So I did some work on a short story I'm working on called "How to Be an Indie Rock Star" today and decided to reward myself afterward by going to Blockbuster and renting some movies using their appropriately titled "Rewards" program. The program allows you to rent one new release and get one non-new release for free. Now this situation works very well for me because I'm indecisive as hell. Sometimes I want to laugh (comedy), sometimes cry (drama). Sometimes both (Forrest Gump). Sometimes neither (porn). One can never tell with me. I'm moody. Anyway, the point is if I'm only getting one movie, there's a lot of pressure to make sure it's "the right one". But if I'm getting two, there's none of that aforementioned pressure. So it was going to be an easy trip, right?
Going to the new release section, I quickly found Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. It looked kind of sophomoric in the trailers but I had heard rave reviews from ethnic friends of mine, so I figured why not. Less than one minute into my trip and I already was half done. To balance the slight gamble I took with Harold and Kumar, I decided to get Cool Hand Luke, a classic starring Paul Newman that I've never seen before. Then I proceded to spend the next thirty minutes or so searching for it. It seems that Blockbuster doesn't carry it. I searched from comedy to drama to action--even trying foreign. No such luck. It was nowhere to be found. Second choice was Before Sunrise and, to my chagrin, it was not there either. And as if the store itself was mocking me, the credits section from the Toy Story special edition DVD was playing over and over on the TV directly above me. It must have looped thirty times. I finally grabbed a Phillip Seymour Hoffman movie from the Sundance award shelf and barely made it out with my sanity intact.
This episode at the Anderson Blockbuster reminds me of some of the other reasons I hate this chain:
1) Punch Drunk Love is found under "Comedy". If you've seen the movie then you know how much of a travesty this is. I assume it's there because it has Adam Sandler in it.
2) The Red Violin is found under "Foreign". Another outrage. I guess it's because some of the scenes take place in other countries but that's a pretty preposturous rationale considering the movie's mostly in English (and has subtitles permanently on in the parts where it isn't spoken), was made in Hollywood and has Samuel L. Jackson.
3) No The Office BBC or even The Office NBC. But practically an entire shelf devoted to house Dukes of Hazzard Season 1 and Season 2.
I guess that's Anderson for you.
This picture has nothing to do with the blog other than it came up on page 3 under a Google images search of "blockbuster". Judging from the page where this pic was found, I think he's a comic book character or something.