Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Talk About Movies & TV Shows....

Well... thank goodness for Digital Video Recorders.

Thanks to our DVR, Jessi and I rarely miss one of our favorite television shows. Just in case you're curious, here's the shows we both watch, and why:

Law & Order
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order: Criminal Intent

(these three shows we not only catch the current season on NBC, but also reruns on, depending on the show, TNT, USA and Bravo)

I suppose one of the biggest factors in our watching these is that we like the characters, at least for the most part... especially Bobby Goren on Criminal Intent. In case you don't watch the show, Goren is amazingly well-versed in a variety of topics, and has incredible powers of observation. In addition, his knowledge of human psychology is also well above par.

Of course, another thing we like about these shows is that there's so darn many episodes of 'em! Unfortunately, we've started hitting the point where we have so few episodes left we haven't seen...

Conviction

This NBC show is actually a Law and Order spin-off, although only one character, Alexandra Cabot, is from a previous show (she was the DA on SVU). The cops don't play as strong a role on this show... it focuses on the young DAs. But it's very, very compelling tv!

The Biggest Loser

Unfortunately, we're between seasons of this. We started watching this about the time Jessi and I joined Weight Watchers. A lot of the reason we watch is to compare what the competitors go through with what we've gone through.

House

Absolutely, positively our current favorite show. Sadly, the season just finished. Fortunately, we came to it late, so we have lots of eps we haven't seen yet. This shows the current season on Fox, with reruns on USA on Fridays from the first season. I'd imagine that by fall, we'll have seen all the eps to date... and then it'll be once a week to get our fix. Dr. Gregory House has a lot in common with Bobby Goren, at least so far as knowledge goes... House, however, has a very abraisive personality. Still... if I were very sick, and the doctors attempting to treat me couldn't figure out what was wrong, I'd rather have someone like House take over the treatment than someone with perfect bedside manner!

Smallville

I know, duh!

Cold Case

New eps on CBS, reruns sporadically on TNT. Again, interesting characters... plus we have fun trying to solve it before the cops do.

Monk

Only on USA... well, there is another channel on our digital package that occasionally shows a Monk episode here or there. We enjoy the mystery aspect of this show, but equally, we get our enjoyment from watching Monk deal with the real world and his various phobias.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

This is the British version... currently being rerun on BBC America. The only BBC show I can get Jessi to watch with me. Hiliarious stuff.

I think that about covers the shows we both watch... there are shows that only I watch, however... and these days, they're all reruns...

The Prisoner, Red Dwarf, The Avengers, Blackadder, Are You Being Served?, and My Hero. All but Red Dwarf come from BBC America, while RD is being shown on the local PBS station. Sometimes I get quite a few shows on the DVR backed up, and it takes me a bit to watch them... since I only get to watch these before I go to work, and while I'm home on lunch break... this works out to about an hour per day.

Ah, but then there's the movies... the DVR lets us search for actors or themes... and so I've been able to record a number of Godzilla movies, especially some I've never seen before, or haven't seen in a long time! Today, I just started watching All-Out Monsters Attack, with Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidora. I mentioned previously recording and watching some of the Planet of the Apes movies (unfortunately, they skipped the third and fifth movies in the series).

Just this weekend, I watched The Creature From the Black Lagoon... featuring the compelling Julie Adams. Her role in the picture is twofold: 1) To give the Creature a reason for coming onboard the heroes' boat, and 2) to change clothes all the time. I swear, she changes outfits several times a day!

Some of these changes, I didn't mind... like when she changed to wear shorts or her bathing suit (she had an amazing pair of legs). From what I can find in a few minutes on Google, she still appears to be a striking woman.

Anyway, I digress... while watching this movie, for the first time, I thought that perhaps this was a movie that could be remade, and remade well... perhaps giving the story more of an ecological spin to it (in case you've not seen it in a while, the institute that funds the expedition to find the Creature has as its motivation that Man will soon Explore The Stars, and by studying marine life to see how it adapted for the sea, they can learn how to adapt man to survive on other planets).

So... having thought about this... I learned that Universal's planning on a Summer 2006 shoot on a remake... I have no idea if I should look forward to this or not.

Now... getting away from DVR stuff... did I mention that we saw a Ghost Rider preview before X3 the other day? I've never been that big a fan of GR (aside from the issues Tony Isabella wrote -- Hi Tony!), but I have to admit, this movie looks good so far!

Jon

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