The Critical Press
This well-intentioned, slim volume aims to bring together a range of voices around the idea of the local video store being the birth place of modern independent cinema and indie-filmmaking; most famously Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith learned loads about their trade by being the jerk behind the counter at the local video store. So too did David O. Russell, Darren Aronofsky, Alison Anders and many others – or if they didn’t directly work at the video store they were frequent visitors, had friends who hooked them up, had a fondness for this now archaic blip on pop-culture’s radar.
I’m a big video store fan myself, I still have a local one to visit and I worked in one for a (short) time too. But I couldn’t really get behind I Lost It At The Video Store – it never seemed to get anyway, the Oral History format reduced to essentially meaningless pull-quotes, shaped only vaguely to a theme.
Roston is a good writer/researcher but here the idea doesn’t quite fly – maybe because convincing people that the death of the video store is a concern is an uphill battle. I’m not sure why this doesn’t quite fire but it doesn’t.
It’s a very easy, light read but really not much from it sticks – beyond a mild bitterness.