THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE REVIEW
At the height of its success, Blockbuster Video had over 9000 locations and was opening a new store every 17 hours. And then Netflix came and killed Blockbuster. Or did they? Interviews with former Blockbuster owners and executives tell a different story. Now reduced to a single store in Bend, Oregon, owner Sandi Harding and her family continue to keep the shelves of “The Last Blockbuster” stocked with new releases, even if Sandi has to go to the local Walmart to buy the videos herself. Also appearing on camera are Kevin Smith, Brian Posehn, Doug Benson, Samm Levine, Jamie Kennedy, Ione Skye, Ron Funches, Paul Scheer, James Arnold Taylor, and Lauren Lapkus (who also narrates). If you think watching a bunch of celebrities reminisce about a chain of video stores and the tactile pleasure of physical media sounds cloyingly sentimental, you’d be right. Fortunately, Troma Studios head Lloyd Kaufmann shows up just long enough to piss on everyone’s nostalgia for Blockbuster. Our own crew of video nasties Ben, Trevor, Jordan and Marco do some reminiscing of their own as they discuss the merits of this feel good tale. Is “The Last Blockbuster” worth a rental? Or should you leave it in the discount bin next to those unwatched copies of “Mortdecai”? Listen to our review to find out!
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DIRECTED BY: Taylor Morden
STARRING: Sandi Harding, Kevin Smith, Ione Skye, Brian Posehn, Doug Benson, Paul Scheer, Samm Levine, Jamie Kennedy, Ron Funches, James Arnold Taylor, Lloyd Kaufman, Darren Hayes, Kate Hagden, Kimberly Leemans, Jared Rasic
Ben Glasthal (Highly Suspect Review, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Unstabletop Gamers, Video and Audio Editor, Assistant Site Manager)
Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched MovieReelizations.com where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.
Trevor Trujillo (Screener Squad)
Trevor T. Trujillo is a One Of Us contributor in addition to being the co-host, co-founder, and co-producer of the Nighthawks Podcast. Trevor’s 17-year media career spans multiple arenas including television, radio, podcasting, and online journalism; and he is currently the editor-in-chief for a regional online news provider in the Rocky Mountain West. Often a nomad, Trevor has found himself “at home” in places like Austin, Texas; West Hollywood, California; and throughout central and southeastern Wyoming. Get the pause button ready, Trevor also manages to pop up in blink-and-you’ll-miss-them featured extra roles in Nickelodeon’s FRED, TruTV’s OPERATION REPO and the Todd Rohal/Zack Carlson short THE SUPLEX DUPLEX COMPLEX.
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”
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