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2012-05-24 03:00:44 PM  
And doesn't this remind you of when you were in the boat, and then later than night, you were lying, looking up at the ceiling, and the water in your head was not dissimilar from the landscape, and you think to yourself, "Why is it that the landscape is moving, but the boat is still?"
 
2012-05-24 03:01:10 PM  
One they missed

28.media.tumblr.com

/imagine the Matrix written by a Spanish Actuary
//the fun thing about Netflix streaming is that because of the limited selection it forces you to watch things you might not have otherwise
 
2012-05-24 03:01:26 PM  

someonelse: ZeroCorpse: Apparently, the author of the article doesn't like anything that actually makes him smile.

The Trip, Delicatessen, In the Loop, Being John Malkovich, Dazed & Confused, Eat Drink Man Woman, Lock Stock & 2SBs, Butch Cassidy, The Big Lebowski, and Gold Rush all bring the funny. And if you aren't smiling during Enter the Dragon, you have lost the capacity to enjoy life and should probably kill yourself.


I thought Tucker and Dale Versus Evil was pretty funny.
 
2012-05-24 03:01:33 PM  

downstairs: Uzzah: Um... ok. You mean this?

18. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

No, Dead Man is there at #32.


Oops. You're right. This is the sound of my snark, retracting.

/whrrrrrrrrrr
//still didn't care for it
///First time I watched "Mystery Train," it had the subtitles cut off and I didn't realize there was any translation of the Japanese dialogue. It actually made it a better film that way.
////CSB
 
2012-05-24 03:02:02 PM  

devilskware: Birdemic: Shock and Terror


Only with the Rifftrax.
 
2012-05-24 03:03:04 PM  
Things Netflix Instant is good for:

Foreign Language Films
TV Series
Documentaries

Things Netflix Instant isn't good for:

Idiots who will never buy the service because This Means War isn't available the same day it is on DVD.
 
2012-05-24 03:03:05 PM  
The forgot Ink and Brick damnit. And the Constant Gardner is an awful movie. I don't even know anyone who likes it.
 
2012-05-24 03:03:11 PM  
I use streaming mostly for documentaries that look interesting, but I'll peruse this list and Farker suggestions with interest...

/Being Elmo was awesome
 
2012-05-24 03:05:32 PM  

thecpt: the Constant Gardner is an awful movie. I don't even know anyone who likes it.


I like it and saw it in the theater. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else, but I liked it well enough. Arguably I'll watch anything about "historical" espionage though...
 
2012-05-24 03:06:15 PM  
"Oldboy" ... that was disturbing

"Ghostdog" ... agree that it was a piece of shiat
 
2012-05-24 03:06:50 PM  

sigdiamond2000: Trip


Oh, cook a cat.
I like Coogan but was under the impression that The Trip wasn't so great.
Maybe I will watch it now.
 
2012-05-24 03:13:55 PM  

Porous Horace: sigdiamond2000: Trip

Oh, cook a cat.
I like Coogan but was under the impression that The Trip wasn't so great.
Maybe I will watch it now.


It's weird. Given what I'd heard about it I thought The Trip was going to be just hilarious. And it was funny, in parts. But it gets sad somewhere in the middle and stays that way. I should have known. Anytime Netflix thinks I'll 5 star something it's just 90-180 minutes of melancholy.
 
2012-05-24 03:15:54 PM  

mdking09: Replace 13 Assassins with Ip Man. IMHO, Ip Man is the best kung fu movie ever made. Also Snatch and Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels need to be switched. There's a lot of good movies on Netflix that are not on this list and a lot of crappy ones on it that shouldn't be, not impressed.


Did you think the first 30 minutes were silly? The thugs showing up challenging folks to a Kung fu fight were almost comical. Maybe it had something to do with the voice overs. I didn't see it with subtitles.

/once the Japanese come it is a down right brutal and excellent movie.
//snatch is one of my favorites as well.
 
