The Last Blockbuster – Can the video rental business really survive?

Home Entertainment Quick Picks

The Last Blockbuster is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV

How did you spend your Friday nights as a teenager? For many, the park bench, friends and cheap booze marked the start of the weekend. But, for me, it was my Friday evening trip to the local Blockbuster Video that heralded the start of my two days of freedom. There, in its safety and warmth, I would spend hours trawling through the shelves looking for those hidden gems to watch in my bedroom. Of course, Blockbuster is long gone here in the UK, but one family-run store survives in the US. And this assured and delightful documentary takes us back to those heady days of video rental while demonstrating the power of one woman’s fight to hold onto the past and redefine the future. But can the video rental business really survive a new world of instant access entertainment?

The answer to that question may lie within our love of nostalgia, and the feelings of safety and warmth it creates. After all, vinyl records were discarded by the bucket load as CD reigned supreme in the 90s. However, in recent years they have made a glorious come back in our homes. And while we may be obsessed with instant home entertainment, ownership of physical films remains valuable in a world where movies often slip into the mists of time; never to be seen again in their original format.

Read More Turbo Kid


Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is available now on Criterion Collection blu-ray. Hedwig has had a tough life, from growing up gay in East Berlin to sleeping in his mother’s oven. But, despite this challenging start, Hedwig has become a force of nature, a singer/songwriter whose band, The Angry Inch, plays in small restaurants and


Lyra – a shining talent, passionate campaigner and fearless journalist

Lyra will air on Channel 4 in 2023. Tim Hetherington Award Winner at Sheffield Doc Fest 2022 On Thursday, the 18th of April 2019, the world lost an emerging talent that rarely comes along in the world of journalism. Her last tweet would be “Derry tonight. Absolute madness,” alongside the picture of two police vans

The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie (1979)

The Muppet Movie is available to rent, buy or stream. The Muppet Movie, as expected from the wildly sharp Henson company, cleverly frames the path to fame and fortune as a road trip film, freeing the once stage-bound Muppet performers to let their chaos loose on an unsuspecting America. Few TV to film adaptations have


Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.