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Things that make you go "Yikes!"
I had plans for my son and I to watch Batman vs. Dracula on Cartoon Network this evening. He's not particularly wild about scary movies--show me a five-year-old who is--but he looooves Batman, and, with Halloween just around the bend, I thought a little spooky viewing might be fun.
What a fool am I.
Ten minutes in, he decides he's had quite enough, thank you very much. Power Rangers SPD was on two channels down. Guess what we're watching now.
But, yeah, I know where he's coming from. My dad used to stay up late watching the ABC Saturday Night Movie after the nightly news. Occasionally they would run the original Friday the 13th or Halloween. Once they showed Psycho. These movies, particularly the first two, had developed a sort of notoriety among my elementary school-age friends and myself. To survive the entire movie was to take a huge leap closer to adulthood. I never made it past the first five minutes.
My son is reintroducing me to the joys of kids' television, and it's so liberating. I'm getting to act like a kid all over again, only I don't have to worry about the neighbors thinking I'm a creepy man who is best kept far from their child. No, now that I have my own kid, it's perfectly acceptable to revel in this stuff.
He started off with the mild stuff, like Jimmy Neutron, then he took a chance with Spongebob, then went for the gusto with The Fairly Oddparents. Wonderfully silly stuff. Of course, he balances it with liberal doses of Batman TAS, Justice League and Teen Titans.
Makes my childhood spent with the Superfriends and the Smurfs look pretty weenie.
Anyway, when we're not watching that stuff, I've got the tube tuned in to Turner Classic Movies or IFC. Between all that and my DVD screeners, my loving and infinitely patient wife has pretty much given up on watching anything in the living room.
Okay, I admit that I'm one of those sad people who, three nights a week, shows a slavish devotion to American Idol, then gossips about it with coworkers the following morning.
So, last night separated the men from the boys, so to speak. Bo and Anwar are easily frontrunners out of the guys. Tonight, we'll see how the girls measure up. I've got high hopes for favorites Carrie and Nadia.
As if that weren't already taking up enough of my time, a good friend of mine has also gotten me hooked on The Amazing Race.
I need to get a life.
Well, another Oscar season has come and gone, and we all know what that means. TCM will soon wrap up its 31 Days of Oscar extravaganza. These are sad days in the Pope house.
I suppose there's an upside to this, though. Thanks to TCM's recent lineup, my DVD wish list has quadrupled in size. Another week of this and I'll be taking out a second mortgage on my home to fund my addict...er, collection.
Allow me to reflect a moment on the good times TCM and I have shared:
Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, The Way We Were, The Uninvited, South Pacific, The Greatest Story Ever Told, 12 Angry Men, Around the World in 80 Days, Field of Dreams, Oliver!, The Bridges of Madison County, The Color Purple, Foul Play, All About Eve, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Goodbye Girl, Sweet Charity, The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Ah, good times.
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