I would like some suggestions as to what movies or shows that are on Netflix (instant streaming) that I should watch. Genre doesn't really matter. So, what are some movies or series that you like or would recommend that are on there? I never really notice anything that looks particularly interesting to me, due to my close-mindedness. Also, I don't care how old it is. Anyway, suggestions are appreciated, I assure you.
A short list of things on instant I've seen and rated highly: Full Metal Jacket, Gojira, Jules and Jim, The Big Lebowski, The Red Shoes, Matchstick Men, Brick, Moon, Seven Samurai, Quills, Ong-Bak, The Host, The Good The Bad and The Weird, Heartbreaker, Teeth, Metropolis, Being John Malkovich, Network.
That's enough to get you started. Diverse group, nothing too weird.
For the love of god you must watch Let The Right One In.
One of the best foreign films-- no scratch that, one of the best films I've seen in years, period. It's a Swedish film that really does a fantastic job of portraying the difficulties of childhood and has one of the most authentic love stories to come around in a long time. I think many will be turned off by the fact that it has vampires but I assure you this is not Twilight or just some other "vampire movie". It's awesome, check it out.
EDIT: Also there's the entire series of the Larry Sanders Show. In April, they're adding the complete Twin Peaks series.
Mad Men and Breaking Bad aren't on Instant Streaming.
" Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development. "
" Sherlock Firefly Supernatural Fringe Psych House M.D. "House, Supernatural and Fringe aren't Instant Streaming either.
Goodfellas and Casino are both on streaming, or at least were a couple of weeks ago when I watched them. They're both long, but really well done and fun to watch. I'm not even a huge mob/crime drama kind of guy either.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986 version). It's a musical, but the cast is great and it's got good comedy. It inspired Family Guy to do this:
Cannibal! The Musical. It's another musical. It has problems, lots of them. It's seriously low budget, the acting is bad, and the quality is poor even on DVD. It's to be expected because it's a student film that was shot in a couple of weeks. It was done by Trey Parker and Matt Stone who went on to create South Park. It's hilarious and great with a group of friends. I also recommending renting the DVD for their drunken commentary.
Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Hudsucker Proxy, and Barton Fink. It's hard to go wrong with the Coen Brothers. They have another movie streaming as well, but I haven't seen it so I won't comment. Raising Arizona comes and goes from the service. I highly recommend keeping an eye out for it.
Robocop. Classic 80s action movie. It's definitely cheesy by today's standards, but still fun. It's one of those movies you should see because so many people are familiar with it. The best thing about Netflix streaming is that everything is paid for. There's no risk to trying stuff out. I say go to a genre, sort it by # of stars, and look for movies you've heard of that are highly rated. Give them a shot. At the very least you'll expand your movie background, understand more references, and see what inspires current and upcoming movies.
It's so crazy that so many people like Fargo.
I live here, and can't tell you the amount of times i've told someone that "Fargo" the movie was filmed in Brainerd, MN.
Nonetheless it is a great film, if a bit exaggerated.
Oh and based on an older Screened recommendation, I watched "Thankskilling" .. ridiculous, but funny/horrible!
I was watching The Eiger Sanction earlier on Netflix for the first time in quite awhile. It struck me that most people on Giant Bomb were probably younger than the film itself, and not only that, had probably never even heard of it.
It's worth a watch for the beautiful cinematography in Zion National Park alone..just don't take it too seriously!