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NetflixAccording to BARB (the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board), 3 million households in the UK have Netflix. The only paid for viewing service with more subscribers is Sky with over 10million homes in the UK signed up. So, what is it about Netflix that makes it so popular?

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Is television going downhill?

Television is a big industry. It has been a big industry for years and chances are very good that it will continue to be a big industry for some time to come. However, one aspect of television that seems to be going downhill these days is the sitcom category and since sitcoms form a large part of the demand for television in the first place, the poor performance of modern sitcoms in relationship to their counterparts from other areas can be directly tied to the poor performance of television overall.

Consider the television of the 1990s. There were sitcoms like Seinfeld and Friends on during that period of time and both sitcoms were enormously successful on a scale that no modern sitcoms really seem to have the ability to match. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is another good example of a sitcom from that period of time that was hilarious at the same time that it was thought-provoking. The episode where Will and Carlton get into drug problems is a particularly memorable one and it seems as though the sheer raw emotion mixed with humour that a lot of these sitcoms brought to the table is really lost on sitcoms of the modern era such as King of Queens or Two and a Half Men.

To a large degree, sitcoms in the modern era have been replaced by reality television shows. These shows, while attracting a lot of viewers, at the same time do not really make people confident in the human race because they often cover people that blow up and throw temper tantrums over events that are ultimately insignificant even in the game that they are playing. For this reason, many of us that remember the 90s fondly feel that television has gone downhill since the new millennium started.

5 best recent sitcoms

Now before I get attacked by a slew of condemnations and recommendations about The Golden Girls, or Faulty Towers and the such, let’s all remember that entertainment is subjective. It’s all a matter of taste. Especially when it comes to sitcoms, they are not high art, they are just there to entertain and numb your brain after a long day at work and a hot and sticky commute. So here are just some of the sitcoms I have enjoyed watching over the last few years. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s strange how intertwined music and sound are with film. I was in my room when I heard the various pieces used in the advertisement for More 4’s Kubrick season, from films such as Lolita, Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining, and rushed in each time to catch the end of trailer. The good news is that you can get More 4 on Freeview and we have a box. The bad news is that my flatmate came home drunk one night and couldn’t get the remote to work so he started banging it on his leg until it broke into several small pieces.

So when I realised that we wouldn’t be watching the season all together every night this past week, I decided to spend a couple of nights at the office, where we do have Freeview. At least I was at work on time. The season prepared by Channel 4 was an excellent collection of films and documentaries by and about one of the great masters of modern cinema. Read the rest of this entry »