Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Let Me Look Upon You With My Own Eyes

We've recently upgraded to a 52" LCD with HD cable and Blu-ray player. The images are so sharp, it's really like you're in the room with the action - like you're at a play. I found it took a bit of getting used to. Things are too real. The surroundings look like sets not real buildings. Actors I think are hot aren't as young-looking or flawless as I thought they were. Even gorgeous actresses, whose beauty I envied, have fallen off their pedestals. Yup, it's official, my rose-colored glasses have been removed.

Initially, I was disgusted. "HD has ruined my life!!!" Now, I'm humbled. I like seeing freckles, moles, wrinkles, face-divots, scars and cellulite - especially cellulite - on celebrities. In fact, HD is so much like being there that some shows are now down right scary! We flicked on Boston Legal in HD the other night and let me tell you my friends, it's doesn't get any more real than that. This show is full of old fuckers and it isn't pretty! Good thing it's funny as hell.

Movie make-up is good at enhancing features but it still can't completely hide the real person. I like that. I like knowing that with or without make-up, these people could look like my boss or my next-door neighbour . I like knowing that with make-up on tv, my face could look like one of them. Oh sure, those of you who live in "Hollywood Land" and other such places have reached this conclusion years ago. Don't get me wrong, I know they're real people but surreality can occur for a small town gal like myself who has little chance of seeing stars on a trip to the store. It can be a big deal. You're sitting there thinking, "What about photos in magazines? Those are really clear you nit-wit." Photos can be doctored, even more-so today, a wrinkle removed here, a mole or zit removed there. Nevermind the botox factor. I just don't trust celebrity photos and I don't buy or read magazines (although admittedly since joining VFTW, I read about and see a lot more photos of celebrities than normal). Regardless, my point is - my view of the world has been skewed yet again, this time because of the reality of HDtv. It's also changed how I view myself - and in case you're wondering, that's a good thing.