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) Permalink

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

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

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

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

The White Ribbon is available!

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

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

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

yeah that looks good

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

they took mall cops away :(

i only got to see, like, 4 episodes.

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

Just watched Black Narcissus -- so good.

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

Milton Glaser doc is good btw.

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

Exit through the gift shop is so awesome

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

ah good point

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

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

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

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

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

oh it's ok when shows I like do it haha

Number None, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I realize i saw This is the End but have no recollection of Michael Cera in it.

Keanu seems to play a version of himself a lot and I am all for that.

Yerac, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ohhhh what movies do Gervais and Apatow do that in? I only thought of Bill Murray in zombieland and I guess Billy Zane in Zoolander.

― Yerac, Monday, June 3, 2019 1:17 PM (seven minutes ago) Bookmark

eminem is in funny people (there are other cameos but they're mainly LA comedians who are more congruent with the milieu)

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Monday, 3 June 2019 20:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I had to look up that movie. All Adam Sandler movies into one movie of sameness to me unless Drew Barrymore was in it or he is depressed.

Yerac, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

insert <blur> above

Yerac, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"This is the End" is a masterpiece unlike any other comedy

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

as discussed here: The Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen directed End of the World stars a bunch of famous people as themselves. I will anticipate it with morbid curiousity, join me.

also Apatow was not involved with that film, and that film does something very different that can't really be construed as "exaggerated celebrity cameo", because you would have to apply that criterion to literally the entire cast.

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, This is the End is different (even if I don't hold in quite as high esteem) because the characters playing themselves is the whole point

rather than just LeBron or whoever turning up and acting incongruously

Number None, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Neil Patrick Harris in the Harold & Kumar may have started this. Apatow's convention is more Retro Band Appearing at an Intimate Venue: Rush, Snoop, Ryan Adams, etc.

... (Eazy), Monday, 3 June 2019 20:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wow i had forgotten that ryan adams is a major plot point of this is 40

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 3 June 2019 20:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

and Graham Parker lol

Number None, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I should rewatch This is the End. I have a feeling I fell asleep in the middle because it got loud and movies that have sustained loudness or fight scenes make me sleepy.

Yerac, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Neil Patrick Harris in the Harold & Kumar may have started this

nah, it was Being John Malkovich

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Or like... the simpsons

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Monday, 3 June 2019 20:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Which is what gervais was shittily ripping off as much as curb imo

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Monday, 3 June 2019 20:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Gervais was definitely ripping off Sanders too

which Apatow was obviously a big part of

Number None, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

TV shows are different. If you go down that road you might as well go all the way back to I Love Lucy and before

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Seinfeld did this a lot

omar little, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“I’m Keith Hernandez.”

omar little, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Well this conversation started with “I blame gervais” so it was already going down that road

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Monday, 3 June 2019 20:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I suppose what I was getting at there was a certain type of cameo in which the celebrity doing craaaazy things is the entire joke

which is Extras all over

Number None, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i wasn't crazy about This is the End. But yeah NPH in Harold and Kumar seems like the real start of this.

Anyway this isn't something that bugs me that much; though it was part of Ocean's 12 that I thought was really fucking stupid (or 13, can't remember; when Julia Roberts' character was supposed to be playing Julia Roberts)

akm, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

and in The Simpsons, most of the best guest stars weren't even playing themselves

Number None, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

idk just off the top of my head there was woods, west, midler, all those baseball players, spock...

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Monday, 3 June 2019 20:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The first real celebrity cameo as joke prob was Kareem in Airplane

Jeff the grown man (voodoo chili), Monday, 3 June 2019 21:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I wouldn't be surprised if the "first celebrity cameo as joke" was actually not very long after the invention of film, like, within the first couple decades

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this maybe

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Extra_Girl

Number None, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kareem was a big one. So was Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Οὖτις otm

From TV Tropes: "29 days after the sinking of RMS Titanic, a 10-minute-long movie Saved from the Titanic (now lost) was released. The leading star and a co-writer of the script was Dorothy Gibson - a genuine Titanic survivor, playing as a girl named Dorothy, and filmed in the same clothes she was rescued in"

Band leader Paul Whiteman appears as himself in Broadway After Dark in 1924: I bet there's earlier though…

mark s, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i guess the titanic one is kind of a documentary really

mark s, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oooh, per another site, Cecil B. DeMille in Sunset Boulevard!

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

and I doubt it was a comedy role... xpost

Number None, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

they were happier times

mark s, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

One of favorite celebrity-playing-awful-version-of-self-cameos is probably Anna Faris in .... Keanu.

akm, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 02:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Also Buster Keaton as washed-up and depressed Buster Keaton in Sunset Blvd

And according to some websites, there were “sexcapades.” (James Morrison), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 03:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Every episode of Easy season 3 fills me with more dread than any Black Mirror scenario.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Sunday, 9 June 2019 04:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Easy had one great episode: Side Hustle, series 2 episode 3, with Odinaka Malachi Ezeokoli and Karley Sciortino.

Luna Schlosser, Sunday, 9 June 2019 10:06 (one week ago) Permalink

One of favorite celebrity-playing-awful-version-of-self-cameos is probably Anna Faris in .... Keanu.

Ooh, that's right!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 9 June 2019 12:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Omg Tim Robinson's daughter needs to join season 2.

https://www.vulture.com/2018/06/comedian-tim-robinsons-daughter-tells-some-great-jokes.html

DJI, Monday, 10 June 2019 16:34 (one week ago) Permalink

I Am Mother is plot-twist heavy so I won't spoil it, but wow that ending really pissed me off. shame, it was a pretty effective little sci-fi thriller until about two-thirds in.

Roz, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:02 (six days ago) Permalink

Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments, Streisand's ultra kitsch (and, er, racially insensitive) tribute to world music (and oh so much more) from 1973. Bab's worst selling album according to wikipedia. Worth it for I Got Rhythm accompanied by bagpipes.

Ned Trifle X, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 13:59 (five days ago) Permalink

oh my god pic.twitter.com/Ctez4k3JWU

— Karen Chee (@karencheee) June 12, 2019

na (NA), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:12 (five days ago) Permalink

LOL!

"teacher's pet!"

Shite New Answers (jed_), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 21:36 (five days ago) Permalink

oh my god...he admit it!

Jeff the grown man (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 21:47 (five days ago) Permalink

OMG @ What We Do In the Shadows episode 7 celebrity cameos! Not like the celebrity cameos discussed up thread.

The Pingularity (ledge), Monday, 17 June 2019 07:48 (seven hours ago) Permalink

I know, right?!

kinder, Monday, 17 June 2019 11:21 (four hours ago) Permalink

My favourite joke in the whole series is the one about witches in the last ep.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Monday, 17 June 2019 12:24 (three hours ago) Permalink


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