Thursday, June 16, 2005

You think I'm obsessed?

This guy says I'm obsessed with Netflix. It doesn't hurt my feelings. I can see how you might get that impression. However, I am not obsessed. In between blogging about Netflix and watching DVDs from Netflix and getting all my friends to sign up for Netflix, I do other things.

Like, for instance, I take my dog to the park. I have dinner with friends. I celebrate birthdays and holidays with family and friends. I went camping this month.

I have plans for the future. I will go to the lake in July, for the fireworks. I will go to the Grand Canyon in August. I am going to buy a house.

In my spare time, I read books, other than 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. For example, I'm reading another book, called American Silent Film.

Do you still think I'm obsessed?


  1. So how is the book? Any other film-related book titles anyone would care to recommend?

    My own recommendations:

    Marilyn Fabe, Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique

    James Monaco, How To Read a Film

    Louis Gianneti, Understanding Movies

    TLA Video & DVD Guide

    Time Out Film Guide

    Jon Boorstin, Making Movies Work

    Steven Katz, Film Directing: Shot by Shot

    Jeremy Vineyard, Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Movies Every Filmmaker Should Know

    Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic

    New York Times Guide to the Best 1000 Movies Ever Made

    1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

    National Society of Film Critics, The A List

    I don't make movies, but I find that I get more out of watching movies if I've read about the techniques of people who do direct or edit films. I'd be very happy to hear other recommendations for books about tracking down good but obscure films and/or interpreting films.

  2. I recommend Kenneth Turan's book, Never Coming To A Theatre Near You: A Celebration Of A Certain Kind Of Movie

  3. Thanks. I just looked it up on, and it sounds very good. I put it on my wish list, and I look forward to reading it.

  4. Am I missing something? I checked out that guy's site and saw only 2 posts about Netflix:

    1. On the Virtues of Hating Blockbuster
    2. Yeah, yeah, I'm still here

    I've been accused of the same, "Manuel needs to get laid or get a life, one or the other. Someone who obsesses over Netflix as much as he does has WAY too much time on his hands." Comments like this avoid the issue. It seems whenever I bring up issues concerning Netflix I'm pelted with comments such as this. Yet, comments like this fill me with the urge to write more about Netflix and so the vicious cycle perpetuates.

  5. In one of those posts, he links to my blog using the word "obsessed".

    The greatest accomplishments in human history were made by people who were "obsessed".

  6. Yeah, you're obsessed. So what? There's nothing worse than bloggers complaining about other bloggers in their blog.