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Weekly GeeksWeekly Geeks 2009-20: Guilty Pleasure: 05/30/09

Weekly Geeks, we're going into the confessional this week. What's your non-reading guilty pleasure? Trashy TV? Trashier movies? Junk food? Share with the group. :)

In the words of Auntie Mame: "You won't need some of these words for months and months." In this case, I mean "guilty pleasure." Frankly, I don't see the point of feeling "guilty" for doing something enjoyable.

Since TV and movies are mentioned in the original question, let me give you a little background. I'm an ex-film studies student (UCSB) with a masters in critical studies from UCLA. So I've spent six years of higher education studying "Trashy TV" and "trashier movies." I'm sad to tell you that they don't actually rot your brain.

So since we're talking TV and movies, I'll tell you about my DVD collection which contains both. We have a 400 DVD player and most of the slots are full. In the #1 and #2 spots for easy viewing are The Fifth Element and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. I have lost count of how many times I've watched them.

The collection contains:

  • foreign films (like Metropolis and Last Year at Marienbad)
  • British TV (Doctor Who old and new, all of the Emma Peel Avengers)
  • US TV (all of Firefly, all of Sports Night, most of Magnum PI, all of Remington Steele, etc)
  • US cartoon series (all of the original Ben 10, some Kim Possible, some Batman the Animated Series, some Batman Beyond)
  • Animated films (The Hobbit, The Last Unicorn, Beauty and the Beast, Gay Purr-ee)
  • Anime series (The entire 1st and 2nd seasons of Pokémon, Rurouni Kenshin, Ah My Goddess, Cowboy Bebop etc)
  • Anime features (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle)
  • Musicals (The Music Man, My Fair Lady)
  • Science Fiction (The Fifth Element, Stargate, Dark City)
  • Horror (The Others, Sixth Sense, Lost Souls)

My future plans for the collection include buying Up, all of the US version of Life on Mars, both seasons of Pushing Daisies and completing my collection of Magnum PI.

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Comment #1: Saturday, May, 30, 2009 at 14:49:41


The only DVD's I own are Spirited Away and Bladerunner. We do seem to have similar tastes:)

Comment #2: Saturday May 30, 2009 at 11:51:14


I have Bladrunner too in my collection.

Comment #3: Saturday, May, 30, 2009 at 16:26:14


That's pretty damn impressive.

I remember enjoying Batman - the Animated Series, when I was much younger. Specially, the credit music and animation :)

Didn't think anyone else watched Sports Night. I actually really enjoyed that, as well as West Wing, and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. Not a big fan of tv, but those - those were amazing.

Oh, and Spirited Away was really good. It was one of those movies, which, while watching, I wished I knew Japanese (did that sentence make any kind of sense?), if you know what I mean?

Comment #4: Saturday May 30, 2009 at 13:29:41

Thanks! I watched Batman the Animated Series when I was in college and I'd get up on Saturdays to watch Pokemon and Batman Beyond years before I even had kids.

I know exactly what you mean re: Spirited Away. Although I only know a dozen words in Japanese I always watch in Japanese (when it's possible).

My husband got me into Sports Night. I haven't watched the others on your list.

Comment #5: Saturday, May, 30, 2009 at 17:39:09


My husband and I have a pretty sizable DVD collection as well. You listed my two all-time favorite musicals! And I'm eagerly anticipating the release of Life on Mars (US) on DVD too - I think I read that it would be out in September. I LOVED that show - still missing it!

Comment #6: Saturday May 30, 2009 at 15:05:30


It sounds like we're kindred spirits when it comes to movies and TV.

Comment #7: Saturday, May, 30, 2009 at 21:13:10


I envy your DVD collection ... truthfully, I wish I could move in with you for, oh, a year or two _ I don't eat much, and I'm pretty quiet ... Great post, although I'm pretty sure that Idol HAS made me stupider. I'm working on it, but I may be some time ...

Comment #8: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 18:36:01


Sorry. I wish I could but I have no spare room!

Comment #9: Sunday, May, 31, 2009 at 01:31:40


Oh I have a nice guilty collection of DVDS too. I have all of Johnny Depps movies, the whole HBO Oz series and some Mystery Science Theater shows. If I collected cartoons I would have to go with Under Dog, Dexter and Courage the Dog.

Comment #10: Sunday May 31, 2009 at 12:34:04


I have many of Johnny Depp's films but not all. I'd like to add a few more of them to my collection (like Edward Scissorhands and Secret Window). I'd also like some MST3K DVDs.

Comment #11: Sunday, May, 31, 2009 at 10:50:12


Love Kim Possible (although I'm not a fan of the Ron/Kim romance). The animated Batman films are actually pretty fun as well.

Comment #12: Sunday May 31, 2009 at 12:38:21

I don't mind the last season romance.

Comment #13: Sunday, May, 31, 2009 at 21:32:56


Oh my I'm reminded of that scene in The Holiday where Kate Winslet discovers Cameron Diaz's DVD collection

Comment #14: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 11:25:05


I haven't seen The Holiday.

Comment #15: Monday, June, 1, 2009 at 02:27:40


I've got Lost and Heroes and Boondocks all on DVD. awesome you can like very very good movies and very very fun stuff too! too many people stick to 1 genre.

Comment #16: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 11:29:04


My DVD collection is like my book collection.

Comment #17: Monday, June, 1, 2009 at 16:19:22


Oh my! I totally forgot about Sports Night!!! It used to be on one of the Danish cable stations and I watched it :)

Comment #18: Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 10:20:04

Sports Night was a good show — one of those rare ones that defined categorization. Unfortunately those shows rarely make it beyond a season or two. M*A*S*H is the only exception I can think of right now for U.S. television.

Comment #19: Thursday, June, 4, 2009 at 08:59:46


My daughter thinks she's Kim Possible. Glad to hear it won't rot our brains.

Nice collection!

Comment #20: Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 10:26:22


That's cute. My husband often compares himself to Ron Stopable. He actually bought the DVDs more for himself than for the kids but they like the series too.

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