That’s the short answer to the question in the title—and a question we’ve been hearing from our readers more and more frequently, I might add.
The long answer is slightly, um, longer.
Netflix, of course, continues to challenge both the TV- and movie-distribution paradigms. The streaming service, along with others such as Amazon and Hulu, has pioneered the model of releasing entire seasons of new television shows all at once. And in the movie realm, Netflix has also confounded easy categorization by releasing some films theatrically, some online, and some in both places simultaneously.
The judges at the Cannes Film Festival don’t know what to do with Netflix releases. And we’ve been trying to figure out how to deal with the service’s movies as well, especially as some releases online have garnered more and more attention.
As the entertainment world changes, we’ll continue to change with it. But for now, reviews of popular, original Netflix movies will be placed in the “On Video” section of pluggedin.com. They may be on “television,” but because they’re stand-alone movies, our movie-review template works better to give you all the information you need on these releases.
To get the “On Video” section, click on the “Movies” tab in our main navigation at the top of any page. Then, in that section, click on the “On Video” tab. In the past, this has been where we’ve placed reviews for theatrical releases that have subsequently been released on DVD and streaming platforms. Now, we’ll place Netflix streaming reviews there as well.
I should also note that we’re going to use the same approach for popular movies airing not only on streaming platforms, but on some cable networks as well. We’ve already used this strategy in a limited form to review several films on the Disney Channel, including Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2, Teen Beach Movie, Descendants and Descendants 2. I’m sure there will be similarly kid-focused filmatic fare from the Mouse House in the future. And we’re planning on taking a look at some of the Hallmark Channel’s immensely popular Christmas movies when the Christmas season rolls around later this year.
Technology is changing at a dizzying pace these days. And we realize that the “On Video” section might not be the first place you’d look for reviews of movies on streaming platforms. But hopefully this will help you find them in the future. And further into the future, we’re considering different approaches to categorizing this digital content in ways that makes it most natural to find.
If you’ve got Netflix movies (or those on Amazon, Hulu or any other streaming/digital/cable outlet, for that matter) that you’re interested in seeing us review, please drop us a line at [email protected]. We’d love to hear what’s on your radar in this burgeoning entertainment arena.
And while we may not be able to cover everything—who can keep up with Netflix’s content-churning machine these days?—we’ll do our best to pay attention to the streaming movies that are generating big cultural buzz and get reviews of them posted as soon as we can.