Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Got my first Netflix disks today. Had fun figuring out how to get those freakin' envelopes open, and, when done, put them back in and prepare for mailing back. It makes me wonder what people who are less mechanically minded than me would do when confronted with these envelopes for the first time.

Anyhow, the first movie I watched, Donnie Darko, was... well... dark. So far, so good. The next one is a dramedy (The Big Lebowski). I'll probably watch it on Friday night if I don't go out somewhere. In the meantime Donnie is going back in the mail so my next disk can come, it's a movie that could stand watching again several times (I'm not sure even the director knows what is supposed to be going on), but I don't have that kind of time and I got plenty from it on first viewing.

Oh, my current queue has 17 disks in it and there's three more in the "saved" list waiting either for Netflix to buy it or for it to be released on DVD. So at least for now, it appears I'll have no trouble getting my money's worth out of Netflix :-).

-- Badtux the over-entertained Penguin


  1. I don't have time for that. What little I watch I get free at the library or rent cheap enough at Star Video.

  2. 17? Pffft.

    I'm actually running up against the 500 item limit in my queue.

  3. BBC - I don't have time to go to the library or video store. Ah am not retahred, I actually work for a living.

    Bum - I think the queue is up to 20 now. It groweth. At its current rate it'll be up to 500 somewhere around 2012 :-).

    MB - We shall see whether the Dude abides, indeed...

  4. "Donnie Darko."

    Whoa. That movie was something else. I watched it twice, to see if I could figure it out. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said you weren't sure if the director knew what it was about.

    Although, the Patrick Swayze subplot was weird and kind of entertaining.

    I didn't care for The Big Lebowsky, but then I again, I have a horrible record with movies made by the Coen brothers.

  5. Hello, Mr Penguin.
    Donnie Darko was a cool flick.
    I did watch it twice.

    Watching the HBO series Rome via NetFlix. About halfway through the second season.
    First season was better.

    Not much I could recommend to you, as my tastes run a bit dark or dry.
    Although I haven't any reservations recommending Queen Margot to anyone.
    It's in French, subtitled. It's about the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Very well done.


  6. i love's the only tv i watch...

    now i'm wondering how you got your little penguin arms up to the dvd player...or how you get to the mail box to put the movies in??

    yea, it's been a weird thought day..grin

  7. Well, there you are! I'm putting you on the blogroll.

    FWIW, my Netflix queue is now up to 420. Gets addictive. On the other hand, I'm having the time of my life, and I've never watched so much excellent film. Reviews over at CultureVultures, if you're interested.

  8. Beware queue rot. I received some disks in the past that I'd already purchased at some point, heheh.

    Also, beware netflix apathy: we have a couple disks sitting here that have been waiting for 2 weeks to be seen. Alas, it's all about the time / moment.

    I think I could save more money by renting them from the store at this point, but what the hell I'm a lazy blogtopus.

    BTW you're added to my blogroll too. Love the robama post.


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