The video store in my little town has gone out of business. I must admit that they had lost me to Netflix some time ago, but I still hate to see any small business close. They were the middle store in a strip of three units. The tenant on one end, a discount grocery, left a couple of years ago. Now there is only one store left to keep the strip alive. Empty buildings are so depressing but unfortunately a sign of our times.
All that being said: small business closing, empty storefronts, sign of our times, yada, yada – I couldn’t wait to take advantage of their “10 movies for $20” sale. Here’s a recap of what I bought.
I purchased four movies I had already seen. I’ve said here before that if I like a movie I’ll watch it more than once. First, I chose “Hope Springs” with Colin Firth. Because I have a thing for Colin Firth. I watched it and then mailed it off to my BFF because she has a thing for Colin Firth, too. Bless his heart, he just never smiles!
I also picked up “Station Agent” which I reviewed here last winter. Now I can watch it again whenever I want to. When I rented “Two Weeks” with Sally Field a few months ago, it really touched me. It’s the story of four adult children dealing with their mother’s terminal illness. After I watch it again, I will share my thoughts with you. The last choice of a movie already seen was “Six Degrees of Separation” starring a very young Will Smith. This movie was made in 1993 and that was probably the last time I saw it. I’m eager to see if my memory of an entertaining story is correct.
These are the movies still to be viewed: “The Secret Life of Bees” – in my Netflix queue to rent and in my stack of borrowed books to read soon, we’ll see what happens first. “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers”, I chose this for the beautiful title. “Shop Girl” starring Steve Martin, from a novel by Steve Martin. As a fan, how can I go wrong? “Touched” – chosen purely for the synopsis on the back of the DVD case. It stars Randall Batinkoff (you’d know him if you saw him). “Warm Springs” – Franklin Roosevelt is my favorite president; this is the account of his bout with polio. “Vera Drake” – again, chosen from the synopsis. It is a foreign film which sounds like it’s very serious with perhaps controversial subject matter.
I’ll keep you posted.