What, you thought we'd have something about the election? Who cares. America's toast, and you might as well enjoy your time left. Which for us means popcorn, M&Ms, Notoriously Cheesy Cheetos, a 4-pack of ginger beer, and a plain brown envelope from Green Cine (www.greencine.com), the cinephile's answer to Netflix. This mail-order rental site is where high-brow and low-brow collidejust like Ed "Speedo" Jaeger, the subject of the demolition-derby doc Speedo, one of this week's new releases. Where else can you rent the latest Abbas Kiarostami joint and the 1970 Something Weird love-in oddity Ghetto Freaks, along with a collection of absurdist shorts by Chattanooga-based filmmaker Jarrod Whaley?
For $21.95 per month, you can keep three discs out at a time, which makes it slightly more expensive than Netflix. But the selection is astounding: most any hard-to-find arthouse, foreign or documentary title you could want is available, sometimes in all-region overseas editions loaded with more extras than the U.S. release. The site's also paired with Green Cine Daily (http://daily.greencine.com), an excellent film news-slash-blog site with review recaps and links to articles and sites of interest. Anyone who wants a film education without the expense of film school (or the proximity to clove cigarettes) is directed to these two sites, which prove that the Internet is the new grass-roots nexus of cinephilia.
OK, we lied. Here's our one post-election link: www.sorryeverybody.com.