Cancelling my Netflix Subscription and the Futility of Trying to Watch Every Film

So for anyone new to this blog you might have noticed a few movie reviews and an article and might be thinking I’ve kept up this blog regularly. I haven’t. In fact, I’ve written exactly two (maybe three) articles for this website and the rest were published from my old website over at The reason for my lack of output hasn’t been from laziness but from a new commitment.

I started a new eBay business under the used id boardsnsuch and have spent the last two weeks solely dedicated to this enterprise. Much to my dismay I haven’t watched a single film during this timespan nor read any books. While I’ve been excited with making money and staying busy–something I hardly do being disability and all–I’m a little drained and frankly upset that I haven’t made more time for this blog.

All this isn’t to say I’m giving up on this site. On the contrary, it has increased my desire to write about art and film and pursue my passion for this even more. But in the meantime, I’ve pushed the pause button. I’m just too engrossed in the business world to focus my energy elsewhere.

Because of this factor, I recently had to cancel my Netflix subscription. It was hard thing to do but was necessary. I had a DVD plan where I could rent out two DVDs a month. For the past two months I averaged 5-6 DVDs a month. That’s hardly any at all and definitely not enough to justify the 12.86 monthly bill. Yes, that’s change out of most’s pockets but for me that’s eating up the precious little income I have, and more importantly, wasting money that can be spent on my new business.

It’s a hard thing to let go. Netflix has virtually any movie one can think of available for rent. For any serious film enthusiast on a budget, this is the route to go. But there comes a point where one must decide it might be better to just rent movies on an individual basis rather than committing to a monthly plan that might be hardly used. Ten years ago this option might not have been feasible, but with the rise of Amazon and other services you can find most movies available to watch for a reasonable fee.

We live in glorious time to be a film enthusiast. At one point the only way to find foreign films or old films was when theaters would happen to be playing them or if you belonged to a college club that showed these films. It blows my mind that people had to see a film only during a short period of time and not on demand. I guess that’s how I feel about having to wait to see my favorite painting at the art museum.

Part of this desire to become a film enthusiast and has been pure folly. There’s simply too many films and not enough time to watch them all. I can’t imagine how people with a part time or full time job manage to squeeze so many films in, and yet there are those who do. I envy these people. I can barely sit through a TV show without being distracted, and at my best times averaged 3-4 films a week. Mind you, I did this without a job.

But now that I unofficially am employed, there has to be a compromise. And this blog has to be moved over to the back burner. But I swear this isn’t a swan song. There’ll be more reviews and more articles, just not as frequently as I like. So if you’re new to these parts, just stick out and I promise there’ll be more coming soon.


About Michael Medlen

My name is Michael and during my free time I avoid having a day job. Strangely enough, this gives me the freedom to run this blog. I write just about anything that can be considered art. I also occasionally post articles that may or may not be relevant to the theme of this site. You’ve been warned.
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One Response to Cancelling my Netflix Subscription and the Futility of Trying to Watch Every Film

  1. Katrina says:

    Looking forward to your future posts:)


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