Jack Bauer Says We Can Have Our Lives Back
I’m trying to remember when, exactly, Michelle and I started watching 24. Compulsively. Doing little else . . . often spending an entire evening in front of the television. We completed the first five seasons in a matter of months (that’s 120 episodes, folks). I’ve already vowed that I won’t (CAN’T) watch the next season live, even if we somehow get to see Season Six before Season Seven starts. It will be simply IMPOSSIBLE to watch one episode a week. The urge to exit to the menu and queue up the NEXT episode will be too strong . . . and futile. See, Entertainment Weekly . . . serialized dramas are the reason Americans are buying Network programming on DVD, rather than watching it live. (So, ironically, the Networks are shooting themselves in the feet by making compelling television.)
Oh, well. This should help me move more freely through my mom’s Netflix queue. And watch that borrowed copy of V for Vendetta. Thanks to our DVR and HBO, even during the summer hiatus, we’ll NEVER run out of
distractions movies to watch (currently saved: The Break Up, Match Point, and Dragonslayer).
Dude, I watched “The Break Up” late one night because it was shot here in Chicago and because it was on in HD, and let me tell you, I have never seen a film that billed itself as a comedy try so hard to not be funny. I mean, it’s deeply unsettling, because it looks like a comedy, behaves like a comedy, and features actors who were, at least at one time or another, commonly accepted as being funny. And yet I’m almost certain I didn’t laugh even once. Not because they tried to make jokes, even—there just weren’t any jokes! None! Just uncomfortable set piece after uncomfortable set piece! My god. Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau are the only good things about that movie, other than it contains some lovely location shots of our adopted home city.Posted by briantologist on 06/23 at 10:12 AM
Brain said that better than I ever could.
“Dragonslayer” is funnier than “The Break Up”. Like that one scene where the princess is in the lair getting eaten in pieces by baby dragons? More comedic than any scene in “The Break Up”.Posted by Erin on 06/24 at 11:32 AM
Ah. Thanks for the tips. I guess I can delete THAT from our queue.
I actually chuckled a couple times during V for Vendetta. Does that make it a comedy?Posted by Scott-san on 06/25 at 07:36 AM