HotDish Hell, MN Has Been Enslaved By the Mighty Dread Box and Neck Flix…God Save Us!


April 4, 2013 by meximo70

videocoverFirst, it was Senor Cinemas. We didn’t know what took the movie franchise down. The local baptist preacher would like to think it was his call for boycotting the “porn renting Godless video store”. But one day it was there…the next it wasn’t.

Then, it was the HotDish Hell Five Ponds Cinema. The first time it closed because the owners weren’t paying their rent. Then one of the employees bought it, and he was doing quite well. But then movie distributors began distributing their films via digital and he didn’t have nor could he afford the equipment to accept digital. So with a fruitless search for help. He ended up closing his doors.

But we all stood tough, knowing we still had Brand New Video. But alas, they too are closing their store…and within days and without warning.

videodreadboxSo what does that leave us with? The Dread Box. They’ve managed to invade the local McDonalds, Walgreen’s and H.I. Vee grocery. This mechanical menace that promises to have your favorite movie in stock, but when you get there…sometimes the touch screen works, sometimes it doesn’t. Then you have to get your debit card to work in it and sometimes it’s recognized, sometimes it’s not. Get through those protocols and your movie may not even be there! If you’re someone like me who likes indie films, well, you’re shyte outta luck (sorry, irish grandpop coming out). There is no way you’re going to find indie movies in a Dread Box in the middle of Bumfark, Egypt leave alone any classic movies like “The Graduate” or “Highplains Drifter”.

videoneckflixSo what’s your other choice? Neck Flix! They invade our homes. You can either stream them online, through your XBox your Nintendo Wii, through your phone. If you have to have a DVD in your possession to hold and smell, then you can do mail-order disc renting. Sure, they’re only around $8 a month, but that’s for B-grade movies or movies you can already see on cable. If you want something more than that it’s $12.

videocoverpopIn either case, there’s no choice anymore. Unless you want to drive an hour in either direction to see a movie, then you’re going to have to get your entertainment from a machine. we now have no reason to leave our homes.


2 thoughts on “HotDish Hell, MN Has Been Enslaved By the Mighty Dread Box and Neck Flix…God Save Us!

  1. Jack Flacco says:

    I’ve gotta tell ya, you mentioned High Plains Drifter and there’s no way I was going to let that slide without giving you a comment about the film.

    Great? Doesn’t even cover it! High Plains Drifter is everything a good movie should be. It starts of with this killing, we’re in the dark about what went on that night, and there’s the mysterious stranger that comes to town. Slowly, everything escalates from there. My absolute favorite line in the movie that I always repeat whenever I see it on TV is: “What did you say your name was?” Clint, waits and answers, “I didn’t.” Awe-some line! And when he humiliates the town by taking over the hotel, and painting the whole town red…gosh, that’s an even better twist in the most awesome, glorious western!

    Thanks for the reminder of how great the movie is. Now I have to see if I have it in my collection so I can watch it over the weekend!

    BTW, Brad…been missing your blog, so this was a treat of a read!

    • meximo70 says:

      Hey, Jack!!
      Yes, “High Plains Drifter” was a very impressionable film for me as well. There wasn’t anything bad with the movie at all, from writing, camera angles, and casting. beautiful film. That’s why i love “The Graduate” as well.
      Sorry been away for awhile. Between publishing, writing the next novel and moving i’ve lost my time management skills. But i will be back more often. Need to sneak over to the Flaccoverse for my fill as well!
      Peace, brothah!

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