Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thinking of starting a new feature called "The PAL Chronicles"

PAL being a TV format found in the rest of the world outside of Canada and the U.S. The prospective feature would have me rent DVDs in PAL format from Scarecrow Video in Seattle, one of the premier video rental places in the U.S. and one that carries a substantial number of PAL and Region 2 and 3 DVDs, watch them on my DVD player that I've changed (through entering a secret code) to allow me to watch these things, and then post reviews here.

The upshot is that there's a 99% chance that if you live in the U.S. you won't be able to find these movies and an even higher chance that if you do find them you won't be able to play them in your DVD player, meaning that these will be reviews of movies that may have been enjoyable for me but that you probably won't be able to see, even if you really want to.

Why do this? First, to get these films produced outside of the U.S. and not intended for the U.S. market (although they have English subtitles) exposure here, second, to piss people off.

Oh yes, I'll write about all the really cool movies that I've seen that I've L-O-V-E-D and you'll read about it, and want to see them, but you won't be able to.

Call it role reversal. I used to be in a similar position with regards to cool and alternative culture while growing up on the outer fringes of the Detroit metropolitan area. Now I live in Seattle.

And people who probably are tuned into hip culture deeper than I ever was while living in the middle of nowhere will in turn be denied access to this sort of crucible of coolness, which is being brought to them by a person from an area that they'd probably look down and laugh at.

Fuck you, you goddamn sons of bitches!

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