Monday, October 22, 2012

Waiting for Mad Men

I finally broke down and got a Netflix account. No, not the new-fangled streaming sort, the old-fashioned we-send-you-one-DVD-at-a-time-sort. (I'm a little slow on the ramp-up with some things, folks. Just look at my phone.)

So here I am with this shiny new toy. Predictably, however, as soon as I clicked the "create account" button, the title of every movie that I Have Always Wanted To See was instantaneously erased from my memory. I am left with an embarrassing queue that consists of The African Queen, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, Gas Food Lodging, Mad Men season five episodes, and Magnolia.

Stop laughing.

Okay, already, it's bad. I know. It's really bad. Let me attempt to regain your esteem, dear reader: I went to the indie theater this weekend and saw The Master. Dig you some Joaquin Phoenix. Dig you some Philip Seymour Hoffman. Dig you some Laura Dern.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Jaws is still my favorite movie of all time.

In any event, now that you see my unfortunate cinamatic state, do any of you boppers out there have a Netflix suggestion for me?

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Sean Craven said...

Tampopo. Thirty-two Short Films About Glen Gould. Topsy-Turvy. Chopper. Big Man Japan. Kamikaze Girls. Courtesans of Bombay. And the sitcom Spaced.

This is the kind of stuff I watch at three in the morning when the missus is out of town, and I'm sick of Walking with Dinosaurs and Heavy Metal.

Tony Rugare said...

"The Help", "Water For Elephants"

B.E. Earl said...

Diggers, Trilogy of Terror (the made-for-TV 70's Karen Black schlock-fest), Inglourious Basterds (fun!), In Bruges, Three Days of the Condor, Michael Clayton, Charlie Wilson's War (if only for Philip Seymour Hoffman), Winter's Bone, The Good The Bad & The Weird (crazy S.Korean spaghetti western), The Other Guys, Almost Famous, The Birdcage, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Dazed & Confused, After Hours, Sexy Beast, The Wicker Man (the original one...NOT the Nic Cage remake which is, in fact, hilarious), etc...

I could go on forever. Netflix used to have a social media functionality. Where you could look at other's queues and/or ratings history. It was a great way to get recommendations from your friends. But they got rid of it a while back. I don't know why.

Ms Amanda said...

I don't really watch movies, but I will watch the hell out of a t.v. series.
BBC's Sherlock
6 Episodes to create in you a love/hate of Steven Moffat

Mrs. C said...

Run, Lola, Run in the original German. Seriously. Directed by Tom Tykwer--THEY (you know, "they", them, those guys) are hyping The Cloud Atlas as brought to you (you know, YOU as in youse as in us'uns) by Tykwer and the peeps behind The Matrix franchise.

DogsDontPurr said...

"The Italian Job" (I think this is required viewing for all Mini owners.)

"Brazil" (There are no words to describe this.)

"K-Pax" (Or just about any Kevin Spacey movie.)

"Harold and Maud" (A Jaguar has a significant role, if as I recall.)

Anonymous said...

"A Boy and his Dog", circa 1972, post-apocalyptic wasteland film with Don Johnson. Based on a story by Harlan Ellison.

"Fontanne Effi Briest", Fassbinder film about the pre-WWI Prussian bourgeoisie.

"The Conversation". Coppola, in between the 'Godfather Pt II' and 'Apocalypse Now'. I would pay to watch Gene Hackman do his laundry, that's how good he is.

"Fail-Safe". It's on broadcast TV from time to time, but this film must be watched without interuption.

More, later, xxoo MR

PS-Did you hear about the kidnapping od 'Din and Den Sum'? Food Philistines should burn in hell...

Anonymous said...

In keeping with Today's Foreign Policy theme:

"The Devil Came on Horseback."

Former Marine Captain Brian Steidle joined the African Union in 2004 to help monitor the cease-fire in Sudan. As he puts it, "All I had was a camera, a pen, and paper. I was totally unprepared for what I'd see."

Powerful. Tragic.


philbilly said...

Everything by Herzog, starting with "Aguire,the Wrath of God."

His latest documentary,Cave of Forgotten Dreams, is an 89 minute hallucination.

Laura Dern
is the embodiment of "Not a speck of cereal."

SIMON said...

OMG Erin that's the same for me with Lovefilm, opting for the DVD by snail mail and filling my list up with Bollywood classics, that I have seen before and vowed to never see again!

Mrs. C said...

The Magdalene Sisters, A Family Thing, Secrets and Lies. All brilliant. Then there's that Canadian film about a bunch of old ladies on a bus...cannot remember the name...Anyone?

