On the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live, actor Pete Davidson had a suggestion for Netflix: a category dedicated to short films. Netflix, it turns out, listened and did exactly that (via The Verge).
Davidson pitched his idea in the form of a rap track that featured co-star Chris Redd, musical guest Gunna, and actor Simon Rex as they star in feature-series films like his recent film. Matt Reeves Batman and Davidson’s own King of Staten Island. Follow the essence of the idea: sometimes it’s late and you want to watch something on Netflix, but you don’t want to go through a bunch of movies that are more than three hours long. What you want is something short – an hour and forty minutes at most.
You can now switch to Netflix’s new catalog at net Netflix.com/shortassmoviesand view a large collection of eligible movies divided by genre. The list includes movies like Zoolander, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Final Destination 5, Lady Bird, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday, and tons of Netflix Originals.
We hope the genre continues to live on, even if it gets a more family-friendly name because Davidson is right – there’s a certain allure to a good, fun short film that you know you can finish before you fall asleep on the couch.