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« on: June 15, 2017, 01:17:36 pm »
Personally I use both Netflix and Amazon Prime but as I flit between England and France, Netflix is ideal as I get the local feed in both countries and the quality is excellent.

Unfortunately in France, they can't show any film within three years of its theatrical release but some films are never shown in cinemas so go straight to Netflix here
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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 01:20:06 pm »
Amazon Prime comes with more benefits like Prime Music and 2 day shipping, so Prime.  And I use the student discount, so it's $50 per year, which is way cheaper than Netflix, so Prime.

And Prime has a better selection of TV shows and films.

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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2017, 01:40:30 pm »
I have both Netflix and Prime, though I typically use Netflix just for ordering DVDs. Cutler's right about Prime movies being better, though. I can't speak for the rest of the world, but American Netflix has some of the lamest crap I've ever seen.

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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2017, 02:41:13 pm »
Netflicks's original content has been downright embarrassing lately so I might give Amazon a shot.
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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2017, 02:46:56 pm »
Netflicks's original content has been downright embarrassing lately so I might give Amazon a shot.

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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2017, 02:54:22 pm »
I'm beginning to feel quite privileged as a Brit then!

They're both pretty good here with a fair number of decent cinema releases arriving on either platform after about 9 months and we get some good world cinema on both.

I agree that some of Netflix's own films have been pretty rubbish but there's few decent ones around
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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2017, 05:57:37 pm »
I personally think they're about equal, although Amazon having access to so many HBO shows would probably put them over the top for me if we didn't get HBO.

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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2017, 06:43:19 pm »
Netflicks's original content has been downright embarrassing lately so I might give Amazon a shot.

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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 07:44:10 pm »
Netflicks's original content has been downright embarrassing lately so I might give Amazon a shot.

Yeah... can we talk about this? Their Bill Nye show is just a nightmare. Girlboss? What the hell is that? F is for Family? Anne With an E? Ojka? Are these people losing their minds?

I think Netflix has become far more concerned with churning out show after show than making anything of quality. I can't imagine they expect anyone to actually watch half these things. But like the studios, they're using a scattershot approach-- making a dozen low-budget shows at once in the hopes that two or three of them become hits. But it's not working. In retrospect, House of Cards Season 1 looks more like an accident than a trend indicator...
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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2017, 07:47:56 pm »
Netflicks's original content has been downright embarrassing lately so I might give Amazon a shot.

Yeah... can we talk about this? Their Bill Nye show is just a nightmare. Girlboss? What the hell is that? F is for Family? Anne With an E? Ojka? Are these people losing their minds?

I think Netflix has become far more concerned with churning out show after show than making anything of quality. I can't imagine they expect anyone to actually watch half these things. But like the studios, they're using a scattershot approach-- making a dozen low-budget shows at once in the hopes that two or three of them become hits. But it's not working. In retrospect, House of Cards Season 1 looks more like an accident than a trend indicator...
Speaking of Bill Nye...
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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2017, 08:10:03 pm »
Netflicks's original content has been downright embarrassing lately so I might give Amazon a shot.

Yeah... can we talk about this? Their Bill Nye show is just a nightmare. Girlboss? What the hell is that? F is for Family? Anne With an E? Ojka? Are these people losing their minds?

I think Netflix has become far more concerned with churning out show after show than making anything of quality. I can't imagine they expect anyone to actually watch half these things. But like the studios, they're using a scattershot approach-- making a dozen low-budget shows at once in the hopes that two or three of them become hits. But it's not working. In retrospect, House of Cards Season 1 looks more like an accident than a trend indicator...
You're so right. Their movies have that throw everything at the wall feeling as well. So many cheap thrillers and comedies. Shimmer Lake, The Discovery, and I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore felt like things I should be watching for NTS.

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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2017, 09:18:46 pm »
Netflicks's original content has been downright embarrassing lately so I might give Amazon a shot.

