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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The Last Blockbuster

Remember Blockbuster Video? If you’re younger than I am, there’s a good chance you don’t! But at one point in history, brick and motor stores dotted the land, offering customers an opportunity to rent video tapes (and later, DVDs and Blu-rays). Blockbuster Video was the reigning champion of franchised video stores, but the birth of streaming video all but killed the company off. Now, only one Blockbuster Video remains, and a Kickstarter aims to create a documentary about the final location: The Last Blockbuster.

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