2012-05-24 03:16:40 PM  

blackminded: thecpt: the Constant Gardner is an awful movie. I don't even know anyone who likes it.

I like it and saw it in the theater. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else, but I liked it well enough. Arguably I'll watch anything about "historical" espionage though...


So you would you compare something like "The Debt" to it? Because I liked that despite its weird pacing. the Constant Gardner had the same bad pacing, but it was just so damn confusing to me.
 
2012-05-24 03:17:27 PM  
Granted I haven't seen it years, I don't understand the hate for Ghostdog. It's not great, but I don't remember it being bad.

Should I give Drive a go? Girls seem to fawn over it, but hardly any guys I know have seen it and the ones that do say it was pretty lame.

No Downfall? No Dear Zachary? The Longest Day? Ghostbusters? Ran? This is Spinal Tap? Last of the Mohicans?

I realize not everyone likes the same stuff, but I think most could agree on those taking spots from movies like Dazed & Confused (which I never found to be that good) or Snatch & Lock Stock (both of which I like).

Oh, and F U Paiste for your shiatty ads that stalled out my computer.
 
2012-05-24 03:20:53 PM  

NaziKamikaze: Granted I haven't seen it years, I don't understand the hate for Ghostdog. It's not great, but I don't remember it being bad.


That's pretty much where I sit on it, with the caveat that I'm a fan of Forest Whitaker in general.
 
2012-05-24 03:22:28 PM  

NaziKamikaze: Granted I haven't seen it years, I don't understand the hate for Ghostdog. It's not great, but I don't remember it being bad.

Should I give Drive a go? Girls seem to fawn over it, but hardly any guys I know have seen it and the ones that do say it was pretty lame.

No Downfall? No Dear Zachary? The Longest Day? Ghostbusters? Ran? This is Spinal Tap? Last of the Mohicans?

I realize not everyone likes the same stuff, but I think most could agree on those taking spots from movies like Dazed & Confused (which I never found to be that good) or Snatch & Lock Stock (both of which I like).

Oh, and F U Paiste for your shiatty ads that stalled out my computer.


Dear Zachary is the most upsetting thing I've seen in a very long time.
 
2012-05-24 03:22:41 PM  

asquian: It might be worth noting, both versions of True Grit, the original, and the Coen version, are(or were) available on live streaming. I'd say both are worth watching, in whichever order you choose.


I would definitely recommend seeing the original before the remake if someone hasn't seen either of them. I saw the remake first and loved it, then caught the original on AMC one day and found it to be very campy with a score that didn't match the tone of the story and visuals at all. I think seeing the remake made me a harsher critic of the original and I didn't enjoy as much.

/two cents
 
2012-05-24 03:23:51 PM  

thecpt: the Constant Gardner had the same bad pacing, but it was just so damn confusing to me.


Haven't seen The Debt but it's going in the queue after this thread. The pacing on The Constant Gardner was HORRIBLE, especially when it takes so much effort on the part of the viewer just to figure out what's going on. The "poetry professor" subplot is a great example of this. I had to watch the movie twice to figure that one out.

I guess I'm not doing a great job selling it. But still.

/Breach was also good
 
2012-05-24 03:24:59 PM  
So I just realized I'm talking about The Good Shepherd, not The Constant Gardner. :-/

/my bad thecpt
 
2012-05-24 03:25:05 PM  

Beluga Heights: NaziKamikaze: Granted I haven't seen it years, I don't understand the hate for Ghostdog. It's not great, but I don't remember it being bad.

Should I give Drive a go? Girls seem to fawn over it, but hardly any guys I know have seen it and the ones that do say it was pretty lame.

No Downfall? No Dear Zachary? The Longest Day? Ghostbusters? Ran? This is Spinal Tap? Last of the Mohicans?

I realize not everyone likes the same stuff, but I think most could agree on those taking spots from movies like Dazed & Confused (which I never found to be that good) or Snatch & Lock Stock (both of which I like).

