TOP? Update With a Chat About Television and Missed Indie Films
Hello movie fans:
I must apologize that I’ve been fairly absent with my reviews, shares and general posts about film. Many of you know that I moved from Florida to Pennsylvania in the last few weeks. It’s been an exhausting time, and I haven’t had much energy to watch or focus on films at the moment.
However, I have been catching up on some television shows I missed 5-6 years ago when I became a mother: Prison Break (FOX) and Damages (F/X). And I discovered a new show that became my obsession for the last few weeks: The Killing (AMC) (the American version).
Sometimes it is nice just to take a break from your passion, relax and catch up on things that either you put off or didn’t realize were out there. Also, it can be surprising what you discover. Episodic television has become equal if not superior to feature films as of late, in my opinion. They are less formulaic, more challenging, fresh, and the development of characters over a whole season or longer is more entertaining and intriguing than a character in a ninety-minute film.
Netflix is my number one source of how I’ve been able to discover these fabulous shows. In fact, there are a few other current shows that I caught up on with the help of Netflix over the last year or two: Mad Men (AMC), Breaking Bad (AMC), The Walking Dead (AMC), American Horror Story (F/X) and Sons of Anarchy (F/X): all excellent television with some of the most brilliant writing and acting.
There was another show recently that I devoured, or what is now known as binge-watching, and I am anxiously awaiting the next Netflix season: House of Cards – the American version starring Kevin Spacey. I usually don’t care for political dramas, but House of Cards was just too good to pass up. Plus, Kevin Spacey is one of my all-time favorite actors. He can be in anything, and I will watch it!
House of Cards was Netflix’s first foray into original programming and it paid off big-time despite some backlash of having the entire season available. Netflix released a few more original series (Hemlock Grove, 4th season of Arrested Development and Orange Is the New Black), but none of these shows have taken the television-viewing population by storm quite like House of Cards.
This is the wave of the future with television, and there will be more original shows on Netflix and other streaming sites where an entire season will be uploaded for your viewing pleasure. Network and Cable channels better watch out and step up their game. Not having commercials or having to wait 7 months to watch an entire show is very appealing (and addictive).
Subsequently, my movie-viewing time has shrunk significantly. I put my 1001 Movie challenge on hold until I get fully settled here in Pennsylvania and my kids are back in school (not until September). And, to be honest, the movies coming out at the theatres (my favorite place to view a film) have been a bit of a disappointment in 2013. Too many sequels, an over-abundance of comic-book inspired stories, and while some were just plain not entertaining at all. Soderbergh said it so eloquently at the SFFF this year, so, there’s no need for me to explain what’s happening with studio films lately.
Yes, I know there were some great films out there this year especially some independent films, but many of these wonders (Francis Ha, The Kings of Summer, Stories We Tell and so on) never made it to my area in Florida. If they did, the theatre would only show the film at night and/or for only about a week with one showing a day, so I ended up missing these gems.
I will catch up on these films later either on Netflix or Vudu, but, frankly, I needed a break from writing about films. Over the last two years or so, I put a lot of energy into finding a job where I could be paid as a film reviewer, and I came up with nada. The film critic industry took a huge hit when most publications went online, in turn financial backing of these sites diminished, and writing positions became too few and far between. If there are jobs out there, they are either volunteer or minimal pay that barely covers the cost of the movie ticket.
All this brings me to where I am now. I absolutely love films and really enjoy writing about them. As far as I know now, I will never stop delving into my number one passion. Keep an eye out for new articles, reviews and news about films.
I’ll be back!