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Hey everyone,

I just wanted to hear what kind of movies or TV shows you're all in to. I need something new to watch, I'm in my school's winter break at the moment and I need something to do!

The few shows I watch are Sherlock, The Big Band Theory, American Horror Story, and, for the lols (I used that ironically), Dance Moms XD

And when it comes to movies, I'm pretty fussy. I enjoy psychological thrillers, regular thrillers, and horrors, but other than that, not much else. I'm open minded though, and I would appreciate some recommendations. :)

Thanks guys!
 

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Watch "Breaking Bad". It's my favorite TV show so far. Just don't watch it all in just a week to enjoy it more.
Also, for comedy I'd recommend two British shows: "IT crowd" and "Black books".
I've been meaning to start breaking bad, actually; it looks really interesting. And I've heard of the IT Crowd, it sounds like something I'd enjoy, but I've never heard of Black Books before, I'll have to look in to that!
 

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True Detective - Thriller/detective story, unfortunately it's only 8 hours, but every minute is fantastic from the dialogue, to the atmosphere of the show, to its character arcs.

Lost - nice and long should take up plenty of your time. Lots of mystery, interesting characters.

X-files - best detective duo ever. Nice mix of horror and the supernatural while not being afraid to throw in comedy.

The Wire - pretty much obligatory if you enjoy dramas. Seriously one of the best television shows ever.

Movies: Oldboy (watch the Korean version), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The girl with the dragon tattoo, Contagion, Zero Dark Thirty, Primer, Take Shelter, Requiem of a Dream, Black Swan, Shutter Island, Alien
 

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Lost - nice and long should take up plenty of your time. Lots of mystery, interesting characters.
X-files - best detective duo ever. Nice mix of horror and the supernatural while not being afraid to throw in comedy.
Lost is on my to watch list, I'm excited for it, actually! And ohmygod X-files why did I not put that on my original post that is literally one of the best things ever you do not understand my love for that show
 

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Here's some recommendations:
TV comedy:
-Frisky Dingo. It's hard to find, but totally worth it.
-Archer. Just started watching this about a week ago, and it's pretty good.
-Family Guy, and other similar shows. I realize they're not for everyone, but I enjoy them quite a bit.
-Modern Family.
-Seinfield. It's old, but god damn, it is one of the best out there.
-Fraser. Another oldie, but hell, I just can't help but love it.

TV drama:
-True Detective. I started watching this one by @Deanna's recommendation. It's pretty good, and has an INTP as a main character.
-Firefly. I'm assuming you've already watched it, but no TV list is complete without it.
-Game of Thrones. I know it's pretty cliche, and, "OMG! Can we please stop talking about Game of Thrones for two fucking seconds!? Jesus!" But the story line is legit one of the best on television right now(plus gratuitous boobies, win win).
-Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Only watch if you're into Star Wars, but if you are it's a pretty good watch.
-Stargate. Any of them(I actually haven't watched Universe yet, but I've heard good things).
-Dexter. I was pretty disappointed with the ending, but most of the show is good.


Movies comedy:
-The Heat. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. About an FBI agent and local cop trying to stop an international gang.
-Death at a Funeral, the UK version with Peter Dinklage.
-Zombieland.
-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Movies Drama:
-War. Jet Li and Jason Stathem. A summary would give away the plot, but trust me when I say it's awesome.
-Serenity. A continuation and plot-ender for Firefly.
-Elephant. About a fictional school shooting. It follows kids around on the day of the shooting, and gives a behind the scenes of how shooting days are just as boring as all the other days.
-Bang Bang, You're Dead. Similar to above, but about a bomb threat instead of a shooting.
-Cashback. More gratuitous boobs here. Interesting in a philosophical sense, but not really fast paced(it's actually really slow, most people don't like it).
-Rage. It's almost impossible to find, but if you get the chance, watch it. It has a bunch of award winning actors(think Jude Law and Meryl Streep) sitting in front of a camera delivering lines. It's extremely interesting to watch the actors without all the distraction of background props.
-Red Cliff. It's a mandarin movie, so that's a thing. About the battle of the Red Cliffs in southern China in 208 CE.

Uhh... yeah. If you want more suggestions... I have a bunch.
 

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Since most of my favorite shows have already been mentioned, I'm just going to add:
The Prisoner (the original British series from the 1960s)
Twin Peaks
Carnivàle
The League of Gentlemen (first two seasons)
 

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Stuff that I've watched that I've really liked, off the top of my head:

Favorite movies:

In Bruges (favorite)
The Prestige
Inception
Black Dynamite
Big Fish
Airplane
Spirited Away
Side Effects
 

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In no real order... Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, Dexter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Sherlock, Six Feet Under, Law and Order: SVU, The Big Bang Theory
 

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Movies:
- Passion of the Christ
- The Crow [1994 with Brandon Lee]
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- The Boondock Saints
- Django Unchained
- Divergent
- The Departed
- The Breakfast Club
- Eastern Promises
- LOTR Trilogy
- Ever After
- Leon: The Professional
- Bram Stoker's Dracula
- Gladiator
- Braveheart

TV Shows:
- Prison Break
- The IT Crowd
- Once Upon A Time
- Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
- Arrow
- Merlin [BBC]
- Robin Hood [BBC]
 

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Movies: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, The Damned Don't Cry, The Asphalt Jungle, Brick, The Game, The Man Who Would Be King, Yojimbo, Richard III, Fistful of Dollars, Network, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Princess Bride, Beetlejuice, Wag the Dog, The Big Lebowski, Real Genius, Amadeus, Indiana Jones, The Goonies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Les Diaboliques, The Lion in Winter (1968), Ghostbusters, Ravenous, Lone Wolf and Cub, Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Clash of the Titans (original), Groundhog Day, Six-String Samurai, Mad Max, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Dune, The Money Pit, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Waking Life, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction.

