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. 🙂 )
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.