Exploring the history of home video and music media

I may need help (honestly). Anyone want to go on this data quest with me?

It wasn’t until November, when Led Zeppelin offered their new concert film (Celebration Day) on Blu-ray, that I asked myself, “Is it finally time to stop buying DVDs?” So I began to dig into the history of home video formats, and decided it would be fun to build a timeline (presented here) of both music and film media over the past 135 years.

Timeline of music and movie media types

This timeline screenshot (in Excel) is a very crude draft of what I’m aiming for. The quest is purely for my own interest, but if anyone else has good data, infographics, books, and links to share on the topic, I’d love to hear from you.

I’m sure I’m biting off more than I can chew, but I’m also interested in what the timeline implies for issues about copyright and the changing face of information exchange and media consumption in general.

My IMDb films of 2012

I’ve been using IMDb’s customizable lists and ratings system for at least 10 years. Here is a typed list of films and TV shows that were released in the Louisville area this year that I’ve seen. I’m also including screenshots of my complete list of ratings for the year: things I’ve watched and rated regardless of their original release date. All of these are in (approximate) descending order, most recently watched to least.

TitleTypeMyAvg.#Ratings
Les MisérablesFeat.88.221816
A Royal AffairFeat.97.55124
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to TravelDocu.85.9178
Life of PiFeat.98.346118
Silver Linings PlaybookFeat.88.213667
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyFeat.88.4148738
LincolnFeat.108.224143
SkyfallFeat.78.0181912
Searching for Sugar ManDocu.108.12438
FlightFeat.97.519858
Cloud AtlasFeat.108.054297
Paranormal Activity 4Feat.74.413534
Flight of the ButterfliesFeat.98.114
LooperFeat.77.8131010
Led Zeppelin: Celebration DayDocu.109.1610
ArgoFeat.108.253480
The MasterFeat.77.812121
ArbitrageFeat.96.710738
Ai Weiwei: Never SorryDocu.107.3953
2016: Obama's AmericaDocu.64.97084
Beasts of the Southern WildFeat.107.511967
The Dark Knight RisesFeat.98.7498894
The Amazing Spider-ManFeat.77.2192293
To Rome with LoveFeat.86.422543
Magic MikeFeat.76.236897
HysteriaFeat.76.710984
PrometheusFeat.97.2228597
Men in Black 3Feat.96.9122847
Happy Endings (S2-S3)TV97.613168
The AvengersFeat.98.4428168
Girls (S1)TV87.411963
Veep (S1)TV87.54742
The Hunger GamesFeat.87.3285067
The Cabin in the WoodsFeat.97.2118259
Frontline - Inside Japan's Nuclear MeltdownTV999
Safe HouseFeat.76.888836
My Week with MarilynFeat.9737484
A Dangerous MethodFeat.106.543387

From the following list of older films I’ve seen this year, here are the highlights of the ones I’d never seen before:

  • Somewhere (2010, Feat.)
  • Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010, Feat.)
  • Lonesome (1928, Feat.)
  • Taking Chance (2009, TV Movie)
  • Weekend (2011, Feat.)
  • Magnolia (1999, Feat.)
  • Drive (2011, Feat.)
  • You Can Count on Me (2000, Feat.)
  • Black Books (Started in 2000, I watched the complete TV series)
  • Still Bill (2009, Docu.)
  • The IT Crowd (Started in 2006, I watched the complete TV series)
  • Nothing But the Truth (2008, Feat.)
  • I Do (2006, Feat.)
  • Melancholia (2011, Feat.)
  • Demetri Martin. Person (2007, Docu.)
  • The Hustler (1961, Feat.)
  • The Boxer (1997, Feat.)
  • Y Tu Mamá También (2001, Feat.)
  • Project Nim (2011, Docu.)
  • Warrior (2011, Feat.)
  • Lolita (1997, Feat.)
  • The Descendants (2011, Feat.)

(These are screenshots, so the purple items are just films that I’ve clicked on recently.)
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Best Albums of 2012

I’m always absorbed in music. There are innumerable ways to experience art in sound, so of course it’s impossible to quantify the quality of an album – although sites like AOTY are helpful as a general guide. This list is mostly personal preference, but with an ear to recommend both popular and obscure (mostly rock and jazz) albums to other music lovers. I have more to share about that, but let’s get to the list(s) first…

Top 6 Albums of 2012

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