Sunday, January 21, 2007

New Releases.

It used to be a chore for me to rent a movie.

(I'm about to use the term " Back in the day" - if you find this term offensive or boring, stop reading. I'm reliving my youth.)

Back in the day, my friends and I would go to the Video Store and try to find something that none of us had seen. Between my brother and I we had seen almost every movie in any store that we went to. Settling on something meant that one or two of the group would have to sit through something that they had already seen before. Remember, this was long before widespread use of the Internet and when buying a movie on VHS cost about $35. For guys who didn't even work at at theater or rental place, that's kind of an accomplishment.

Once I started owning and collecting DVD's it just got worse. I'd almost seen everything. Then, for some reason, I just stopped renting movies. I'd only watch them when I bought them, and I'd only buy them if it was something I really wanted.

I never realized until now how much this has put me out of the loop.

As I walked into the Video Store tonight I was surrounded by all these titles I've never seen. I knew about them, basic plots and such, but hadn't watched a single one.

Examples? You want examples? Here's some of the choice ones:
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 2
  • Da Vinci Code
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Jackass 2
I know that most of these aren't classic must-see movies, but they are ones that I would have at least expected to have seen by now, considering they have been out for a while. It somewhat bothers me that I'm falling behind on the pop culture highway.

I'm usually the guy who makes the witty pop culture references - if I fall behind, there will soon come a day when someone else makes a crack and I find that I'm the one who doesn't get the joke. That will be a sad day indeed.

I'm going to have to try and get back in touch with my movie-watching self. (I'm not talking porn, so don't even laugh at the "back in touch" comment.) It will take me some time to catch up - but if I sacrifice work, family, friends and health I should be able to do it.

I'm coming for you Blockbuster!


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