Top 10 Sci-Fis on Netflix Streaming - August 2011

Here's this month's list of what are our favorite Top 10 science-fiction movies on Netflix streaming. A bunch of our favorites have been taken off recently, so this list might be a little different than lists past.

Seriously, if you haven't seen Contact, you really need to. Click here for the full blog post we did awhile ago on it.

From Dusk Till Dawn: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

Click to stream the movie on Netflix here!

I was strolling through the Netflix Instant collection of movies available, and had always come across this movie. Reading the description, I wasn't too apt to watch it, even though it starred two of my favorite people in Hollywood: George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino.

I don't want to say WHAT about the description made me avoid this movie for so long, but there definitely is an aspect of it that made me think that it was probably going to be an iffy plot line.

Needless to say, I was completely wrong, and the movie itself is amazing. Please don't look at the description of the movie before watching, and just let yourself experience it yourself.

The first half of the movie is some of the most tense drama I've ever seen in a film. As the movie was written by Quentin Tarantino, you can probably guess what kind of dialogue and intensity exists. The second half of the movie shifts tones slightly, but you end up being completely happy with the final outcome of everything.

I really, really don't want to say any more than this, as I really wish I was able to watch this film not knowing much about it. I guess it's kind of like Inglorious Basterds in that way, wherein if you really knew how the movie was going to end, the ride wouldn't have been as fun. I'm not saying it's that kind of an ending, but the experience is similar in the sense that you really want to get the most out of it.

Netflix by Numbers

Here is a very cool infographic that I came across today. You're going to have to click on it to actually see it (couldn't figure a good way to format it), but check it out!

Cancelling Your DVDs? