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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

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

yeah that looks good

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

they took mall cops away :(

i only got to see, like, 4 episodes.

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

Just watched Black Narcissus -- so good.

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

Milton Glaser doc is good btw.

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

Exit through the gift shop is so awesome

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

ah good point

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

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

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

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

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

holy shit American Vandal expands into something incredible and way, way beyond its initial premise

imago, Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:05 (one week ago) Permalink

the final episode is incredibly troubling & haunting, but also contains 2017's funniest tv moment. a pause-for-ninety-seconds-while-laughing moment

imago, Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:07 (one week ago) Permalink

I wish it existed when I was in high school, because I feel like it’s a work where you can return to it and have a different understanding of the characters

mh, Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:16 (one week ago) Permalink

this Atypical show is alright. kind of cliched and stupid but the daughter saves it

akm, Sunday, 12 November 2017 17:25 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't think anyone's mentioned Dark Matter] yet? Production values aren't great, but it grows into its campiness and then actually becomes great.

Entree 3000 (Leee), Sunday, 12 November 2017 18:33 (one week ago) Permalink

this sounds like my shit but 3 seasons my god

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Finally watched Force Majeure, something I'd been meaning to watch for a while. The buzz about the director's new film helped motivate me. By focusing very closely on seemingly minor events, the film gently reminds us of some bigger truths, such as: what does it mean to be a good father? Some great acting too. I'm now eagerly looking forward to seeing The Square.

o. nate, Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:45 (one week ago) Permalink

for sure.

dan selzer, Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:15 (one week ago) Permalink

i love force majeure so much. i think i watched it three times.

scott seward, Monday, 13 November 2017 03:50 (six days ago) Permalink

My Own Swordsman is great by the way. so entertaining and cool. if you are looking for a really funny Chinese movie to watch.

scott seward, Monday, 13 November 2017 03:51 (six days ago) Permalink

Gonna throw my hat in on American Vandal too after finishing it up tonight. Really smart and well done. Funny too of course, but that didn’t seem like the driving force. Not at all what you’d expect from a mockumentary about a dopey teen accused of spray painting dicks on cars.

circa1916, Monday, 13 November 2017 05:22 (six days ago) Permalink

i finished it today too because of the talk here and i kinda feel like i didn't need to watch the whole thing. i have a lot of movies to watch. but it's okay.

scott seward, Monday, 13 November 2017 05:40 (six days ago) Permalink

it should have been shorter. but it was glorious.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 November 2017 09:21 (six days ago) Permalink

it was never really about who did the dicks

mh, Monday, 13 November 2017 14:44 (six days ago) Permalink

it was about ethics in dicks journalism

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 November 2017 15:38 (six days ago) Permalink

no movie I've ever watched with my folks has ever made them angrier than Force Majeure

Simon H., Monday, 13 November 2017 15:39 (six days ago) Permalink

score one for force majeure!

scott seward, Monday, 13 November 2017 16:02 (six days ago) Permalink

you should have seen how disgusted my mother-in-law got when i was drunk one christmas and decided that dario argento's inferno was going to be our annual holiday movie to watch together as a family.

scott seward, Monday, 13 November 2017 16:04 (six days ago) Permalink

watched grizzly man with my parents one christmas night - they were kind of into it tho annoyed/bemused by poor timmy.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 13 November 2017 16:19 (six days ago) Permalink

this sounds like my shit but 3 seasons my god

Dark Matter starts off slowly, but the plotting gets lean and fast within a few episodes and is humming from there on out.

Entree 3000 (Leee), Monday, 13 November 2017 20:31 (six days ago) Permalink

It's also been cancelled so there won't be a 4th season which means it basically ends mid-story.

groovypanda, Monday, 13 November 2017 21:23 (six days ago) Permalink

finally started Halt and Catch Fire and am about 3/4ths of the way through the first season

all of these people are relatively insane, I have to remind myself it's just a show so I don't get anxious!

mh, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:34 (four days ago) Permalink

anybody mentioned the Judah Friedlander special? 12 minutes in and I'm all about this guy

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:50 (four days ago) Permalink

I've been bingeing H&CF all week and loving it, just made it to the start of season 3. Everyone's right, it does massively improve in the 2nd season, although the last few of the first season are pretty good too.

Anyway I love all the cast (even Lee Pace!). I've binged a lot of very watchable shows, but nothing for a while that's invested me so much in the characters.

Also I wasn't aware of Toby Huss's previous work, so his sudden outing as the comic relief in season 2 was a nice surprise.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:54 (four days ago) Permalink

I dunno if he still does it but he used to a live cabaret-style show in LA as a Sinatra-inspired character called Rudi Casoni

https://laughingsquid.com/actor-toby-huss-croons-california-uber-alles-as-rudi-casoni-frank-sinatras-bastard-son/

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:41 (four days ago) Permalink

only other thing I've seen him in is a bit part in the movie The Invitation. He's amazing throughout this show in any case.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:48 (four days ago) Permalink

oh hey i remember huss from his mtv commercials in the '90s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3veAHvjRpFk

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:54 (four days ago) Permalink

"we live in an oligarchy. but with the humidity it feels like a dictatorship"

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00 (three days ago) Permalink

