Empty Days

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Sunday tv guide review

Was forced to watch Edward Scissorhands on tv yesterday. This film craps me out - too much sugar, despite some cute bits of suburban satire. My tastes in movies, in food and in pretty much everything have declined notoriously over the years. I've become the great democrat of craptown, movieland. I still have some cable (so called basic subscription - 5 different channels showing the same thing at primetime, a few add-ons for "variety", and two weather channels) but it's mostly because otherwise i'd have 2 1/2 channels (depending on how my antenna likes the weather) and I can't afford going out, so I'm stuck home, so if I still hope to survive a little longer I do need something to distract myself from my murderous self. Internet is also a good alternative but I am not sure how long i'll be able to get full aol access for free.
But back to Edward. For all I know, this character must be something of a teenage idol - the anime-loving gothic-bound perpetually suicidal sort. A romantic creature who wears leather and cuts himself. Tom of Finland would be appalled - leather was not intended for kids. I guess the satirical bent of this whole black-vs-pastel enterprise actually extends to the evil Mason and the whole punk scene. And maybe something else that I just don't know about. In conclusion I raise my glass to Alan Arkin who I think is about the sole human character in the movie. Let us all drink lemonade. Cheers.

Then of course there was Beetlejuice (also with Winona Ryder, for some reason), which I think is a pretty neat little film. Too bad I can't seem to catch it on tv (maybe because it's not there). Of course I can always pop in a tape of Natural Born Killers - a very different genre but with the same sort of zest. I don't know why I see a connection here. Jack Nicholson crazy via Five Easy Pieces? Could be.
But, talking of the viciously satirical, I must mention The Butcher Boy by Niel Jordan which I found pretty mad when i first saw it and madder still when I saw it later. This one is a bit heavier and deepier than the above, come to think of it... *strident* would be the word. Descent into madness in case we're not sure how it happens.

But on the whole I watch whatever films are on and usually it's all kind of Hollywood junk and there is rarely a glimpse of something worthwhile. But what am I to do! I deeply loath most sitcoms because "life at the office" portrayed as *life* is a gross aberration and things like Friends are just too nauseating. I liked a few episodes of The Sopranos but... sorry, too much meatballs for me. Even Seinfield tires me out. In the end, Third Rock from the Sun was pretty much the only series I found agreable.
What else is there to go by? Documentaries, yes. Local news - for unthinkable stuff that goes on. Absurd topical shows about fashion, antiques, wheat, sports... all those things that seem familiar and yet are recondite and mysterious, if you look at them from afar. This said, I actually love sports, even if I can't understand what all the hype's about.
So in the end I do watch quite a lot of tv. Once upon a time it was mostly books but I got tired of fine literature, of fine everything, and now I got my deserve - a pile of crap to scour through, daily and always.





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