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I don't go out to movies

Updated on January 8, 2011

Staying home has many advantages

I like to sit back in my easy chair and watch a movie. I like to watch it at a time that is convenient to me, not when the theater schedules it.

I like to be comfortable, in my pajamas or underwear, when watching a movie.

I like to eat a meal, or just a snack, or maybe have a cocktail or two while I watch the movie.

I like to put the movie on pause when I need to go to the bathroom.

I like to have subtitles, because my hearing isn’t as good as it once was. This is something you don’t get in English language movies at theaters.

I like to let as many people as may want to, watch the movie for no extra cost.

I like to be able to keep the movie as long as I want, watch it as many times as I want, all for no extra cost.

I like to be able to rewind the movie to see again a scene I particularly liked.

I like to have a movie come to me in the mail, so I don’t have to go anywhere to get it.

I like not standing in line to pay a cashier.

I like to know the movie I want won’t be sold out.

I like not having to pay any late return fees.

I like having the choice of over 15,000 movies.

I like just dropping the DVD in the mailbox when I am finished with it.

I like not having to listen to people talk or have their cell phones go off while I’m watching the movie.

I like being able to get a little snapshot review of any picture I may want to consider.

I like being able to type in any actor’s name and finding a list of all his or her films. Same with directors.

I like having movies suggested to me, based on my past viewing habits.

I like paying about $10 a month to see all the movies I want, instead of paying that much or more to go to a theater to see one movie, one time.

Are there any disadvantages? Yes. You can’t see a new release until it is out about three months. I can live with that. And you won’t make your wife too happy about never taking her out to see a new film - but I guess I can live with that, too. Some folks say there are certain films that you ought to see on the big screen. But now that I have a big screen, high definition TV, I don’t even agree with that anymore.

I’ve been a very satisfied customer of Netflix for many years. And no, I don’t work for them.


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    • dongately profile image

      dongately 8 years ago from Sana Clarita, California

      Thanks - I love Andy Rooney.

    • belliott profile image

      belliott 8 years ago

      I enjoy your writing style. Reminds me of Andy Rooney. That's good. Good hub. Thanks