Sep 22, 2011

Not Now

Here is a brief list of movies that I want to see RIGHT NOW that aren't available on Netflix Instant, or should I just say Netflix.  They are all films that I have looked for just in the past 24 hours.
  • No Country For Old Men
  • Mother
  • Or really any Albert Brooks movie besides Dr. Doolittle
  • Badlands
  • Eastern Promises
  • A History of Violence
  • Burn After Reading
  • Paths of Glory
  • The Natural
  • Sideways
I've seen them all before.  Except for Dr. Doolittle.  But, for some reason, I had a hankerin' to watch all of them again.  And I can't.  I mean, without paying Amazon or my local cable provider.  Or sailing the seven seas.  Sucks.

I can't remember the last time I checked to see if a movie was available on Netflix and it actually was available.  Good thing they have a bunch of TV shows that we are in the middle of watching right now.  Otherwise this 24 hours of searching fruitlessly might have been the end of our relationship.

I'm talking about Netflix and I.

You kids aren't going anywhere.  Don't you go changing. Wink.


sybil law said...

Really? I just watched No Country For Old Men on some fricking channel like AMC!
I've been schooling Gilda in John Hughes movies. Or, that was the plan. We got as far as Weird Science - everything else was DVD only. Netflix is seriously pissing me off!

Uh, but Weird Science was still pretty awesome.

Kevin McKeever said...

I find most odd that Netflix has been doing all these things to drive people to their online service, but the online service has such a limited selection. I'm regretting dropping the DVD portion of the service now.

Slyde said...

i am supposed to drop my dvd portion of netflix next week, before the new billing kicks in.

its killing me to do it though, because their instant selection has been pretty shitty lately.

Verdant Earl said...

Sybil - I think it showing on AMC with commercials is what made me want to watch it on Netflix.

Kevin - I'm still not regretting dropping the DVD service. With their delay in getting new releases, we found that we were using services like Amazon and On Demand for the newer stuff anyway.

Slyde - Do it! DO EEEEET!!!

Ren said...

My theory is that their goal with the changes is to gain leverage to actually improve their streaming content. Whether that will work out for them (and us) is anyone's guess at this point.

I had hopes that Apple was going to pressure the content owners, but it looks like they surrendered already when they dropped TV show rentals.

I've never viewed Netflix streaming as a place to go to find a specific movie; rather, I've always thought it was a great place to find movies that I never got around to watching. I do occasionally search for something specific (and sometimes find it), but my primary usage pattern is that I follow their RSS feed of new streaming choices and just add stuff to my queue if it interests me. Thus, I have plenty of stuff in the queue to watch if an opportunity presents itself.

Combined with the fact that my kids watch all sorts of shows on there, the $8/month is really a bargain for us. Much better than what we'd have to pay for cable -- which we haven't had since 2007. (However, most of what we watch is via over-the-air broadcasts recorded on TiVo.)

Verdant Earl said...

Ren - Yeah, when you put it that way I do watch a lot of films on Netflix Instant that I normally would never watch. Lots of South Korean thrillers (which I love) lately. Good stuff.

marty mankins said...
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marty mankins said...

Ren said pretty much what I wanted to say. With an emphasis on I too am hoping that Netflix will use their leverage to bring more content. I've also seen a good number of movies that I missed or otherwise might not have had that strong an interest in seeing on Netflix streaming.

Perhaps Alexander Payne, David Cronenberg and Coen Brothers movies haven't been licensed to Netflix for streaming yet.

Verdant Earl said...

Marty - I'm not sure it matter who the directors are in these licensing deals. More the studio or production companies.

marty mankins said...

Earl - True, I just happened to notice your list shared some directors I liked. The owners of the licenses are the ones that need to get their deals made.