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Boxwalla Film Subscription Box Review – June 2016

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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 June Film Box recently 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.)

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The Subscription Box: Boxwalla Film

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 $11.95, Internationally for $18.95

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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.

June’s theme was “Roma.” I received a post-film discussion, as promised, which I also read after watching the films. It, too, was very helpful.

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Film #1: 8 1/2 – Value $29.99 on Amazon

As a film nerd, I am very embarrassed to say that I have never seen this movie until now! On the other hand, I tend to believe that art, in all its forms, tends to present itself when it’s best able to nourish me. That is definitely the case with this film. What an amazing film! Have you ever watched a film and found yourself laughing and crying at the same time? I love that feeling. That’s what happened at the end of this movie for me. It’s a known classic masterpiece about a film director struggling to make a move that’s kind of about nothing and everything all at once. The movie he is trying to make is the one you are watching, so it’s a little confusing, but I caught that pretty early on. It’s told from the perspective of the director’s mind, so it slips seamlessly from reality to fantasy many times, and that takes a little getting used to as well, but it’s well worth it. I can now join the ranks of millions of people who love this film.

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Film #2: The Great Beauty – Value $17.99 on Amazon

This film was a lot more difficult for me to understand. Usually, when I watch an art film, I start off with a little anxiety, then I get absorbed, then a lightbulb (or two or three) goes off in my head, then I get a deep feeling of satisfaction. With this film, I don’t feel like the lights are all fully on yet. This movie is about a writer who is struggling with creative blocks in a similar way to the film director in the Fellini movie. In fact, these movies are hugely similar, and this one is said to be a tribute to 8 1/2, but I find that there’s a slightly different message here. Both films are set in Rome, both films deal with themes of love, religion, beauty, excess, and art, and both have absolutely stunning visual imagery throughout. This film, however, is from 2013, and seems to have more of the confusion of the modern world built into it. I need to let this one sit with me a while longer.

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. As a note, the Criterion Collection will be removed from Hulu after November. At that point they are planning on launching their own streaming service in collaboration with TCM.

Verdict: I love Boxwalla Film. When you have children, it’s sometimes hard to find time to get a good brain massage, but these films totally feed that part of myself. It’s hugely satisfying in that sense. I think this box would be wonderful for any true cinephile who enjoys really deep cerebral dives on occasion. I am also really loving building my film collection with smart, classic films! In terms of value, the purchase price of these two films does not quite meet the cost of the box, but that’s not really what this box is about. It’s about curation, and I do find that the selection of two films to compare really adds to the experience. Plus, there is a lot of good information in the pre- and post-film discussions. I think a few months ago someone suggested using this subscription to start a movie club and pitching in as a small group. I think that’s a wonderful idea to keep costs down! And it would give you friends to discuss the many ideas and questions that these films will surely fill your head with.

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.

6 Comments

  1. I’m a film buff and am impressed by the wide range of films seen with this subscription. However, rarely is there anything I haven’t seen, this month included. I’m half Italian and grew up watching foreign films with my Aunt in the city. Sorrentino is very Fellini-esque; back in the day Fellini had the same residual effect on his audience as Anna is experiencing, including the need to take time and mentally digest so much information, plus process the images and themes presented in the film but that’s the beauty of art. I am happy Anna took the time to watch and didn’t dismiss it out of hand, but hope she got some of the content and recognized the beautiful cinematography. So many places I will have to revisit and explore. I feel this sub is a bit pricey and would rather have a few choices for the selections ( choose 1-2 out of maybe 6 or 10 in a theme since not much gets by me, film-wise, and I can purchase DVDs for a better price elsewhere. For the beginning film fan this is a good start.

    • Thanks you for your kind words about our film choices! Exactly! We started the film box to ‘enable’ the beginning cinephile to understand the connections between various filmmakers across different eras (including the current era). We want the featured films to be ‘jumping off’ points to further explore the filmography of the particular director (and we go into details of what they should watch next in our post film discussion to subscribers). We only include films from The Criterion Collection in our boxes (they are beautifully produced with extras that make them worth owning). There are always 2 Criterion DVDs in the boxes and the $49.95 price includes shipping. At this price, we barely break even, but our aim is to introduce these films to a larger audience since these are just gorgeous, wonderful works of art, that often seem more inaccessible than they need to be.

      While we started the subscription for beginning cinephiles, there were many film buffs (like you) who also expressed an interest but were concerned about receiving films they had already seen or already own. So to prevent this from happening, some of our subscribers give us a list of the Criterion films that they have seen or own and we make sure that they don’t receive the films on the list. With the film box, we try to customize the selections for our subscribers (& provide context and information along with the selections), to make this subscription as useful and worthwhile to them as we possibly can!

      Thank you again for your comment and feedback – it is always wonderful to know what people, especially film buffs, think about our service.

  2. Just one more thing! I think you and I have swapped a bunch of times! You are an awesome swap partner too!

    • LOL! We did! Thanks Rhi, you are an awesome swap partner, too!

  3. Anna, I just have to say that this review was absolutely amazing. I also adore movies (my husband and I have a collection of over 800 DVDs) and after reading your incredibly detailed and thoughtful review, I cannot wait to watch these films. I am hoping they are Amazon Prime! You mentioned that Hulu is streaming the Criterion Collection right now; does that include these 2 films as well? I would be willing to re-subscribe to Hulu for awhile just to check out what is in the Criterion Collection. It sounds like something both my husband and I would appreciate. The movie club idea with this subscription is a fantastic idea. I will definitely be bringing that idea to my husband and our friends. I hope they will be as interested as I am! My rambling aside, this truly was a fantastic review and I look forward to reading more reviews from this box from you! Do you also get the other versions for review? I am really intrigued to see what the other box types have to offer!

    • Thank you Rhi, you are too sweet! I don’t get the other Boxwalla boxes, but I think three other reviewers get the three other boxes. Just search Boxwalla and I’m sure you can find them. I don’t subscribe to Hulu, but my understanding is that they stream the whole Criterion Collection at the moment. Hope this helps! Have a great day!

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