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Netflix

I’m in love with Netflix, people. Luh-huuuuve.

I never see movies anymore. Ever. And I adore movies, but D has some sort of movie-related narcolepsy that strips away any chances of seeing a movie in the theater, much less renting. In the four years we have been together, we have seen TWO movies in the theater. The Royal Tenenbaums (because I begged) and The Squid and the Whale (he was forced to go over Thanksgiving by this fantastic family). He dozed off during both, and let me tell you, it is in NO WAY fun or exciting to watch a movie with someone who has gone limp in the chair next to you. Plus, I end up not enjoying the movie due to constantly checking D out of the corner of my eye to make sure he isn’t drooling.

I guess this movie-narcolepsy thing dates back to D’s childhood. His family first realized he had a problem when they threw him a birthday sleepover complete with all of his buddies. Apparently, the big draw was that Raiders Of The Lost Ark had just been released on VCR. All of D’s friends were talking it up all week long; and when the time came, they all gathered around his dad’s enormous screen to watch the cool movie. Well, they all watched it except for D. He fell asleep within the first ten minutes and missed his birthday party. What a freak show.

Let’s add to the issue. Keep in mind where I live. Southern California! Hello, entertainment industry. Movies, new television pilots and celebrity gossip are considered the créme de la créme of small talk and dinner conversations. Personally, I like to be “in the know”, and that just doesn’t happen when you’re in a dire movie-depletion situation. Thank God Pink Is The New Blog keeps me up-to-date on everything else.

So, last week I received a mailer from Netflix. I was sold immediately. Movies delivered to my doorstep? Sign me up. We have never owned a Blockbuster card! Can you believe that? D would rather fight to the death with a grizzly than drive to a Blockbuster to rent a movie. Are you sensing how pathetic this is?

Last night I watched Million Dollar Baby wrapped up in a blanket on my couch with a huge smile on my face. Not because it was such a happy-go-lucky movie…DAMN, that shit was depressing. No, I smiled because I knew I would ship it back tomorrow and receive Ray next. Woohoo!

Here is my Netflix Movie Queue. Obviously, I’m going for the blockbusters first, but any recommendations for other films from the past four years (I actually watched lots of movies prior to meeting the freakshow) would be greatly appreciated.

Ray
The Aviator
Cold Mountain
Crash
Ocean’s Twelve
Frida
Finding Neverland

Some of my all-time favorite movies (you know, a vantage point for recommendations):

Royal Tenenbaums
Lost In Translation
Dream for an Insomniac
Pretty in Pink
Like Water for Chocolate
Cinema Paradiso
Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind
Secretary
Dazed and Confused
Almost Famous
Il Postino
La Famiglia (yes, I like Italian movies)

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15 Comments
  • Jessie

    December 7, 2005 at 9:11 am

    Given the season, I’d recommend Elf (but that could just be because I’m listening to the soundtrack right now).

  • Boogies's Mom

    December 7, 2005 at 9:16 am

    I’m not sure if it’s more than four years old, but a movie I really like was Memento. Also, I just saw Unleashed last weekend and really liked it.

    I don’t feel so bad now that I haven’t seen a movie in a theater in ages. Hard to do when you have two kids. But we live and die by the movies on demand through cable. Otherwise I’d never see anything either!

  • whoorl

    December 7, 2005 at 9:17 am

    Yes, I definitely am going to add that one. I should move it to the top of the list so I can watch it during the proper season. :)

  • whoorl

    December 7, 2005 at 9:18 am

    I loved Memento!! I have it on DVD…that is such a crazy cool movie.

  • lini

    December 7, 2005 at 9:38 am

    If I didn’t know better I would say D is Da Bishops long lost son.

  • whoorl

    December 7, 2005 at 9:45 am

    That would make D and I brother and sister. Ewwwwww. Well, we ARE from Oklahoma. ;)

  • ms. sizzle

    December 7, 2005 at 1:37 pm

    frida and finding neverland are two of my favorite films. enjoy!

    you have great taste in flicks, if i say so mayself.

  • kathryn

    December 7, 2005 at 2:25 pm

    I LOVE Lost in Translation (well, and everything else on your list). Guy just told me the other day that he HATES Lost in Translation! What?? I had no idea! He’s watched it with me three times!

  • gorillabuns

    December 7, 2005 at 4:03 pm

    in the same situation with narcolepsy but that’s what you call sleep deprivation from children in these parts. movies on demand is utilized or we watch spongebob.

    frida – great
    ray – sad, very sad but great
    crash – wow, disturbing but great
    aviator – too long so i didn’t see it.
    cold mountain – liked jack white in it.
    finding neverland – if i cry in the trailer i can’t see it…
    oceans 12 – not really my bag
    elf – is awesome, own it
    wedding crashers – for funny as shit comedy
    surely, you’ve seen dodge ball & napolean dynamite
    and my all time fav – raising arizona – “mind ya don’t hurt yourself mordicah” is the saying around here.

  • lin

    December 7, 2005 at 10:00 am

    I predict that within three months you’ll have a queue of over 100 flicks that you’re forever changing the order of import on according to reviews by friends. It becomes almost as consuming as a blog, but is the absolute best thing ever.

  • wordgirl

    December 7, 2005 at 5:12 pm

    Anything by the Coen Brothers…”Fargo” or “O Brother Where Art Thou?” (Especially)

    L.A. Confidential
    Monsieur Ibrahim
    American Beauty
    Garden State

    Documentaries: “My Architect” and “The Stone Reader”

    Alltime favorites:
    Shawshank Redemption
    Rear Window
    North By Northwest
    Pulp Fiction

  • Cocodrie

    December 8, 2005 at 1:59 am

    Oh, my favorite topic:

    City of God (Ah-mazing!), Crash, Upside of Anger, Layer Cake, Sin City, Batman Begins (seriously, it’s not a cringe-worthy, cheesy superhero movie…and Christian Bale is h-0-t), Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, The Constant Gardner, March of the Peguins, Hotel Rwanda, Broken Flowers, Napoleon Dynamite (“fix yourself a dang quesadilla!”), Before Sunset (you’ve seen Before Sunrise, right?), Collateral, We Don’t Live Here Anymore, P.S., In Good Company, Love Actually, Mystic River, 21 Grams, Kinsey, In America.

    Some older than the last year-ish: Igby Goes Down (love!), Roger Dodger, Tadpole, The Good Girl, Lovely and Amazing, Run Lola Run, and You Can Count on Me.

    Miss and love you! -c

  • kimmer

    December 9, 2005 at 7:49 am

    I can not believe that you don’t have “When Harry Met Sally” on the fave list. How many times did we watch that in GSP for lack of nothing else to watch? Horses, horses, horses…

  • whoorl

    December 12, 2005 at 3:45 pm

    jenny,

    I LOVE THAT MOVIE. It took years to finally show up on DVD, but when it did, I bought it immediately. I have seriously seen that movie 30 times!

  • jenny

    December 12, 2005 at 2:07 pm

    OMG.
    i *LOVE LOVE LOVE* dream for an insomniac. i have never known anyone, except my best friend and me (I?), who love that movie!