Movies + TV

Somewhere Out There

Movies and TV shows about exploration of the inner and outer varieties.

Bill Nye the Science Guy
1993-1998, PBS Kids

*Deep voice* Billlll Nyeeeee the Scieennnceee Guyyyyyy! The intro is something you kind of never forget, much like how to ride a bike or that one time you accidentally shaved off half an eyebrow in middle school because your parents don’t let you go get them tweezed at a salon. Off topic. Anyway, if you are bad at science (or even if you are good at science) you will enjoy Bill Nye because he makes everything really easy to understand, and his demonstrations are stuff you wish you could do in science class, like throwing stuff off buildings to demonstrate gravity. He has a rocker wig of science, you guys—how could you not like him?? The graphics on the show are so, so ’90s cheesy good and Bill is embarrassing but also endearing, like a nerdy uncle. Also, bowties. (Bowties are cool.) P.S. One of his professors was Carl Sagan! HOW COSMIC. —Arabelle

Stand By Me (1986)
This movie is just so good! It’s the totally standard boys’ friendship movie, with the main kid, the cool kid, the nerdy kid, and the hilarious chubby kid that everyone picks on but loves anyway. It was written by Stephen King, and it’s told from the perspective of a writer who is recounting his big adventure with the gang. You guessed it, he’s the main one. And with his friends, he goes out to search for the body of a recently missing boy. Why? Because it’s an adventure! And a coming-of-age experience! It’s time to explore! It made me sad that I’ll never be a 12-year-old boy in the ’50s. —Ruby B.

Another Earth (2011)
One of my favorite things to think about is what I’d be like in a parallel universe. Would the Other Marie be a florist in France? A scientist with dreadlocks? One of the meatballs on Jersey Shore? Another Earth explores the alternate-universe idea when a planet four times the size of the moon becomes visible in the sky and is discovered to be an exact duplicate of our Earth. Everything on this twin planet has the same things, including another version of you. The story is centered on a girl who is accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, then gets into a fatal car accident with a family in another car the same night. Four years later she looks for the sole survivor of the crash to apologize, but ends up lying and says she’s from a cleaning service. I know it sounds really sad and like one of those movies I should watch on my period, but it is quite beautiful and thought-provoking. I saw it last week, and I keep thinking about it. OMG IS ANOTHER MARIE WRITING THIS SAME REVIEW RIGHT NOW?? I hope she’s wearing rollerskates. —Marie

Billy the Kid (2007)
Billy the Kid is an incredible documentary all about one teenager’s attempts at exploration in a place you mightn’t think would allow for it. The movie follows a unique and lovely boy, identified in the credits as “Billy P.,” who lives in a sparsely populated town in Maine. The streets and center square of his community are about a quarter the size of what you would expect a “small town” to be—it’s seriously, seriously tiny. Billy finds his own ways to embiggen it, though, by doing things like riding his bike everyplace he can, trying his luck with a local girl to varying degrees of success, and obsessively emulating pop-culture heroes like KISS and Steven Seagall, whom he idolizes (much to the puzzlement of some of the other locals). It’s really, really hard not to completely fawn over this person, who becomes more dynamic and loveable as the documentary progresses and you watch him try out many new and unfamiliar things. The best part is that even though it was shot in just five days, there’s so, so much for him to explore—because that’s just the kind of expansive person he is; he finds so much to see in such a small pocket of the world. This movie is really beautiful, and it’s streaming on Hulu now if you like to see beautiful things for free. —Amy Rose

