One of the things I love about all the new technology out there is that it gives me access to films I could only previously dream about seeing. I live in western Canada, not exactly Hollywood North. One of the two video stores in town closed a couple of months ago, no doubt in anticipation of the arrival of NetFlix.
Not sure about NetFlix yet—what do you folks think? Is the selection good? Will I be able to find films by Tarkovsky, Fassbinder, Ozu? Is the subscription price reasonable, the picture quality peerless? Do tell.
In the meantime, let me direct you to Open Culture, which recently posted a roster of movies that are available for free on-line viewing (some of them only in the USA, unfortunately). I’ve spent a few hours there in the past week, watching short films and docs like the one on Paris’ famous bookstore Shakespeare & Company and its eccentric proprietor, George Whitman.
Head over to Open Culture and have a look…and if you know of other sites offering free, quality movies, let us know about ’em.