Thursday, January 11, 2007

Now Showing… or not.

Although I don't go to the movies very often anymore, I couldn't wait any longer and went to see Children of Men last night. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. It's the most realistic vision of the future that I've ever seen put on film. It's gritty, sort of violent, and haunting. It's also very moving, and uplifting in a strange way. I can't recommend this movie strongly enough.

I am, as someone recently said to me, a high-definition snob. If it ain't in high-def, I don't want to watch it (unless it's music videos, which are my guilty pleasure and thanks to the miracle of the DVR, I can fast-forward through all the crap aka anything with JayZ in it). There are some great high-def channels through Time Warner and I've been taping some old movies that I never saw for one reason or another, or haven't seen for a while. My recent viewing has included:

  • The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly - My first foray into the world of the spaghetti western. Less dialogue than I expected, which wasn't a bad thing at all.

  • Beetlejuice - A personal favorite made all the better through high-def. You can't go wrong with Catherine O'Hara, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder and Tim Burton.

  • It's a Wonderful Life - High-def breathes new life into this seminal classic. Bedford Falls looks happier, Pottersville looks grittier, and Martini's looks boozier than ever before.


But it isn't all sunshine and roses between me and my Time Warner DVR. Last night, while sitting down to watch the last quarter of Serpico (another classic I hadn't seen before, but was absolutely loving), I hit "play" and the damned thing locked up. After about 5 minutes, it rebooted itself, and in the mean time I decided I'd watch the latest episode of House, which I taped on Tuesday. I hit "play" and again, the fucker seizes up on me. This happens two more times before I finally resign to the fact that the DVR is hosed and I will not be seeing the end of Serpico or the latest House any time soon. I've got to take the DVR back to Time Warner later tonight and get another one, which totally sucks because I'll have to try to remember all the shows I have season passes for, which pisses me off, because I have season passes so I don't have to remember what I want to record.

In summation, Children of Men - better than good. Also, fuck you, Time Warner DVR.

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