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 (ten years ago) link

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

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

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

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

The White Ribbon is available!

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

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

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

yeah that looks good

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

they took mall cops away :(

i only got to see, like, 4 episodes.

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

Just watched Black Narcissus -- so good.

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

Milton Glaser doc is good btw.

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

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 (ten years ago) link

Exit through the gift shop is so awesome

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

ah good point

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

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

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

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

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

I'll cede that but turnabout is fair play for every "protagonist gets a hottie" autobio-comedy ever made.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 1 January 2021 19:01 (one month ago) link

Who was the first troupe to kind of combine that sort of broad and surreal stoner comedy with lots of exaggerated ott faces and lots of screaming? Surely it preceded stuff like Tim and Eric, right?

https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article1965804.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/The-Goodies.jpg

https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/3/2018/09/051-ea1a409.jpg?quality=45&resize=620,413

https://nostalgiacentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/goodies33.jpg

shivers me timber (sic), Friday, 1 January 2021 22:23 (one month ago) link

Huh, I've somehow never heard of the Goodies.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 1 January 2021 22:48 (one month ago) link

Just watched the first episode of a cop show set in Dakar called SAKHO & MANGANE. Mismatched detective partners who hate each other, drug gangs, murder, etc., but curses and whatnot, too. In French, and I was surprised how much I caught/remembered from seventh grade. I’m in for the full season.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 2 January 2021 02:19 (one month ago) link

Dakar Noir.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 2 January 2021 14:52 (one month ago) link

We just started SAKHO & MANGANE based on your description, and are really into it already. I love the medical examiner.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Saturday, 2 January 2021 21:06 (one month ago) link

The Queen's Gambit was much better than expected but the last 3 episodes felt like they could have been stretched more.

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Sunday, 3 January 2021 06:32 (one month ago) link

My gf binged Queen's Gambit and I joined her cold for the last episode.

I dunno if anyone's written about this, but I couldn't help thinking that part of the reason that this caught the zeitgeist so squarely is that it represents an impossibly of-our-time fantasy: a flawed woman makes her way to the apex of her industry based on talent, a strong support system and immense hard work and, on meeting the glass ceiling, is met by a group of gatekeeper men who ultimately deferentially acknowledge everything she's done and more or less apologize for not taking her seriously. I'm not sure I've ever seen a television story climax that way.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 3 January 2021 07:18 (one month ago) link

p much every other episode goes the same way

shivers me timber (sic), Sunday, 3 January 2021 08:11 (one month ago) link

My gf binged Queen's Gambit and I joined her cold for the last episode.

I dunno if anyone's written about this, but I couldn't help thinking that part of the reason that this caught the zeitgeist so squarely is that it represents an impossibly of-our-time fantasy: a flawed woman makes her way to the apex of her industry based on talent, a strong support system and immense hard work and, on meeting the glass ceiling, is met by a group of gatekeeper men who ultimately deferentially acknowledge everything she's done and more or less apologize for not taking her seriously. I'm not sure I've ever seen a television story climax that way.

― the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, January 3, 2021 2:18 AM (four hours ago)

I think this was at least subtext to every critical piece I read about it, but this essay (which is very positive) examines this pretty closely iirc:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/always-lived-castle-one-month-queens-gambit/

k3vin k., Sunday, 3 January 2021 11:45 (one month ago) link

Thanks for sharing that, seems pretty much dead on given my limited exposure. I’m glad I only gave it an hour. Good set dressing tho!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 3 January 2021 14:37 (one month ago) link

There is a sort of fussiness in the production design of most Netflix (and Amazon etc.) period content that I find suffocating...an "accuracy" fetish the result of which is all the details getting flattened onto a single, unconvincing plane, like a set-design uncanny valley. You watch these shows and the actors seem as enthralled by this really cheap nostaglia as the viewer is supposed to be.

Anyway I attempted QG three times and it felt (like most of these shows do) like all the moving parts were contingent on this truly awful look, for me anyway it moved like molasses, couldn't watch it.

On that note I watched the first season of Red Oaks recommended in the other thread which managed somehow to look *exactly* like mid-80s north Jersey by dialing down that decade's signifiers (or assigning them degrees of importance), making them feel incidental as they would to the characters. Great show!

