This time I'm swapping new DVDs for rental DVDs. I used to rent DVDs all the time when I actually lived near a DVD rental shop, but that was when I was at uni. In the 5 years since I left uni I seem to have amassed a DVD mountain, which I have spent the last couple of months sorting, re-watching and donating (I give mine to the National Trust property I volunteer at to sell in their 2nd hand bookshop and at their summer fair) and I definitely don't want to rebuild my mountain anytime soon. So I've joined Lovefilm.com where for the princely sum of £3.99 a month I can rent 2 DVDs per month, sent to my door in an FSC envelope!
Now I need your help to decide what films to order - what are your favorites?
And do you think renting DVDs online, rather than using an actual DVD rental shop is better or worse?
I can see both sides - renting online cuts out the need for a chain of shops, and so saves building resources and the power to keep the shops open and lit, tills working, etc. And you can buy movies to watch online, which cuts out the need for a plastic disk and it's plastic box altogether. But renting from a local (especially independent) shop provides jobs for local people, and puts money back into the local area. Aren't things tricky once you start thinking about them! I'm going to turn my brain off now and watch my first film!