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

The Netlix Original tag can be quite confusing.

At least Amazon label things like'Amazon Original' and 'Amazon Exclusive' xp

groovypanda, Monday, 25 March 2019 13:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think they used to tag things where they had exclusive streaming rights in an area as an "exclusive" and now they're just tagging "Netflix Original" on almost everything.

Annihilation is a weird case because they had exclusive rights for every country other than North America, where Paramount still had movie theater distribution

mh, Monday, 25 March 2019 14:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Sinner was shockingly good. I was really surprised. There's some stuff about the "troubled" cop that's not overwhelming and definitely the least interesting thing about the show but otherwise I really liked it.

dan selzer, Monday, 25 March 2019 15:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, most of the glut of 'troubled detective investigates disturbing crimez in shady town where nothing and no one are quite what they seem' procedurals are decidedly not for me, but I dug The Sinner.

The First Time Ever I Fly @ U Face (Old Lunch), Monday, 25 March 2019 15:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It very much subverted the tropes of that subgenre, albeit subtly.

chap, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I thought it could have been shorter by maybe one episode, but other than that I really had no complaints

Simon H., Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I appreciate that by the end of the second season they've presented the roots of Pullman's pathology and that they opted for a relatively believable tragedy/trauma instead of going for something OTT twisted and televisual.

The First Time Ever I Fly @ U Face (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Turn Up Charlie ended really abruptly.

I liked the first two episodes, mainly because I thought there would be more comedy being mined from his loser position, and because I was pleasantly surprised that he wasn't inept with the kid and she didn't hate him. But then it just stopped being funny and started being a sort-of lighthearted drama about a character I realized I wasn't remotely interested in.

trishyb, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I wasn't quite sure what to make out of it. We had it on kind of in the background this weekend and all of a sudden it ended and I was like, that was it?

Yerac, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Just watched ep1 of Polish alternative-history drama, '1983', which was promising. Anyone able to comment?

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Not yet, but will have a look-see and get back to you.

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Good lad.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 28 March 2019 05:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Watched it months ago - I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I liked the premise and the actors were uniformly good, but it just kind of devolved into your average police mystery/conspiracy drama in a Soviet setting.

Roz, Thursday, 28 March 2019 07:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It's not on there yet, but 'The Edge of Democracy' by Petra Costa is great. Tells the story of the last few years in Brazil, but more than that, it really makes you feel like you're there in a situation spinning out of control. Made me think of 'Battle of Chile' and 'The Hour of the Furnaces'. Yeah, it's - almost, probably - at that level.

Frederik B, Thursday, 28 March 2019 21:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Have been watching a lot of Lemony Snicket the last 2 weeks. It took me a little bit to warm up to it (never read the books and I also don't like Neil Patrick) but it's really really good. Now on 3rd season. That baby is the best baby ever.

Yerac, Saturday, 6 April 2019 18:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The baby is totally the best baby! :D
(Also, my brother worked on this show and said the babies irl are also the best!)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 23:33 (one week ago) Permalink

i just about died when i saw the trailer for THE SILENCE

https://diezukunft.de/sites/default/files/styles/shop_schaufenster/public/Redaktion/silence-bg.jpg?itok=QT3wTde1

omar little, Friday, 12 April 2019 17:50 (one week ago) Permalink

give me good non-shitty examples of apocalyptic end of the world horror films where there's a subplot involving society's vacuum being filled by a fresh new cult of believers in the new world order.

omar little, Friday, 12 April 2019 17:53 (one week ago) Permalink

Hearing actress Kiernan Shipka plays the lead character, a deaf ****** who ******* *******. Shipka learned American Sign Language for the role, and director John R. Leonetti said in an interview, "She learned to sign for the film, and now she's flawless, like she's been signing her entire life. She seems to have an almost innate sense of what it's like being a deaf person." Deaf celebrities Nyle DiMarco and Marlee Matlin and other members of the deaf community criticized Leonetti for saying that Shipka learning to sign was synonymous with knowing the culturally deaf experience and for undermining deaf representation by casting a hearing actor. DiMarco also criticized Shipka's ASL grammar, and others pointed out plot holes related to her character being deaf.

jesus christ

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 12 April 2019 20:05 (one week ago) Permalink

thanks everyone who recommended The Sinner - binged the first season over the weekend and thought it was really good. I definitely wouldn't have checked it out otherwise based on the trailer alone.

Don't know how to explain what made it stand out from all the other darkly-lit "troubled cop investigates mysterious murder in a small town" shows, but it was really compelling from start to finish. Jessica Biel was pretty good in it too - never really paid any attention to her before.

Roz, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:41 (five days ago) Permalink

Finally watched High Flying Bird and it's so fucking good. The iPhone imagery is just a consistent delight through it all, and the plot, with it's talk of disrupting big organizations through small innovative content, obviously matches it perfectly. It's like a 'Sex Lies and Videotapes' for the streaming-age, makes it seem like Netflix could be a worthwhile creator of movies with their own aesthetic, even.

