You may think that you watch a lot of stuff, but comedian Mark Malkoff has set a new bar by cramming in over 200 movies via his Netflix streaming account in a single month. Malkoff's "Netflix Challenge" was launched because he wanted to see just much use he could make of his Netflix account. The final tally: 252 movies, accounting for 404.25 hours of viewing time. What did he earn for this Herculean task? Aside from 15 minutes of Internet fame and probably some bedsores, Malkoff received an invite to Netflix HQ, where he got to meet CEO Reed Hastings (who, when asked whether he thought Malkoff was a nerd or a geek, instead opted for the phrase "passionately desperate). Netflix even declared June 11 to be "Mark Malkoff Day," which I'm sure will henceforth be a nationally recognized federal and bank holiday. You can watch video of Malkoff's trip over at his blog.
In an interview with Mashable, Malkoff described the experience as being like a "mini-school," and speculated that his internet service provider probably hates him now. His most important lesson learned: "Avoid any movie starring Vanilla Ice at all costs." That's sound advice when it comes to most aspects of life.
Malkoff relied on suggestions from fans, as well as Netflix-tracking sites such as InstantWatcher, to figure out his line-up of movies. Based on the $7.99 price of a monthly Netflix streaming subscription, Malkoff's marathon worked out to 3.2 cents per film. If you're looking for something to watch, here's the full list of films from Malkoff's stunt: