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 (eight years ago) link

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

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:52 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

The White Ribbon is available!

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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

Darin, Monday, 22 November 2010 06:48 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

"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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

"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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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

Darin, Monday, 22 November 2010 21:32 (eight years ago) link

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

xp

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

yeah that looks good

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

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

Trip Maker, Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:19 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

they took mall cops away :(

i only got to see, like, 4 episodes.

scott seward, Thursday, 23 December 2010 17:00 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

Just watched Black Narcissus -- so good.

pixel farmer, Thursday, 23 December 2010 17:38 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

Milton Glaser doc is good btw.

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

Just watched Black Narcissus -- so good.

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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 (eight years ago) link

Exit through the gift shop is so awesome

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

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 (eight years ago) link

"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 (eight years ago) link

ah good point

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

President Keyes, Saturday, 25 December 2010 23:34 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

Darin, Saturday, 25 December 2010 23:53 (eight years ago) link

the bearded dude was one of the worst characters
such a void!! i continued to find the vet excessively wholesome but that is what this show is about i guess

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 16 September 2019 18:11 (four weeks ago) link

i thought it was funny that two ridic attractive dudes just happen to live in the town

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 16 September 2019 18:15 (four weeks ago) link

But one of them is named Mutt Schitt, so a lot to overcome...

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 16 September 2019 18:22 (four weeks ago) link

wait his last name was Schitt too?!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 16 September 2019 18:25 (four weeks ago) link

yep he’s Roland’s son

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 16 September 2019 18:31 (four weeks ago) link

Has anyone here braved The I Land yet?

Is it so bad it's actually entertaining or just plain terrible?

groovypanda, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 07:08 (three weeks ago) link

I am on episode 4. It's pretty bad. Everyone is a shitty character making stupid choices although there is kind of a reason for that. And it's Neil Labute! And I could not figure out who this brawny guy was and it was Alex Pettyfer!

Yerac, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 11:51 (three weeks ago) link

We are actually bailing on it. I think were about to stop on episode 3 but then ended up doing something else while episode 4 started playing.

Yerac, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 12:06 (three weeks ago) link

I hate Neil Labute, but your post made me wonder what he's been up to. First, I forgot he made the "Wicker Man" remake! Second, I had not even heard of his last couple of writer/director films, "Some Velvet Morning" and "Dirty Weekend." But! Both of those movies star Alice Eve, who I had never heard of, either, but who I have just learned through wiki has "heterochromia, a condition that causes her eyes to have irises of different colours. Her left eye is blue and her right eye is green." Which caught my, er, eye, because "The I-Land" (which I had also never heard of) stars Kate Bosworth, who for some reason I knew *also* has heterochromia, with a hazel right eye and a blue left eye! Strange coincidence.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 13:17 (three weeks ago) link

Heh, just noticed: "The Eye-Land!"

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 13:19 (three weeks ago) link

I hate Neil LaBute too. I think everyone does? I was reading a review of I-land where it has this very otm line "Bosworth makes her scenes something weird and different, like an overheated Tennessee Williams play that nobody else was warned they were participating in. "

Yerac, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 13:20 (three weeks ago) link

haha!

ban golf (jed_), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 13:44 (three weeks ago) link

New eps of Hip Hop Evolution

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 14:42 (three weeks ago) link

I guess LaBute only got cancelled as a playwright...

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 15:06 (three weeks ago) link

I started s6 of Orange Is The New Black but I realised I couldn't remember anything that had happened in the last season and kind of don't care enough to put up with watching that level of cruelty.

kinder, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 15:11 (three weeks ago) link

yup

sleeve, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 15:15 (three weeks ago) link

Mutt is such a bad actor it is astonishing

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 21:31 (three weeks ago) link

he is like a human spray beard

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 21:31 (three weeks ago) link

Toys That Made Us s3 on Nov 15, yay
https://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/282741/the-toys-that-made-us-season-3-what-to-expect
anybody who was raised in the 80s or 90s should try this out

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 23:17 (three weeks ago) link

I was bored so I gave the i-land a good go but it is laughably awful. Literally everything about it. Worst thing I've watched in a while, and I watched I Love You, Man the other day.

Ned Trifle X, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 11:13 (three weeks ago) link

It's kind of crazy right? Like the dialogue, the acting, the laziness of what is going on.

Yerac, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:08 (three weeks ago) link

I thought the same thing about that Birdbox/Quiet Place ripoff with Stanley Tucci in it. I couldn't believe how awful it was.

trishyb, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:13 (three weeks ago) link

wow, i-land is getting some amazing reviews

untuned mass damper (mh), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 15:27 (three weeks ago) link

we watched another episode last night. We have two episodes left if we choose to finish. I don't know why we are doing this to ourselves besides it's the first option right now on our netflix.

