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 (nine years ago) link

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

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

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

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

The White Ribbon is available!

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

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

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

yeah that looks good

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

they took mall cops away :(

i only got to see, like, 4 episodes.

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

Just watched Black Narcissus -- so good.

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

Milton Glaser doc is good btw.

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

Exit through the gift shop is so awesome

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

ah good point

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

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

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

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

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

Try and tell me the tiger king isn’t a podcast

Microbes oft teem (wins), Friday, 8 May 2020 19:21 (two weeks ago) link

question 1: is it about nurses who can't find a man to romance and appreciate them?

Yerac, Friday, 8 May 2020 19:26 (two weeks ago) link

I didn’t watch tiger king because I already heard the podcast

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 8 May 2020 22:51 (two weeks ago) link

For real

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 8 May 2020 22:52 (two weeks ago) link

i didn't hear the podcast because i read the article!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 9 May 2020 00:11 (two weeks ago) link

obvs next post: i was the tiger

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 9 May 2020 00:12 (two weeks ago) link

we are all the tiger.

ok. Giri/Haji had a super elegant last 20 minutes ending that made the entire thing worthwhile. I would love for so much more epic rooftop choreopgraphy.

Yerac, Saturday, 9 May 2020 01:51 (two weeks ago) link

Oh so maybe I’ll stick with Giri then? Lot of it seems forced

calstars, Saturday, 9 May 2020 01:57 (two weeks ago) link

what epi are you on?

i wished the weird comic book style would've been more. i think wherever you are, you could just skip to the last epi and it would not matter.

Yerac, Saturday, 9 May 2020 02:01 (two weeks ago) link

like there were 3-4 episode near the end that i was like , ....whatever.

Yerac, Saturday, 9 May 2020 02:01 (two weeks ago) link

Ep 4 I think? After they all spend Passover together or something?

calstars, Saturday, 9 May 2020 02:51 (two weeks ago) link

Season 2 of Dead To Me is up, binged the whole thing last night, but I can't say I think it's as good as the first season. Some of it is, some of it is not. Still enjoyable I guess.

akm, Saturday, 9 May 2020 16:10 (two weeks ago) link

i fucking loved s1

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 9 May 2020 17:10 (two weeks ago) link

so did I! and the consensus seems to be season 2 is as good or better but I disagree.

akm, Saturday, 9 May 2020 19:10 (two weeks ago) link

I think it had more laugh out loud moments but seemed a little contrived (esp the "oh boy S3" closer).

Mud... jam... failure (aldo), Saturday, 9 May 2020 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

This Middleditch/Schwartz improv special seems like an almost magical combination of unappealing things.

circa1916, Saturday, 9 May 2020 23:38 (two weeks ago) link

I dared myself to weather the embarrassment and withstand 30 minutes...couldn't quite make it.

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 9 May 2020 23:45 (two weeks ago) link

I dared myself to weather the embarrassment and withstand 30 minutes...couldn't quite make it.
same

calstars, Sunday, 10 May 2020 00:32 (two weeks ago) link

i didn't hate the one i watched and it had at least a few laughs (it was the one where the guy was interviewing for SNL) but i haven't watched any more bc i guess it wasn't really that compelling and i like both those guys from the cbb-verse

Mordy, Sunday, 10 May 2020 01:17 (two weeks ago) link

I just finished Never Have I Ever & it’s fantastic

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 10 May 2020 02:35 (two weeks ago) link

i thought midnight gospel was going to have more psychedelic landscapes and less gettin' high with dr drew

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Sunday, 10 May 2020 05:26 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, ryan murphy is only good for 3-4 episodes ever for me. it's like he gets tired of his 'great idea' halfway through.

I'm excited because I seem to like Ryan Murphy all the time. The Politician was the first thing I watched of his but I loved every episode and was very sad when I realised I'd watched the last one. Then last night I discovered Hollywood and God it was good to be that entertained. So I guess one day I'll watch his back catalogue.

Alba, Sunday, 10 May 2020 13:01 (two weeks ago) link

Oh wow he did Glee too. I'm such a pop culture doofus these days. I never saw that either.

Alba, Sunday, 10 May 2020 13:08 (two weeks ago) link

he did American Horror Story and a million other things. AHS is the worst offender for drifting off into stupid story lines though. I've watched most of them and the only ones that are solid all the way through are Cult and Coven.

akm, Sunday, 10 May 2020 15:41 (two weeks ago) link

i watched the first season of ahs and could not get through the second season. I watched all of scream queens and i feel bad about finishing it. Popular was ok, it also fizzled out. I really liked Glee for half a season and then I very much did not like anything else I saw after.

Yerac, Sunday, 10 May 2020 16:21 (two weeks ago) link

I am watching that Belgian "the sun is going to kill everyone, fly west" new show, Into the Night. I like it so far.

Yerac, Sunday, 10 May 2020 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

Pose is his best show, probably.

akm, Sunday, 10 May 2020 17:50 (two weeks ago) link

yeah Never Have I Ever is so good even in the first 20 minutes. Although, both F and i yelled when we learned that hot Mohan was already dead. *episode 1, 1st 10 minutes spoiler. Ryan Murphy wishes.