Doctor Who
1963-present (with some gaps), BBC

I could write a thousand Literally the Best Thing Evers on this show. Doctor Who and its fandom are two of my favorite things. I grew up watching the Doctor, and my dad did too—there are, like, decades of episodes and many, many different versions of the Doctor. Basically, the show is about this time traveler who is the last of his kind (they are called Time Lords). He travels through space and time to save the universe, the Earth, whatever, and he does it all from this blue telephone-booth-looking spaceship that is bigger on the inside. British accents! Fezzes! The TARDIS! That last item doesn’t make any sense if you aren’t a Whovian, I apologize. But seriously. This is such an addictive, wonderful show, with such an awesome fandom (PEOPLE BUILD THE TARDIS!), and the writing is so great. If you’re new to this world, I suggest watching “Blink,” “The Doctor’s Wife,” “Bad Wolf,” and “Rose”—if those episodes don’t suck you in I don’t know what will. I warn you, though, that once you become a Whovian, you begin to develop quirks, like being afraid of shadows, angel statues, and children in gas masks. You will fall in love, you will sob your eyeballs out, you will dream of being a companion, and you will never, ever forget your first Doctor. —Arabelle

1999-2002, the WB and UPN

From the very first episode of Roswell, where we see Max use SUPERHUMAN powers to save Liz’s life after she’s been shot in the diner and then later on she asks him, “Where are you from?” because she has no idea how she had a bullet wound in her stomach and then suddenly she’s healed and has a silver handprint on her skin, and he just looks at her with puppy-dog eyes and points upwards, like, really upwards, you will be HOOKED. Max, his sister, Isabelle, and their friend Michael are all aliens, something that they had (obviously) been keeping a secret all their lives until Max couldn’t contain his secret love for Liz any longer and BOOM now everyone’s suspicious because it’s Roswell, New Mexico, so everyone has aliens on the brain all the time. This show is so good! There’s lots of intense staring, close calls with the police, and TWISTS, but also Max and Michael are brutally hot and it almost hurts to stare at them. Liz’s best friend, Maria, played by Majandra Delfino, is a GEM and she has super-rad style and is a little crazy but you will fall in love with her. In the third season the storylines get completely BONKERS and it’s kind of hard to even get through it, but the first two seasons are pure GOLD. P.S. The Dido theme song is SO IMPORTANT and sets the perfect mood for everything that follows. —Laia

Jurassic Park (1993)
In a way, Jurassic Park seems better suited to a nostalgia theme—after all, what’s more nostalgic than using science to bring back the prehistoric past? The notion of the dinosaurs’ return was so awe-inspiring that I even watched the inferior sequels just to further indulge in it. But what I remember most about seeing it at summer camp, besides tripping over the theater rope in front of a boy I liked, was how the fictional scientists were able to start the cloning process in the first place. Based to some degree on fact, writer Michael Crichton imagined that if scientists found, preserved in amber, a fossilized mosquito that had once bitten a dinosaur, they could use the DNA from the dino’s blood to clone and breed new velociraptors and tyranosauruses. Yes! That makes perfect sense! Except it didn’t. Which is probably for the best considering what happens in the film, but it’s still a colossal disappointment. —Phoebe

Weird Science (1985)
What happens when two nerdy teenage boys make a woman using a 1980s computer and some sexy magazines? They become popular overnight, and have to fight off gross older brothers, scary biker gangs, and, of course, their actual crushes, who suddenly know they exist. This movie gets bonus points for Anthony Michael Hall’s excellently floppy hairdo, Robert Downey, Jr., in a small but memorable role, and Bill Paxton as the cruel older brother who turns into an actual pile of shit. Is it as moving or profound as some other ’80s movies? It is not. But the boys wear bras on their head, which is obviously what gives them magical scientific power. —Emma S.

Sunshine (2007)
Compared with Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, this will probably be one of director Danny Boyle’s less-remembered films, but I basically love any movie in which a crew is sent to do something, anything, that involves leaving the Earth’s atmosphere—kill an alien, blow up an asteroid, find out what happened to the first crew, whatever. Sunshine is special because it sends a team to reignite a dying star. Usually, it’s outer space that sees all the weird action, and the moon gets credit for tides and werewolves and menstrual cycles, so it’s endlessly fascinating. But what if it were the sun with all the power? The scenes that attempt to imagine this are kind of incredible, largely thanks to John Murphy’s amazing, ambient score. “What do you see?” asks one character over and over, but it’s too spectacular for words. —Phoebe

