There are 23 million people subscribed to Netflix’s streaming service, paying $7.99 per month to stream an unlimited number of movies. Comedian Mark Malkoff, known for such feats as getting 6-pack abs in 30 days, and bringing a goat into the Apple Store, was curious about how many films someone could conceivably watch on Netflix in a month. For his latest stunt he is trying to get the best bang for his buck, so he’s gone on a Netflix movie-streaming spree. He’s about to enter into day three and he’s already watched 31 hours worth of movies.
So far Mark has watched 17 films, including The Graduate, Chinatown, A Clockwork Orange, Harold and Maude, Being John Malkovich, Reservoir Dogs, Trainspotting, Clerks and Reality Bites. Mark will be documenting the experience for a video on My Damn Channel. Throughout the next month you can follow Mark’s progress on his blog and send him movie suggestions on Facebook and Twitter.
I had the opportunity to ask Mark a few questions about his Netflix streaming project. Read on to find out what he had to say!
Megan: How did you come up with this idea?
Mark: Like 23 million people I use Netflix streaming. I wanted to see how many films on Netflix streaming someone could conceivably watch in a month. Even more than that I want to get the best value for my $7.99. For example, if I watch 200 movies that works out to 3.9 cents per film.
Megan: Are you literally going to be watching movies every waking hour? Do you think you’ll leave your house at all in the next month?
Mark: I’m going to be watching films around 14-15 hours a day. So far day 1 and day 2 have been 15.5 hours each. I’m planning on watching over 400 hours over the month. The only time I’m leaving my apartment is Sunday morning to go to church.
Megan: Are there any ground rules? Like, do you have to pause to run to the bathroom? What happens if you fall asleep?
Mark: My rules are no falling asleep. Luckily I can see the TV from my bathroom with the door open. So I haven’t had to pause during bathroom breaks. It’s called multi-tasking I think. My other rule is I have to watch the end credits.
Megan: Can you give any hints as to what we can expect from your video coverage of this feat?
Mark: I’m hoping to get some well-known actors to come to my apartment to do live commentary during their movies. I’m sure the feverish pace of watching movies nonstop will slowly drive me mad which should be entertaining. The thing keeping me sane are people on Twitter and Facebook giving me film suggestions and cheering me on. I’m grateful for the support.
What do you think of Mark Malkoff’s latest undertaking? What movies do you think he should watch?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.