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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Always Be Watching - 19 October 2018
ABW is penned by Dan Barrett who does not ever use a pen
Good morning watchers!
I’m just a boy standing in front of a girl asking her why we’re all watching so many romcoms on Netflix.
Over the US summer, Netflix launched its ‘Summer of Love’ with nine rom-coms launched on the service. The streamer reports 80 million people watched the films. At Netflix scale that doesn’t sound entirely huge, but it actually is. Consider this: If these were all movies released into cinemas, we’re looking at nine films making over $100 million dollars at the box office.
Rom-coms have mostly died off at the cinema, but this proves that there’s a hunger for them. But, if people are getting their rom-com fix via Netflix now, does it kill the desire to go to the cinema to watch one?
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Speaking of anime…
Location-based VR experiences appear to be becoming a thing in Japan where a VR experience based on the anime Attack On Titan has just launched. The experience will support up to four players as they battle against the Female Titan and is based on a chapter from the original manga.
Oh, and there is a Godzilla experience coming too, which looks like monster fun. Get it, I said ‘monster fun’… because Godzilla….
It seems that every year or so lately, US broadcast TV networks commission a big, broad sci-fi series that is clearly hoping to become the next Lost. None of them ever last past a full season. But we all have fond memories of The Event, Flash Forward, and the others that gave it a red-hot go.
This years attempt, Manifest, has just been given a full-season order. It’s about a plane that arrives five years after it was supposed to, with none of the passengers aware of the passage of time. Which is weird as I am always very aware of when my plane is going to be even five minutes late.
Slightly off-topic, but it is a terrible idea watching a movie on what you know is too short a flight. I have 30 minutes left on Heist that I was watching on Qantas’ on-board entertainment system. Now I need to track the movie down on my own time to see the end.