Keeping Up With Kriterion, er, Criterion.
I’ve been on Netflix for quite some time. movies comes, and movies go, and one has to pay double for both streaming and physical copies of DVDs mailed directly to one, which is bunk (i opted for streaming, and it’s true that they have more and more stuff). i enjoy it overall, but i find the dropping and picking up of titles a bit annoying. no big deal ultimately.
HuluPLUS, however, is generally annoying and doesn’t seem to have a huge great selection of movies. this is why i never bothered to sign up for it. BUT: it did always have one thing that Netflix often does not have: a giant selection of films from the Criterion Collection. if yr not familiar with Criterion, i’ll briefly say it’s basically a world famous collection of artsy-farsty films, foreign, domestic, etc, that have been deemed important somehow. they’re also often rather expensive, even moreso back in the day. i guess it started on Laserdisc? who knows? the films are often accompanied with a lot of extras for the film-fanatic, like commentaries, essays by film experts, etc. it’s great stuff.
me being me, however, i could not afford both. so i came upon the scheme (it’s not really a scheme, i guess) of putting my Netflix on hold for awhile (they don’t charge whilst your account is on hold), sign up for HuluPLUS (it’s the same amount as Netflix streaming, you see), watch as many of the Criterion movies as possible, and then go back to Netflix. they slightly screwed this up by no longer allowing one to put a hold on the Netflix account. their new solution: just cancel your membership, then come back on. they claim to save your info and queue for up to a year, so hopefully that works out.
and so that is what i did. it may bum some of my friends out to know i won’t be finishing Breaking Bad soon (i’ve seen the 1st 5 episodes of the first season), but to be perfectly honest, i’m not that beholden to TV shows, regardless of format, and Breaking Bad’s not going anywhere. for now, this is a much more rewarding viewing experience. and if i alienate people with my artsiness, well, a)how’s that any different than usual?, and b)more time to watch movies.
here’s what i’ve seen so far since friday night:
-Himiko (1974) (this is a weird movie about ancient Japan, bronze age i think, about a shaman-priestess. there’s so little info about this film on the net, and it’s not even listed on the criterion website, which lists stuff even if it’s out of print. ah well.)
-The Holy Man (1965) (by Satyajit Ray, about a con-artist guru and three skeptics who expose him. for some bizarre reason, Ray’s Apu Trilogy is not in the Criterion collection. i often question the Criteria for films in Criterion (pun intended).)
-Sister (1973) (Brian DePalma film about conjoined twins who are separated and one becomes a murderess… or does she MWAH-AH-AH! Margot Kidder stars as a french-canadian, and she’s doing a crazy Pepe LePue accent the whole time. Hitchock-ian!)
non Criterion related, i also watched The Source documentary, which i don’t believe ended up on netflix, but it might have. it’s good stuff, and one of three movies i’ve watched in the last 2 days about spiritual hucksters. unintentional, i assure you.