Movie, TV viewing changing in this country
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 7/27/2012, 10:02 a.m.
It's time for a reality check. The violence in this country is out of control. Our society is becoming one built upon hatred, blood and massacres. Please, show me the love.
We have always lived with the theory that whoever is fastest on the draw is the winner, but this is no longer a fair fight--it's war. It's frightening to think that we're living in a nightmare. Who is going to take the blame?
Charles and I went to see a movie a couple of weeks ago. We chose one mainly because we were out of town and, according to the timetable, it was the only thing playing. As we sat through the trailers of the movies coming soon to a theater near you, I was appalled at how each movie was as violent, vulgar and downright stupid as the next.
Fortunately, the movie we saw was none of the above--it was just totally mindless. The script did try to keep it real--not all of the characters were pretentious--but in many ways it was degrading and had little redeeming value. Except for a few spots where it was, in all honesty, funny, I couldn't believe this movie actually made it to the big screen.
Staying home and trying to find something on TV is even worse. If someone isn't killing someone or doing something brutal, they're already dead and the viewer is forced to watch all of the gruesome details in HD. Shiver me timbers.
What do I watch, you ask? For one, "Love in the Wild," which is not at all what you think. It's an adventurous show where couples get to see if they're really meant for one another as they take on some rigorous task like running, hiking, jumping, swimming or rock climbing--all athletic, all clean. If you can jump through the hoops, go through the wringer and still smile at your mate, then you've really got something going on, much like real life.
My next favorite show is "America's Next Top Model," and I'll just leave that one at that. Lastly, I love TV Land, where shows like "Bewitched," "I Dream of Genie" (although, I admit, I love me some J.R.) and the funniest one of them all, "Green Acres," are aired. I couldn't believe it when I found this channel.
I recently made Julia sit down with me to watch a few episodes of "I Love Lucy" during a marathon weekend. OMG, even she was laughing, and at 6 and a half, I don't think she really knew what was going on. Call me old-fashioned but hey, at least after viewing these shows, it didn't make me want to go out and slap, much less kill somebody.
OK, so if you don't want to go to the movies and you absolutely refuse to watch TV Land, where can you go? You can go to Cove Lounge, Harlem's latest in spot to hit the avenue. Neatly tucked away on Lenox Avenue, between 126th and 127th streets on Harlem's restaurant row, the answer to the downtown scene, Cove has been hosting a rather sophisticated crowd in a relaxed atmosphere that provides a welcomed oasis from the hustle and bustle. The outdoor garden is open, a great place to relax on these hot, balmy nights. And as if that wasn't enough, you just never know who you're going to meet there.