What are you looking at?
I enjoy a good film. As it turns out, a lot of the time I enjoy a
bad film, too (although not just any bad film). I never saw all that
many movies in theaters, partly because of the price (which now is
probably around 17 bucks a head), partly because of the ambience (sticky
floors, noisy strangers, buzzing cell phones, etc.). But the real advantage
of the video and DVD delivery methods is the ability to review the films.
Repeatedly. If it's not worth seeing twice, it probably wasn't
worth seeing the first time.
We finally slipped into the modern convenience of Netflix. I remain confident,
however, that we will not end up survivalists.
The Internet Movie Database is a great
resource for trying to figure out what else the actron you are watching has
And then, since I'm watching my movies on the small screen anyway....
I watch some TV.
Really not all that much. (Who has the time?) But there are
a couple of shows I kinda follow.
I used to watch The Shield.
More grit than NYPD Blue (aka "Naked Cops"), although less Sipowicz.
But more Michael Chiklis. But the show airs in an inconvenient time
(on the satellite, which wants us all to pretend we're on the East Coast),
and our VCR has been pretty flaky when we've tried to record it. So
I don't really watch it anymore.
I'm always up for Frontline.
Even the reruns are good. (Part of that may be that the same crap
keeps happening even if it has already been exposed.) But I almost never
know when Frontline is going to be on. It's usually an undeserved jackpot
from aimless channel surfing.
Something I do try to catch regularly is The Daily Show with Jon
Stewart. Wickedly funny "fake" news that is generally truer than what
you catch on the "real" news the networks and local affiliates produce. The
interview segment at the end is hit-or-miss and not always well-motivated,
but I can deal with it. Reruns of The Daily Show are actually less satisfying
than reruns of Frontline.
And then there's the show I got hooked on quite by accident, a show that
we manually tape every time a new episode airs, a show whose episodes should
each be watched at least twice: The West Wing.
Maybe it's that the show assumes some intelligence in its viewers (and spawns
websites devoted to continuity issues
on the show). Maybe it's because the dialogue is somewhere between '30s
screwball comedy and the family dinner table of my childhood in terms of
witty banter. Maybe it's because the show can almost make me believe
that this country could elect a real statesman rather than just another politician.
Who can say? It's a good hour.
Bar none, the best website I've seen for TV viewers at all stages of addiction
is Television Without Pity.
Their recappers pull no punches. If your VCR conks out, this is
the site to hit.