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Boxwalla Film Subscription Box Review – December 2015

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Boxwalla is a really unique subscription box service that offers four different types of subscriptions: food, beauty, books, and film. Subscribers can subscribe to multiple boxes, or can hop around among the four boxes from shipment to shipment. Fun! I received the December Film Box last week to review. I love movies! Boxwalla’s website states, “‘Art Cinema is Boring.’ The Film Box challenges this notion by demystifying the work of the best filmmakers, by creating a context within which to view them.”

Boxwalla kindly sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: Boxwalla Film Box

The Cost: $49.95 per shipment (every two months)

The Products: Two films from The Criterion Collection plus an insert are mailed to you. Additional material is emailed to you before and after you have watched the films.

Ships to: US for free, Canada for $15, Internationally for $25

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Boxwalla’s packaging is beautiful! The box is really high quality and very sturdy. It could easily be used for storage or gifts. This letter was included with information about the films that I was sent. Honestly, I didn’t read it before I watched the movies because I hate any kind of spoiler! I really feel that when you are watching film as an art form, you should watch it without preconceptions, take what you take from it, and then seek out context afterwards if you want. I did read it afterwards, though, and it was helpful.

December’s theme was “Two Spanish Strokes.”


Film #1: The Exterminating Angel – Value $28.04 on Amazon

This movie was freaky! I liked it! This movie is essentially about a fancy dinner party where something paranormal starts happening. Like most art films, I didn’t have any idea what was going on for the first 30 minutes or so, and it kept me guessing the whole time. It wasn’t quite a horror movie, but it had its moments. It was really effective at keeping me kind of creeped out for unknown reasons for a really long time. That’s good cinema!


Film #2: The Spirit of the Beehive – Value $21.45 on Amazon

I didn’t like this movie as much, but I liked it, and there were things about it that I loved. This movie is about a little girl in a damaged family who is seeking a connection to the spiritual world. The two leading children in this movie were absolutely beautiful! The music was also incredible, and in combination with the setting gave me a very alone, austere feeling. This movie also kept me guessing, but in a much different way. It had a much different feel to it. The movie ended with a lot of loose ends, which always kind of bothers me, but in this case I think was intentional and beneficial.

Both movies are part of The Criterion Collection, which is an organization that works to preserve and restore classic and modern films that are considered important. The films are published in editions that offer the highest technical quality as well as fantastic supplemental material.

In addition to the letter, I did receive the emails that were sent to subscribers to read before and after watching the films. The “before” information was interesting but the “after” information was much more valuable. The context for both these films was the Spanish Civil War and the ensuing dictatorship which lasted from the 1940’s into the 1970’s. The Exterminating Angel was made in the 40’s and The Spirit of the Beehive was made in the 1970’s but set in the 40’s. They also both represent films that were allowed out of Spain and into international cinema during a time of censorship.The “after” email had a link to a really good essay that explained how the two movies were interconnected by what was happening in Spain at that time.

Verdict: If you are someone who loves independent, classic, and art films, you will love the Boxwalla Film Box! Both films were highly cerebral, and this is the most important thing to know if you are considering subscribing or gifting this subscription. I love films like this, so I was in heaven. I not only enjoyed watching them and trying to comprehend everything I was seeing, I enjoyed effortlessly learning all about 20th century Spain afterwards as I explored the context of the two films. The value is just about equal to the cost of the box, but in this case, the subscription is much more about curation and the value of the supplemental materials. This was a big win for me! My husband watched the Spirit of the Beehive with me, and he was pretty consumed by it, too. To us, movies that you still think about for days or weeks to come are always the best.

What do you think of Boxwalla Film box?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Wow.. I love their boxes but this is the first time I’ve seen the film box! Looks amazing!
    Everything is just so thorough and thoughtful!

  2. Anna, I REALLY enjoyed your review. I hope you get to review their future boxes. I can see how this box fits to certain demographic (unfortunately not me). Some people love to collect movies. I enjoy almost all kind of movies except the ones with extreme violence and horrors.

    Just an idea… if you have a small group of movie-loving friends, it can be a good idea to split the cost and have a movie night with themed snacks/drinks. Then it is more fun to discuss about the movie with the “after” information!

    • Thank you Kay! And that is a BRILLIANT idea!

  3. Wow- what an experience! I love love this idea! Sometimes an old movie just reaches somewhere inside and connects with a deep down truth- and man, I love stuff like that! But… 50 bucks? Maybe if you swap it with a buddy (or 3) after?
    I wonder if they’ll have themes each mailing. This one seemed too creepy for me!

    • Hi Wendy! Yes, they have themes for every box. It’s part of the curation that makes it special. Hope this helps!

    • Oh this is not horror or creepy in the conventional sense of the word. Bunuel is technically a ‘surrealist’ but really what he does is just arbitrary. His films contains some of the weirdest, most random scenes that make you wonder :” Wait!! Did that just happen? Or did I imagine it?” And that’s exactly what he intends LOL.

  4. i discovered Luis Bunuel in my cinema class! i got to owe it to my professor. but, boy! Bunuel makes good stuff :] what an interesting subscription box just might have to check it out! thanks for the review

    • Thanks Vanessa!

  5. $50 for two DVDs, that will be watched once or twice and then just take up valuable space on a shelf? Get a Hulu subscription ($8 a month) – both movies are available there.

    • Hey Julie,
      Can you tell me how you found these movies on Hulu? I have an account, and I can’t find them at all. I would love to watch them.

      • You just search by name, and both movies will populate.

        I love Boxwalla, and if you need physical copies of the films this is great, but the entire Criterion Collection is available on Hulu. That’s why I belong to Hulu.

      • Yes! That is true – the entire criterion collection is available for streaming on Hulu. And you should definitely take advantage of that if you have Hulu (*not affiliated*). Hulu has negotiated the rights to stream these films with Criterion. However these rights are reviewed every few years. The other thing is that Criterion themselves often lose rights to some of these great films. For example: one of Luis Bunuel’s greatest films : Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is no longer available on Criterion itself (neither print nor streaming). I was incredibly grateful that I had bought it before the rights were lost as it is one of my personal favorites.

        Streaming makes many of these great films easily available to watch which is great and that is why Criterion negotiated this deal with Hulu to allow the streaming of their films. They want everybody to watch these films and so do we! [Criterion, as a company, does incredible work restoring and preserving great film]. We actually wondered and asked the folks at Criterion if streaming had affected their DVD sales. And they said that the streaming availability had actually not affected their DVD sales. In fact many people are watching these films and then buying the DVDs as well which we thought was surprising. However, a lot of the special extras are only released in the DVD form and not for streaming.

        Having said all of that, here here is our reason for starting the film box with physical copies. The film box was started as a ‘film festival in a box’ as well as a fun ‘Film Course’ of sorts. A “Where to start’ while watching art cinema, so to speak. The way we have approached this box, this year : we decided to feature two film makers every two months (the order and combination have been deliberately chosen for specific reasons). We include films that we think are worth owning both for the extra features they offer (features that are not available in streaming) as well as how each film stands out from the filmmaker’s body of work.
        These are films that we would have definitely wanted to have seen (and want you to see) before rights to them are lost which happens more often than we like.

        So yes, do watch them on Hulu if you can. Whether you watch them on DVDs or on Hulu – they are worth it. We think 🙂

        And sorry about the suuper long comment!

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