The Tree of Life (2011)
I am so grateful that I got to see this on the big screen a few weeks ago, completely absorbed in its stunning imagery while the loud sound of LIFE ITSELF being created rumbled through the theater. It was kind of a big experience for me, but the movie is almost as epic on a regular ol’ TV or laptop screen. It flips back and forth between two plotlines: (1) the creation of the universe (gigantic, sparkling galaxies, exploding stars, and bubbling volcanoes set to sort-of-scary opera music make me feel like I’m all up in the universe’s grille), and (2) the story of a complicated suburban family in the 1950s. It poses questions that my mind will probably never be ready to answer, while showing us just how beautiful the world around us can be if we just shut our mouths and pay attention every once in a while. If this wasn’t enough to sell you, all I have to say is: DINOSAURS. —Hannah

The Goonies (1985)
This is the ultimate kids-having-an-elaborate-adventure-in-the-’80s movie. A group of kids find a treasure map in their attic and decide to follow it to find the pirate’s gold, all the while being chased by a family of criminals. There are codes that need cracking, booby traps, and Rube Goldberg machines—i.e., everything you need to have a good ol’-fashioned adventure. Do they find the treasure in the end? You’ll have to watch and find out. This movie will make you want to explore all the hidden pockets of your neighborhood (just please, don’t talk to strangers, and always leave a note). —Anna

Melancholia (2011)
I went to see this movie in a tiny screening room in a fancy hotel, which felt exactly right. The first half is a gorgeous, sweeping wedding—between Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgård—and it felt precisely as disorienting and odd as a real one. It takes place at a grand estate, complete with horses. Kirsten pees on a golf course in her wedding dress, has sex with a random guy, disses her boss, and annoys her sister (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg). Oh, and there’s a planet called Melancholia hurtling towards Earth. The second half of the film is when things really get weird. Let me put it this way—when it was over, I was sure that I’d been sitting there, in the basement on this posh hotel, for four hours, when really it had only been two. When we emerged onto the street, I looked at the sky and worried that any of its little specks of light would come crashing down on me. The movie is lush and glowing and terrifying, and several scenes–Kirsten moon-bathing, naked on a rock—will stay with me for years. —Emma S.

The Universe
2007-present, The History Channel

Watching The Universe is kinda like going to church. Every time you watch, you learn something new about the forces that surround you and somehow contribute to your very existence, and you are humbled. With each episode of this History Channel series (that’s also on Netflix Instant, FYI), you get to spend an hour voyaging through outer space and learning about everything from Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons that may harbor life, to how it might be possible for humans to reproduce in space. It’s so addictive that you will spend entire afternoons engulfed in marathon sessions. It totally changed my outlook on life and brought new pleasure to a simple thing like catching sight of the moon during the daytime. They also have awesome animations that take you through the atmospheres of planets and put you right in the middle of supernova explosions. This is the best show simply because it will make you feel as one with literally EVERYTHING around you. —Laia

Lost in Translation (2003)
This movie is so important to me that I can barely talk about it. So I’ll just say this: it is nearly perfect. It’s about exploring new places and people and EMOTIONS, and it manages to express a bunch of feelings that were heretofore impossible to express—for example, what is it that I want from Bill Murray? I want SOMETHING from him, but is it to marry him, or for him to adopt me, or to be best friends—what?? I just want him to want to be around me all the time. Scarlett Johansson’s character gets to fulfill that wish, and it’s just as glorious as you’d imagine, and UGH I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH. Please see it. Love, Anaheed.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
Wes Anderson sometimes gets accused of using the same moves in every movie. And while he likes to play with certain recurring motifs (sad rich people, daddy issues, Bill Murray deadpanning), that doesn’t mean most of his movies aren’t wonderful in their own way. First of all: having a deadpan Bill Murray should be a law for every movie. Here, he plays the title character, a Jacques Cousteau type going on a deep-sea journey with his crew to find the shark that killed his best friend. The sea creatures that they come across are a surreal mishmash of stop-motion-animated colorful magic. And yet, underneath all the whimsy, there is some real heart. If you don’t cry at least once—well, I’m not saying you don’t have a heart, but I’m not not saying it either. —Anna

