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Old 05-29-2013, 11:47 PM
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I had the movie The Wind That Shakes The Barley saved in my queue for over a year now, and finally got around to watching it this week. The fact that it took the Palme d'Or at the Canne Festival in 2006 had me intrigued. Well, it was just so powerful, so gripping, it got me thinking - how many more movies out there that, were it not for Netflix, we'd hardly hear about them? Any other titles of obscure films streaming on Netflix that anyone highly recommends?
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:35 AM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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Try this:

Desert Bloom (1986) - IMDb

It goes well with a Grgich Hills Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:17 AM
 
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City of God (2003)
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:49 PM
 
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Just watched a movie called Teddy Bear, about a shy Danish bodybuilder with a domineering mother who sneaks off the Thailand to find a girlfriend. It was quite different but pretty good.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:00 AM
 
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his mom sneaks off to find a girlfriend for herself or him?
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Shut Up and Shoot Me was totally unknown to me and I was blown away by this hilarious black comedy about an English tourist (Colin) in Prague whose wife is killed in an accident involving a falling statue. Colin then persuades long-suffering and insanely hard-working Pavel to kill him, at which point both their lives totally unravel.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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Netflix has nothing to do with it. I hate the idea that you're crediting an internet corporation with that.

All you have to do is buy yourself one or two good reference books about movies. One of the best presents I ever got was when a friend gave me Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion. Or, as you said, if you look at what wins awards, or what directors have good reputations, that can be a guideline.
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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Half of my queue is comprised of movies I'd never have heard about otherwise. Part of the problem is that there aren't any indie houses where I live (in suburbia), part of it is that nothing really stays in theaters for very long, and part of it is that I don't watch a lot of TV to see the advertisements for these things when they do come through. A small sample over just the last two years of my membership:

The Sound of My Voice
Citizen X
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Desert Flower
The Weight of Water
The Notorious Bettie Page
A Better Life
Being Flynn
The Magdalene Sisters
There Be Dragons
My Week with Marilyn
Clay Pigeons
The Last Station
Birdie
Shine
Snow Cake
Once Were Warriors
An Angel at My Table
Tipping the Velvet
The Station Agent
Revolutionary Road
Bright Star
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Great thread!! I have a lot of movies to add to my queue so excuse me for a minute ...
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:07 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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The Station Agent
That's a good one. Although I'm 5'10", in a lot of ways I can identify with the film's little person.
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