One of the things we've really missed by living out here in provincial France is the chance to stay up to date with current films. As you can see from what I put on my profile...
I love to watch films and because of the lack of Version Originale films in our part of France, we bought a projector and turned a wall into a 'movie experience'. I even rustle, fidget and chat a bit just to simulate the real thing.
...we really enjoy an evening spent with the shutters closed (yes, shame to block out the daylight/setting sun but it's in a good cause) and having our shared movie experience.
When we first moved here - some seven years ago now - and got our first projector (we're on son of projector now) we signed up for an French online dvd rental club. All went well for the first year but then they went out of business only forgot to tell anyone. Our payments were still taken out of our account but no films were being received. We tried to cancel the standing order but in France that has to be done by the recipient of the money (go figure!). Film club sites had complaint after complaint about this particular organisation but, in the end, we were just put quite low down on their list of creditors.
We then resorted to the street booths which automatically dispense dvds once you put your bank card in. The drawback with these is that they are incredibly slow to read your bank details and then dispense your choice. You can be in this little booth for about 18 minutes waiting to breathe proper air again and all the while people are peeking in trying to hurry you up (and yes, I've done it myself to others). I'm fed up buying films from Amazon, as cheap as they are atm - our little book room is now full to bursting with shelves of books and dvds, some of which I just wouldn't bother to watch again.
It was time to stop all that. I have today signed up with Glowria - a French online dvd rental club. One drawback - so many of the film titles are translated into French (example - 'The Hangover was released in France as Very Bad Trip) and every foray into their site means I have to have the IMDB page open.
First two in my list - Vicky Christina Barcelona and Julie and Julia - and I didn't even need to look up the translation.