Remote power

There are over a thousand channels on our home cable in Baguio City, but nothing to watch.

It’s a huge irony I haven’t yet reconciled.

The only interesting bit was when my fellow bed potato (read: boyfriend) and I would fight over (or reconcile over) what film to watch at any given time during Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day.

Though we both gravitate toward documentaries and shows on either of the following channels: The History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic; we do fight over certain shows if nothing else is on besides a really disjointed exploration into Queen Hatsepsut’s missing mummy.

[I don’t know why I couldn’t stand that, even if I’m a huge fan of ancient mysteries, by the way.]

Hence our little getting-to-know-you-even-more bit, with the aid of a cathode-ray tube. Here’s what we found:

1. He won’t watch what I’ve already watched, because it takes the fun out of discovering a new film. If we’ve both watched it before, and it’s a horror film, we tend to watch it again.

2. Without question, we will stick to the following programs: Spongebob Squarepants, Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, World’s Most Amazing Videos, anything related to World War 2 and thriller/horror B-rate movies.

3. Here are some films I found interesting, but he didn’t as much: Sex and the City the Movie, Disturbing Behavior, and Babel. So he basically sat still for the entire duration, earning himself an “I-sat-through-[insert name of film he didn’t like]-so-you-do-the-same-for-[insert name of film I don’t like]” card.

4. Here are some films he found vaguely interesting, but I did not: Tigerland, The Ring (original Japanese version), Any Given Sunday and this Scottish thriller about a mysterious girl-napping truck.

5. Here are some films we both found interesting at certain parts only: You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Race to Witch Mountain, and Hostel 2.

6. Films we would like to watch again together, when we are paying more attention are: The Brothers Bloom, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Dark Knight, and several war films.

Basically, he tends to like movies categorized by subject matter: American football, zombies and the supernatural, male dramas involving some sort of egg-shaped brown ball, World Wars, and fighter planes.

Whereas I tend to like movies following a certain format namely: sparse and sarcastic dialogue, long silences, quaint costumes and set design, long takes, and dark humor. Think The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Broken Flowers, or Penelope.

Which is quite a healthy mix, I think. Except don’t get me started on porn.


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