOUR documentary on the Nightmare on Elm Street series on Netflix Instant if you’re into that kind of thing. I had to take a breather, but man, so fun. I didn’t realize that New Line was an independent company that only scraped by because of Freddy.

Black Mirror

I found a great new (anthology) show on Netflix - Black Mirror. Only six episodes are available so far, but I highly recommend it.

Alan Sepinwall writes:

In nearly every story, technology meant to improve our lives and bring us closer together has instead isolated us from one another, with phones, tablets and other devices usurping the position of basic human interaction. In “Be Right Back,” for instance, a young woman tries out a service that combs through her  husband’s social media history to craft an artificial intelligence program that thinks and speaks like him. “The Entire History of You” involves a twist on Google Glass where people have implants that can record every moment of their lives — moments that can then be rewatched, over and over and over again. “Fifteen Million Merits” (the episode that seems to take place furthest into the future) posits a world where poor people’s existences are largely governed by gaming apps, pop-up ads and reality TV competitions.

In those stories, and in the other three, technology isn’t the enemy; we are. We just turn to our devices for distraction, or for comfort, or for a feeling we can somehow no longer get from other people. The “Twilight Zone” comparisons have less to do with twists — only one episode really has a significant twist, and it’s one that cleverly doesn’t alter the larger meaning of what we’ve seen before — than with the way both shows look at what’s happening right outside our windows (or inside our touchscreens) and extrapolate it just enough that our reality becomes the show’s satire, or horror, or both. Nearly everything Brooker and his collaborators dream up feels frighteningly plausible, whether the actual inventions only being a few years away, or the way the stories take accepted online behavior and transplant it back into the physical world.