For years, I listened to my friends expound on the virtues of Netflix. I laughed and talked instead about how I bought every movie I wanted to watch at home, because if I was going to pay for a DVD, I wanted to own it — not just rent it. I never, ever had a Blockbuster card for this very reason. And the vast shelves of DVDs in my basement are a testament to this line of thinking. Streaming movies via an Xbox? Surely the quality is sub-par and not worth my time.
I’m here to tell you I was foolhardy, nay, wrong. When streaming came to the Wii, I decided to give it a one-month free trial and I’ll be damned if I wasn’t hooked in half that time. It wasn’t that I could instantly stream entire seasons of great shows I refused to buy on DVD like Magnum PI or the A-Team, either. I was suddenly compiling a list of movies dozens deep of movies I’d always wanted to watch, but never wanted to buy — and which were never on the plethora of movie channels I get on cable at a convenient time.
Many of these movies are bonafide classics, and yet here I was, watching them for the first time. That’s how we arrive at today, the relaunch of a former internet sensation in a new format. Polyfro.com, the blog, returns to document my reactions and reviews of the movies I watch on Netflix, to capture my thoughts as I watch flicks I’d (mostly) never seen. The reviews will usually weave stories from my own life into them, because that’s what I do. And hopefully you will enjoy them. I hope to.