I’m in debt. There I said it. And I want out. The problem? I go to the movies a LOT. Not the cheap movies, but the first-run movies. I love the auditorium seating, the big screen and the great, buttery popcorn.
Another problem? You probably know where I’m going with this, but it’s at least $20 a pop just for me to go, and if I bring the kids, it can be a budget buster. But when you’re trying to get out of mega-debt, you need to cut corners. I, Lisa Iannucci, need to cut back on going to the movie theater. (If Regal Cinema’s stock suddenly plummets, I’m single handedly responsible.)
But I know me. If you take movies away from me, just like taking candy away from a dieter, I get cranky. Granted, I can watch TV at home (and I will), but if you tell me not to go to the movies, I’ll get mad. I have to do this, though. My youngest is going off to college in a few years, and I don’t want to be saddled with debt. Instead, after being a single mom for so many years, it’s my turn. I want to travel and do other things, and I need the money to do it.
So I cut the movie expense, but I need a substitute. Thanks to online sites like Hulu and Netflix (which I already have a subscription to for the kids at college), I could go back and watch movies, documentaries and old television shows I have never seen before, and some that I’ve never even heard of.
I’m not just talking about last year, but even as far back as the 1930s. As much as I love television and movies, there are so many movies and shows that I just never had time to even see, so why not go back? So Retro Lisa is going to jet back to the past and take another look at movies and television shows that I haven’t watched before and review them for you. You might find a new favorite.
In the meantime, I’ll be saving money by watching movies and TV shows on either Hulu, Netflix or even through my local library (I love free!). I know Netflix isn’t free, but I can watch a lot more movies for a fraction of what I would spend at my local theater. Hopefully, my bank account will love me for it. And hopefully, you’ll enjoy a new look at the old movies and TV shows.
In my first look on Netflix, I found “The Book Group,” a British TV show that aired in 2002 and 2003. The show follows Clare Pettengill (Anne Dudek), an American newly arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, who starts up a book group to make some new friends.
It had a slow start with a few funny moments in the premiere episode as we get to know each of the characters. I’m pretty sure I know why this show was canceled after only two seasons.
In the first episode, Clare, who started the book group, seemed to only show the least bit of interest in the cute guy who arrives at her door, while she looks surprised at everyone else, including a wheelchair-bound man who wants to join the group. I’m hoping this show picks up or I may not watch both seasons.
And now, I need suggestions from YOU! What should I watch on Netflix or Hulu? Leave any and all suggestions in the comments below. (Note that I don’t do horror).
Here’s a peek at “The Book Group”: