To most, the word ‘anime’ conjures up images of children with eyes that are way too big, looking surprised under a spiky mane of improbably colored hair with high, squeaky voices spouting pseudo-silly clichés with little regard to the actual context of the aforementioned trite remarks.
There was a time when I understood why people would choose Blockbuster over Netflix: you could still get movies via mail, but deliver them to a brick-and-mortar store and retrieve a new movie instantaneously. Well, almost instantaneously, if you consider driving to the store, waiting in line, and driving home such a thing. It’s now 2010, and after Netflix’s latest business move, it’s hard to imagine anyone not subscribing to the big red.
My contacts over at Electric Artists alerted me to this ridiculously insane event: the
Netflix Movie Watching World Championship. What is the Netflix Movie Watching World Championship, you ask? Well, it’s a laid back event where all you have to do is watch movies, and lots of ‘em.
Easy peesy, you say, while chuckling and saying this is a great way to earn $10,000, a lifetime subscription to Netflix and the first-ever Popcorn Bowl. If you love movies, one can’t possibly think of a better way to make some quick cash.
But wait, there’s more! (said in the tone of voice that Matthew Lillard whines as he reveals the plot to murder teens during Scream) You don’t want to enter this event… at least I hope you don’t. You see… the point of the Netflix Movie Watching World Championship is to beat the world record of straight movie watching, which right now is 120 hours and 23 minutes. 120 hours and 23 fucking minutes. Are you kidding me???
I love watching movies. Absolutely love it. But I would pull my eyes out, slice them up into little pieces and then trickle the shavings back into my gaping, bloody sockets before subjecting myself to anything near that many hours. How or why anyone would want to do this to themselves is beyond me, but
Ashish Sharma of Mathura, India – who will also be competing in the event to defend his title for his country – watched for 120 hours and 23 minutes. Jesus Christ, Allah, Buddah and 1,000 Hindu gods! Let’s through in Ra and Zeus for good measure.
Netflix is also running a Facebook contests for people to submit video applications. I’m told to search for “Netflix Championship” on Facebook, but wasn’t able to find it. The World Championship runs from October 2nd to the 5th, 2008, and participants are not able to sleep or take their eyes off the screen, aside from 10-minute breaks between movies.