Over the weekend I had the pleasure of viewing several bootleg movies. Well I can’t really call it “viewing” or “pleasure” since I didn’t see shit. The quality of the movies were really poor and the sound was horribly muffled. I do not purchase bootleg films, not because I feel like the movie studios deserve their money either, I could give a less than a fuck whether they get their money or not, they still will be richer than my broke ass. Half the crap Hollyweird cranks out deserves to be bootlegged, it’s not worth the time or the money to sit in a theater to watch. The reason I don’t buy them is because they are a waste of my hard-earned dollars. I usually can’t decipher what I’m watching while viewing a bootleg. With the $5-$10 you spend on a bootleg, you can catch a matinee at a movie theater and pay that same $5 to see the movie with no hassle. In Cleveland, we have several theaters that offer discount nights for as little as $4 and free popcorn. Some bootlegs won’t even allow you to toggle between scenes or rewind and fast-forward the dvd….if you miss something, you have to go back to the beginning of the film..BANOODLES! If you are lucky enough, you may be able to score what are called “screeners”. These are early released viewings of films that are passed around to movie studios with hopes of being distributed. Its the actual film, not June Bug and 'nem sitting in the theater with a camcorder taping shit and Boomquesha and her girls giggling in the background. The downside of screeners is usually there is a message at the bottom of the screen specifying that it was not intended for public distribution….it’s nothing too terrible though. You usually can’t get a screener film for big budget Hollyweird crap…I find it’s mostly indie films that have screeners you can score. The big studio heads are very careful about letting their precious cargo leak to the public. I know people who have not been to a movie theater in years due to bootlegs. Ask those same people about certain scenes from a film and they are clueless, they had no idea what they were watching. I'd rather pay my $8 at the theater, purchase some stale bagged popcorn from the concession stand and enjoy my crapola film for what its worth. Oh, and you best believe I carry a big purse into the theater with snacks and drinks I bought from the local bodega...gotta save somewhere lol.