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Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Last Blockbuster 2020 * Star


"They should just stay open, call themselves something else." Uh no. Video stores are obsolete for a reason. People would rather hit the old Redbox, surf YouTube, go to a theater post-Covid, or stream something. I mean that's the norm now unless you've been in a coma for ten years.

So yeah, The Last Blockbuster is a documentary about the last Blockbuster video store in Bend, Oregon. And um, the manager is still trying to keep it open (that's not something to brag about). I say why. Why keep a store afloat with a name that is almost a running joke at this point. People chuckle when the designation Blockbuster Video is mentioned these days. We've all moved on but said manager obviously hasn't. She's stuck in a time warp circa 1999.

Released in December 2020 and featuring some goofy narration by Lauren Lapkus, The Last Blockbuster is a badly eccentric docu that gives a Bend family fifteen minutes of fame for trying to keep relevant the already bygone, Blockbuster name.

There are interviews by actors and CEO-s that tell us the history of Blockbuster Video and why it has found a place in nostalgia. Gimme a break. Were they paid to "bend" the truth (no pun intended)? I could give a rat's butt what Kevin Smith, Ione Skye, and Adam Brody have to say. I mean I would've completely forgotten about Blockbuster had this silly flick not found its way onto Netflix (which subsequently ran Blockbuster Video business into the ground).

All in all, The Last Blockbuster with its too little, too late irrelevance, should've probably never been made. Captain Marvel's trailer only fueled that limp fire. Added to that, The Last Blockbuster is pretentious stuff that at the same time, doesn't even bother to take itself seriously. It's not even worth a "rental". Natch.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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