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Just got netflix, recommend me some movies!

  1. Jun 7, 2009 #1
    I need to fill my queue with some good movies soooooooo list some movies worth watching, especially ones that are less known.
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  3. Jun 7, 2009 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    A few interesting movies that I've mentioned lately are
    The Man From Earth
    Mohave Phone Booth
    The original and the new version of the Andromeda Strain are both pretty good.
  4. Jun 7, 2009 #3
    Solaris is a good movie. Some people love it, some hate it.
  5. Jun 7, 2009 #4

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    I loved Solaris! I think it was AMC that was recently running the original Russian release of the movie.

    Another one of my personal favorites is Metropolis. Unfortunately, at Netflix I only see the original 1927 release. Back in the 1980's, the movie was rereleased by Georgio Moroder with previously missing footage and modern rock soundtrack. IMO that is the best version to watch.

    IIRC, Metropolis was the first movie to use the idea of a robot.
    Primer has won multiple awards at notable film festivals.
    If you like a good story, and if you like SciFi with no special effects, do yourself a favor and watch The Man From Earth without reading the synopsis.
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    What types of movies? One of my favorite comedies is a little known one called "Dark Star".
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    What I enjoy about Netflix is just picking random movies and adding them to my queue. I just mix them throughout, so I will have one I know I want, and then something random generally showing up about the same time. That way, if the random choice is a bust, I still have something else to watch, and return the random one sooner than later (if I really like a movie, sometimes I'll hold it a bit longer and watch one or two more times before returning it).

    Also, since you can now view movies online, I also sometimes do that for things I'm not sure I want to rent. No waiting for mail delivery, and if I don't like it, I just stop watching.

    If you start picking out some movies you like, you'll also get more recommendations through Netflix about other related (sort of) movies. Sometimes the relationships are weird, like they all involve being on an ocean, even if they are completely different types of movies, but I suppose that's as useful as asking for recommendations here from all the people with different tastes we have.
  8. Jun 7, 2009 #7
    You've probably seen or heard of most of these, but if you haven't, I recommend it.

    Last of the Mohicans
    Legends of the Fall
    Donnie Darko
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Vanilla Sky
    Phantom of the Opera
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    The Big Lebowski
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    Blade Runner
    The Usual Suspects
    Twelve Monkeys
    American Beauty
    American History X
    LA Confidential
    Hotel Rwanda
    The Graduate
    The Sixth Sense
    The Weather Man
    Office Space
    Forrest Gump
    Terminator 2: Judgement Day
    Fight Club
    The Matrix
    The Game
    Cape Fear
    American Psycho
    Straw Dogs
    Taxi Driver
    War of the Roses
    Requiem for a Dream
    Dune (1984)

    To watch online I recommend:
    Alexander Petrov's "The old Man and the Sea" in living oil

    Kin Dza Dza (one of the best sci-fi / comedy / drama ever)
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2251461878127683608&ei=RigsSpHUAof8rgLz-Py3Dg&q=kin+dza+dza [Broken]
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  9. Jun 7, 2009 #8

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    Netflix is terrific. First thing to do: choose the "Netflix top 100" menu from the "Browse DVDs" tab. Whenever you see a movie you have seen, rate it as 1 to 5 stars. Where you see the red rating stars, click on the appropriate star to record your rating of that movie. Do this whenever you see a movie you've seen; it doesn't matter what window you are in, when you click a red "star-rating" with your own rating, it gets recorded as your rating of that movie.

    Then your ratings get put through the most amazing alrorythm, and you will get suggestions under the "movies you'll *heart*" that will be very likely to be one's you'll like. We've got around 500 movies rated, and the suggestions for us are about 85% great.

    And install the software to take advantage of the "watch instantly" options.
  10. Jun 7, 2009 #9
    I'll get The Man From Earth, Mohave Phone Booth, and Brazil.

    I watched Primer last year and I thought it was really really well done for the minuscule budget.

    Will do.

    I've taken out the movies I've seen. I'll add most of these movies to my queue.

    Yup I did just that. I've only rated around 80 movies so far, but am still working on it.
  11. Jun 7, 2009 #10
    Do you like zombie movies?

    Night of the living dead
    Dawn of the dead 1978 & 2004
    28 days later
    28 weeks later
    I am legend

    The Mist is similarly themed, although dealing with monsters instead. Some zombie movies might be a little gory.

    Some comedies that I would recommend

    Hot Fuzz
    Shaun of the Dead
    Army of Darkness
    In Bruges

    Some of my personal favorites that have not been mentioned:

    Letters from iwo jima
    The lives of others
    Life is beautiful
    The shawshank redemption
    The last samurai
  12. Jun 8, 2009 #11

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    I couldn't sleep last night and ended up watching Mojave Phone Booth a second time. The first viewing was interrupted a number of times and I watched it over a couple of days. Good movie!

