Parking Wars Online: aetv.com/ parking-wars What:
Reality show about Philly parking.
Why: Yes, it's come to this--a cable show about parking in Philly. You'll see all the familiar streets, while getting to know your ticketers ("All the beautiful ladies--it's got its perks," says model-cute Jeff, who admits to collecting phone numbers on the job) and witnessing the hostility, insults and complaints of your friends and neighbors. On the website you can watch the show, plus extra features about parkers and parking--and, the next time you're booted, you can submit your own story of woe and outrage.
Easy On Demand: Free Movies/ Sundance Channel What:
2004 indie romance. Why:
Wanna be at Sundance right now? You can still catch the vibe with the Sundance Channel's 10 "Festival Favorites," highlighted by this little-seen saga of a young L.A. hottie who has a quirky job thinking up cute product names. She's torn between a smoldering poet (Lost
's Naveen Andrews) and a mild-mannered Comedy Central host (Tony-winner Br�an O'Byrne). It's the perfect model of a "Sundance movie," with its lo-fi focus on everyday emotions; vacillating, self- absorbed heroine; and well-acted, sharply drawn supporting characters.
The Nines DVD What:
Mysterious three-part drama. Why:
Here's a twist: a film so confusing that its lead actors still need it explained to them on the DVD commentary track. It's a Donnie Darko
-style puzzle movie, with three partially linked stories about movies, TV and video games. They all try to pose big questions about identity and reality, with the same actors and recurring motifs. Writer/director John August (Go
, Big Fish
) creates enigmas better than he resolves them, but the movie offers vivid scenes of Hollywood life, plus surprisingly strong performances from Ryan Reynolds and Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore Girls