Netflix: Novices & NabobsLyra Jane -- Tuesday, November 12, 2002 -- 03:02:44 AM
What's in your rental queue? What should be there? This is the thread to discuss the Net's gift to DVD players.
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Some other movies I would add, or consider adding:
- The Third Man
- Black Narcissus
- Get Carter
- Local Hero
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both Siegal and Kaufman versions)
- The Thing (both Hawks and Carpenter versions)
- Ordinary People
- Junior Bonner
- The Man Who Would Be King
- I Know Where I'm Going
- Monkey Business
- The Stunt Man
- Talk of the Town
- Taking of Pelham One Two Three
- Big Deal on Madonna Street
- The Sweet Hereafter
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
- You Can Count on Me
I have 120+ on my list. I always think that's too much and I'll never get through them, but it's easy to reshuffle based on what I'm in the mood to see.
I second the "I Know Where I'm Going!" recommendation. The beauty of netflix is that I've seen some real gems that I never, ever would have been able to find in Blockbuster or Hollywood Video. Another amazing find is "Aimee and Jaguar."
My top ten on the queue:
The Secret of Roan Inish
The Deep End
Upstairs, Downstairs: First Season: Disc 4
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
Ha! I laugh at you all with your puny queues. I have 445 movies in my queue right now. I blame CalGal, she suggested Netflix in the first place.
Glengarry Glen Ross
The Brother from Another Planet
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Woman of the Year
Salt of the Earth/Hollywood Ten
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
I tend to go on queue-building binges -- everything I can find with a particular actor or director.
I have 95 movies in queue. I printed this thread out and will probably break 100 soon.
I currently have:
The next 10 on my list are:
Snow Falling on Cedars
Boys Don't Cry
Gods and Monsters
The Anniversary Party
A Simple Plan
The Big Kahuna
Best in Show
That doesn't mean that these are the next 10 movies I'll see because I usually change my queue based on my mood when I return a couple movies.
I find that the classic movie selection is thinner than I would like.
Butterfield 8! You can't have B8 on your queue. That's the movie that robbed Deborah Kerr of her Oscar because Elizabeth Taylor played a hooker and in real life nearly died of pneumonia. I don't know if The Sundowners is on DVD yet, but that's a much better flick.
I'll add the Sundowners but that's not going to stop me from wanting to see Butterfield 8 and judging it for myself. Maybe I'll arrange to get them together.
(Deleted message originally posted by Decca on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 -- 12:12:14 PM.)
Am I the only one who loves to pair movies into double bills? This might be a great idea for another thread. If there is any interest I'll start one.
I see I'm not the only one building my Netflix queue out of the I Just Saw... thread. I added The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and Y Tu Mama Tambien this morning.
I usually re-order my queue so I get two similar movies at the same time, or a comedy, a drama and a classic together. Right now I'm strategizing what I have to return when to get three good movies out over Thanksgiving. "Good" being silly post-turkey family type movies. I'm thinking Beetlejuice, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters.
Oh, I like making double bills too! One of my favorite things to do when DH has a Saturday-night gig is to rent two movies that go well together and make myself some popcorn.
I guess I'm still a novice. I got netflix when I got the DVD, which was with my income tax refund. I tend to keep a short list of about 20 or so and update it and shuffle it frequently.
I love Netflix. I've been a member since 8/01 and can't think of anything I enjoy more than going to the mail box and getting more movies. I have 89, I think, on my list. Great fun to just cruise through and keep picking. I just returned A Simple Plan and really enjoyed that. I need to print this thread also and go put more in line.
343 Movies in my queue. 1241 rated. Member for three years. Currently my top ten in my queue are:
Ken Burns Civil WarY Tu Mama TambienOctoberEl DoradoKiss of the DragonMonsoon WeddingRed BeardState and MainHedwig and the Angry InchI Know Where I am Going
Why so many in my queue? When I first signed up, I went through their entire catalogue and clicked on every film I wanted to watch. I got up to around 300 or so very quickly. About once a month, I check their new release and upcoming release list, and I also read the new release column in the local paper, and enter interesing new releases into the queue. Whenever the queue gets above 400, I pare it down to 350 or so by eliminating films that I don't think I will ever going to watch.
That's pretty much what I do.
I wanted to recommend some silent films, because I know most people don't bother, and there are a few worth bothering about:
- The General--if you only pick one, pick this one. Very, very funny and an excellent action picture.
- City Lights--lovely Chaplin movie, and I'm not really a fan of his films. This has the classic boxing scene.
- Birth of a Nation--offensive as all getout, but brilliant story telling. Worth seeing both as a curiosity and because Griffith knew how to make a movie.
- Passion of Joan of Arc--I had trouble watching the beginning, but the ending is riveting.
Netflix has a really good collection of silents. I second CalGal's recommendations, and would also add Keaton's Sherlock Jr/Our Hospitality DVD (two of his best features on one disk), the three Chaplin Mutual disks, Fairbanks' Black Pirate, Cat and the Canary, Caligari, Intolerance, Nosferatu, and Eisenstein's Potemkin and Strike.
The Chaplin Mutuals are on my list, but since I started school I haven't done much movie viewing. I saw one other Keaton and didn't care for it much and stopped there--is there a steamboat one?
I haven't seen Intolerance yet. What is the Eisenstein talkie, Alexander Nevsky? I saw that, didn't much care for it, and forgot about Potemkin. I don't even know if it's on my list.