Oh, and F U Paiste for your shiatty ads that stalled out my computer.

Dear Zachary is the most upsetting thing I've seen in a very long time.


My room was abundant with dust that day. Like pig pen was sitting next to me. Also, Drive is just not good. Its worth a shot I guess because there are some cool scenes (mainly the intro), but it's just a silly movie that doesn't make much if any sense.
 
kab
2012-05-24 03:26:01 PM  

Sir Not Sure The Unscannable: Delicatessen! If you haven't seen it, do it.


This.

And normally I can't stand lists of anything, but this one seems decent.
 
2012-05-24 03:26:10 PM  
I thought "Drive" was lame but then I don't like chick flicks.
 
2012-05-24 03:26:18 PM  

Beluga Heights: Things Netflix Instant is good for:

Foreign Language Films
TV Series
Documentaries

Things Netflix Instant isn't good for:

Idiots who will never buy the service because This Means War isn't available the same day it is on DVD.


All of that. The problem is that eventually you start to run out of documentaries. I love that they have a lot of series in their entirety. For example, I am currently watching all of battlestar galactica back to back. I had never seen one episode during its run. I'm to the finale of season 3 currently.

/also, you watch one ww2 documentary and now Triumph of the Will is forever in your recommended list.
 
2012-05-24 03:26:31 PM  
I think there are one or two Emmanuelle movies on there, too - giggity!
 
2012-05-24 03:26:32 PM  

Mugato: Chariots of Fire

Fark Chariots of Fire. It beat Raiders of the Lost Ark for Best Picture. So fark those running limey pricks.

/and the Netflix streaming selection sucks except for a few TV shows


I would pay good money to see more true independent movies (which most of the "indie" selection on Netflix streaming isn't...) and TV shows with a few eps that I've never heard of. I can see 3/4 of Netflix's selection on other such media (Hulu, iTunes, etc.), and the 1/4 that's "original" to it I'm not really interested in. But give me a few shows from the '80s and '90s I'd forgotten all about, or never heard of before (or even after) they cancelled it, or gimme some movie that was a darling of the film festival circuit but never got any distribution rights, and perhaps Netflix becomes a whole lot more appealing.
 
2012-05-24 03:28:14 PM  
Is this where I go to biatch and moan about how Netflix doesn't have movies that came out yesterday available for streaming?
 
2012-05-24 03:28:26 PM  
Gosford Park can go fark itself twice. It's a rare movie that I can go an hour into it before feeling compelled to turn to my wife and ask her if she's started giving a shiat yet. By the time that movie was over I was legitimately angry at how much of my time had been wasted, because after the first two hours I wasn't gonna give up on the dream that somehow the movie would vindicate itself.

House of Lords might be just as damn long but I'd spend a day watching it on loop if I could get back the time that Gosford Park stole from me, just on principle.
 
2012-05-24 03:30:31 PM  

Uzzah: 18. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Year: 2000
Director: Jim Jarmusch
After making Dead Man, a Western film about a meek Ohio accountant and a Native American warrior, indie auteur Jim Jarmusch blended Oriental philosophy with gangster reality in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai...



This was a terrible, boring movie. Two hours I'll never get back. Fark Forest Whitaker with a pigeon for making this movie.
 
2012-05-24 03:31:20 PM  
I thought Rango was surprisingly entertaining. I just wish they would stop putting Sandy Squirrel's voice in every animated movie that comes out.
 
2012-05-24 03:31:35 PM  
If you're a WWE or a wrestling fan in general, Netflix is more than worth the money.
 
2012-05-24 03:33:41 PM  
List fails without Tokyo Gore Police and Ninjas vs Vampires (and of course, Ninjas vs Aliens, but NvV is the superior film).
 
2012-05-24 03:34:35 PM  

blackminded: So I just realized I'm talking about The Good Shepherd, not The Constant Gardner. :-/

/my bad thecpt


Ahhh, that makes sense. And I completely agree with you on both the good shepherd and Breach. the GS had just plain weird pacing, but Breach was entirely underrated.
 
