[Media Meandry] Easier Than Legal

Going through my things to downsize leads to interesting questions. If I want to watch a movie like Charly, based on Flowers For Algernon, should I watch it on the VHS tape I own or does it matter if I watched it somewhere else? If the legal options aren’t as readily available, what’s the problem with watching it through other routes? Who profits but the current legal owner? Let’s explore those and other problematic questions.

Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]

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[Media Meandry] Adjust Your Tracking (2012)

Mostly throughout 2019, a shelf-full of assorted VHS tapes sat in the dining room of my apartment-mansion with barely a way to play them. I’d fallen out of interest with the hobby of collecting tapes or even watching movies. Watching Adjust Your Tracking hasn’t turned me into a passionate tapehead again. Rather, ruminating on what these collectors enjoy about the hobby has solidified what I want from movies, VHS tapes, and what I want to watch.

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
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[Tape Review] Sub Pop Video Network Program 1

My first entry to the Better Zombie catalog eight months ago was a proto “Thrifting Adventures” post about a thrift shop I like and some stuff I got there. I made this review and forgot about it. As I’ve been clearing out my backlog, upped my lightbox game, and strengthened my reviewing skills, I figure I’ll add to that practice and get this review of the Sub Pop Video Network Program 1 tape in the can.

Bias: Huge Nirvana fan
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Movie Review] Your Name (2016)

Your Name is almost completely style at the expense of substance. We follow two teenagers through elaborately animated set pieces around homes hidden in forests, interiors of homes that are shown at extreme angles, and clouds, because of course there are clouds, it’s by the director of Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second. Those teens encounter a certain premise that, if the reveal wasn’t spoiled for you in the advertising…

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
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Movie Review: Inherent Vice (2014)

Inherent Vice is a psychedelic rock jam translated into a movie. We tag along as private investigator “Doc” Sportello takes a case for his ex after she’s moved on from the hippie lifestyle of the late 1960s and into the glamor with a violent undercurrent that would replace it. Life is treating Doc well, though something’s missing, and it’d be easy to say a coherent plot. The lively conversations and vibrant world are more important than plot, similar to these four examples:

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Movie Review: Hell or High Water (2016, No Spoilers)

Hell or High Water is more than a mere distraction on a quiet Saturday afternoon and yet doesn’t have staying power. We follow two brothers, smart Toby and reckless Tanner, as they stumble through a series of bank robberies. Toby is a failed family man working toward a better future and Tanner sees no future while seemingly working toward failure. They’re hitting small time banks and covering their tracks well enough that the big cheese new guard is not interested. Who is?

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Movie Review: A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

A Woman Under the Influence is a harrowing yet unfulfilling glimpse into a family suffering from the stresses of 1970s America. Mabel is nervous, awkward, and insecure about herself. Nick switches between concern and control for his wife. Mabel lashes out against a world she doesn’t understand. Nick caves into the pressures of his peers. Their kids know that mommy ain’t right and daddy ain’t fair. Their parents know that they have issues. There is just one problem.

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