2000-2005, Sci-Fi Channel

Gene Roddenberry basically ran sci-fi television once upon a time. His work (particularly Star Trek) paved the way for shows like Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. Andromeda was one of his babies. It was created after he died, based on previously unused material that he’d written. Think of it as Hercules in space! Only not really. The dude from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Kevin Sorbo) is the captain of the military ship Andromeda. It’s been frozen for several centuries but is suddenly revived by a passing ship and the commonwealth has collapsed and everything has been shot to hell and now Hercules—sorry, KEVIN—goes around with his crew (who are all super babes and hunks) to restore order. You’ll probably recognize some of the people from later shows, which makes this retro sci-fi experience even more fun to watch. —Arabelle

Contagion (2011)
This movie is a total renter: how else can you lock yourself in a room with a bottle of Purell and protect yourself from the people who could be carrying the virus that will kill you? It’s a pretty alarming story that follows one pathogen along multiple paths of speedy destruction. Jennifer Ehle is the highlight as Dr. Ally Hextall, a scientist who seems emotionally divorced from the hysteria surrounding humanity’s extinction, yet whose singular focus is the key to finding a vaccine. We need more Ally Hextalls. Also, and slightly unrelated, you have to love director Steven Soderbergh’s morbid sense of humor in casting the prim Ms. Paltrow as patient zero, graphic autopsy and all. —Phoebe

Coraline (2009)
This was the first movie I ever saw in 3D—aside from science-y IMAX movies as a kid. I had heard that 3D movies are really cheesy, so I wasn’t expecting that much. Guys: it blew my MIND. It was creepy and visually indulgent and magical and dreamlike, and everything I thought Tim Burton should be instead of remaking the same movie with Johnny Depp a million times (Coraline was directed by Henry Selick, who also did The Nightmare Before Christmas). When I came home, I locked myself in my bedroom and vowed that I would not leave until I could write something as beautifully unsettling (I couldn’t), then forced my best friend to come back with me to the theater the next week (that I could do). While you might not be able to see it in 3D at home, there are still so may brilliant things in this movie. The magic garden. The music. The mouse circus. OH GOD, THE MOUSE CIRCUS!! Hopefully, if enough of you watch this, they’ll be motivated to rerelease it in theaters in 3D. One can dream. —Anna


  • youngfridays March 8th, 2012 11:07 PM

    “I’m the Doctor, basically, run.”

    Ahhhhh so happy that you’ve mentioned Doctor Who (i.e. my life)


  • rainingmay March 8th, 2012 11:10 PM

    I really, really enjoyed the bill nye the science guy one – and the epically awesome doctor who reference hidden within.

  • missblack March 8th, 2012 11:10 PM

    OH GOD so many good movies on this list.


  • Nomi March 8th, 2012 11:15 PM

    I’m in love with Coraline. Incidentally, it was also the first 3D movie I ever saw. It blew my mind.
    Contagion was pretty good too, but had a lot of loose ends.

  • FashionHauties March 8th, 2012 11:16 PM

    Bill Nye! Oh my gosh, I couldn’t count how many times his theme song would play, “inertia is a property of matter” in my head when I thought it would help me answer a random test question and it didn’t. I often have bill marathons. The diy’s are so great. :)

  • Toria Crux March 8th, 2012 11:19 PM

    Coraline was the first movie I saw in 3D too! (On my birthday!)

  • MichyMich March 8th, 2012 11:21 PM

    I LOVED Bill Nye the Science Guy when I was in middle school. I always watched it during science class and I truly missed it. Good times.

    I also LOVE Lost in Translation. It’s timeless; the love between two strangers (ScarJo and Bill Murray) exploring Tokyo was beyond fantastic. It’s so fun to learn about culture whenever you’re exploring in a foreign place.

