I tried. I really did. Fletch is one of my oldest and dearest friends, and when he started this little movie blog so many years ago, I really wanted to participate. I hoped to be a regular commenter and eventually start contributing with my own posts. You regulars may have seen me around as the occasional commenter, "Buffett35." Then it hit me. At the risk of alienating the entire built-in fan base of this blog, I really do believe that feature-length films are a dying medium. That’s not to say that they’ll ever stop making them, but a new movie hasn't really wowed me since 1999, when both Fight Club and The Matrix were released.
I’m not saying I hate every 21st century film, but they just never live up to the hype. Fletch and Mrs. Fletch accuse me of being eternally negative, especially since I have similar feelings about music from this century. I assure you, that is not the case. I truly WANT to like everything I commit my free time to, and I can’t help it if that doesn’t always happen. The unwritten rule that movies must be of higher quality than TV shows because they cost more is outdated. Now that pay channels are in the game, production values are way up, and good character development takes a lot more than 2 or 3 hours. So, without further ado, I present myself as an expert on TV, and the mortal enemy of everything the great and powerful Fletch believes in. OK, so we generally have the same taste, but it'll be much more fun if we're enemies, right? My name, now and forever, is Mayday, and this is Mayday's Musings. If you recognize the classic television reference, you might just be old enough to appreciate my taste.
Let’s start with some lists. Everyone loves lists. I’ve had cable since the mid-80’s, so the volume of material I have to pull from is enormous. For now, let’s just stick to shows that are still airing new episodes. I lean towards the more adult fare found on HBO, Showtime, FX, and AMC, but the big 4 networks still control the airwaves and occasionally put out entertaining shows. Here’s what I’m currently watching, in alphabetical order:
Parks & Recreation
You might have noticed Breaking Bad on that list, despite the fact that it’s between seasons, but I included it because I just started watching it a couple months ago when AMC began replaying every episode from the beginning. It’s fantastic, and I’m guessing I’ll be caught up just in time for the beginning of season 4. Then, there are several other shows, currently on hiatus, that I've seen every episode of, but I'm not sure if they'll all return:
Bored to Death
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Eastbound & Down
Flight of the Conchords
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead
That should give you a good idea of my taste. Of course, I watch a lot of news, food, home improvement, history, nature, and reality garbage too, and I may feel the need to comment on those from time to time, but it's for your own good. Oh yeah, and don't forget the several hundred shows from the past that I can draw on at any moment. The sheer volume of content is intimidating, I know, but please don't neglect my fearless leader's posts. Fletch's filmic knowledge is something to be worshipped. He's been asking me if I know who Elias Koteas is for at least 15 years. Let me know when he shows up on "Shameless" or "Boardwalk Empire." Book 'em Danno.