Monday, September 10, 2007

What Would We Do Without HBO?

How do I love HBO...let me count the ways. But first, let's get the bad news out of the way. Lisa was absolutely correct, the season finale of our beloved Flight of the Conchords was a bust. They introduced a new character who was as enticing as nails on a chalk board. And we didn't even get to hear our boys from New Zealand do a new song. I forgive them though, as the rest of the season was so top notch.

Curb Your Enthusiasm premiered last night after a long hiatus, and I've fallen right back into the groove of loving and hating Larry at the same time. The first episode does not disappoint. It involves a chocolate penis cake, Larry's adoption of a family displaced by a hurricane and more mishaps, disasters and celebrity cameos. Does anyone else ever secretly identify with Larry? He is the untethered Id in us all.

No matter what your political affiliation, if you plan to watch the new HBO documentary, Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq", you better bring a big box of Kleenex along for the view. James Gandolfini gently and movingly interviews ten soldiers who have been terribly wounded by insurgent bombs or snipers in Iraq. Through blindness and brain injuries, amputations and post traumatic stress, these men and women show us what true bravery and grace is all about. It is an excellent special that every American (or Canadian ex-pat like Lisa!) should watch.

Finally, we come to the buzz inducing Tell Me That You Love Me. I have very mixed feelings about this one. If you like soft core porn, you're in for a treat. I had to throw a bathrobe over my TV set so the cats (
never mind the teen aged kid in my house) wouldn't see all the full frontal action. At the same time, the actual talking parts of the program were too dry for my tastes....sort of like a lukewarm 30 Something. I do like Jane Alexander as the smart therapist who interviews all the pitiful couples. She really is the best part of the show, mostly because when she is on camera I don't have to worry that more extra naked huffing and puffing will ensue. Disclaimer: Watch this show late at night when no kids, dogs or very sensitive cats are in the room!

Ahhh HBO. If all the channels on my TV were broken except for this one (and...well....FOX because I gotta have the Simpson's and American Idol), I guess I could survive.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I have watched the Alive Day show and it's everything you say. I have the utmost respect and admiration for these amazing servicemen and women, though I don't believe the current administration deserves to have such fine citizens giving up their lives and limbs as consequence for the bad planning and bad faith shown by Bush et al. Very sad.