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 (eleven years ago) link

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

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

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

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

The White Ribbon is available!

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven years ago) link

yeah that looks good

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

they took mall cops away :(

i only got to see, like, 4 episodes.

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

Just watched Black Narcissus -- so good.

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

Milton Glaser doc is good btw.

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

Just watched Black Narcissus -- so good.

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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 (eleven years ago) link

Exit through the gift shop is so awesome

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

ah good point

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

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

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

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

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

Didn't realise Knives Out 2 was going to be a Netflix film

groovypanda, Friday, 4 February 2022 11:26 (three months ago) link

knives out 3 will be too

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 4 February 2022 15:02 (three months ago) link

Liking Murderville. It's cool to see a partially improvised show shot and edited like a drama, and there's some good laughs each episode. The guests handle the show in pretty different ways - Conan handled his episode so smoothly, you'd think he read the script!

Vinnie, Saturday, 5 February 2022 13:13 (three months ago) link

Yeah it's very funny, although I kind of miss the weird/bad celebrity impressions of the original.

braised cod, Saturday, 5 February 2022 13:38 (three months ago) link

Original?

Evan, Saturday, 5 February 2022 13:40 (three months ago) link

It's a remake of Murder in Successville, a british TV show.

braised cod, Saturday, 5 February 2022 13:44 (three months ago) link

It's cool to see a partially improvised show shot and edited like a drama

Did anyone else watch Bad Trip? I've never seen any of the Jackass movies so maybe this isn't as original as it seemed to me, but it's a hidden camera prank comedy movie (w/ Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish) where the prank scenes are part of an overarching narrative, and they never show the camera reveal to the participants bit. It's funny, def gets kinda gross, but it's almost worth watching just for the formal qualities

rob, Saturday, 5 February 2022 16:17 (three months ago) link

are today's biggest movie stars the ones who get comic book roles or the ones created by comic book roles

i liked the conan episode of murderville. series doesn't seem to be getting good reviews though.

adam t. (abanana), Saturday, 5 February 2022 16:23 (three months ago) link

Murderville was good. It wasn't life-changing but it was good.

I kept getting more and more agitated with Archive 81 because one of the protagonists is a nerdy Black man named Dan and I kept saying over and over "dude wtf I would never do that" to the TV

castanuts (DJP), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 00:05 (three months ago) link

lol

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 February 2022 00:38 (three months ago) link

Hmm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-sWlgFhUGo

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 11 February 2022 14:00 (three months ago) link

I guessed that was jeunet in the first few seconds.

i'm not a fan of retrofuturism or of sexbot revenge stories.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 11 February 2022 14:26 (three months ago) link

iirc there's a Love, Death & Robots episode that has a very similar plot but is less than 15 mins long. watch that instead imo - you don't even have to switch streaming services

Roz, Saturday, 12 February 2022 09:30 (three months ago) link

Inventing Anna is too goddamn long by half … i wouldnt call it “good”? … more like a trashy watchable soap opera that pretends to be true

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:51 (three months ago) link

lol yeah it's terrible but I can't stop watching. making Anna out into some kind of girlboss hero is a bizarre take but not surprising coming from Shonda Rhimes, I guess.

also the "journalism" scenes are hilariously bad, it's hard to believe that Jessica Pressler - who wrote the original Anna story and is exec producer on the show - allowed this version of herself to be portrayed this way i.e. doing some deeply unethical things like paying a source, accepting expensive gifts from a source, convincing Anna to change her plea, and literally begging the defence lawyer to part of his team?? wtf

Roz, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 02:28 (three months ago) link

yeah its really weird how they center the journo character & basically throw aside all but the barest bones of the actual story

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 04:47 (three months ago) link

As soon as I realized Shonda Rhimes was involved, I realized this was going to be about 85% nonsense with some good one-liners scattered through it

castanuts (DJP), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 14:33 (three months ago) link

The accent is the worst I’ve heard in years. And I saw house of gucci

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 15:52 (three months ago) link

I've only seen one episode of the show but it's meant to be dodgy fake accent, no?

Number None, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 15:55 (three months ago) link

The big problem I have is that they are trying to thread the line between the audience knowing she's full of shit but not all the characters realizing it, but she's hamming up the unconvincing side so much that it is incredibly difficult to believe that she could convince anyone of anything.

castanuts (DJP), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 16:31 (three months ago) link

That accent is a monstruosity. That charachter in general is tedious. Some funny moments with Anna Chlumsky and others though

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 19:16 (three months ago) link

tbh the accent is the least made up thing in the show. her irl accent is almost identical, its SO weird

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 19:30 (three months ago) link

heres an irl comparison

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

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 19:33 (three months ago) link

I mean, it's overdone but not by much

castanuts (DJP), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 20:10 (three months ago) link

finished it :/ this show is wayyyyy too long, could've done without the final two or three episodes entirely.

And I'm reminded of why I dislike Shonda Rhimes shows - ultimately, they're always about characters who take their jobs way too fucking seriously and are constantly yelling at other people about it.

Roz, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 02:30 (three months ago) link

i just finished ep 4 & i’m like HOW are there five more episodes !!??? 😩

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 03:18 (three months ago) link

the article was fine; it's hard to imagine wanting to think any further about her

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 04:01 (three months ago) link

It's very easy to imagine wanting to imitate that accent though

castanuts (DJP), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 14:11 (three months ago) link

And I'm reminded of why I dislike Shonda Rhimes shows - ultimately, they're always about characters who take their jobs way too fucking seriously and are constantly yelling at other people about it.