To me he'll always be...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1AAEtH4Rzo

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Thursday, 16 November 2017 03:35 (three days ago) Permalink

The Coltrane documentary is on Netflix now. Dubious about it, but will have to give it a watch.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Thursday, 16 November 2017 13:20 (three days ago) Permalink

With Halt and Catch Fire, what is the best strategy: Make it through the first season but let my wife know that apparently it gets better, risking that she might not want to see the second season if she doesn't like the first? Or skip right to the second?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 16 November 2017 13:26 (three days ago) Permalink

tbh it’s a ten episode season, I’d recommend she just pay half attention and you can fill her in on any gaps

mh, Thursday, 16 November 2017 13:51 (three days ago) Permalink

Watch the first few episodes of season 1 by yourself. When you reach a scene where Lee Pace gets his shirt ripped off - congratulations, you have reached the worst scene! From thereon it gets better and better. At the very least I'd get her to join from episode 7 or 8. The second season will still make sense, but a lot of the fun comes from seeing how the dynamic between the characters has changed since S1.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 16 November 2017 13:55 (three days ago) Permalink

This is the kind of quality entertainment assistance you only get on ILE (no sarcasm).

trishyb, Thursday, 16 November 2017 13:57 (three days ago) Permalink

it can be daunting. no, really, you have to watch the first 11 episodes of Bojack and then it gets REALLY good. but with H&CF it is totally true. though i didn't hate the first season or anything. american psycho is kinda the hardest to take in season 1. but he definitely just gets more weird and interesting as times passes.

scott seward, Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:13 (three days ago) Permalink

true! I kept thinking, this guy is a sociopath, get him out of the room

mh, Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:57 (three days ago) Permalink

ha, we tried the first episode last night and thought it was totally fine! will keep an eye out for shirt-ripping nadir.

as someone who lived through the era (my dad was a Kaypro dealer for a while) I appreciated the well-done references, Byte magazine, Compaq, CP/M, etc.

sleeve, Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:01 (three days ago) Permalink

Oh shit, Byte magazine! I remember that!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:07 (three days ago) Permalink

^yes H&CF shows a level of research in the details that is quietly impressive. They also do a great job of coming up with business models that are realistic for the era but aren't straight copies of actual historic companies (afaik). That said, I have never totally loved it (watched through season 3; will def watch 4)--imo it remains somewhat flawed but increasingly worthwhile, and I especially like that each character gets a little turn at being the most interesting out of the bunch. Lee Pace, for ex, is much better when he's not the ostensible lead.

rob, Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:09 (three days ago) Permalink

the convention stuff is some of my favorite stuff in the show. Windows dis is so funny.

scott seward, Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:21 (three days ago) Permalink

I've had an old paperback of Soul of a New Machine on my shelf for 15 years, think I'll finally read it once I'm through with season 4.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 16 November 2017 16:03 (three days ago) Permalink

Season 1 of H&CF isn't as bad as people say it is, and you're probably not gonna enjoy it anymore if you treat it like homework. It's just a show that takes a few episodes to find its voice, but that first season tells a very, very satisfying standalone story, one probably worth watching even if the show never got renewed for several more much better seasons.

Evan R, Thursday, 16 November 2017 16:38 (three days ago) Permalink

The point of H&CF is the journey of the characters becoming better/sane people, it's not as satisfying if you don't see where they start from.

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:45 (three days ago) Permalink

that’s a good point

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:51 (three days ago) Permalink

I've heard from so many people (as well as the ones in this thread) that H&CF gets really good, but jesus christ I just could not get along with the (first half of) the first season at all

Lee Pace, in particular, made my skin crawl

Number None, Friday, 17 November 2017 00:23 (two days ago) Permalink

it's not THAT good

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 17 November 2017 00:36 (two days ago) Permalink

anyone watch 1922? another king adaptation. it was p schlocky but i enjoyed it. good performance by the main actor. i think there's good scope for netflix to make more interesting short story type movies, almost like freedom from massive budget and the associated pressure and compromise.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Friday, 17 November 2017 00:38 (two days ago) Permalink

it’s not one of the greatest series, but I love trash and middlebrow stuff (although H&CF never aims at the middle, quite) and I support all viewers to move on to that series’ thread because it’s short, relatively spoiler free, and now a viewing club

mh, Friday, 17 November 2017 00:43 (two days ago) Permalink

i'd never seen nirvanna the band the show until the shout out in this thread. funniest show i've seen in a good while

dynamicinterface, Friday, 17 November 2017 01:01 (two days ago) Permalink

anyone watch 1922? another king adaptation. it was p schlocky but i enjoyed it. good performance by the main actor. i think there's good scope for netflix to make more interesting short story type movies, almost like freedom from massive budget and the associated pressure and compromise.

― Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Friday, November 17, 2017 8:38 AM (six hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I liked this but it was on the meh side. I agree that Netflix is particularly good for these kind of small-scale adaptations.

Gerald's Game, the other King adaptation though! My god, that was an intense watch. It does kinda fall apart a bit in the last five minutes or so, but I mostly blame the book for that. Carla Gugino is awesome in it too.

Roz, Friday, 17 November 2017 07:41 (two days ago) Permalink


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