Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Netflix

Hollywood Assistants like Netflix. The first thing you do every morning is scan Variety, just in case your boss asks you what Sean Penn’s next project is going to be. Your Google Reader subscribes to Nikki Finke, The Wrap, and The Envelope. You wade through hundreds of useless emails from your 6 tracking boards in hopes of coming upon the hottest and juiciest industry rumor. In Hollywood, knowledge is power and without it you’re going nowhere. This fact becomes apparent within 5 seconds of setting foot in LA. In a city that’s stereotyped for being full of dumb people, we’re all surprisingly well-informed. Well, about pop culture at least.

That’s why Netflix is a key cornerstone of the Hollywood Assistant lifestyle. In the most obvious sense, it’s like the world’s cheapest film school. Feel remiss because people keep comparing your crime-drama spec to Taxi Driver and you have no idea what they’re talking about? Queue it up! Pretentious intern in your office try to make a Truffaut joke and you had to pretend you understood it? You can have The 400 Blows by tomorrow! Hell, I went to film school and don’t remember 90% of the things I had to watch. That’s probably because I tended to nap off my hangovers during 85% of my required screenings (university screening rooms are so dark... and plush… and climate-controlled… I get drowsy just thinking about them). But let’s face it – more than likely, you’ve got a weak spot in your film watching history. Netflix to the rescue!

And it’s not just great movies that we’ve been too lazy to watch… no no no. We skimp on the TV side, too. Have you spent the last year watching only The Real Housewives of New York, Rock of Love, The Biggest Loser, and The City? Aren’t you just a tiny bit curious to see what the whole fuss over The Wire is about? Netflix has you covered. Or, are you feeling a little nostalgic for the days when Mom would make you a grilled cheese after school and you didn’t have to worry about your car payment being late? Netflix carries the full-range of old-school feel-good sitcoms like Family Ties, The Facts of Life, and Diff’rent Strokes. Oh, Mrs. Garrett… take me away from here…

Probably our favorite thing about Netflix is that they now offer a “Watch Instantly” option where you can stream movies and tv shows straight to your computer. Get familiar with it next time your boss is in the air for an entire day. It’ll change your life. And we’re especially crazy about the Roku box we were gifted for Christmas this year. Now we can stream “Watch Instantly” selections straight to our 42” HDTV. Because what could be better than a bottle of Charles Shaw, some tomato basil hummus from Trader Joe’s, and The Muppets Take Manhattan?

Netflix is one of the most economical things a Hollywood Assistant can do to both enrich their lives and entertain themselves. At $16.99 a month, it costs about the same as seeing a movie at The Grove (if you figure in parking), but you get so much more out of it. Never again will you feel like the dumb kid because you didn’t see The Maltese Falcon.

WHERE: www.netflix.com
COST: $16.99 for 3-at-a-time membership with unlimited "Watch Instantly"