In Monday’s Daily News, I wrote about an independent video rental store in Midtown that’s bucking the trend in the industry and just celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The answer to one question I asked of the owners – What’s your favorite movie? – helps paint the picture. Here’s the epitome of a small independent store with a wildly knowledgeable staff:
Matt Martin: “Of all time? What movie I respond to the most? I guess my personal favorite would fall between the beautifully simplistic metaphysics of a Malle film, ‘My Dinner With Andre,’ or Orson Welles’ bombastic, over the top, dripping with cinematic style ‘A Touch of Evil.’
(My Dinner With Andre) is the definition of minimalist filmmaking. But jaw-dropping. No dinner conversation in history has ever been more fascinating. And Orson Welles at the tail end of his career was offered the chance, after he’d already been banned from Hollywood for decades, to direct this pulp novel about corrupt cops in a border town near Mexico. And he took what would have been schlock and turned it into this brilliant, phenomenal film.
If you’ve never seen ‘A Touch of Evil,’ definitely give it a whirl. It’s got the longest tracking shot in history. The opening shot, without cuts, is about 9 minutes long and spans several city blocks and sets up the whole movie without ever cutting the camera. It’s kamikaze filmmaking. It’s like, dude, you actually took 300 extras and tried to coordinate 2 blocks of activity.”