At least Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder complimented this with a lot of entertainingly batshit murder

castanuts (DJP), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 14:12 (three months ago) link

as with most things in life, adding viola davis ups the enjoyment factor considerably

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 16:44 (three months ago) link

Did anyone else watch Bad Trip?

yeah it's totally fun.

akm, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 17:58 (three months ago) link

Anyone recommend The Woman in the House...? I'm halfway through and while I find the mystery mildly interesting, it isn't the least bit funny to me.

Choice Errol Quotes (Leee), Thursday, 17 February 2022 00:34 (three months ago) link

i didnt like the first one so i skipped this one altogether

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 17 February 2022 00:53 (three months ago) link

Watched them all as was fairly short but it's not great. The tone is all over the place and, as you say, it's not particularly funny so that when they do try an absurdist joke it's just really jarring.

Most of the time it just plays as a straight whodunnit.

groovypanda, Thursday, 17 February 2022 08:36 (three months ago) link

i watched some of the first ep and got the strong feeling that the script was written as a comedy - it's full of jokes - but was shot and directed as a straight TV mystery. which, you know, is a choice - you could argue that SUCCESSION (2018-) is essentially veep or the thick of it just executed as a prestige drama - but succession allows the comedic beats to land, lets us just roll in the deliciousness of it, where with this, it's like, these carefully written jokes are just buried

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 17 February 2022 10:18 (three months ago) link

Yeah, I like Kristen Bell and she carries the whole thing almost single handedly but I didn't get the point of the whole thing. It's not really funny, it's not really scary/mystery. Seems like they tried and miss their goal.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 17 February 2022 10:19 (three months ago) link

Just watched Downfall, the documentary about Boeing and the 737 MAX crashes. A bit slow to start but by the end a powerful and damning indictment of Boeing, and of shareholder value theory. Spoiler alert, you will be screaming that the executives should be in jail for corporate manslaughter and, well, they aren't.

ledge, Friday, 18 February 2022 21:59 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Started the second season of Kid Cosmic. The classic Marvel tribute vibe is stronger than ever, with some clear references to Galactus and Thanos in there.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 7 March 2022 14:11 (two months ago) link

Finished Archive 81. Meh.

Archive 81 felt like there was one element too many in it for me, although I couldn't tell you which one I'd drop.

― Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Tuesday, 25 January 2022 10:28 (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

I would have dropped the 1920s storyline entirely and gone full cthulhu at the end; I knew the climax was probably going to be disappointing but running around a dream version of various irl locations was not exciting or scary. It peaked halfway through with the people/monsters reaching out of TV screens.

ledge, Monday, 7 March 2022 15:09 (two months ago) link

Agree one hundred percent.

We just finished watching All Of Us Are Dead. It was maybe too long overall, but my god, the choreography and the stunt work and the fluid movement of some of those young people. Holy crap. If you wanted to get boys to go to dancing lessons, it would be a great thing to show them. "It's not all the Nutcracker! You could get cast in something like this!"

trishyb, Monday, 7 March 2022 16:12 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Johnny Hallyday doc series available! Pretty weirdly done, a lot of ominous woosh music that makes it seem like the subject is the Third Reich or True Crime (wife says this is quite common in French docs), but some amazing footage in there.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 10:51 (one month ago) link

Getting really into Another Life only to see that nf has axed it

covidsbundlertanze op. 6 (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 31 March 2022 13:23 (one month ago) link

It was pretty awful tbh

More upset Archive 81 isn't getting another season

groovypanda, Thursday, 31 March 2022 14:04 (one month ago) link

Classic World Cinema on Netflix UK:

The collected works of Egyptian director Youssef Chahine.

A lot of Bollywood stuff starting from the 60's.

1955's "Seagulls Die In The Harbour", a Belgian social realist film.

Tons and tons of Swedish films, ranging from the silent era to the 70's (at least), put there due to a partnership with the Swedish Film Institute.

It's kinda hilarious that this stuff is on there while even the most basic French, Italian, Japanese, etc. arthouse canon isn't but hey, it's cool nonetheless. The service clearly doesn't give a fuck tho, you really have to go hunting.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 4 April 2022 09:43 (one month ago) link

Old Enough on Netflix is so adorable! Give young children (2,3,4 years old) a chore and then follow them as they do it.

a hallan shaker loon (dowd), Thursday, 7 April 2022 11:53 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Man, really wish Netflix provided normal subtitles as well as closed captioned ones for their foreign language shows.

I don't need to know that [♪ cool closing theme playing] has started thanks

groovypanda, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 08:08 (one week ago) link

I dunno, ♪Ominous music plays♪ always makes me laugh.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 11 May 2022 08:15 (one week ago) link

I feel the same, and extend the sentiment to non-foreign language subtitles, too. I use them since I sometimes have trouble deciphering dialog, so don’t need sound cues. I’m glad there are more options now for those that need them, but wish we could choose. I do appreciate when subtitles will state the artist and song name when the soundtrack kicks in, though.

blatherskite, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 15:47 (one week ago) link

I watched Operation: Mincemeat because I'd read the book, and my recommendation is to read the book. Movie does have Kelly Macdonald though which is not a trivial point in its favor.

Star Trek: Strange New Wordles (Leee), Thursday, 12 May 2022 04:32 (six days ago) link

I started watching Stay Close and I don't quite get what this show is trying to be

castanuts (DJP), Friday, 13 May 2022 18:55 (five days ago) link


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