I was surprised to see last weekend that Chronic had been nominated for a Best Picture Independent Spirit Award. It’s one of those very quirky and quiet Indies that I very often appreciate. Tim Roth plays a caregiver for patients with chronic and mostly terminal illness, and he fully immerses in his role. There is never that awkward moment when the viewer thinks “I see you acting”. I need to quote Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com here because he said it beautifully: “Tim Roth gives a career-high performance in this meticulous, disturbing film.” It’s slow-moving but Roth is worth it. In looking over his filmography, I also recalled my fondness for the 1997 film Gridlock’d, with Roth and Tupac Shakur. They play drug addicts trying to detox with the help of a government program, but are buried in red-tape. Funny how 20 years later this storyline is still relevant. Anyway, I liked Chronic a lot, but the Independent Spirit Award was given, of course, to Moonlight.
Also a surprise last weekend – I got a phone call from Bruce, our store’s owner. He told me the sorry news that the store was closing this coming Monday. It’s beyond words how sad we all are, staff and customers alike, but we all figured that the day would come when this endeavor, begun over 30 years ago, would not be sustainable.
To all the customers that I have talked with over the years, I want to say a huge thank you for the awesome experience you have shared with me. Thank you for our conversations, for navigating the wealth of titles together, and for supporting this locally-owned video business. More than anything, the relationships with you all will be missed. By all of us.