July 30, 2011

If you have a Netflix account I'm sure you are aware that they changed up their service plans and hiked up their charges. Total bummer, dude! But even with the higher prices, Netflix is still the best way to watch movies at home.  It's also a great way to discover films that you otherwise might have never seen. With so many films at your disposal it seems almost pointless just to stick to the mainstream blockbusters.  Here's some picks from yours truly that you can "Watch Instantly" on Netflix!

Harold and Maude

I'm not one for those "girly" romantic movies like Dear John and The Notebook but I really have a soft spot for romantic films that either have a super unique style or story.  Harold and Maude has both and a killer soundtrack by Cat Stevens to boot.  It's about a young man that falls for a 79 year old woman, enough said.  It's so fucking cute.  Watch it.  NOW!

Buffalo '66

Remember what I just said about romantic movies?  Yea, here's another example and one of my favorites.  Buffalo '66 is super stylish, unique and filled with hilarious moments.  I think I've watched this movie three times in the past week.  Vincent Gallo writes, directs and stars in this film about a young man who kidnaps a woman and forces her to pretend to be his wife.  There's so many great moments in this film, I promise you.  Grab some heart shaped cookies and watch this one with someone special.


Two of the biggest names in horror, Stephen King and George Romero, team up on this horror film that's almost more like a comedy.  The film is a collection of short stories that are really clever and entertaining.  Creepshow is the perfect example of how being cheesy and "bad" can be really, really good.  Leslie Nielsen is in it too, so what the fuck you waiting for?!

Exit Through the Giftshop

I guess it's no surprise that when Banksy directed his first film, Exit Through the Giftshop, it was just as thought provoking as the street art he's famous for.   What at first seems like a documentary about graffiti artists slowly becomes a film that questions what art is in general.  The film asks why some artists are valid and highly regarded while others are seen as unworthy copy-cats.  The film features many innovative street artists including Shepard Fairey who has a lot of interesting things to say about the whole movement.

The Vice Guide to Travel

What other series of documentaries will take you through the radioactive fields of Chernobyl, the illegal weapons trade in Pakistan, the feces covered beaches of Liberia, the bizarre time warped land of North Korea and more?  The Vice Guide to Travel does all that.  I think it'd be difficult to even find another group of people that would willingly go to these places and put themselves into such situations.  I guess that's what makes Vice so damn good!

And there you have it, hope you enjoy them!  Happy Netflixing!

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