As much as I love movies, I've never rented from a Redbox kiosk. It's not some bold statement on my part about how the mom-and-pop video stores that I grew up with are all but extinct -- I've just never had the need. If I want to see a new movie, I usually see it when it's in theaters. If I miss it there, and it's a must-see, I get it from Netflix. No big deal.

Most of the time, if I'm in the mood for a movie I haven't seen, I have a tendency to rent something more than a few years old. It's not film snobbery on my part; I'm just trying to fill the gaps in the movies that I've always wanted to see and never made time for. Because Redbox tends to carry only the newest of the new releases, a guy like me is out of luck when he wants to see '80s VHS crap like Slime City or an obscure classic like A Face in the Crowd.

While I was grocery shopping last week, a kid outside of a Redbox kiosk was throwing a fit to see Free Willy. "They don't have Free Willy," his father told him, dismissively. The kid wasn't having any of that, "I WANNA SEE FREE WILLY!!!" That exclamation and some aggressive foot-stomping earned him a weak slap on the butt. "I told you they don't have Free Willy!"
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