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 3 January 2021 15:39 (one month ago) link

Having been a teen myself in mid-80s N Jersey I think I will check this out.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 3 January 2021 23:21 (one month ago) link

Watched Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom last night, thought it was pretty good. Made me miss Boseman even more than I already did, but Davis’ performance might even have been better.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Sunday, 3 January 2021 23:40 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

watched the trailer for amy poehler's riot grrl nostalgia high school movie and I'm sorry but it's time to put gen x down

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 17:32 (three weeks ago) link

can we at least put the boomers down first? I still have some records I need to listen to.

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 17:33 (three weeks ago) link

most of Gen X would have been adults by the time riot grrl happened? High school riot grrl would be early millennial nostalgia tbh

sarahell, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 18:22 (three weeks ago) link

not be all "gen x pride" about it, but, the majority of people I know who are/were really into riot grrl stuff are all millennials in their late 30s and younger

sarahell, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 18:29 (three weeks ago) link

psst sarahell! TOWERS OF SONG: a Nick Cave Sings Covers listening thread and poll

shivers me timber (sic), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 20:10 (three weeks ago) link

I watched the trailer and immediately thought of Pump Up the Volume, which was pretty ... Gen X.

Riot grrl was my college years, so ... sort of adult? Born 1975, which I think puts me smack dab in the middle of the Gen X span, give or take.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 22:14 (three weeks ago) link

Seriously, I'm prime gen X and riot grrrl is already "Seems cool but I'm too old for this scene" music

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 22:15 (three weeks ago) link

Just checked, and the author of the Moxie book, fwiw, was born in 1976.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 22:16 (three weeks ago) link

... which is a gen xer

Dusty Benelux (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 22:17 (three weeks ago) link

as were the people in the riot grrl bands and amy pohler.

Dusty Benelux (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 22:18 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, Poehler was born 1971.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 22:19 (three weeks ago) link

kind of blowing my mind that Carrie Brownstein had just turned 18 (or was about to) when I saw her play in Excuse 17 (Sept 1992). I was 26. she def seemed older.

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 22:23 (three weeks ago) link

Possibly because she is can be almost preternaturally charismatic onstage.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 22:24 (three weeks ago) link

The new animated series from Craig McCracken (Wander Over Yonder) - Kid Cosmic - is out, and it is awesome. Beautiful hand-drawn animation, great writing, fun story. Skip the weak trailer and just jump in, with your kids if you have them. SO good.

DJI, Thursday, 11 February 2021 04:55 (two weeks ago) link

(he also made Powerpuff Girls)

DJI, Thursday, 11 February 2021 16:49 (two weeks ago) link

will give it a peek

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:34 (two weeks ago) link

I liked it. A lot like Steven Universe.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Thursday, 11 February 2021 18:36 (two weeks ago) link

We just watched "The White Tiger," which I thought was going to be a certain type of movie, but ultimately turned out to be pretty dark stuff!

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 15 February 2021 03:43 (one week ago) link

Felt like it was part of the same anti-capitalist cinematic universe as Snowpiercer and Parasite.

DJI, Monday, 15 February 2021 04:34 (one week ago) link

I really liked it.

DJI, Monday, 15 February 2021 04:34 (one week ago) link

Yeah, I got some serious Parasite vibes from it. And, um, GoodFellas.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 15 February 2021 04:46 (one week ago) link

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/12/entertainment/chappelle-show-dave-chappelle-netflix/index.html

lmao at the Dave quotes in this

like, yes I'm glad he was able to finally get paid but also did you ever consider how "I called the head of Netflix and told them they made me feel bad, so they took my show off of the programming" would land with people who don't worship you

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 17:24 (one week ago) link

(obv for varying values of "finally get paid", to be clear)

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 17:25 (one week ago) link

does he say anything about feeling bad about people catching COVID at his "fuck masks" superspreader shows

shivers me timber (sic), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 20:41 (one week ago) link

uh what are you talking about

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 20:52 (one week ago) link

i don't think he went to far as to say "fuck masks" but
https://www.thedailybeast.com/dave-chappelle-sounds-off-on-capitol-rioters-covid-cowards-in-video-on-chappelles-show-netflix-return

gonna be generous and say this is just him being old and cranky (all his current material has this... weirdness.)
and hopefully not slowly turning into Charles Barkley

a "hero", lol

Nhex, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:14 (one week ago) link

I read that and I knew he had been holding shows with social distancing; I was looking for sic's source for a "fuck masks" stance.