2012-05-24 03:37:06 PM  

devilskware: Birdemic: Shock and Terror


Solar panels?
 
2012-05-24 03:37:45 PM  
I think The Trip was actually a series on the BBC or something, so the version on Netflix is the condensed "movie" version. I've only seen what's on Netflix, and while it's good, it does seem like some scenes were too heavily edited.
 
2012-05-24 03:38:34 PM  

Madbassist1: If you're a WWE or a wrestling fan in general, Netflix is more than worth the money.


Even if you're not, the documentary about The Rock is well worth it.
 
2012-05-24 03:40:15 PM  

NaziKamikaze: Should I give Drive a go? Girls seem to fawn over it, but hardly any guys I know have seen it and the ones that do say it was pretty lame.


It's good, but the pacing is slower than the initial previews may have led you to believe, so if you're looking for Fast and Furious with plenty of 'splosions, it won't be for you.

It's a good, tense, noir-like film, though, and the cast alone deserves your attention. Seriously, I never thought Albert Brooks could pull off the role he does in that movie.

Plus, it's barely 90 minutes, if memory serves me. What have you got to lose?
 
2012-05-24 03:42:40 PM  

Mr. Pokeylope: The only reason I watched Ghost Dog was because someone told me it was one of the worst movies ever made... he was right.

That flick is a farking train wreck.


Its not great, but if someone thinks its "one of the worst movies ever made", they havent seen Troll 2, or Catwoman, or Rise of the Silver Surfer, or any of the Twilight movies...
 
2012-05-24 03:43:23 PM  

mdking09: IMHO, Ip Man is the best kung fu movie ever made.


THIS. But you have to make it through the first 30 minutes or so. It seems like another so-so 'my kung fu is better than your kung fu' movie, but when you get to the part where Donnie Yen absolutely destroys everyone in the japanese dojo, you'll change your mind.
 
2012-05-24 03:43:46 PM  
I just found Boy Wonder a couple days ago. Pretty good.
 
2012-05-24 03:43:58 PM  
Chicks fawn over Drive because the protagonist is interested in a woman for reasons other than wanting to fark her, which is fine and dandy but it's utterly ridiculous.
 
2012-05-24 03:46:27 PM  

mdking09: Ip Man is the best kung fu movie ever made


Great, yes, best ever? No. I'd put it in the top 20. It's no Crippled Avengers.

Lots of good martial arts movies on Instant Watch. The people who made The Raid have a movie on their called Merantau which is great, the cheesy District B-13 Ultimatum is on there, a ton of awesome Jackie Chan movies, Chocolate, Ong Bak, The Good, The Bad, and the Weird (amazing movie), and so on.

I don't think I've had less than 100 items in my instant watch queue.
 
2012-05-24 03:46:47 PM  

Vash's Apprentice: Madbassist1: If you're a WWE or a wrestling fan in general, Netflix is more than worth the money.

Even if you're not, the documentary about The Rock is well worth it.


not to threadjack, but I watched the 'Greatest Cage Matches' vid. Now when I was a wrestling fan, the main source of info was PWI, The Wrestler, etc. they were magazines d3evoted to 'reporting' wrestling. They were all kayfabe, and presented these write-ups on these shows which really made them sound epic. I watched the show, FINALLY got to see these matches I'd read about, and was really shocked by how much they sucked!

;)
 
2012-05-24 03:46:48 PM  

Cyno01: Mr. Pokeylope: The only reason I watched Ghost Dog was because someone told me it was one of the worst movies ever made... he was right.

That flick is a farking train wreck.

Its not great, but if someone thinks its "one of the worst movies ever made", they havent seen Troll 2, or Catwoman, or Rise of the Silver Surfer, or any of the Twilight movies...


