It recently occurred to me I can watch TV, now. (And I don’t just mean repeatedly watching Seinfeld, The Boondocks, and other animated series with 15ish-minute episodes.) Netflix is fantastically rocking my world. Part of me wants to travel to their headquarters, stand in front of the content selection team, and dance my happy song on the violin before them until I burst into tears of gratitude. 🥰😍😮🤔🤭🤫
Oofda. I might understand why oversharing is a thing, now, too. 🙃 What I mean is I don’t care about the recent price increase for Netflix. Worth it. Period. I finished experiencing Black Mirror (until they create more.) I’ll undoubtedly rewatch it. Sense8 is easily my favorite show of all time. It reaches me on a level beyond even novels. It’s astonishing when you consider books are my most natural means of connecting with the world outside my head.
I think watching in 4k is a significant factor, as well. It seems we’ve finally progressed to where filming and lighting are accurate enough to captivate. Skin looks like skin, now. People of color finally look as radiant as they do in real life. Light-toned people no longer appear sickly in natural lighting. I didn’t even know the flaw was distracting until it went away. It’s eliminated a subconscious uncanny valley. Yay.
The imperfections in human appearances are significant in adding interest, dimension, and believability. Humans don’t look perfect; it’s what makes us beautiful. Julia Roberts seems to get it. She remains gorgeous because she’s not fighting nature, she’s embracing it. (I know she’s not the only one, but she’s who caught my attention in this respect.) Aging doesn’t diminish beauty. It merely transforms it. For a long time, Hollywood has attempted to hide this transformation from us. But with 4k, it’s futile. Heh.
I’m thrilled because I’m looking forward to films with actors whose careers flourish at the point where they master their skills, not end. Where irrelevant formulas no longer drive the industry. Where entertainment no longer centers on momentary titillation laced with gratuitous violence. Not a viable vision to emulate, that. There’s far too much junk food in our collective entertainment diet. We deserve more, and Netflix is banking on it.
Hollywood still thinks reality shows are the solution, but they don’t seem to grok the point. Reality shows are a band-aid. We’re not rejecting fantasy and imaginings. We’re rejecting formulary lies. Monetary gain as the single goal is anathema to creativity. It’s a Banksy shredder, yo. I’m pleased there is a corporation with the cerebral fortitude to play Go while the rest are still playing Chess. I feel like I’m watching the butterfly-wing-flap that stirs a tsunami in the future of entertainment. (See why I couldn’t help but overshare?) 😆😂✌🏾💜