I’m a 72-year-old expatriot Canadian living in Florida, yes I am.
These words actually left my mouth today:
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity
Yes folks, it’s gross out there. Stay inside, somewhere cool and dark. Curl up with a nice relaxing CD, light up an ice candle, and chill.
I’ve officially resigned as a DVD collector.
At this point I could care less about owning the latest and greatest, I hardly watch what I have (and I hardly care to either) which begs the question, why have it?
I’ve been on a steady diet of rentals since the New Year began, bordering on 80 by now, and I’d say I’m having a much better time watching a broader variety of film rather than watching the same tired movies over and over again (and then watching the same tired movies with directors commentary). This isn’t to say that I can’t enjoy a film on multiple viewing or that I hate director commentaries… it’s just that most films aren’t worth multiple watches, and most commentaries are useless. Why buy? Why have it sit on the shelf collecting dust? Why spend thirty dollars to watch a film once when you can spend four or five dollars for the same priviledge.
I used to enjoy being “the DVD guy” - that guy with the great collection of movies that people would ooh and aah over when they came to visit. I also enjoyed being “the loaner” - the guy who was willing to spread the love and lend a movie he enjoyed to a friend, or acquaintance.
But I found it hard, financially mostly, to keep up this facade, and eventually my need for food beat out my need for owning shit. Alongside my money munching habit of DVD buying, I also had a comic book addiction, a cd crutch, and an action figure penchant. I’ve since booted almost all of the collector mentality from my system (although it has a tendency to resurface from time to time), and I no longer need to be the completist.
I don’t need the entire run of Grant Morrisson’s stint on X-Men and all the tie-in stories from X-Men Unlimited… and I don’t need them (uv-protected) bagged and (acid-free) boarded and sealed and stored far away from sunlight. These days I read comics to enjoy them, and have a trade system in place with Toast Boy (we’re going to need a new member or two soon)… and I keep the trades for my bookshelf.
I don’t have to have the entire back catalogue of a new-to-me artist. Yeah, I really really like Modest Mouse’s new album, and I plan to check out their previous work, but I don’t need it today. And I can still like Hour of the Bewilderbeest without having to buy the new and annoying Badly Drawn Boy album (I actually sold off the last one)… I’ve also purged about 200 cds from my collection since moving to Toronto.
I’ve stopped buying action figures altogether (first out of financial restraint, then out of Emma’s disdain for the plastic effigies, and now just because they clutter)… well almost. I did buy a Hellboy action figure this year… and a small Kubrik of the Count from Sesame Street. But those were the only in about 3 years. And I gave a whole bunch away to Jeremy a while back for some action figure comic strip thing he had planned while he was unemployed… no attachment, see.
Although I haven’t been buying movies on DVD recently, I’ve been regularily purchasing TV Shows on DVD for the past year… not a lot of them, mostly stuff I either missed the first time around, or have a desire to live through it again.
I don’t see this as being as much of a waste because you get a lot for your dollar, and you really need to own it to have the time to take it all in.
I’ve had the Firefly DVD set for about four months now and we just started disc 2 this week. It’s not that it’s a bad show, it’s just that we have time to watch it whenever we want.
I have on order, currently, the Aqua Teen Hunger Force vol 2, Sealab 2021 vol 1, Wonder Woman season 1, and Sledge Hammer season 1. The first two I know I will watch repeatedly, as is the nature of good comedy… the latter two are programmes from my childhood which I am curious to see again.
I’ve been giving away and selling off my movie collection over the past couple of years. I’ve also been lending out DVDs to numerous people (instigating a library card system so as to keep track … yeah, I know who you are, and I know what you got!). My collection right now is paltry, and really, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Oh yeah, some days I just want to go crazy and buy buy buy… some days I just want to pick up all those John Carpenter movies I need to complete the collections… some days I just want to buy Alien 3 and Panic Room special edition (3 disks???!) so that my Fincher lineup is golden… some days I just want to drop a grand so that I have Futurama and King of the Hill and Buffy and Angel and Babylon 5 sitting on my shelf (the really big sets make great bookends)… but I get a grip on myself (not in the way that you think) and I try to spend my money more wisely (I don’t, of course, but then again, there’s not as much regret sitting on my shelf in the basement as there used to be).
and then there comes this
Greg the Bunny comes to DVD - which is great news because I’ve never seen the show and Carla has told me I have to since I first met her.
