More Kim Newman than Barry Norman

I’ve been using Lovefilm for over 2 and a half years now but my usage is somewhat erratic.  It’s not unusual for me to go 2 weeks without watching one of the disks I have at home and a quick look back at my rental history shows that there was even a 2 month period at the end of last year where I didn’t send any films back.  Sometimes this is due to the fact that I have films at home that I’m not hugely bothered about watching, other times it’s because something else takes my attention away from films for a while, such as a new XBox game, a new exercise regime or just a lot of social engagements.

The first situation is occurring less frequently now for 2 main reasons. Firstly, I have learnt to ignore the pleas from Lovefilm to never let my rental list drop below 20 films.  When I started I would go searching for films to add just to ensure my list stayed full but then I realised there were films that had been on the list for a year and a half which I’d never been sent, so what was the point?  I’ve averaged almost exactly 4 disks a month since I started and it would be a pretty poor month for the film industry if there weren’t 4 new releases that I wanted to see, so why keep padding it out with stuff just for the sake of it.  When I looked this morning I was down to 8 films with another 7 pre-ordered which are due out in June.

The other main reason I’m generally getting through my films quicker now is the type of film I’m putting on the list.  Like many others, when I first signed up I saw Lovefilm as a way of watching all those classics movies I’d never got round to seeing and those worthy, Oscar-bothering “masterpieces” which are too heavy going to watch on a Friday night with a few friends.  The trouble with those films is when I did get them I’d really have to force myself to watch them, something that became a lot harder to do after I bought my XBox. This is even more true these days now that every man and his wife has an XBox Live account and I frequently get a “L4D?” or “Zombie Time!” text from someone just as I’m contemplating sticking a DVD in.  So I decided that rather than keep up the pretence of being a serious film connoisseur I’d just admit that I’m much more likely to watch 90 minutes of Asian horror film or silly American comedy than I am to watch 150 minutes of thought-provoking German drama. It’s a shame really because when I have made myself watch those “worthy” films they’ve generally been excellent, but at the end of the day most of my DVD watching happens when I get in from football or the gym on a week night or on a slightly hung-over Sunday morning, so the film that takes the least effort to watch will usually win out.

Anyway, I started writing this as an introduction to a review of the last three films I’ve watched from Lovefilm, all of which fit under the “horror” banner, none of which got nominated for any Oscars and all of which I watched within a couple of days of them turning up.  However, this intro has turned into a post of its own so you’ll just have to wait for the reviews now.


P.S. I recently sent back a film without watching it because I’d had it for so long and I thought that was the first time I had done so.  However, after looking at my early rental list, I’ve either done it several times before or I’ve completely forgotten what some films are about!

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