Boxwalla Film Subscription Box Review – June 2017
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 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.)
This review is of the Boxwalla Film, $49.95 every other month, box.
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: U.S. for free, Canada for $11.95, Internationally for $18.95
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
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 never read it before I watch the movies because I hate any kind of spoiler! I always read it afterward, though, and it is always helpful. I received a post-film discussion, as promised, which I also read after watching the films. It, too, was very helpful. I have to mention here, that Boxwalla sends their film box at the very end of the month, and the post-film discussion follows 3-4 weeks later. This month it was even later, which affected the availability of this review.
Three Colors Trilogy – Value $63.96
This month’s package included the seminal work of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, the Three Colors Trilogy, in box set! I was seriously so happy to receive this! I did see all three films back in college (no need to check the date, haha), and I absolutely loved them! But I haven’t seen them since, so it was a real treat to rediscover them. The three colors are Blue, White, and Red, the three colors of the French flag, and stand for Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. These are the themes of the three films.
Film #1: Blue
The first film stars Juliette Binoche in an unforgettable performance as a young mother who endures a terrible tragedy. I always feel like if I say too much about the film it will be a huge spoiler, so let me just say that her Liberty was very hard-won. I think the takeaway is that a copious amount of forgiveness is required to earn true Liberty!
Film #2: White
This is my absolute favorite of the three films! It centers around a couple in the midst of a divorce, and the story that yields their Equality is spellbinding. After the tragedy of Blue, White is very refreshing as it has a great deal of humor mixed in with the more serious tones.
Film #2: Red
Red is the most difficult film for me, personally. It might be because it is a little lighter on the drama than the other two films, but I think the lead actors in this film also do not deliver as strong a performance as the others. It definitely follows the Fraternity theme, however, as it chronicles the budding and very bizarre friendship of a young model and an elderly hermit.
This is a peek at the post film discussion that was sent following the movies via email.
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.
One other thing I wanted to mention is that Boxwalla Film has a discussion group on Facebook! Subscribers can now meet up online to chat about the movies!
Verdict: This was another awesome box from Boxwalla Film! I am so happy to own a copy of these classic masterpieces. I am a fan of all three films, but as I said, White is the clear winner for me. This month’s value is outstanding as well at $64 for a $50 box. That’s a huge improvement over some months we have seen in the past. More importantly, however, I think Boxwalla Film is a great way to feed your brain if you enjoy independent cinema!
What do you think of Boxwalla Film box? Which film is your favorite?