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Vincent descends on his subject like an angel of mercy, casting light on the disenfranchised denizens that found in the arcade a home away from home.
The fate of Chinatown Fair makes for a reasonably compelling, if familiar, story... [Yet] it's when the film wanders offsite that its true subject emerges.
It really does take us there and illustrate why this place mattered to so many people. It made me want to go find some quarters and head down to the arcade myself.
"The Lost Arcade" is an engaging minor movie, but it touches on something that's being lost in the age of technology that's much bigger than video-game arcades: the feeling that there's a reason - driving and inescapable and romantic - to leave home.
art scrappy, part sweet and wholly enjoyable, "The Lost Arcade" is a love letter to a vanished piece of New York, and a little wish for the future.
The Lost Arcade doesn't offer a particularly fresh angle on the subject, but it may please those nostalgic for the days when people stood in front of huge cabinets, paying a quarter a shot to do their punching by avatar.
"The Lost Arcade" speaks to a greater cultural shift towards personal isolation without putting too fine a point on it and the desire by some to rebel against it.
... surprisingly optimistic.
Cue an intimate effort that could never be charged with concentrating on style over substance, but could be accused of heightening sensation over aesthetics.
The Lost Arcade is an endearing documentary, but the film nonetheless feels significantly longer than its sub-hour and twenty minute run time.
The Lost Arcade is a documentary without focus.
Given that we're in a Golden Age of Documentaries, it's disappointing that this doc doesn't live up to its potential by lacking insight and being somewhat lethargic as well as overlong despite its brief running time.
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