15 06 2010

Hands down, one of the funniest movies ever made is Monty Python’s The Holy Grail. There are scores of websites with clips, memorable quotes, and pics. At just about any party involving beer, you are apt to find folks who, after consuming sufficient quantities, launch into their own recitations of entire scenes.

And without doubt the funniest scene is in the woods when Arthur meets the Black Knight. A duel ensues, with Arthur having to fend off an overly boastful and confident foe. Unfortunately for the Black Knight, Arthur is his match. One by one, Arthur slices off the knight’s limbs (with great amounts of fake blood spewing like a fountain). The Black Knight is unfazed, however, and while his bloody stump of a body teeters on the forest floor, he looks up with undeterred bravado and offers an olive branch.

“All right, we’ll call it a draw.”

In many regards, this drama is being played out before our very eyes, with Netflix playing Arthur, and Blockbuster’s CEO Jim Keyes playing the Black Knight. Knocked senseless by competition and a changing product market, Keyes is still adamant that he can lead his company out of the woods.

In case you haven’t noticed, the leaves are falling in Blockbuster’s forest faster than the day of a killing frost. They’re closing hundreds…yea, nearly a thousand…stores. Going down to the corner movie rental joint is so 1980s anyway. It seems like everyone has a queue at Netflix, and so the movies come in the mail in their predictable fashion. Or, better yet, you simply stream them. Who needs tangible movies when you have broadband?

And now Keyes is talking of developing a Hulu-like station to stream content. Well, nice idea…but Hulu has already done it. And the rest of his business is littering the forest floor much like the Black Knight’s limbs. When oh when will Blockbuster awaken to the reality that the fight is over? That we do not need them anymore? That their relevance has come and gone?

And so it is with a fake British accent that I respond to the cocksure, invincible Keyes: “You’re a loony!

Dr “What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?” Gerlich




One response

2 12 2010
Capricorn Love

i always frequent movie rentals because i am a movie addict and i watch so many movies at one time *’,

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