Hidden Gems of Netflix's Watch Instantly

muttonchop wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:

He's a pretty prolific voice actor in general

He voiced every character in Chairem Anime!

Since this is the Netflix thread:

ruhk wrote:
BadKen wrote:

If you didn't like The Expanse you didn't watch enough The Expanse. It is known.

They should really place a disclaimer at the front of the first few episodes that says “At least watch through episode four or five, trust us.”

Seriously. My initial reaction was extremely negative. I couldn't understand what the hell the Belters were saying, Holden was an abrasive asshole, and the story was super confusing. The show just throws you in the deep end. Right about the time I had decided this was a show for people who had read the books, it started to click. Took me quite a while, though.

A hard sci-fi, heavily internally political drama, with no monster of the week, is not going to be for everyone. Especially with so much of the first season being one major downer after another. But if it does eventually grab you, it doesn't let go.

(Sorry for once more trying to turn this into the Prime Video Why The Expanse Is Cool topic.)

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Despite trying, I never liked any of the games, but The Witcher is some pretty impressive television. I think Cavill's Geralt just works better for me somehow. And the way they transformed Yennefer at the start amazed me. I'm not sure about the actor playing Ciri, though. It seems like she's just there for magical stuff to happen around.

My main complaint was it was too goddamn short! Not much was really resolved by the end of the season. The episodes were too intertwined to enjoy on their own. Even though the writers tried to give each one its own story, they weren't focused enough to stand alone.

Overall, though, thumbs up.

I think fair commentary on the Witcher. I really enjoyed it but I love the books/games. As a standalone series, is super confusing and S1 is pretty much just a setup for S2 and beyond.

fangblackbone wrote:

Dead to Me is brutal.
I can see why the leads were drawn to it but at some point several episodes in I remarked to my wife that it must be an emotional beast to put yourself through the sequential rollercoaster scenes. I know that TV and film are shot out of order and days or weeks apart but I don't see how that makes it better :P

Totally agree with you! I really like the show but it's emotionally exhausting just to watch. It must be so draining for the actresses.

I read the books so the tv series seemed both slow and lacking important details at the same time

I enjoyed The Expanse mainly for the characters. In a similar vein to Firefly. Good backstories, chemistry. F**kin Amos. My favorite.

I was surprised how heart felt ‘The man who killed Hitler and the big foot’ was. The ending didn’t work as well as the rest of it but I enjoyed it. It didn’t fall into the ‘Sharknado’ style of film making as I thought it might.

Just finished season 3 of New Girl. I thought the first two seasons were just about perfect, but season 3 seemed to really fall down. The high points were still very good, but it was mostly mediocre jokes, and they don't seem to know what to do with Winston at this point.

Is it still worth sticking around, or have I seen the best the show has to offer?

beanman101283 wrote:

Just finished season 3 of New Girl. I thought the first two seasons were just about perfect, but season 3 seemed to really fall down. The high points were still very good, but it was mostly mediocre jokes, and they don't seem to know what to do with Winston at this point.

Is it still worth sticking around, or have I seen the best the show has to offer?

Season 3 is a low point of the series. But I enjoyed the rest of it after that, though YMMV.

They figure out Winston pretty soon. The issue I have with New Girl is that, at least for me, it's very difficult to binge it without getting infuriated with Jess. She does not respect ANY boundaries. They even reference that in later episodes. And that's where some of the best humor comes from, true, but watching several episodes at a time where she ignores the express wishes of her friends kinda paints her in a bad light.

Watch Freaks and liked it. Have to be careful for spoilers with this one. The trailer plays like some kind of post apocalyptic with the dad bunking down with his daughter. The trailer also kind of makes it seem like the dad could just be nuts. After watching it I searched for reviews and seen some that pretty much spoil the movie in the title of the review.

Some might find the ending lacking but I thought it was okay. Kind of reminded me of one of the matrix movies. I don't remember which one though. Actually they might be setting up a sequel but the main situation was taken care of. Hmmm well I guess that might actually depend on what you consider the main situation. I'll just say it felt like a complete movie to me but they could do more if they wanted.

One odd thing was that the dad reminded me of the dude that plays Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy. There were a couple actors that reminded me of their other roles in this movie. A little heavy on the type casting maybe.

The old guard trailer looks cool.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Watch Freaks and liked it. Have to be careful for spoilers with this one. The trailer plays like some kind of post apocalyptic with the dad bunking down with his daughter. The trailer also kind of makes it seem like the dad could just be nuts. After watching it I searched for reviews and seen some that pretty much spoil the movie in the title of the review.

