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Haven't Seen It? It's on Netflix: An Introduction

Updated on May 1, 2012

If there's been one constant throughout my lifetime, it's that I've always been a cinephile. Shortly after I was born, I devoured movies on the family Betamax player. I've spent weeks of my life sitting inside a movie theater. Now, I have a DVD collection that could easily earn me my own segment on Hoarders. (I haven't yet graduated to Blu-ray; I feel that the law of diminishing returns is working against me on that point) So, it's no surprise that I feel that one of the greatest advents of the internet age is the ability to stream movies. Of course, to many, this means Netflix. True, they've made some bad business decisions that have drawn the ire of many a subscriber, and, yes, their library isn't what it used to be, but there are still hundreds of films available at the touch of a button that don't get viewed very often because, well, nobody's looking for them. This series of reviews will be my small attempt to: a) reduce the number of movies that are stagnating in my instant queue, and b) turn other people on to good films that paradoxically don't get watched very often because they haven't received much recognition up to this point.

For all of the good it's done in acquiring a massive film library, Netflix has been woefully inadequate in promoting the variety that it has to offer (I swear, Senna has been at the very beginning of the New Releases list for months now!) For many, it has come to a point where it is hard to justify the expense of a service that has seemingly little to offer. However, Netflix has a trove of cinematic treasures that lie just below the surface of its homepage, and it is my hope that the simple reviews that are to follow encourage fellow film lovers to hang on to their subscription.

Of course, I realize that there are thousands of people that post their own reviews on Netflix, and there is a rating system in place that provides suggestions to subscribers. But, do you ever wonder what films you're missing out on because one film is rated 0.1 stars below another? Or, what about the adventurous folks that want to branch out from their usual genre in search of something new? That's why I'd like to say a little bit about what I like in film to give you a sense of whose kind of advice you're taking:

-I'm much harder to please in comedy than I am in drama.

-I've never been that attracted to horror movies.

-I eventually want to make these things; I know how hard it is to make even the worst film, so I'm not going to judge them too harshly.

-Every year, I will almost certainly rewatch the following 10 films:

  • Barry Lyndon
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Casablanca
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Amadeus
  • Children of Men
  • Chinatown
  • Do The Right Thing
  • The 400 Blows

So, if you think we have similar tastes, I invite you to journey with me to the murky depths of Netflix's instant watch library. I can't wait to see what we find!


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