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

She's been a consistent bright spot in OITNB, but she's only on the show in waves.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 3 February 2019 16:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

she is Natasha turned up to 11 in Russian Dolls - ie fkn magic

my favorite line “I’m like if Andrew Dice Clay and the little girl from Brave had a baby”

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 3 February 2019 16:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

also this post from Jake Fogelnest on IG the other day is pretty cool

https://i.imgur.com/azFB33I.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/MCFMLrZ.jpg

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 3 February 2019 16:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

aww

maura, Sunday, 3 February 2019 17:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kingdom episodes 2-6 brought out more excellent headwear and the rest was entertaining enough too

seandalai, Sunday, 3 February 2019 22:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

So I've been to the cinema about 3 times in the past 4 years (babies) and there are definitely a few mainstream films I'd like to see that normally would be 'at the video shop' by now (we do actually have a decent local one but it's now a pain to get to) but none of them are streaming on Netflix! I appreciate it's allowed loads of decent TV to be made but I also want it to replace regular DVD rental places as it was SUPPOSED TO DO. Stuff like "I, Tonya" and "Moneyball". I can't be arsed paying for two subscription services or having to spend time searching to see which service has which movies (increasingly difficult to do). Do I need to switch to Amazon Prime?

kinder, Monday, 4 February 2019 10:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

In the UK at least, neither Prime or Netflix have many recent movies. There's the odd one but most appear on Sky's subscription Movies packages first.

Prime will have (some) newer movies but they won't be included in your subscription and you'll have to pay extra to "rent" them so I guess that's closer to the traditional video shop model.

groovypanda, Monday, 4 February 2019 12:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

In the UK, these people still offer a DVD rental service by post, I guess including new releases:

https://www.cinemaparadiso.co.uk/

Ward Fowler, Monday, 4 February 2019 12:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That Jake Fogelnest thing is so cute

froggles! (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 4 February 2019 13:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

kinder - you might want to try your library? ours seems to get everything, and makes it easy with holds. interlibrary loan for more obscure and older titles.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ahh thanks! I had actually clocked dvds in our local library, made a mental note and promptly forgot. you've made my day!

kinder, Monday, 4 February 2019 14:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

another big vote for Russian Doll here; do we have a thread yet?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 14:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

finished it last night - pretty good, held my interest at least even though it didn't turn out to be much more than a riff on Groundhog Day (frankly I thought it was a little weird that this was never acknowledged/directly referenced). Lyonne is great, even if she does tend to chew the scenery she is a lot of fun to watch, and the rest of the cast was very solid too. also nice that, like Maniac, it hinged on a relationship that was deeply empathetic but essentially non-romantic.

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 February 2019 16:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

When I can’t find something streaming I’ve rented a movie through iTunes - do people not do this anymore? I did feel kind of old when I did it last week...

Russian Doll is so good. I watched it all last night and am so tired - but invigorated by good tv! - right now. Clever writing, top-notch casting, just enough creepiness just enough NYC 30something normalcy.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 4 February 2019 16:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh man, i think the groundhog day comparison is only skin deep. totally different themes, conclusions, ideas at play. love the video game theory explanations as to how THE EVENT is working. Satisfying ending.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"narcissist is stuck in repeating events until they learn to empathize with others" seems to cover both p well

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 February 2019 17:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ooh this sounds up my bag. thread delivers.

kinder, Monday, 4 February 2019 17:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

with, ultimately, no explanation given beyond the one the characters manage to figure out for themselves

xp

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 February 2019 17:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

spoilidad, I guess

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 February 2019 17:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Russian doll thread here: “Hey Birthday Baby!” Talk about Russian Doll on Netflix

have at it

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp to shakey: yeah, that's the skin deep thing i was talking about.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Abducted In Plain Sight" is like some perverse Christopher Guest parody on some levels. You just can't believe Middle America could get this...not surreal but just *plain fucking weird*. Jaw dropping stuff.

So, This Leaked (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 4 February 2019 20:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Still wanna punch Jan's parents.

So, This Leaked (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 4 February 2019 20:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ENBB, I’m in love w Derry Girls & I’m only 10 minutes in. I had two Irish roommates back when I first left uni and everything abt these girls is reminding me of them (so they are) :D

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 03:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'd say Velvet Buzzsaw was properly rubbish rather than merely underwhelming. A shame given those involved.

brain (krakow), Friday, 8 February 2019 11:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Erin and the bossy one w dark hair strongly remind of two people I have to work with irl that I absolutely loathe--in a school that's supposed to be resolving our reputation for bullying among students, they ARE the bullies. They lash out, preferring to solve problems with force and threat. It's causing me serious mental health problems to be in this environment.

