Saturday, June 2, 2007

Netflix


It fuels our addiction to 24, but on the other hand, saves us a whole heck of alot of money. I highly recommend this nifty little service.



We started using Netflix only two weeks ago, although the company has had a strong go at it for quite a while now. Strong enough to cause Blockbuster the humility of matching the deal or calling it quits. Except with Blockbuster you don't have to wait for it in the mail. You can either use the store or the mail for the same low price...yeah yeah yeah, you've seen the commercials.

But we don't have a Blockbuster near us, only a Hollywood Video, unfortunately, and Hollywood Video's the biggest scam since 60 cents a minute long distance. No one's ever in there when we go, and upon asking the cashier if Netflix is running them out of business, she replied, "Shoo' yeah. I gots me some Net-flix." as she sheepishly grinned and demagnetized our 3 movies at 3 bucks each. That's 9 bucks for only half a season of 24! Yeah, right! Like I'm gonna keep going there when I can get a whole month's worth of movies (that's probably 2 whole 24 seasons, 3 if you're insane) for 15 bucks!

AND, checking the mail has never been so much fun! Today I got Dreamgirls in the mail, and I can't wait to see if Jennifer Hudson deserved that Oscar she got for Best Supporting Actress. (I mean, c'mon, she beat out Cate Blanchett. Really?)

Hooray for Netflix!

15 comments:

Matt and Shelley said...

I love Netflix! They get you the DVDs so fast, and they have so many titles that you can't find in the stores.

I also understand your addiction to 24. We no longer have a TV, but when we did, man, I could not get enough of Kiefer. My favorite season is 2. We got that season for my dad's birthday, and in one day I watched the entire thing! I really enjoyed the hour-by-hour experience! That's probably why its good we no longer have a TV...

Seth Ward said...

For the record, I do think that Blockbuster might have ole' netflix beat. But I'm all for the little guy and without netflix, Blockbuster would still be raping the tar out of everyone with late fees.

So, Netflix it is. They should by Hollywood Video.

FancyPants said...

Shelley,

We just finished season 4 and it rocked. Season 3 is my fav so far, except in season 4 there are moments when Seth and I practically stood up and cheered.

Seth,

I'm not so sure Netflix is such a little guy, really. I mean, everybody's doin' it, Seth.... But you're right, it was good Blockbuster did away with those late fees. If Hollywood Video would just get a clue...

kddub said...

Net flix sounds like a good idea. I keep telling myself that we don't rent enough movies for it. But seeing that I've already rented 4 this month, I'd be paying the same for Netflix right?

FancyPants said...

Yes, and maybe even less, if you get the one movie out at a time deal, unlimited number of movies a month. I think it's going for 10 bucks right now.

You can check it out at netflix.com

It's really fun!

truevyne said...

Netflix is how I get my foreign film fix. Believe me. The Movie Gallery in my small country town has every horror film known to man (strange, eh?), and any movie not written for a Nascar fan is considered foreign.

SandinaJ said...

I used to do netflix, but quit due to the fact that I don't watch enough movies. I have DVR (similar to TIVO), so I record a lot of movies off of HBO, Disney, etc.

I'm so behind on current movies. Seems like the only thing I watch anymore is Nick Jr. or Disney. Cody is still bugging me to take him to see Shrek the Third.

Long story short, Netflix is a good deal if you watch enough movies. Otherwise the movies just sit in the envelope until you remember that you have it, don't have time to watch it, and just send it back (unwatched).

Chaotic Hammer said...

We almost signed up for Netflix, but I think we realized exactly the same thing Sandina is talking about.

We just don't watch enough movies to justify the cost. Not nearly enough. We've used VOD (Video on Demand) from our cable company about three or four times in the last six months, so if we'd had Netflix, we would have hardly used it at all.

There just don't seem to be enough hours in the day for movies in our life right now, and we still try to go on dates at the theater from time to time, if it's a really big movie that's worth seeing on the big screen. But I can certainly see why this is a great deal for people who do watch them a lot.

The Cachinnator said...

Jennifer Hudson blows. I've never seen a more one-note overdone performance get nominated for an Oscar. Talk about making the awards meaningless. Sheesh. Get a clue. Not every note is the most important note of a song. Not every word is the climax of the show. Boring.

She made Beyonce look like Judy Dench on screen. And Beyonce is half robot.

FancyPants said...

I take it you didn't like her?

=-) Still haven't watched the movie. Can't wait.

Seth Ward said...

I would go so far as to say Beyonce is one acting step up from Bert and Ernie (your dogs) who are as you put it "one step up from cheese" or something like that.

Amy said...

I thought JHud was pretty fantastic, and believable. I really loved that movie, and after watching it, immediately bought the soundtrack.

I do the Blockbuster thing myself and have for a couple of years. Sometimes I don't watch enough movies to make it worth it, but it's all about the convenience...it comes to me in the mail!!!

FancyPants said...

Hi Amy!

Well, I still haven't watched the movie. I'm hoping it will happen tonight. "Queen" comes tomorrow. And THEN....Season 5 of 24!!! Woo hoo!

FancyPants said...

Uh oh, Amy, I don't think you're going to be happy with my Dreamgirls review. I hope this will not henceforth deter you from visiting more often!

Amy said...

ha, I'll still visit. :)

I do love me some 24, maybe we have that in common!