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News for March

I’ve been a bit slack lately, but still watching a huge variety of movies. Sadly my favourite second hand shop will be closing this weekend so I’ll be needed to catch up with the those guys and see what bargains I can buy. In the meantime I’ve still ploughing through Lo Fi Sci Fi movies, Disturbing top 50, Icelandic history of movies, the odd spaghetti western and Scandinavian horror.

Updated the Lo Fi Sci Fi list.

Uploading top 50 most disturbing movies suggested list.

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HMV and Blockbusters

So I’ve finally ventured out after being kained by the flu and all hell had broken loose!

A helicopter crashes into a high-rise in London, Blockbusters and HMV both go into administration.

Maybe I should stay inside for everyone’s safety.

Well this brings me onto two subjects. The helicopter incident, how long before that becomes a movie? There are a lot of real life events that make it into movies, some as Found Footage Movies or Documovies, and others just use the event as a base for a movie, usually throwing all facts out of the window.

It was a tragic event, and lives were lost, I don’t think a movie will help ease any of the pain or enlighten people to dangers, but it can make someone rich.. that’s the cynical way of looking at it I suppose.

We shall see what happens but huge praise for the pilot who looked like he tried his best to save as many lives and avert a catastrophe as best he could.

One thing I can’t help but mention, Titanic. Yes Titanic. We all know that Titanic was a tragic loss of human life on a scale we can’t quite take in at times. It’s in the history books, it has folk law and is basic common knowledge… Or is it?! When I noticed a huge surge of tweets on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic that read “OMG it’s not just a movie” I was appalled. I’ll go into this at another time but you would like to think that movies made about real events would in fact help educate people, but I suppose they need to know that the movie is about a real event in the first place * sigh *

Next topic!!

HMV and Blockbusters!!

Oh dear.. I gotta admit that I’m at fault with the rest of the nation really.

It seems that the internet is to blame, and we’re all to blame, and Amazon is to blame and maybe illegal downloading is to blame.. Oh man we should all be ashamed of ourselves.

HMV

I used to buy a lot more from HMV in the past, my main concern wasn’t so much the price, although you could buy everything cheaper off their website and it had more variety than the shop. BUT also if I went to any other HMV in the country they had a better choice. I would find myself going to Norwich or Colchester to make purchases in a shop that I have in my own high street, just because they had what I wanted in stock. I could have ordered the items in but then it would cost me more money how is that fair!?!? Maybe a suggestion box would have helped?
One thing that I couldn’t understand about HMV is that they were the last man standing, I thought they had won the music wars of the high streets!?!? But was I just a load of music shops fleeing a sinking ship? Had the other companies realised that the downloading and market was going to change things forever? (Who’s to say this will last forever?) When MTV turns into a talk channel, you gotta realise that the music industry isn’t what it used to be. Is this just another step towards… something new?

I will be sad when there is no HMV to browse around. We’ve already lost Virgin/Zavvi, Our Price, Andys Records, MVC, Tower Records and a host of other smaller chains.. I guess his masters voice just ain’t being heard anymore.

Even the market stall that used to sell alternative DVD’s and CD’s in this town failed to arrive week after week because not enough was being sold. I suppose because people could buy cheaper online or download for free.

It does make you wonder if the price of music is just too expensive? People will spend hundreds going to gigs and summer festivals for the live music experience but not on the albums? Is there any truth in this?

Now for Blockbusters!? I guess this one was on the cards for some time (as was HMV) I heard about the US Blockbusters going down in a blaze of fury. Blockbusters brought out a lot of other DVD rental stores, pushed it’s online rentals through the roof but still managed to fail so badly!? HOW COME?

Oh yeah we’re all to blame.. Or is it just a change in market? Online sales and marketing, downloading and rentals are cheaper, easier and quicker. But these stores have websites that must do good business? Who are they competing with?

For now I shall blame Amazon, Lovefilm and Zoverstocks… they pulled me in and turned me against my loved ones… * rages at the sky *

Amazon don’t pay any tax, have cheap prices and sell second hand stock. Lovefilm give his free movies on their TV channel, rent and sell second hand and new stock, Zoverstocks have the best game plan. They buy from desperate folk (I think their sister site called MusicMagPie), at the cheapest possible prices then undersell everyone on Amazon! Job done! I had got to the point where I couldn’t afford new DVD’s every month, the rentals were going downhill so I went back to second hand buying, then for most of 2012 I noticed that everything became affordable on amazon again and ALL my orders were through Zoverstock!! Sadly there is no grouping together to save postage, but that has to be the key to making money on DVD’s being sold at 6p, but literally everything came from them, Now and again I think I actually had to make a conscious choice to choose the next seller along just to break up the monotony.

So is this what it has come to? After all the years of aggressive takeovers it’s second hand society and online dealings have killed two high street (previously known as) giants?!?

The questions are…

What will happen next?

Who will be he big names of tomorrow?

If this can happen to our movie/games and music shops, what will happen to our cinemas/music venues and arcades?