1. Indies in iTunes: Buy yourself the gift of entertainment. Holiday movies including modern classics such as “Elf” and “A Christmas Story” (in HD!) are on sale to purchase for under $10 this week in the iTunes store, as are select “Indie Discoveries” (“A Teacher, “Stuck in Love,” “Spring Breakers” and more).
2. Netflix Can Read Your Mind: Netflix doesn’t need to gather biographical information about you in order to know what you want to watch. The company can tell what you want to watch next based on what you’ve already watched. “Between
75% to 80% of the videos that Netflix users end up watching on the
service come directly from the company’s recommendations about what to
watch next. To put that another way, just one fifth of the
content viewed on the site is from users visiting Netflix and choosing
to go through the steps of typing out the name of something they want to
see. The better the suggestions Netflix can make, the more videos users
will stream, and the more customers will want to continue paying for
the service,” writes Seth Fiegerman over at Mashable, who recently interviewed Todd Yellin, VP of product innovation at Netflix.
In other words, it doesn’t matter if you’re a middle-aged woman or a teenage boy — if you both like to watch “Glee,” then you’ll get the same suggestions. Netflix is also tracking which suggestions you repeatedly ignore. “It’s
one thing to know what people play. It’s another to know what they
didn’t play,” Yellin told Mashable. “If we know what you saw in front of you, we
can know how many times you saw that title.”
4. Jonas Mekas Online: Though he’s 90 years old, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, co-founder of Anthology Film Archives, hasn’t lost his passion for experimentation, posting videos (including ones featuring the likes of Allen Ginsberg and Agnes Varda) on his web site. Two years ago, we profiled Mekas and explored how he remains so prolific. And now The Atlantic writes, “this website is like what would happen if you’d given Pablo Neruda a digital video recorder and some HTML skills during his Odas period.” Check it out here.
5. Kickstarted: The first official Teaser Trailer for “Kickstarted,” the documentary about the crowdfunding revolution is now online. Check it out below: