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I pretty much put off watching all new movies. I hardly ever go to the theater anymore and end up just waiting for them to be on HBO or one of the other movie channels.

I also haven't seen Passion of the Christ despite having the DVD. Probably my most famous is Casablanca. Have had the DVD for years and years but still haven't watched it. But I own thousands of movies and they keep making more. It's impossible to get everything watched. I have a two sided page with 3 or 4 columns on each side of movies I own but haven't watched yet.


Kite Runner..still can't sit to watch it.


For me, whether I watch a movie comes down to its length. I've found it increasingly difficult to stay focused on a movie that is near two hours long. For me, the sweet spot is between 80 and 110 minutes. Anything beyond that is hard to watch.


Two that come to mind are movies I just watched very recently: "The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford" and "There Will Be Blood." They were both in my queue for a couple years and I finally decided it was time to watch these two very long films. I can't believe it took me so long to see "Jesse James," I LOVED it!

This makes me realize that I wish Netflix had a feature that showed how long a movie has been in your queue. That would be interesting to keep track of.

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It doesn't happen to me that often because I love dramatic, more serious movies. But sometimes I rent a movie and it sits there for a week, waiting for me to watch it.

Dan Kueck

This is a topic I've thought about before. Recently, for me, that movie is Into the Wild (2007) - based on a actual events. I checked it out twice from the public library, never got around to watching it in the 7-day (free) rental time. Now in my Netflix DVD queue.

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I've got a ton of titles stuffed in my WI queue, including the British series "Wire in the Blood". When a notice appeared under it (using Xbox, you get an expiration warning under the dvd cover) that it would soon expire, and hurried to watch s1. When the date came and it streamings rights apparently renewed, I went straight back to lax mode. I've yet to sit down and start season 2... :)


I procrastinate. If it's something I HAVE to watch, I'll put it off. I've had Strip Nude for Your Killer sitting on my player for weeks now because I have to write about it.

But Tuesday I watched The Last Emperor, It Happened Last Night, The Host, From a Whisper to a Scream, and some of Sweet Charity. Hooray for WI.


I recently started a nightly weight-loss fitness regimen, and when I work out I like to watch adrenaline-pumping fast-paced movies (to distract me from the pain). I've thus done a fair amount of queue reshuffling for now, moving all the "man movie" stuff up front. Oh thank you, 1980s- I never appreciated you until now.

Anyway, I have a worksheet of movies I eventually need to see, ranked in order, corresponding to IMDB rating. The number one film on that list is (and has been for some time) Casablanca. Bogie's gonna have to wait until my skinny jeans fit.

Trent Ohm

I found myself doing this so I have taken to declaring certain months for a specific genre, such "Foreign Film August". It helps me clear some of those films I never make myself watch.


Schindler's List & the Pianist - I just don't come home that often and tell my wife, "Hey honey, I'm in the mood for a Holocast flick." The subject matter is just too depressing.


I have about 200 movies in my queue and had issues with some sitting in my queue forever, so now I use a random number generator I found online to decide the next DVD to rent.

Joe Caparula

Definitely "Precious". One of those "I really should watch that" movies that I've never watched.


I think some movies we pass over are the more serious ones because for me it takes being in the right mood for one thing. Some movies like "The Hangover" can be watched anytime because other than the humor their is nothing either serious or profound to absorb that you might find in a "Hotel Rwanda." I just watched "The Red Baron" today even though I've had the disc for about 2 weeks now.


"Requiem For A Dream"

Rented it twice, but had heard it was SO depressing that I just wasn't ready for it when the time came to watch it, so passed. When I finally did see it, I was like, "That was it?"


I'm not surprised you put off watching "The Passion of the Christ". It's a gut-wrenching, emotionally-crushing movie. As a Christian, it's especially hard because I knew it's our sin that caused all of that suffering. So yeah, I don't blame you, LOL.


@ Laura

Holy shit. I don't even know how to approach that comment. There's so much wrong with it that it hurts.

Shellie C.

I prefer the more serious, dramatic, though provoking films than the "current it" movie so it doesn't affect me.


