Tuesday, February 2, 2010


My Netflix que has ballooned to over 468 titles over the past 2.5 years.

There are more than several embarrassing cultural blind-spots buried under piles of unessential picks and impulse clicks that need help rising to the top for immediate viewing.

I'm only copy/pasting the first 100, because when I tried to copy/paste the full que, Firefox froze under the weight of all the text formatting.

Tell me what movies need to go to the top immediately. This is a Def-con 4 situation.

(Note: I fully understand that Transformers 2 and G.I.Joe are not exactly Truffaut, but I feel I'd be remiss not to keep up with what people are filling theaters to see)

The Hurt Locker
Crank 2: High Voltage
The Invention of Lying
The Baader Meinhof Complex
A Serious Man
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
The Limits of Control
Sunset Boulevard
The Last House on the Left (2009)
The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
Next Day Air
Death Race
State of Play
(500) Days of Summer
The Brothers Grimm
The Onion Movie
Day for Night
Before Sunset
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Match Point
Stranger than Fiction
Man on Wire
Take the Money and Run
Band of Outsiders
The Ice Storm
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Jesus Camp
Day of the Dead
Malcolm X
City of Men
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs
The Assassination of Jesse James
The Big Sleep
24 Hour Party People
The Passenger
The Dead Zone
The New World
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Hotel Rwanda
Half Nelson
Shattered Glass
Rocky Balboa
Ocean's Thirteen
No End in Sight
Naked Lunch
Death of a President
The Third Man
Barry Lyndon
Through a Glass Darkly
The Virgin Spring
Finding Neverland
The Conversation
The Elephant Man
Le Samourai
Le Cercle Rouge
To Catch a Thief
The King of Comedy
The Last Temptation of Christ
Inland Empire
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Freaks & Geeks: Disc 1-6
Last Tango in Paris
The Amazing Screw-On Head


Brendan said...

I'll only recommend the movies I've seen and liked on this list, even though there are some that I've been told are fantastic (ie Hurt Locker)

Freaks and Geeks is one of the greatest shows of all time and I have a gut feeling that you would appreciate, nay, love it too! There's too many reasons to list why it's so great, you just have to see it yourself.

Sideways for sure. I remember all the fuss when Sideways was snubbed at the Oscars several years back but I couldn't commiserate at the time. But I saw it a couple years ago, and it's totally worth it, the acting and writing are brilliant, and it's got this sentimental feel to it that I can't quite articulate.

Although I haven't seen it, I think as a fellow Coen Brothers fan, you'd agree with me that A Serious Man should be somewhere in the front of your list.

Stranger Than Fiction- don't trust anyone who says Will Ferrell can't play a serious role. He can. Very well.

Take the Money and Run is very hokey and funny, it's not long, it's early Woody Allen, you really can't go wrong there.

You haven't seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? Come on.

The Third Man, excellent story, even better theme song- they used a zither to make this really cool sound.

Volver, from what I saw before the DVD skipped, was really cool...for a foreign film, pshaw.

I didn't exactly give you a short list here, but you know, it's less than one hundred, so mission accomplished I guess.

Carrie said...

Stranger Than Fiction has many nice Spoon songs!

bahler said...

You haven't seen fucking "Unforgiven"?

Number one. NOW.

Gmooney said...

I hated (500) days of summer, it seemed like it was holding on to the coat-tails of Amelie in some instances ("cute" random thoughts, counting minutes).

Good/bad/ugly is one of my favorite films...kids want to know what the word epic really means? Good/bad/ugly! The visuals are fantastic (especially the closeups), Ennio Morricone has the best music for film, i could further rant.

Inland Empire is a the biggest Lynch mess..but you may enjoy being lost in the journey of sorting through the mess.

Akira Kurosawa should be seen by all...(Seven Samurai/Rashomon/Sanjuro/Yojimbo/Hidden Fortress)

Revanche was a very good film.

White Ribbon was true to its creator and very good.

I hope you have seen the Seventh Seal if not you must.

Oldboy is another must.

Warped Coasters said...


yeah I've seen "Oldboy" several times, so good. Have you seen the rest of Chan-wook Park's revenge trilogy? "Lady Vengeance" is also excellent.

i still have not seen "The Seventh Seal."

Re: "500 Days of Summer," that's the feeling i got from the trailers, and the reason I've been putting it off. "Amelie" has its merits, but I prefer his first film "Delicatessen": all of the inventive Rube Goldberg devises and random, creative whimsy but without the nearly suffocating "cuteness."