Netflix Watch Instantly Recommendation Thread

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Thought it might be fun/useful to devote a thread that flagged semi-obscure or off the radar films & tv shows on Netflix's Watch Instantly service.

A few recent discoveries:

Burnt Offerings
MST3K: The Wild World of Batwoman
American Grindhouse
Vampyr
Who Is Harry Nilsson?
Shock Waves
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue
Man with the Movie Camera
World's Greatest Dad
Rolling Stones: Stones in Exile

Darin, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

There are so many MST3K movies available, it is awesome.

romoing my damn eyes (Nicole), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

My roommate and I watched about three quarters of the Doors doc that Tom DiCillo made. Johnny Depp narrates.
It's pretty ridiculous and awesome.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

xpost -- between that, the DVD sets and YouTube it's a golden time.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, I think I've gone through about a dozen MST3K's this month already

x-post - I'm not a Doors fan, but that I've heard good things about that doc

Darin, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

Between checking a few months ago and checking a few days ago, a bunch of Criterion Collection films have been added. I don't remember so much from the Essential Art House boxes being available before, and it looks like almost all of them are there now.

Unfortunately, I found this out after I added the Bergman box set to my Criterion order the other day. Hopefully they'll let me return it unopened so I can get the Cassavetes box instead.

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

you can stream a woman under the influence now so... maybe rethink that, too

JIMMY MOD THE SACK MASTER (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh shiiiit, Killing of a Chinese Bookie is streamable now too!

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Wednesday, 17 November 2010 16:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Recently I've watched and enjoyed the following: The Watermelon Woman, Suspiria, Rockers, She, The Last Picture Show, and Le Jetee (inspiration for 12 Monkeys).

superpussy, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 18:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh and a lot of old Nickelodeon cartoons from the 90s have been added but y'all probably already know that.

superpussy, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 18:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

The White Ribbon is available!

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Monday, 22 November 2010 05:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum

I think all of the Paul Morrissey Warhol-produced films are on there.

Louie season 1, one of the most fascinating shows in a long time.

Chris L, Monday, 22 November 2010 05:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Dogs Decoded: Nova is an awesome doc about recent canine research. Highly recommended for any dog owners.

Darin, Monday, 22 November 2010 06:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

Loved Louie as well.

Also streaming:
The Girlfriend Experience
Slings and Arrows
Blue Thunder

And HAVOC!

no place running the schools (Eazy), Monday, 22 November 2010 07:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

i watched the happy hooker goes hollywood on streaming netflix tonight. "recommendation" is a strong word, but i had fun.

if you take Hinder and replace the ND with TL (get bent), Monday, 22 November 2010 07:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

"American Grindhouse"

Haha so amusing who co-produced this (it's okay btw as talking head features like this go).

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Monday, 22 November 2010 19:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

if you liked "The Wild World of Batwoman", make sure to check out "Eegah!"

ali-baba-boob-job-bomb.jpg (DJP), Monday, 22 November 2010 19:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Louie season 1, one of the most fascinating shows in a long time.

Yeah, I never got a chance to check this out until it was on Netflix - it's great.

romoing my damn eyes (Nicole), Monday, 22 November 2010 19:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

"I Am Love" is pretty fascinating

Honey, I squirted jizz all over the baby (the table is the table), Monday, 22 November 2010 19:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

if you liked "The Wild World of Batwoman", make sure to check out "Eegah!"

I did and it was great!

Darin, Monday, 22 November 2010 20:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

barking dogs never bite - korean black comedy about eating the dogs
we jam econo - awesome minutemen doc

tween-justin-bieber-riot-of-09-pandemonium-arrests-terror+tweeting (Edward III), Monday, 22 November 2010 21:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

if i start posting on this thread i will be participating in 3 different netflix streaming threads which seems excessive

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Monday, 22 November 2010 21:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

There's two other streaming threads? Did I miss something?

Darin, Monday, 22 November 2010 21:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

one is jjjusten's personal joint and the other has a tmi title

xp

tween-justin-bieber-riot-of-09-pandemonium-arrests-terror+tweeting (Edward III), Monday, 22 November 2010 21:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sorry jjjusten! I totally missed your thread. Thought I did a search first. Look forward to reading those threads.

Darin, Monday, 22 November 2010 21:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Tales from the Script has interviews with everyone from Richard Rush to Paul Schraeder to Shane Black about big-studio screenwriting. Lots of guys I'd never heard speak before. Good documentary.

would like a calmer set (Eazy), Thursday, 23 December 2010 08:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

the documentary about milton glaser (hugely important graphic designer) is on instant netflix. can't wait to see it.

maccabee and mrs. miller (get bent), Thursday, 23 December 2010 08:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Exit Through the Gift Shop (aka "The Banksy documentary") is an unexpected mindfuck, and surprisingly isn't really about Banksy at all. I recommend!

