Back in the day, there was something appealing, if not quite romantic, about browsing video store shelves late at night, spotting that new find because an overeducated/underemployed store staffer recommended it, or perhaps coming across that old Andy Garcia movie that reminds you of why you broke up with her in the first place. Discovery happens online all the time, but as rental-company metrics make everything more accurate, more personal, more targeted, the sheerly serendipitous stumble-upon is just a little less common.
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Video-store geekery of course played a big role in moviemaking too. Quentin Tarantino might never have become a filmmaker, or at least a filmmaker who cribbed all those influences, had he not spent his early days in that
And it did give us the setting and/or premise for a range of movies, most notably Michel Gondry’s “
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