Catching up on Lost, Enjoying Mario Kart and Re-Discovering Charlie Chan

May 12, 2008

ChanthologyWhat do those three things have to do with one another? Not much as far as I can tell but we’ve been enjoying the heck out of all three lately. Sometimes you just have to step back, pop in a good movie (or game) and get back to what it’s all about, after all home theater is a means to an end not the end itself.

So if you’ll indulge me a minute or two, I’ll start with the most obvious. If you missed out on the on the Lost phenomenon the first time around (like I did…) catching up on DVD is highly recommended. If you watch nothing but the first season I think at the very least you can walk away saying; ok that was thought provoking and let’s be honest that’s a rarity on television these days.

The other thing gobbling up our time around here, as if it were some new form of Technicolor crack is Mario Kart Wii. Look I know cursing while playing Nintendo games isn’t what the designers had in mind but I can’t help it when I’m getting owned by someone driving a kart piloted by something called a Koopa Troopa. Seriously though Mario Kart Wii is an absolute blast on the big screen and a great way to get friends and family together with differing skill levels at games and still have an absolute blast.

The last diversion I’ve re-discovered is Charlie Chan, I just can’t get enough. At the risk of appearing insensitive to those who find the series offensive; I’ll just say I’m fearful of a mindset that would have us put away anything that doesn’t hold up to time as well as we’d like. Yeah there are some outdated attitudes depicted in the films, but there are also some razor sharp one-liners and no nonsense deadpan humor that make for a unique viewing experience to say the least. If you’re unfamiliar with the Charlie Chan series, the recent Chanthology DVD box-set is a great way to get your feet wet. No go enjoy that home theater!

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Movies & Television