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13 Struggles Of A Broke Film Fanatic

Being broke and loving movies is almost as hard as having real problems.

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1. When the film you want to see isn't playing at your local theater

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If you don't live in a big city, smaller films probably aren't playing near you. Seeing that indie that everyone's talking about requires driving far, which of course requires gas money.

2. Choosing between going to the movies and going grocery shopping

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Going to the movies nowadays means allocating at least $75 dollars for a ticket and a small bag of popcorn. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices.

3. When a movie you love is released by Criterion but you can't buy it

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The Criterion Collection is also known as the future site of my financial ruin. When there are that many special features, do I really need car insurance?

4. Wanting to go to a film festival that's too far away

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As we all know, film festivals are usually held in accessible places like Utah and Cannes, France. I don't know any casual non-press film-goers that have the time or money to go to them, but when I meet one they will become my best friend.

5. Torrenting a movie for free even though it's on a shady website

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I always ask myself, "Is watching this movie worth giving my computer a devastating virus?" Then I don't answer that and watch it anyway.

6. When you're tired of paying for streaming services

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Why are there so many of you, streaming services? Could you please get together and just put all of the movies on one? We'll think about the consequences of that massive conglomeration later.

7. When Netflix takes the movie you've been meaning to watch off their site

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I put it on my list and I've been scrolling past it for several months, but I was definitely going to watch it at some point. How dare you?

10. When you can only find the remake of a movie available to rent

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Sometimes you just want to watch Straw Dogs and then you realize you're watching the version with the guy who played angsty Tarzan.

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