  • Marie March 8th, 2012 11:30 PM

    @Anaheed – “what is it that I want from Bill Murray? I want SOMETHING from him, but is it to marry him, or for him to adopt me, or to be best friends—what?? I just want him to want to be around me all the time. ” YES YES I FEEL THAT WHAT IS IT

    and @Laia – Do you remember when Maria sang Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” on one episode??? That cemented my love for her. MAN I MISS THAT SHOW. I’ve been meaning to rewatch it for years now!

  • Emilie March 8th, 2012 11:32 PM

    Omigod Another Earth, I LOVE that movie

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  • caro nation March 8th, 2012 11:35 PM

    Doctor Who was, in my wee years, the only thing my minuscule heart desired. I had a Tardis cookie jar.

    When I meet people who, from across the room, emit congenial vibes, 99.9% of the time it’s because we both share an adoration of Wes Anderson. He brings pretentious people TOGETHER.

    Weird Science YES Contagion YES (my stepmom was an extra) Lost In Translation YOU ARE KILLING ME SMALLS BECAUSE I SHARE A NEARLY IDENTICAL ATTACHEMENT TO BILL MURRAY.

    The BOOK Coraline is so, so, SO much better than the film, and the film was flawless. Needless to say, the novel is the single most suspenseful thing I have ever read.

    And I never saw Melancholia, but one of my all time favorites is Dancer In The Dark (Lars again), with Björk as blind Czech musical fanatic who is given te death sentence.

    Thanks, Rookie.

  • Chelsea March 8th, 2012 11:38 PM

    Stand by Me! Luv yew River, bby.

  • starcollector March 8th, 2012 11:38 PM

    BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY!!! I remember I had an episode from his show on VHS since my dad was a teacher… it was about seat belts and why kids should sit in the back seat. I watched it almost every day for a year.

    Now I shudder when I hear his voice. From the nice memories… and also a little bit from disgust, the same way you shudder at those Flintstones vitamins your mom always made you eat.

  • emilyowls March 8th, 2012 11:44 PM

    Is it weird that I thought that BUG JUICE would be on this list? Loved that show.
    …I guess seeing as it was semi-reality TV it doesnt really count though?…. or else Survivor might be on here….. ew.

  • Microbyte1 March 8th, 2012 11:45 PM

    Weird Science is an awesome movie !

  • puffytoad March 9th, 2012 12:09 AM

    Coraline is exactly like a bad dream. Things changing gradually to become worse and worse and you don’t quite notice when it happens. eek!

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  • Yellie March 9th, 2012 12:48 AM

    Melancholia was gorgeous…
    I saw it on new years eve with a few friends, they thought it was mind numbing boring.
    I couldn’t look away for a moment.
    The first half with Justine and her inability to cope with life, and the second half with her sister’s struggle to cope with the possible end of the world… Was heart breaking.
    There were moments when your chest just seized with the characters, and for a moment you felt you couldn’t breathe or your limbs were to heavy to lift…

    Plus, I squealed (which is a little creepy) at the allusions to Ophelia. There was the beginning where Justine is floating down a stream while wearing her wedding dress, strewn with flowers and weeds, and then there was a book with Waterhouse’s painting of Ophelia, each made me swoon.

    • starcollector March 9th, 2012 8:42 AM

      I feel like that too when I watch movies like The Tree of Life and Melancholia… they’re movies you kinda have to watch by yourself because everyone looks at you weird… they’re bored and you’re bawling your eyes out from all the beauty.

      I gotta admit, I’ve cried in a movie theater before because one little fraction in a scene was so beautiful. I forget which movie now that I think of it… but it was recent.
      Maybe I’m too aesthetic? Maybe I’m a crybaby? I don’t know.

  • Lucy March 9th, 2012 12:51 AM

    They’ve started filming the new season of Doctor Who you guys!!!

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  • mayaautumn March 9th, 2012 2:28 AM

    Stand by Me is such an awesome film, one of my favourites of all time along with the School of Rock (why is that not on there may i ask!!???)

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  • timelady March 9th, 2012 2:33 AM

    Stand by Me makes me cry every single time. River Phoenix :( . And I love Doctor Who (hello, username). It’s everything a show should be, and I sincerely hope that a mad man in a blue box is out there somewhere, having adventures and saving the universe.