Yerac, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 15:30 (three weeks ago) link

Otm Yerac, it's sooooo lazy! There's a great/terrible bit involving someone trying to escape from prison and it's just laughable, the actor involved literally looks likes she's already tired of this shit. I admire yr perseverance but, having now skipped to the end, I feel obligated to warn you - it doesn't get any better.

Ned Trifle X, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:37 (three weeks ago) link

The first episode, I kept saying why would you try to rape someone on your first day after waking up on an island without your memory? Your first day!

Yerac, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:43 (three weeks ago) link

yeah, give it 24 hours at least!

kinder, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:54 (three weeks ago) link

god that sounds fucking awful, I'll probably watch it. I watched the stupid similar one where all the kids were transported to a town that looked just like their own but with no adults....The Society. It's awful. This sounds worse.

The Great Hack is a fine documentary even if I think it overstates CA's actual effectiveness.

akm, Saturday, 21 September 2019 20:08 (three weeks ago) link

Anyone else seen any of Marianne? I watched an episode last night (as per a recommendation from Andrew Male who has a pretty flawless hit rate) and found it generic and hokey but pretty unsettling in places. The premise is pretty much a Stephen King short (horror writer starts writing to stop nightmares; finishes series of books and the nightmares return but it seems the nightmare has invaded reality...) but with a nice folk-horror edge - almost like something out of Robert Aickman.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Saturday, 21 September 2019 20:14 (three weeks ago) link

I Land is way worse than The Society (which we watched all of).

I like the Two Ferns movie.

Yerac, Saturday, 21 September 2019 20:21 (three weeks ago) link

Marianne was fine - I enjoyed it, nothing mind blowing.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Saturday, 21 September 2019 21:33 (three weeks ago) link

Started watching The Innocents. First episode was intriguing (TM Netflix) but assuming it turns to shit fairly rapidly as I don't know a single person who watched it.

groovypanda, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 21:18 (two weeks ago) link

I don't generally like or find police dramas interesting but we watched Unbelievable and it was pretty good. Partly because of Merritt Wever being insanely watchable.

Yerac, Monday, 30 September 2019 13:27 (two weeks ago) link

6 eps in... it's harrowing

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Thursday, 3 October 2019 05:36 (one week ago) link

Big Mouth's back on Friday!

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 3 October 2019 06:08 (one week ago) link

Avatar the Last Airbender is available now - if anyone hasn't seen it, it's good.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Thursday, 3 October 2019 07:24 (one week ago) link

akm xpost. I set up my netflix in Chile so the fees are 4,990; 5,990; and 8,990clp for the 3 tiers. There is currency fluctuation of course but it's been in the $8 range at least for the last year (I just checked) regardless if I am using it in the US or Europe.

Yerac, Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:08 (one week ago) link

"Think of your favorite movie and I’ll bet you think of a vivid and memorable setting," said Horowitz, a correspondent for MTV News. "This series brings those iconic locations back to life with the participants themselves. As a film lover, I'm honored to be the guy to bring viewers along for the ride."

How is this not verbatim Turkington?

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:21 (one week ago) link

oh shit for On Cinema thread

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:22 (one week ago) link

oh damn wrong thread.

Yerac, Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:25 (one week ago) link

Yerac take my hand

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:29 (one week ago) link

let me moisturize first.

Yerac, Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:31 (one week ago) link

Thoughts on The Politician? Getting terrible reviews but I found it enjoyable, even if it lost the plot completely 3/4 of the way through like almost every other Ryan Murphy series I've seen (well, mainly, most AHS series). There were some annoying characters and weirdly dropped or truncated storylines, but on the whole I liked it. I didn't realize it was intended to run into a second season until the last episode which did a lot to course correct where it went wrong toward the end so I'm looking forward to season 2.

akm, Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:46 (one week ago) link

also, I'm Sorry is still funny even though Andrea Savage grates after about 15 minutes. She wiggles her shoulders less in the second season, thankfully. She is a funny writer though.

akm, Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:02 (one week ago) link

first episode of unbelievable before bed was a bad idea.
great writing, great acting, what a phenomenally sad story.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 October 2019 15:18 (one week ago) link

It's not out yet but Sion Sono has a new movie coming through Netflix! Forest of Love (not the Nicolas Cage project Prisoners of the Ghostland, sadly)

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Thursday, 3 October 2019 18:16 (one week ago) link

This sounds incredible:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/tell-me-who-i-am-inside-the-most-jaw-dropping-documentary-of-the-year

DJI, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:53 (five days ago) link

cool, thanks; will bookmark that

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:59 (five days ago) link

Carmen Sandiego is pretty fun! I like the art and character designs a lot, and the characters are well fleshed out, and some of the plot points pack a real punch. Can't wait for the third season.

HELLA FITZGERALD (Leee), Friday, 11 October 2019 18:22 (three days ago) link

I enjoyed the first season! Haven't watched the second - too busy watching crappy horror films on Prime.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Saturday, 12 October 2019 17:58 (two days ago) link


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