The Room, Plan 9 From Outer Space
 
2012-05-24 03:50:39 PM  

thecpt: Beluga Heights: NaziKamikaze: Granted I haven't seen it years, I don't understand the hate for Ghostdog. It's not great, but I don't remember it being bad.

Should I give Drive a go? Girls seem to fawn over it, but hardly any guys I know have seen it and the ones that do say it was pretty lame.

No Downfall? No Dear Zachary? The Longest Day? Ghostbusters? Ran? This is Spinal Tap? Last of the Mohicans?

I realize not everyone likes the same stuff, but I think most could agree on those taking spots from movies like Dazed & Confused (which I never found to be that good) or Snatch & Lock Stock (both of which I like).

Oh, and F U Paiste for your shiatty ads that stalled out my computer.

Dear Zachary is the most upsetting thing I've seen in a very long time.

My room was abundant with dust that day. Like pig pen was sitting next to me. Also, Drive is just not good. Its worth a shot I guess because there are some cool scenes (mainly the intro), but it's just a silly movie that doesn't make much if any sense.


I had no expectations when I sat down to watch Drive, and while it was a little slow, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The reason a lot of people didn't like it was because it was marketed as Fast and the Furiouser 7. It's a slow burn, but well worth it IMHO.
 
2012-05-24 03:51:44 PM  
I don't know if it's still on instant watch but "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" was freaking awesome. I really wish I had seen it in 3D on a big screen.
 
2012-05-24 03:52:07 PM  
My two cents on some good, lesser-known movies available on Netflix streaming:

YellowBrickRoad. One of the better suspense films I've seen in recent years, even with the lame ending. It's definitely a "love it or hate it" kind of movie, but if you can appreciate good acting, steadily building suspense, and a story that isn't spoon-fed to the audience you'll probably like it.

Ninjas Vs. Vampires. You have to be a fan of B-horror/comedy, but if you are then this is a good one, with generally solid acting & surprisingly good effects given the budget.

Aaah! Zombies! (aka Wasting Away). Again, being a fan of B-horror/comedy helps, but it's not required for this one. Really creative & funny zombie flick, told from the point of view of the zombies.

Doghouse. Not quite as good as Shaun of the Dead (what is?), but in the same vein. Group of friends head out for a guy's weekend and end up in a town where all the women are zombies and all the men are dead.

Deathwatch. Creepy film of the same ilk as "The Keep", only much better done imo. Set in WWI, it's about a squad of soldiers caught in a trench & being haunted by an unseen, otherworldly presence.

9th Company. Loosely based on facts, it's a retelling of a Soviet Army company defending a hilltop fort against waves of attackers during their war in Afghanistan, following the soldiers from their first days as new recruits up through the final battle.

Postal. An incredible crude, violent, and offensive flick based on the video games of the same name. Also happens to be insanely hilarious.

Hunter Prey. Extremely well done low-budget science fiction flick about a squad of soldiers hunting an escaped alien convict after crash-landing on an uninhabited planet.

And I already saw Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil mentioned, but I wholeheartedly agree that it's worth streaming.
 
2012-05-24 03:56:54 PM  

Harv72b: Doghouse. Not quite as good as Shaun of the Dead (what is?), but in the same vein. Group of friends head out for a guy's weekend and end up in a town where all the women are zombies and all the men are dead.


I second this one, I enjoyed it a lot.
 
2012-05-24 03:58:48 PM  

EyeballKid: It's a good, tense, noir-like film, though, and the cast alone deserves your attention. Seriously, I never thought Albert Brooks could pull off the role he does in that movie.


I heard he basically assaulted the director at his reading just to prove that he could play the part. Walking out he realized it was a terrible mistake but he got the role, didn't he?
 
2012-05-24 04:00:21 PM  

TravisBickle62: Chicks fawn over Drive because the protagonist is interested in a woman for reasons other than wanting to fark her, which is fine and dandy but it's utterly ridiculous.


This woman pretty much sums up why chicks dig it.
 
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