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Old 01-11-2010, 12:24 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm a big time movie lover. Grew up in a house full of big time movie lovers . Can't say I've had the time to do much reading/movie watching between school, taking care of DS (3.5) being PG with #2, etc. and so on . But, we love Netflix for all these reasons and more.

I'm just bored with movies :yawning . I don't know why. Maybe I'm just cranky as hell this week . I want different stuff on my queue. What have you seen worth recommending? Off the top of my head I love sci-fi, horror, independent stuff, documentaries, thrillers. Not sure what I'm in the mood for. Not into romancy type stuff but am open to various genres.

Blah, I've got a baby foot shoved into my ribcage and some weird reflux thing going on . I'm getting up to walk around now .

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Old 01-11-2010, 05:35 AM
 
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Mmm... try the first season of Doc Martin on Netflix. If you have ROCU (instant watch) you can get the whole first season instantly. It's English Comedy and really excellent.

Try the movie Snowcake. Strange and wonderful. I'm sure you've seen The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and her lover but if you haven't...it's my all time favorite. (slightly dark but worth getting through the whole thing)

If you want to escape from adult world in to dream like child's world... see any of the Hiro Miyazaki movies. Amazing! Each and everyone of them.
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Thanks for the recs! I'll see what those are about .

I just saw a thread for, what was it? Up and Away? I remember wanting to maybe check that one out. In any case, it might be funny so I added it.

ETA: Correction, that's Away We Go .

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I second Snow Cake. Wristcutters: A Love Story was also good.
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I second Snow Cake. Wristcutters: A Love Story was also good.
Yeah, I saw Wristcutters in the theater when it came out. I really enjoyed that one. Second rec for Snowcake huh? Maybe I'll reconsider that one. Reading the description didn't do much for me.

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Have you tried out foreign versions of your fav genres?
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Here's a few movies I've enjoyed recently. Lots of independents here.

A Christmas Tale (not so much about Christmas)
Wendy and Lucy
Hurt Locker
C.R.A.Z.Y.
Sin Nombre
Into the Wild
Gomorrah
The Class
Che
Drag Me to Hell
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Have you tried out foreign versions of your fav genres?
Good idea. I love Asian horror but it never really crossed my mind to look for foreign versions of my favorite genres. I blame the children .

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Here's a few movies I've enjoyed recently. Lots of independents here.

A Christmas Tale (not so much about Christmas)
Wendy and Lucy
Hurt Locker
C.R.A.Z.Y.
Sin Nombre
Into the Wild
Gomorrah
The Class
Che
Drag Me to Hell
Thanks Freud. I will check out what those are about when DS and I get back home today. Drag Me to Hell, I do remember wanting to see that! Gonna go put that in the queue.

I appreciate the input everyone!

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Baghdad Cafe (not about Iraq! )
Jean de Florette

I'll think of more later.

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How about TV series? DH and I enjoyed Firefly and Freaks and Geeks. Both were canceled after one season so only 6 disc commitments

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After not subscribing to Netflix for years, I was just updating my queue to re-subscribe and was looking for ideas too.

You may not like my recommendations since I do not like sci-fi or horror films...
I saw some of these years ago;not sure if I would still like them today:

Brodre (Brothers) A danish film
The Station Agent
The Spanish Prisoner
Welcome to the Dollhouse
House of Sand and Fog
Door to Door
The Inn of Sixth Happiness (I had to include this becuase I LOVE old movies)

I'm looking forward to watching some of the other posters suggestions.
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How about something like Fracture (legal thriller) or Little Children?
Anything with Jennifer Connelly in it.......


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I am so glad someone else has seen this movie! It is good !
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Here are some I recommend when people ask:

Red Violin – tells the story of a famous violin who travels through many cultures.
The Spanish Prisoner – intrigue mystery with quirky style
Brotherhood of the Wolf – French action, sci-fi-ish, werewolf type movie LOL
Chocolat – Johnny Depp and Juliet Binoche
Dead Again – past lives, murder, hypnotism with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson
City of Lost Children – futuristic darker movie with a strange charm. French.
Drugstore Cowboy – Gus Van Sant director
The Incredibly True Story of two Girls in Love - ok ok it's a love story, of the young lesbian variety

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Red Violin is an AWESOME movie!!!
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rhianna, I love your taste!

OP, have you seen Let the Right One In and Pan's Labyrinth? You also might the Bollywood movies Asoka or Company -- Bollywood is heavy on the romance generally, but Asoka is a historical epic and Company is an organized crime drama.

I don't think it's on DVD yet, but when it comes out Zombieland is so, so fun.
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Thanks! Most of these were seen premotherhood. I am SO behind on new movies now and just watch whatever DH brings home.

But I did see Let The Right One In and it's very good. So OP I recommend this too.

I had planned on renting Pan's Labrynth but keep forgetting. Must see it soon!

Oh I also recommend The Others (had Nicold Kidman) I thought it was pretty good and very haunting.

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OP, have you seen Let the Right One In and Pan's Labyrinth? You also might the Bollywood movies Asoka or Company -- Bollywood is heavy on the romance generally, but Asoka is a historical epic and Company is an organized crime drama.

I don't think it's on DVD yet, but when it comes out Zombieland is so, so fun.
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Opera on DVD/blu-ray

La Boheme: the film
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor with Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala
Verdi: La Traviata with Anna Netrebko and Rollando Villazon
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Has anyone seen 'Water'? If so, how did you like it? (It is the next movie in my Netflix queue.)

We watched Oleanna this week. We almost turned it off after a few minutes (mostly because Debra Eisenstadt drove us crazy at the beginning) but are glad we watched it to the end. We didn't love it; but it was interesting and left us thinking/discussing.
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I saw it in the theater and it was a first day DVD purchase for me, Water is an incredible movie.
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I saw it in the theater and it was a first day DVD purchase for me, Water is an incredible movie.
Thanks...I'll keep it in the queue; I'm looking forward to watching it.
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Amelie (family friendly, imo)
Pi (not while the kids are around
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Pan's Labyrinth was awesome! The only other one I can think of right now is Children of Men. Enjoyed that one, though it made be bawl for like an hour! (was preggie at the time)
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Er... except for the scenes set in a sex shop, the stripping scene and several none-too-subtle sex scenes?

It's a good film, but it's not clean.

Also, Pan's Labyrinth is awesome, but if you're the type who gets nervy while pregnant about angsty pregnancy/childbirth stuff, I'd give it a miss. It has some graphic and disturbing moments, both fantasy and real-world. GREAT film though.

Chances are high you've seen some of these, but I like:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
K-Pax
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Firefly (the TV show)
Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (web drama, now on DVD; it's not a blog)
The Reduced Shakespeare Company (filmed live performance - hilarious!)
Black Books (short British TV show)
Pieces of April (adorable little film, only 80 minutes, with a great performance by Patricia Clarkson and the best ending ever)
Up (Pixar film, but NOT just for kids - tearjerker though)

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If you're in the latter stages of pregnancy and want to try the "laugh so hard your water breaks" method of inducing labour, I recommend "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz". Both British, starring the same 2 guys. Hilarious. Hot Fuzz especially.

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Watched the Painted Veil the other day - cried like a baby, loved it.

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Er... except for the scenes set in a sex shop, the stripping scene and several none-too-subtle sex scenes?
Good point, sorry about that, I tend to forget how young my dd is. Sex stuff is easier with a kid who doesn't even know yet that babies could come from somewhere.
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