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The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide by Scarecrow Video
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Jun 22, 2007

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In theory, Scarecrow Video is an amazing store. In practice, it's chaotic and unwelcoming. One expects and even embraces a charmingly ramshackle setup and a ever-so-cooler-than-thou staff in a Mom N'Pop video store, but Scarecrow takes it one or two steps too far. The sheer quantity of titles and emphasis on rarities make it a browsing mecca, but a nightmare for someone who just wants to rent a movie. And a hundred dollar deposit for out-of-print titles? Fuck you. "Out-of-print" isn't the liability it used to be, with that new-fangled internet and all. I understand you're just protecting your inventory, but most of the people who'd be interested in viewing "Hunk" on VHS probably don't have a spare hundred mouldering in their checking account. Pulling shit like that is going to make people WANT to steal from you. But it's been awhile since I've been there. Maybe they've eased up. Anyway, I digress.

This would be a fun guide to flip through while waiting for your significant other to buy something for their mom's birthday at Border's, but it's definitely not a must-own. It's basically a huge book version of the little notes that employees put next to their movies on the "Staff Picks" shelf. Funny to glance at, but not terribly insightful or helpful. They exist so you'll ask them at the registers who wrote those funny notes, and whoever did it can sheepishly admit to being hilarious, scratch their new tattoo, and offer their begrudging, embarrassed, and secretly overjoyed thanks. One of those books that was probably more fun to write than it is to read, but they do pull off a good one-liner or two, and it's always fun to read a well-thought-out dissenting opinion on a universally beloved movie, a pastime clearly relished by the hipsters involved. In summation, "The Boondock Saints" sucks miserably unwashed ass. Thank you for your time.
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