One of these days, I’d like to the be kind of person who gets a thrill by looking over numbers and spreadsheets. And on that day, I would like to dig into Netflix‘s business model, which seems to be focused entirely on acquiring as many original movies and shows as possible, building a library that has been fairly consistent in its quality over the years. I’ll never stop giving Netflix a hard time over their dwindling film library, but I find many of the projects they produce and acquire to be worth my time.
And that brings us to Rebirth, the first in a series of low-budget independent projects Netflix has acquired and fully financed for $2 million. For years, movie fans have wondered why major studios were spending $200 million on single movies instead of using that money to finance countless small movies with lower overheads and expectations. Well, Netflix seems to be giving that approach a shot and the first film out of the gate is a creepy cult thriller starring the stoner from The Cabin in the Woods.
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What villains might we see in the third season of Gotham? Will you take Geoff Johns up on his moneyback offer if you don’t like DC Comics Rebirth #1? Which Black Panther characters might we see in the movie according to a rumored casting call? Why does Jennifer Lawrence‘s nephew not consider her a real X-Man. All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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