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31 Films In 31 Days II: Revenge Of The Netflix Queue

Submitted by on December 16, 2014 – 10:18 AM13 Comments


Coming in January: cinemasochism redux!

A few years ago, Couch Baron and I decided to rip through a movie a day for one month. Despite vowing the last time to pick February as the month in question — by which I actually mean we swore we'd never do this again — we're…doing it again. As before, CB will focus more on this year's awards contenders; I'll mix in some true-crime docs and Film Fiber entries to try to get the Netflix queue down to a manageable level. ("Manageable" = fewer than 400 DVDs.) (Oh, I KNOW.)

We kick off/ourselves 1/1/15. See you then!

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  • ferretrick says:

    You have time for a Netflix queue? I'd be happy just to get through my DVR backlog. (Seriously, just got to Monday shows from the week of Thanksgiving this morning).

  • Lisa says:

    I'm not sure what I'd do without the first 25 movies in my Netflix queue. They've been with me since 2006 so they're basically the longest relationship I've ever had. Deleting them without watching them seems heartless, and actually watching them seems…unlikely. Your lofty goals may inspire me to watch a few of them in solidarity. Good luck!

  • Beanie says:

    Second the DVR backlog, here. At last check, I had SEVEN episodes of The Blacklist stored, as well as many episodes of other stuff I don't like nearly as well.

    I am also unable to delete them. Sigh.

  • Mimi says:

    Ugh, the DVR backlog is awful. I have recorded every episode of Gracechurch. I have not seen a single one of them. Re: Netflix, my queue isn't particularly long because I only have streaming, and finding things to add is a pain.

  • attica says:

    As long as your 31 in 31 isn't strict, watching 3 or 4 on a weekend should make this doable. Unless you have, like, a life. Or are committing yourselves to also doing writeups that consist of anything more than 'Check!' In which case, ahahaha.

    Good luck!

    (I cleaned up my dvr backlog over T-G weekend, sidelined with the annual plague. I'm inordinately proud of this. Seriously– why/how is this something to be proud of? And yet: Whee!)

  • Sandman says:

    You guys have a huge backlog in your DVRs, too? TN really is my people!

  • scout1222 says:

    I don't have a DVD backlog only because I don't have cable/DVR. But I too have some movies in the queue that have been there for YEARS. I keep bumping things ahead of some of these, and on the streaming queue, I am pretty sure I have things that were available, went away, and came back it's been that long.

    In fact, I watched a movie over the weekend that was one of those that had been there awhile. It turned out to not be worth watching all the way through. Oh well.

  • Dayna says:

    I'm gonna have to watch my DVR backlist before Jan. 1. I'm cutting the cable cord and going with Hulu Plus and Netflix streaming after that because $146.79 per month for internet and cable with NO premium channels is your basic rip-off. I'm looking your way, Time Warner Cable.

  • Jen S 1.0 says:

    So, are you going to cheat by combing and deleting first, or watch everything as you put it on queue, no matter how many times you smite your forehead and groan "What was I THINKING????"

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    For the record, my DVRs are both bursting. I'm just choosing to care about…not that? Hee.

    I shuffle Long Wait discs up to the top periodically and then let the chips fall where they may. CLOCKERS is up next, followed by WIND. So it's going to get woolly.

  • ErinW says:

    I want to do this too, so much! I just graduated and I'm back into movies, and reading for fun, and it feels so good.

    Although if I were doing this, I would make a point to put the movies that interested me most at the moment up to the top of the queue. I am a person who has kept select Netflix discs at home for MORE THAN A YEAR because I wanted so badly not to watch them. Which I think is both the point of Netflix and the danger of it.

  • frogprof12 says:

    Only got rid of my DVR backlog when my DVR DIED a couple of weeks ago. Seems like whenever it gets to 40% full [or more], it decides that I'm never going to get a Round Tuit so it goes on the fritz. So I have lost at least 40 movies and several un-get-back-able eps of various PBS shows or whatever.
    My only consolation is that if I hadn't watched some of those shows/movies in 3 years, I probably wasn't going to.

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