Wednesday, February 13

Netflix, Baby!

I’m late to the Netflix game. My husband and I decided to stick with Blockbuster for two reasons, one, my husband doesn’t like anything new and two, our son and his friend would usually walk the six mile round trip trek to blockbuster, thus ensuring he would continue to get exercise.

But now that we have it, we’re never going back. The ease of it all! The convenience! It’s almost as good as getting your groceries delivered. (Which is something I have yet to do, but I continue to dream.)

Because my son knows the Netflix password, I’m often treated to movies I might not have chosen from Blockbuster. It’s widened my horizons, so to speak. Here are a few films I’ve seen lately that I probably wouldn’t have picked up while browsing:

Perfume: Story of a Murderer

What can I say about this disturbing, visually sumptuous film? When my son told me several months ago that I had to see it, I shuddered and said, “Thanks, but no thanks.” After all, a guy kills women to make perfume out of them. Gross. But when an author I know and respect said the same thing, I began to wonder. She said this movie will help me think about scent in a whole different way and make me want to use it more creatively in my writing. What made it more palatable than even the superb acting, amazing screen play, and jaw-droppingly beautiful cinematography, is the fact that this is a period film. Warning, this film should NOT be seen by the younger set. I had nightmares and I’m in my forties!

Notes on a Scandal:

Another one for older teens and adults. This is one that I wanted to see and my eighteen year old son did not. But somehow, while he was playing on the computer, he got sucked in. The plot is a bit creepy, but honestly wouldn’t have been anything wildly unique if not for the stupendous acting performances by Dame Judi Dench (Who played such a creeper!) and Cate Blanchett. I can’t even describe how amazing they are in this film.

Jeeves and Wooster:

Anyone who likes House might want to check out this early BBC offering starring Hugh Laurie. He really gets to show his comic chops in this series. So very funny.

What about you? Has Netflix widened your viewing horizons?


Alyson Noel said...

Netflix is my 2nd favorite obsession- (my iPod is #1). I love having access to so many genres- and believe me, I rent them all, documentaries, foreign, indies, etc. Perfume and Notes on a Scandal are on the list. . .

Amanda Ashby said...

We don't have Netflix over here but Hugh Laurie was great in Jeeves, he was also fabulous in Black Adder (and don't get me started on how hot his thighs were in those tights!!!)

danetteb said...

Perfume creeped me out,it was a good movie though.

I stick with blockbuster, we do the rewards program where the kids get a movie with the new release I get when I go,its a win-win for our family.

Hugs, Danette

Sara Hantz said...

If someone would explain what Netflix is to me, I just know I'd love it!

Hugh Laurie is very funny. and as Amanda says, he was hysterical in Black Adder.

Wendy Toliver said...

I don't have Netflix myself, but for those of you who don't know of it, it's just where you pay a certain amount of money (which is pretty reasonalbe IMO) and go online to select which movies you're interested in seeing. Next, the DVDs are delivered to your home as mail, and then you just pop 'em in a prepaid envelope when you've finished watching them. Most everybody I know who does Netflix really likes it.

CiCi said...

Wow...thanx..that means a lot!!! I gave up on writing for awhile and I just got a blog to restimulate (is that a word?) my skills.

Sara Hantz said...

Thanks, Wendy. I now have lots of questions about how it works exactly but I won't bore everyone with them here..... I'll catch you elsewhere hahahaha

patrick said...

Saw Perfume recently, well done in general, good character building, the story moves along at a good pace... it says a lot about human nature as well.

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