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Two for Tuesday

Tuesday was considered the “new releases” day for video rentals in the US for the better part of my youth.

It’s difficult to get excited about new releases today regardless of the day they fall on. But, during the 1980s and 90s, it was the highlight of anyone’s week.

The local video shops typically ran a “Two for Tuesday” promotion in order to ring in traffic and generate excitement. Even after Blockbuster dominated the market, they carried on this tradition.

This running list of movies, old and new, is meant as a homage.

  • In Fabric poster

    In Fabric

    Release Year
    2018
    Summary
    A haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store, following the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences.
    • #Horror
    • #Fantasy
    • #Comedy
    • #Mystery
  • Suspiria poster

    Suspiria

    Release Year
    2018
    Summary
    Young American dancer Susie Bannion arrives in 1970s Berlin to audition for the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Company. When she vaults to the role of lead dancer, the woman she replaces breaks down and accuses the company's female directors of witchcraft. Meanwhile, an inquisitive psychotherapist and a member of the troupe uncover dark and sinister secrets as they probe the depths of the studio's hidden underground chambers.
    • #Horror
    • #Mystery
    • #Drama
  • Brazil poster

    Brazil

    Release Year
    1985
    Summary
    Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of wanted terrorist Harry Tuttle, he meets the woman from his daydream, and in trying to help her gets caught in a web of mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies.
    • #Comedy
    • #Science Fiction
  • Time Bandits poster

    Time Bandits

    Release Year
    1981
    Summary
    Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon, Robin Hood and King Agamemnon before the Supreme Being catches up with them.
    • #Family
    • #Fantasy
    • #Science Fiction
    • #Adventure
    • #Comedy
  • Kingpin poster

    Kingpin

    Release Year
    1996
    Summary
    After bowler Roy Munson swindles the wrong crowd and is left with a hook for a hand, he settles into impoverished obscurity. That is, until he uncovers the next big thing: an Amish kid named Ishmael. So, the corrupt and the hopelessly naive hit the circuit intent on settling an old score with Big Ern.
    • #Comedy
  • The Big Lebowski poster

    The Big Lebowski

    Release Year
    1998
    Summary
    Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film producers, ferrets, errant toes, and large sums of money.
    • #Comedy
    • #Crime
  • Prince of Darkness poster

    Prince of Darkness

    Release Year
    1987
    Summary
    A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open it, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all of humanity.
    • #Horror
  • The Void poster

    The Void

    Release Year
    2016
    Summary
    In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew, only to discover that patients and personnel are transforming into something inhuman. As the horror intensifies, Carter leads the other survivors on a hellish voyage into the subterranean depths of the hospital in a desperate bid to end the nightmare before it's too late.
    • #Mystery
    • #Horror
    • #Science Fiction
  • John Dies at the End poster

    John Dies at the End

    Release Year
    2013
    Summary
    A new drug promises out-of-body experiences, but users are coming back changed forever, and an otherworldly invasion of Earth is underway.
    • #Horror
    • #Comedy
  • Odd Thomas poster

    Odd Thomas

    Release Year
    2013
    Summary
    In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.
    • #Mystery
    • #Thriller
  • Greener Grass poster

    Greener Grass

    Release Year
    2019
    Summary
    Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.
    • #Comedy
  • Movie 43 poster

    Movie 43

    Release Year
    2013
    Summary
    A series of interconnected short films are the backdrop for a maniac screenwriter who pitches insane storylines featuring some of Hollywood's biggest and brightest.
    • #Comedy
  • The Invitation poster

    The Invitation

    Release Year
    2016
    Summary
    Will and his new girlfriend Kira are invited to a dinner with old friends at the house of Will’s ex Eden and her new partner David. Although the evening appears to be relaxed, Will soon gets a creeping suspicion that their charming host David is up to something.
    • #Thriller
    • #Horror
  • Coherence poster

    Coherence

    Release Year
    2013
    Summary
    On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events.
    • #Thriller
    • #Science Fiction
  • Matchstick Men poster

    Matchstick Men

    Release Year
    2003
    Summary
    A phobic con artist and his protege are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.
    • #Comedy
    • #Drama
    • #Crime
    • #Thriller
  • Thin Ice poster

    Thin Ice

    Release Year
    2012
    Summary
    A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.
    • #Comedy
    • #Crime
    • #Drama
  • Due Date poster

    Due Date

    Release Year
    2010
    Summary
    Peter Highman must scramble across the US in five days to be present for the birth of his first child. He gets off to a bad start when his wallet and luggage are stolen, and put on the 'no-fly' list. Peter embarks on a terrifying journey when he accepts a ride from an actor.
    • #Comedy
    • #Drama
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles poster

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Release Year
    1987
    Summary
    An irritable marketing executive, Neal Page, is heading home to Chicago for Thanksgiving when a number of delays force him to travel with a well meaning but overbearing shower curtain ring salesman, Del Griffith.
    • #Comedy
  • Mayhem poster

    Mayhem

    Release Year
    2017
    Summary
    A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.
    • #Action
    • #Comedy
    • #Horror
  • The Belko Experiment poster

    The Belko Experiment

    Release Year
    2016
    Summary
    A group of eighty American workers are locked in their office and ordered by an unknown voice to participate in a twisted game.
    • #Horror
    • #Thriller
  • Go poster

    Go

    Release Year
    1999
    Summary
    Grocery store clerk Simon occasionally sells drugs from his cash register at work, so when soap opera actors Adam and Zack come looking for Ecstasy on a quiet Christmas Eve, they are surprised to find Ronna covering his shift. Desperate for money, Ronna decides to become an impromptu drug dealer, unaware that Adam and Zack are secretly working for obsessed narcotics officer Burke.
    • #Crime
    • #Comedy
    • #Thriller
  • Very Bad Things poster

    Very Bad Things

    Release Year
    1998
    Summary
    Kyle Fisher has one last night to celebrate life as a single man before marrying Laura, so he sets out to Vegas with four of his best buddies. But a drug and alcohol filled night on the town with a stripper who goes all the way, turns into a cold night in the desert with shovels when the stripper goes all the way into a body bag after dying in their bathroom. And that's just the first of the bodies to pile up before Kyle can walk down the aisle...
    • #Comedy
    • #Crime
    • #Thriller
  • The Vanishing poster

    The Vanishing

    Release Year
    1993
    Summary
    The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on.
    • #Thriller
    • #Drama
    • #Mystery
    • #Horror
  • Breakdown poster

    Breakdown

    Release Year
    1997
    Summary
    When his SUV breaks down on a remote Southwestern road, Jeff Taylor lets his wife, Amy, hitch a ride with a trucker to get help. When she doesn't return, Jeff fixes his SUV and tracks down the trucker -- who tells the police he's never seen Amy. Johnathan Mostow's tense thriller then follows Jeff's desperate search for his wife, which eventually uncovers a small town's murderous secret.
    • #Crime
    • #Drama
    • #Mystery
  • Time Lapse poster

    Time Lapse

    Release Year
    2014
    Summary
    Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.
    • #Thriller
    • #Science Fiction
    • #Mystery
  • Project Almanac poster

    Project Almanac

    Release Year
    2015
    Summary
    A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.
    • #Science Fiction
    • #Action
    • #Fantasy

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