I once saw a t-shirt that read: Theatre is life. Cinema is art. Television is furniture. I can’t speak for theater, since I rarely indulge. But for the last 5 years at least, cinema has been forgotten takeout and television has been freshly baked bread.
More and more, I find that I give mainstream feature films 15 minutes (and that’s far too kind) before I turn them off.
I have returned to older films from 1930 to 1970 for enjoyable movies. Most of them are competent and some are downright delightful.
I am also turning to non-English language films. At least, if they disappoint me, it’ll be in a different way.
But my big treat has been fiction TV shows. Some of my favorites: My Name is Earl (at least the first and third seasons); Veronica Mars (season one); House M.D. (season one); The Closer (all pretty good); Castle (season two way better than season one); Chuck (mostly because of Zachary Levi/Adam Baldwin/Sarah Lancaster); and PUSHING DAISIES (this was good.)
So, here I am 8 years later. Reading back through the list is like reading a diary. It brings back a lot of memories. I wanted to have something philosophical to say about how watching films changes a person or something but I don’t have that kind of wisdom. I do know that my life has been richer for them.
- In the Realms of the Unreal – I am fascinated by paracosms.
- Castle of Cagliostro – very good.
- Angel season 1
- Dollhouse season 1 – painful
- Shades of Ray
- Keven Smith: Too Fat for Forty – very good.
- Princess Tam Tam
- Final Fantasy: Advent Children
- The Apartment
- You Were Never Lovelier
- Thomas Crown Affair
- Perfect Blue – good but his later Paprika is better.
- Pushing Daisies 2:1
- The Ugly Truth
- Megamind – fun.
- Crime Traveller 2
- Mostly Martha
- Libeled Lady
- Pushing Daisies 2:2
- M – excellent.
- Castle 2:1
- Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant – I enjoyed John C. Reilly.
- Pushing Daisies 2:3
- Pushing Daisies 2:4
- TV Meme (moonlitgarden.wordpress.com)