It’s a funny thing, cable television. Growing up with it you sort of become brainwashed into thinking that it’s one of life’s necessities. A thing that, were we to be parted from it, would cause us to lose touch with the very nuances of societal conduct. Perhaps even illness or death would ensue.
Think about it. Every time you move from one residence to another, you do the same few things to prepare the new place for your imminent arrival. Hook up the utilities (gas and electricity), phone, cable and internet. You wouldn’t want to have to take a cold shower or miss an episode of The Cosby Show. God forbid.
Like I said, the necessities for human survival.
Well, apparently my wife, Kelley, isn’t the type to play Follow the Leader. She canceled our cable about a month and a half ago. She’d drank enough of the Time Warner Cable Kool-Aid. I could hardly blame her.
So what’s the point?
The point happens to be, that in lieu of cable we decided to buy a PS3, order up a disc from Netflix to stream movies straight to our new 46” Toshiba LCD, and the rest is cable TV history. We haven’t looked back.
So, despite not having a lot of extra time to log here at The Sound and Fury, I have made up some serious ground watching some pretty killer (and some not so killer) flicks. In fact, that’s really what this post is all about. As it turns out, my knowledge of film has never been very well rounded. Despite having a pretty decent working knowledge of modern American film, I’ve found my overall knowledge of film to be seriously lacking in many areas including classic and foreign films. Thus, with the help of friends and family (and Netflix), I set about my film education in earnest, dragging Kelley, kicking and screaming, along with me.
We’ve managed to catch such films as Casablanca, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (yes, I’ve seen this before), Robot Jox, The Maltese Falcon, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Severed Ways, Special, Inception, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (ugh).
Needless to say, I’ve got a lot of thoughts to share on some of these titles, and I hope to get those up in the coming weeks. I may not get the chance to review or to even talk about all of them, but I’d like to discuss some of the classics I’ve seen, and perhaps a few of the oddities that I caught along the way.
So stay tuned dear readers, if any of you are even left out there. I’ve a good deal left to say, and I mean to say it. And as my favorite barbarian Conan would say, “And if you don’t listen. . . then to hell with you!”