The Netflix Files: September 13, 2011

It’s been a rough summer for Netflix.

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In July, Netflix announced its plans to terminate the super-cheap, super-beloved $9.99 plan in favor of making its subscribers dish out more for the use of each service (DVD and streaming). Deadline estimates that the decision will cost Netflix 2.5 million subscribers.

You already know all about this. Maybe you’ve cancelled your account. As long as we’re being honest, I certainly considered doing the same. Briefly. But BlogDailyHerald pays me WAY too much for me to ever stop writing this column.

We wondered whether Netflix would remain such an integral and relevant part of Brown culture. This summer saw the emergence of HBO GO, the amazingly comprehensive library of every HBO series and film. (I used it to binge-watch The Wire in its entirety… like everyone else.) HBO GO could have easily been incorporated into this column. But ultimately, we resolved to stick to our guns.

Netflix Watch Instantly might not be able to give us cool new releases like Toy Story 3 or The Social Network anymore. Yet that’s not really what this column is supposed to be about. We’re looking for the movies and TV that exist off the beaten path, the fun hidden gems. Basically, what we’re saying is Netflix still has a lot of random shit, and we still want to tell you all about it.

So, without further adieu, let’s talk about LARPing.   Continue Reading

All quiet on the College Green

If you somehow missed Tuesday’s epic Battle of Kush…ahem Kadesh… on the Quiet Green, don’t worry, there was plenty of media coverage.

In the video below, check out the Hittite’s thwarted efforts to defeat Ramses II and the Egyptians, replete with cardboard shields and plywood chariots. That’s right. Egyptology, bitches.

And if that wasn’t enough, here’s a slideshow to top off the multimedia frenzy. Swing low, sweet chariot…