Some might find the ending lacking but I thought it was okay. Kind of reminded me of one of the matrix movies. I don't remember which one though. Actually they might be setting up a sequel but the main situation was taken care of. Hmmm well I guess that might actually depend on what you consider the main situation. I'll just say it felt like a complete movie to me but they could do more if they wanted.

One odd thing was that the dad reminded me of the dude that plays Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy. There were a couple actors that reminded me of their other roles in this movie. A little heavy on the type casting maybe.

I watched Freaks a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. I knew nothing about it --I had seen no trailers, read no reviews, and didn't even know what genre it was when my wife suggested we watched it. I assumed "horror," since that's her favorite genre, and for the first few minutes... Nah, I won't say anything else. Just watch it.

If you’re thinking of watching 2036 Origin Unknown I wouldn’t bother. It’s distinctly z-movie Sci-Fi Farr aiming for 2001 vibes and hideously missing its mark.

There goes 90 minutes of my life I won’t be getting back.

Doesn't seem to be on US Netflix

I saw it listed today on US netflix. I am glad Katie Sackoff is getting work. It just sucks that it appears to be terrible sci-fi.

Stealthpizza wrote:

The old guard trailer looks cool freakin awesome.

Fixed that for me.

OH GOD 2036 ORIGIN UNKNOWN IS SO BAD. SOOOOOO BAAAAAAAD.

I am BadKen, and I know Bad. That thing is bad. And not good bad like in the song "Bad." It's bad bad.

I even made it about an hour in before I gave up. I thought... It can't be this bad all the way through, can it? It's not even so bad it's good, it's just so bad it's bad. Don't watch it because you're curious how something could be that bad, you'll just be disappointed. That's how bad it is.

BadKen wrote:

OH GOD 2036 ORIGIN UNKNOWN IS SO BAD. SOOOOOO BAAAAAAAD.

I am BadKen, and I know Bad. That thing is bad. And not good bad like in the song "Bad." It's bad bad.

I even made it about an hour in before I gave up. I thought... It can't be this bad all the way through, can it? It's not even so bad it's good, it's just so bad it's bad. Don't watch it because you're curious how something could be that bad, you'll just be disappointed. That's how bad it is.

So, did you like it?

I have know idea why I can't see it in my Netflix. Now that you said Katie Sackoff I may have seen it. I think I remember liking it although the ending was a bit weird.

fangblackbone wrote:

I saw it listed today on US netflix. I am glad Katie Sackoff is getting work. It just sucks that it appears to be terrible sci-fi.

Here she's going to be in good Sci Fi.

Awesome!

I just watched Freaks as well. It was great. Big recommendation here.

Didn't think 2036 Origin Unknown was that bad, but having said that I watched it a day after Aerials.

We watched Lovebirds yesterday without really knowing what we had signed up for – I just saw that Issa Rae is in it (I loved her in Insecure) and pressed play. I don't really know if I'd recommend it though. The first favorable thing that comes to mind is how short it is (87 minutes). So, if you are looking for a movie that is kinda enjoyable, but you are not looking for a big time commitment, this might be up your alley. But the writing was not as sharp as I would expect with the names attached to this movie and the "Amazing Race" advertisement was weirdly shoehorned into the movie and was totally lost on us (it is just not a thing in Germany). Plus, Michael Showalter directed this movie and it is not up to par with The Big Sick...

I'm tempted to watch 2036 Origin Unknown now. What is wrong with me.

fangblackbone wrote:

I saw it listed today on US netflix. I am glad Katie Sackoff is getting work. It just sucks that it appears to be terrible sci-fi.

She's having a good time and it's not the worse thing you can watch.

I’ve got a couple episodes left of season two of Avatar the Last Airbender. This show is so good.

Did Unbelievable get much discussion here when it dropped last year? We just got Netflix back recently, so we are catching up with some stuff.

Teresa and I binged this in a few days, and it was really good, and felt like something really important, as in I think every guy should watch this, and in the right environment, every middle or high school girl. But also, for trigger warning, this is a story about rape, and while it is not very graphic, it doesn’t pull punches, either.

It was just a really powerful, and horrifyingly true story of how rape leads to a cascade of terrible events in a woman’s life. It’s the kind of thing I wish I had seen when I was younger.

The story is about two female detectives that didn’t just solve a serial rapidly case, but it was their work that revealed there even was a serial rapist. Both Toni Collette and Merrit Wever are great in the roles, and Kaitlyn Dever as the first victim is just excellent.

My wife and I find ourselves bringing it up still, a week after we finished it.

I echo those sentiments regarding Unbelievable both for its impact and its importance, as well as the performances from the cast. I remember contributing similar thoughts at the time. Powerful viewing.