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post #1 of 35
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I watched a couple decent movies this weekend found by surfing Netflix streaming titles on my PS3. I was going to start a new thread for each title since none exist - which for newer movies is tough because lwright84 keeps us up to date- but thought this may be a better way to allow others to find some not-discussed-so-much movies that may be worth viewing. This has worked somewhat for horror movies in the Halloween thread. If there is an existing thread, that thread should be used. Anyway....

Ironclad - a few mentions in posts here. Paul Giamatti is King John around the time of the Magna Carta. He enlists the Danes to help take a castle held by the "rebels". Some very good medieval fighting and gore! Giamatti does nothing special although his one tirade about his lineage is pretty good.

Phase 7 - An Argentine movie where people are quarantined an apartment building after a deadly virus break out. One of the residents is quite well prepared and has a reason for it. I thought it was pretty well done and enjoyed the movie. Nothing supernatural or bizarro involved here....

larry
post #2 of 35
There's already a huge Netflix streaming "gems and finds" thread here (1550+ posts and growing):

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1222798

Ironclad has been mentioned, and I have it in my queue (haven't watched it yet). I don't remember Phase 7 being mentioned there though. I'll check it out, since it sounds up my alley. In the meantime, I figured I'd point out the above thread for those who missed it. Great source for great movies available on streaming.
post #3 of 35
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I've seen that thread in the past but the forum is for video streaming hardware and services, not movie discussion, i.e. I don't go there to find out about movies or expect others to do so. If people do, no problem, it's not like people at AVS follow rules and such if it gets in the way of convenience...

Also, I guess my subject could be better. I did think about adding some of the other streaming services for movies in the movie, but it good too complicated. And, most major movies have there own thread or post - old or new.

larry

edit: I changed the title
post #4 of 35
This was an interesting one I stumbled on a few weeks ago. If you like pinball you'll enjoy it.

Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary

What made more money than the entire American movie industry through the 50s and 60s? Pinball. Special When Lit rediscovers the lure of a lost pop icon. A product of the mechanical and electrical age, the American invention swept the world and defined cool. Now it is relegated to a nostalgic footnote deserving a better fate. Joining the fans, collectors, designers and champion players from across the globe who share a world many of us didn't know still existed
post #5 of 35
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Cool. I was a pinball addict when I was 13-15 years old which would be '68-'70. I can remember the sweet sound of the "knock" when winning a free game! I would think the video game arcade explosion in the late 70's and early 80's raked in some dough, too.

larry
post #6 of 35
I think I mentioned "Phase 7" on the "Gems and Finds" thread. One trick is to go through the "New Arrivals" every week and see what's new. The new ones are often up on Monday. I got to the end of the list (often 9 to 12 pages deep) and work back. You can tell they often get a bunch of videos from a source at once, for instance a couple months back they got a bunch of Korean films, some which were very interesting.
post #7 of 35
I use instantwatcher.com which breaks the new releases down by day so it's easy to keep track of.

And yes, I've been enjoying quite a few of those Korean movies from awhile back.
post #8 of 35
Larry mucho thanks to start the thread , it's far better suited being here IMO.
post #9 of 35
I think it can exist in both forums. It caters to maybe a different collection of posters, with some overlap.
post #10 of 35
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Cool. I was a pinball addict when I was 13-15 years old which would be '68-'70. I can remember the sweet sound of the "knock" when winning a free game! I would think the video game arcade explosion in the late 70's and early 80's raked in some dough, too.

larry

70's: Cut school --> Cherry Hill Billiards --> pinball and pool aaaaaall day long!

Oh and at lunchtime we'd run across Rt. #70 and eat pizza at "The Famous King of Pizza"!
post #11 of 35
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70's: Cut school --> Cherry Hill Billiards --> pinball and pool aaaaaall day long!

Oh and at lunchtime we'd run across Rt. #70 and eat pizza at "The Famous King of Pizza"!

CH West class of '78 here! Love King of Pizza, best sausage pie anywhere.
post #12 of 35
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This was an interesting one I stumbled on a few weeks ago. If you like pinball you'll enjoy it.

Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary

What made more money than the entire American movie industry through the 50s and 60s? Pinball. Special When Lit rediscovers the lure of a lost pop icon. A product of the mechanical and electrical age, the American invention swept the world and defined cool. Now it is relegated to a nostalgic footnote deserving a better fate. Joining the fans, collectors, designers and champion players from across the globe who share a world many of us didn't know still existed

Great doc here and another I thought was amazing is "Pulling John."
post #13 of 35
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Phase 7 - An Argentine movie where people are quarantined an apartment building after a deadly virus break out. One of the residents is quite well prepared and has a reason for it. I thought it was pretty well done and enjoyed the movie. Nothing supernatural or bizarro involved here....

larry

This movie was very cool.
post #14 of 35
a good netflix movie/documentary - the wild and wonderful whites of west virginia. I definitely recommend watching it.
post #15 of 35
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a good netflix movie/documentary - the wild and wonderful whites of west virginia. I definitely recommend watching it.

