The Last Blockbuster Documentary on Netflix

After hitting the film festival circuit and getting an online release late last year, the documentary The Last Blockbuster is making one more stop that couldn’t be more ironic. In just a few days, Netflix will be streaming the film about the last standing Blockbuster Video store in Bend, Oregon. Why is this ironic? Because Blockbuster had a chance to buy Netflix before the DVD mailing company and eventual streaming service ended up burying them. Read More »

Fewer trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we get nostalgic in the toy aisle, get supernatural, wander through the video store, get mixed up with the wrong people, and catch up with Patton Oswalt.

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Fewer trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we throw ourselves out of a perfectly fine plane, remember wandering the aisles at the local Blockbuster Video, go space and leave our kid behind, and get a lesson in media literacy from one of the best in the game.

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Fewer trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we go two-tone, become a mercenary after serving our country, upset the wrong people in Mother Russia, hope for an accident to pay some bills, and get a little weird after a teen mysteriously disappears. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we remember the 90’s Ska explosion, get it in our heads to knock over an arcade, spend our summer skating in the city, take a detour in Ukraine, and think about Elvis Presley’s impact beyond just his music. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we wonder at a one-hit wonder and ponder what could have been and is, visit our old stomping grounds to find a piece of our past in all its cringe worthy glory, try to get out of a personal rut, ask ourselves “How much ya bench?” over and over again, and marvel at personal expression. Read More »