For Six Cents a Day...
...you could be supporting my used-DVD habit, or at least salving the sting. I can't help it. Hollywood Video is both my angel and my ruination. You can't even say "3 for $30" or "One-Year Warranty" around me, with all of last year's Oscar bait and cool foreign releases on the shelf, and think I am going to remember the economic caste I actually belong to.
The only solution is to spread the insanity. Just call me The Tempter: If you were a fan last year of Sideways, Oasis, Ray, Closer, Being Julia, Collateral, Hotel Rwanda, The Bourne Supremacy, Vera Drake, I ♥ Huckabees, Before Sunset, Time of the Wolf, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring, the way-underrated Enduring Love, the even better and even more underrated Birth, the way over-rated Springtime in a Small Town, the interesting Undertow, the criminally ignored Assassination of Richard Nixon, the chop-socky two-fer of Hero and House of Flying Daggers, or the Director's Cut of Donnie Darko, The H to the V is where you wanna be. Note: I did not buy all of these. But more of them than I can admit.
I also picked up two movies I haven't actually seen, but look promising: Suspicious River, Lynne Stopkewich's long awaited follow-up to Kissed (where Deadwood's Molly Parker played a budding necrophiliac...and yes, there were love scenes), and Sometimes in April, Raoul Peck's 2½-hour epic about the Rwandan genocide, which played on HBO in the States. Can anyone vouch for these?
P.S. Stay away from the Hollywood Video copy of Bad Education, tempting though it is at $9.99. Hollywood edits NC-17 movies to R, which is an invidious practice at every single level, especially since in this case it can only mean less Gael.