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Starbucking (2005)

Bill Tangeman  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Bill Tangeman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Heretic Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA1W7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There are an awful lot of Starbucks coffee shops around the globe, and attempting to visit each one is a goal that some might describe as foolhardy (at best). But don't tell that to the singularly-monikered Winter, who is the star and focus of the quirky documentary Starbucking. A eccentric young man with a drive that borders on obsessive, Winter has spent 10 years consuming coffee at every Starbucks in the world (and writing about it on his blog), and in the course of Nebraska-based filmmaker Bill Tangeman's documentary, he downs what appears to be several troughs' worth of the brew while espousing his theories on life and global harmony. From the standpoint of sheer spectacle, the sight of Winter guzzling coffee is eye-raising but not quite on par with Morgan Spurlock's self-abuse in Super Size Me (and the movie ultimately says little about the coffee chain's rampant growth), but Tangeman's amusing direction tempers the repetitive aspects of Winter's mission. The DVD includes commentary by Winter and Tangeman, as well as deleted scenes. -- Paul Gaita

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Follow the bizarre story of Winter, a man who has dedicated his life to visiting every Starbucks in the world. Discover the unlikely motivation behind his seemingly pointless and impossible mission. Learn how this near obsession has driven Winter to more than 6,000 Starbucks (and counting) since 1997.

Ride along with Winter on a journey that has led him to nearly every U.S. state and several foreign countries in search of new Starbucks. See hilarious encounters with the people he meets along the way. Watch as he tries to break his longstanding record of visiting 28 Starbucks in one day to find out if that much caffeine can drive a person completely insane!

STARBUCKING is truly the ultimate road movie. The story takes place on location everywhere, including the friendly neighborhood Starbucks down the street from your house. Sit back, have a cup of joe, and watch as one man defies society's norms in a never ending search for the lady in green...

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starbucking Rocks February 25, 2007
This is the kind of movie that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Winter, the star - if you can call him that, is an interesting character but not nearly interesting enough for 70+ minutes of footage. Rather, it is the blend of Road Trip type humor, the thoughts from the characters encountered on the journey, coupled with the fact that this is not a concocted documentary which culminate to turn an interesting subject into an uplifting, funny and insightful movie. It was great in the film festivals and I can't wait to watch the final take along with the bonus features.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pointless, but i couldn't stop watching May 12, 2007
By S.
I'd read about Winter in the Washington Post a couple years back...couldn't quite understand why he was on this quest. I found it interesting, how someone could have such a singular focus and follow through with such enthusiasm. So, I had to watch the film, hoping to understand why he worked so hard on his 'project'.

Winter himself thinks this project has no deeper meaning. Of course, he appears to be obsessive compulsive and to say the least, strange. That's about the only insight we get in this film. It offers no deeper meaning, doesn't put his quest into context, doesn't even make a judgement that visiting all the world's Starbucks is even possible. (I'd like to see a chart showing how quickly the chain is growing with respect to the rate in which Winter can visit the stores....this is seemingly a never-ending battle.)

About all we get is the camera following Winter, Winter acting goofy due to his over-caffeination, and some commentary by Winter on the progress of his quest. He does offer some philosophy in the form of a lecture...not sure where this lecture was given, nor why.

I can't say this was a particularly good documentary, but I couldn't stop watching it. I feel like watching this was pointless, just like Winter's pursuit.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to watch April 24, 2007
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It is hard to describe this piece of work. Bizarre comes to mind but that's not really correct. I reached a point where I wanted to stop watching but I had to finish it. It is an experience in itself. What Winter does is some kind of performance art. There is precision and discipline and commitment and unbelievable effort and even deprivation involved in what he does. As I watched I had the strongest urge to go to my own Starbucks. Made me want to take a road trip,too. Freedom calls. And all of that rests on a barely submerged question of sanity. But is it his or mine? I'm glad I watched it and I may have to watch it again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man's caffeinated journey.. March 9, 2007
"Starbucking" is a must see film! It's a brilliantly produced documentary that captures the essence of one man's psychological obsession to visit every single Starbucks coffee house. Winter's perserverance is highly entertaining, and I will admit that I became entranced with his journey. This is a film that could definitely be watched a hundred times and still make you laugh...Bravo to all of those involved in the making of this film!

Best regards,

Stefanie Kammerman
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Put on a pot of House Blend and enjoy April 27, 2007
By dj206
Starbucks should give this dude a $1,000 card to spend at their stores for all the free publicity he has given them. As other reviwers have sad, it is a bizare and unique journey to attain the obviously unreachable goal of visiting every Starbucks. Worth a watch.
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