/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\||||||( *__* )||||||/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ (res), Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah that looks good

http://www.ilxor.com/glyloop.mp3 (Aerosol), Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

^Had me all fucked up over art, commerce, life in general, for a couple days.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

Recent watches:

Soul Kitchen
Vengeance
Valhalla Rising
Centurion
Rewatched first five eps of Party Down Season 2
Planet B-Boy

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

Another thumbs up for Exit Through the Gift Shop. Just watched the Joan Rivers doc this weekend, too.

Darin, Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is a good doc, not sure if it's on Netflix instant.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Rewatched first five eps of Party Down Season 2

when are they going to put up the final 5 is my question

Є|Э (Edward III), Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

they took mall cops away :(

i only got to see, like, 4 episodes.

scott seward, Thursday, 23 December 2010 17:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

you could write, like, ten doctoral thesiseseses just watching that show and never leaving your couch. amerikkka writ sad.

scott seward, Thursday, 23 December 2010 17:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just watched Black Narcissus -- so good.

pixel farmer, Thursday, 23 December 2010 17:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

when are they going to put up the final 5 is my question

up now

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Milton Glaser doc is good btw.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just watched Black Narcissus -- so good.

― pixel farmer, Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:38 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Beautiful stuff like these seems worth waiting for the disc to show up, no?

I just watch Hoarders and old SNLs

kenny noggins (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 25 December 2010 18:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Exit through the gift shop is so awesome

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Saturday, 25 December 2010 18:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

I know the disc would be better quality than streaming, but streaming is definitely better quality than regular tv -- there are far fewer compression artifacts than I get on cable. Maybe Netflix can tell I have decent downstream bandwidth (10 Mbps), I dunno. Turn off the lights in my office, watch fullscreen on the larger monitor, in with the earbuds, ask the family not to mess with me for two hours (or watch in the morning before they get up), a nice near-cinema experience.

pixel farmer, Saturday, 25 December 2010 20:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Beautiful stuff like these seems worth waiting for the disc to show up, no?"

Not with my TV, no.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Saturday, 25 December 2010 21:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

ah good point

kenny noggins (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 25 December 2010 22:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm a little of worried that Netflix is gonna phase out discs before the internet connections get good enough for streams to be disc-quality

kenny noggins (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 25 December 2010 22:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'M STILL HERE, one of the greatest and most underrated films of the year, is now on instant. Time will be very kind to it.

ok (Tape Store), Saturday, 25 December 2010 22:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just watched Moon, pretty good.
Now starting the Red Riding Trilogy.

President Keyes, Saturday, 25 December 2010 23:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just watched "I Think We're Alone Now" about two disturbed dudes obsessed with Tiffany. Pretty interesting, if a bit depressing.

Darin, Saturday, 25 December 2010 23:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Come to think of it, both of the dudes are probably ILM regulars.

Darin, Saturday, 25 December 2010 23:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah it gets wild in that middle stretch. the ending didn't work for me at all I'm sorry to say

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:02 (six days ago) Permalink

there's some chatter about a second season I guess, really hoping that doesn't happen, though I'm sure it's doing killer numbers for them

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:12 (six days ago) Permalink

Best line from this season: "when your mom and I first made love I was as hard as it is for me to watch you kids grow up so fast."


I’ve mostly just had this on as background while doing other things but yeah that line def jumped out at me as kinda brilliant in the context of this show.

circa1916, Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:18 (six days ago) Permalink

yeah it gets wild in that middle stretch. the ending didn't work for me at all I'm sorry to say

― wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:02 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah have not heard good things about the ending. Am ok with this, it's the rare TV show that gets season/series finales right.

Is there even enough material for a second season? Even midway through, it already feels like it should be a one season story.

Roz, Thursday, 18 October 2018 06:49 (six days ago) Permalink

My wife loves “I’m Sorry” more than I do, but it’s got some genuine lolz.

o. nate, Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:08 (six days ago) Permalink

Started watching Hill House last night and was thrown off by the youngest kids' and some of the adult performances. Something extremely stilted going on here that I'm not sure is deliberate. Will hang tight and watch the next few to see how it goes.