Show-wise, the only person who seems reasonable/logical is the English cousin, who was the butt of every senseless cruelty in ep 1. No can do.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Velvet Buzzsaw was so confusing to me. Like all that talent, time, and money funneled into... this? Just as utterly silly and pointless as the trailer and synopsis suggest. Jake was kinda fun in that role, but it all adds up to nothing.

circa1916, Friday, 8 February 2019 16:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Brand new 46 minute episode of Big Mouth!!

groovypanda, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Xpost yeah agree totally. Even my 13 yo was underwhelmed.

nathom, Friday, 8 February 2019 20:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Abducted in Plain Sight: me saying “what?!?” every ten seconds for an hour and a half

mh, Saturday, 9 February 2019 04:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yup lol

marcos smart (Spottie), Saturday, 9 February 2019 05:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The ongoing fear of the parents that their social cohort would reject them for admitting things they did personally that were, all things considered, trivial compared to the safety of their kid. But the perception that tragedy happened to them, even if they had to remain unbelievably naive to feel they had little agency in what was going on, kept the events going. On in other words: what?!?

mh, Saturday, 9 February 2019 15:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hadn't read anything about Beverley Luff Linn, stuck it on tonight and 30 seconds in realised it was by yer Greasy Strangler man.

Far more conventional and mainstream film than that was, arguably the better for it.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Saturday, 9 February 2019 21:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A few episodes into Umbrella Academy, which has that perfect Netflix-series quality where it's very watchable and yet obviously not very good? The soundtrack choices and dialog are especially disappointing. Still, there's something refreshing about a comic adaptation that neither takes itself hyper-seriously nor as a Whedon-y smirkfest.

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:18 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm having that classic streaming dilemma where I'm just piqued enough to find out what happens and I have to decide whether it's worth the time investment or if I should just head to wikipedia.

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Good background material while doing the dishes imo

mh, Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:31 (one week ago) Permalink

**def the quality level we're talking about here

always happy to see homegirl get paid tho

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:31 (one week ago) Permalink

very watchable and yet obviously not very good

this should be the tagline for netflix originals

||||||||, Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:33 (one week ago) Permalink

the kid and the monkey are the obvious stars which is....not a great sign

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Kinda funny how similar the set-up is to The Haunting of Hill House

Algorithm-guided no doubt

Number None, Saturday, 16 February 2019 18:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Not sure, might be taken verbatim from the comics? But I see what you mean.

Went the "skip to the spoilers" route, stopped even being passably entertaining by the midway point.

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Saturday, 16 February 2019 21:49 (one week ago) Permalink

I've been watching a lot of trailer park boys

Never changed username before (cardamon), Saturday, 16 February 2019 22:27 (one week ago) Permalink

It had some funny moments, but The Breaker Upperers felt like half a film stretched rather thin. Needed slightly more of an actual plot.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 17 February 2019 06:27 (six days ago) Permalink

hasan minhaj’s show is about prescription drug prices this week. there’s a gag about supreme getting into insulin that is largely funny because of how plausible it is

maura, Sunday, 17 February 2019 14:42 (six days ago) Permalink

Dragon Prince is so much better in its second season! Some really mature storytelling, both in subject matter and narrative choices.

A Grape Ape Agape (Leee), Monday, 18 February 2019 21:23 (five days ago) Permalink

Amanda Knox doc was very interesting. Less the whodunit side, more the awfulness of the Italian detective and Nick Pisa

Never changed username before (cardamon), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 23:59 (four days ago) Permalink

Is anybody watching One Strange Rock?

It is spectacular.

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:11 (three days ago) Permalink

Dragon Prince is so much better in its second season! Some really mature storytelling, both in subject matter and narrative choices.

Yes, big step up from S1 on many fronts. The animation seemed noticeably better too. I hope they can keep up the pace of a new season every few months

Vinnie, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 03:50 (three days ago) Permalink

Re One Strange Rock, the combo of Darren Aronofsky & Will Smith is not a promising one, but I will give it a go.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 21 February 2019 04:45 (two days ago) Permalink

For a popular science documentary abt life on our planet it's as elucidating as any I've seen. Neatly organized and creatively edited and full of whoa! moments

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 21 February 2019 05:31 (two days ago) Permalink


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