I watch everything I put in my Netflix DVD queue, but I have been known to delay adding titles to the queue. I finally did watch The Passion of the Christ (2004) in 2006, but it did sit around at home for four days before being watched.

The Instant Watch queue is another story--I have stuff in there that have been there for several years. I prefer watching DVDs over streaming, and some titles have been in my Instant queue for a couple of years.

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Anything over 3 hours, including the following:

Dr. Zhivago
Lawrence of Arabia
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp


If I may offer some unsolicited advice: if you haven't watched it by now, it's probably safe to just skip out on Passion of the Christ. It's not a good movie. Even if you're totally down with experiencing the suffering of Jesus in a visceral way-- and if that's your thing then that's cool-- it's just plain not a good movie.

It's not realistic or historically accurate, the bits of it that are most historically inaccurate have very little to do with the Bible so that's not an excuse, it reduces the life and wisdom of an amazing man (however you may feel about his divinity or lack thereof) into a series of fortune-cookie-esque proverbs, the pacing is terrible, the cinematography isn't particularly good... it's just plain not a good movie.


I usually go through the list of 'those about to expire' and watch them first.

Then, it depends on the length and type and my mood at the time.


I put off the more serious movies. My SIL has been bugging me to watch "Remember the Titans" for months, but I'm rarely in the mood for preachy message movies. I deal with "serious" all day at work. I don't want to come home and be reminded of how ugly the world can be, even if it also attempts to remind me that we can triumph over adversity.


I agree with what a lot of others have said. I watch movies according to my mood. It's not often that I'm in the mood for serious, heavy-weighted or depressing films. Watching something like that when you are not in the right mood for it is more like fulfilling an obligation than enjoying entertainment.

If I'm tired or trying to get something else done while the movie is on, I don't want to watch something that requires me to focus tightly on what's going on. So I often choose lighter faire...and I won't apologize for it or be made to feel inferior.

I keep the heavier stuff on my list so I'll remember it when that rare mood does strike me. If I never get around to it, I'm not going to let it bother me, though.


United 93. Just cannot get that out of the queue and into the DVD player.


@BP - Christians believe that Christ suffered and died for our sins. So while Laura may have worded it a little clumsily perhaps, and you may have different beliefs, what she says is true to Christians.


Ummmm..... Hotel Rwanda and the Seventh Seal. Really. Also, plenty of Criterion releases.


I've had "King of Masks" in my IW for months. I was watching XFiles, and now am on Season 4 of Married with Children. Doesn't look like I'll be watching King anytime soon.


seems like every six months somebody at a major magazine/newspaper writes the 'what netflix dvd to you get in the mail and forget to watch and finally mail it back" piece. This might be the 10th anniversary of it being done in WigWag.

A better twist on the question: what are the titles you put on your queue, but constantly leapfrog with new releases or other titles that you want faster? I've had the Conformist on my queue for over 5 years and it's still floating around in the middle of the list.


@ Scrivner

I think you misunderstand what I found so appalling about her statement.


I'm pretty good about not keeping movies for too long, but the one that always sticks out is M from 1931. I like old movies, but it's always hard to for me to really get into anything before the 50s. Not to mention the movie's in german. I kept this for a month and returned it. Then I got it again and finally watched it. I find that getting movies on blu ray forces me to watch them sooner because I know i'm paying extra for that option. For the most part, it works.


Ah, almost forgot. I can't bring myself to watch Deliverance. It's still on my queue, and I actually once got it by accident (movie on my queue before it wasn't available). I just couldn't bring myself to watch it from what i've heard. Maybe some day.


I'm glad that you covered this. I've noticed that I've favored lighthearted, mindless movies over very good, but "heavy" films. For example, I've watched Penguins of Madagascar (light) and Dead Snow (mindless, but fun) over Hurt Locker and Not One Less.

I will try Trent Ohm's strategy of reserving periods of time for "difficult" films. He did months, but I'll try 1-2 weeks a month. Need to mix-up the serious with easy-to-watch movies.


A Haunting in Connecticut & Shall We Dance? (the original).

Been holding on to them forever yet watch cable movies and Instant Viewing.

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We should trade each other. I'll finally watch Precious if the people who said they hadn't watched Brazil and Lawrence of Arabia do their parts.

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