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Obituary to my Netflix DVD Queue

13 Jul

I worked on you for hours and hours, researching, looking up ratings, reviews, and I was always secretly proud of you.  You were a monument to a variety of interests both comedic and tragic.  There was the intellectual foreign fare, the bloated superhero dramas, the horrible gay movies, the smut; the pleasures hidden between your lines were breathtaking.

You were the home of films I wanted my boyfriend to see and home of all the Ken Burns documentaries that nobody but me wanted to see. Every week I would forget what I had added and you would surprise me by showing up in my inbox in your bright red and happy trappings.  Remember when I forgot what was on top of my DVD queue and an email was sent to me saying that Ghostbusters was on its way but I meant to move it out of the queue because I had just caught it somewhere else? I do.

Honestly I had two other Netflix member’s passwords because they thought I could add more movies to their DVD queue.  Netflix, your customers entrusted me to entertain them with movie selections culled from your service.  It brought us all together and made so many people happy.

But you’re gone now.

We’ll deal the best way we possibly can, by moving on, either to some Redboxes or our local video store or…hey I hear the Internet streams movies illegally now.  Netflix DVD queue, you will be missed.  MY Netflix DVD queue…we’ll always have Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery.

Play the video now please:


RIP: My Netflix DVD Queue

2010 – 2011

Breaking Bad: Season 1: Disc 2
Christopher and His Kind
Batman: The Animated Series: Vol. 1...
Breakfast on Pluto
Holy Mountain
Waltz with Bashir
Eastbound and Down: Season 1: Disc 1
Eastbound and Down: Season 1: Disc 2
Mitch Hedberg: Mitch All Together
Yi Yi
Charlie Bartlett
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Naked Boys Singing!
In the Loop
Love and Death
Tokyo Godfathers
The Counterfeiters
Whip It
A Zed & Two Noughts
Nurse Jackie: Season 1: Disc 1
Nurse Jackie: Season 1: Disc 2
Nurse Jackie: Season 1: Disc 3
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Land of the Dead
Crazy Heart
Breaking Bad: Season 1: Disc 3
Breaking Bad: Season 2: Disc 1
Breaking Bad: Season 2: Disc 2
Breaking Bad: Season 2: Disc 3
Breaking Bad: Season 2: Disc 4
Charlie Wilson's War
The Great Santini
The Bridge
Eastern Promises
Blood Simple
Miller's Crossing
Get Him to the Greek
The Rundown
Layer Cake
Russian Ark
Ken Burns' The West: Disc 1
Ken Burns' The West: Disc 2
Ken Burns' The West: Disc 3
Ken Burns' The West: Disc 4
Ken Burns' The West: Disc 5
Inside Job
In Bruges
Best Worst Movie
The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Illusionist
Breaking Bad: Season 3: Disc 1
Breaking Bad: Season 3: Disc 2
Breaking Bad: Season 3: Disc 3
Breaking Bad: Season 3: Disc 4
Police Squad!: The Complete Series


The movie experience I can’t forget

24 Jul

Inspired by this

It was a balmy day in 1989 when my family took me to the local cinema. I was of the age where memory starts to subtly form but nothing is yet put to stone.  My mom and uncle  made it a special point to take me to the movies because they were excited about seeing this new movie.

“What movie is it?” I asked.

“Back to the future 2.”

During that time we lived in a studio apartment shared with 6 people, 5 of which were family and the other one was a roommate.  Our apartment had shag carpeting in the color of urine and at the age of 7 I shared a fold-out couch with my mother.  She was an avid reader who read to me often, and because of that I was familiar with the basics of stories.

The film started and I was completely unprepared.  What followed was a madcap time travelling movie elevated by Alan Silvestri’s frantic soundtrack.  It was a story about a possible future, parallel alternate dimensions, doubles, paradoxes.  To be quite honest I don’t remember what the audience’s reaction to the movie was because they melted away. The only thing existing at that moment was Marty and Doc Brown and me.

Then the movie ended and we walked out of the theater.  I remember that this movie spawned my first complex inner thoughts. There was a conversation occurring in my mind where previously there were only simple observations.  When my uncle said he didn’t understand a certain portion of the film I jumped at the chance to explain the finer points of alternate dimensions.

“I want to see the first one.” I told my mother.

And that night, in our poor little overpopulated apartment in Inglewood, California, my family and our one roommate had a screening of Back to the Future 1.   Our troubles and our poverty melted away for a wonderful 2 hours as my mind unfolded into wondrous complexity.

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