Yerac, Monday, 11 May 2020 01:49 (two weeks ago) link

it’s the best!!

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 11 May 2020 03:15 (two weeks ago) link

Dead To Me season 2 was good I thought. Suffered that problem so many TV shows have where it sagged in the middle and was padded with a lot of unnecessary subplots but recovered nicely at the end.

Really like Never Have I Ever too - was dreading having John McEnroe as narrator but it really worked for me and the final bit with him was unexpectedly charming. Dude who plays Paxton is cute but looked way too old to be in high school though, it was a little creepy.

Roz, Thursday, 14 May 2020 13:31 (one week ago) link

he had way too much of a Franco thing going on but i still liked him.

Yerac, Thursday, 14 May 2020 13:59 (one week ago) link

The Kimmy Schmidt 'interactive' movie was actually really fun, if you already like that 30 Rock joke style. They really have to come up with a better way for you to go back and watch the alternate paths though.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 14 May 2020 14:19 (one week ago) link

has anyone's standards slipped enough that they started Outer Banks? It looks rubbish yet I hear it's compulsively watchable. I mean I watched two series of You so it's not like I can discern quality anymore.

akm, Thursday, 14 May 2020 15:06 (one week ago) link

i was too traumatized by the i-land and the episodes that I did watch that I don't want to go to Outer Banks yet.

Yerac, Thursday, 14 May 2020 15:18 (one week ago) link


The Kimmy Schmidt 'interactive' movie was actually really fun, if you already like that 30 Rock joke style.

It seems you can't watch the Kimmy Schmidt thing on an Apple TV device, or not if you're me, anyway. You get a three-minute video where the robot tells you about why you can't watch it, and then Netflix sends you an email explaining the issue to you.

trishyb, Thursday, 14 May 2020 16:18 (one week ago) link

iirc you can stream to your apple tv from phone or ipad and do it, if it's like the Black Mirror interactive thing was

mh, Thursday, 14 May 2020 16:19 (one week ago) link

Yeah, there's a few kid ones that my son likes that don't work on our tv but are fine on laptop or tablet/phone

groovypanda, Thursday, 14 May 2020 18:20 (one week ago) link

I mean I watched two series of You so it's not like I can discern quality anymore.

Ha this has been lurking on my 'if really desperate' list

kinder, Thursday, 14 May 2020 18:35 (one week ago) link

I am watching that Belgian "the sun is going to kill everyone, fly west" new show, Into the Night. I like it so far.

2 eps in, i like the premise but i don't know how much of the awful people being awful i can take. i guess it's a standard modus operandi for disaster movies.

a slice of greater pastry (ledge), Thursday, 14 May 2020 19:12 (one week ago) link

yeah, it's like one day in and all the dudes are jockeying for power. it's absurd. but it's only 6 episodes so it goes by quick. i would watch another season.

Yerac, Thursday, 14 May 2020 19:26 (one week ago) link

i like the actor playing the pilot, he was in also in french spooky shows les revenants/the returned and black spot/zone blanche.

a slice of greater pastry (ledge), Thursday, 14 May 2020 19:52 (one week ago) link

I started Outer Banks & its decent.
Not at all believable but the kids are good & it’s not as cheesy as i expected

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 14 May 2020 20:20 (one week ago) link

Is anyone watching the south Korean series Extracurricular? I'm two episodes in and loving it.

willem, Friday, 15 May 2020 09:23 (one week ago) link

i watched Timetrap last night and fucking loved it. more B-grade bonkers shit like this please Netflix!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 15 May 2020 09:29 (one week ago) link

Is anyone watching the south Korean series Extracurricular? I'm two episodes in and loving it.

Oh I forgot to post about this but yeah it was great, went to some pretty wild places. Also impressed that it managed to tackle topics like underage sex trafficking and depression with some degree of complexity, not always a given with K-dramas.

Roz, Friday, 15 May 2020 12:13 (one week ago) link

Not familiar with k-drama but yeah I like the way Extracurricular handles those complexities. Also love the way it's shot. There's a scene in which Guery's watch ever so briefly reflects the sun in Jisoo's face, that was so casually and beautifully captured.

willem, Friday, 15 May 2020 12:32 (one week ago) link

yeah, ryan murphy is only good for 3-4 episodes ever for me. it's like he gets tired of his 'great idea' halfway through.

Returning to Yerac's point to say damn she's right after all, at least with Hollywood. Air really came out of it in episode 4, anyway.

Alba, Friday, 15 May 2020 23:09 (one week ago) link

Oh God now I'm watching the finale. 😬

Alba, Saturday, 16 May 2020 00:57 (one week ago) link

Ok I watched six episodes of Outer Banks last night and I can't say it's good at all but it was diverting enough I guess while so high I couldn't get off the couch. Then we switched over to The Great on Hulu, which really is very good.

akm, Saturday, 16 May 2020 14:31 (one week ago) link

Thanks for the extracurricular recommendation , enjoyed that

calstars, Saturday, 16 May 2020 19:48 (one week ago) link


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