My Netflix Review (Plus August Movies)

netflix dashboardThis month, I watched about 25 movies, the most I’ve seen in a long time over a 30 day period.

This is probably due to the fact that I just signed up for Netflix last month and have been enjoying it, watching television shows that I need to catch up on and movies that I’ve been wanting to see.

To add to the experience, I got myself an HDMI cable and connect the laptop to the television when I’m not working. I’m thinking about cancelling cable but there are also other people in the house so it’s not entirely up to me.

Although I really enjoy Netflix, there are some things that I don’t like about it too. In this Netflix review, I’m going to talk about the things I like, what I don’t like and I’m also going to list the movies that I watched in August with short notes about each.

What I Like about Netflix

I love watching movies and hate having to look for them fruitlessly on YouTube. Netflix, being a paid streaming service is much needed and has licensing rights that allow you to see some great content.

Of course, I can find anything I want to watch by searching illegal streaming sites but it’s good to have everything in one place where you can search though whatever is available and watch them instantly without having to worry about annoying popup advertisements and viruses.

Here are some of the things that make Netflix a great service (much better than my cable provider Flow).

(1) User Profiles – I’m  not the only one who loves movies in my house. My girlfriend also loves movies and I had to share my Netflix with her. User profiles are great for this reason because she can make her own movie list and I can make mines.

And since she likes movies like Twilight, which I would never watch, she would get suggestions for similar movies. If I had to share my profile then i think that Netflix would not be so much fun if they keep insisting that I might like something like Breaking Dawn and those Step Up movies.

Having a profile for kids is a great feature as well and works great for finding children friendly programs.

(2) Available on Multiple Devices – It would be a shame if I had to share my computer just so others could enjoy Netflix. My girlfriend watches on her smartphone using the Netflix app while I work on my computer.

I’m also planning on getting a set top device like the Roku or something similar so that would be an additional device that makes the experience more convenient for the entire family.

(3) TV Show Selections – I’m tracking a number of television shows through and the way I usually watch them is to look on YouTube or visit those websites with links to online video hosts that have the particular show I’m looking for.

As long as the show is on Netflix, I no longer have to do that. I can just find the show, look for the episode I want to see and binge watch from there.

True Blood, which isn’t on Netflix, ended last week and The Walking Dead is on hiatus so I’m looking for new shows to watch. I’m tracking a few new ones and the thing I like about Netflix is that the older shows have all the seasons and episodes so you can watch them in their entirety. The current ones though only have some seasons so unless you haven’t seen the earlier episodes, you might have to go look for the episodes you missed outside of Netflix.

(4) Movies – You can always find a movie to watch on Netflix. Add them all to a list and you’ll never run out of movies to watch. They aren’t the most recent movies but I’m betting that there are movies that you didn’t get to see that are on here.

I currently have 54 movies on my Netflix watch list and adding more. This way I don’t have to keep looking for a movie to watch when I decide to watch a movie.

(5) Streaming – The streaming quality is great and always consistent. I have no problems with this aspect of Netflix and this was part of the reason why I kept my subscription after trying the first month for free.

Netflix uses Microsoft’s Silverlight application on the viewer end to show content and this sometimes can overload and cut out but it doesn’t happen a lot and this may also be a problem on my end and not everyone elses.

What I Don’t Like about Netflix

(1) Movie Selections – There needs to be more movies and tv shows with more seasons. I tried searching for the movies in my IMDB watchlist and most of them aren’t there.

There are some classic movies that I’ve always wanted to see (Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs) that arent’ available. Guess you have to wait since they add movies all the time.

I’m thinking that this should be like going to the video store. All the titles should be there especially if the movies have been out for a while. I guess it has something to do with the content producer and licensing. By comparison Amazon Instant Video and Prime seem to have more selections and more recent titles too.

The good thing about removing movies is that they tell you when the movies will be made unavailable so I have to watch movies in my list before that time reaches.

(2) Foreign Language Subtitles – The other thing I don’t like is that some content has foreign language subtitles that you cannot turn off. You can only change them to another language but you can’t turn them off.

Anyway I have few complaints about Netflix. it’s a great service and I’m happy to pay the subscription each month so I can watch movies and tv shows. It’s better than what is currently offered by my cable company.

Movies I Watched in August

Here’s a list of movies I watched on Netflix in August. I also watched a couple on YouTube as well that weren’t available on Netflix.

  1. Borat – This was funnier than I expected it to be.
  2. The Da Vinci Code – Always wanted to see this. It’s an ok movie and I have the sequel in my list of movies to watch
  3. Olympus Has Fallen – Couldn’t help noticing that this is a Die Hard rip-off. Die Hard in the White House. Great action though especially the attack scene where they initially hit the White House.
  4. Red Rock West – I put off watching this movie because I didn’t know what to expect but it was a fun movie with lots of twists and surprises. I’d watch it again and definitely recommend this.
  5. Punisher: War Zone – Hated this movie. The Punisher with Thomas Jane was a much better version. The action here is too cartoonish.
  6. Bad Teacher – This was an Ok comedy. Some genuinely good laughs.
  7. Machete – Not as good as I expected it to be. I think I fell asleep a couple of times. I still like Rodriquez’ style throughout though.
  8. The Book of Eli – This was a great watch and the surprise at the end made me want to watch it again. My girlfriend enjoyed this movie of eli
  9. I Am Number Four
  10. Reincarnated – I watched this because it’s Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion plus reggae and Jamaica.
  11. The Mist – I guess the ending was meant to be provocative. I was mad at the ending and I’ll never understand why it happened. Good movie otherwise.
  12. Into the Blue – Jessica Alba is hot.
  13. Wedding Crashers – The reviews say this movie was hilarious. The funniest parts were when Will Ferrel showed up.
  14. Love and a .45 – I think I saw this before. It’s an ok movie.
  15. Hellraiser – I remembered watching Hellraiser III in theatres and always thought Pinhead was a great horror icon. I had to watch the original which was great but not a lot of Pinhead.
  16. Hellbound: Hellraiser II – This was a genius movie. The Doctor in here was a great villain who even managed to defeat Pinhead and his demons. I found this on YouTube.
  17. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth – I remembered watching this in theatres a long time ago. Thought it was funny and scary. Watching it again, not so much.
  18. Children of the Corn – Thought after watching Hellraiser, I’d watch another franchise original. This was a great one from the mind of Stephen King.
  19. Striking Distance – Great movie. I put off watching this for so long but enjoyed every minute of it.
  20. The Set Up – This movie was alright but it was also very predictable and cliche at times.
  21. The Jerk – Good classic comedy with Steve Martin. I was so into this I was surprised when the credits started to roll.
  22. The Warriors – Can you dig it? I can dig it. Cool movie that I’ve always wanted to see because of it’s influence in hip hop songs.
  23. The Birds – The guy with the pecked out eyes was scary. Otherwise this is a bore.
  24. Carlito’s Way – Always wanted to see this because of the influence on hip hop and because of Al Pacino and it’s similarities to Scarface. Was good but a little too slow and dull at times.
  25. Junior – Interesting concept but they couldn’t pull it off. The movie tries too hard to be funny and there are very little genuine laughs to be had. A waste of time.

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