I have zero war stories to share about those days of "alternative cinema", even though whispers of THAT video store down in Tanglin blew by my ears only decades later, and I had always been too introverted a cinephile and human being to extract information from other folks beyond my small circle of friends who accompany me to screenings - which most times I do so by myself anyways, sorry to say …
… the only other "options" available, were of the "carnal" persuasion, with my one sole experience of transaction happening at the basement of Delphi Orchard, for a VHS "blue tape" with which I had zero memories of it's contents too (although it might have been a 70s' porn disguised as a cutting-edge 90s adventure … can't be sure if this was "memory" or "self-construct"… ANYWAYS,) … but at the very least I could still somehow gain contact and procure porno, but "films"?
The only other venue I knew of, and was a firm regular clientele I was of, was the comicbook shop! Specifically those who took orders from the PREVIEWS catalog.
Offered every month for pre-orders were anime and sometimes non-English languages films - which we recognize very early were not necessarily "porn", but were of the "off the beaten cinematic path" variety, and I am grateful for the opportunity and option.
Having a monthly salary also helped fueled the fever, because they did not come "cheap". Essentially any US$ SRP came to us were at a "times x2" rate, regardless of monetary conversion. And most times, they came through, way before when censorship crushed all out collective dreams of untainted films LOL
I was thankfully introduced to one of my then favouritest Japanese director; Shinya Tsukamoto, by which I was able to procure "Tetsuo The Iron Man", "Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer", and the VHS shown here: "Tokyo Fist" … and subsequently continued forth with film festivals devouring his films, like "Snake of June" and "Vital".
(Excerpt from my new blog #mygeeklife - Read in Full HERE)
#throwbackthursday - #TwinPeaks was one of those instrumental viewings of my youth which set a worldview within me, admitting now I've oft tried to replicate the Red Room in TV and films whenever I could thei the years haha ... Thinking back, I've always opined that the DVD boxed set was "too expensive", when in reality I'd pay willingly for a single Michael Lau "urban vinyl" ... Will HAVE to get the boxed set one day and binge watch it again! #FIREwalkwithme! Muahahahaha ... As well I am such a sucker for old VHS tapes. The logic being I could just keep the case and dump the cassette within, becoz I can't "play" and watch the contents without a VHS player, right? But that would mean the package would be "incomplete" right? LOL #excusestohoard
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