Hidden Gems of Netflix's Watch Instantly

The first episode of Russian Doll was entertaining.

My completely wild guess as to what's happening having seen only one episode:

Spoiler:

She's stuck in a video game!

I like that theory!
Unfortunately, I think I like your theory better than I liked the episode. I have to say I was disappointed in how bored I was, but I might give it one more chance.

gah. I just finished season 3 last night. Hope Amazon picks it up.

I think it's good where it is. I thought the three-season arc was just perfect. I binged the whole series over a few weeks after season 3 had been out a while, and it was a wonderful experience. I honestly think there's not much more to say with those characters, and what they accomplished was fantastic. Sometimes you just don't need hundreds of hours with the same gang exploring every little corner of their conceptual universe.

I'm more interested in seeing new creations like this one, and hopefully Netflix will continue giving super talented creators and producers enough funding to bring their visions to the screen.

BadKen wrote:

I think it's good where it is. I thought the three-season arc was just perfect. I binged the whole series over a few weeks after season 3 had been out a while, and it was a wonderful experience. I honestly think there's not much more to say with those characters, and what they accomplished was fantastic. Sometimes you just don't need hundreds of hours with the same gang exploring every little corner of their conceptual universe.

I'm more interested in seeing new creations like this one, and hopefully Netflix will continue giving super talented creators and producers enough funding to bring their visions to the screen.

I agree, I just hope they're ending it for the right reasons.

Also, I just finished watching Titans. It was really well made, but kind of disappointing that they fall back on so many well worn tropes. Just seems like a waste of so much talent and money, to produce something entertaining but so formulaic. Then again I'm not into comics at all, so it's an achievement that it kept me hooked enough to watch the whole series.

OG_slinger wrote:
ranalin wrote:
TheHarpoMarxist wrote:

Only 6 episodes is actually pretty awesome. The plot cooks. Its also a strong rec from me and I suffer from zombie fatigue.

Plot can still cook with 10-12 and be a complete story. I'm definitely a fan and i don't want to wait.

I hear you, but they're filming season two now, so...

Either way I'm just glad that Netflix is producing these awesome shows and--more importantly--making them available in the US. Some of the best Netflix shows I watched last year weren't American or British as are the ones I'm most looking forward to in 2019 (I'm looking at you, Dark and Berlin Babylon).

Check out A Very Secret Service if you like fun foreign stuff on Netflix.

Two episodes in to Nightflyers and it's pretty dang good! Getting some real Deadspace meets Event Horizon meets System Shock vibes from it!

pyxistyx wrote:

Two episodes in to Nightflyers and it's pretty dang good! Getting some real Deadspace meets Event Horizon meets System Shock vibes from it!

See, this is an example of how networks and streaming rights crap encourage...alternate means of watching stuff. I forgot I was interested in this show because the last preview I saw was months ago. This recommendation sounds right up my alley! Go check US Netflix > not there. Look on justwatch.com > ooh, it's on SyFy, and Hulu has Syfy stuff! Check Hulu (paid subscription) > they only have a few shows available, and not this one. Download SyFy app > show is in there, but only episodes 6-10, even after signing in with my DirecTV login.

So I pay for three separate services that provide streaming video, but the only way to watch the first half of the season is to buy the episodes individually. Or I could explore alternate means. Good job, guys.

Yeah the "most recent 5 episodes" is a mistake that almost all the networks make. NBC even did a survey to find out that was a problem but still hasn't changed.

I don't know what it's like in the rest of Europe, but in Ireland we've basically just got Netflix, with Amazon Prime off to the side doing it's own thing. Looking at this thread, I feel pretty lucky. Hopefully we don't follow in the US's footsteps here.

I have several co-workers from India who really have wanted me to try watching some movies from India. I was game so I would watch a recommendation, give feedback, then they would give me a new movie to watch. So I've been through Baasha, Dhoom 2, and Jodhaa Akbar. They then recommended Baahubali, which I watched my wife the other night, and this was the one that finally fully clicked.

Baahubali: The Beginning is basically a fantasy adventure movie staring a Hercules type character. The movie has all the hallmarks of a Hollwood epic film with a large cast, large sets, great costumes, larger than life characters, lots of a action, and a huge battle that is so bonkers but oh so much fun. The actors are all really good too, particularly the main actor who plays Baahubali. He's so likable you can't get enough of him.

They wouldn't tell me anything of the plot going in and I think that was the right call. We just got on the ride cold and saw it through to the end.

I will give one warning. The CG in the film ranges from very good to downright awful. And in any given action sequence it can cycle through all these levels of CG quality multiple times. But it kinda adds to the charm of the film. Oh and second warning, yes there are music numbers.

My wife did not want to watch this movie at all when I suggested it. But I said we can bail if we don't like it. She reluctantly gave in. Two and a half hours later she said "I really loved that movie!" And I was there with her. We were so in to it throughout the whole thing. Was a great movie experience for both of us.

Looking forward to seeing the sequel Baahubali: The Conclusion when we have time.

