Sunday, January 04, 2009

Hidden Treasures On the Boob Tube

Some days I can flip through the 150+ channels I've got and scream. One hundred and fifty channels and nothing on. How is that possible? But, I suppose if that's the worst of my troubles, I should be one thankful SOB.

But.... with the addition of an HD package I acquired recently, that's all changed. I'm talking about three little channels known as MGMHD, Universal HD and HD Net. Talk about an eclectic line-up. Over the past month, I've stumbled across movies as diverse as the following:

Ghost Warrior (1984)- B movie about a samurai warrior who is frozen for 400 years and then brought back to life in early 80's Los Angeles. Cheesy, but violent fun. Part of their Ninja New Year's celebration!

Between the Lines (1977)- Little seen indie film about the dissolution of a small Boston newspaper starring John Heard, Jeff Goldblum and Lindsay Crouse. Film Comment wrote about this movie last year and its especially prescient outlook on modern day newspapers.

The Delinquents (1957)- Robert Altman's debut film... more of an after school special, really, that documents the demise of a clean cut all American boy when he becomes entangled with local hoods.

In addition to those rarely seen, home video distribution-less films, these three channels provide showings of others- Bob Rafelson's "The Postman Always Rings Twice", a Jeff Bridges double feature with "The Big Lebowski" and "Cutter's Way", the under appreciated war movie "The Siege of Firebase Gloria", Lindsay Anderson's experimental 1968 film "The White Bus", and for those interested, a day full of Steven Seagal films. In addition to this list of impressive features, Universal often shows obscure TV shows. I'm currently in the middle of David Milch's "The Big Apple", which was his venture after "Homicide" and way before "Deadwood". All in high definition glory. If you have the opportunity and your local cable/satellite provider offers these channels, jump on the chance. You won't regret it.

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