Movies by Zak

by Ruby on November 9, 2011

Today’s blog is a guest post from Zak, who works with the cashiers and at the Newsstand. He’s got some great recommendations from a section that is often overlooked both in store and online…

There’s a lot of love here at Vroman’s, but you know who gets NO love? DVDs. Yeah, you’ll buy a few books here, a birthday card for grandma, maybe a pillow that looks like Papa John’s made it…

Pizza Pillow
Pizza Pillow, $20.95

But when was the last time you seriously checked out the awesome movie collection? That’s what I thought.

I get it, people: why buy DVDs at a BOOKSTORE when there are VIDEO STORES everywhere? Three reasons:

1)      there aren’t video stores everywhere anymore, this is not the ‘90s

Blockbuster closed
From the sad saga of Blockbuster©

2)      The Internet makes you wait

3)      you LOVE Vroman’s, you’re already here, and you’re already shopping

There’s a fourth reason, too: some of the movies we have are straight up PHENOMENAL.

Let me break it down for you:

We have SECRET OF NIMH (1982). Great adaptation of the kids’ book by Richard C. O’Brien. Directed by Don Bluth, who left Disney so he could make darker, more disturbing animated films for children.

Secret of Nimh
Secret of NIMH (1982), photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

God love him.

Then there’s THE SIXTH SENSE (1999). I was 12 when I saw this movie, and I haven’t slept since; probably the best performances of Bruce Willis’s AND Haley Joel Osment’s careers.

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) needs no introduction: Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis (what ever happened to him?). A freaky showdown atop the Empire State Building…and “somebody [who] brought a cougar to the party.” And I don’t mean the older lady kind of cougar, I mean a REAL cougar:

Creature from Ghostbusters (1984), photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Actually, it’s not that either…whatever, just buy the movie.

Finally, for you pretentious film snobs out there (let’s face it, that’s all of us), we have…

Ingmar Bergman’s THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957). And not the lame, one-disc version. We’re rollin’ with the 2-Disc, Criterion Collection, no holds barred, knock you flat on your back version. This movie will teach you that Swedish films were good before LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008), and that Death is a tall white dude with a big forehead and skin like a rubber glove.

Death from The Seventh Seal (1957), photo courtesy of A.B. Svensk Filmindustri

Who wouldn’t want to play chess with a guy like that?

That’s all I got for now. Until next time.


– Zak

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A. Mann 11.09.11 at 8:48 pm

THE SIXTH SENSE (1999). I was 12 when I saw this movie

You must be one-third the age of the average Vroman’s customer.

The Seventh Seal? Rock on.

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