Thursday, June 07, 2007

Moviepalooza! ...

I have love/hate relationships with Netflix and Blockbuster. I love the ease of Netflix. I love that it carries older and more-obscure titles, you know, like "Working Girl." Blockbuster doesn't carry "Working Girl" because, I'm told, there's not enough room. Because a DVD, in a case, on a shelf, takes up half an inch of space. Netflix comes right to my house, but profiles its users so certain people (that'd be me) don't get certain movies as quickly as newer users whom Netflix is trying to please. Blockbuster charges insane late fees and tried to play catch up with Netflix on the home-delivery front, but too little, too late, I say.

But Netflix is my devil of choice. It did, after all, bring me Idiocracy, one of the best movies in the history of cinema.

So charmed, in fact, was I with Idiocracy, I felt the need to buy it so I could watch it on the phone with L.A. Dave. We watch the Oscars on the phone, and the Oscars are way longer than a movie, and hey, we both have unlimited long distance.

Used movies is what Blockbuster is good for, and so off to Blockbuster I went. Oh, but there's danger inside. I walked into the store and saw a sign that read "4 for $20." Seriously? Four movies for $20? Five dollars each? Score. Idiocracy was part of that sale, which meant I needed to find three more. Now, five-dollar movies might very well be cinematic dregs, but no. I also nabbed Superman Returns (to add to my Kevin Spacey collection) and Miami Vice (to add to my Ciaran Hinds collection) and the 10th anniversary edition of Pretty Woman (because I was just thinking about it the other day, and for five bucks, why not?).

There was also a "3 for $20" sale. I immediately found four, which meant I needed to find two more. I had to buy in multiples of three, right? Notes on a Scandal (because oh my GOD, the performances, Little Miss Sunshine (because oh my GOD, the performances), The Holiday (Hello. Jude Law. 'Nuf said.), Stranger Than Fiction (annoyingly good writing), Casino Royale (Hello. Daniel Craig. 'Nuf said. Oh, and cool special effects.), and The Nativity Story (to add to my Ciaran collection; he's a badass as King Herod).

That's a whole lotta cinema for $6.36 a pop.

And my recent Netflix moments have included The Queen and The Good German. There's no question that Helen Mirren deserved the Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth. The resemblance was rather uncanny. I nearly turned off The Good German early on, but decided to stick with it, because George Clooney looked that good in an army uniform. And Cate Blanchett was exceptional. I think I need to call her the Meryl Streep of my generation. So I will: Cate Blanchett is the Meryl Streep of my generation.

Maybe I'll actually get back to my own movie one of these days. I had a brilliant idea yesterday for a line of dialogue. One line of dialogue. Maybe one of these days, I'll have a whole movie's worth. Right now, I've got about 50 pages. Many more pages to go. Have to remember to write that cameo for Hugh Laurie ...

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Blogger J. Marquis said...

It's funny you commented on buying movies at Blockbuster...we got 3 for twenty bucks last weekend. Matchpoint, The Illusionist and...Notes On a Scandal!

Great film. Cate Blanchett was wonderful as always but Judi Dench just made my blood freeze.

Do you mind if I ask what your screenplay's about?

11:26 PM  
Blogger ddp said...

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we just launched the site. we're from chicago too and love renting from redbox and trying to get free rentals.

like i said, we just launched the site, so no too many people there yet. let us know what you think about redbox and redboxfriends.


9:03 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

j. - Ah, The Illusionist. I liked it despite the presence of Jessica Biel. I watched that film and The Prestige back to back. I wish I could have mixed elements from both to make one movie.

As for my movie, it's a love triangle, a dramedy. So far, anyway. We'll see what it evolves into.

9:22 PM  

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