Brian Perry's First Five Rentals
(Brian has rented over 900 DVDs – here are the first five he rented from us. He said: "With no HBO, DVD Netflix helped me get through The Sopranos!")
- The Sopranos: Season 4: Disc 1
- The Sopranos: Season 4: Disc 2
- 28 Days Later
- The Sopranos: Season 4: Disc 3
- Bowling for Columbine
I’ve always been into finding and watching movies. I first joined Netflix in 2003, but it was in 2004 that I started trying to watch each year's Academy Award Best Picture nominees. I figured that would be a way to see some great films.
Once I succeeded in seeing all the Best Picture nominees before Oscar night in 2005, I started to become obsessed and attempted to watch all the nominees over the next few months.
DVD Netflix played a big part in helping me achieve that goal. My queue was filled with all the Oscar nominees that I needed to see. Over time, I stepped up my filmgoing habits. By 2009, I had become obsessed with trying to see all the Oscars nominees before the awards ceremony.
DVD Netflix again helped me catch up with Oscar-nominated films that I had missed during the year. I always managed to fall short of seeing four or five movies, usually the obscure foreign films or documentaries.
Then, I had the idea to blog about my quest to see all the Oscar nominees before awards night. Not feeling I’d have the time to do maintain a full blog, I instead decided to start a Twitter account and tweet about my “mission."
I’m glad I did, as I’ve met so many other great people with the same obsessive interest in watching movies of all sorts! Not just Oscar nominees – in fact, by 2013, I had started getting into watching the Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees too.
The truth is, some of the best films aren’t even nominated for Oscars. They exist in the indie world, and the Spirit Awards is a great way to discover them. And, again, DVD Netflix helps me find some of those indie films that had very short lives in theaters.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is a pretty vibrant film community, but it's still not as exposed to as many films as Los Angeles. This led me to falling short of seeing all the Oscar nominees – but only by one – for the 2014 and 2015 awards. Both were foreign films that, if I had lived in Los Angeles, I would have seen and accomplished my goal!
I did, however, manage to see all the 2015 Spirit Awards nominees, many of which I found through both the Netflix DVD and streaming libraries.
Eventually, I figured that the only way I was going to see all the Oscar nominees was to spend all year anticipating the films (especially foreign) which would become nominees. I went to the San Francisco International Film Festival and tried picking films I thought might be nominated.
Then, I started tracking all the foreign Oscar submissions. There were over 80 last year, and I saved them all to my DVD Netflix queue, and looked forward to the ones that became available.
The plan worked. By the time the 2016 Oscar nominees were announced, I had seen practically all of them. I'd even seen couple of the foreign films nominated ahead of time in anticipation.
Finally, by Oscar night this year, I had seen all of the Oscar nominees! And my early-on favorite did, indeed, win – Spotlight! As a sweet bonus, I also won my Oscar pool at work.
DVD Netflix's library of indie, foreign, and documentary films has played a big part in my journey to see all the Spirit Awards and Oscar nominees. I chose my Twitter handle, @Road2Oscars, for that reason.
The fun is in the year-long journey to see great films, regardless of whether they're recognized for their work at the end of awards season or not.
Since I started tweeting about it, I’ve met great film buffs, bloggers, reporters, celebrities, and industry folk. I can’t help but get giddy when a filmmaker quotes me or tweets at me. It’s all part of the joy of immersing myself in film.
– Brian Perry, @Road2Oscars