Thought of the Day: How can I vote for a tax on tyranny?

WHO SETS THE BUSINESS RATES THAT CRIPPLE SMALL BUSINESSES? GOVERNMENT OR LOCAL COUNCIL? LET’S SPEND YEARS GOING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE TWO WHILST THEY POINT AT ONE ANOTHER AND NEITHER ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY.

WHO BUYS PROPERTIES AND SELLS THEM TO INVESTORS WHO THEN IN TURN LEAVE THEM EMPTY? LET’S SEE AS OUR CHILDREN GROW UP TO HAVE NOWHERE TO LIVE AND OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES WITHER TO NOTHING.

WHO SELLS PRODUCTS THAT UNDERCUT ALL LOCAL COMPETITORS AND THEN REFUSE TO PAY THEIR TAXES? AND WHO GOES INTO A LOCAL SHOP AND SAYS (LOUDLY): “OH, BUT IT’S SO MUCH CHEAPER ONLINE!?” (Is it a degree in economics you have?) LET’S SEE AS OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES DISAPPEAR. (By the way, who wants to bet on VC being turned into another estate agent?)

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“[…] tyranny leaves the body free and directs its attack at the soul. The ruler no longer says: You must think as I do or die. He says: You are free not to think as I do; your life, your property, everything shall remain yours, but from this day on you are a stranger among us.” – Alexis de Tocqueville, De la Démocratie en Amérique, Vol. 2

posted by Dixie Turner

 – if you have anything to say to help explain any of the above, come and find me.

End of an Era

Some of you will already know by now that Video City is to close its doors (in its physical presence!) for the last time on Wednesday 24th June, after 30 years in Notting Hill.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for supporting us so magnificently over the years and for making it such a hugely enjoyable experience in recommending and discussing a wealth of cinema from all over the world.

Due to ever changing technology it has become apparent that the physical sale and rental of DVD’s is becoming difficult to maintain, but our belief is that a knowledge and love of film should enable us, in the not too distant future, to offer an expertly curated choice of film through a digital delivery system. It won’t happen overnight but I would urge you all, if you are interested, to leave us your email address so that we can hopefully renew our relationship with you in a new medium.

We will carry on renting and selling films in the remaining weeks and we hope that you will continue to support us in that time period. We will be offering plenty of bargains (new and ex-rental), so why not take this opportunity to start or add to your personal collections.

I can only reiterate what an absolute privilege it has been for myself and all of my colleagues to have shared our passion for films with you over the many years we have been in Notting Hill. We hope to be seeing some, if not all of you, again at a later date

Simon Brzeskwinski

Send your email address to info@videocitylondon.com

Thought of the Day: Love and Jean Moreau

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Jules et Jim (1962) – dir. Francois Truffaut

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MADAME MOREAU.

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And, because everyone’s eyes deserve a feast AND, because love deserves to last for more than a moment:

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Lift to the Scaffold (1958) – dir. Louis Malle

HAS CINEMA EVER LOOKED (OR SOUNDED) BETTER THAN THIS?

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posted by Dixie Turner

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Do NOT restate your assumptions

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Pi (1998) – dir. Darren Aronofsky

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