Like many people, when I settle down to watch something, I spend a large amount of time scrolling through Netflix or Hulu in search of the right movie. It takes me a long time to choose something (if I pick anything at all) and the experience is not always as satisfying or serendipitous as channel surfing or visiting a video store. It's a privilege to be able to get whatever you want whenever you want, but abundance is not always a blessing.
So, I have decided to abandon streaming for the autumn and focus on physical media. My boyfriend is taking our Roku with him while he works out of town, and I plan to spend time with our DVDs and network television in real time. We've amassed a healthy film collection that I often neglect in favor of what's on the digital services.
I've also re-enrolled in Netflix DVD, which I hope will give me access to some more obscure films I want to watch but are not available to stream. I like the idea of DVDs being doled out two at a time, rationing my viewing.
As a voracious reader, movie viewer, and music fan, I think more and more about how I consume art and culture. The more I consume, the more I realize that I enjoy my media portioned rather than displayed on a buffet. When I can focus on one piece at a time, I better enjoy its individual tastes and textures.
For curious readers, here is my Halloween-centric DVD queue:
What are you planning to watch this month, dear reader?