I must agree on this one, as it scored very high in last years "Killer Bs"- a little comparo the guys have using Netflix as our primary source to find movies "so bad they're good", if you know what I mean...
post #16 of 35
Ironclad is the best gem thus far for me. Excellent movie and it made me want to see it on BD for the sound improvement.
post #17 of 35
Rabbit Hash is a great littel doc full of personalities, pairs nicely with The Wild Whites.
Restrepo and To Hell and Back are two damn fine modern war docs.
post #18 of 35
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70's: Cut school --> Cherry Hill Billiards --> pinball and pool aaaaaall day long!

Oh and at lunchtime we'd run across Rt. #70 and eat pizza at "The Famous King of Pizza"!

I learned my chops at the Willow Grove Bowling alley - once the largest in the world with 116 lanes and next to Willow Grove Park. Both are now gone and a mall sits in the same spot...

post #19 of 35
For the die hard movie buffs Jean Luc Goddard's "Film Socialisme" is also available:
http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Fi...lisme/70139529
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post #21 of 35
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I forgot I watched another movie this past weekend.

Dead and Buried - This movie had a couple mentions in the Halloween thread but I'm mentioning it here because it's not a bad movie - technically it's a zombie movie.

larry
post #22 of 35
Finally! 'Gambit' is available on streaming!
post #23 of 35
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Sherlock
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1475582/

Sherlock is fantastic. That's the way the character should be portrayed, as an antisocial holier-than-thou dick.
post #24 of 35
Dead Man's Shoes
What a terrific film. Dark and moving. Soundtrack is beyond perfect for this movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419677/
post #25 of 35
Up until a couple weeks ago most of all titles in "New Releases" for WI were actually all new every week. Some might remain around but there many new ones. Now there are very few new titles so this might give credence to Roger Ebert's claim that Netflix isn't licensing new indie and foreign titles. Often in that list you can find some interesting new "gems". I've also noticed the disc list will now tell you if the title is also "coming soon" on WI.
post #26 of 35
1. Elle Parker. Very funny movie, with an interesting story. The 'director' was just a film student with a camera hanging out with his fairly unknown actress named Naomi Watts, and did a short film with her. Later, after she became very big, they went back and fleshed it out. It's got a really good funny/sad vibe, and she's gorgeous.

2. When we Left Earth. An excellent multi-disc documentary about the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, with a lot more in-depth stuff than you get in the typical shallow hour long documentary.

3. Stones in Exile . A really nice documentary about the Rolling Stones in the era where they were recording Exile on Main Stream.

4. Howard Goodall's Organ Works. A nice documentary about the history of the pipe organ. He has a number of other really good documentaries not yet out on DVD.

5. Young Adult. Which there's a review thread on here in this section. Just stumbled upon it and really liked it.

6. Herb and Dorothy. A documentary about two basically mid-middle class people who became the most important collectors of modern art on the planet pretty much, on almost no budget.

7. Sliding Doors. A cute romantic comedy with Gwennyth Paltrow. I presume it was one of those many that just slid by with minimal notice, but it's well worth a watch.

8. The Moog Documentary. Covers the history of Robert Moog and the evolution of the synthesizer. You may or may not like it depending on whether you want more technical stuff or more human level stuff. It leans towards the more human level side.

9. Jazz on a Summer's Day. A documentary shot one year at the Newport Jazz Festival. I forget the year, but I think late 60s, right? Some amazing music, even if you aren't particularly a big jazz fan.

10. Darkness on the Edge of Town. A really good documentary on the making of Springsteen's followup album after Born to Run, and arguably in my opinion his best work ever. Lots of participation by the folks involved.

11. Tom Dowd - The Language of Music. If you've not seen it definitely worth a watch. About one of the most influential folks in popular music, who died a few years back. He was the engineer at Atlantic Records for decades and worked on an incredible array of classic albums from Mingus to Aretha to Cream to Lynyrd Skynyrd to The Alman Bros to Ray Charles and on and on.
post #27 of 35
Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade

http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Chas...4?trkid=438403


Checked this out yesterday. A great companion piece to The King of Kong. Chasing Ghosts gives a little more back story of the world champion video game players from 1982 and how Walter Day/Twin Galaxies brought them together.

If you haven't seen The King of Kong it's a wonderful, off-beat documentary about some video game nerds and a Donkey Kong competition.
post #28 of 35
Lilyhammer. It's netflix's own eight part mini series. Mob guy from NY in witness protection program ends up in Norway starring Steve Van Zandt.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1958961/
post #29 of 35
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a good netflix movie/documentary - the wild and wonderful whites of west virginia. I definitely recommend watching it.

I agree. What a screwed up bunch of hillbilly scumbags.
post #30 of 35
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Lilyhammer. It's netflix's own eight part mini series. Mob guy from NY in witness protection program ends up in Norway starring Steve Van Zandt.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1958961/

Yes, I watched all the episode the first few days after they came out. The real title should be "Silvio Goes to Lilyhammer". Very enjoyable.

larry
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