Netflix – Not What We Imagined

Kate and I signed up for Netflix in December. It hasn’t exactly been what we expected. I’m not referring to the selection of movies, how fast they send you movies, the ease of use of their Web site, or anything related to our satisfaction with the service itself. We have generally been very happy with all of those things. The problem, you see, is us.

Since we signed up for Netflix we have seen the following movies:

  • Pennies from Heaven
  • Raising Helen
  • Fantastic Four
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Six Degrees of Separation
  • The Dukes of Hazard

These movies have one thing in common. They were all terrible. In fairness, The Brothers Grimm and Raising Helen could get a rating as high as mediocre, but that’s still not saying much. We’ve also seen a couple of good movies, so we’re only mostly inept when it comes to picking movies. We’re currently sitting on Schindler’s List, which I’ve never seen, and awaiting Mr. and Mrs. Smith (my pick – it might be another bad one). Maybe we should look at the movies with a little bit more of a critical eye before adding them to our queues.

In other (totally unrelated) news, Simon went to the doctor yesterday, and weighed in at a whopping 18lbs, 7ozs! He’s currently playing linebacker for the Viginia Tech Baby Hokies, and is terrorizing baby quarterbacks everywhere. Simon for Heisman!

5 thoughts on “Netflix – Not What We Imagined

  1. Six Degrees of Separation, while very well acted (Stockard Channing was particularly good, I thought), just wasn’t my cup of tea.

    I did tear through Season 4 of 24 WAY too fast. While watching the series on DVD is nice because of the immediate gratification, it’s also extremely dangerous to one’s social life. And marriage. I should be careful. What’s that honey? You want me to help with the baby instead of watching 4 episodes of 24? 😉

  2. Six Degrees of Separation is one of my favorites!! We own it! I had to read the play in freshman english…

  3. Didn’t you also rent the 24 DVD series? I think Scrubs should be moved to the top of your list. Seasons 1 and 2 are out on DVD 🙂

  4. i 2nd the vote for scrubs…jon and i got the 1st 2 seasons for christmas and then proceeded to finish them both in like 3 weeks…where is season 3???

    btw…i’d be curious to hear what your latest book is like–it looked quite interesting…

  5. Hmmm… as of this morning, there 123 movies in Vicky & I’s queue, and we’ve watched over 120 movies in our Netflix history. Of course, we’ve slowed down considerably from the 10-12/mo we watched when we first had Netflix.

    We’ve watched our share of bad movies from Netflix, but the ratio of horrible movies to all movies watched isn’t anywhere near our local Blockbuster experience. I think some of the best things about Netflix are the diversity and the selection. John remarked on the latter too… where else can you find so many independant and “world cinema” (not just Asian, but British, French, etc)?

    I just wish we had more hours in a day. Between Netflix, PlayStations, Vicky’s long days and soon mine, and too many good books (got Stephen King’s “Cell” mailed to me yesterday), I don’t nearly have enough time for all the things I’d like.

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