Nobody captures small domestic absurdities, such as a good-natured bachelor using a tennis racket to strain spaghetti for the woman he loves, like Billy Wilder.
I paid for and enjoyed having cable television when I lived with roommates, but when I decided to live alone, keeping expenses low meant cutting the cable cord and not owning a television. I had a Netflix subscription with a two-DVDs-at-a-time plan, but even that was eventually whittled down to a $7.99 a month streaming-only subscription, supplemented with the occasional iTunes movie rental.
In his essay “The Death of the Bargain Bin” in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, Kevin Lincoln writes about the pre-Netflix days when he’d go to a store like F.Y.E. or Tower Records and find bundles of DVDs in the bargain section—40 of them for $15—and learn about films like Robot Monster, a 1953 science fiction film about a robot alien who sets out to kill the last remaining humans on Earth in a dystopian future only to fall in love with a scientist’s daughter.
Happy New Episodes of House of Cards Day! Okay I do not watch that show but I do love the guys behind Cards Against Humanity, and they apparently partnered (strategically) with Netflix to make a special House of Cards-themed CAH pack (sold out, but downloadable here).