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Well, I thought this appropriate, since I am a big Netflix supporter and fan, but it’s absolutely amazing to see long time video stores closing.  As it stands, the closest video rental store (a Blockbuster Video) is about 4 miles away.  The closest Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video is soon to be 12 miles away from me, once the stores in Lakeville and Farmington finish liquidating.

This year has been particularily rough on the Burnsville area, as we have lost both Blockbuster Video locations (they closed last month), and (this one I missed) the nearby Savage location of Hollywood Video closed as well.

In the 80s and 90s, I lived in Prior Lake.  We had 3 movie stores in Prior Lake, all owned by the same company.  Main Avenue Video & Tanning.  In the mid 90’s, they consolidated locations into a new, bigger store located at 13&42, and in the late 90’s, that location was bought out by Video Update.  Due to mismanagement of Video Update, they were later bought during bankruptcy by Movie Gallery, which was later bought by Hollywood Video.  Also, in 1999/2000, Blockbuster Video came into town and so did Hollywood Video.  Now, all that remains is the Blockbuster Video on 13/42 in Savage.  Burnsville no longer has any video rental stores, whereas at one time they had either 3 or 4.

But that got me thinking, when was the last time I was in a video rental store?  What with Redbox charging $1 a night, and Netflix providing all you can eat plans starting at around $10 a month, it seems kinda silly to spend $4-$5 for a rental from Blockbuster.  The last time I was in a Blockbuster was in 2005 because I was a Total Access member (and not a very profitable one at that, I got 30 movies a month for $17!).  Of course, that program has since been altered (and I got a “thanks for being a customer, but goodbye” email from them).  Of course, this program is exactly why Blockbuster is struggling so badly today.  They have a DVD By Mail service simular to Netflix, but I have always gotten better service than Netflix (and the “see you later” email still leaves a bad taste in my mouth).

So, if you still have a video rental store in your neighborhood, it might be time to start saying “goodbye”.  Within the next 10 years, we can probably also start phasing out DVD by mail (or DVD in general) in favor of internet VOD.

As I type this, as a matter of fact, I am watching an episode of South Park on Netflix’s “Instant Watch” service over the Roku box.  I can do the same thing on my PS3, laptop, computer, etc.

Adam Sandler in a Disney film?

Posted: April 10, 2009 in Movies

Adam Sandler

So, now that Adam Sandler has been in the recent Disney flick Bedtime Stories, my question is, has Adam gotten THAT family friendly, or has Disney gotten that laxed on policy? 

Hey guys, yup, stil have not yet had ONE cigarette, and its been 8 full days now. Thats $30, and 160 cigarettes that I have not smoked, over a day of my life saved so far.

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I have kept myself rather busy these past few days. Went and saw Cars with a friend of mine because they paid, and then saw Click on Saturday because I wanted to reward myself for making it through the week. Not a bad movie, but I only went to see it because I was in the mood for a comedy and that’s all that was playing at the time.

Well anyways, I won’t continue to post daily now that I have been quit for a week, I’ll probably update everyone next Sunday, unless I slip or something else interesting happens this week.

The Jacket

Posted: July 31, 2005 in Movies

This movie wasn’t all that bad. It is a Psychological thriller, that jumps around quite a bit. At first it was a bit hard to follow, but was very easy to peice together once the movie was over. Its good to watch those types of movies every once in a while, versus the ones that make you draw your own conclusion or watch it two or three times. 😉

This takes place as a Dessert Storm Vet gets committed to a phsych ward and unndergoes treatment. During this treatment he has visions which need to be answered as a matter of life or death.

So, yes I am a Netflix subscriber. They let me have as many DVD’s as I want, with no due dates or no late fees.

Unlimited is great, right? Well, not always. The problem is, I started off loving the service and getting the most possible movies out of it to get the most bang for my buck. That was fun for a while, and then it became a chore. But, this has happened before, its like a shift. I have other things I need to get done, and want to get done now, and I am sure this winter I will feel differently.

Will I cancel? Naw, I will still watch a few movies a month, what I will probably do is just scale the plan back to the lighter plans.

White Noise

Posted: May 18, 2005 in Movies

OK, so just to prove that I see a variety of movies and not just stupid comedies like Team America, I decided to write a review on “White Noise”

This movie is a thriller based on a guy who can see the dead or hear the dead through radio static and TV static. Overall it was a very well written movie.

One of those edge of your seat thriller type movies that just came out on DVD on Tuesday, this isnt a bad way to spend an hour and a half.

Team America: World Police

Posted: May 17, 2005 in Movies

God this was such a good movie. Hardcore puppet sex, hilarous songs, and tons of political satire.

They even showed an insane Michael Moore puppet 😉