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The Last BlockbusterBy Taylor Morden

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The Last Blockbuster details how the movie rental franchise became one of the most popular ways of interacting with cinema, and how it then all but disappeared.

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Without movies, you're only getting half of the story of what our culture was at any given time during any decade.

Samm Levine, actor


Once an essential part of people's evenings, Blockbuster video rental stores are now mostly a distant memory – except for one store in Oregon.

Taylor Morden is a director whose previous work includes the documentary Pick It Up! - Ska in the '90s. In The Last Blockbuster, Morden talks to Sandy Harding, manager of the last Blockbuster location in the U.S., to learn how Blockbuster became a staple of American culture – and how it faded from relevance seemingly overnight.

This documentary traces the path from Blockbuster's peak to its poor leadership and failure to respond to competition from streaming services like Netflix. In the process, we learn the deeper factors behind Blockbuster's collapse, and what its loss means for our culture.

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