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:15 (one week ago) link

About him holding indoor residencies at venues that do not require masks, participants posting photos of unmasked hugs with each other and audience randos captioned "WE ALL GOT RAPID TESTED SO SHUTUP!!"*, at one of which "Someone in Dave's circle... got Dave sick... Radio Rahim got sick, the photographer's son got sick, I don't know if the photographer got sick. A lot of guys got sick. Louis CK—" Chappelle's partner in the residencies not quarantining after this transmission, and continuing to do live shows six days/the next weekend after Dave was diagnosed.

And about Dave probably, even before the Netflix deal, having enough money to be able to sit at home for ten months and not endanger employees, venue staff, peers, freelance photographers and their children, or audiences, let alone actively promoting maskless embraces with strangers.

*

“They are approved for use when someone has COVID-19 symptoms, so using them to screen asymptomatic people who want to gather at a club is not necessarily going to prevent an infected person from slipping through,” an epidemiologist and bioethicist at Virginia Tech said. Antigen tests like the ones Rogan and Chappelle provide at their Stubb’s residency require a relatively large amount of virus to turn up positive; people with lower amounts of viral particles—perhaps because they’re early in their infection—may receive a false negative even though they’re perfectly capable of spreading the virus.

Frequent rapid testing is an effective means of identifying cases within a community (or workplace), but it doesn’t change the fact that any single negative result may be inaccurate, and it’s no excuse to disregard basic safety protocols. When I asked Lee if there’s any conceivable reason someone shouldn’t quarantine after exposure to Covid-19, she demurred. “Contacts to persons who test positive for COVID-19 infection should enter quarantine immediately and remain separated for at least 10 days, or until day 7 if you have a negative test then,” she said. Again, six days elapsed between the Stubb’s show and the Antone’s show.

shivers me timber (sic), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:18 (one week ago) link

xp yes, not an exact quote, but a clear ethos

shivers me timber (sic), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:19 (one week ago) link

I would like to believe you are smart enough to recognize that there is a difference between "we thought we were being careful" and "we don't need to be careful" but precedent shows that whenever you've decided you don't like someone, you zero in on the least-charitable characterization of their actions possible and then present them as if they baldly stated that, so I'm going to let this go

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:28 (one week ago) link

His outdoor shows in Ohio seemed to show evidence of being careful, and I thought it was good of him to try and find a way for people to have collective entertainment in trying times.

Relocating to another state, in winter, in order to hold maskless indoor shows, and encouraging staff and audiences - from his position of influence and authority - to believe that rapid antigen tests provided any level of safety, I believed was reckless and massively irresponsible. Chappelle's entourage and a freelancer's child subsequently catching COVID due to this may or may not back this personal opinion up.

shivers me timber (sic), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:48 (one week ago) link

(I started to be more cautious in my positivity when people were posting backstage photos from the Ohio shows, featuring wealthy comedians who had travelled across the US to meet up, perform, and then travel again afterward. I think this activity was dangerous, but it's not because I'd earlier "decided I don't like" Sarah Silverman or Michelle Wolf. Have comfortably settled on deciding I don't like Louis CK, though.)

shivers me timber (sic), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 22:47 (one week ago) link

is anyone else watching "Money Heist" a.k.a "La Casa De Papel"? Completely over the top, ludicrous, and thoroughly enjoyable "heist gang" madness, I recommend watching in the original Spanish with subtitles.

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:08 (yesterday) link

yes.
its the most fun, switch off brain tv show ever.
i cannot wait for the next season.
and as always, switch off dubbing, and watch with subtitles.

mark e, Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:14 (yesterday) link

Money Heist is great until it weirdly has to be the same tv show over and over again. It’s the Spanish Prison Break

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:57 (yesterday) link

I put it top of my ballot in last year's tv poll but was the sole voter. great cast, inventive plotting, morally ambiguous, thoroughly ridiculous. warning though, things do not wrap up at the end of season 4.

ledge, Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:17 (yesterday) link


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