HUGE movie fan-some of my favorite all time: "Unforgiven","Minority
Report", "Do The Right Thing", "Crimes and Misdemeanors",the
original "Shrek"(which has my vote for best animated film of all
time) ,"Saving Private Ryan", "Master And Commander:The Far Side Of
The World", the original "Superman" directed by Richard
Donner-oh,too many to name.
Television?Yeah,believe it or not,I do watch some. Not much,but
some. Since "Battlestar Galactica" ended on Sci-Fi, I don't really
have a "MUST WATCH." I still miss FARSCAPE. I hope people
rediscover it's riches someday.
DR.WHO has slowly grown on me-the series' cosmic hutzpah and
fearlessness to go places no other series would dare,with both
creativity and daring,HAS to grow on you. And let's face it-there's
something about a godlike immortal who's dedicated his life and
infinite resources to helping people all over creation-regardless
of cost-that you just have to root for.
Oh,I'm sorry-I DO have one "Must Watch". "Real Time With Bill
Maher" on HBO-the source for all comic commentary for the thinking
man since the passing of the great George Carlin. I can't believe
he's been gone for 4 years. I fear no one will ever make me laugh
like that again. Maher's the closest we got right now.
Oh,and I religiously watch MSNBC and Current's left-leaning news. I
miss Kieth Olbermann- damn it, Kieth, can't you work with
ANYBODY?!? Until he returns, Rachael Maddow and Cenk Ugar will do
nicely. One day, many years from now,they're going to realize what
a damn good journalist Maddow is and stop wishing death on her for
daring to be liberal.
Other interests:movies,science fiction,and comic books.
YES,superhero comic books,I still love them after all these years.
My dad brought me home a HULK comic book when I was 6 years old and
I never looked back. I once had a sizeable collection(8 boxes).
They were sacrificed like so much else in the wake of my father's
death 2 years ago. But I still read them online and keep up with my
favorites. I miss old time Vertigo,like Alan Moore's SWAMP THING
and Niel Gaimain's SANDMAN.The recent deluge of live-action and
animated superhero movies and series has left me with mixed
feelings. Sometimes the filmmakers/animators "get it"-like with THE
DARK KNIGHT,the first IRON MAN film,Cartoon Network's JUSTICE
LEAGUE series back in the day and THE INCREDIBLE HULK, and of
course, Joss Whedon's Magum Opus THE AVENGERS-and sometimes they
make crap like the Fantastic Four movies-which I'm trying to
forget. And of course,SMALLVILLE,which started with a terrific
concept,has been on way too long and has been VERY inconsistent in
quality. (Then again,if it had ended earlier,we wouldn't have seen
live-action versions of The Legion of Superheroes or Doomsday-both
of which had an incredible factor of coolness..........)
Books?Oh,can't even start-WAY too many to mention. I WILL say
though I probably would have gotten into an Ivy League school
instead of Queens College of CUNY if I hadn't discovered J.R.R.
Tolkien my junior year in high school. I also probably should
mention as general favorites Ursula Le Guin, Robert Silverberg,Greg
Bear, David Brin and Alice Sheldon a.k.a James Tiptree Jr.-who met
such a tragic end imposed on her by society's complete lack of
courage with dealing with the terminally ill. Look it up-it'll
break your heart and make you think............
On a lighter note-I'm a huge fan of animation,both the classic kind
such as Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoons(Bugs,Daffy and the
whole zoo),Tex Avery's matchlessly hilarious cartoons, Disney
classics(Bambi,The Jungle Book) as well as the recent renissance of
animation that's brought us so many awesome moments,from which I'll
just name a few of the best: the aforementioned "Shrek","The Lion
King","Tarzan",the absolutely hilarious "The Emperor's New
Groove"(the original movie,not the incredibly lame kiddie tv show),
"Hercules", "The Adventures of Sinbad". Animation is a joy
forever,one I'm glad to share with any girl with a hot cup of tea
on a cold, rainy night. But I'm not above partying all night in
Brooklyn or the Villiage if she's that type of girl. Far be it from
me to stand in the way of her enjoying her life-quite the
contrary,I want to help her with that. : )