Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

May 24, 2019

A second look at Netflix

Filed under: Counterpunch,Film — louisproyect @ 4:13 pm

Nicolas Cage: a national treasure


Just over five years ago, I posted two articles to CounterPunch arguing against a Netflix subscription. At the time, Netflix was positioned as a dispenser of Hollywood movies and, as such, not worth your money. Since then, the streaming service has moved away from the kind of fare that can be found on Hulu, Vudu, iTunes, Verizon FIOS and other streaming services that serve up steaming ordure like “Apollo 11” or “Madea: A Family Funeral” on a silver platter.

When I posted the two articles in 2014, the intention was to inform CounterPunch readers about streaming services that offer the kind of offbeat films I tend to review: foreign-language, documentary and independent films that show up in theaters in New York or Los Angeles and then disappear after a week or so. You can still see such films on Mubi, Fandor and on Ovid, the new VOD service that was formed by a group of leading-edge distributors that share the same political outlook as CounterPunch. For only $6.99 per month, Ovid is a bargain at twice the price. To give you a sense of the kind of films available from Ovid, it has just added the 2013 documentary “To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter”, a tribute to the great Marxist filmmaker. Although I hate Jeff Bezos just as much as any leftist, I would be remiss if I did not mention that Amazon does provide VOD for many excellent, non-commercial films.

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  1. Thanks, Louis, for helping point the way on Netflix; the clutter there is so often a mighty big time-waster. I’m now enjoying “Bitter Daisies” (aka “O Sabor Das Margaridas”–the original Galician) following the action as I listen to the Galician–sometimes puzzling over the occasional word-while eyeing the closed-captions in Spanish.

    Comment by Bill Boyd — May 25, 2019 @ 10:38 am

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