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I like watching movies and TV shows. I can't stand "reality" show. I'm not sure exactly what's supposed to be real about them, but if I wanted to see people bicker, I'd invite some of my friends over.
On the message boards, I like to talk about shows I like, why I like them, and what I notice about them. Not all of my comments are positive. I think it was my dad who really got me to start paying attention to detail in shows. When I was eight or nine years old, we were watching some western on the late show and my dad kept cracking up at parts that weren't supposed to be funny. When I asked him what was so funny, he started pointing out things I hadn't noticed before, like how a guy's hat would appear and disappear depending on which camera angle was used and how these cowboys seemed to always seemed to camp in the same spot with the rocks rearranged.
Another time, we were watching Black Sheep Squadron and he pointed out how many times they reused footage and pointed out how the same two zeroes always seemed to be getting shot down. From then on, I started paying attention to those types of details, too. I find it interesting to catch these goofs.
I think it's interesting how much the experience of watching TV and movies has changed since I was growing up in the 1970s. I lived in a small town of fewer than 10k people, but even there, we had a local TV station. One of the things I remember is how they would have a camera rigged to automatically pan left and right (like an oscillating fan), which would pan back and forth over a clock, a thermometer, and a barometer, so if you wanted to know what time it was or how hot it was, you could turn the TV to Channel 2. My dad, whose only claim to fame was being a public school teacher, would regularly appear on the station's telethons.
In those days, we had four channels, but you'd have to rotate the antenna for better reception. I remember how cool it seemed that my aunt had a small electrically-powered box that would rotate the antenna to the correct direction.
Once in a while, they'd run a promotion for free HBO, which was in its infancy at the time, so all the houses were given free cable for a week at a time. In those days, HBO would come on at something like 2:00 p.m. and would go off at around 2:00 a.m. and when they would show an R-rated movie, they would say, "this movie will only be played at night." I saw a lot of good movies that way.
Only a few years later, I got cable TV and I was amazed that I could get basic cable for $17 a month or the premium cable for a whopping $33 a month. In those days, it was 33 different channels, and it seemed like there was always something good on. If nothing else, we'd argue over what to watch.
I had a friend in the seventh grade (around 1982) who had a laser disk player and a big screen projection unit. This was before VCRs were popular. I thought it was the neatest thing when you could actually pause a movie or rewind it to see a part again. This was in the days when it was still common to have a movie projector in school or have a film projector with a phonograph or tape playing beside it with a beep to tell you when to flip to the next slide.
Going to movies was also a big deal in those days. The screens were huge and you'd wait all week for the right movie to be playing at the right location. You'd even call up a phone service to listen to the schedule or check the newspaper for show times.
Now, you can get your movies and TV so many different ways. For some shows, we wait until it comes out on DVD and start watching from the first season on. If we like it, we'll buy the second season. We didn't start watching Breaking Bad until the show was already over.
When VHS tapes were popular, I didn't really buy any of them. They were bulky and the quality wasn't always great, plus you had to rewind them. When DVDs came out, I started buying the movies I liked. Over time, many of the DVDs were out of their cases, and even though I loosely alphabetized most of the movies, they were getting hard to manage, so this week, I got an app for the iPad and started to organize them. So far, I've organized over 660 movies and I still have at least four large moving boxes full of them, probably more, that still need to be organized.