Hi Jerry! I'm crawling out of my lair so I can TOUT my wonderful ROKU! Your post has finally given me the opportunity to admit my TV/MOVIE watching OBSESSION without fear!
First admission: I have (over the years of my illness) taped (VHS unfortunately) 432 movies from TCM! Picture 432 dusty, old VHS tapes - far too many with the titles haphazardly marked with everything from a crayon to faded marker - actually used Lipstick one time!...don't ask!
SOMETIMES I remembered to use the paper sticky label - but not always?! And, yes, I do know I'm going to be forced one day, to use one of those "things" (which I don't even have) and transfer the VCRS to DVDS!.....RIGHT!?
What used to look like a video store with a wall of floor to ceiling shelves (and about 200+ DVD'S as well) has eventually turned into many plastic totes stacked up in a basement room down a huge staircase - no longer easily accessible to me.
Then - a few months ago - I discovered Video-on-demand (NETFLIX and AMAZON) and my ROKU device. I pay $8.99 per month and I get one dvd through the mail at a time.
This I'm not interested in...BUT what I ALSO get for no extra charge are unlimited streaming movies, tv shows etc. all the time, whenever I want, stop and start, no limitations - I LOVE IT!
About 12,000 titles to choose from, including tv series, and ALL genres of movies.
So I get the Classic old movies - Film Noir, The Thin Man series, screw-ball comedies, dramas, Musicals, etc.
Old tv series from the 50's, hoakey old sci-fi, lots of BBC series (DR. WHO, Masterpiece Theatre, Monty Python, The Avengers, Ballykissangel, Monarch of the Glen, Doc Martin, stuff like that).
Indie movies, Foreign Films, and the Documentaries are fantastic! (they even have Joseph Campbell's "Power Of Myth") - it's endless!
I had to buy the ROKU Device (about the size of a paper back book) for $99, and you need a cable coming in (I had wireless for my Laptop).
I also set up Amazon's V.O.D. program (no monthly fee for this) but their selections you can either rent for 30 days (1 time viewing for about 1.99 - 3.99 per movie) or "buy" (keep always).
I'm not as fond of that as I sometimes fall asleep and waste my $$ and my one shot at viewing!
I have 274 in my "queue" from Netflix! SOME might think this excessive - but not true! I recently discovered the ridiculous Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea series from the 60's and Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges! What a hoot!
Oh, and LOTS of Concerts (just listened to Kenny Rankin's last jazz club concert...wonderful, but for some strange reason I have more trouble listening to music than just watching movies?! I think it's because of the emotional response I have to music, I guess - too bad)
Granted the video-on-demand doesn't offer ALL that I had on my tapes...I still use some of those.
I have a pretty good collection of Silents/early 20's (mostly Charlie Chaplin, DW Griffith - Birth of a nation, and Fritz Lang's Metropolis).
And what I considered the absolute laugh-out-loud FUNNIEST old comedies (for my taste anyway).
Miracle of Morgans Creek, Merrily we Live (with one of the the best comedy routines I've ever seen with Henry Fonda & Jimmy Stewart!), Merrily we Live (Hilarious!), the Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple's.
Blythe Spirit, The Importance of Being Ernest, Mad Mad Mad etc.World, The Russians Are Coming, Cabin In The Sky (Ethel Waters, Lena Horne - prefaced with a disclaimer about racism).
You've got the British St. Trinian series, and the DARK stuff like Andrei Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice (have to really "gird my loins" to watch this one!) and The Juniper Tree (VERY darkly weird from Iceland).
And of course all of Ingmar Bergman's - Persona, Through A Glass Darkly, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries and Smiles of a Summer NIght (Sondheim wrote a "little night music" from that one - it took me awhile to figure that out!?)
And THAT brings me to Akira Kurosawa's Films! And THAT would naturally take me to Anime...and on and on!
This is my one splurge - I no longer leave the house, except for Dr. appts. (no stores, no dinners out, no Coffee Houses, movies, Theatre, Art Shows, nothing - nada!...Well, I DID go to a wedding this year!)
So THIS is for me! I consider laughing as my therapy.
This has turned into a RANT! I intended to self-impose a ban on posting for awhile to rest up. But since movies - especially classic ones - are my passion...it's a good "rant"!
How about "sharing" your, and other afficianados, good movie advice? Like you, I can't stand the commercials - so I just don't watch the live tv shows as often....I haven't figured a way to go forward - er, "past the present" (I like that! it's sort of cryptic!) either.
Hi Islandfinn!...I like NCIS and Bones, too! Nothing adolescent about those! - so you're OK! I used to faithfully watch ALL the Law and Order's, and The West Wings. Oh, and HOUSE!....it's just that he's so MEAN!
Ha! I'm all shook up!
Better retreat to my Fuzzy Blankie
- I'll tune in later.
So long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Goodbye.........