I'm not going to be able to write this without dating myself and under these circumstances I am happy to go in that direction.
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There was a time when movies were more than just something you watched, they were a part of your personality. If you loved a movie, you would own a copy and display it like a trophy. You wore movie t-shirts, hung the movie poster and discussed the characters like they were family members.
You could hold movies in your hand, debate their worth and gain a real understanding for who a person was by listening to what they liked or didn't like. Here's an example of a thing that I've actually said about a movie, "If you don't like the Burbs I don't think you should be able to live in America."
Things were different in the 80's, 90's and 2000's and I'd argue better. Mom and pop video stores, even Blockbusters were places where human beings gathered and had face-to-face discussions about popular art.
My point is movie fandom was different back in the day, it was better and I think there is room to make the old, new again. We should bring video stores back and they should be in every strip mall once again. I hope everyone realizes what we're all missing out on, I pray that a movement will form but in the meantime I can take comfort in the knowledge that some people already get it.
I can go to 20 Bank Street in New Milford and visit "Be Kind (Rewind) Movie Vault" on the lower level of "The Hunt." I have not been there yet but I took the digital tour and learned the people behind it are my kind of people. Once I found out that "Be Kind" existed I reached out on social media and introduced myself.
I learned that "Be Kind" is owned by Jon Cross who is originally from England but has been in the States for 16 years. Jon started out in NYC, eventually making his way to the Danbury/New Milford area two and a half years ago.
I asked Jon to answer some questions so I could understand him and the store better. This is part of our chat.
When did you open the store?
The Store opened Tuesday October 24th it is on the Lower Level of The Hunt at 20 Bank Street, Downtown New Milford. It shares the vinyl and music space that already existed down there - making it a fabulous physical media treasure trove for the movie and music lover alike! The movie section is small-ish for now but we're hoping that it will grow and grow.
Why did you want to start this business?
What items do you sell?
Currently we sell VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray and even a couple of 4K movies, collectible movie posters and lobby cards, collectible, official movie trading cards and the odd curio or promotional movie item like The Simpsons Burger King promo talking watches and even a Re-Animator paperweight!
What is your favorite movie?
This is always a tough question - my go to answers are always Evil Dead 2, Apocalypse Now and Taxi Driver but could equally be The 'Burbs, Tombstone and Blood Massacre and on another day The Last Waltz, Farewell My Lovely and Rage of Honor
The Burbs!!!!!! Did we just become best friends!? This place is chock-full of videos, DVD, movie posters and nostalgia. I LOVE IT! Is it nice to call up any movie in your home in just seconds? Yes it is but the overall experience of film is not even close to what it once was.
This is everything I believe in, a small family-owned business that is centered around celebrating pop art AND it's in the best town in the USA, New Milford.
Please everyone go to this store and spend money so they can stay around! We cannot have nice things if you spend every last dollar on Amazon.
P.S. I would not have to turn everything into an attack on certain generations if they would just be better.
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Recently, I was cruising through my Facebook feed in the New Milford group when I came across a picture so beautiful I felt compelled to contact the photographer and ask some questions. His name is Tom Allen and he was happy to share more information and photos with me.
Gallery Credit: Lou Milano
Exclusive Photos, Videos, and Interviews on the Set of New Milford Horror Movie
"Candlewood" is a horror film that just finished filming in New Milford, CT. This is how the filmmakers described the project on their Indiegogo:
"Candlewood is the first movie of three in the psychological/horror feature film franchise. A blended family moves from the city to a small town in Connecticut, where a local urban legend adds chaos and terror to an already fragile family dynamic. The staunch patriarch, who desperately wants his family to not see him as a failure but as the father that did everything, he could to keep his family together through difficult times. Candlewood follows a family leaving New York City for a simpler life in the country town of New Milford, CT. The haunting and mysterious true stories of missing hikers near a popular state park, Lover's Leap, coupled with the town of Jerusalem sitting at the bottom of Candlewood Lake gives credibility to our narrative. We bring to life the struggle of good vs evil and what happens when lifelong, outdated traditions are challenged."
A while back I got in touch with the folks behind the movie, invited them on the I-95 Morning Show with Ethan, Lou and Dave and talked about the film, and shooting in New Milford. We spoke with Director Myke Furhman and Writer/Executive Producer Victoria Flores-Argue. During that discussion, I demanded to be in the movie, telling the duo that I have some experience acting on TV shows that never actually made it onto TV. Against all odds, they did invite me to participate and I visited the set on October 20th to shoot a scene that is important. I was extremely nervous and I had zero idea of what I was in for. Below are some insider moments from my day on-set and from others.