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By Jeremy G. Butler  (Author Page, Twitter Page, Facebook Page)

What I’m Thankful For:

Netflix Instant.

I suppose I could say this applied to VOD services in general, and perhaps it does, but Netflix Instant is my service of choice and I am head-over-heels in love with it.  And it’s not just the functionality of it – push a button, watch a movie – it’s the depth and breadth of the selection.  I once read where someone had said that they would have killed for this kind of access to movies as a child.  I think that‘s a sentiment to which we can all relate.

Some people may complain about the lack of newer, bigger releases on the Instant service and I suppose that’s valid, but – for me, at least – the appeal of Netflix has always been the non-mainstream stuff.  Foreign-language films, art house, exploitation, independent and silent films – all the stuff that you (or at least I) would have never been able to find at my local brick-and-mortar store.  At the time there was a sort of romanticism to it all: figuring out how to order your queue; watching the mail and waiting for that next disc to show up; making sure you sent it back in time to get the next one in before the weekend started – it was all part of the Netflix experience.

But, as it turns out, you never really knew how much of a pain in the ass all that waiting was until you didn’t have to do it anymore.  Now, instead of waiting for two mail cycles in between every one movie, I can watch as many movies as I want on any given day.  And not just bullshit filler movies – Kurosawa, Bergman, Fellini, Godard, hell, damn near anything with a Criterion logo on it.  It’s all right there.  And they’re adding more every single day.  It’s a gateway to one of the single greatest educations in film history that you could ask for – and it only costs you nine bucks a month.

As someone who came into my own as a film fan a bit later in life than a lot of you, Netflix Instant is more than just something I’m simply thankful for – it‘s more like a miracle.