I jumped in feet first, and before long, my first two movies were on their way: "Kill Bill 2" and "Akira Kurosawa's Dreams" - both of which I rated five stores and have remained in my list of top movies of all time. Before long, I had a mailbox full of foreign film like "Blue," "The Decalogue," and another that is still one of my favorites: "I am Cuba." Every disc I received had the potential to be amazing...or a dud. The best part was that no matter what - I could send it back and get another quickly.
In a few months, I took a chance on a black-and-white Indian film from 1958: "Pather Panchali." This film is the first of a trilogy directed by Satiyajit Ray. The story is simple - the head of a very poor family has to leave and take a job elsewhere, leaving his wife and two children to the elements. When he returns, his heart is broken to find that things didn't go as well as he had hoped. The cinematography was so lovely, and the story so simple and heartbreaking, that I devoured it and the other two in the trilogy: "Aparajito" and "The World of Apu." I stepped a bit forward in Indian film with "Sholay" (1975), "Black," and "Dil Chanta Hai." I moved from drama, to comedy, and finally the inevitable step in Indian film: Bollywood musicals. Eventually, I saw a movie that changed my life: "Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" starring one of the top Indian actors: Sharukh Khan. I leapt headfirst into Bollywood with Shahrukh, through "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai," "Om Shanti Om," and my favorite, "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi." I became such an Indian film buff that I never ceased to shock my co-workers from India with my knowledge of their film industry. Now, I use my love of Bollywood to make friends with co-workers and friends who are far from home and come to my city to work. It really is a small world, and Netflix DVD helped me make it a little smaller!
Celebrate 20 years of Netflix DVDs with me by renting a Shahrukh Khan movie!