Hidden Gems of Netflix's Watch Instantly

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I hated it at first. It took me about a half season before everything clicked. Fortunately, I had nothing to do one day and I just sat down and watched it. Seriously, give half a season a try. I thought all the things you put down there. I generally dislike shows about terrible people. I was the same way with Seinfeld. It took me watching a whole season before that show finally clicked.

Seinfeld is actually a show I kind of fell out of love with. I remember watching the reruns just like I watched Simpsons reruns, but one day I realized I hated every character. As I've gotten older I've continued to hate the characters more and more. I've been told that's part of the point, though. You're laughing at the suffering of people that are assholes and basically do this stuff to themselves.

If I end up having more time to watch TV I'll give it a try. When you say half a season, do you have a specific in mind? Or just watch half the first season and see what I think?

ccesarano wrote:

Or just watch half the first season and see what I think?

Yeah, you would want to watch half of the first season or at least 4 episodes. It's all about the character development. Anyways, that's how it was for me. If you have a really lazy day with not much better to do, give it a shot.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Yeah, you would want to watch half of the first season or at least 4 episodes. It's all about the character development. Anyways, that's how it was for me. If you have a really lazy day with not much better to do, give it a shot.

This is most definitely true. I remember catching a random episode during the first season and felt rather unimpressed considering how many people were telling me how hilarious it was. Then I tried from the beginning and started loving it a lot, and when I got up to that random episode again, it was suddenly ten times funnier.

That said, I could see the show not being as powerful to somebody new to it. A lot of the jokes were 4th wall in nature and dealt with the external politics of the show always being on the brink of cancellation that would probably just go right over people's heads nowadays. And towards the end there it felt like they were being intentionally alienating to new audiences. But overall I still loved the show a lot.

I really hope the new Netflix episodes end up being good, because with 30 Rock, Community and Parks & Rec all coming to a close I'm kind of losing all my comedy options here.

Modern Family and New Girl should fill in nicely, too.

Just finished Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. Wow. Just, wow.

Thanks to you all for turning me on to that.

The beginnings of each season are mostly dumb but the writers sure know how to bring it when they want to.

Is this the right thread for Hulu recommendations, too? We're watching Community and Inuyasha.

Mixolyde wrote:

Is this the right thread for Hulu recommendations, too? We're watching Community and Inuyasha.

Nope.

tboon wrote:

Just finished Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. Wow. Just, wow.

Thanks to you all for turning me on to that.

The beginnings of each season are mostly dumb but the writers sure know how to bring it when they want to.

I just finished up too. Definitely had some lame episodes, but overall a great trip. Sh*t rooster!

Serengeti wrote:
tboon wrote:

Just finished Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. Wow. Just, wow.

Thanks to you all for turning me on to that.

The beginnings of each season are mostly dumb but the writers sure know how to bring it when they want to.

I just finished up too. Definitely had some lame episodes, but overall a great trip. Sh*t rooster!

Ass taxi!

kuddles wrote:

I remember catching a random episode during the first season and felt rather unimpressed considering how many people were telling me how hilarious it was. Then I tried from the beginning and started loving it a lot, and when I got up to that random episode again, it was suddenly ten times funnier.

That said, I could see the show not being as powerful to somebody new to it. A lot of the jokes were 4th wall in nature and dealt with the external politics of the show always being on the brink of cancellation that would probably just go right over people's heads nowadays. And towards the end there it felt like they were being intentionally alienating to new audiences. But overall I still loved the show a lot.

I really hope the new Netflix episodes end up being good, because with 30 Rock, Community and Parks & Rec all coming to a close I'm kind of losing all my comedy options here.

A lot the of the jokes weren't fourth wall breaking until the last season. A lot of the jokes were self-referential though, which made it incredibly difficult for my friends to get into it after hearing me preach about it. The beginning of the show is the place to start for sure if you're new. Otherwise the chicken references, blue paint and a myriad of other jokes and gags won't make any sense.

Parks & Rec is ending? Crap.

ccesarano wrote:

Seinfeld is actually a show I kind of fell out of love with. I remember watching the reruns just like I watched Simpsons reruns, but one day I realized I hated every character. As I've gotten older I've continued to hate the characters more and more. I've been told that's part of the point, though. You're laughing at the suffering of people that are assholes and basically do this stuff to themselves.

As you continue to get older I'm sure your tastes will swing back around. I know I've vacillated between liking and disliking Seinfeld a number of times. Same with the Simpsons (more to do with it not being as good as it once was) or shows like The West Wing.

I'll probably never like Two and a Half Men though.

garion333 wrote:

I'll probably never like Two and a Half Men though.

I think we can all agree on this one.

garion333 wrote:

Parks & Rec is ending? Crap.

