Okay, look, as much as I dislike the price hike (hah!), there is no denying that $16/m is a small price to pay to watch AS MANY MOVIES AS YOU WANT! Personally, I always thought the $10 they were charging was a little cheap. Come on now, everyone. This is simple economics, price changes reflecting the demand. Netflix is just doing business. They are providing the same service for, in my opinion, an extremely REASONABLE price. If you don’t like it, then go to Amazon Prime… LOL J/K.
IFC names the 25 oldest looking “teenagers” from the movies. Above is Barbara Streisand playing a jewish teenager in the 1983 release Yentl. She was 41 at the time of filming. Click the photo for all 25!
In “the business” we have a word; Verisimilitude. Suspension of disbelief. It is the thought that well-executed films tap into our consciousness so well, that while watching it, two things happen:
1.) The universe as you know it, beyond the universe portrayed in the film, ceases to exist. Your depression, the faulty education system, homelessness, war, pollution, the asteroid belt, etc. is forgotten.
2.) The story in the film is told, shot, edited, and acted so well, that no matter what happens, we believe, if only for a moment, it to be true.
You know you are watching a bad film when you thinking about that bill due on friday, or about how you know that Shia LeBouf isn’t really cowering in a doorway while watching real robots fight a real intergalactic battle on our planet.
I just wanted to throw this out there. I just watched Inglorious Basterds and 99 minutes flew by. My attention totally captured. Only this film existed. Hitler died in a fire at a french movie theatre. That’s how it happened. I looked at the clock afterwards and thought “fuck, I should have been doing my paper”, but I didn’t regret it for one second because for 99 minutes I was in a state of complete, glorious, verisimilitude. And that is why I fuckin’ love movies.
I really feel like J. J. Abrams is trying to establish himself as the next Spielberg. Not that I have a problem with it, I just wish his unique style was a little more pronounced. That being said, though I’m not one for the big Hollywood film, movies like these are exactly the reason why I wanted to get into this business in this first place. Film, more than any other art (in my opinion, save for maybe the novel), has the power to suspend our disbelief during the time that we are watching them. These are the kinds of films that do it best.