The director of “Drive” and “The Neon Demon” did a series. It’s called “Too Old to Die Young” and Amazon Prime customers can watch all episodes one after another, which according to Nicolas Winding Refn, they shouldn’t …
When watching series on DVD and not just linear television became popular in the early 1990s, many fans stayed in front of the television for an entire day or more to watch the entire season or series. Today, in the age of streaming, this type of viewing is known as bingeing and is promoted by providers, especially Netflix and Amazon: the red streaming giant launched the first season of “House Of Cards” in 2013 in one go and so on. set trends: if a service has an exclusive series in the catalog, the new seasons are usually fully activated instead of the episodes appearing week after week, for example.
Amazon does the same on its Prime video service. That is why all ten episodes of Nicolas Winding Refn’s new series (“Drive” and “The Neon Demon”) are available online from today (June 14, 2019), the opening day of “Too Old To Die Young “. In “Too Old to Die Young,” Refn, whose style is unmistakable thanks to the slow shots, neon colors and the Los Angeles scenery, tells of a young cop (Miles Teller) who doesn’t seem to care that he killed someone .
As is usual in Nicolas Winding Refn, the beautiful and smooth surface of the images contrasts sharply with the chasms within the protagonists, and if it’s up to the director, you watch the episodes of his series as his films: one after another, with Distance Between them, rather than seamlessly in a row.
As the Danish director with colleagues from Collider was a guest, they asked him if it would be better to sing “Too Old To Die Young” or watch it for a longer period of time. Response from refns:
“Binge eating is like fast food. However, good food takes time.“
Refn touched a nerve
“It was great, but maybe I should have slowed down”: This thought may come to mind after a binge at a fast food restaurant, as well as after a binge. Anyone who has followed a story for ten hours straight has had an intense experience, but they probably no longer know exactly what actually happened and when, and they may not have been able to appreciate some things because their concentration dropped. In the case of “Too Old to Die Young” there is also the fact that the episodes (with the exception of the last 30 minutes) are comparatively long. They last at least an hour, four of them even around ninety minutes, which corresponds to feature films.
If the episodes of the series are published weekly instead of all at once, this has another advantage: Fans can talk better about each episode because they are all on the same page at the same time. A good example of this type of discussion was “Game of Thrones”: every Monday, the new episodes were disarmed to the last sword, and there was time to think of theories about how things could go.
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