Goodbye Movie Place

After 23 years, the best video store ever, The Movie Place, is going out of business. I learned this one evening when I went to–you guessed it–rent a movie. (I stupidly chose the new Lindsey Lohan flick, but I won’t waste the keystrokes writing about that.) I ambled toward the counter with my DVD, where the cute checkout guy (going through a bizarre 70’s mustache phase) helped the old man in front of me. I waited patiently, watching reruns of Arrested Development on the TV screen behind me, when suddenly something Mustache Guy said caught my attention: “Yeah, we’re closing for good on November 30th.” He shrugged, then scanned the old man’s copy of Desperately Seeking Susan.

I was flabbergasted. How could my favorite video store be going out of business? And on the heels of the local Blockbuster’s demise, no less. I’ve also heard rumors of the uptown branch of Kim’s closing its doors, as well as Tower Records on 66th and Broadway. What is the world coming to? My first thought: Netflix. Now, I love Netflix as much as the next guy, but it has its time and place. When you’re out with friends, discussing politics and skinny jeans, and suddenly Evil Dead II comes up, you can’t wait three frigging days for it to arrive on Netflix–you have to get it NOW!

But I was wrong. It’s not Netflix or Amazon. At least not in the case of the beloved Movie Place at 105 and Broadway. According to the letter on their website, it’s greedy, money grubbing landlords. Half the building’s been evicted and who knows what will happen to the rest. All over the city, quaint, quirky, longstanding businesses are closing their doors after years and years, because they can’t afford to keep them open. And what’s going to replace it? Well, the 99 cent store on Broadway and 104 just became a McDonalds. My favorite chinese restaurant on 97th is a Bank of America. The Clearview Cinema at 107–one of the first movie theaters I ever went to–is also a Bank of America. Even our local Starbucks is being replaced with a bank! Who knew Starbucks could be bumped off?

What’s my point with all this… Well, mostly I’m just sad. Who the fuck wants to get off the subway after a long day and hang out in the bank? In a couple years, that might just be your only option.

Poll topic: Who is your favorite Villain?

I luv to take polls. Call it inspirational, call it procrastination, call it whatever you want.

So… Who’s your favorite villain? Personally, I’d have to go with Bob from Twin Peaks, because that guy scares the s**t out of me and he’s a spirit, which means he can be a villain without even existing. How cool is that? But I also have to throw in Cruella DeVille, because that would have been one sweet ass puppy-coat if she ever got to make it.
I sent the poll to my friends around the globe, and here are some of the answers I got (minus George W. Bush, who was on almost EVERYBODY’s list!!)…

ANDY O: Darth Vader. He rocks and his suit is preposterously shiny. He can kill cockney generals by squeezing his fingers together from across the galaxy… and it’s all just because he’s so ugly!

PATRICK: Nice Guy Eddie

ANDY N: Christopher Walken as Max Zorin in the Bond movie “A View to a Kill”.

MAGGIE: Principal Ed Rooney from Ferris Beuler’s Day Off. Or Angel when he was bad on Buffy.

DAD: Major Strasser in Casablanca. Or Fagin in Oliver Twist.

PACO: Tim Roth in Rob Roy.

ALEX H: Gary Oldman in The Professional. Or R. Kelly.

INDIA: All those birds in The Birds.

GABE: Magneto from X-Men, Humbert Humbert from Lolita. And Condoleeza Rice.

JULIE C: Gargamel.

JULIE F: Jack in The Shining. Or Heather #1, Heathers.

LEXI: The log lady from Twin Peaks.

STEVE: Hannibal Lector! (plus, he added a fun quiz)

ERIK: i like those pencil-thin-mustachioed guys, hooked nose and chin, big black hat and cape, who were always tying innocent virgins to railroad tracks.

KRIS: Bluto, or the Ice Queen.

KIMBERLY: Cruella DeVille

AMY: Caleb from the last season of Buffy.

LUKE: Axl Rose.

PAUL: Iago.