And by the way, they aren't paying me to write this. I've been approached by multiple services that wanted me to do that for various products, and I will never EVER do that. If I say something is awesome on this blog, then always know, it is actually, legitimately, full of awesome. At least in my opinion. Things like Kingdom of Loathing, the Michael Jackson Experience for XBox Kinect, Buttershots & Coke... and IndiePix Unlimited. Oh and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.
"Why would I need another streaming video subscription when I have Netflix?"
If you're an indie film/documentary fan, the reason becomes evident very quickly. I have Netflix too, mind you. And Netflix has some good streaming independent type films and documentaries. The Garden, for one, and Food Inc., stuff like that. IndiePix Unlimited just has MORE of them, and so far anyway, the quality has just been predominantly awesome. I'm saying this partly because I just finished watching "We Live in Public" and it was fascinating. Oh, and the sub is $7.95/month. I frequently spend more at Starbucks in a single visit.
So I guess it is streaming content for a specific niche (indie film fans). But if you are part of that niche, the service is perfect for you. As it turns out, I am part of that niche. Especially with Hollywood remaking every film under the sun, refusing to let Guillermo del Toro do his Lovecraft movie because he wants it to be rated R, and generally lowest common denominating itself into a death of imitation vanilla (because real vanilla is awesome - I guess that'd be films like Inception and Cowboys vs. Aliens and such). I like mainstream movies, but indie is just so much more interesting. I want both.
So here's what I recommend, rather than my going on and on about why I love IndiePix and why it is well worth the monthly fee for me. Go there and sign up for the free month. Then watch these films:
- Skeletons. My first venture into their non-documentary content. Loved it. Watch if you like quirky weird comedy and accents.
- Candyman: The David Klein Story. This is how I discovered IndiePix. Loved it. Watch if you like jelly beans.
- A Life Among Whales. Sad and beautiful. Watch if you like The Discovery Channel.
- We Live in Public. My most recent viewing, will be buying this one for my collection. Watch if you liked The Social Network.
- Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Geek Tragedy. My favorite doc type is geekumentaries, and this may be the best one I've seen. Bought it. Watch if you like The King of Kong.
If you have a chance, I'd love to hear what you thought of the above, and if you discovered any other films in their library I should check out!
Or, if that's too much committment, here's "Canary" streaming free on their site right now. Here's a synopsis:
Ernest Mayo is attempting to break the world breath-holding record with the assistance of his best friend and trainer, Barrett. The record has long been held by the deceased Russian athlete, Red Fleet naval officer and amateur dramatist, Nikolai Petrovich. Will Ernest succeed? Will Sally be an unwelcome distraction? Will Barrett spur his protege on to glory? Will Ernest suffer the same fate as Nikolai? How many calories are there in a Quattro Fromage? All these questions will be answered in 'Canary' a new short film by Jack Noddings and Oli Hudson. Based on 'The Memoirs of Nikolai Petrovich'.