    • Miarele March 9th, 2012 3:57 AM

      I love your username! I hope there will really be a Timelady someday, that would be a nice twist :)

      And yeah, I know that feeling. Everytime I’m feeling down, all I could think about is that the mad man in a blue box would come pick me up someday and that there’s still hope (!!!)

  • LittleMissE March 9th, 2012 2:36 AM

    *Happy squeals* Dahhh! Bill Nye! Doctor Who! Coraline!

  • hazeleyedgirl March 9th, 2012 2:52 AM

    Doctor Who omg <3
    Lost in Translation and Another Earth are two of my FAVOURITE MOVIES EVER. GO WATCH THEM NOW. SERIOUSLY.

  • Miarele March 9th, 2012 3:50 AM


    Finally, Doctor Who! Thank you Rookie <3, I'm starting to get worried because Doctor Who hasn't been mentioned yet even though it fits with this month's theme so well like fish sticks with custard. :D

    PS. "Silence in The Library/Forest of The Dead" is also a good episode for staters, very hooking.

    Also, can we talk about how amazingly under-appreciated Sunshine is??? The movie is so destructive it's beautiful, just like the sun itself :D The part near the end when they stare at the sun while slowly fading away? GORGEOUS.

  • Felicia Ubbesen March 9th, 2012 5:04 AM

    Yaaay, Doctor Who! Probably the best series ever (together with Sherlock ofcourse)… :D

  • MissKnowItAll March 9th, 2012 6:18 AM

    DOCTOR WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Also Downton Abbey is really good.

  • Emmi March 9th, 2012 7:57 AM

    I really love Doctor Who, and I actually grew up on the old series even though it ended before I was even born. I do really like the new series, most of the time, but some episodes really rub me the wrong way. Especially when they add in a lot of drama, that I think was added to remain interesting in this drama-loving era. The Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth doctors are my favorites, and Eleven is pretty awesome too. I’m really liking the companions they’ve had recently, though I have to say that I did not like Rose, which I know is most people’s favorite from the new series. I loved Martha though, and Donna, and Amy, and I am so in love with Rory. Even though, in my opinion this show is always sliding for me between ‘totally epic!’ to ‘that…sucked’ I still have a soft spot for it, and I really liked the last couple episodes I saw, even one I REALLY expected not to like. So, in short: Though it goes between good and bad, I love it, its fandom, its history, its characters, its amazing British accents, and I love the amazing feeling I get after watching a really good episode. (Side note, Captain Jack H hasn’t met the eleventh doctor, right? Come on, you have Captain Jack, plus Amy, plus Eleven, plus Rory, that is an awesome episode waiting to happen.)

  • Tara March 9th, 2012 8:32 AM

    this list is excellent. stand by me is absolutely golden, it pretty much makes me want to be a boy in that time as well. bill nye the science guy was what made elementary school science classes good (it was the best show!!) so happy to see the tree of life on here, it’s one of the most poetic films I’ve ever experienced. and the goonies! I’ve been trying to get my ten year old brother to see it. it’s one of the best ‘kids’ adventure’ films ever.

  • sophiew March 9th, 2012 8:53 AM

    bill nye, oh i have super strong flashbacks to my jrhigh and elementary science classes when my entire class would burst into song, bonding over bill.

  • EithyPan March 9th, 2012 8:58 AM

    *squeal* Doctor Who is really ‘Literally the best thing ever’. It is my all time favourite everything, I think I’ve watched it since birth and I knitted myself a Tom Baker (4th Doctor, my first doctor) scarf for Christmas last year. and Coraline! *squeal* I remember watching it and desperately searching for a yellow raincoat

  • Mila March 9th, 2012 11:51 AM

    lost in translation is wonderful,
    melancholia is wonderful,
    stand by me is wonderful,

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  • SweetThangVintage March 9th, 2012 12:33 PM

    I was about to start crying during a doc who episode and my dad was laughing at me. After I finished watching it he’s like “Remember, someone wrote this show, and these people are just acting it out. She didn’t actually die in the future”

    That’s what you think dad. That’s what you think.

