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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 6:38 pm 
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Bittoo Boss & Kama Sutra, two Hindi films I caught on the streaming service today were quite different experiences. I can't recommend Bittoo at all. Indian tv star, Pulkit Samrat, who plays a talented wedding video shooter, made his admirable feature film debut. But the film has a wayward script that goes south about halfway and not nearly enough dance numbers for this less-than-typical Bollywood flick. It's a shame, too, because Samrat moves well. Director, Mira Nair's Kama Sutra is in a different class altogether. A classic tale set in 16th century India, Nair captures a refreshingly authentic sensual Punjabi love story. It's one of my faves that is also available as a Netflix download (one of the few times I've bothered with this feature). The soundtracks to both films are superb.
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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:54 pm 
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I know it's been a while, but Netflix can go fuck themselves with their new and useless ratings system. It's there any way to circumvent this bullshit and find their old system of ratings?


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:56 pm 
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If you still have DVD rentals you can use their old system through that part of the website.


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:19 am 
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dx23 wrote:
I know it's been a while, but Netflix can go fuck themselves with their new and useless ratings system. It's there any way to circumvent this bullshit and find their old system of ratings?

Hear, hear. Now to convert family members to APrime, whose rating system is almost as dysfunctional, but whose selection is far more varied.


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:47 am 
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Hear, hear. Now to convert family members to APrime, whose rating system is almost as dysfunctional, but whose selection is far more varied.

I have Amanzon Prime and have been using it as frequently as Netflix. Still, the ratings system there sucks too like you mentioned.

captveg wrote:
If you still have DVD rentals you can use their old system through that part of the website.

Unfortunately, I dropped the DVD rental part a while ago.

I wonder if the ratings system change is just a ploy so people would be fooled to watch all those shitty Netflix Adam Sandler films even though they were getting horrible reviews.


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:59 pm 

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It came about almost immediately after Amy Schumer's last stand up special was trashed by everyone.


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:46 am 
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dx23 wrote:
ando wrote:
Hear, hear. Now to convert family members to APrime, whose rating system is almost as dysfunctional, but whose selection is far more varied.

I have Amanzon Prime and have been using it as frequently as Netflix. Still, the ratings system there sucks too like you mentioned.

Just a note regarding AP movie reviews: you can submit a review by hitting the "view all reviews" tab at the bottom of the feature page. It'll take you to the Amazon site where all the reviews are displayed.

Btw, having fun exploring their streaming catalogue. I use the Just Watch search engine (Instantwatch equivalent) in conjunction with Prime Movies. Smart filters.


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:18 pm 
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Christopher Nolan is not a fan of Netflix...Some of his points I don't necessarily agree with, like this one
[Reveal] Spoiler:
He shrugged off the notion that TV was somehow supplanting movies in popular culture.


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:34 pm 

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FrauBlucher wrote:
Christopher Nolan is not a fan of Netflix...Some of his points I don't necessarily agree with, like this one
[Reveal] Spoiler:
He shrugged off the notion that TV was somehow supplanting movies in popular culture.


I'm with him on many of these points. The one you've singled out...I think it's more he doesn't want to accept it, even if it seems true.


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:20 pm 
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Looks like the old rating system is back. Slipshod as it is it's better than none at all. Still, when I did a highest rating filter on instantwatcher the drop off in classics and well regarded contemporary films since my last search was depressing. APrime's been my go to service lately. Loads of junk but some interesting stuff as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:15 am 
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Netflix just purchased Millarworld. Millarworld is the comic book company of Mark Millar and includes such properties like Wanted, Secret Service, Kick-Ass and Empress. I imagine Netflix will do series/movies of these properties and also determine which comic book companies publish new stories/ reprints of these properties.


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:28 pm 
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John Shade wrote:
FrauBlucher wrote:
Christopher Nolan is not a fan of Netflix...Some of his points I don't necessarily agree with, like this one
[Reveal] Spoiler:
He shrugged off the notion that TV was somehow supplanting movies in popular culture.


I'm with him on many of these points. The one you've singled out...I think it's more he doesn't want to accept it, even if it seems true.


I don't know about that. Television seems to be supplanting film at the moment because they are heading to a meeting in the middle. As theaters and film studios have made the theatrical experience less impressive with low-res digital technology, the same technology has been embraced by television to improve its own status. Digital capture and mastering has effectively blurred the lines between what is television and what is theatrical feature, since both mediums are now often prepared and presented the same way. At the same time, digital effects have allowed television to accomplish things previously reserved for features, just as feature films will utilize many of the same digital effects tools unless budgets allow for more time and money to be spent.

Netflix is right in the middle of this, as they essentially prepare high-end television series and low-to-mid-range feature films for what is effectively a la carte television distribution. They are essentially an on demand television channel, which is really what all home streaming is.

Now, whether or not anyone wants to acknowledge this has yet to be seen, but my hope is that sometime in the next decade, there is a realization of what is happening to movies, and a re-embrace of celluloid film. Let digital mastering (and if need be, digital capture) continue for television, and focus on superior celluloid (and maybe even other analog) methods for film (and highly regarded television) production. In other words, picking up where we left off before things like Attack of the Clones. I have often wondered where we would be with film had it continued to be the dominant medium into the 21st century, anyway, considering that celluloid seemed to improve every decade it was in major use. I don't know, maybe that's a billionaire level of crazy, but I just think digital production and distribution has really ruined cinema, and has threatened the profitability of films and television produced in the future, and nowhere else is this more evident to me than the rise of prestige television, coupled with the declines in theater-going.


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 Post subject: Re: Netflix
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:11 pm 
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Disney is pulling out of their agreement with Netflix in 2019 because they are starting their own streaming service. Just what people asked, another streaming service. :roll: Although this kind of explains why they purchase Millarworld. Disney will probably pull all the Marvel content out of their service too. WB is already doing it with their DC Comics property as they are also starting a DC Comics-based streaming service.


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