An Uphill Battle For Legumes (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:36 (six days ago) Permalink

a family drama about mental illness, suicide, and PTSD,

Seems to be a theme running through the director's work.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:07 (six days ago) Permalink

or netflix’s

maura, Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:08 (six days ago) Permalink

Samin Nosrat's cooking/travel show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is super good. Samin is so cool.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:16 (six days ago) Permalink

I loved Hill House.
The whole sumptuous look and vibe hit lots of my sweet spots.
Once I succumbed to the idea of it being a family drama, as has been suggested, I then just let it flow as opposed to waiting/expecting a horror story.
Subsequently, certain scenes had me climbing down from the ceiling.
As for the ending ?
Well, given my ongoing raw emotional state, I found it rather moving and beautifully executed.
I really do hope they don't try and extend into an unrequired season 2, as the story has now been told.

mark e, Thursday, 18 October 2018 19:37 (six days ago) Permalink

reading hill house now. it's wavy

||||||||, Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:24 (six days ago) Permalink

I guess they could do a second season of THoHH as a sort of a semi-anthology, so that it's set in the Hill House but has a completely new set of characters. I do agree that it would pointless to do anything more with the characters of season 1 though.

Tuomas, Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:03 (six days ago) Permalink

I guess they could do a second season of THoHH as a sort of a semi-anthology, so that it's set in the Hill House but has a completely new set of characters.

yeah, I did think about this option.
time will tell what happens.

mark e, Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:26 (six days ago) Permalink

Lots of laffs on the new season of Schitt's Creek.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 19 October 2018 03:27 (five days ago) Permalink

Honestly, the ending of Hill House felt so wrong to me that I've had to come up with a totally-unsupported-by-the-text reading to rationalize it.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 19 October 2018 03:55 (five days ago) Permalink

Season 2 of Big Mouth is fucking hilarious.

came here just to post that

Darin, Friday, 19 October 2018 13:29 (five days ago) Permalink

I think I just watched the first episode or two when it came out, but it was just scatalogical - does it really get any better than that?

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Friday, 19 October 2018 13:38 (five days ago) Permalink

Big Mouth s1 was really funny. I just kind of hated the animation.

Yerac, Friday, 19 October 2018 13:43 (five days ago) Permalink

s1 was really funny, s2 is astonishingly funny

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Friday, 19 October 2018 13:52 (five days ago) Permalink

It’s totally scatalogical but also funny in a bunch of other ways, and even kinda touching and sweet.

DJI, Friday, 19 October 2018 15:01 (five days ago) Permalink

yeah it nails that balance very well. i missed the relative lack of jordan peele's duke ellington, but other than that s2 was a massive improvement over s1, which i liked a lot.

voodoo chili, Friday, 19 October 2018 15:03 (five days ago) Permalink

if you were offended by a show that is explicitly about puberty using words that refer to the body in the early episodes, you're probably not going to like S2 any better, though

My Gig: The Thin Beast (sic), Friday, 19 October 2018 15:15 (five days ago) Permalink

I wasn't offended, I just don't get a lot out of transgressive humour. No matter.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Friday, 19 October 2018 15:27 (five days ago) Permalink

the point of the show is that it's not transgressive - we all (or 99.999% of people) go through these experiences, and it's discussing them in ways that are recognisable and hilarious for adults, but empathetic to, and reflecting of, the confusion and fear that changing bodies and secretions and hand-holding and kissing and neglectful parenting and adult behaviour and compulsive jizzing and making new friends can cause for young teens.

My Gig: The Thin Beast (sic), Friday, 19 October 2018 15:44 (five days ago) Permalink

hill house is definitely netflix good (not got to the supposedly flubbed ending yet tho.) the book, though, is genuinely good good.

||||||||, Saturday, 20 October 2018 13:07 (four days ago) Permalink

Salt Fat Acid Heat is very good.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 20 October 2018 13:37 (four days ago) Permalink

The trailer put me off because Nosrat seems very Manic Pixie Dream Chef in it, but the reviews are all so good I will check it out.

WmC, Saturday, 20 October 2018 13:47 (four days ago) Permalink

it's more like a food travelogue than a learn to cook show and the acid episode isn't the most engrossing but yeah it's good.

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Saturday, 20 October 2018 16:02 (four days ago) Permalink

I wasn't that taken with Salt Fat Acid Heat to be truthful. The theming was a pretty good idea, and tying it to location works, but the last episode just ignores it all and could be from a totally different show - which considering there's only four episodes shouldn't be the case.

Season 2 of Making A Murderer was a shitshow.

