Saturday, September 15, 2012

Audiobooks, Great Courses, movies, tv shows

Many tv's can be connected to a computer in such a way that the screen of the computer monitor shows up on the tv, a good arrangement for group viewing.  Any computer can show movies and play sound (mp3) files directly.   Movies and sound can also be copied to DVD and CD formats although doing so is getting old in today's world of streaming (sending in real time to watch as it streams in) and the cloud (the name for storage of files on a company's computer, such as Google, Apple and Amazon.)

Movies (better ones in bold, all are at least pretty good)
The Help
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Merry Christmas
Something the Lord Made
The Young Victoria
Letters to Juliet
Taking Chance
Sliding Doors
Leap Year
The Blind Side
Taking Woodstock
Temple Grandin
On a Clear Day
Little Women
Dan in Real Life
Captain Abu Raed
The Jane Austen Book Club
The Men Who Stare at Goats
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Answer Man
Saint Ralph
The Butterfly
The Reading Room
Return to Me
A Rather English Marriage
The Constant Gardener
The Soloist
Goodnight, Mister Tom

Long Time Favorites

Strangers in Good Company

Enchanted April

The Russians Are Coming!

In the Spirit

Ruthless People

Shirley Valentine

Cold Comfort Farm

My Cousin Vinny

Love Potion No.9

TV shows (better ones in bold, often better to watch on Amazon and Netflix since they don't take so much time)

Dharma and Greg




Foyle's War

Grey's Anatomy

The Guardian

Drop Dead Diva

Rosemary and Thyme

Great Courses from The Teaching Company
Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage
Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft
Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition
Why Evil Exists
Thinking like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Maki...
Francis of Assisi
Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida

We take many of suggestions of "Movies for Grown-ups" articles, from AARP.  Our friend uses "Rotten Tomatoes" for his choices.

Audiobooks are important to us, too.  We get ours from, now part of Amazon.  We download both audio Great Courses and audiobooks from Audible and listen on our iPods.  I very highly recommend the audiobook "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce.  I wrote a review with as high a recommendation as I could think of.

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