    Jacob's Ladder is another movie that comes to mind.
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    Just curious... has anyone hear heard of PPStream?

    As for movies, try... The Bourne Series (all 3)

    Also try Crank or Crank 2. Looks stupid and it is but for some odd reason it's fun to watch.
  14. Jun 8, 2009 #13

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    Funny! I was thinking that Mojave Phone Booth was filmed near a favorite old riding area of mine, so I was looking to see where it was filmed and found this.


    What a strange social phenomenon. This is allegedly the website that started it all.

    Heck, this is worth a thread.
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  15. Jun 8, 2009 #14
    Since you picked this as your favorite movie, I decided to put my trust in you...so I got this movie to watch with my girlfriend last night. Suffice it to say that we are no longer together. Just kidding...but seriously, I won't be taking any more movie tips from you ;)
  16. Jun 9, 2009 #15
    I just finished watching The Shawshank Redemption. It made this grown man cry. That film is seriously the best film ever made.

    Here is a great list you should be looking at:

    Great Films You Should See

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    - In my opinion, probably the greatest movie of all time. To endure this film with focus is to try to understand what Kubrick was trying to convey.

    2. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    - You know you have to at least have one famous spaghetti western on the list. Sergio Leone is probably the greatest director of spaghetti westerns. Before this film, he made “A Fistful of Dollars”, another famous western.

    3. Lawrence of Arabia
    - This epic film is a must see. Although a long film, it is worth seeing due to it’s classic nostalgia.

    4. Planet of the Apes
    - Charlton Heston’s once in a life time performance alone is one of the reasons why to watch this classic.

    5. The Godfather Parts I and II
    - Gang films were never this good.

    6. Star Wars Trilogy (original version of course..)
    - Without a doubt, the original trilogy drew the audiences imagination unlike ever before.

    7. The Lord of The Rings Trilogy
    - Probably one of the best films of this generation.

    8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    - The best action packed film of all time.

    9. The Shawshank Redemption
    - Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman give the best performances of their careers. Without a doubt probably the best film of the early 90’s and probably of all time.

    10. Forrest Gump
    - Probably one of the OTHER best film of the 90’s.

    11. City of God
    - This film is probably one of the best films to ever come out of South America. If you have not seen this, I really recommend it. In fact, it’s so good, that the Hollywood industry is doing a remake of it.

    12. Fargo
    - This film renewed the cops and robbers genre. Without the Coen Brothers creativity, we would be stuck with garbagety dime a dozen cops and robbers film’s.

    13. Silence of the Lambs
    - I am only putting this up there just because it is the only “horror” film to even win the Oscars. Without this film, the slasher flicks would be boring.

    14. Raiders of The Lost Ark
    - Another film that Harrison Ford aced.

    15. Aliens
    - Why is this up there? Because it invented its own genre. Aliens were never this scary.

    16. The Fountain
    - One of the most beautiful artistic films out there. It may not have a good plot but it's vision is something to be savored.

    17. The New World & The Thin Red Line
    - Both of these films are made by Terrence Malick. He is probably the best director alive today in my humble opinion. He does not just make films but he makes them into philosophical Inquiries about life. It is truly a humbling experience when you watch his films. I would even go as far as to say that either one would go well in the top ten list of best movies of all time.

    18. Finding Forrester
    - This film will have you feeling joyous and motivated. Watch it and you will understand what I mean.

    19. I Am David
    - Here is a film that not that many people know of. I REALLY suggest this film.
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    Two good, but lesser known movies:

    The Dish (A remote Australian antenna, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.) Interestingly, if you copy the elsets from the blackboard and propagate them to the acquisition time in the movie, the antenna look angles match up.

    Lars and the Real Girl (The search for true love begins outside the box.) Interestingly, during the filming, Bianca had her own trailer where she was dressed for each scene and she only came out of the trailer for the scenes she played a part in.
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    Older ones, but Runaway Jury and The Client are both favorites of mine. I used to have a VHS tape of Mother Lode - that was a good one that I watched a few times. If you have never watched To Kill a Mockingbird (or haven't seen it for a long time) that is a classic. Inside Man is a great heist movie with some neat twists.
  19. Jun 9, 2009 #18
    I highly suggest the movies Taken and Defiance. Taken is 2 hours of pure *** kicking! Defiance is a true story of a three brothers who saved hundreds of Jews in Germany during WWII.
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