I, like a lot of people, have and love Netflix. I abuse the 'streaming' function and was stoked when I could finally use my Wii to stream movies on my TV.
I have an eclectic (understatement) taste when it comes to movies and shows I watch:
As you can see, movies like Pulp Fiction, Super Troopers, Casablanca and Office Space are movies I like. TV Shows include Dexter, Invader Zim, Dead Like Me, Futurama, etc. Witty, funny, goofy, classic, I like a wide variety.
When I moved to Idaho, I took notice of Netflix's "local suggestions" category. What are people watching in Idaho?
Nothing from this century, it seems. Westerns, 60's and 70's movies were the main suggestions. I had to dig DEEP to find anything that included strong language, sexuality, or anything "suitable for 17 and over."
Don't get me wrong. A good Clint Eastwood or John Wayne movie now and then is a good thing. But the preferences of this town seem to be very narrow.
The #1 movie requested by Netflix members in this town speaks for itself. According to netflix's judging on my tastes, I would give this movie a rating of 0.6 stars. 7 of the top 10 were 3 stars or less.
So, feeling a bit amused, I looked up what people in my old California town were watching.
Boobs! Horror movies! Tim Burton! Now that's what I'm talking about.
It makes me wonder if I went to the local movie theater and got a ticket for Opening Weekend for a movie that has violence, adult themes, etc. if the theater would be as empty as I think?
The Black Swan just came out. It has lesbian overtones and other naughty bits. Was the theater empty during it's debut? Did people whisper their movie selection into the ticket booth, in hopes that people nearby aren't aware that you just bought tickets for a RATED R movie?
If the theater decided to do a "throwback" night, and show Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, or anything starring Dick Van Dyke, I bet it would play to a packed house.