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Straight to (CO) Video: We’re finally getting around to watching these things, Ars Technica

Straight to (CO) Video: We’re finally getting around to watching these things, Ars Technica

      Netflix and (society has) chilled –


We’re all at home in front of a screen more these days. How are those watchlists doing?



remote controlled beer koozie and an indoor duck hunting game , but CES 2019 brought us TV Hat: “The hat Holds your iPhone or iPod Touch in front of your face, with a lens between your eyes and the screen giving things some magnification. We’re sorry we didn’t grab a few for the plane ride home. ”

Choice paralysis is real and the only evidence we need sits a click or two away. Maybe the cord cutting era has largely done away with the act of channel surfing, but many of us rack up an equally large amount of idling time these days. Rather than clicking from PBS through TNT, instead we’re perusing what’s available on various streaming services and saving the interesting stuff to our lists. Once something hits that list, of course, there’s no guarantee it’ll ever get watched anyway (perhaps making channel surfing more productive in retrospect).
But, like seemingly everything, our viewing habits and rituals have changed drastically in the last month as society settles into its (temporary, at-home COVID – (reality . Around Ars, some of us have taken advantage of the extra time in proximity of a screen and hit “play” on the stuff that’s forever been “eh, I’ll watch it next time.” Others face new realities from ever-present kids to newly shared selection duties that make us regret never revisiting those queued up films and shows beforehand.

All of us, however, undoubtedly have more time to think about how our streaming queues have been affected. These are those stories ( Law & Order: SVU marathons not yet included).

TV Hat Have you watched episodes one and two of The Irishman , yet ? Us, neither. tfw, you finally have three-and-a-half hours to spare (The Irishman) Netflix is an obvious choice for a list like this: it’s well-reviewed, it has legendary stars, and its titanic three-and-a-half-hour runtime should be less of a burden when I can’t leave the house. But, yeah, that.

This isn’t a controversial stance, but I’m kind of a Martin Scorsese fanboy. His highs ( Raging Bull , , GoodFellas are almost incontrovertibly brilliant, but I’ve appreciated his genre work ( Shutter Island , Cape Fear , period pieces Gangs of New York

The Irishman is a sweeping gangster film starring Robert De Niro, so it seems to be right in Scorsese’s wheelhouse. Feedback from friends has been mixed, but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. “I don’t have the time” is less of an excuse these days, at least for me.
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                      The basic premise: Claire returns from her job as a nurse in World War II, only to time travel back to eighteenth century Scotland.                                                                                                        Starz / Sony                                                                   

                      Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) wear nothing but plaid wool in season one of Outlander                                                                                                        Starz Entertainment / Sony Pictures Television                                                                   

                      Black Jack (Tobias Menzies) in the first season of Outlander .                                                                                                        Starz Entertainment / Sony Pictures Television                                                                   

                      A scene from Outlander season 2, with Claire and Jamie.                                                                                                        Starz Entertainment / Sony Pictures Television                                                                   

                      In Outlander ‘s second season, Jamie and Claire visit France and try to change history for the Jacobite rebels in the Scottish highlands.                                                                                                        Starz Entertainment / Sony Pictures Television                                                  
) in 80433. Our family has “yours, mine, and ours” entertainment, and that one is mine, all mine . And since not even my husband’s interested, I usually end up sneaking the show in during breaks, in chunks. Normally, weekday daytime hours have proven to be optimal, as the show’s bare Highlander bottoms and equally naked swords are not really appropriate for children.

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