The Stupid Shows I Watch…

Do you understand what it is like to enjoy a show or movie but know that you can’t tell anyone, even nerds, that you like it? My friend, Amy, just finished a blog post about her closet shows and I decided to follow suit. Here’s my list of shows that I am ashamed to like so much.

Forever Knight – Amy listed this one as well. It’s a fantastically corny show about the journey of a Canadian Vampire cop (he works the night shift) who wants to be human, the human woman he loves, and his evil vampire ‘father’, with whom he has a rather complex relationship (to say the least).

Due South – Yeah, the other show about a pale Canadian cop. This one’s about a mounty who gets stationed at the Canadian consulate in Chicago while on the trail of his father’s killers and ends up staying in Chicago where his dorkyness is paired with a street smart detective. Very funny show.

Dune – No, not the Dune that the Sci-Fi channel made. This is the one all of the fans hate because it was so different from the book and it doesn’t make any sense. I know everyone hates it, but I can’t stop watching this strange twisted film. (It does have Patrick Stewart.) One of the weirdest films you will (n)ever see.

1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns! – Yeah, this one is as ‘made for TV’ as it sounds. I recorded it when I was young and never got tired of its campy adventures. It’s fun watching Holmes in modern times, even when it’s corny.

Friday the 13th – I’ll watch anything with gore and suspense. These films are the best representation of our culture’s ‘slasher’ mythology. (I could go on for hours about the philosophy behind horror movies and the nature of monsters in film and literature, but I won’t.)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – The best ‘chick flick’ ever. It uses romance to open the door to a very deep conversation about the human condition. Here’s the best part.

You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.
[takes out the ring and throws it in Holly’s lap]
Here. I’ve been carrying this thing around for months. I don’t want it anymore.

Can you tell me about any films you are ashamed to watch?

  1 comment for “The Stupid Shows I Watch…

  1. Ryan Vennell
    November 24, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    By the way, the Dune the that the SciFi channel made changed a lot of stuff from the books too. Some of it was just stupid “why in the world did you do that” stuff, like different characters delivering lines from the characters in the books, except that line was supposed to tell you something about that character, and the whole meaning is changed now.

    I'm reading some Peter F. Hamilton SciFi stuff now. Aside from the guys seeming to have a lot of sexual frustration, the writing is downright brilliant. I'll never understand how some of the modern “space opera” writers can plan and execute 10 story-lines from vastly different characters and places and somehow make them all tie together perfectly.

    Probably something to do with the fact that they're all astrophysicists or something.


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