Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Sometimes, the world passes us by a little too quickly. It's been two weeks since my last post, for which I am sorry. I had to journey to Birmingham, Alabama rather abruptly, and while I was there I picked up a rather nasty flu bug from my parents.

Many movie lovers who make good use of the Web utilize Netflix for movie rentals. They're a fine source and I liked them when I had a monthly membership. But there's another resource out there that focuses more on indie flicks and I thought I'd give them a whirl. GreenCine is based in San Francisco, and considering that I live in the eastern time zone, the fact that I received my first two DVDs from them in two days is pretty impressive. My primary usage of GreenCine will be for indie flicks that either didn't get booked by my local art house theater or that I just simply missed for one reason or another. They've also got fantastic supplies of numerous critical darlings, like the AFI Top 100 or even Jonathan Rosenbaum's top picks (he's a critic for the Chicago Reader). The first two arrivals are this year's Osama and the Marlon Brando Academy Award winner On the Waterfront. Since I'm still at home sick, it seems like a pretty good time to curl up in front of the TV.

I also wanted to note that I'll be publishing a new column in the coming days. If you can figure out what movies like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Stepford Wives, Around the World in 80 Days and The Notebook have in common you're on the way to unraveling the mystery of the topic.

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