Netflix Instant Recommendation - The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
I don’t care if you hate Korean films, action films, comedies and westerns. You should watch this and maybe change your opinion on all of them. It’s just entertaining as hell.
You might also like: The Host (2006) - The American advertisements for this film presented it like a straight horror movie. Don’t go in thinking that it is. While it has its horror parts, it’s a lot lighter and funnier than us trailers would lead you to believe. This is also on Instant Watch.
Netflix Instant Recommendation - Half Nelson (2006)
The movie that taught me that you can smoke crack and still be a sexy teacher. I think that was the message. I don’t know. There’s a part at the beginning where he smiles and then everything kind of became a blur after that.
You might also like: Blue Valentine (2010) - I could list another Boden and Fleck movie, but I know what you’re looking for. You want more Gosling. Hopefully you’ll watch this over The Notebook for the umpteenth time. I get it, you like The Notebook, but this is so much better.
Netflix Instant Recommendation - Meek’s Cutoff (2010)
Crossing the country in a covered wagon sucked. It really really sucked. You want to see how much it sucked?
You might also like: Wendy and Lucy (2008) - It’s about a girl and her dog. Which sounds like it might be upbeat, but it’s not. It’s really really not. I remember when I saw it, it made me wonder whether Kelly Reichardt or Ramin Bahrani would go on to become the seminal filmmaker of neo-neo realism. (*Points) This guy knows what I’m talking about. (*Points elsewhere) This guy definitely knows what I’m talking about. In all seriousness Michelle Williams is great in this, really really great.
note: Meek’s Cutoff is listed on IMDB as 2010, I thought of it more as a 2011 but it was shown at NYFF in 2010. I’ve used IMDB years for all the other films so might as well keep it up.
Netflix Instant Recommendation - The Night of the Hunter (1955)
I don’t have a single all time favorite movie. I’ve thought about it on multiple occasions and it’s simply impossible for me to pick. But this film was definitely up for consideration many times.
You might also like: The Innocents (1961) - Usually I have found myself recommending other work by the film’s director, but the great tragedy is that the The Night of the Hunter was considered such a failure upon it’s release that it was the only film Charles Laughton ever directed. However if you enjoyed the gorgeous and creepy black and white cinematography, then you might like this ghost story based off The Turn of the Screw.
Netflix Instant Recommendation - Shotgun Stories (2007)
It’s a Southern Gothic, Biblical, Greek tragedy, with Michael Shannon. So I guess you could say it’s also part monster movie. Get it? Because he’s scary looking… God I’m lame. Please don’t not watch the movie because I wrote that.
You might also like: Take Shelter (2011) - Jeff Nichols followed up his impressive debut with an incredible sophomore effort that was one of my favorite films from last year. I’ve heard some people don’t like this movie. But those people are crazy and are probably just upset about something else. Like how they still can’t pronounce corndog or chocolate milk without an accent.
Netflix Instant Recommendation - The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
All the neo-noir talk made me think of this film. The Coen brothers’ films are pretty well known. Yet somehow people always seem to forget about this one. It’s a shame really, because they and their DP Roger Deakins are in top form here.
You might also like: A Serious Man (2009) - I don’t think this film is as forgotten as The Man Who Wasn’t There, but a surprising amount of people are not even aware this movie exists. Which I find a bit funny as it contends with the likes of No Country For Old Men, Fargo and Barton Fink as the Coen’s best film. Hey Barton Fink is on instant watch. If you haven’t seen it you should watch that too.
Netflix Instant Recommendation - Brick (2005)
This is a movie that requires a certain suspension of disbelief. If you spend the whole time shaking your head occasionally muttering “nope” and “nobody talks like that”, than yeah you’re going to hate it. But if you embrace it as the kind of tongue-in-cheek neo-noir that it is, you could end up loving it like I do.
You might also like: The Lookout (2007) - While the characters don’t talk like they just walked out of a Raymond Chandler story, it is another good neo-noir with Joseph Gordon-Levitt that’s worth checking out.
Netflix Instant Recommendation - House of Yes (1997)
Please ignore the fact that both Freddie Prinze Jr. and Tori Spelling are in this. Parker Posey more than makes up for their presence.
You might also like: Waiting for Guffman (1996) -They’re really not similar in tone or anything, but it’s a comedy and has Parkey Posey in it, so why not?
Netflix Instant Recommendation - This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
Do you ever get the feeling that the mpaa (the organization who gives out movie ratings) is bullshit? Well it is, and this movie does a pretty good job of showing you why.
You might also like: Lake of Fire (2006) - This doesn’t have anything to do with the film industry or censorship, but since this is the first documentary entry I thought I would take this opportunity to recommend this film. It probably would have been more appropriate with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, but I didn’t think of it then. It’s basically the end all documentary on abortion. It does its best to stay evenhanded without sacrificing the passion for either sides’ argument. A warning though, it is extremely graphic. So if you don’t think you can handle it, it’s probably best not to watch.
Netflix Instant Recommendation - Black Narcissus (1947)
Sexy nuns in convent caged heat. Well there’s no actual physical cages. It’s more like metaphorical cages made of Catholic sexual repression.
You might also like: The Red Shoes (1948) - It’s more gorgeous Powell & Pressburger. This is easily the best movie ever made about ballet. Yeah that’s right, Billy Elliott can suck it. That…doesn’t sound right… Screw it, we must move forward, not backward,