The Highwaymen

As far as video streaming goes for my home entertainment, I have been late to the party. However, once there, I have realized how much of the video world I have missed.

Some of the bigger streaming companies are taking the place of Hollywood, and making their own movies and series.

So much so that for Netflix, Hollywood is starting to take them seriously and view them as a tough competitor.

Netflix is bent on world domination and the industry’s most controversial content czar tells IndieWire how he’s doing it…

Cocky? Sure, but the next day he proved to already be a step ahead: News broke that Netflix lured ABC crown jewel Shonda Rhimes to leave her television home of 15 years for an exclusive deal, giving her the freedom to make content of any length without the onerous creative and schedule restraints demanded by ad-driven networks…

Enlightenment was slow in coming, but it has dawned on Hollywood that little disruptor Netflix is bent on world domination. With 104 million global subscribers and 193 other markets around the world, Netflix is no longer viewed primarily as a source of licensing revenue; it’s direct and fierce competition, with an open wallet for content and talent.

Netflix has darted ahead of the slow-moving studio behemoths still hanging onto a rickety economic model. Disney is the first studio out of the gate because it boasts must-consume content from “Star Wars” and Pixar and Marvel and can afford to challenge the status quo. Others are obliged to surely follow.

Netflix has proved — as Steve Jobs did at Apple — that breaking the rules can wreak powerful change. And it’s pushing aggressively to make Netflix a habit that its subscribers will never break…”

Last night I saw a superb movie – made by Netflix. With a great cast comprised of Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates and Kim Dickens.
The story of the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde is told from the perspective of 2 retired Texas Rangers, who were called out of retirement by a desperate governor.

 

The 1967 movie that starred Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway portrayed Bonnie and Clyde to be heroes.

 

The Highwaymen got it right. The real heroes were Hamer and Gault. Director John Hancock talks about it…

 

With movies like this, who needs Hollywood?

Update 03/31/19: There are a series of excellent interviews with Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates and director John Hancock on the makinkg of the movie.
I did not realize that Bonnie and Clyde’s death scene was on the exact location – Ringgold Road – and road as it was in 1934. Hancock explains why.
Update 04/22/19 : I came across this interesting article comparing the movie to the actual events.

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