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Lost Weekend

Jean Luc Godard’s Weekend arrived from Netflix last week. I kind of half-heartedly put it on my queue since we’ve seen a few of Godard’s other films (we didn’t enjoy all of them; My Life to Live is probably the best). After some more research, however, I decided I wasn’t in the mood for trenchant ’60s social commentary and put it back on the mailbox to be replaced by decidedly lighter fare in the form of Kate & Allie‘s first season. A few years ago, a similar thing happened when we rented The Pianist. The movie sat around for at least two weeks before we decided it seemed too heavy going, and so back it went. A little part of me feels guilty about these things, but to be honest we constantly watch a lot of different films — heavy and light — so a few small episodes don’t make a difference in the grand scheme of things.

Have you ever rented a movie, only to return it unseen?

5 Thoughts on “Lost Weekend

  1. I try to give every movie a chance, even if by the time it arrives I can’t remember why I put it in my queue. Sometimes that takes a while. I’ve held onto discs for over a month before finally getting to them. I’ve seen some wonderful films that way. But one of the great joys of Netflix is the freedom to stop a movie after 15 minutes or so if it’s not for me. Back in the days of the long trudge up to Blockbuster – two whole blocks! – I was more likely to stick it out.

    Oddly enough, I just added Godard’s Weekend to my queue because an AV Club article called it the movie that captured the 1960s better than any other.

  2. I’ll look forward to the Weekend review on your weblog, Vince! The main reason I passed on that is because I read that it shows animals getting killed onscreen. Can’t handle that.

    By the way, even when a Netflix rental turns out bad I stick it through all the way to the end.

  3. I don’t think we’ve ever returned a movie unwatched, although there have been some we watched for 15 minutes and gave up on. (“The Pianist” should have been one of them; The Mrs. seemed to like it OK, but found it to be the most relentlessly depressing thing I’ve ever seen.)

    What annoys me about Netflix are the occasions when the envelope has sat unopened for a week or two because I thought I knew what was in it, only to find when I opened it that they sent the wrong movie.

  4. i don’t think i’ve ever returned a movie without watching it. it’d be too much like throwing money away.though there may be times when we rented too many at once and had to return one unwatched. since moving to taiwan i’ve gotten out of the habit of renting movies. most dvds i see these days are either lent to me by friends, downloaded or bought. some films will never get a release here so buying is one of the few options i’ll have to see it at all. if i had access to something like netflix here(with the same selection) it’d probably change my dvd watching habit.

  5. Lauren on June 5, 2007 at 7:46 am said:

    I don’t subscribe to Netflix yet so in order to make me feel like I got my money’s worth I play the movie and do something else, like iron or weed the garden or whatever. I’ve got to get over it.

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