My psychiatrist’s office is in the next town over, so I generally rely on the graces of others for a ride every two weeks. The alternative is a $40 round trip cab ride with a driver who, more often than not, smells like rubbing alcohol.
I like to get into town an hour early so I can walk around. It’s not much of a city, but it’s ten times the size of my little village and has an actual “downtown”. Until this past summer there was a used record store I’d hang out in — a couple of years ago I sold four seasons of The Sopranos there so I could pay my heating and hydro bills. I could generally find something obscure but cool there, plus they always had a great selection of stickers and band logo postcards.
But they went out of business and now the only “record store” left in the area, other than the box store stuff, is a tiny, dark downtown pawn shop. The only time I was in there I bought two PS2 games. Their entire CD collection was stored in a small cardboard box behind other stuff on a bottom shelf.
Last year a really nice, decent quality video rental place opened up in town, and it’s right across the street from my psychiatrist’s office. So I’ve started buying movies instead. For less than $20 I can walk out with four used movies worth seeing a few times.
They’ve got at least six bins of used movies for anywhere from $3.99 to $9.99, and a bunch of shelves with three for $22 deals. In September I picked up “Pan’s Labyrinth” for six bucks, and “White Heat” with Jimmy Cagny for… I think twelve. I’m always willing to pay a little more for the classics.
Yesterday I bought “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”, “The Professional”, “The Woodsman”, and the original “Dawn Of The Dead”.
I can remember watching “Good, Bad, Ugly” for the first time when I was teen. Back then, if a movie was meant to be shown in the widescreen format, the TV station would show it as a fullscreen so everyone looked like they were twelve-feet tall and most of the action happened off-screen. But it was still the coolest movie I’d seen to that point.
There were a bunch of movies that came out in the early nineties, like “True Romance” and “Romeo Is Bleeding”, that mixed hyper-violence with mostly cartoonish romance. “The Professional” was definitely one of the better ones, but the relationship dynamic — at least in the version released in theatres — was a father-daughter one. I do have a soft spot for protective fathers in movies. And the body count was pretty high. And I do have a soft spot for a high body count.
The Woodsman is a fantastic movie. Very low body count, however. It’s about a paedophile, played by Kevin Bacon, trying to adjust to life after being released from jail after twelve years. The two best acting parts I saw in 2004 were this one and Christian Bale in “The Machinist”. “Woodsman” uses the “Little Red Riding Hood” fable as the background… oddly enough there was a decent movie a year later called “Hard Candy” which also used Riding Hood as an allegory for paedophilia.
I think I’m using allegory properly. Christian Bale’s “Bacon Number”, by the way, is two. Bale was in “Batman Begins” with Sarah Wateridge, who was also in “Where the Truth Lies” with Kevin Bacon. I had a friend who was an extra in a few movies, so I can remember mine is pretty low… but I can’t remember the connections.
“Dawn Of The Dead” is George Romero’s original “Dawn Of The Dead”. After “Dawn” the best zombie movies I’ve seen are Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead”, a modern day remake set in a mall and filmed in Toronto; “Shaun Of The Dead”; “Bubba Ho-Tep” — technically a mummy movie, but it’s Elvis vs. The Mummy, and that should be on everyone’s list in every genre; basically everything starring Bruce Campbell, and; “28 Days Later” but without the happy ending.
I still had a few minutes before my appointment so I also picked up nine pairs of socks. Six all grey, and three grey and black. The socks I put on before my appointment had no heels left, and the toes are frayed. And they were my good pair.