Hello, my name is Kate and I’m addicted to Netflix.
Yes, I realize this is an odd sort of addiction, but as a movie junkie, I feel it’s my right to exploit the fact I can get unlimited movies per month/week/day at one low, low price.
If I sound like a commerical. I apologize. But darn it, I just love the fact that these little nuggets of fun come to my house and all I have to do is send them back to get more. Or if I’m so inclined I can stream instantly. How awesome is that? So my love of sci-fi and fantasy, and romantic comedies and foriegn films and movie adaptations of famous novels can all be satisfied at the touch of a few buttons. That’s just so cool. Not only that, but it brings my husband and I together.
In the evenings, after he gets home from work and we are having our late dinner, we like to put in movies or old sitcoms and watch. We’re the type of people who will stop a movie to sit and discuss something about the film right then and there. More than once we’ve pushed pause because a topic has started a discussion that we just couldn’t wait to have. It’s how we communicate, connect and share.
One of my favorite sitcoms of all times was the old series, Barney Miller. Loved it as a kid and young teen. Lately we’ve been getting the seasons and laughing our asses off at the material. It’s really timeless. It’s odd how some of the topics, politics, budget cuts and corruption are still things that are going on today. The names might have changed, but the situations are the same. Several times Dave and I have looked at each other, shaken our heads and said, “sounds familiar, huh?” – And that’s just the subtext. The writing is so spot on and tight, anyone writing series comedy today should really study this show on craft. It’s just how it’s done. So good.
Then there are the movies.
It’s no secret my husband has a thing for Dame Judith Dench. He’ll watch anything with her in it, and so when I looked through movie adaptations of classic novels, I found a movie (mini-series) made for the BBC with her called Cranford. Since it’s a Regency (maybe Victorian- not sure now) era story, he wasn’t too sure about it at first. Once he saw she starred in it, he was like…”Oh….” (This is kind of a sigh that one reserves for when they discover their favorite aunt is coming to visit and bringing presents.) – We sat down to watch the first disk (that’s one drawback to Netflix – they only send one disk at a time so you have to wait between episodes to see the entire series.) and it was such a sweet and endearing…and yes, sad movie that it instantly went down as one of our all time favorites. And to think, we would not have known about it had I not been browsing that particular sub-heading and found it.
Our queue is about 500 strong, and that number never seems to go down. Every time we get it down by a few, new movies come out or we’ll think to look for something else, and the number just goes up. I’m not the only one with this problem. I’ve never met anyone whose queue isn’t maxed out.
All I have to say is whoever came up with this particular way to distribute rental videos was bleeding brilliant. I only wish I had got in on their stock at the beginning.
What’s your odd and quirky, yet harmless addiction?