  • Dayzee March 9th, 2012 12:46 PM

    yes thank you the goonies is one of the best films ever. yey well done for picking that one!

  • Lurkingshadows March 9th, 2012 12:47 PM

    Bill Nye, Doctor Who, and Roswell. Omg this is perfect. I would also suggest the episode with Vincent Van Gogh. Its beautiful. :)

    • Miarele March 10th, 2012 3:10 AM

      oh, “Vincent and The Doctor”! YES. THOUSAND TIMES YES. That was heart wrenching :’) I cried my eyes out near the end. My brother and sister even came up to me and asked if there’s something wrong

      • Joyce March 14th, 2012 4:12 AM

        so strange, I just watched the episode a while ago before reading this. It’s absolutely one of my favorites, I’ve watched it like a hundred times. It’s a beautiful and sad episode.

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  • bookworm123 March 9th, 2012 2:46 PM

    Awesome list! I LOVE love love Bill Nye! And DOCTOR WHO. And I have read Coraline, so totally a reason to see the movie! And everything else on this list looks awesome!

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  • Abby March 9th, 2012 4:06 PM

    BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. I bawled LIKE A BABY at the end. Seriously. Like it was so bad that about a week after watching it, I saw a cowboy hat and started crying. Not even joking. At all.

  • erin March 9th, 2012 5:39 PM

    I love Coraline and I love the Goonies and I love Bill Nye the freaking Science Guy! I really want to watch tree of life and melancholia now and that documentary Billy the Kid. Yes!

  • saltwater March 9th, 2012 7:02 PM

    aw, Stand By Me was my first grown-up favourite film. i first watched it when i was eleven and i could just relate to 12 y/o Gordie Lachance so much.

  • KusterBeaton March 9th, 2012 7:03 PM

    So happy that The Tree of Life and Melancholia are on here. Those were by far my favorite movies of last year. The Tree of Life might actually be the greatest movie/my favorite movie ever in the history of time. I’m actually afraid to watch it again because the first time, in the dark theater with the music booming, was such an EXPERIENCE that I don’t want to ruin the memory.
    Also I really wanted to love Another Earth but I just did not dig the relationship between her and the guy.

  • MotherOfInvention March 9th, 2012 7:50 PM

    Really, the only way to describe Billy the Kid is “beautiful”. This movie makes me want to run around my too-small town wearing a “Truckstops of America” t-shirt. The only thing even more beautiful is Billy’s mother…she’s absolutely perfect, and the best part is, she’s REAL! My only addition to this list would be Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind…

  • preachypreach March 9th, 2012 8:36 PM

    oh my god this seriously has loads of my favourite movies like melancholia, the goonies, lost in translation and the life aquatic! (bill murray 4eva) and me and my brother love stand by me! i cannot wait to see this billy the kid thing!

  • preachypreach March 9th, 2012 8:44 PM

    by the way, when you say ‘most’ of wes anderson’s films are wonderful, i think you mean ‘ALL’ of them :)

  • lockets March 9th, 2012 9:06 PM

    bowties are cool.

  • AnguaMarten March 9th, 2012 10:43 PM

    however good you think coraline the movie is, coraline the book is better.

    • soybrain March 11th, 2012 4:24 AM

      that’s kinda true. it’s a totally different feeling, not to talk about the illustrations

  • Saraleebread March 9th, 2012 11:07 PM

    Stand By Me is my favorite movie of all time! I could watch it a million times and never get bored! And Contagion was really good, same with the Goonies, Doctor Who, Bill Nye.

    Although I always hated Jurassic Park. I don’t know, the whole, “Why would you let the public go there?” kind of thing. Anyway, it just really creeped me out. When I was at the Smithsonian I saw the T-Rex skull they had and that thing was so huge! I was like “I am so glad they’re extinct”.

