Movies and TV shows have a big impact on what we like. Back to the Future single-handedly turned the DeLorean into a collectible car. Scrubs made musician Colin Hay into a household name. And haven’t you always wanted to have what Meg Ryan was having in that scene in When Harry Met Sally?
If you saw something in a movie or a TV show, there’s a good chance you’ll find it on one of these sites. Sure, some of it is sponsored product placement, like Apple’s efforts to make you buy its gadgets. But so what? As long as it’s actually cool, let’s find out what that thing is.
1. Food: Binging With Babish
Andrew Rea loves cooking. He also loves movies and TV shows. So, Rea started a YouTube channel where he recreates famous dishes from what he watches. And as the proverbial cherry on top, he named it Binging With Babish, after The West Wing‘s character Oliver Babish.
Rea is brilliant at recreating the recipes. He pays attention to the description of these fictional items, like Eggs Wodehouse from Archer or Homer Simpson’s Moon Waffles. And then he sets about making it in his kitchen, with top-notch video production. Don’t watch this one on an empty stomach.
Binging With Babish is not particularly helpful to help you learn how to cook. For that, seek out YouTube channels where professional chefs share their secrets. This one is all about food porn, mixed with a love for movies and shows.
2. Clothes: FilmGarb and Worn On TV
Would you like a pair of the iconic sunglasses worn by all the characters in The Matrix? Or maybe you want to look as hot as the cast of Suits. Actors have wardrobe specialists to dress them up, so if you want to imitate their style, head to one of these two sites.
Both FilmGarb and Worn On TV have been around for some time now. While FilmGarb covers both movies and TV shows, Worn On TV is all about the idiot box.
Of the two, Worn On TV is a bit better to browse. You can select the show you want, and even the characters from the show. That will give you a list of photos, and one click will take you to buy it. It’s a fantastic fashion and style app to find the right outfit.
FilmGarb is not that great to browse, but its search function makes up for it. If something from a movie caught your eye, chances are that FilmGarb will tell you the product and where to get it.
Songs and background scores are essential to building the mood in a scene. If you aren’t quick enough to Shazam that song to identify it, then What-Song and TuneFind will solve your problem.
What-Song is the newer of the two, and is all about streaming songs featured in movies and TV shows. In my limited test, its catalog wasn’t that impressive, but hey, if you find what you want, you can listen to the song right there.
TuneFind is a far more comprehensive database, covering almost any movie or TV show you can think of. It has also been around for a long time, and has an active community of users. In fact, it has yet to fail me in a search. In fact, TuneFind’s “Trending Music” can be a new way to find music without being overwhelmed.
4. Cars: IMCDB
Movies and TV shows have immortalized some cars in our memory, like the Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch or James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. But what about the lesser-known cars?
Tom Hardy spent the whole of the movie Locke driving a car, but what car was it? What was Mr. Wolf driving in Pulp Fiction? And sometimes, you see a car in the background or a small scene, like the one Keanu Reeves commandeers in Speed. IMCDB can answer any car question from any film.
IMCDB’s is perfect for any gearhead out there. The community scours every frame of a movie to find which vehicles are in it. And then it’s all listed on the site. Search for the movie, and you’ll see snapshots of every point where a new car makes its first appearance.
5. Places: Movie Locations
We know that the hills are alive with the sound of music, but which hills in Austria were these? Wait, was the film really shot in Austria? For all that and more, visit Movie Locations.
The site is a treasure trove of information about famous places from famous movies. If you’re a frequent traveler, then this is a great resource to travel like the stars did. All the locations are pinned on Google Maps, so you get precise directions too.
Unfortunately, no one has updated Movie Locations since 2015, so you won’t find any new films on it. But if the film you’re looking for is before 2015, then this large repository will likely point out the exact place.
Your Favorite Fictional Food?
Watching Binging With Babish is a treat for anyone who loves films and foods just as much. I’ve always wondered what the Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction was like, and to see it happening on screen was a delight. And I must have it!
Which fictional food do you want to eat?