TiVo Forum Special Member
Registered: Jan 2002
Location: Berkeley CA
TiVo *made* me do it
The good thing about TiVo is, you can find all these wonderful shows that you always wanted to see.
The bad thing about TiVo is, you can find all these shows that you were curious about, but turned out to be ... not so wonderful.
I have a WL for Gene Kelly. The good news is, it turned up Cover Girl on AMC.
And then, on VH1's "Movies that Rock" show, TiVo found... Xanadu.
Olivia Newton John. Roller disco. Hideous late-70s clothes. And Gene Kelly.
I'm too hungover from the BBQ today to list the ways that this project went wrong. But yes, it's a terrible movie, just as bad as I'd heard. One of my movie guides gives it 2 1/2 stars, which is generous -- the guide data from Tribune says one star, which is more like it.
The most surreal aspect of the TiVo wishlist episode is that Xanadu is mostly a remake of the Rita Hayworth movie DOWN TO EARTH where Terpsichore visits a young man to give him inspiration, but to make a place for Gene Kelly in this whole mess, they sort of dropped in his character from Cover Girl -- at least, Kelly's character has the same NAME in both movies, but it's not really the same guy. So it's really weird to watch those two movies back-to-back.
I can't say "bad TiVo" because, after all, TiVo only did what I asked it to. And I knew how bad it was before I watched it. It's entirely my fault.
But the moral of the story is: be careful what you ask TiVo for!
What's the worst movie/show you've seen because it turned up via one of your TiVo's wishlists? That "oh, my gosh, I can't believe I'm seeing this", that "what were they thinking?" kind of experience?
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