Monthly Archives: April, 2023

Sunday Cinema – “My Man Godfrey”

Since April is tax month, we thought it be fitting to do some “money” related movies for “Sunday Cinema”. All the movies have something to do with either money or the rich/poor…

A classic starring William Powell & Carole Lombard, a socialite hires a bum to be her family’s servant and eventually falls in love with him. Godfrey, however, has a secret…

One of our favorite films of the golden era, someone preserved a copy online for others to enjoy…

Local Video Store Memories

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Local Video Store Memories

Local DJ on his morning show today asked the question, “What did you like about Blockbuster Video or your local video rental store?” One listener said that she didn’t own many video games growing up but she spent weekends finishing some of the latest games at the time that her parents would rent her from Blockbuster Video.

For me, it was an adventure. Before Blockbuster Video came to town, we surprisingly had 3 different video rental stores. There was Video Today, they not only rented video tapes but also sold video equipment such as VCRs & cameras. Located prominently downtown, this store got the most exposure and pretty much had average fair. Disney, MGM, Paramount, Universal releases, very few independent straight-to-video distributors.

One thing I remember at Video Today was their video vending machine. You had a membership card that you would swipe and then you could choose a video from their selection in the machine. You would return it to the machine as well. The videos didn’t come with plastic cases, so that was a concern BUT the machine allowed me to rent a few of their Playboy selections without my parents or store clerk’s knowledge. The TikTok user Spacetime Junction restored one of the original machines, check it out to see how it worked…

Holland Video was a little off the beaten track, nestled in an area of town that has since become “the barrio”. If Video Today was bright, cheery, & clean, Holland Video was the opposite. Not sure what was in the commercial space before, I recall fake wood paneling on the walls, red shag carpeting on the floor, & having dim lighting. There were 3 different rooms, 2 rooms were for standard videos and one hidden behind a beaded curtain for “adult” video fare. This store seemed to cater to the horror & sci-fi fan as it had a huge selection of straight-to-video movies that I had never heard of, the type that were made with regular off-the-shelf video cameras and used Amiga’s Video Toaster for editing & onscreen credit generation. One of my favorites was “Video Violence… When Renting Isn’t Enough”, the huge box featuring a bloody & gory hand reaching for a video tape in an old-style VCR.

Holland Video also had on display the Friday the 13th part V advertising lamp at their front counter. Being a young teen & horror fan, I loved looking at this lamp every time we went up to the counter. Matt at Dinosaur Dracula gathered up some odd Friday the 13th memorabilia and found one of the lamps on eBay for $200…

The last video store we had was a burgeoning chain that found fame in the Netflix series, “Stranger Things”. Family Video initially had one store within biking distance of my house. I begged my parents to put me on their account as an authorized renter (since I was under 18, they required a parent to sign a form allowing me to rent under their account). Their store was a mixture of the 2 others, with standard mainstream fare, straight-to-video fare, an “adults-only” room, but they also had video games to rent. The games were for the latest systems at the time, NES & Sega. They also rented the systems, much like Blockbuster Video did when they finally came to town.

For a time in the mid-to-late 2000’s we had a Movie Gallery (aka Hollywood Video) that competed with Blockbuster Video which was a little hilarious as BBV had 3 locations in town with MG having one location on what could be considered a major thoroughfare in town so there was plenty of exposure. It closed around 2010 when the parent company went bankrupt. MG is the place I purchased our Rock Band in a Box set, I think we paid about $120 at the time which was a deal since the set was hard to come by at regular retail stores. I remember walking to the store from my office (I worked a couple miles away) and carrying the box back with me on my shoulder. We still have the microphone, guitar, & original game, sadly the drum kit broke after heavy use.

Lots of wonderful memories at the local video stores. Another experience sadly kids today won’t be able to take part in…

Sunday Cinema – “The Pawnshop”

Since April is tax month, we thought it be fitting to do some “money” related movies for “Sunday Cinema”. All the movies have something to do with either money or the rich/poor…

Yes, we have a silent picture directed by and starring the great Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin stars as a shop assistant that gets fired and all the hilarity that ensued…

Someone posted this over 100 year old film online for other to enjoy…

Gen X Retirement Home

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Gen X Retirement Home

A relic of the old Route 66 scenic route, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, OK is still there…

Jim Breuer’s bit on elderly metal heads

The Chinese have created a derogatory word for Americans, Baizuo, or “White Left” to make fun of the current socio-political climate of our society. If this keeps up, we will no longer be a free nation…

The way the Colonel explains how America was invaded in the movie “Red Dawn” (1984) is a scenario on how things will go down today if we aren’t careful…

Someone converted an old mall in Wisconsin into an apartment complex. This should be done to old closed malls across the country…

An easy $25k if you can find it

Old hat, people have been fired via email. Hell, Millenials break up via text nowadays…

And this is considered news?

Definitely a “Lassie, Come Home” moment…

Sunday Cinema – “Smart Alecks”

Since April is tax month, we thought it be fitting to do some “money” related movies for “Sunday Cinema”. All the movies have something to do with either money or the rich/poor…

One of the earliest films starring “The East Side Kids” (later called “The Bowery Boys”), Danny helped capture a criminal and was given a reward. The gang thinks h should share the reward with them…

These movies have failed into the public domain due to the copyright holder failing to register them. Someone posted this one online to check out…

Stop & Watch

Stop & Watch

“Major League” (1989) is a definite stop & watch movie for the boys. Dan the Man loves this scene from the movie…

The movie’s premise also kind of predicted the arrival of baseball teams in Florida just 4 years later…

Nick Swardson tells a story on his album “Who Farted?” about the movie “Grandma’s Boy” and movie weed…

Crispin Glover sued those involved with “Back to the Future 2” for using his likeness without permission…

He wanted to do “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” but due to scheduling conflicts he was unable to do it. He loved doing the role of Phil the Bellhop so much…

Check out these films that we consider “stop & watch”:

“Grandma’s Boy”

“Hot Tub Time Machine”

“Grown Ups”

“Tommy Boy”

“Bad Words”

Sunday Cinema – “Our Gang Follies of 1938”

Since April is tax month, we thought it be fitting to do some “money” related movies for “Sunday Cinema”. All the movies have something to do with either money or the rich/poor…

“Our Gang” (or better known as “The Little Rascals”) was a staple of 1930’s/1940’s moviegoing experiences. Usually a trip to the picture show would entail a newsreel, a cartoon, a short, and then a feature film. This entry was apparently the most expensive short produced for the “Our Gang” franchise. The gang is putting on a huge show in Spanky’s basement, but Alfalfa decides to debut his opera singing instead of his usual crooning. Then it gets weird…

Someone posted the colorized version online, strange to see the gang in color…

Sunday Cinema – “Li’l Abner”

Since April is tax month, we thought it be fitting to do some “money” related movies for “Sunday Cinema”. All the movies have something to do with either money or the rich/poor…

Li’l Abner was a comic strip about a group of hillbillies living in a town called Dogpatch. It was a fairly popular strip that became a radio program as well as a motion picture. The franchise once had an amusement park back in the 1970’s.

Li’l Abner thinks he is going to die in 24 hours, so he decides to marry not one but TWO women…

Someone posted this American classic online for all to enjoy!