Yeah... can we talk about this? Their Bill Nye show is just a nightmare. Girlboss? What the hell is that? F is for Family? Anne With an E? Ojka? Are these people losing their minds?

I think Netflix has become far more concerned with churning out show after show than making anything of quality. I can't imagine they expect anyone to actually watch half these things. But like the studios, they're using a scattershot approach-- making a dozen low-budget shows at once in the hopes that two or three of them become hits. But it's not working. In retrospect, House of Cards Season 1 looks more like an accident than a trend indicator...
You're so right. Their movies have that throw everything at the wall feeling as well. So many cheap thrillers and comedies. Shimmer Lake, The Discovery, and I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore felt like things I should be watching for NTS.

Damn, I'd heard good things about I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. I suppose I should've doubted it from the beginning, though, given that it's Netflix.

They made one movie that I'd classify as "pretty good" (Beasts of No Nation), but since then I don't know what's been going on. They've even stooped to giving Adam Sandler a platform with stuff like Sandy Wexler and The Ridiculous Six. That confuses me even further, since it must be really hard to turn a profit with this business model, and Sandler is famous for inflating the budgets of his films.

Their overall selection of movies is bad too. I think it's because the licensing costs to offer streaming for really good movies is high in countries like the US. I read somewhere that Brazil has about three times more IMDb Top 250 movies available to stream on Netflix than the UK does. And holy shit, I haven't even gotten into stuff like A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and 13 Reasons Why. Those shows make me fear for the survival of the human race.

Netflix is a really great idea in concept, but if it weren't for the DVD ordering, I'd cancel my subscription.
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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2017, 04:43:22 am »
I've heard good things about several Netflix films that I haven't seen but I'll post something later about those I've reviewed on Letterboxd. They are certainly not all bad.
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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2017, 07:54:55 am »
I've heard good things about several Netflix films that I haven't seen but I'll post something later about those I've reviewed on Letterboxd. They are certainly not all bad.
I will say that Netflix's selection is weaker in America than in other places. When my family went to Europe a few years ago, I checked Netflix once just to see what was there and was astounded at how superior the selection was (this was in the Netherlands, I believe).

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Re: Netflix or Amazon
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2017, 08:47:02 am »
Last movie I saw on Netflix was Jon Watts' Clown, which I thought was a good time (might need to be a bit tipsy). But for Netflix, it's like 90% of the time just scrolling.

I do like Santa Clarita Diet and Daredevil enough though.

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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2017, 09:34:00 am »
Last movie I saw on Netflix was Jon Watts' Clown, which I thought was a good time (might need to be a bit tipsy). But for Netflix, it's like 90% of the time just scrolling.

I do like Santa Clarita Diet and Daredevil enough though.
I still have to watch Santa Clarita Diet (and 13 Reasons Why).

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« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2017, 01:47:22 am »
When looking through both I'd give it to Amazon Prime.

I haven't really bothered watching any of Netflix's shows. That said the only films they've distributed that I've bothered watching are Beasts of No Nation and The Little Prince. The former was great and I enjoyed the latter quite a bit. I'm somewhat curious about I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore though I'm unsure if I'll get around to it.

In terms of original films Amazon has a much stronger record - especially given their recent streak of stuff like Paterson, Manchester by the Sea, The Salesman, and Lost City of Z among others. Regardless of whether you like those films or not you can tell that they at least exemplify a creative vision and heart, and ultimately that's preferable to the former's preference for Sandler, Schumer, and others of their ilk.

I have seen some films on Netflix that I wouldn't have seen otherwise or missed in theaters (I saw Apocalypse Now and Moonrise Kingdom for the first time there) but that also applies to fare I've seen from Amazon Prime (e.g. Rocky, The Witch). Prime, however, has considerably more esoteric content that often evades mainstream DVD retailers.
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« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2017, 06:56:03 pm »
I have signed up for Prime.

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