(Welcome to Employee Picks, a series where Jacob Knight uses his day job expertise as a video store manager to recommend unique and often overlooked alternative options to the big movies hitting theaters and home video.)

Hello and welcome back to Employee Picks! We’re on our last round of video releases for the summer (before switching back over to theatrical alternatives in September). In order to avoid some overlap with our previously published “Summer Guide”, a few of the bigger titles (Infinity War, Deadpool 2) have been omitted this month, because I already told you what to watch instead of those (so get on it, y’all!). We’re trying to stay fresh in this little corner of the Internet, so don’t look at me funny for operating in the name of #goodcontent.

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(Welcome to Employee Picks, a series where Jacob Knight uses his day job expertise as a video store manager to recommend unique and often overlooked alternative options to the big movies hitting theaters and home video.)

Hello and welcome back to Employee Picks! In case you missed the rules in the first and second editions of the column: for every big-name motion picture on the horizon, I suggest something from the archives to watch in its place that’s either thematically, spiritually, or tangentially related.Yes, I have fully accepted my role in this world: the goofball hipster who wants you to get the hell out of the multiplex and into the realm of pure weirdness (and I won’t apologize one bit).

With those general parameters in mind, here are my alternative picks for every big movie dropping on Blu-Ray, DVD or VOD this July.

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(Welcome to Employee Picks, a series where Jacob Knight uses his day job expertise as a video store manager to recommend unique and often overlooked alternative options to the big movies hitting theaters and home video.)

Hello and welcome back to Employee Picks! In case you missed the rules in the inaugural column’s edition: for every big-name motion picture on the horizon, I suggest something from the archives to watch in its place that’s either thematically, spiritually, or tangentially related. Easy peasy.

With those general parameters in mind, here are my alternative picks for every big movie dropping on Blu-Ray, DVD or VOD this June.

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When I’m not writing, I run a video store.

That’s a weird sentence to write in 2018. However, this profession permits me the distinct pleasure of making film recommendations all day, every day. That’s how this new column came into being: why not apply that skill to the Internet? If you’re on this site, chances are you love movies. And if you love movies, you’ve probably seen all the New Releases already. So, what should you watch tonight instead of just throwing on Thor: Ragnarok again?

Employee Picks is going to act as a monthly guide of sorts. We’re going to go through each weekend in the month, and pick alternatives for the movies currently playing. Normally, we’d be picking theatrical releases, but since I just wrote you a handy Alternative Summer Movie Guide that literally gives you substitutes for every major title playing this summer, we’re going to focus on home video until August comes to a close.

The rules are simple: for every big-name motion picture, I suggest something from the archives to watch in its place that’s either thematically, spiritually, or tangentially related. Easy peasy. With those general parameters in mind, here are my picks for every big movie dropping on Blu-Ray, DVD or VOD this May.

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alternative summer movie guide

Summer time and the living’s easy.

It’s already May, so there’s a decent chance you’ve sifted through an assortment of seasonal preview pieces, letting you know exactly which tentpoles are hitting when, and why you should be excited to experience their whizzbang delights in a theater near you. But what do you do when the lights go up, and you’ve got a whole week to burn before the next big budget diversion rolls into your local multiplex? Or maybe you don’t want to sit through another SFX driven bit of spectacle, and desire a different breed of entertainment while lounging at home?

That’s why I’m here, to deliver /Film’s “Alternative Summer Movie Guide”. When I’m not writing, I’m privileged to run one of the last rental shops on the planet (Vulcan Video in Austin, Texas), so I spend a solid amount of time making off the beaten path recommendations to folks simply looking for slices of cinema they’ve never heard of. With that in mind, take all these titles as potential double-feature pairings with each week’s major release; or perhaps a complete substitute, saving you a trip to the theater, so that you can be wowed by weirdness from the comfort of your couch.

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