Film & TV

Get Busy Buying Physical Copies of Movies This Season

Call it Stone Age materialism, but I still think movies are worth owning in physical forms you can hold, shelve, and collect, and therefore worth giving as gifts. Fuck the Cloud -- who knows when Hulu will get sold to Google or when Netflix decides to narrow down its catalog to 16 shitty studio movies, or when somebody's licensing runs out, or when somebody just kicks a plug and the movies you were hoping to watch or rewatch just vanish. Not to mention, how far out are we from letting the internet just tell us what to watch, allowing us to select only between two different Marvel sequels and then insisting we suck its Cloud-schwanz out of gratitude for "convenience"?

You own a movie, or get one for Festivus, and it's fucking yours. Here're suggestions for givables this quarter. Get busy.

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Michael Atkinson is a regular film contributor at the Village Voice. His work also appears in LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times,, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.