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February 8, 2008


Free DVD Viewings

It is hard in these days to find good, clean, quality family films. Not that this is a major life crisis, but we do enjoy a good movie now and then. (You can laugh, but while Daniel was in school full-time this past semester, I think it took us over 2 months to get through one movie! We would watch a 30 minute segment here and there on our less busy weekends…and finally finished it after the semester ended. 🙂 )

After a particularly tiring week last month, we really wanted to just have a relaxing movie night. One problem–we didn’t have a movie. Knowing that our library’s selection is fairly limited and not wanting to pick up a random DVD that we would be disgusted with, I began to scour the web for an idea of where we could watch a free online movie.

That’s when I came across Netflix, where you can watch movies online and/or via mail. Their website offers a free 2 week trial to first-time users, but you can also find codes online for month-long trials. (We found ours on SlickDeals). We were unaware of how the system worked, and just signed up for the program that offered sending only 1 DVD at a time, which is just as well for the sake of self-discipline. And we were able to watch a movie over the internet (though the selections from that feature are somewhat limited).

Here are some of the features that we like:

1. The trial period is FREE!

2. They pay for shipping both ways.

3. There is a large selection of DVDs to choose from.

4. The response time is amazingly fast!

Since we’ve enjoyed listening to MP3s on the biographies of Christian men, we also enjoyed watching movies made about some of their biographies, and we were able to take advantage of the trial period while we were awaiting the arrival of our little girl. (Now that she’s here, I guess we can say that we’ve “stocked up” on our DVD viewing for a while. 🙂 )


Film Review

However, we absolutely hate it when we pick up a movie that’s been recommended (or randomly selected)…only to find that we have to stop in the middle due to “questionable” elements that we find mid-movie. A while back, Daniel’s brother recommended the website Kids-In-Mind to us. Kids-In-Mind is very detailed in listing out the categories that parents may be concerned about (obviously, we’re not doing this to see what our baby girl can watch, we’re using it for ourselves). One downside is that it does not list taking God’s name in vain as a language issue, so it is still hard to judge where a film will be on that. Of course, God’s Word must be our ultimate standard when deciding what we should set before our eyes.

Edit: Several readers commented on another good site to review movies before viewing them: Pluggedin Online, which does review whether or not a movie has issues with God’s name being taken in vain.


I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

Psalm 101:3


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  • hopeistheword February 8, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Have you tried I think it does count taking God’s name in vain as a profanity. I consider it the worst, since it is one of the ten commandments, so I HATE to be surprised by it in a movie.
    Great review, and I know what you mean about it taking FOREVER to actually finish a movie. We’ve done the same thing, mainly because we’re both so tired.

  • Amy February 8, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I second We use it all the time to judge whether a movie is going to be appropriate.

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on Netflix. Hubby and I have been considering a subscription like this but I’ve always wondered about the speediness of it.

  • Christie February 21, 2008 at 6:30 pm is also good for checking into the content of a movie before you get it… you don’t have to join either… just scroll down to the bottom of the main page and click “no thanks”… then you can find the movie you’re looking for. One word of caution: they are VERY blunt and detailed when listing content…