I watched everything multiple times on HBO back in the day when it was like this mysterious electronic cinematic conduit emanating from my sub-conscious. Strangely, I first discovered the network in Wyoming, where mid-western cities already had pay television long before anybody in California knew what it was. My cousins turned me on so to speak, and I was able to viddy uncut and unsupervised such weird child’s fare as TAXI DRIVER, DELIVERANCE, DEATH RACE 2000, HOUSE BY THE LAKE and the most frightening home viewing experience in my life, THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN. Of course, I also got to discover SATURDAY THE 14TH, THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE, THE THIEF WHO CAME TO DINNER and many more. I even watched the Gary Coleman film, ON THE RIGHT TRACK, every single time it was on and I have no idea why. Maybe because I was so appreciative that I could watch anything uncut and uncommercialized. Thus, the new HBO catalog was more exciting than the TV Guide and almost as good as the Sears Christmas catalog. You can see why:


5 Responses to “Me!”

  1. does HBO still exist? i know that’s probably a ridiculous question

    • christian Says:

      Sure and home to many popular shows such as LARRY SANDERS, SOPRANOS, etc.

      • i don’t know why but i haven’t been able to open ‘the dream’, it’s finally working again. anyhoo, yes, of course, the HBO productions are just spread around on network tv and cable here so i (stupidly) didn’t connect the dots.

  2. Frank B Says:

    Ah, yes, the excitement of the HBO catalogue. Especially if a friend’s parents were out of town. It was that or MTV, nonstop, and we would sit there on the sofa like crows on a telephone wire, hyp-no-tized, shoveling down Doritos and guzzling Mountain Dew (and eventually other things once we graduated to shitty apartments and drinking age) and doing our own version of MST3K before that show existed.

    I was about to say something about our couch potato generation having been more passive than subsequent ones (even posting moronic, illiterate comments on YouTube takes a certain amount of initiative), but I may have just undercut my own argument. We were very active viewers. Not half as clever as we thought, but still — we made up our OWN jokes rather than watching someone watch a movie. Nothing against Joel and the gang, but it was more fun our way.

    But yeah, those HBO days…I clearly remember RAGTIME showing over and over one spring. Boobies!

  3. Frank B Says:

    On a related note, have internet porn and Mr. Skin-style sites put a stake in Elaine’s ROCHELLE, ROCHELLE law? The failure of films like POWDER BLUE would seem to indicate that nudity — even first-time celebrity nudity — are no longer enough to get Johnny away from his video games.

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