Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The Hollywood Sign

Posted by on Wed, Jul 20, 2005 at 3:53 PM

So there's a Hollywood Video going up in Green Hills. I already knew about this Hollywood Video from both people at work and my stepmother, who said to me a few weeks ago, "Hey, Green Hills is getting a Hollywood Video." However, the fact didn't filter through the heavy haze of not caring and enter my brain until today, when I watched three workmen attempt to hang up the sign. But to tell you the truth, I'm fairly certain that I still don't care. My opinion of Hollywood Video is based on my one experience renting a movie from the chain (at the Brentwood location, actually). A few summers ago, I desperately needed to watch Attack of the Killer Tomatoes because I realized that I had never before seen a movie involving homicidal salad components, and that is no way to live. Sadly, Blockbuster didn't have it. Blockbuster #2 didn't have it. Blockbuster #3 charged me $5 just for walking in the door. The library didn't have a copy in stock. The only place that carried the movie was the Brentwood Hollywood Video. Everything else about the store was the same as Blockbuster, except with a much weirder collection (They had Plan 9 from Outer Space on display) and their colors were purple and orange instead of blue and yellow.

I have some friends who are passionately devoted to Hollywood Video and I just don't know why. I guess Blockbuster is just too corporate and too evil for them to accept into their little consumer hearts so they go with a lesser company giant. I, personally, don't care either way. I'm only vaguely aware that independent video stores existed before Blockbuster so I feel no animosity towards the rental monopolies. I kind of like Spun on Portland Ave., but I rarely remember to go there. I've never lived close to a Hollywood Video until now. And even now, I have two Blockbusters and Spun a stone's throw away. But the next time I desperately need to watch a grotesquely horrid film, I'll know where to look.

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