Season 2 of Norsemen is great, 2 episodes in.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Saturday, 20 October 2018 21:55 (four days ago) Permalink

i have zero desire to watch s2 of making a murderer

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 October 2018 21:58 (four days ago) Permalink

same, the first series (while good) was hardly objective at all, more a lobbying effort

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 20 October 2018 22:15 (four days ago) Permalink

yeah totally. and the fact that they never explored the details of The Actual Murder for anything more than as a jumping off point to spend an entire season on the suspect/s was lazy & kinda bullshit imo.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 October 2018 22:18 (four days ago) Permalink

yeah, if it were a 45 minute documentary you could justify the narrow focus, but 10 hours is some generous breathing space

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 20 October 2018 22:21 (four days ago) Permalink

About the only saving grace is the absurdity of Avery's lawyer. She storms in talking about how brilliant she is, and ultimately her plan amounts to throwing Brendan Dassey's brother and mother's boyfriend under the bus.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Saturday, 20 October 2018 22:39 (four days ago) Permalink

i have zero desire to watch s2 of making a murderer


same, the first series (while good) was hardly objective at all, more a lobbying effort


Yeeep. Right there.

Feel like I’m generally on the outside with a lot of this true crime ~entertainment~ cuz so many people walk away from them so ardently “FREE *NAME*” and I’m generally... not there at all to say the least. Ultimately find myself questioning whether dredging this shit up was worthwhile or even ethical.

circa1916, Sunday, 21 October 2018 01:59 (three days ago) Permalink

I can't even think back to the specifics of it to draw out the example I'm thinking of but about halfway through S1 of it it was clear that the defence attorney's had had an own-goal, a gaping hole, in the prosecution that they failed to spot. This is a pretty pointless comment though because I can't recall specifically what it was but, holy shit, that was a 90-120 minute documentary at the very most.

FRE SHA VAC ADO (jed_), Sunday, 21 October 2018 02:26 (three days ago) Permalink

specifically recall*

FRE SHA VAC ADO (jed_), Sunday, 21 October 2018 02:27 (three days ago) Permalink

the whole thing was so sordid and depressing that ten hours (now twenty) of your time is actually something that you would invest yourself in if you were being paid for it rather than... actually paying for it.

FRE SHA VAC ADO (jed_), Sunday, 21 October 2018 02:31 (three days ago) Permalink

This is possibly due to low/shifting expectations, but I actually liked the ending of Hill House. There were one too many long monologues (though I get this is a Mike Flanagan thing) but I felt the ending more or less made sense for every character involved.

It's nice and unusual to have a horror story where characters behaved like actual people whose interactions and reactions are informed by their past, and who are changed by what they went through. And agree it works to think of the horror elements more as a metaphor for mental illness/family trauma.

Roz, Sunday, 21 October 2018 07:56 (three days ago) Permalink

Couldn't get through the first seasons of Making a Murderer.

Generally not a fan of these Serial-like true crime shows... I think the only one I ever really got into was The Jinx, and that was because the documentary makers not only had a genuinely fascinating subject but also managed to unearth crucial new evidence. And even then there was something morally/ethically iffy about how they chose to treat that evidence.

Roz, Sunday, 21 October 2018 08:04 (three days ago) Permalink

season*

Roz, Sunday, 21 October 2018 08:05 (three days ago) Permalink

yeah i agree

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 21 October 2018 13:56 (three days ago) Permalink

Without spoiling too much, bye ending to hill house completely changes the nature of the house, and the spirits there.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Sunday, 21 October 2018 14:06 (three days ago) Permalink

And it sucks

Number None, Sunday, 21 October 2018 14:10 (three days ago) Permalink

Went back and watched Maniac after giving up at first (thanks to Shakey for giving me the nudge), and it was great! It was weird, but just grounded enough to still resonate with me.

DJI, Monday, 22 October 2018 05:21 (two days ago) Permalink

Maniac was good

My only real complaint was the exoticism of japanese culture, which at times seemed out of place and done for its own sake

F# A# (∞), Monday, 22 October 2018 07:07 (two days ago) Permalink

We should do a Hill House thread tbh

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Monday, 22 October 2018 11:39 (two days ago) Permalink

there's something about the font that norsemen uses which means every time it shows up on my netflix i can only read it as 'NOR SEMEN'

i’ll hufflepuff i’ll blow you away (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 22 October 2018 12:11 (two days ago) Permalink

ama

i’ll hufflepuff i’ll blow you away (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 22 October 2018 12:11 (two days ago) Permalink

The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix (Spoilers)

Number None, Monday, 22 October 2018 13:10 (two days ago) Permalink


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