Good Movies on Netflix You Can Watch Instantly

Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 10:00 am

Ever wonder about good movies on Netflix you can watch instantly? Well, wonder no more! For your convenience, I’ve put together this list of good movies on Netflix you can watch instantly, and I’ve made sure to include as wide a selection as possible. So the next time you plop down in front of the computer to get a little cinema action, you don’t have to spend 30 minutes puzzling over what to see. Just select any one of the following, then post your thoughts in our comments section. Could life really get any easier?

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Right at Your Door (2006) – Chris Gorak makes his writing and directing debut in this thriller about a series of dirty bombs which detonate in Los Angeles. Rory Cochrane plays Brad, a musician who’s sitting at home when the news breaks. He immediately tries to get to his wife, Lexi (Mary McCormack), but he finds the center of the city blocked off as smoke rises into the heavens. In a panic, he seals off the house with plastic and duct tape to keep possible contamination out. But when his wife turns up covered in dust, Brad faces a dilemma: does his let Lexi inside and risk contamination, or does he keep her locked outside? An interesting take on paranoia and survival, with a powerful twist at the end.

mr-frostMister Frost (1990) – Sadly, this Jeff Goldblum film isn’t even available on DVD, but it is one of the good movies on Netflix you can watch instantly. Goldblum plays Mr. Frost, a matter-of-fact mass murderer who claims to be the devil himself. Getting himself caught and confined to a mental institution, he tells his doctor it’s all a ploy to prove that ancient evil is more powerful than science. To accomplish this, he plans to drive his doctor (Kathy Baker) to kill him, something she finds quite hard to believe. That is, until plenty of weird events start occurring all around her. Goldblum is as cool as the proverbial cucumber in this one, and Alan Bates is also solid as a police detective horrified by Frost’s deeds.

The Seven Year Itch (1955) – Billy Wilder directed this classic film about a man whose eyes begin to wander after seven years of marriage. Things don’t get any easier when he meets The Girl (Marilyn Monroe), a model who’s renting an apartment upstairs while she shoots a toothpaste commercial. Will he or won’t he? The film is most notable for the iconic scene in which Monroe stands on a subway grate and has her dress blown above her knees by a passing train. It may not seem risqué in this day and age, but just try to imagine how steamy it was back in 1955.

Slacker (1991) – Richard Linklater’s bizarre breakout film about a day in the life of several social misfits in Austin, Texas. There’s not a normal person to be found, including anarchists, UFO enthusiasts, JFK assassination nuts, and a really ugly chick trying to sell a supposed Madonna pap smear. Made on a budget of $23,000, it eventually made over a million bucks.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) – Based on the memoir of Jean-Dominique Bauby, this French/American film tells the tale of Bauby and his struggle to write a book while suffering from locked-in syndrome. In case you’re wondering, that’s a condition where you’re mentally alert, but your body is almost totally paralyzed. In Bauby’s case, he can still blink his left eyelid. As he tries to complete his book, his thoughts drift back to the people in his life and how many of them are also trapped in their own way. A magnificent tale of perseverance, though prepare to break out the tissues towards the end.

chariots-of-fireChariots of Fire (1981) – Uplifting as all get-out, Chariots of Fire centers around the British athletic team and their appearance in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Two men in particular are followed: Harold Abrahams, a Jew who must overcome prejudice in order to compete; and Eric Liddell, a devout Scotsman looking to run for God prior to doing missionary work in China. Be sure to turn up the volume for the film’s title theme, as it became almost immediately iconic.

My Favorite Year (1982) – Mark Linn-Baker and Peter O’Toole star in this tale of a young comedy writer who tries to keep a famous-yet-perpetually-drunk actor out of trouble for a week. The two men bond, of course, and the film ends on a high note as lessons are learned and personal demons are vanquished. O’Toole steals the show, playing an exaggerated version of his off-screen persona. When his Alan Swann drunkenly walks into the women’s bathroom, he’s sold by a female occupant, “This is for ladies only.” Without missing a beat, Swann unzips his fly, pulls out his tool, and remarks, “And so is this, ma’am, but every now and again I have to run a little water through it.”

My Darling Clementine (1946) – If you’re a fan of classic westerns, don’t miss this one directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, and Victor Mature. When the youngest Earp brother is murdered and their cattle stolen, Wyatt Earp (Fonda) and his brothers must find out who’s responsible. This all leads to the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, an event which plays out much differently than in modern versions of the tale. Along the way, Wyatt also romances Clementine Carter, a young beauty recently arrived in Tombstone. Featuring the usual breathtaking visuals from director Ford.

billy-jackBilly Jack (1971) – Tom Laughlin starred, co-wrote, and directed this counterculture film about a half-Indian former Green Beret defending Native Americans and hippies against the usual assortment of drooling, inbred white dudes. Campy at times, it’s still great fun to see the confident Billy Jack do what we’ve all fanaticized about from time to time: kick some serious ass. And who hasn’t wanted to tell someone that they’re about to get kicked in the face and there’s nothing they can do about it? Plus, he’s got a really groovy hat.

After Hours (1985) – Martin Scorsese directed this black comedy about a New Yorker who’s trying to return home from SoHo but keeps running afoul of trouble and bizarre characters. One of Marty’s more underrated works, it features a cast filled with familiar faces, including Rosanna Arquette, Cheech & Chong, Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, John Heard, and Catherine O’Hara. If you’re a Scorsese fan, you’ve gotta put this one on your list of must-see films.

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September 4, 2011

Alessio Ventura

I got rid of HBO in favor of Netflix and Hulu+ because of the disgusting things said by Bill Marr and this guy who co-produced Seinfeld (Larry something or other, where in one of his shows some urine splashed on an image of Christ and that was supposed to be funny). I was disappointed to find that there is very little worth watching on either Netflix or Hulu, except for a ver fe things.

I have been watching IP Man and IP Man 2 about 50 times each, Calvin Marshall about 100 times, and The Office reruns. I watched The Fifth Element a few times back in March, but Netflix no longer provides it, and I watched Iron Man 2, which was ok.

I will never go back to HBO because of Marr and that other guy Larry, but if you know of a movie streaming site with some decent movies I would appreciate if you could email me with the particulars.




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