I’m beginning to understand the “It was on Netflix” shrug.

Through the years of recording my podcast or shooting the shit with my many movie-going friends, people often mention watching something that seems beneath their pay-grade. When my face contorts and I ask incredulously “How did you end up watching that?”, the person always says “It was on Netflix”, and follows the statement with a shrug of their shoulders. Sometimes the shrug is even audible in their response.

Now don’t get me wrong – I still believe in looking for the good stuff, and I still believe that time is precious. But I’m beginning to get it…

Sometimes you’re hungry. You don’t have the energy to cook a whole meal, but you want to eat something. Everything you have in the pantry involves turning on the stove, and nothing in the fridge seems what you want. Somewhat defeated, somewhat nonchalant, you grab the jar of peanut butter and a tablespoon.

That’s Netflix.

You might not have wanted to cough up any money to watch LOCKOUT, not in theatres and not on blu-ray…but when you’re bored and hungry, it looks like a jar of peanut butter and a tablespoon.

For me this week, that was THE LAST STAND (which I did enjoy for what it is). JACK REACHER is looking like it’ll be filled with nutty goodness too.

I get it now. I might still feel guilty about it, and still feel like there are better uses of one’s time…but I get it.
Here’s The Week at Hand…


THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – More on this over the next two days, but suffice it to say my initial reaction to its trailer was correct.

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
TINY FURNITURE – Which eventually gave way to this.
THE LAST STAND – I mean, what else does one watch following TINY FURNITURE?

Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Watched Before
THE SOCIAL NETWORK – I immediately started reading Gone Girl after this ended.
RUSHMORE – I never got around to BOTTLE ROCKET, but my series of Anderson rewatches was time-well-spent
THE HUNT – For podcasting purposes.
RESERVOIR DOGS – Also for podcasting purposes. I was a bit of a castitute this week.
GOODFELLAS – Recently upgraded to blu-ray. Lordy, am I ever happy I don’t have to switch discs mid-film anymore.
OUT OF SIGHT – Still so damned sexy.

52 First-Timers, 49 Re-Watched
8 Screenings
101 Movies in Total

How’s about you – seen anything good?