i used a leather belt to take my filter off for my first oil change because they put the thing on too damn tight. the wrench i had was too small in the garage and the plastic cap wrench would just slip (honda makes a metal oil cap wrench).
since i'm the only person that does oil changes on the car, there is no reason to go cave man on it. i don't trust service people to change my oil. they always jacked something up on my past car on simple oil change services or touched air filter housings and when i told them not to and not clamp the housing back on tight, so my car revs strange with lost power until i parked a block down the road to clamp the air filter housing down right. all the trouble of babysitting someone else to do it....its just easier to change it yourself.
i agree - the filter is a pain if its torqued down by morons.
ps - be careful with the screwdriver (last resort). there have been horror stories of others who have punctured the filter with a screwdriver at a bad angle and end up tearing off the end of the filter like a can opener leaving the threaded portion still on the engine. you can imagine the college words that come out of someones mouth that experiences that mess.