I think right now it's only in danger of being cancelled, and it's not like NBC can cancel everything. Their continued suckage is great for us.

I'm watching Lost Girl. It panders to the 13 year old in me, but its still pretty entertaining.

Wow, I watched the first episode of Damages, finally. The show is brilliant. I can't wait to watch more!

California Dreamin'

A very solid Romanian film based on an incident during NATO's involvement during the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Wars: a NATO train carrying a radar destined for the conflict zone and it's contingent of Marines guards are stopped in a tiny Romanian village in the middle of nowhere by a corrupt train station master who demands to see their customs documents, which they don't have. The station master then impounds the train until the proper documents are produced.

The rest of the film is driven by how everyone in the village reacts to the Marines being there, each one projecting their hopes and fears on the Marines or looking for a way to get something out of them.

Its run time is a bit long, clocking in at about two and a half hours, but there's really not a slow moment in it.

Hell

You want a post apocalyptic movie that doesn't involve zombies, the plague, nukes, or what not? Hell might be for you. It's a German indie film based on the idea that the sun went wonky and scorched the planet (hell is German for bright, though the English meaning also works). The movie is simply about a small group of survivors trying to make their way to where they think there might be food and water.

It was filmed on the island of Corsica, which was ravaged by wildfires back in 2009. This gives the film an awesome, non-CGI backdrop and helps keep you in the story.

NathanialG wrote:
Serengeti wrote:
tboon wrote:

Just finished Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. Wow. Just, wow.

Thanks to you all for turning me on to that.

The beginnings of each season are mostly dumb but the writers sure know how to bring it when they want to.

I just finished up too. Definitely had some lame episodes, but overall a great trip. Sh*t rooster!

Ass taxi!

Dick mitten!

OG_slinger wrote:

Hell

You want a post apocalyptic movie that doesn't involve zombies, the plague, nukes, or what not? Hell might be for you. It's a German indie film based on the idea that the sun went wonky and scorched the planet (hell is German for bright, though the English meaning also works). The movie is simply about a small group of survivors trying to make their way to where they think there might be food and water.

It was filmed on the island of Corsica, which was ravaged by wildfires back in 2009. This gives the film an awesome, non-CGI backdrop and helps keep you in the story.

Been curious about this one. Think I'll watch it now after your recommendation.

Fredrik_S wrote:
OG_slinger wrote:

Hell

You want a post apocalyptic movie that doesn't involve zombies, the plague, nukes, or what not? Hell might be for you. It's a German indie film based on the idea that the sun went wonky and scorched the planet (hell is German for bright, though the English meaning also works). The movie is simply about a small group of survivors trying to make their way to where they think there might be food and water.

It was filmed on the island of Corsica, which was ravaged by wildfires back in 2009. This gives the film an awesome, non-CGI backdrop and helps keep you in the story.

Been curious about this one. Think I'll watch it now after your recommendation.

I watched that last week too. I liked it, it was a good self-contained story. I was impressed by the cinematography too.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Wow, I watched the first episode of Damages, finally. The show is brilliant. I can't wait to watch more!

I agree. Always had a hell of a time convincing anybody to watch it when it was still on air though.

Thin_J wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Wow, I watched the first episode of Damages, finally. The show is brilliant. I can't wait to watch more!

I agree. Always had a hell of a time convincing anybody to watch it when it was still on air though.

Still watching it. I'm already at episode 10. I remember watching it on the air mid season because of Rose Byrne but not digging it. You HAVE to watch it from the beginning.

Edit: Oh my god, episode 11 is crazy. Yeah, this show is just incredible on many levels. The writing, acting, and directing are just really well done.

It's here.

Iron sky
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oilypenguin wrote:

It's here.

Iron sky
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Finally, I can sleep at night.

Cheeto1016 wrote:
oilypenguin wrote:

It's here.

Iron sky
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Finally, I can sleep at night.

I'll say it again. This movie is a joke and its on us.

edit* German chick is super hot, though.

I was really excited about Iron Sky, but couldn't get through 30 minutes of it, sadly. So. Boring. YMMV though.

oilypenguin wrote:

It's here.

Iron sky
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Weird, I got this in my email yesterday:

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Coincidence?

We've been re-watching Better Off Ted. So good. So sad that they cancelled it. Boo!

Rallick wrote:

We've been re-watching Better Off Ted. So good. So sad that they cancelled it. Boo!

Oh lord how I love that show.

Veloxi wrote:
Rallick wrote:

We've been re-watching Better Off Ted. So good. So sad that they cancelled it. Boo!

Oh lord how I love that show.

So, so good and funny. Yeah, it's a shame how fast it was cancelled.

oilypenguin wrote:

It's here.

Iron sky
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Usually when you add something to your queue, the popup window shows similar titles. When I chose this one, nothing showed up