The Netflix Gnome
Has anybody other than me noticed that someone or something seems to mess around with your Netflix queue?
I just watched a movie that had risen to the top of my queue and been sent to me -- and my main reaction is why the hell is this movie even on my list? It was a French movie called Beau Travail. Set in the French foreign legion, and the story was about....hmmmm...guys in the French foreign legion? Kind of. and kind of artsy. but not in the good, interesting, creative way. at least lots of shots of built young studs with their shirts off. I guess that's artsy, in a way; of course we all enjoy that!
So why did I put this so high on my (long ) queue that it actually made it to me? Beats me!
The search begins...let's start with the cast, anybody here I may have seen on another movie, thought was talented (or just sexy!) and so did a search for other films? nope, don't see any likely candidates.
Okay, maybe I was playing film connoisseur, and looking for other films from a favored director (or cinematographor)(or costume designer)(or grip or best boy, whatever the hell they are). Again, nope. Turns out the director (Claire Denis) did Chocolat (a much, much better movie), but I hadn't seen or thought about that in a hundred years, so wouldn't have made me choose this one. and nobody else seems familiar.
After some searching, I did find it on one Netflix member's list of "almost gay" films or something like that, for its repressed homosexual overtones. If they were there, they were very repressed (although the shirtless studs were nice, see above!). Can I truly have been that desperate for gay flicks? possible, but...let's just say i hope not, and, in any case, I would never admit it in public here anyway.
So I guess it was the Netflix Gnome. I think he may be related to the Underwear Gnomes from South Park; a cousin, I think. In any case, he doesn't seem to get the "why" of what he's doing any better. Unless netflix got a great deal on dvds of this movie, and, rather than sending out "good night and good news" or something like that, slips this one in. Anyway, I bet he popped this baby in at the top of my list when I wasn't looking, and, before I realized it, it was on its way to that (home) theater near me. Bastard!
So, boys and girls, the moral of this entry is...keep any eye on your Netflix queue; if something there seems "questionable", then question it. Something in that may be a good thought for life in general, but that's a little too deep for me to figure out right now.