Friday nights meant one thing to my family: A Blockbuster visit. My sisters and I would be shaking with excitement as my mom drove us to the one that used to be down the street from our house. Racing past the movie posters along the store-front windows, I would always be the first one to step foot in the store where I was immediately greeted by a cardboard cutout of Luke Skywalker and Jerry, the cashier who wore a blue uniform and awesome movie-themed ties. Anticipation would build within me as I scanned the kaleidoscopic array of aisles that held thousands of VHS movies waiting to be watched. We made sure to cover the whole store-more than once-to pick the movies we wanted to see. My sisters and I enjoyed creating our own storylines for films we passed that had strange names or humorous movie covers. According to us, The Breakfast Club was about a group of teenagers who were obsessed with IHOP. Our visits ended with a bag of four movies in blue cases, a carton of Milk Duds, and microwavable popcorn. I remember it was the best way to spend a Friday night. This short film is a documentary about the decline of video rental stores in Los Angeles shot in virtual reality with the intention of giving viewers the nostalgic experience of renting a movie.
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