Friday, June 03, 2005

NETFLIX GETS LOCAL According to NetFlix, members in New York city are renting the following twenty-five titles, "much more than other Netflix members":
1. The Americanization of Emily
2. 12 Angry Men
3. Network
4. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
6. Rashomon
7. Angels in America (2-Disc Series)
8. 24: Season 2 (7-Disc Series)
9. Spellbound
10. 24: Season 1 (6-Disc Series)
11. Lilya 4-Ever
12. P.S.
13. Citizen Kane
14. Blue
15. My Architect: A Son's Journey
16. The Battle of Algiers
17. Seven Samurai
18. Chinatown
19. Arrested Development: Season 1 (3-Disc Series)
20. The Magdalene Sisters
21. The Fog of War
22. The Office Special
23. Enduring Love
24. Amores Perros
25. Sex and Lucia
The only real surprise--aside from THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (?)--is the influence of Broadway theater coverage on dvd rental habits. Still, it's an interesting list.

Compare it to the group of titles that are disproportionately popular in decidedly red-state Salt Lake City:

1. Donnie Darko: Director's Cut
2. What the #$*! Do We Know!?
3. Primer
4. The Motorcycle Diaries
5. Maria Full of Grace
6. The Final Cut
7. Troy
8. I Heart Huckabees
9. House of Flying Daggers
10. The Sea Inside
11. Six Feet Under: Season 3 (5-Disc Series)
12. Shark Tale
13. Garden State
14. Hotel Rwanda
15. Being Julia
16. Napoleon Dynamite
17. Ray
18. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
19. The Notebook
20. The Woodsman
21. Sideways
22. The Incredibles
23. After the Sunset
24. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
25. Finding Neverland
Fewer classics and foreign films, more childrens fare and less TV.

Still, the two lists aren't as different as one might expect. (NetFlix users can play with this new feature on their "Friends" page.)

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.