On March 10th 2011 Azam Ahmed wrote a piece for the New York Times about Blockbuster's Bankruptcy sale. The point of the article in this post is not important, but it made me think about the changing technology and the end of the video store.
As the years went by I have cherished what Coulson's meant, it was that old musty classic store where there were great movies old and new. Coulson's felt classic, like a good old movie.
When I started renting from Blockbuster the process to rent movies was not as fun: their selection was not as great, there was a lack of older movies, and the store felt sterile. Now don't get me wrong I love buying previously viewed movies from Blockbuster, but this chain store ruined the nostalgic feeling of going to a video store.
Now with Blockbuster being sold the newer forms of renting movies are changing things even more. Many people have started joining Netflix, where they mail a movie to your house, or you can watch a movie streaming from your computer. You can also go to a local store like Wal-Mart and pick up rental from the Redbox for a dollar a night. Cable Providers have also created the On Demand system where you can click a few buttons on your remote and be instantly watching a new movie.
Call me old fashioned but like in High Fidelity, I would prefer the old school store that sells videos and DVDS to the chains, and technologically mass produced opportunities. The movie experience is not as magical as it once was, I remember going to the theatre and being in awe of the sheer greatness of films, but some of that feeling is gone. As techonology advances in society, the art produced becomes less real and genuine.