A few weeks ago, I wondered if it would be worth it to get HBO. This weekend, Verizon FiOS offered free previews of the channel, as well as Cinemax, so I decided to test it out.
There really weren’t any movies airing on either HBO or Cinemax that I was interested in; in fact, the only one I watched was The Breakfast Club, which was available on Cinemax On Demand. I spent about five minutes watching The Change Up, and not even Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds could save that stinkfest. For the selections, both movie channels get a D- from me.
Now, onto the series. I watched all of the available episodes of Girls. The show that is supposed to speak to me about my generation and thrill me with its accurate depiction of my life. It wasn’t as terrible as I thought it might be, although the dialogue can be rather clunky, and the acting isn’t spectacular (especially from Allison Williams – she always looked like she was trying not to burst out laughing, and it bugged me). At roughly zero times did I watch the show and think, “Oh em gee! This is like looking into a mirror!” If that was true, I would have grabbed a hammer and shattered the glass.
I also tried to watch Game of Thrones, but I just couldn’t get into it. I watched the tail end of a Real Time with Bill Maher, and saw about three seconds of an old True Blood. I wish that The Newsroom had started, since I’m in the news business and enjoy Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue, but maybe I can go to a friend’s and check it out there after it’s premiere. For the series, I would give HBO a B.
I wanted to see a few of the documentaries, but I only had a chance to see HBO’s take on the book Too Big Too Fail. It was very well made, relatively easy to follow (when it comes to Wall Street, I understand nothing), and filled with great actors, from Cynthia Nixon to Topher Grace. The documentaries get an A.
My final verdict? At this time, I don’t think I’ll be subscribing, although the thought of having HBO Go really does tempt me. I am trying to be more responsible with my money, and it wouldn’t be too sensible to spend even $15 on something that I really don’t need. If you think I am making a terrible mistake and should throw fiscal responsibility out the window, let me know!