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Netflix Instant Project for 2015

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the giraffe 2 years, 11 months ago at Jan 2 5:47 -
That's right, I'm keeping this project going into another year. It's been such fun these past two years sharing films with my fellow Listalites that I'm not willing to give it up.

For the uninitiated, here's the skinny: The idea is to recommend lesser-known films that you've watched & enjoyed which are available on Netflix's Instant Watch streaming service.

Rules:
1. Each month drop by this thread and recommend two (2) movies that are streaming on Netflix.
2. All films recommended must have been seen and/or rated by no more than 300 Listal users. (Check the film's Listal page & look at the number in the blue box over the word "Ratings")
3. In addition to the two (2) films you can recommend each month, if you have seen a film someone else has recommended you can throw your support behind it. There is no limit to the number of films you can support, provided they have all been recommended by others.
4. Do not recommend any films not available on Netflix Instant Watch.
5. Please provide links to the Listal pages for the movies you recommend, so we can be sure to watch the right ones (especially important for movies that have been remade).
6. Watch the films others recommend, then let us know what you think of them by coming back & supporting the ones you like!

Example:

Recommendations for January:
Film Number One
Film Number Two

Throwing my support behind:
This film someone recommended
That film someone else recommended
Etc.

NOTE: Recommendations & supported films do NOT have to be submitted at the same time.

The list is here, and this year I'm bringing back the inclusion of links to lists for anything that's watched after being recommended. And for those who have participated before, it's a new year so you're welcome to recommend something from the past if you want to.

OK, here we go...

Recommendations for January:
The Good, the Bad, the Weird
Shadow of the Vampire
moviewatcher122 2 years, 11 months ago at Jan 2 6:26 -
Recommendations for January:
Dark Skies
Rampart
VierasTalo 2 years, 11 months ago at Jan 2 15:05 -
Recommendations for January:

The Young Girls of Rochefort - http://www.listal.com/movie/young-girls-rochefort

I saw five movies last year that I gave five stars to. Three of them were rewatches. This was one of the two I saw for the first time. I saw over 300 movies last year. That should say something about how easily I give out that five star rating. It's a god damn masterpiece.

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears - http://www.listal.com/movie/strange-colour-your-bodys-tears

A giallo-homage that sure is pretty to look at. I haven't quite finished it yet due to reasons, but it's worth your time.

Throwing my support behind:
Shadow of the Vampire

I'd like to throw one out to Dark Skies but I just really didn't like that movie enough. It's duuuumb.
the giraffe 2 years, 11 months ago at Jan 6 15:23 -
So far so good. I'd like to get one more person's recommendations before I post the list. Anyone else?

@VT - The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears caught my curiosity while browsing Netflix when I saw the title. So thanks for encouraging me toward it.
Mackenzi 2 years, 11 months ago at Jan 11 22:34 -
Recommendations for January:
The Trip: A mild but pleasant British comedy, if you enjoy Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon you will get some laughs. I expected to be bored but it has some really good moments.
AiWeiWei: Never Sorry: Neat documentary on a noteable contemporary Chinese artist and a small look at the struggles he has with the Chinese government over issues of censorship and human rights.

Happy 2015 everyone! I'm so glad I still have my list of possible suggestions for this thread all the way back from 2013, I am really behind on films. Can't wait to watch some of these, The Strange Colors of Your Body's Tears and The Good The Bad and the Weird have been sitting on my to-watch list for a while.
VierasTalo 2 years, 11 months ago at Jan 12 15:28 -
Throwing my support behind:
The Trip

This reminds me that I really need to watch the sequel that's on Instant too.
the giraffe 2 years, 11 months ago at Jan 13 2:24 -
All right, here's our list for 2015. :)
moviewatcher122 2 years, 11 months ago at Jan 14 0:01 -
Throwing my support behind:
The Trip
djprojexion 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 16 14:33 -
Throwing my support behind:
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

Wow that movie was quite an experience! Definitely for lovers of early giallo aesthetics, with a good dose of Lynchian insanity thrown in.
djprojexion 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 18 0:12 -
Recommendations for January:
The Retrieval
The Imposter
the giraffe 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 19 6:01 -
Throwing my support behind:
The Trip

List is updated again.
Dolleater 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 21 6:15 -
Fun idea Giraffe! Add the link to the list in the first post too :)

Recommendations for January:
Grave Encounters
Found footage mockumentary of a "ghost hunters" crew, horror/mystery

Dead End
Decent horror, sometimes comedic, with some severe 90s vibes. Also with a somewhat unique setting for an entire horror movie (a car)

Throwing my support behind:
Shadow of the vampire
Classic, fascinating "history" lesson

Dark skies
Decent, a better attempt then most on the same theme

The Imposter
This is a great movie/documentary, engages more then most regular documentaries.
the giraffe 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 21 18:12 -
Throwing my support behind:
The Imposter

Thanks for joining us, Dolleater. List is updated!
VierasTalo 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 21 22:25 -
Throwing my support behind:
Grave Encounters

Everything about that movie is pretty good and scary fun except for the design of the ghosts which is the most horrendous, trite garbage you'll see this side of spooky YouTube videos.
the giraffe 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 22 1:15 -
Updated again. And it's worth noting that Grave Encounters leaves Instant on Jan. 24th.

