Sunday, June 10, 2012
Having recently struggled in vain to find something recent and watchable, I have some notes for you.
Please, for the love of God, no more productions about, or featuring, the following:
- medieval or renaissance anything
- hobbits, hobbitry, or anything that smells of hobbitry
- vampires and/or zombies
- titles with roman numerals in them (except for Henry V or Richard III)
- dystopian futures, especially anything “post-apocalyptic”
- Michael Bay, or anything with slow-motion explosions
- Magic Pixie Dream Girls (Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst)
- black people as mystical guardian angels for white people
- Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movies about misunderstood loners
- Mel Gibson in any way, shape, or form
- “reality” shows
- six impossibly attractive young people in New York City looking for love
- cop shows
- hospital shows
- lawyer shows
- Jim Belushi
Aha! I hear you saying. What does that leave? A few suggestions, not intended to be comprehensive:
- slapstick. Unapologetic silliness. (“Anchorman” was a nice example.)
- shows in which average-looking middle-aged people deal with life using wit and wisdom. (See “The Bob Newhart Show” for an example.)
- shows set in suburbs. Or in small cities that are not New York, L.A. Miami, Chicago, or Atlanta.
- comedies in which finding a boyfriend/girlfriend is not the point
- optimistic futures
[ And my daughter is reading it in her year 6 (~Grade 5) English class just for kid-comparison. ]
My wife and I find "Big Bang Theory" to be ROTFLMAO funny, but it helps to be a scientist (not to mention a physicist) or married to one. Sadly, it conflicts with Community, even if it is half lame and unbelievable.
I also recommend "30 Rock". Not quite slapstick, but the throwaway snark punch lines keep you on your toes the whole time and both come late in the week when you need some fun.
Just a heads up: We learned about the Hunger Games book from my dad (hint, I am older than you). It is the first in a solid trilogy, so you might want to read it if you don't want to watch it.
Although the Depression era also included a lot of perky stuff (like the Andy Hardy movies on TCM today) along with the noir, post apocalyptic has its draw in bad times like these. I'm surprised no one is making a movie from Player Piano, with its theme of automation-driven unemployment. Update it to feature lawyers rebelling about being replaced by law-bots and it might even make money.
I like my cop and courtroom shows, so please don't discourage Hollywood from producing them. You don't have to watch them :)
Last man Standing
Parks and Recreation
The Cleveland Show
All those shows would meet most if not all what you are looking for.
You poor sad creature, you.
(PS: Your new capta system is really annoying)
And here's a second on the Captcha's annoyance factor. These unreadable things seem to surfacing on quite a few blogsites.
Second the motion on Breaking Bad, but it ain't for the kiddies.
Our newest indulgence is old episodes of The Simpsons on DVD with the commentary turned on. Excellent.