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My channel surfing turned into movie grazing

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 28th 2009 4:12PM
goodfellas_dinner_sceneI think I'm going to coin a new term. I'm a movie grazer. I like watching TV and grazing in and out of movies that I've seen before, know well, and enjoy watching again in bits and pieces. I know this sounds crazy to some who have to watch a movie from the opening studio logo to the end credits (even as they're being smushed on commercial TV broadcasts).

I'm not like that, though. On Friday, amid the post-Thanksgiving haze and without much interest in the college football games or reruns of CBS soaps or syndicated fare, I was channel surfing. Every time I saw something I liked, I stopped for a while. It was mostly movies. I watch Cary Grant and Sophia Loren in Houseboat, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle, there was a whole bunch of Goodfellas, because Bravo showed it back to back. So I watched the ending first, then stuck around to watch the beginning. What an incredible movie -- still!

I wasn't interested in jumping into the Beverly Hills 90210 marathon or the other programming on some networks, it was familiar movies that was doing it for me. I feasted on nibbles of motion pictures instead of indulging in a whole film.

I think I watched more than half of the original 1968 version of Yours, Mine and Ours, which was fun because Lucille Ball was 57 when she played the mother of 8 in that film. She married Henry Fonda and adopted his 10 children, then they had one more. She was 57 years old! No movie magic could make her look that much younger, but you know what? Here's the trailer for the movie, see if you can buy Lucy as a fertile Myrtle.

I still had some nostalgia about the film and had fun watching it nonetheless. Tim Matheson was a baby face in that movie, and the kid who played Phillip, Eric Shea, was the brother of Christopher Shea, who was the voice of Linus in the Peanuts TV specials. They had virtually the same voice!

It didn't matter because I know all these movies. I've seen them all. I have them all on DVD. Sometimes channel surfing a movie is just fun. It's like stumbling upon an old friend. In TV terms, it's the joy of reruns. Every Seinfeld or Friends or Andy Griffith or Star Trek is turf you and I have navigated before. They're still enjoyable, even knowing what the next line is.

So, there it is, welcome to my world -- I'm a movie grazer. What about you -- do you drift in and out of movies on TV like I do?

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I do this a lot but mostly on weekends. I have too many shows I like during the week to have much time to do it. I always end up grazing on Arnolds movies, Brue Willis sometimes Stallone (if I haven't seen the movie for a while). The only movie I do it with that most people would actually say is worthwhile is "Cast Away". I've seen it in completion at least 5 times, but it always gets me. But I really like to do it with the action movies, because you really don't need to see much of them when you already know what happens.

November 28 2009 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I ended up watching Goodfellas like 3 times. Every time was great.

November 28 2009 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The worse is when you "graze" into a movie and the previews for the next one are on. I watched the end of Footloose and was waiting for Pelican Brief. The 101 times I have seen both movies before was not enough. But then Crocodile Dundee came on?!? I was hoodwinked!

Oh well..back to watching Forrest Gump....

November 28 2009 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am also a card carrying movie grazer. Though it annoys so many people I call it how to lose friends and alienate family.

November 28 2009 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yep, me too. I also watched Sleepless in Seattle, the last hour. Some others too, but sorry I missed Yours, Mine and Ours. I wonder when it will be on again.

Since I switched from cable to dish I can't find the I Love Lucy series (from the fifties) and I'm sad about that.

Count me in as a Movie Grazer.

November 28 2009 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm a movie grazer too! It's very rare when I watch a movie from beginning to end. Nice to have a name for it when friends give me grief over it!

November 28 2009 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I do this all the time. Now I have a name for it.
No one wants to watch TV with me. :-(

November 28 2009 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have a habit of watching part of a movie on cable, usually the end, then catching up on the middle, then the beginning,weeks or months later. So, yup, I graze!

November 28 2009 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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