NetFlix Recommendations

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@berutt recently posted the following on Twitter:

Looking for some suggestions for my Netflix queue. Documentaries, cult classics, comedies, non-fiction. Any suggestions?

Rather than inundate Twitter with several recommendations (140 characters just doesn’t cut it sometimes), I decided to properly respond by hammering out a quick response here. Not only will I be able to more accurately pick some films to recommend, but hey, it’s an excuse to write more. 🙂

Taking the genres listed into consideration, here are several films that deserve to grace anyone’s NetFlix queue:

Salesman
Dare I say, the perfect documentary? Salesman and the Maysles Brothers opened my eyes to the beauty of documentaries, from their fascinating subjects to their fly-on-the-wall style of filmmaking. (And if you like this, go ahead and add Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens as well)

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Another documentary that I fell in love with. It’s easily one of the most suspenseful documentaries I’ve ever seen, and is assembled well.

Plan 9 From Outer Space
Regarded by many as the worst film ever made, this cult classic, directed by Ed Wood, is a treat for the cinema masochist.
And as an added bonus, do your self the favor and watch Ed Wood after wards. Ironically, I consider it to be Tim Burton’s best film and Johnny Depp’s best performance.

Arsenic and Old Lace
Everyone needs to have a little fun now and again, and Frank Capra’s no exception. This off-the-wall dark comedy is an instant classic with many memorable moments.

Raising Arizona
The Coen Brothers wrote and directed. Need I say more? And Nicholas Cage’s performance is good.

The Fisher King
A fantastic film from Terry Gilliam. I’d say more, but I’d rather not ruin the experience.

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NetFlix Update No. 7

1. Umberto D (Dir. Vittorio De Sica)

Why Did You Pick That?

Still continuing on my classic Italian kick. And I’m especially looking forward to watching this one because I loved De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief very much.
2. Germany Year Zero (Dir. Roberto Rossellini)

Why Did You Pick That?

Same as above…again. 🙂 I’m thinking I’ll have to write up a massive response to Italian cinema eventually and break it up into different posts over time. I’ve found that I really dig neo-realism.
3. Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind (Dir. Hayao Miyazaki)

Why Did You Pick That?

I’m watching this for the LAMB MoTM. But it’s also a good excuse to watch more Miyazaki. I believe the only other film of his that I watched was Howl’s Moving Castle (and part of Spirited Away)

NetFlix Update No. 6

1. I Vitelloni (Dir. Federico Fellini)



Why Did You Pick That?

My Voyage to Italy.

2. The Flowers of St. Francis (Dir. Roberto Rossellini)

Why Did You Pick That?

See above.

3. Detour (Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer)

Why Did You Pick That?

It’s on the Movie Noir Month list at Movie Zeal.

NetFlix Update



1. History of the World: Part 1 (Dir. Mel Brooks)

Why Did You Pick That?

‘Cause it’s Mel Brooks AND Madeline Kahn; an excellent combination of awesome.

2. George Washington (Dir. David Gordon Green)

Why Did You Pick That?

After watching All the Real Girls, I’ve been wanting to watch more of Green’s films.

3. My Voyage to Italy (Dir. Martin Scorsese)

Why Did You Pick That?

Martin Scorsese talking about films that have impacted him? Count me in!

NetFlix Update

1. Dracula: Dead and Loving It (Dir. Mel Brooks)

Why Did You Pick That?

I’ve been wanting to watch more of Mel Brooks’ lesser-known films, and the serious/comedy ratio is far in favor of serious at the moment.

2. Pi (Dir. Darren Aronofsky)

Why Did You Pick That?

I’ve seen all of Aronofsky’s films except for this one.

3. My Kid Could Paint That (Dir. Amir Bar-Lev)

Why Did You Pick That?

I’ve been interested in it for a while, but Jeffrey Overstreet’s recent post about the film bumped it to the top of me queue.

NetFlix Update

1. The Girl in the Café (Dir. David Yates)

Why Did You Pick That?

Two reasons: It’s been in my queue for over a year. 2. Bill Nighy.

2. My Blueberry Nights (Dir. Kar Wai Wong)

Why Did You Pick That?

The preview and the cast sold me.

3. Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud / Marjane Satrapi)

Why Did You Pick That?

I’ll watch any animated film that challenges Pixar at the Academy Awards. And  I’ve been wanting to see more different animation styles.

NetFlix Update

1. Be Kind Rewind (Dir. Michel Gondry)

Why Did You Pick That?

I love Gondry’s films and the preview for the film was awesome.

2. The Station Agent (Dir. Thomas McCarthy)

Why Did You Pick That?

I’ve heard about this one for years. I actually picked it up at the library once, but the disc was unplayable. I recently heard about next film, The Visitor, so my interest was piqued again.

3. In Bruges (Dir. Martin McDonagh)

Why Did You Pick That?

Rave reviews from many different sources. It just sounds like something I don’t want to miss.