Film and TV

Pop Rocks: Movies You Can't Not Watch

You know the feeling: it's 11 PM, you're lying half-conscious on your couch and thinking tonight - tonight - is the night you're finally going to go to bed before midnight and get a decent night's sleep. Maybe this will be start of a new chapter in your life, one in which you no longer click channels aimlessly until the wee hours, allowing the idiot box to draw you in with its fluorescent tentacles and rendering you useless and nodding off at your desk the next day. By Jove, this could be the beginning of a whole new life!

But just in case, you scroll through the guide one more time. No, no...don't look at TBS or AMC, DON'T LOOK AT THEM.

Too late, you find yourself inexplicably watching heavily edited, commercially-laden versions of one of your favorite movies. Next thing you know, it's 1:00 in the morning and you're covered in Dorito dust, brimming with just enough self-loathing to help you drift off into a fitful, wretched sleep that will come to an abrupt end when that alarm goes off in five hours.

What the hell is wrong with you?

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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