And then I saw last years winner of the Golden Leopard, 'A Land Imagined' by Yeo Siew Hua, and that's a film that should have been shown on the big screen, but now never will. And that's going to be much more of what they do...

Frederik B, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 08:44 (five days ago) Permalink

One of the things that makes the sinner stand out is other than some silly scenes it really doesn’t care that much about the detectives dark inner life. And it not a whodunnit filled with red herrings. Both things that made the Killing so annoying.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 12:34 (five days ago) Permalink

Also all of those other shows suffer from a chronic lack of Bill Pullman. It's a real problem.

A Cheetah Drenched in Applesauce (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 12:51 (five days ago) Permalink

The Shhhhh Silence movie was not good. I almost turned it off but then only 30 minutes were left so I just finished it. I hope everyone got paid well.

Yerac, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 12:53 (five days ago) Permalink

xpost Gah, I also loathe cults/religious fanatics popping up in apocalypse movies. My next hatred is a movie suddenly becoming about aliens. I am still angry from seeing Signs in the theater and it turning out to be about aliens.

Yerac, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 12:55 (five days ago) Permalink

That's what made you angry about Signs?

A Cheetah Drenched in Applesauce (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:01 (five days ago) Permalink

Yeah. I distinctly remember becoming super angry that it was becoming about aliens. Maybe I passed out from blind rage because I don't really remember much about the movie besides Mel Gibson being in it.

Yerac, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:08 (five days ago) Permalink

a movie about crop circles featuring aliens

shocking

Number None, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:16 (five days ago) Permalink

It's probably for the best that your rage coma wasn't exacerbated by the knowledge that the aliens were deathly allergic to...water. Sorry for spoilers.

A Cheetah Drenched in Applesauce (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:16 (five days ago) Permalink

There is a widespread internet theory that it is not about aliens at all, but demons.

☮ (peace, man), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:23 (five days ago) Permalink

And that the water was ... holy water.

☮ (peace, man), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:24 (five days ago) Permalink

Internet giving Shyamalan way too much credit imo.

A Cheetah Drenched in Applesauce (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:25 (five days ago) Permalink

ugh i remember the thing about the water now. This is my fault for going to movies that I have no clue what they are about. Like, when The Revenant came out I really did think it was just about Leo getting raped by a bear because that is all I kept hearing. Imagine my confusion.

Yerac, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:29 (five days ago) Permalink

imagine my disappointment when the revenant wasn't just one 156-minute take of a bear using leonardo dicaprio as a fleshlight

arli$$ and bible black (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:32 (five days ago) Permalink

Would that more of the pitch-black early Onion material were adapted into major motion pictures.

A Cheetah Drenched in Applesauce (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:54 (five days ago) Permalink

Oddly enough my friend I went with also thought this is what the movie was about. We kept whispering "when does he get raped by a bear?" Even after he got mauled.

Yerac, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:57 (five days ago) Permalink

wasn't that one really dumb reviewer who made that assumption based on his own weird sense of projection, then it got turned into a meme?

mh, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:58 (five days ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think it was circulating. It got both our expectations up mistakenly.

Yerac, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 14:02 (five days ago) Permalink

so many dejected cinema managers handing out refunds to irate customers who paid their ticket money solely to watch the star of j. edgar be subjected to unwanted ursine advances

arli$$ and bible black (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 14:04 (five days ago) Permalink

what's humping gilbert grape

mh, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 14:07 (five days ago) Permalink

it was the 2010s equivalent of viewers flocking to Meet Joe Black to catch the Phantom Menace trailer.

Simon H., Tuesday, 16 April 2019 14:08 (five days ago) Permalink

the brownbearball diaries

arli$$ and bible black (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 14:08 (five days ago) Permalink

what's humping gilbert grape

ha ha

blokes you can't rust (sic), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 19:04 (five days ago) Permalink

The Burial of Kojo was good - beautiful scenery, great music.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Thursday, 18 April 2019 16:20 (three days ago) Permalink

Beyonce's Homecoming is pretty amazing.

Yerac, Thursday, 18 April 2019 22:08 (three days ago) Permalink

this chris lilley show has its moments

maura, Friday, 19 April 2019 12:19 (two days ago) Permalink

of gross racism, and lunatic ego such that no other performer is allowed to contribute anything substantial? because

blokes you can't rust (sic), Friday, 19 April 2019 17:31 (two days ago) Permalink

not racism, no. (he doesn’t portray himself as another race, contrary to the controversy engendered by the trailer.) some of the bits about what being a social media celebrity can do to people are funny.

maura, Friday, 19 April 2019 19:03 (two days ago) Permalink

I haven’t seen the trailer, but that’ll make his first show in 14 years that isn’t dumbfoundingly racist

(I’m giving WCBH a pass that it may not deserve; he definitely yellowfaced in it but may have only reached the level of “well-meaning stereotyping”)

blokes you can't rust (sic), Friday, 19 April 2019 19:43 (two days ago) Permalink

Anyone else tried Black Summer yet? The first few episodes seem promising and I definitely like the very scant use of dialogue.

brain (krakow), Friday, 19 April 2019 23:32 (two days ago) Permalink


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