I resisted Netflix for years. My argument was that I just didn’t rent movies enough to warrant the extra monthly cost. Oh, how wrong I was.

Earlier this year, I signed up for their free trial and that was all she wrote. I finally had an excuse to watch all the movies I’ve been neglecting. Here’s my take on the genre-related titles I’ve watched in the last few weeks (undoubtedly at a cost of time otherwise devoted to reading):

  • The Man from Earth – It feels like you’re reading a story instead of watching a film.
  • Eagle Eye – a movie that turns SciFi halfway through, but sadly uses an unbelievable leftover premise from the 60s.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) – If I wasn’t watching with my kid, I would have stopped watching it.
  • The Day After Tomorrow (2004) – Suspect science, mediocre acting, contrived drama, obvious CG effects, heavy-handed propaganda…these are not the things I look for in a SciFi film. I’m surprised I watched the whole thing.
  • Martian Child (2007) – A decent, heartwarming start…but after a while I just felt like it wasn’t working. The book was much better.
  • The Island (2005) – Some great sociological sf concepts, that devolves into big chase movie (a good one, to be sure) about halfway through.
  • Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008) – Awesome visuals and artistic style don’t make up for the weak story and weaker characterizations.

OK, some might argue that I was better off missing some of these titles…and they’d be right…but the other perks of a Netflix account make up for the occasional bad film. Most notably, I’ve been taking advantage of features like video streaming to my Tivo. Sure, there’s a limited selection, but there are plenty of films I haven’t seen that I wouldn’t mind watching. Also, I love the convenience. I’ve got lots of stuff queued up, like Dead Like Me seasons 1 & 2, Jekyll, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Outer Limits (new series, season 1), Pan’s Labyrinth, Superman Doomsday, Ghostbusters (my daughter hasn’t seen it yet), Gattaca, and a host of non-genre stuff as well. More to come!

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