Talk TV to Me

Wha? Where did the last two weeks go? Uh, happy new year, everyone! My newspaper had me on furlough last week, and I guess my blogging brain got an early start on it. Or I am just lazy.

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Probably the latter. I watched more TV and movies with my wife in the past week than I had in probably the previous two months. The movies, as I can remember them:

  • Avatar (Really liked the 3-D and the computer-generated effects, which Wired had a really good article about a month or so back. The story followed the standard Hollywood formula though, and was not very inspired. District 9 was a much more interesting take on what would happen when humans encounter aliens.)
  • Ghosts of the Abyss (Hour-long documentary we watched at the Louisville Science Center, about a James Cameron-funded revisiting of the Titanic wreck on the floor of the North Atlantic. It was very interesting, and Cameron stayed mostly out of it, letting the ship tell the story. Bill Paxton's narration was annoying, though.)
  • Mystery, Alaska (We'd seen this before. It's a fun movie.)
  • Remember the Titans (I had no idea that this was more than just a high school football movie. If you don't know, it's about the integration of the schools in Alexandria, Virginia, in the 1970s, and how the football team dealt with it. As someone born in 1983, the whole idea of segregation is completely mind-boggling to me. Not that it was possible, but that raw hatred like that could exist in such an open, universal, government-sanctioned way. I know people can hate like that; I've just never encountered it on a scale like that. Great film.)
  • Eastern Promises (I watched this with a buddy of mine in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I'd seen it twice before, but it's a fantastic movie. Viggo Mortensen really nails the part of a Russian badass. SPOILER: The naked fight scene in the bathhouse is both awesome and cringe-inducing. I'm not that comfortable with my masculinity.)
  • Dirty Harry (Lauren and I had never seen this, and it is available on Netflix's Watch Instantly feature, so we piped it over to the TV. I really enjoyed it. Does anyone else think that Dirty Harry looks a lot like Hugh Jackman, especially as Wolverine?)

We also watched a dozen or so episodes of Mythbusters, three or four episodes of the second season of The Muppet Show, and an episode of Jim Henson's The Storyteller (which I'd never heard of, but Lauren loves. Really neat fairy and folk tales, Henson style). I also watch three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, because I hadn't seen it in a long time. I'm now going to start Netflixing it. I also caught the first 20 minutes of Conan on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. This late-show meltdown is fascinating.

Well, that's enough about TV. I'll start back tomorrow with new words.