  • Pashupati March 10th, 2012 11:06 AM

    So much stuffs I like in this list, except where is Sliders?
    I like the movie adaptation of Jurassic Park, but one thing bugs me: everytime someone talks about it on computing mailing-list or forums, they say something such as “The little girl knowing Unix is the most irrealistic thing in the movie! At least in the book it was the adolescent boy…”
    Uh? Look, I know it wasn’t the same in the book, but it’s not irrealistic at all. It was stated multiple times, shown, that the girl liked computing, that she was the grand-daughter of the park’s owner or whatever (so even if she wasn’t interested, she would possibly know), and the thing is set in an era where liking computing = knowing Unix. Also, I did know that Unix existed at 8, at the moment I identified as a girl, I just didn’t get to use any Unix-like OS. Now, nobody ever says “LOL, ever seen a little boy knowing about $whatever? ROFL SO FUNNY IRREALISTIC” when seeing the numerous movies where little boys are interested in computing and do stuffs; though, most of those are less known movies, but yeah. It really bugs me, rant finished. (People say similar things about shows like Xena for she is a warrior… they totally buy into the furies and all, that weird idea of a female warrior set aside.)
    Ok, tell me, who identified with the girl in the movie adaptation as a child? That’s why it bothers me so much. Rant really finished.

  • rhymeswithorange March 10th, 2012 1:40 PM

    Any LOST fans out there?

    • vanguardinspace May 19th, 2012 6:52 PM

      yes! i miss it so much. i first watched it when it was in its third season and didn’t do anything else (including homework) until i’d caught up.

  • Susann March 10th, 2012 3:40 PM

    I loved “Lost in Translation”!

  • loveswamp March 11th, 2012 12:30 AM

    Thank you for recommending Billy the Kid! It really was as beautiful as you said.

  • macy March 11th, 2012 3:42 AM

    don’t forget the neverending story.
    that is like the ultimate adventure movie.

  • soybrain March 11th, 2012 4:22 AM

    coraline is one of my favorite movies of all time, it’s like the movie of my life. I love her hair, the button eyes, the other mother’s garden… whenever I feel like my life sucks I make hot chocolate and watch coraline. tim burton for president!

  • Filia-Zissy March 11th, 2012 1:53 PM

    I always though “Dr. Who” is about a medical doctor and was wondering why there is such a large fandom on the internet – well thanks for the explanation.

  • insteadofanelephant March 11th, 2012 7:44 PM

    i used to secretly love when we would watch bill nye is grade school because my dad and i used to watch it at home for fun, it was like our little bonding time. everyone used to make fun of bill though so that always made me sad
    instead of an elephant

  • damebrenda March 11th, 2012 10:08 PM

    yes! Goonies and Stand By Me.

    But where is THE WONDERYEARS???!!!

  • Mary March 11th, 2012 11:58 PM

    I have just started expanding into older Doctor Who and it’s amazing! Wonderful show.

  • sherbertshepperton March 12th, 2012 11:48 AM

    “You will never forget your first Doctor.”
    I had to put my phone down to contemplate that awesomeness for a second.

  • Bren March 14th, 2012 2:07 AM

    I skimmed really quickly to see if Doctor Who was mentioned, teared up when I saw it was, and now I’m freaking out because the Doctor Who theme song just came on shuffle.

    Ahem. Back to reading the list.

  • Joyce March 14th, 2012 4:15 AM

    Beautiful list, oh my god! Doctor Who and Lost in Translation ftw! dfcjueoLhwf

  • koolkat March 14th, 2012 3:52 PM

    someone from my school was in Doctor Who one time…

  • tallulahpond April 23rd, 2012 3:56 AM

    Literally all British kids watch Doctor Who. I would literally quake with fright when I was watching it at first, but then completely became immersed when I was older. It was a shame that Rose and 10 were long gone by the time I watched them, but I have the box set and also, so SQUEEE!
    Also all of Murray Gold’s (gah, he’s a genius) soundtrack music is on Spotify and the live versions from the BBC Proms are on youtube. Enjoy!