Sunday, December 23, 2007

What Do Dawgs Watch Anyway?

I'm not ashamed. I like to watch television. I even like to watch "bad" television. By bad I don't mean TVLand or Game Show Channel. Bad as in lesser known works of some value. With the hundreds of DVDs I own I can be even more particular.

Wann know like uhhh about uhh the slacker generation and have some gory fun in the process? Seth Green in "Idle Hands."

The duality of eco-sensitivity in its' relation to technology? Bruce Dern in "Silent Running." Do you think it was coincidence that Laura Dern starred in Jurassic Park a generation later? Come on get with the program. These people think like me and relish a good subtext.

My favorite line from "A Boy and His Dog" is spoken by the boy, Don Johnson, in response to the question his dog asks; "Name the last 10 Presidents."

Interested in the variety of the human condition? "The Gods Must Be Crazy."

Perseverance of the human spirit? "The Great Escape."

Practice makes perfect? "Groundhog Day."

Looking for karma? No, not "Dogma" which is scary in its' understanding of the Catholic faith. Instead try "Quigley Down Under." Racism, expansionism, man nature. Excepting perhaps The Great Escape none of these are normally considered "good." More's the pity.


Santa Flipper Clause said...

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Bad TV has to include big time wrestling.


Santa F. Clause

bohica said...

WWE, the only honest TV.
So fake, they don't even try to appear real.

Santa Flipper Clause said...

Ho Ho Ho - It's Santa Flipper Clause

Oh yeah, who could forget "Soylent Green"

Santa F. Clause

Lou Minatti said...

Only TV show I watch is Lost. That's only 16 episodes a season so other than that our TV stays off.

Movies, OTOH. That's different. I'll watch anything by Wes Anderson, the Coen Brothers and Christopher Guest.

Have a merry Christmas, everyone. Later.

(I wonder what Casey will be doing for Christmas? And should I feel sympathy?)

sk said...


The_Scum said...

Top 5 Movies from The_Scum:

The Great Escape

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (gotta love the dark side of John Wayne)

Saving Private Ryan

The Magnificent Seven

Dr. Strangelove...and maybe throw in a bonus of Stalag 17.

It's a Wonderful Life used to be on that list.

Of course there are comedy classics like The Blues Brothers, Blazing Saddles...but they just don't have the impact of these others.

For TV now I just watch NFL and surf the net unless I'm watching Science channel, Nat Geo, Toon Network or Comedy with my spawn.

Thanks Dawg...Great Escape has always been the top of my list.

The_Scum said...

I wonder how much Huey, Dewey and Luey in Silent Running set in motion the public acceptance of the Star Wars droids to be massively popular.

I always enjoyed Bruce Dern after watching that movie....even his role in The Cowboys.

H Simpson said...

Did you know JVC stands for Japanese Victor Corporation? In Japan, their trucks still have Chipper and the phonograph on the sides of trucks.

I like flipper shows for tv entertainment.
Bad colors, bad assumptions, and bad consultants with bad tastes make for hilarious comedy, even if when the curtain comes down, someone is going to be stuck with an ugly updated house.

At the same time, you have to keep an eye on the cast members to see of any are wearing the clothes you put in the goodwill container last month. At least Norm and the boys wear TOH polo shirts with their coveralls.

As for movies, if you have the John Belushi trilogy, what else is there in life?
=Animal House
=Blues Brothers


bohica said...

Best movie:
El Topo
Look it up !

Anonymous said...

I like the ending of Trading Places. I like to reminisce about the old days, when uber-wealthy people who made bad investments lost their shirts. Ah, those were the days.

serinitis said...

Posse and Better Off Dead are great movies.

for television, Property Ladder is the only decent flipping show.

wagga said...

Elvira Madigan, Walkabout,
Quigly (wish that had sequels)
Mad Max, Breaker Morant,
of course.. The Great Escape.

& The Truth About Cats & Dawgs

Rebecca said...

A Boy and his Dog... GREAT FLICK. And to answer the question, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy....ah, when the Kennedy's meant something other than what they do now.

But as to flicks, I saw a great new to me one last night. Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. She had been working 2 years and it was her ELEVENTH film. Post WW2 NY. Awesome. With a hysterical cameo from Harry Morgan. Only in VHS.

Christmas in Connecticut.

Scrooge, with Alistair Sims.

Scrooged!!! with Bill Murray.

A Christmas Story. You'll shoot your eye out!

How The Grinch stole Christmas (CARTOON VERSION with Boris Karloff)

The Ref with Dennis Leary. Leary. Nuff said.

Moonstruck. Cher in burgundy velvet shoes. "snap out of it!"

Desk Set. ok, takes place at Christmas in NY. But Joan Blondell as support!

Charlie Brown's Christmas. Just for the music.

The Nightmare before Christmas. For those of us off our meds.

Smokey Mountain Christmas . Because I LOVE DOLLY.

White Christmas. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. For the sets and the costumes and the unabashed patriotism.