I returned from lunch this afternoon with a stack of six DVDs that I bought from Borders. No, I haven’t really gone crazy with my expenditure – based on the price labels, I should’ve paid $192.78 but I only paid $50! Almost 75% discount! Borders stores all over Australia are apparently offloading their CD and DVD stock and are selling them cheaply. A couple of weeks ago, they started with the CDs by selling them $10 each or $30 for four – of course, they have taken all of the recent releases off the shelves prior to the sale. Unfortunately I discovered the sale one week too late, so by the time I went there, the shelves were full of unsold Australian Idol albums and some dodgy CDs that you wouldn’t even buy even if you were paid to do so. I did find some good albums to buy which gave me a nostalgic trip to the yesteryears. The latecomers, such as myself, had to meticulously look through each shelf, flicking through rows of CDs and trying to find good enough CDs to buy amongst the terrible ones. Just like some late vultures that come to pick on leftovers after the juicy meat is gone. 🙂
This time around, when the newsletter arrived in my inbox, advising me of the DVD sale, I went there straightaway after I had my lunch at Swinging Bowl. The other cinema vultures were there as well, picking up stacks of DVDs that would’ve cost us hundreds of dollars elsewhere. Rather than focusing on Hollywood blockbusters, I turned my attention towards the International Cinema section as I love watching foreign movies. The six DVDs that I ultimately bought, reflect this decision. 🙂
I bought Tintin and I – a documentary about Georges Remi – or more familiarly known as Hergé, as I love Tintin a lot. I also bought Jerry Maguire – an old romantic-comedy movie with Tom Cruise and Renee Zellwegger which popularises the phrases such as “You had me at hello” and “You … complete me”. I don’t normally watch any Tom Cruise movies anymore but this was made before he was too weird and besides, it was the movie that made me fall in love with Renee Zellwegger. Haha. 🙂 The third selection is Joyeux Noël – a movie that I watched many years ago about the 1914 Christmas truce between the British, German and French soldiers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Since we’re getting closer to Christmas and I really liked the movie, I thought I should get it as well. The next in my stack is a movie called O’Horten – a Norwegian film directed by Bent Hamer. I enjoyed his previous movie Kitchen Stories (Salmer fra Kjøkkenet). It’s been a while since I watch a Norwegian movie and I think it’s time that I hear the singsongy language again and fly away to the Northern Hemisphere – even if it’s only in my mind. I’m also looking forward to watching The Class (Entre les murs) – which won the Palm D’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The last movie is an Argentinian movie called The Official Story, which revolves around the ‘desaparecido’ – the group of people who disappeared in 1970’s due to their involvement in the movements against the government. After watching a documentary about them a couple of months ago on TV, I’m intrigued …
So, my DVD viewing until the end of the year is very much sorted – on top of the six movies that I have just purchased, there are also some which I haven’t watched at all! 😳 These would be perfect to watch once the university closes for the holiday and I can relax my mind and enjoy the cinematic stories. 🙂
So, if you are a movie lover like me and there is a Borders nearby, go and rush, you may find the movies that you have been wanting to buy at a fraction of the normal price! Come and join the other cinema vultures and feast! 🙂 I just hope they won’t continue to downsize or even close their store in Adelaide otherwise I may need to keep an eye in case they start to offload their books as well!