Sunday, March 26, 2006

My instant video library

The local video store is closing up soon, which saddens me greatly, because it's one of those local, independent (sort of) stores. The last day to rent was last Monday, and all movies had to be returned by Wednesday night.

On Thursday, the frenzy began. All of the stores movies were for sale. Large numbers of people crammed into the store and bought literally boxes of movies for an average of six or seven bucks apiece. VHS tapes were usually four bucks. I wasn't able to make it into the store when the sale began, but int he evening, there were plenty of good movies left to buy. I will admit that I spent more money on movies than I ought to have, but much, much less than I would have spent paying full price.

Yesterday Katie asked me which movies I ended up buying (becuase I had called her from the store to see if there were any movies she wanted me to look for for her, which there weren't), and the funny thing is, I couldn't remember more than three titles. I said that I'd have to make a list and tell her later. Here, then, is what I bought:

12 Angry Men (1997)
All the President's Men (1976)
Don Quixote (2000)
The Game (1997)
The General (1998)
Jackie Chan's Police Story (1985)
Sleepers (1996)
The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
The Wild Bunch (1969)

Apollo 13 (1995)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Blue Streak (1999)
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Danny Deckchair (2003)
Dear Frankie (2004)
Empire Falls (2005)
eXistenZ (1999)
The Good Girl (2002)
Intermission (2003)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
Millions (2004)
National Security (2003)
One Hour Photo (2002)
Ong Bak: Thai Warrior (2003)
Out of Sight (1998)
The Quiet American (2002)
The Replacements (2000)
Runaway Jury (2003)
Something the Lord Made (2004)
Spellbound (2002)
Sunshine (1999)
Superman II (1980)
Superman III (1983)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Team America: World Police (2004)

Most of these I've seen already. A few, however, I'll admit I'm taking a chance on.

6 Talked Back:

At March 30, 2006 at 12:11:00 AM CST, Blogger Jim said...

I thought you had no money???????

You now officially have more movies than the local rental place.

(To Stan and anybody else -- if you have tapes or DVDs you no longer want, your local shelter for abused women will usually have a collection box nearby. Children's titles are especially appreciated.)


At March 30, 2006 at 12:27:00 AM CST, Blogger stan said...

Jim - I turned in my empty beer cans. I had thousands.


At March 30, 2006 at 12:51:00 AM CST, Blogger Katie said...

Wow, that's a list! I don't even recognize some of the titles. But I am excited you got: Dear Frankie, Danny Deckchair, Spellbound and Millions. I can't BELIEVE you bought: Jackie Chan's Police Story and Team America: World Police!


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