Shows: The Venture Brothers, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Sifl & Olly, Sledge Hammer, Wilfred, Elementary, Sherlock, Poirot, Deadwood, The Kids in the Hall, White Collar, Robot Chicken, Arrested Development, Tales From the Crypt, The Boondocks, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, True Detective, The A-Team, Archer, House of Cards, Puppets Who Kill, Fargo, The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, Maron, MacGyver, Burn Notice, Game of Thrones, The Wire, The X-Files.
 
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I don't watch a lot of TV or movies. Especially movies. I thought Breaking Bad was overrated, not bad, but I watched it after it was hyped to bits so it was probably impossible for it to live up to my standards at that point. I like The Good Wife ("Your Honor the prosecutor is leading the witness!"). I haven't gotten around to watching GoT yet. AHS is okay but so far each season has had a glaring issue for me. Legend of Korra is just gorgeous to watch. And Family Guy makes me laugh out loud which is really rare so it's automatically one of my favourites.
 

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Lost is a must-watch.

I'm currently watching Hannibal, Arrested Development, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the BBC Sherlock. All come highly recommended.
 

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Since you didn't list it, I have to ask. Do you watch Supernatural?
 

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I don't really watch a lot of movies but I really love Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is also pretty good.

Favorite TV shows right now: Elementary, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twin Peaks (just watched it last weekend, kind of x-files-y (although this predates X-Files wow) with more surrealism. I think it also says a lot about people in general, plus it makes fun of soaps like how much more can you ask for? except that it's been cancelled for 23 years), Battlestar Galactica, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, X-Files, Merlin (bbc), Game of Thrones (I like the books better, but still, Tyrion is played perfectly, and I really love Sansa), Avatar: The Last Airbender, Adventure Time, Hannibal

Enjoyed in the past: Stargate SG1, Supernatural, Doctor Who/New Who (Se1-4), Sherlock (se1), Angel: The Series (until it gave me nightmares), Lost Girl
 

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Lost is on my to watch list, I'm excited for it, actually! And ohmygod X-files why did I not put that on my original post that is literally one of the best things ever you do not understand my love for that show
Yeah, after "In Search of" and "Project Blue Book" played out in the last 70's, I'd dare say it was X-Files that made speculative horror/fantasy/scifi popular again on network TV again and contributed to all the shows we've been seeing over the last 20 years. X-Files was smart and focused on ongoing character relationships (Mulder and Scully) to attract viewers and hold things together, as well as the unfolding mythology of the show itself. So many good episodes in there, with a lot of great guest stars -- and of course it's really the show Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) got his start on and his foot in the door to do his later stuff.

... I've been watching a lot of shows. Guess my favorites in recent years (like the last 8-10 or so) would be:

- Lost
- True Detective
- Six Feet Under
- Breaking Bad
- House of Cards
- Game of Thrones
- American Horror Story
- Hannibal
- Sherlock BBC
- The Walking Dead (although the quality is variable here)
- In Treatment

But lots of people have mentioned these. I think we're in a grand renaissance for TV horror nowadays, and in fact TV in general. It's no longer the cheesy wasteland, some of the best stuff is happening in the TV format.
 
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Anything BBC is awesome. Of all the movies and TV shows I've seen, they seem to be the most intelligent and complex writers. I really enjoy the intellectual as well as dramatic dialogue that is the focal point of their shows.

As for movies, anything I would recommend that is "good" pertains to themes of the underlying truths and principles of life played out and understood by the characters, and anything that displays the brokenness of the human condition, but not in a fatalistic way.
With that said, I would recommend the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Amistad, Gladiator, Saving Mr. Banks, the Pelican Brief, the Young Victoria, Courageous, 12 Angry Men, and Fireproof.

However, you stated that you liked things of a more thrilling nature, so I would suggest Edge of Tomorrow, the Fugitive, Inception, and the Jurassic Park Trilogy; those being the first at the top of my short-term memory.

I will state that I am not "in the know" when it comes to media, so my suggestions will most likely be of no value to you in your search.
 

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No love for Justified? It's got that long running plot series thing where you invest the time for payoffs down the road, an Elmore Leonard Dixie Mafia feel, fun, fun bad guys and dialogue like this:

[giving the prayer at Boyd's camp]
Raylan Givens: Dear Lord, before we eat this meal we ask forgiveness for our sins, especially Boyd- who blew up a black church with a rocket launcher, and afterwards he shot his associate Jared Hale in the back of the head out on Tate's Creek bridge. Let the image of Jared's brain matter on that windshield not dampen our appetites, but may the knowledge of Boyd's past sins help guide these men. May this food provide them with all the nourishment they need. But, if it does not, may they find comfort in knowing that the United States Marshal Service is offering fifty-thousand dollars to any individual providing information that will put Boyd back in prison. Cash or check, we can make it out to them. Or to Jesus. Whoever they want. In your name, we pray. Amen.

They'll be wrapping it up with season six. Hours and hours of backwoods TV goodness are available. It's moonshine and meth, how can you go wrong?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WnJDWNWcSDo
 
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