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Shot entirely on VHS, VHYes is a montage of what happens when a twelve-year-old boy who gets a camera for Christmas 1987 tapes over his parents’ wedding tape with a selection of various late night shows. Thus, it is right up my alley, as I love it when an old, supposedly outdated technology manages to poke its way into a new era. The section that really gets me going more than any other is a parody of a cheesy porno, set in a blazing-hot, global warming-ravaged winter in which a bunch of horny scientists have to get it on with each other to solve the crisis. Since this isn’t an actual porno, the climactic moments are pointedly removed, but I still achieve satisfaction. There’s a certain artfulness to the whole affair (as indicated by the European-but-also-vulgar director’s name, “Dick Pierre”), and it’s always lovely when there’s plenty of personality present even when the conventional wisdom says it’s not needed. And that’s a big reason why I love the persistence of VHS. It’s not just about (or even primarily about) nostalgia. With the tracking lines and unique frame rate and visual noise, there’s just so much personality inherent to the format.

I give VHYes An Indication That I’m Totally Into Its Personality.