The PopWatch Confessional (Vol. 49: The impulse purchases you regret edition)

Boreanzmovies_lSo two days ago, I announced that my crush on Bones‘ David Boreanaz was "now official." My close friends (and anyone who walked into my office without knocking) can tell you what followed: the discovery phase. That’s when I go into research mode by Googling, YouTubing, and IMDBing — all important steps in my process of deciding whether this will be long-term appreciation, worthy of the considerable amount of energy I’m willing to invest in his career, or something fleeting (in which case there’s no sense in shaking up my Top 5, is there?). I saw that Boreanaz had starred in two R-rated sex comedies that I hadn’t heard of, 2005’s These Girls and 2006’s Mr. Fix It, and immediately I decided to order them from Amazon so that I can have them for the weekend. This involved two-day shipping. I’m not proud, but it gets worse. I actually got off work on time yesterday, and as I’m walking home, I decided to pop into Blockbuster, which I always forget exists. It had the movies, of course, and I rented them.

Without giving away too much, let’s just say that I tried to cancel my Amazon order, but it was too late. (Me and my two-day shipping.) Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for Mr. Fix It, but I couldn’t even fast-forward through it. These Girls, costarring Wonderfalls‘ delightful Caroline Dhavernas, was somewhat enjoyable, if only because Boreanaz shows some serious skin and a bit of unexpected charm in a scene where a religious virgin (Holly Lewis) blackmails him into deflowering her.

Anyway, I can’t be the only one who’s made impulse entertainment purchases that they regret. Right? So  while I program TNT’s morning Angel repeats into my DVR (progress!), share your woes below. I’m thinking if I get enough comments, I might be able to talk my boss into letting me expense those DVDs. But, you know, no pressure…

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  • Stephanie T.

    I once bought two cd’s by this Dutch EBM band because I was curious. I made a horrible, horrible, horrible mistake.

  • CHoward

    A friend and I were dying to rent The Prince and Me — don’t ask — but every rental shop in town was out. I put down $20 to buy it and spent the next year and half trying to convince people I had really enjoyed it and not wasted my money.
    It now sits shamefully in my collection.

  • donner

    I got into a bidding war on eBay once and spent $20 on a Nightmare Before Christmas Keychain that was worth $2 at best…I love the movie, but good lord, I didn’t need the keychain…I stay far far away from eBay now a days…

  • S

    You’re not alone, Mandi. I once bought a British singer’s album based on his cuteness and one unusual hit – David Essex and “Rock On.” The whole album was a waste of allowance. I’ve bought cds just based on one song and never played them – still have some in the original wrapping, as well as at least 3 different movies still in cellophane.

  • SJ

    I have found these kinds of things make excellent white elephant gifts.
    Anyway, my purchase-of-shame was “Failure to Launch” because it was in a two-pack with “Sliding Doors” and, hey, it can’t be bad if it has Zooey Deschenal in it, right?

  • Sarah

    Another DB movie…Valentine. I shudder just thinking about it. So bad, and yet,so goo…No it’s pretty bad.

  • Danna

    Thank god for modern technology to feed my stalker-ish needs. I went through a Mark Ruffalo spell a couple of years ago (googling, you-tubing, imdbing, ect) and found that I hadn’t seen In the Cut. So what do I do? Buy it new for $20. It currently resides broken in a landfill somewhere.

  • Nataloons

    Steven Strait has caused embarassing additions to my DVD collection (Sky High, Undiscovered and The Convenant). I will admit that I do sometimes watch The Convenant just for the eye-candy factor. And I will probably pay $12 just to see him run around shirtless in 10,000 B.C.
    Also, at one time I owned every movie Gerard Butler had been in. Over time, I got rid of a few because I simply didn’t re-watch them (Sorry Timeline, Cradle of Life, The Game of Their Lives). Now, he’s still my #1 man and I loooove him just as much as I always have, since the year 2000.
    I guess every actor has some misses in their career. Sometimes you just gotta get paid. Nothing to be embarassed about.

  • Snarf

    Angel Season 6 and Buffy season 8 in comic book form no less.

  • QueenC

    I can’t recall any such purchases, but I take comfort in knowing that I’m not the only one who adopts embarrassingly stalker-like behavior during short-lived celeb obsessions.

  • step

    I actually rented These Girls for Caroline Dhavernas – and Netflixed a bunch of her other movies. Some are just not very good, but she’s amazing in all of them.

  • Mary

    Ok, here goes…
    after wathching Cribs on MTV, a bunch of rappers/actors were showing off their Scarface memorabilia, I decided that I needed to see. I bought it at Walmart on vhs for $10. What proceeded was total shock. I really should have known better. I know it’s a cult classic but nothing would tempt to watch this again. Once was more than enough, though Michelle Pfeifer was really pretty in it =)
    I also bought the Funeral because it had so many great actors in it, Christopher Walken, Benicio del Toro, Isabella Rossellini, etc. How could it go wrong? Well, it did, terribly wrong. All I really remember was that I wanted to get rid of it but not throw it away. I did spend my hard earned money on it afterall. I tried to pawn it off my older brother but he was not interested, so, it’s still on the shelf, collecting dust.
    From now on, I’ll just stick to the Godfather movies for my gangster fix.

  • ML

    My love of Jensen Ackles made me buy Devour. Thankfully I sold it on Amazon for an incredible $2.50 to some sap who probably tried to sell it, too.

  • T

    During my short obsession period with Eddie Izzard, I ordered all of his DVDs off of Amazon and even paid over $65 for a used copy of his autobiography.

  • Anonymous

    The Last Kiss… it was so horrible.

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