Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

October 10, 2014

Why you should junk Netflix

Filed under: Counterpunch,Film — louisproyect @ 10:55 pm
And Start Watching Films with a Brain and a Heart

Why You Should Junk Netflix


If any further evidence of the uselessness of Netflix was needed, I refer you to the recently concluded four-picture deal with Adam Sandler, who is to movies as Danielle Steel and Ken Follett are to the novel. Did you ever forget to bring a book with you on a long airplane trip and stop in at an airline terminal to look for something to read? Wall to wall Steel and Follett, right? Bummer. That’s the same reaction I have been having lately looking for something to watch on Netflix. That is not to speak of the cheesy menu that basically propagates the same junk across “Popular on Netflix”, “Recently Added” and “New Releases”. A quick look there turns up “Jackass presents: Grandpa” and “The Coed and the Zombie Stoner”. Considering the fact that most Netflix subscribers have never heard of Kurosawa or Godard, it is quite a statement that “The Coed and the Zombie Stoner” only garnered one and a half stars, an inflated grade considering the fact that you can’t rate something as zero stars.

As a sop to the art house crowd, one supposes, Netflix is also releasing the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, a film that has all of the superficial characteristics of Hong Kong cinema but none of the substance, least of all the nimbleness of the classics like the 1978 “Drunken Master” starring Jackie Chan. Ang Lee should have stuck to what he knows best, tales of anomie in the aging yuppie milieu.

I just checked the archives of the Marxism list and discovered a message I wrote in 2006 recommending Netflix followed by an enthusiastic New York Times article that compared the service favorably to Blockbuster. That was true. Of course a sharp stick in the eye would have been better than Blockbuster as well.

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  1. The reality is that 99% of Americans love movies like jackass. You’re out of touch, and that’s why Marxism isn’t relevant

    Comment by aurora perez — October 11, 2014 @ 2:43 am

  2. These are the lyrics to the Jackass theme song:

    The people will survive
    In their environment
    The dirt, scarcity, and the emptiness
    Of our South
    The injustice of our greed
    The practice we inherit
    The dirt, scarcity and the emptiness
    Of our South
    There on the beach
    I could see it in her eyes
    I only had a Corona
    Five cent deposit

    Comment by godoggo — October 12, 2014 @ 3:32 am

  3. If 99% of Americans love Jackass, I think they most certainly could use a dose of Marxism.

    The fact is, that America could self-destruct, if only by withering–undramatically–into a durable Sick Man condition analogous to that of the late Ottoman Empire (“sick man of Europe”). If this is to be regretted, it can only be for a Marxist reason: that all of the advances gained by capitalism in the world’s formerly most advanced economy will go down the tubes while the lies, the inequality, and the cruelty remain and are intensified. The People Yes won’t have the chance to benefit, and Jackass won’t be much of a consolation.

    Jackass-ism, IMHO, is false democracy. And Netflix has reached a truly parlous state if the best things on it are Trailer Park Boys and Uwe Boll flicks.

    Comment by Pete Glosser — October 14, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

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