The Best Food Movies You Can Watch For Free

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.

The Internet as Bargain Bin

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.

How Amazon Chooses to Fund a Streaming TV Series

The Way Shows Are Made Now.

TV on the Internet

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.

Follow the Money: Netflix and Its $100 Million ‘House of Cards’

The Netflix original series “House of Cards,” which is basically about what might happen if Richard III and Lady Macbeth were married and decided to take over Washington, DC, has been extremely successful. It cleaned up at the Golden Globes, where it dominated the competition, and, along with its sister show “Orange is the New Black,” which is arguably even more incisive and engrossing, has made Netflix the new HBO. But has it made any money?

The show’s two seasons cost $100 million to produce, which is technically if not legally insane, according to industry analysts. Can Netflix recoup that investment?

The Way We Stream Now

And if said movie isn't on any of the streaming services, I go through the motions of either deciding on another movie to watch or paying for a streaming rental. Via David Rothschild, this site is also very helpful.

Want to Be a Netflix Tagger?

Netflix is currently hiring for a new “tagger,” i.e. “the person who adds tags to Netflix content.”

I actually had no idea this job was done by a person. I figured it was a bot that scanned IMDB, Wikipedia, and… I don’t know, the late Roger Ebert’s superlative reviews, and pulled out words that matched Netflix’s library of 1,000 potential tags.

But yes, this job is currently performed by 40 people across the globe, and Netflix is looking to add one more tagger to its roster.

This particular tagger must live in the UK or Ireland. Of course, experience is preferred. The Netflix Tagger job ad states that they’re looking for qualified candidates “as evidenced by a degree in film or film history and/or experience directing, screening writing or filmmaking. Applicants with analysis experience (e.g. as a critic or work in development) would also be well suited.”

Yes, you must have a relevant degree to tag Netflix movies and TV shows. Later in the job ad, you learn that Netflix is also hoping you’ll have “1-2 years website/media/new media company experience.”

So… dramaturges who also work in new media AND live in Ireland or the UK, this job is for you.

The job ad doesn’t specify salary/wages, but does indicate that this is a part-time job and that the tagger will work from home.


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House of Cards Against Humanity

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).

The Sharing Economy of Streaming Services (Part II)

Jenna Wortham's column this weekend about sharing passwords for streaming services caused a tiny uproar, which the Times public editor addresses this morning.