Originally Posted by Richard Burger
I do appreciate the "better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness" spirit of this thread, but I'm not there yet. I have been a DVD subscriber to netflix for most of their existence, Netflix is excellent IMO. ( I tried Blockbuster as a comparison.) So I finally dipped my toe into online streaming yesterday. At $8 per month, guess you can't expect the world. But the selection and quality are shockingly poor. I don't mind that they don't carry new titles, but they carry very little from the past. It's mostly 2nd tier hollywoody movies.
AS the many suggestions in this thread prove, there is some gold in them thar hills. But it will take me about 2 months max to watch the nuggets of interest to me.
I know it's not Netflix's fault, the movie studios evidently are jealously guarding their DVD business. Or maybe most movies are licensed to cable networks.
I'll climb down from the ledge when I'm good and ready.
I guess it all depends on what you are looking to watch. Saying the selection is shockingly poor is quite an understatement if you are willing to do a bit of work and expand your areas of viewing. I don't think Netflix is getting enough credit for it streaming titles. I've been a movie fanatic for well over 45 years and have seen an outrageous amount of movies of all types and genres. I wasn't sure if it would be worth it to join for just that reason but after joining I have been amazed at just how many really good, new (for me) films I've seen and the fact that so many good ones ARE available to stream (ones that I have already seen). Maybe people just don't take enough chances when picking a movie or don't know enough about them to take that chance. There are all kinds of film anthologies like Video Hound's Independent Film Guide or The Phantom's Ultimate Video Guide or Guide for the Film Fanatic to name a few that offer short, concise synopsis' of thousands of films that could help with making choices. Heck metacritic.com is a great place to find great films. They list the top 100 best rated films of all time, the top 100 worst rated films plus they list all the award winning films from just about any critic's organization or societies from the year 2000 up till now. Now of course my recommendations are based on my opinion but Netflix streams like A Town Called Panic, Paper Heart, Savage Grace, Bright Star, Intermission, Battleground, Waco:The Rule of Engagement, The Maid, The Last September, The Most Dangerous Game, 3:10 to Yuma (original), The Devil Came on Horseback, Surveillance, The Most Dangerous Man in America, The Plague Dogs, Mary and Max, Hunger, The Greatest, Kicking It, The Damned United, 35 Shots of Rum, Goodbye, Solo, Silent Light, Under the Sand, The 4D Man, Sound and Fury, Man Push Cart, Hell House, Chop Shop, The Stoning of Soraya M., Helvetica, Werwolf of London, Art and Copy, The Girl on the Train, The Velveteen Rabbit, How About You, Every Little Step, The Rape of Europa, Mine, Then She Found Me, Hearts and Minds, Thirst, Right At Your Door, Ratcatcher, A Boy and His Dog, The September Issue, Sunshine Cleaning, Them (not the sci-fi flick, though that's a great one, too) are just a few that run the gamut of every type of film you can think of that you might enjoy. They also have a ton of very good foreign films. Check out instantwatcher.com. Not only do they list new movies that have been added, but if you select a film to read the synopsis most will include recommendations of similar films with the very highly recommended films with percentages of how much the critics liked that film. I was seeing so many good flicks available (ones that I already have seen) it made me want to go through the categories and make a list to post on this thread so other film geeks would get a chance to discover some of these gems I've already seen. And to think it can only get better. To me, for $9 bucks, nothing anywhere compares. And just to add try these documentaries:
The invisible War
For the bible tells me so
The art of the steal
The rape of europa
Every little step
No end in sight
Why we fight
More than a game
Sacco & Vanzetti
The september issue
Ralph Nader:An unreasonable man
Who the &*%$$ is Jackson Pollock
Hearts and Minds
Aftermath: the remnants of war
The Most Dangerous Man in America
Waco: The rules of engagement
Deliver us from evil
Enron: the smartest guys in the room
The fog of war
and if you only watch one from this list you must watch DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER. You will be speechless and enraged at the end. Try watching some of the films I've mentioned and hopefully it will change your mind about what Netflix has to offer.Edited by subavision212 - 4/12/13 at 3:21pm