I also added a link to the list in the first post in this thread, per Dolleater's recommendation.
moviewatcher122 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 23 0:05 -
Throwing my support behind:
The Good, The Bad and the Weird
Starweevil 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 24 8:44 -
Hey guys I missed the 2014 project, I didn't have Netflix and I wasn't very active on listal either. Well joined back up with Netflix and really enjoyed doing this instant project in 2013 you guys seem to pick a lot of cool movies that I might not otherwise watch. So I think I'll join you guys this year.

Recommendations for January:
In a World...
Short Term 12

I actually watched both these films this week and loved both of them.

Throwing my support behind:
Shadow of the Vampire
Dark Skies
VierasTalo 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 24 18:13 -
Throwing my support behind:
In a World...
Short Term 12

I love Short Term 12. One of my favorites of the year. In a World... is good albeit not quite deserving of the fairly high rating I gave it when I saw it. It's veeeery indie quirky smirky and requires you to prod yourself a bit about how much of that you want in your life.
the giraffe 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 27 0:17 -
Welcome back, Starweevil! List is updated.
the giraffe 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 1 16:09 -
Recommendations for February:
Chef
Frank


Throwing my support behind:
Short Term 12

List updated again. Looking forward to your recommendations this month!
VierasTalo 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 2 10:40 -
Recommendations for February:
Horns - http://www.listal.com/movie/horns
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) - http://www.listal.com/movie/town-dreaded-sundown

Horns is one of my favorite films of last year. Alexandre Aja makes a fantasy horror movie that feels like it's set in a pseudo-realistic modernization of Twin Peaks and it's flippin' spectacular. The Town that Dreaded Sundown... if you've seen the original, you need to watch it and not read up on it before. The way this goes about being a remake or a reboot or a sequel is really special and feels like commentary on the boom of such films being out there.

Throwing my support behind:
Chef
Frank

I like Frank. Chef is... veeery dependent on how much leeway you're willing to give a film for basically having no significant content but instead pull your very primitive strings of what warrants a positive emotional response and all that.
Starweevil 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 3 13:44 -
Recommendations for February:
Broken
Drinking Buddies

Throwing my support behind:
Frank

I really enjoyed Frank, very good recommendation. I'll be watching Chef and Horns sometime in the next couple of days.
the giraffe 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 3 22:43 -
List updated!
moviewatcher122 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 4 2:10 -
Recommendations for February:
Joe
Bulletproof
the giraffe 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 6 14:04 -
Updated again.
Starweevil 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 10 8:48 -
Throwing my support behind:
Chef
Horns
The Town That Dreaded Sundown

You guys have recommended some damn good movies this month. I loved both Horns and Chef they couldn't be more different but both are great movies. I think you perfectly described Horns Vieras when you said it's like it was set in a pseudo-realistic modernization of Twin Peaks that's definitely how it felt. As far as Chef goes it was just such a charming and feel-good movie I really enjoyed it. The Town That Dreaded Sundown wasn't as good as the first two but it was still a pleasent surprise. I thought it was going to be another crappy horror flick but it was actually a tense and effective slasher film that was worth seeing. Well looks like I'll be watching Joe next
the giraffe 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 13 3:25 -
@Starweevil - Glad you enjoyed Chef! I too am finding the recs this month to be especially good, but am waiting until my list is published to add my support to what I've seen.

List updated.
the giraffe 2 years, 9 months ago at Feb 17 4:35 -
Throwing my support behind:
Horns
Joe
Broken


List updated again.
moviewatcher122 2 years, 9 months ago at Feb 21 2:36 -
Throwing my support behind:
Frank
the giraffe 2 years, 9 months ago at Feb 21 5:28 -
Updated.
the giraffe 2 years, 9 months ago at Mar 1 6:50 -
Recommendations for March:
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
Marty
VierasTalo 2 years, 9 months ago at Mar 1 18:41 -
Recommendations for March:

Earth to Echo - http://www.listal.com/movie/earth-to-echo
A Spielbergian sci-fi action movie set in the suburbs. The shaky cam is a bore but this movie has a lot of heart. A fun nostalgia trip.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa - http://www.listal.com/movie/alan-partridge-the-movie
This is one of the funniest films you'll watch this year. So do that.

