What is REDBOX? We wondered? They were popping up all over town the past couple years. We FINALLY checked out what was inside these CLEVER automated vending machine KIOSKS. We discovered a world of MOVIES and GAMES. To rent a current MOVIE feature it costs $1.20 and then 8 cents tax. HELLO. Is that cheap or what? Your first visit you are allowed 3 movies. After that you can rent up to 5. Or get only 1. You decide. You must use your credit/debit card to do this. They NEED recourse if you don’t return the movie by 9pm the next night. But REDBOX makes things convenient. In our locality there are about 50 machines. They are at grocery stores, fast food places, drug stores, etc. You can get the movie from any machine, if it's in stock and when you’re done, take it back to another machine, WHEREVER you happen to be. You can also RESERVE the movie in advance. Since my husband has been unemployed and on Social Security... we have stopped going to the movie theater, altogether. It’s just too expensive. And seeing NEW flicks through our cable provider at $4.99/$5.99 a pop, also adds up. We considered Netflix but it sounds too complicated. I hear it costs extra if you want to use DVD's. Plus they have to be mailed, and you have to wait for them. Which for us, means extra gas money, and a trip to the Post Office, downtown. If you want to stream content from them, instead... you have to have a PS3, Wii, Xbox, or compatiable TV, etc. We don't. Besides my husband doesn’t like to see movies ONLINE because the screen is too small, and the sound is NOT as good. At our ages we need the volume up. Before he lost his job he added surround sound to our DVD television/stereo system, so we could have a Home Theater. But alas, the HIGH cost of movies prevented us from using it, except for TV Shows. So REDBOX has filled a void in our lives. In the past three weeks we’ve been able to see... ANONYMOUS- about someone other than Shakespeare writing his works. IDES OF MARCH- about a political campaign and the backstabbing that goes on. And, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN- about a man who got close with Marilyn Monroe, when she was on her honeymoon with Arthur Miller, and making a movie with Sir Laurence Olivier. All of these movies were RECENT releases. Since we only intend to rent ONE movie a week, this Vending Machine option offers us the BEST value. We can BUDGET $1.28 into the weekly expenses. REDBOX has brought ‘affordable’ entertainment back into the lives of a couple of old geezers. It's SIMPLE and straightforward. Going to the movies has NEVER been this much FUN. We pop our own popcorn, set our own hours for the show... and don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to see it. Who can ask for anything more?