Kirk said...

Rear Window

The Apartment


Bringing Up Baby

Wizard of--Nah, you probably already saw that.

Dr Strangelove

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

A Streetcar Named Desire

Sons of the Desert

Shadow of a Doubt

Duck Soup

Rocky Horror--you probably saw that, too.

East of Eden

Anatomy of a Murder

Love Me Tonight

The Maltese Falcon

The Best Years of Our Lives

Mrs. C said...

Ah, The Best Years of Our Lives--how i love that movie!

Hope said...

If you love Phillip Seymour Hoffman - there is a secret quiet gem named Jack Goes Boating. It stuck with me for days...

Erin O'Brien said...

First a big thank you for the suggestions. Now for a couple from me:

The Royal Tenenbaums
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
From Beyond
Kill the Irishman

I'm also adding An American in Paris to my queue as I don't think I ever saw the whole thing.

Anonymous said...

I can't figure out why you'd want the mail service. I have the basic web service and it's only like 7.98 a month. I was lookin at some of those titles and I'm not sure they'll all be available


Erin O'Brien said...

Believe me, RJ, the snail mail program is just our speed around here. Plus, we don't have what you need to get the streaming service on our TV.

It's. One. Slow. Step. At. A. Time. for the Goat n' me.

rraine said...

the big lebowski

no country for old men

the road

major league (especially now!)


independence day

plus all the others that have been suggested
i tend to go towards the silly or serious-the same stuff, really.

Anonymous said...

I thought about 'Cuckoos Nest', but got into a mental argument between that and 'Five Easy Pieces', and my mind petulantly went into reset mode and chose neither.
'Cuckoos Nest' was the last film I saw in a theater with an supporting feature-a Stooges short.


Al The Retired Army Guy said...

Hmmm ....

The Boys in Company C
The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls indictment of French Collaboration during WWII)
Hotel Terminus (Ophuls scathing indictment of those who collaborated with Klaus Barbie)
Food Inc.
King Corn
Gone With The Wind
Recount (What can I say - I just love watching Al Gore lose - again)
Cross of Iron (Sam Peckinpah at his best if you ask me)
Europa, Europa (amazing true story of a Jewish boy who makes it all the way through WWII while working for both the Russians and the Germans)
Das Boot (get the German version if you have any understanding of the language - worth every minute if you ask me)
The Wild Geese
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Life of Brian
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Blazing Saddles
Spaceballs ("how many assholes are there on this ship ....")
The Walking Dead
Six Feet Under
Falling Skies
Schindler's List
Saving Private Ryan
Full Metal Jacket
Any James Bond Movie (OK, well, except the one with George Lazenby in it)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2016: Obama's America
The Kids Are Alright (the one with The Who)
Hard Days' Night
Where Eagles Dare
Julie Julia
The Big Night (awesome with Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub)
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (the knife skills are worth the price of admission if you ask me)
Stalingrad (in German; really shows the terrible price paid by both sides in that battle)
A Bridge Too Far (a bit sensationalized, but it does have some neat scenes and an all star cast)
The Bridge Over the River Kwai (largely fiction, but Alec Guinness is great in this one)
The entire Star Wars catalog, especially the one where Yoda kicks ass.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John *ucking Wayne - what can I say)
The Pacific (mini series)
The Civil War (Ken Burns)
Gettysburg (some Hollywoodisms here, but it is fairly accurate - I've walked the ground for Pickett's charge, and that's pretty close to it)
The Groove Tube (70s toilet humor)
Kentucky Fried Movie (same thing)
The Longest Day (the scene where John Wayne, playing a battalion commander in the 82nd Airborne and saying "Move Out!" is worth the price of admission)
Decoding Ferran Adria (amazing - if you're a foodie, you'll love this one)
Anthony Bourdain - No Reservations (a show where he travels the world eating and experiencing cultures, tossed in with a lot of snark)
Good Eats (Alton Brown at his best, explaining the science behind food)


Anonymous said...

Erin-I forgot "The Graduate"-just to pick out Richard Dreyfus...


Contrary Guy said...

Was wondering who in America was still doing the disk thing, gave up on that years ago. The two-disk plan is better since you can have one coming in and one going out at the same time.

But one disk at a time? Probably best to just stick to feature films you'd see at the cinema, but said 'wait for video'. So go look up recent titles at Rotten Tomatoes and check em off (do want, don't want, etc). And of course the classic oldies mentioned above; with only one disk in hand, not much point in viewing the 'B' titles unless you have one in mind already, b/c you're looking at a turnaround of 2-3 days between flicks.