Is jank a bad word to day these days?
Nightcrawler was amazing! Derek was right to point it that it was a reductionist argument to say that movies are targeted towards children, but I really feel like television is pushing narrative structure, characters, and themes in a way that most (again, I say most) movies simply aren't interested in even attempting. Sure, you have Ex Machina pushing the ideas of what it means to be human, but for everyone one or two of those "under the radar" films you have tons of audience pleasers designed to bring in a lot of cash. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but I love how television shows like The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, The Americans and Game of Thrones attempt to try new things in the medium. It's also way easier to have these "slow burn" stories when you have hours and hours to tell them.
And The Mark of Kri was amazing. Real shame what happened to the sequel...
Not a bad word, but it makes me laugh every time I hear it, and then I think of that random npc Jank at the dock colony in Xenosaga 1.
I think a prime example of good and new TV is Mr Robot
and come to think of it, maybe Netflix making their own original stuff plus Amazon/Hulu have made TV really good again because competition.