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Reasons I Hated Working At The Video Store - Installment Three

This kid comes up to the counter: he's in the 15-17 range. totally stoned. wearing his ballcap sideways, huge puffy jacket, jeans hanging below his ass, Nike sneakers, giant fake diamond earring....

Him: "Hey."

Me: "Hi."

Him: "Where are the Rob Zombie movies? Are they all together?"

Me: "Which one are you looking for? They're alphabetized." (I start heading around the counter so I can grab whatever movie he wants.)

Him: "Uh... anything except "Devil's Rejects"....... or "House of 1000 Corpses"....."

I stop.

Me: "So you're looking for 'Halloween'?"

Him: blank stare

Me: "There's only 3 movies... you're looking for 'Halloween'?"

He keeps rambling here,
but I'm not listening... I'm looking for the movie. I hand him the movie and walk away.

A Multi-Part Story Revolving Around My Disike For Remakes

Part one: my life as a film student.

During my junior year, while I was hacking away at my degree, my soon-to-be-plan sponsor approached me during an intermission at a play: (here's my abbreviated version of the conversation) "Want to teach a class with me?"
"Sure. what's the class on?"
"Violence in film."

We decided that we'd each choose a certain number of movies to show, plus a few extras, and then John would handle the writing portion (being the writing instructor).

So we set about selecting movies.

I will now jump ahead in this fascinating story to the part where John picks a little-known-German film called "Funny Games."  He had just seen it recently and - if I remember correctly - it was so striking a film it had "inspired" him to teach this "film violence" class.

I go out and rent the movie... it's brilliant. It's the most brutal bits of "A Clockwork Orange" distilled down …