Lifehacker: Flixable Helps You Find the Perfect Thing to Watch on Netflix. “A search engine for Netflix, with [Flixable] you can search all the movies and TV shows on Netflix by Genre, IMDb rating (so you know it’s going to be decent), and release year. You can get your results sorted by release year, rating, title, or when they were added to Netflix (useful if you’re looking for something “new” to you on the platform.”
Times of Israel: Now online: Never-before seen footage of 1900s Jewish Britain. “The images tumble from the screen, in glorious Technicolor or flickering black-and-white. The quality is highly variable and so is the subject matter, ranging from the utterly banal to the high-flown. And yet, there is a connecting thread — the celebration of ‘Jewish Britain on Film,’ a collection which has just been released by the British Film Archive. And, curator Simon McCallum explains, this is part of a much bigger project– ‘Britain on Film’ — where researchers are attempting to digitize more than 10,000 titles.”
CNET: Free for all: How to find free (and legal) books and movies. “Besides being illegal — consequences can range from being cut off by your internet service provider to lawsuits and fines — content piracy also deprives the writers, filmmakers and other creative artists who actually make this stuff of the legitimate reward for all their hard work. Yes, even if most of the money goes to big media companies, it’s still not cool to be a pirate. Fortunately, there’s a lifetime’s worth of films and books available online that you can access and keep, guilt-free. Some of it is shared freely online by generous creators, but much of this work is in what’s called the ‘public domain,’ which means no one owns that particular piece of content.”
Library of Congress: 2017 National Film Registry Is More Than a ‘Field of Dreams’. “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of a band of misfits.”
Glamour: This Necessary New Site Helps You Avoid TV and Movies Tainted by Creeps. “It’s a new world out there and one that can be tough to navigate, especially if you’re wary of supporting art that’s now tarnished by the horrible behavior of certain men. Now, that’s not to say that you have to avoid any of it. I, for one, will probably still watch ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love’ every time I catch them on TV. And those are some of Weinstein’s most marquee projects. But they also involve a lot of people who weren’t awful monsters. That decision is a personal one. You may feel differently, and now there’s a new website to help guide your way: Rotten Apples.” There is one movie that is marked non-problematic when I believe it is by the standards of the site (The Associate) so don’t take this as foolproof.
Library of Congress: Select National Film Registry Titles Now Available Free Online . “The Library of Congress is offering film lovers a special gift during the holiday season. Sixty-four motion pictures, named to the Library’s National Film Registry, are now available online on the Library’s website. The collection, ‘Selections from the National Film Registry,’ is also available to the public on YouTube. These films are among hundreds of titles that have been tapped for preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic significance. “
New to me: the Primate Films Database. From the homepage: “The Primate Films Database includes information about films featuring wild primates produced since the beginning of the twentieth century. The database contains entries for films (including feature films), TV specials, TV series, and single episodes of series. Currently the Primate Films Database focuses on films in which the main focus is on primates in wild settings, but it may be expanded in the future to include more films focusing on captive primates. The database includes general information about each film such as runtime, the featured species, and the narrator or host. A brief review of each film is also provided which focuses on the film’s usefulness in teaching and educational settings.” The database is available in its entirety as an 82-page PDF.