Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hodgepodge 235/365 - Netflix (6/21/17)


We have two Netflix accounts: streaming and, since so many movies aren't available by streaming, a two- (and sometimes three-) disk DVD account.

We can be very inefficient about turning the DVDs around. For example: tonight we finally watched a disk that was shipped to us on February 10, the quirky documentary Sherman's March (subtitled "A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South during an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation"; made in 1981; released in 1986) by Ross McElwee. We'd seen it before and enjoyed it, but what kept us hesitating to watch it was it's two-and-a-half-hour length. We are by now much more accustomed to sitting down to watch a 40-minute TV series on the streaming option, or a quick 20-minute episode of The IT Crowd or Grace and Frankie.

But February's nothing: two weeks ago David finally watched The Fighter (2010) with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg, a movie that I had thought I'd like, but when we sat down to watch it, I was lukewarm. So David said he'd watch it sometime when I was gone for the evening. He finally did that while I was in the Sierra. That movie shipped last October 28!

In between, we did watch a few others (thanks to the sometimes-three situation), so it's not like we've been sitting on (and paying the monthly fee) for only two movies since October. But I think we might need to institute a policy: if a DVD arrives, watch it within two weeks, three tops, or else send it back. Shouldn't be too hard. Right?

We'll test that rule with the movies that are on their way: Guardians of the Galaxy and The Killing Fields. Both over two hours long, so there's the challenge . . .

1 comment:

  1. Maybe put a parameter around the movie selections? Two hours or less!

    But Sherman's March's premise does sound intriguing.

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