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« Reply #4065 on: April 29, 2008, 02:58:50 PM »

Barton is right about  it not being the recession. Women went continually to matinees during the Depression(if not for the "Depression glassware prize for everyone who bought an afternoon ticket, then Mainly for the Good Cry you could have watching somebody else's husband dump her on screen for the other woman because the cost of living had gone up!).

Here's this morning's example:

http://www.spinner.com/2008/04/26/coachella-pictures-2008/
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« Reply #4066 on: April 29, 2008, 03:03:40 PM »

Ps. Not all bad news. People still flocked to Depression era movies for their special date night; or, family night together. Movies cost less then but so did everything else except Luxuries which often were made fun to watch on the silver screen because you could attribute the luxury to ill-gotten gains by "the Villain".  The Villainess was very popular to, the woman who killed her husband so she could steal yours. Many careers were based on that premise. Despicable women all, Crawford, Stanwyck, et al.
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« Reply #4067 on: April 29, 2008, 03:43:47 PM »

True dat; but I can't help thinking that if television were prevalent in households at the time, fewer people would have gone to the movies for their entertainment.  Then again, radio didn't keep them home, so who knows?

Speaking of the wonders of modern technology, has anyone downloaded a movie from Amazon?  I can get Ticker d/l'd from them for $2.99 - don't know if it's a one-time watching thing, or if I can keep it for a certain time period or a lifetime, or what. Just curious if anyone's done this. To actually buy it is $10, and the nearest rental store is about 10-12 miles away and totally inconveient location-wise.
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« Reply #4068 on: April 29, 2008, 06:30:43 PM »

This Amazon downloading thing might not be that bad.  Here's the FAQ page in case anyone's interested.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=atv_dp_cs_tv?ie=UTF8&nodeId=3748#watch_tv 
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« Reply #4069 on: April 29, 2008, 06:34:52 PM »

Enter "Ticker" at your own risk, and you may want to spend $10 on something much better, wait for it to come on your cable package somewhere.  I've not done the Amazon thing and don't get the appeal of say, watching anything on an iphone if you're not 14, or a 17 or 19 inch monitor.  With Netflix, were you to use it enough for it to make economic sense, you can justify almost any rental as long as you flip them often enough.  I pay 18 bucks for three at a time, and it's not worth it because I have to want to sit down and watch a movie to watch it, and my attention span is too short and I usually get distracted going from tv to computer to video game to sig both to pick up the no show martinizing operation checks.

But yeah, glad you caught up with SD, somebody had the idea that hey, I like that Pittssburgh three-rivers buddy cop movie with a serial killer, I a haven't seen that before, and GREENLIGHT...the whole "Here Comes Little Red Riding Hood..." meant to be creepy is kinda creepy, but also you kind of giggle or chortle or snort, just like oh, okay, so that happens when the bad guy is around or on the phone or whatever.  "Malice" is another that's great fun.  Look for an early Paltrow appearance as a student of Pullman's.
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« Reply #4070 on: April 29, 2008, 09:59:59 PM »

Busey went Hasselhoff, or Busey, again.

Glen Cambell thinks that he's gotten a little ahead of himself.

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« Reply #4071 on: April 29, 2008, 10:04:16 PM »

http://www.avclub.com/content/feature/say_goodbye_to_the_blockbuster

The onion staff parroting jbottle once again.
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« Reply #4072 on: April 29, 2008, 10:10:40 PM »

The omission of "Iron Man" and a "John from Cinncinati" joke suggest that they scrambled after my blast the other night on the slowdown of the box-office this summer.

I want money.
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« Reply #4073 on: April 30, 2008, 10:51:18 AM »

Lots of parallel thinking on the death of theater movies.

Amazon is a pretty good deal if you've got broadband at home and the software to hook your hard drive to your digital tv.  Since many people do, I'm sure Amazon is one more nail in the neighborhood video store coffin. 

Oilcan -- I'll talk to Walter.  He's always ad libbed when he can't remember the precise line, so I don't know how much I can do.

 
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« Reply #4074 on: April 30, 2008, 05:46:41 PM »

"Lots of parallel thinking on the death of theater movies."

And it's funny how there was a critical reevaluation of "O.C. & Stiggs" and "The Party Animal" on "My Year of Flops" or guilty pleasure, at least I think they did something on "The Party Animal."  "Freddy Got Fingered" has gotten kudos over here and on the NYTFF and there are many other examples.  I was only joking about how they reacted swiftly to my "Iron Man" barometer post, but there have been some highly coincidental cockeyed lauds and specific subjects that sound eerily like some of what has been discussed here.  I like it, but I don't think I'm entirely crazy to think it might be true in one case or several.
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« Reply #4075 on: May 01, 2008, 10:01:38 AM »

Amazon is a pretty good deal if you've got broadband at home and the software to hook your hard drive to your digital tv.  Since many people do, I'm sure Amazon is one more nail in the neighborhood video store coffin. 

I have the connection, but not the hook-up stuff; so I'll give it a while and just keep an eye on the closeout bins, etc.  With all the stores in my 'hood closed already -- even the evil Hollywood Video outlet, I think -- for some reason I feel less guilty about doing the Amazon thing, in theory anyway. On the other hand, I'd feel very guilty about doing Netflix, I guess because it's like the Wal-Mart of alternate video sources.  While we had Tommy K's (the local chain guy), he was my go-to guy; but now that he's closed/closing down his stores, I don't have anyone to be loyal to anymore.  Funny thing, sort of -- there's a sort of low-profile porno video store (not a glitzy VIP-type place) in a little cinder block building along a highway access road, and it doesn't look like his business has slacked off one bit.

I saw The Jerk recently; I'd forgotten how funny (most of) it is.
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« Reply #4076 on: May 01, 2008, 11:31:02 AM »

And it's funny how there was a critical reevaluation of "O.C. & Stiggs" and "The Party Animal" on "My Year of Flops" or guilty pleasure, at least I think they did something on "The Party Animal." 

"The Party Animal" was an entry in the "Films That Time Forgot" series.
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« Reply #4077 on: May 01, 2008, 12:48:19 PM »

Harrie, you're right, Netflix could be called the WalMart of video rental.  I had the same situation with local independent stores -- the one on this side of town shut down a year ago.  All that's left within a five-mile radius is a Blockbuster, whose rental prices seem almost as high as the purchase price for many DVDs.  There is a Hollywood video about seven miles away, which is a little cheaper, but the extra gas you burn eats up the savings unless you had other business in that area anyway.  The price of gas has got me to where I make these calculations now...and I drive a Prizm. 

One way stores could improve the picture for the sporadic and/or rare renter is a format that you don't have to return, i.e. it plays a couple times and then turns into a blank.  I think they experimented with something like that for a while, but I haven't seen it here in sticksville.

 
 
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« Reply #4078 on: May 01, 2008, 01:35:26 PM »

Environmentalists would love that, more non-biodegradable plastic so some @sshole can watch "Big Momma' House II" or "Rush Hour III."
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« Reply #4079 on: May 01, 2008, 06:22:57 PM »

Sorry, barton, just making a joke, if it would turn into a re-writeable format then some @sshole could download "Norbit" for his video collection, a win/win, sorry, another joke.

Will be immersed in "GTA IV" for the next fortnight living mainly on beer and frozen pizza, the distinction being that I will be playing a new videogame.
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