Kim's Video

2023

Documentary

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71% · 62 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 57%
IMDb Rating 7.0/10 10 597 597

Director

Top cast

David Lynch as Self - Filmmaker
Joel Coen as Self - Filmmaker
Ethan Coen as Self - Filmmaker
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810.61 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
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23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds 13
1.62 GB
1920*1080
English 5.1
NR
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23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds 28

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by chelseat-88559 7 / 10

Very cool story

This was overall an enjoyable documentary on Kim's Video Store and the aftermath of finding a home for the collection. The story is fairly straightforward with a few twists but in the end it is nice to see things back as they should be. I am thankful for people in this world that value history and culture that stems from it even if it is seedy and the the overlooked story is sometimes the most interesting.

Mr. Kim is an interesting fella. Big heart and love of film, raided by FBI on multiple occassions, possible cia asset during the Korean War, and generous with his life and money. I would have enjoyed a bit more on him than the tertiary minutes we get, but I respect his privacy and need for a life not defined by video tapes and late fees (You should have nailed the Coen bros on that honestly. They had plenty of money, gave zero craps about helping out, and played facetious whenever possible about it. Lost a lot of respect for them instantly).

The only mar on this was the story teller. I appreciate the efforts to recover the collection and the movie in general but it ain't always about you. Proving he has at least consumed the Criterion collection and claiming the movies have voices that call to him, it sounds like someone who is trying to emulate having a soul without understanding what a soul is and why things feel. It was super awkward having him wander around Salemi, not speaking Italian or even able to use translate, pointing cameras in locals faces while acting like a non verbal on spectrum weirdo, breaking into buildings and mixing spanish with Italian (Jeebus dude they are romance languages and very similar in basal structure unlike French or Portuguese you should be able to understand and speak 6 words from all of your Fellini fests lol). I loved the Giorgio Moroder loving musician that did film music, he was a hoot. Such a wonderful modernly classic sound. UNLIKE THE SOUNDTRACK which was knobbish dubstep. I guess either the filmmaker made it or it was free because it did not fit and only helped the party scene in which the heist was set. Overall a cool story and thankful of what was done to preserve the collection for generations to come. Back when youtube was shelves and you had to go and get it lol.

Reviewed by chenp-54708 5 / 10

An Extremely Interesting Story That Feels Lost

Saw this at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival

"Kim's Video" is a documentary that follows trail of beloved video store films from New York City to Sicily. The history of Kim's Video is pretty interesting especially those who love collecting physical media. Directed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, while the film never feels boring, it's unfortunate the documentary goes all over the place.

The presentation is pretty good and there are pretty good archival footages used showing the history of Kim's Video and how it's legacy has changed over the years. There are interviews from participants that were very interesting to listen and observe. However, the documentary gets lost as the film tends to focus way too much on the personals side of the main filmmaker rather than focusing on the history and facts behind Kim's Video.

It's understandable where the filmmakers are trying to approach but the main structure doesn't feel focused. It goes from an documentary filled with facts and historical ideas to an personal journey that feels a bit full of itself and not self-aware. "Kim's Video" was never boring but it was annoying to see the uneven structure of the documentary and discussions that felt a little unsatisfied.

Overall, it's not bad but it's pretty underwhelming.

Rating: C+

Reviewed by mesaxi 5 / 10

Film maker got in the way of an interesting story

The story of Kim's Video does have some interesting details with some bizarre aspects, but the way it was presented felt extremely clumsy and awkward. About 25% of the documentary is the filmmakers barraging you with dub step while they namedrop movies to relate the situation. The narrator seems to admit an obsession, though the film lists two writer/directors so it's hard to say who exactly is saying these things. The deadpan, almost monotone narration reminded me of Fire of Love, which was the major fault I had with that documentary.

The ultimate issue was that the filmmakers treated this situation with a pile of tapes like it was some serious criminal act that needed to be rectified. They went to a small town in Italy and started harassing people like they were all in on some conspiracy to steal these tapes or something. The chief of the police was a bit of an oddball, but I think he had an appropriate reaction to a bunch of Americans strolling into town like they were entitled to something, bothering the locals, trespassing, and ultimately stealing (though I find that whole part dubious). Even Kim himself seemed like he was simply glad to have gotten rid of the tapes, and was only humoring them because they approached him like investigative reporters filming an expose.

Ultimately, it was a pile of bootleg tapes that some culturally significant people accessed before they were famous. Sure some of it is rare or even one of a kind, but that's because it was discarded rubbish. Now they've reclaimed the tapes so they can not be watched somewhere else.

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