Crawley wrote:

I have several co-workers from India who really have wanted me to try watching some movies from India. I was game so I would watch a recommendation, give feedback, then they would give me a new movie to watch. So I've been through Baasha, Dhoom 2, and Jodhaa Akbar. They then recommended Baahubali, which I watched my wife the other night, and this was the one that finally fully clicked.

Baahubali: The Beginning is basically a fantasy adventure movie staring a Hercules type character. The movie has all the hallmarks of a Hollwood epic film with a large cast, large sets, great costumes, larger than life characters, lots of a action, and a huge battle that is so bonkers but oh so much fun. The actors are all really good too, particularly the main actor who plays Baahubali. He's so likable you can't get enough of him.

They wouldn't tell me anything of the plot going in and I think that was the right call. We just got on the ride cold and saw it through to the end.

I will give one warning. The CG in the film ranges from very good to downright awful. And in any given action sequence it can cycle through all these levels of CG quality multiple times. But it kinda adds to the charm of the film. Oh and second warning, yes there are music numbers.

My wife did not want to watch this movie at all when I suggested it. But I said we can bail if we don't like it. She reluctantly gave in. Two and a half hours later she said "I really loved that movie!" And I was there with her. We were so in to it throughout the whole thing. Was a great movie experience for both of us.

Looking forward to seeing the sequel Baahubali: The Conclusion when we have time.

Baahubali was a fantastic movie! I loved the epic feel to it. I didn't even know there was a sequel and will definitely check it out.

A couple years ago I burned through the Dhoom trilogy and loved them.

And I just watched Krrish over the holidays. I guess you could say it's the Indian version of Superman. Apparently is the sequel to Koi... Mil Gaya, which is people say is the Indian E.T. I have it in my queue. Krrish 3 is apparently trash, so...

I'll have to check out Baasha and Jodhaa Akbar.

"OG_slinger wrote:

I'll have to check out Baasha and Jodhaa Akbar.

Not sure I would recommend Baasha. I didn't care for it.

Basically my co-workers had come from seeing the movie 2.0 and we're going on about how great this actor Rajinikanth was. So I asked what his best movie was and they said Baasha is the movie that made him a superstar. It was pretty bad. The fighting was comically terrible like old Kung Fu movies, Rajinikanth can't dance so the dance numbers were boring, and I didn't buy the love interest. On top of this I watched it on YouTube which had a terrible translation. So you get lines like "Don't forget to leave the house without your right leg". Whaa…?

Jodhaa Akbar is watchable but almost bailed after about 40 minutes in - after a ridiculous elephant taming sequence. That one got recommended as I wanted to see a more traditional Indian dance number. And the one big dance number near the end is fantastic - kinda makes it worth it. It also starred the two actors that had the love interest in Dhoom 2, so I was familiar with the main actors. But I found Jodhaa Akbar pretty hard to follow at times as there's a lot of politicking and scheming going on from multiple sources and those characters are not introduced well.

I still liked it overall but for an epic large scale film Baahubali is by far a much better film and a lot more fun.

Crawley wrote:
"OG_slinger wrote:

I'll have to check out Baasha and Jodhaa Akbar.

Not sure I would recommend Baasha. I didn't care for it.

Basically my co-workers had come from seeing the movie 2.0 and we're going on about how great this actor Rajinikanth was. So I asked what his best movie was and they said Baasha is the movie that made him a superstar. It was pretty bad. The fighting was comically terrible like old Kung Fu movies

From the few i've seen i think this is intentional and there's a whole genre of movies like this within Bollywood.

Finished Nightflyers. I though it was great! Apparently the reviews have been a bit rubbish but as a big fan of stuff like Event Horizon and Dead Space I thought it was really enjoyable - if not massively inventive or original.

Only major niggle - the ending is left SUPER open and ambiguous. Which is...fine...i guess, but if that means they're leaving things open for a second season then I'm not sure where they can go with the story beyond what's been said already. And if they DON'T then it's maybe left a bit TOO ambiguous to be properly satisfying.

Definitely worth a watch though. And reminds me I should get around to the Expanse at some point too.

I just finished Russian Doll and Velvet Buzzsaw. I liked both of these and I am glad Netflix is trying stuff like this.

pyxistyx wrote:

Finished Nightflyers. I though it was great! Apparently the reviews have been a bit rubbish but as a big fan of stuff like Event Horizon and Dead Space I thought it was really enjoyable - if not massively inventive or original.

Only major niggle - the ending is left SUPER open and ambiguous. Which is...fine...i guess, but if that means they're leaving things open for a second season then I'm not sure where they can go with the story beyond what's been said already. And if they DON'T then it's maybe left a bit TOO ambiguous to be properly satisfying.

Definitely worth a watch though. And reminds me I should get around to the Expanse at some point too.

Sounds a bit like Pandorum, which I liked a lot, but apparently no one else did.

Mixolyde wrote:

Sounds a bit like Pandorum, which I liked a lot, but apparently no one else did.

Loved Pandorum.

Watched Extinction last night, and really, was kind of blown away by how good it was. I'm surprised I did not hear more about this film before. We watched it on a lark. Mostly, we had just finished Ant Man and The Wasp, and another Michael Peña thing would fun.