PS. José Padilha's excellent RoboCop is on Instant too. I highly recommend it for anyone in to body horror. Sadly it has over 300 ratings so it doesn't qualify for this project.
moviewatcher122 2 years, 9 months ago at Mar 3 3:14 -
Recommendations for March:
Take This Waltz
The Grifters


Throwing my support behind:
Chef
the giraffe 2 years, 9 months ago at Mar 3 6:32 -
List is updated again.

I'll ponder the RoboCop remake, but honestly I doubt it's as worth watching as the original. The trailers sure didn't sell me on it.
the giraffe 2 years, 9 months ago at Mar 10 1:45 -
Throwing my support behind:
The Grifters
moviewatcher122 2 years, 8 months ago at Mar 21 3:18 -
Throwing my support behind:
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
the giraffe 2 years, 8 months ago at Mar 22 4:57 -
Updated!

Kind of quiet activity-wise for our group this month. Hopefully we'll pick up some more recommendations in the near future. Guess I could bug people but since that generally annoys me I'm reluctant to do it. ;P
djprojexion 2 years, 8 months ago at Mar 31 20:46 -
Throwing my support behind:
Horns

Been catching up on some tv shows, haven't been able to watch that many movies. Although I did see RoboCop and it could have been great but the studio clearly neutered it. Apparently Director Jose Padilha and star Joel Kinneman pushed hard for a beefed up R rating, but the studio didn't budge. It's a shame really.
VierasTalo 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 1 11:58 -
I don't think that the weaknesses of the RoboCop-remake have anything to do with it not being a particularly violent film. I think it's even funnier that it isn't since there are actual contextual reasons for that. And when it does bring out the gross shit, eg. the whole body horror portions of it, it works great. Anyhow:

Throwing my support behind:
Marty

Also it's April but I can't be arsed to dig up what's come up on that service just yet.
the giraffe 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 2 0:48 -
Recommendations for April:
Housebound
Resolution


Updated!
VierasTalo 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 2 19:50 -
Recommendations for April:
Bound - http://www.listal.com/movie/bound

This is probably the tightest fit to this project ever thus far with 296 ratings. Anyhow, this is a Wachowski-flick and it's better than anything they've done after it. A hell of a neo-noir.

Life Itself - http://www.listal.com/movie/life-itself-2014

A darn good documentary on Roger Ebert by the director of Hoop Dreams. I wrote about it extensively on my film journal so check that out if your heart so desires.
moviewatcher122 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 4 0:16 -
Reccomendations for April:
The Accused (Really isn't an easy movie to recommend, but I'm just going to go with it since I can't find that many reccomendations.)
Flirting With Disaster

Throwing my support behind:
Bound
Life Itself
the giraffe 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 7 3:24 -
Throwing my support behind:
Bound

Which as luck would have it I pulled off my own shelf earlier this month to revisit on a night I couldn't get Netflix to work for me. Sorry I haven't been back by sooner...lots going on around here lately.

List is updated.
the giraffe 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 12 14:21 -
Throwing my support behind:
Flirting with Disaster

List updated again.
djprojexion 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 22 14:12 -
Recommendations for April:
Young Ones

Only able to get one rec in before the end of the month, but this one really impressed me quite a bit. Very similar setting as The Rover, but with more of an 80's sci-fi feel to it.
Stellar camera work by Giles Nuttgens.
the giraffe 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 22 18:47 -
Updated!
the giraffe 2 years, 7 months ago at May 3 13:43 -
Recommendations for May:
Novocaine
The Puffy Chair


List updated accordingly.
VierasTalo 2 years, 7 months ago at May 3 14:01 -
Recommendations for May:
The Babadook - http://www.listal.com/movie/the-babadook

Even though it isn't necessarily all that scary, this movie has that psychological bite of something like Rosemary's Baby. It has staying power, and even when the ending is a bit of a flat fart, the overall experience is real interesting.

Preservation - http://www.listal.com/movie/preservation

This is a home invasion movie except in the woods instead of a home. The final shot is killer and it's a darn tight thing overall too.
moviewatcher122 2 years, 7 months ago at May 3 21:46 -
Recommendations for May:
Shrink
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
the giraffe 2 years, 7 months ago at May 6 21:36 -
Throwing my support behind:
The Babadook
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead


And I'll take this opportunity to revisit the latter film this month so I'll have fresh thoughts to share on it.

List updated.
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