Thursday, 01 October 2020
The Seductive Lure of Television
Friday, 30 October 2009 09:56
dexter_s1I’ve been writing movie reviews for about five years now, and I have to say that one of the absolute biggest perks of being a film critic is a little piece of plastic called an “All Access Pass”. I get to go to the movies for free without ever having to lurk in a creepy, suspicious manner around the lobby before ducking guiltily into the darkened theatre like some thirteen-year-old delinquent. Not that I’ve ever done that. And don’t bother trying to bribe the ticket attendants with loose change – it doesn’t work.

But there is a downside to the glitz and glamour of a life spent sitting in butter popcorn coated cinema seats. The movies are not always good. Let’s be honest, lately there have been a lot of pretty crappy movies and it’s led to me hearing the siren call of a little gadget I have at home called a “television”. The TV seduces me into its’ cozy den, complete with comfy sofa, warm blankie, and snacks that don’t cost me my retirement savings. Oh yeah, and there’s one more thing television offers lately – really, really good programming if you know what to look for.

castleThe quality and production values of some TV shows has been leaps and bounds ahead of many big budget movies out there. For example, why would I want to go watch The Stepfather when I can watch Dexter? Both are about a serial killing step-dads, but with Dexter I get four amazing seasons of top-notch storytelling. I guarantee watching a few episodes of Dexter will provide more thrills, intrigue and satisfaction than The Stepfather, or yet another Saw sequel. I realize there is more time on television to develop characters and story lines, but in this case I was hooked and addicted right from episode 1, season 1.

trueblood_s1Networks like Showcase and HBO just keep adding to the list of must-see TV, and with seasons of almost everything available on DVD my list just keeps growing. I love letting a series run for a few seasons and then catching up with it all at once. My first experience with doing this was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I didn’t watch the show at all while it was in production but once the series was over I borrowed all seven seasons and watched them continuously! I was hooked on having what I wanted to watch, when I wanted to watch it.

I don’t really watch a lot of TV, but my current addictions make it tough to drag myself to a substandard film in the theatres when I could be catching up with the hugely popular, sexy vamps in True Blood or with my favorite fictional writer Castle. Castle needs more publicity because it’s an awesome show! Nathan Fillion plays a famous writer who pairs of with a tough-as-nails female detective to solve murder cases. The writing is brilliant, but mostly because of the snappy delivery between the shows two stars. It’s exciting, fun and always makes me laugh.

madmen-s1Another show I recently started watching is Mad Men and I have to say I’m getting hooked on that as well. Since I work in the advertising world, the show gives a whole new perspective to how the industry became what it is, not to mention why women’s liberation came about! Plus it’s a beautiful look at the fashions of the ‘50’s along with plenty of scandalous storylines!

But hey, I’m not complaining! Being a movie critic is a lifelong dream and I love what I do. There are a lot of promising new films on the horizon for winter… I just hope that Hollywood takes a hint from television, which is currently offering quality and quantity.