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|11.08.13||Internet||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2013|
A doc about VHS, VHS culture, VHS obsession, and VHS nostalgia. I have to claim bias on this one. Alamo regulars made it, Alamo regulars appear in it, Austin is all over this thing so I can't really be 100% objective. I can say that this movie really exemplifies what seems to be a prevalent thought here in town shared by most cineasts and filmgoers that is a holy appreciation for the diamonds in the rough. You see it in the Alamo programming, the mondo posters, the continued survival of I Luv and Vulcan videos, and in every film geek conversation circle that takes place before and after most screenings. People here love movies and have no class distinction between high and low and perhaps the bestest thing ever is to root through the oceans of pap to come up with that one special film to bring to the rest of the group and share. I don't know if that made any sense. It's getting late. And who knows if that's in any way unique to Austin. Maybe all film lovers feel the same.
Anyway, I liked this movie a lot. I feel like anyone reading this (read: me) has their own fond and formative memories associated with VHS or video stores. I certainly do. In fact from time to time I still look up to see how Wonder Book & Video is doing in Frederick, MD because they were the most special store I had access to in middle and high schools. This movie is an avid celebration of all that stuff along with some history and pontification on the future of media consumption thrown in. I feel like they covered all the bases and presented an enjoyable and complete experience here. Definitely some good stuff.
And now... I think I'm going to try and fit in a midnight movie even though it's after midnight and i'm pretty tired. We'll see!