We told you about “The Last Blockbuster” a few months ago when we spoke with its ska-loving director, Taylor Morden. Well this week, the internet is losing its mind. “NETFLIX IS STREAMING THE MOVIE ABOUT THE COMPANY IT DESTROYED?!?!” The jokes were amazing on Twitter and Reddit, btw.
While Netflix is getting hammered for showing how it shut down the mighty Blockbuster, they did not actually create it. We have Morden to thank for it and the nostalgic documentary begins streaming on Netflix March 15th.
Morden began making films after his band needed a music video. He went on to do videos for others bands, then commercials and documentaries. As an OC Music News reader, I am going to assume you watched his ska documentary, “Pick it Up! Ska in the ‘90s.” After moving to Bend, Oregon, he noticed the Blockbuster sign and decided check it out and found it will still open for business.
“It was still functioning,” he says. “It was exactly what you see in the movie. It looked like I remember, it smelled like I remembered, and it was like walking into a time warp. It was as if no one had told them that Blockbuster went out of business and they just kept right on going.”
Morden decided to make a documentary about the 12 remaining Blockbuster locations and it was pure perfect timing that he was interviewing store manager Sandi Harding and crew when they became THE last Blockbuster.
No spoilers here, but you will find out the current status of “The Last Blockbuster,” see how Blockbuster went from opening one new store every 17 hours to having only one remaining, and hear from Kevin Smith, Doug Benson, Ione Skye, Brian Posehn, and Jamie Kennedy.
If you do not have Netflix, “The Last Blockbuster” is streaming now on digital platforms, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Fandango, the cable and satellite VOD, or you can purchase a physical copy exclusively from Blockbuster.