Hastings is the go-to place for Yumans who have a bit of money to spend.
Books, magazines, movies, music, video games, musical instruments, clothes, it’s all here and for very affordable prices.
I asked how a chain like Hastings came to be. The answer I got from the frumpy, harried cashier went like this: since places like
Yuma are not anyone’s idea of an epicenter of crossculturalism, Hastings strives to narrow that gap by providing them with a ton of stuff they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get (except maybe a used bookstore).
Thus, the movie selection, which is really what this review is all about, is the throbbing heart of this store. I guess the brain is the book selection, which is competent but ultimately very basic.
Anyway, the movies feature who knows how many cuts from various countries and genres.
Do you have a hankering for Japanese period dramas? They’ve got it. What about French Westerns? They have it. Souh American animation?
It’s in there somewhere. And of course they have the essentials, such as newest releases, top anime hits (and even several classics that sent mad waves of nostalgia through my mind), the classic classics, independent dramadies, and even movies no one likes and never had any business being created.
At the check out stand are a variety of treats to keep you satiated as you engage about your artistic journey.
And there’s a cafe for people who hate spending money; you can use the internet or read all day provided you buy a reasonably-priced cup of joe.