Ross McMicken (1/25/2013)
No movies stand out for me this year, but for TV with a sci-fi component, I highly recommend the UK TV shows Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Great stories and great acting. Hard to find in the US, but the DVD's are available from Amazon.
On a side note, we dropped cable TV over a year ago, and replaced it with a Roku and subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu+. Highly recommended. We watch far less TV, and spend far less time mindlessly flipping through channels. We have a tuner for over the air HD for local channels, and the picture quality is far better than anything cable or satellite can deliver.
It's the same for me, I dropped cable TV service a year ago and mounted a HD antenna in my attic. The only thing I watch over the air is news. I'll watch network TV shows on Hulu and pay to watch HBO/Showtime series on Amazon as soon as they're available, which is usually a year after first run.
The ironic thing is that my old cable TV provider was wanting to charge extra for an extended basic plan that included PBS Kids and Qubo channel (what my kids watch). However, I get those channels totally free over the air in the area where I live. I don't see the point in paying for content that the cable provider doesn't even own or have exclusive rights to and can get for free over the air. One of my neighbors still have cable subscription service (like most folks). However, they agree the picture quality coming in over my HD antenna is actually better. It's because the over air signal isn't compressed like it is with cable.
"The universe is complicated and for the most part beyond your control, but your life is only as complicated as you choose it to be."