Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Cures for Boredom Caused by the Writer's Strike

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past couple months you know how reduced the amount of quality written television coming out of the USA. Our favourite shows have been stopped in their tracks, some even forever (Scrubs for example) and it doesn't seem like coming to a conclusion any time soon. Salvation for me will come on January 29th when Lost returns but that only fills so much of a gap. I miss my shows and I got sick of reality television years ago so that doesn't help much. I support what the writers are doing and some of the striking writer's blogs make an entertaining point in the process. They even convinced me to send some pencils to evil studio executives. The coverage of the writers strike has been a sort of entertainment for me. It just seems interesting to me. All this talk of residuals and where the future of entertainment is and whether the internet will be a part of it keeps me glued to Google Reader.

So that brings me to my next paragraph. Alternatives to quality scripted television that has nothing to do with reality based programming;

There are some great movies coming out over the Australian Summer or American Winter depending on where you are. And here are some of my picks that are coming out at the cinemas.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
No Country For Old Men
I Am Legend
American Gangster
Be Kind Rewind
The Other Boleyn Girl

All movies I really am looking forward to and the good thing is they are spread out over the next couple of months so you get an even distribution of entertainment. Otherwise you can check out your local Video Store for the latest release DVD's. Or as many are these days searching for the desired movie followed by DVDrip into one of the many fine Bittorrent search engines out there. Here are some recommendations for DVD's released this year:

Knocked Up
The Simpsons Movie
Ocean's 13
Futurama: Bender's Big Score

For many more selections visit IMDb's Top 100 movies of the year by votes for ideas.

Depending on whether you are into them or not games can provide hours of entertainment or limited batches of general interest. Here is a casual gamers guide to how to get some entertainment out of your television when there isn't any decent TV coming out of it. The computer you are using right now is a trojan horse for entertainment depending on it's power but most can be used to play flash based games through the internet. Console gaming is another way to interact with virtual worlds and the current players on the market for your dollar are Nintendo's Wii, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's Playstation 3. Gamespot or IGN are excellent websites to come to terms with choosing one of these to take your mind off the writer's strike. And there there are the latest handhelds which are really nifty. Nintendo's DS or Sony's PSP. Both really cool in there own way but a matter of choice as usual.

See Bittorrent

And of course than there is the internet where most of the boredom by the writer's strike can be cured. An endless sea of human procrastination the internet seems to never stop giving. With it's vast array of blogs and hydra of Bittorrent trackers where else do you really need to go? Social networking to Social bookmarking, Web 2.0 really bought us all together.

So until the writers get back on their typoewriters, A4, Macbooks, PC's or whatever the hell they use to get the ball re-rolling on the US TV juggernaut try and be entertained with what I have served you. I realize I did it in the most patronizing way possible but what do you expect writer's all over the world are in solidarity not to produce quality and who am I to buck that trend.

So until next time have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And let us pray that greedy studio execs get what they want for Christmas so they can give the writers what they want for the sake of TV-Viewerkind.

Ant out.

1 comment:

  1. Hello again.

    You didn't reply to the last response I left in your journal so I assumed I might have upset your feelings. Please accept this as my personal apology if that was - indeed - the case.

    However, this new post has "wowed" me. It's blog entries like these that make it fun again - for me - to read amature blogs like yours.

    Wow, the writers strike sure is becoming a disaster for all of us!! It's times like these I wish I, myself, could pick up a pen and start writing episodes for my favourite television shows!! LOL! I'm sure you feel the same way eh? haha!! ;)

    You've listed quite a few upcoming movies I might just be interested in viewing, and seeing them in list form like this makes me anticipate them that little bit more if you know what I mean!! :)

    Although I must say that first movie (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) sent shivers up my spine. Seeing "Hard" and "Cox" in the same movie title got me thinking! HAHA! ;) I bet you feel the same way when you were typing it out! LOL :) Haha, just jokes ;)

    I hope to see a review of one of these new films as you view it soon.

    Thank you once again for your television ant movie blog. Until next time "friend".