Netflix is the devil! I know what you’re thinking, “That’s a pretty strong statement, Alison,” and you would be right. But I am fully prepared to back it up with hard facts, statistics and graphs…slash really just with my own humble opinion which I believe to be totally and absolutely one hundred percent correct.
Don’t get me wrong. Netflix does have some good points and it’s not pureevil: It’s cheap, popular and easy (kind of like the girl you hate in school who gets all the guys!) and it definitely changed the entertainment biz and revolutionized how we view movies and TV shows. I’m all for spending a Sunday afternoon watching old eps of Gossip Girl I might’ve missed like, for example, that whole weird Serena-dates-an-artist thing in Season 2 that I didn’t catch the first time around. And nothing’s better than introducing your new boyf to your favorite rom-com Love, Actually that came out in 2003. But that’s where my list of pros ends.
My problem with Netflix isn’t about TV shows or revisiting movies from our past; it’s about ruining the movie experience in our present and future. The way I see it, Netflix and its little red envelope are the Cliff’s Notes of cinema. They may make our lives simpler but they’re really stealing from us. My teacher used to say, and I paraphrase, “You’re not cheating me by reading Cliff’s Notes, you’re only cheating yourself.” I didn’t understand it back then, but I get it now. Easy is rarely better, guys!
I know movies can be expensive and Netflix offers a suitable alternative, but certain movies have earned the right to be viewed on the big screen. They deserve red velvet seats, popcorn, surround sound and a packed house. They can only be fully appreciated in their natural habitat. Personally, I look forward to seeing Hugo, The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman in a giant theater packed with fans while enjoying my oversized soda and ridiculously overpriced junior mints, thankyouverymuch.
So please, promise me this: When Titanic 3D is released this spring, you will put on some shoes and head to the movies. I think we owe it to Jack and Rose, don’t you?
Do you agree with my rant about Netflix? Are movies better seen in theaters than on our little TV’s? Which movies are you looking forward to seeing in theaters in 2012? Sound off in the comments!