Fun might not be the right description though. It was slow and and methodical, even when the action begins, but in a way that ratchets up the tension in a smart way. And its twists is one the smartest and most thoughtful twists I've seen in a film in a while. It made for a great twist on the alien invasion genre.

My family and I really liked Russian Doll. I'm not sure I totally buy the resolution (which you would say makes more emotional sense than practical sense), and they have clearly haven't played a video game in the last 30 years, but those are niggles when the performances are so strong. Natasha Lyonne was fantastic, as was the writing.

Singularity: It's kinda like Terminator: Salvation but even worse and John Cusack must be desperate for money.

I'm about half way through Travelers Season 3 and really enjoying it. It's got that cheesy network show vibe to it, but it's way better than it has any right to be.

Jayhawker wrote:

Watched Extinction last night, and really, was kind of blown away by how good it was. I'm surprised I did not hear more about this film before. We watched it on a lark. Mostly, we had just finished Ant Man and The Wasp, and another Michael Peña thing would fun.

I liked it but it was too predictable. But it left me wondering what is next. I think a sequel would be better then the original as they won't be trying to hide information from you can just deal with the issues that it presented.

Stealthpizza wrote:

I just finished Russian Doll and Velvet Buzzsaw. I liked both of these and I am glad Netflix is trying stuff like this.

I haven't seen Velvet Buzzsaw yet, but Russian Doll was great. There wasn't much wasted space and it got more and more compelling as it went along.

Spoiler:

Chloe Sevigny

was genuinely unsettling and distressing in her cameo. I really appreciated how it allowed for a number of non-conventional looking actors to play their parts in slightly unusual ways.

I am so happy that with things like Russian Doll and Maniac, Netflix is providing space for weird concepts that just wouldn't have gotten greenlit before.

kazar wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

Watched Extinction last night, and really, was kind of blown away by how good it was. I'm surprised I did not hear more about this film before. We watched it on a lark. Mostly, we had just finished Ant Man and The Wasp, and another Michael Peña thing would fun.

I liked it but it was too predictable. But it left me wondering what is next. I think a sequel would be better then the original as they won't be trying to hide information from you can just deal with the issues that it presented.

I think a movie that dealt with the same issues in a more straightforward way would have had a much smaller impact. It was everything that happened before the reveal allowed the paradigm shift that was an essential part of the theme of the film.

And this only works as a one off. It’s a parable. Not knowing the rest of the story creates room for discussion about the themes brought up.

If they go back, I think the premise and narrative would fall apart. But what happens next is not the point of the story. It’s why it happened. And the discussion can go far beyond just the moral implications of the science, and deals more directly with social issues.

Loved the film, but had absolutely no need to know what happened next after the final scene. I cared about the characters, but the movie wasn’t really about them.

Jayhawker wrote:

I think a movie that dealt with the same issues in a more straightforward way would have had a much smaller impact. It was everything that happened before the reveal allowed the paradigm shift that was an essential part of the theme of the film.

And this only works as a one off. It’s a parable. Not knowing the rest of the story creates room for discussion about the themes brought up.

If they go back, I think the premise and narrative would fall apart. But what happens next is not the point of the story. It’s why it happened. And the discussion can go far beyond just the moral implications of the science, and deals more directly with social issues.

Loved the film, but had absolutely no need to know what happened next after the final scene. I cared about the characters, but the movie wasn’t really about them.

It isn't the characters I want to know more about. I want to know how things work out. The whole movie was predictable for me so there was no paradigm shift which made the movie more about the characters which is why I say I want more. I saw the movie in the fall so I don't remember details of the ending but what I do remember, it was about the characters not about the reveal.

But in the end, I always enjoy shows and movie with rich lore as the lore is what I find interesting. As an example, Star Wars is my favorite movies not because I am a huge fan of the characters, but because the the 50+ books I read after the movies that expanded the universe and it's history. (Damn you Disney for taking all that away).

YouTube's new original series "Wayne" is an amazing trainwreck that just continues to deliver more wild and fun WTF with every episode. I enjoyed it so much that I got halfway through the final episode (10) this weekend before deciding it was too great to watch alone. Restarted without finishing and immediately re-binged the entire series with my 18-year old daughter in a single sitting.

HIGHLY recommended if you have a jacked-up, vulgar Wade Wilson sort of sense of humor.

I agree with your thoughts on Wayne. I posted about it in the Youtube Red thread, but since there's only 4 replies in that thread and two of them are from me, I doubt many saw the post. It's a shame that a show like Wayne will likely be missed by most because of the platform it's on (although the youtube premium shows will eventually be available for all to watch (with ads) but the youtube platform just isn't conducive to binge watching a tv show IMO).

Back to Netflix, I watched Russian Doll in one sitting Saturday night and really enjoyed it. Really good, really intriguing.

After watching Velvet Buzzsaw I can definitively say that it exists. It’s not bad, just predictable and boring. I do really like the early middle of the film when everyone is fawning over the evil artwork, the long close-ups of people gazing offscreen in awe, but pretty much everything else about the movie comes from How to Write a Horror Film 101.