Friday, April 21, 2006

Netflix and Experimental Film

The tasteless philistines at Netflix apparently have no idea what experimental film is. You try the experiment of clicking into their Experimental section, where you'll find such inanities as classifying the following as the best experimental movies:

Blood Simple (artsy-fartsiness is not experimental)
Glen or Glenda (incompetent zero-budget film-making is not experimental either)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (apparently, anything with transvestites freaks Netflix out so much that they have to call it experimental)
Bride of Chucky (this one I can't even begin to explain)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (again, transvestites = so weird they have to experimental in Netflix's universe)
Heathers (a conventional social satire is experimental?)

Meanwhile, I couldn't even find Stan Brakhage in there (I know he's somewhere within Netflix - I've rented the Brakhage DVDs from them - but hell, maybe he's in the musical section for all I know).


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