Arrested Development season 1 out in October - also great news, because I’ve never seen the show, but I know it’s got to be awesome… Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross… if both those lads are on it, it has to be worthwhile.
Ren and Stimpy - all 30 of John K’s episodes come to dvd, uncut for the first time on home video. I’ve completely outgrown Ren and Stimpy but this is good news for the R&S purists.
Spongebob Squarepants season 2 out October 5th - I quite like Spongebob. I don’t love him though. I like it when there’s nothing on tv, but wait!, there’s Spongebob, but I don’t need to own dvds. But I’m glad it’s out there should the day come when I need a Spongebob fix.
Wonderfalls is another of Fox’s “too quick to can” series’. It got shut down so fast I didn’t even get to see an episode. But the DVD is coming, estimated around December 7th.
And then amidst it all, I still have to watch my Sapphire & Steel (assignments 2-6); Lexx seson four (episodes 5-24); Firefly (episodes 5-13); Samurai Jack (the complete first season); Kids in the Hall (season 2 arrived at my door last week), the Sandbaggers (season 3, which I haven’t tackled yet because I want to watch season 1 and 2 again), and wNoodle gave me a massive Manga series (CityHunterX???) to watch.
Not to mention that: Batman the Animated Series vol 1 is out now (which I’ve only seen roughly a handful of episodes from but am well aware of how great it is)… yes, I still havn’t watched anything past Buffy season 2… I want to see what Monk is all about (Tony Shaloub rocks socks)… Strangers With Candy, The Chappelle Show, the Ben Stiller Show, Coupling, and the Office all becon me… oooh and Six Feet Under is burning a hole in my stomach with desire and desperation. Thankfully I scratched the Joe Shmoe Show season 1 off my list when I found out there wasn’t commentary over every episode, just the finale (I’d be willing to pay to watch the show over again with audio commentary from Matt Kennedy Gould aka Joe Schmo, but not to just watch the show. I’ll wait for repeats on Spike or something).
You’d think that with all this DVD watchin’ I’d have no time for broadcast television
Well, you’d be wrong on both counts. It’s precisely because I’ve NOT been watching DVDs that I’m so far behind on watching, and I’ve actually been watching a few tv show on a consistant basis. And, egads, they’re all “reality tv”.
First there’s Last Comic Standing which is just a horrendous idea for a reality show, but it plays quite well and is really quite enjoyable. I have a hidden love of comedians (also a hidden disdain, so it balances out well), so this show intrigues me to no end. It’s also very shady, and duplicitous and it makes for conflicted viewing (comedians are supposed to be likeable, aren’t they?)
Then there’s Next Action Star where Joel Silver and his team are taking a few rough around the edges commonfolk and turning them into bump-and-grind silver-screen scene stealers. My early favorite, Jared (the only guy with acting experience, and stage acting at that) has turned into an egomaniac and refuses to listen to the acting coach or the producers. He’s getting his ass canned this week for sure. With him out of the picture I’m not sure which of the guys I would actually watch on the big screen.
Of the women, Corinne (an ex-cop, I believe) has all it takes to be a big screen star. And she’s Canadian!
In the end I don’t think the show can really produce two big screen action heroes, and I don’t think it’s been successful enough for Joel Silver to really make a big budget action film around them (despite the fact that this is what the grand prize is)… it’ll likely be a direct to video curiousity (but then if Anacondas 2 can make it to the big screen….).
Joe Schmo 2 is nowhere near as engaging as the original. The 2 real people aren’t as interesting as last year’s Schmo, and this year’s show is working on so many plot twists and turns that the actors and Schmoes get lost in the mix. But the plot twists are hilarious and the show remains highly entertaining… especially the fact that Jane Schmo figure out it was all bunkum and was then brought into the fold.
I think next season’s show should unfold with the group of actors trying to fool the Schmo, but the Schmo, unbeknownst to them, is also an actor trying to fool them and throw them as much as possible. As much as Joe Schmo is a satire of reality tv this would be a satire of itself, which, dude, is totally meta.
Other than that, I’ve thankfully kicked my Idol habit. I’m actually not watching Canadian Idol, and I’m not interested either.
Confession time: I actually enjoy Fantasia Barrino, the recent American Idol winner. But shhhh. It’s our secret.