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Film Fest DVD Rentals - north of the border


I love my movie rental shop. In their quest for hard-to-find films, most Torontonians are aware of the usual, ahem, Suspects, (many of which are Queens), but for those of us living north of St.Clair there is one movie rental oasis.

Film Fest DVD Rentals is tucked away at 405 Duplex Ave, around the corner from Yonge and Eglinton. As the name suggests, they don't carry antediluvian VHS tapes. Nope, this shop has its foot solidly in the 21st century, only offering a selection of DVDs. And a grand selection it is.

There isn't a copy of The Dukes of Hazard to be found; that in itself is enough to encourage my business. But it's the diversity that keeps me returning. Blockbuster certainly doesn't have a separate section reserved for East European directors such as Andrzej Wajda or a shelf of films from French "porno auteuriste" Catherine Breillat.

As long as you're not eager to rent true abominations like Stealth, browsing the rows will inevitably bring out a cry of "I've been dying to see this!"

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So, if you're looking for something from "out-there" genres, Film Fest is the place to do some digging. They've got outlandish treasures such as Santo & The Blue Demon vs. Dracula & the Wolf Man (can you go wrong with Mexican wrestling movies?). Or if you're looking for a way to impress the spouse, how about borrowing Puppetry of the Penis - The Ancient Art of Genital Origami? That's a sure ticket to an amusing evening!

Film Fest is at 405 Duplex Ave. 416-322-3555


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