Movie Review – The Last Blockbuster (2020)

The Final Blockbuster, 2020.

Directed by Taylor Morden
That includes Sandi Harding, Kevin Smith, Doug Benson, Brian Posehn, Paul Scheer, Samm Levine, Jamie Kennedy, Ron Funches, Lloyd Kaufman, and Ione Skye



A documentary in regards to the final remaining Blockbuster Video retailer positioned in Bend, Oregon.


Blockbuster Video, and the magic of the rental course of usually, maintain a really particular place in my coronary heart. It was my first job out of college, a transitional step from a 3 12 months stint that would generously be labelled ‘finding out’ movie. I could have written 10,000 phrases on the altering illustration of the motion hero, however my actual schooling lay throughout the 4 partitions of Blockbuster; friendships, relationships, suggestions, and boosting the turnover and consciousness of Nearly Well-known to a small nook of leafy England.

Taylor Morden’s The Final Blockbuster is the punctuation to a ritual that outlined an period. An opportunity for these like myself to have their nostalgia stoked by tales of late charges, membership playing cards, or wandering the aisles for hours on finish in search of an undiscovered gem, or that returned copy of One Night time At McCools, a movie which to this present day I stay staggered by the quantity of copies we had been despatched.

Nevertheless, for these with much less indulgent reminiscences, or too younger to know what on Earth I’m speaking about outdoors of scenes from Captain Marvel or the ill-advised ending of The Misplaced World: Jurassic Park, The Final Blockbuster is an enchanting perception right into a ceremony that has now been lowered to half-heartedly scrolling a via a poorly rendered menu (cough *Amazon* cough) and urgent play.


The titular retailer is positioned in Bend, Oregon, and is run by the infectiously enthusiastic Sandi Harding and her assorted household. It’s a illustration which completely captures what the rental course of was about; group. Positive you’d get the odd retailer with a Randal Graves behind the counter, however as a rule video rental shops had been a haven for everybody; the household, the post-pub crowd, the date evening, the lone cinephile who’d frequent the international language part, thumbing Festen, however stealing a look at The Day After Tomorrow and hoping no one noticed them.

Such tales and experiences are recounted lovingly by quite a few speaking heads, from Doug Benson from the Doug Loves Films podcast, via Say Something‘s Ione Skye, How Did This Get Made’s Paul Scheer, and a director who purchased us the final word illustration of what it was prefer to be a retailer employee, Kevin Smith.

The documentary isn’t all soft-focus nostalgia although, simply wait till you hear what Troma creator Lloyd Kaufman thinks of your complete operation, and a big chunk of the intrigue comes from how this world model collapsed like a precariously stacked counter popcorn show to go away one retailer standing. There are quite a few tales of buy-outs, leveraging the corporate for money, and the surprising impression “no extra late charges” had, but it surely’s the notorious rebuttal of Netflix which causes the largest facepalm. Hindsight is a superb factor, however so was be form rewind.

For these of us that lived our Excessive Constancy in a video rental retailer, this good-natured retrospective is as candy as discovering that final copy of Bridget Jones’s Diary on launch weekend. For anybody else, The Final Blockbuster is opening the double doorways to an unfamiliar, unimaginable world of yesteryear, one which the documentary optimistically hopes may discover us strolling that blue carpet as soon as once more.

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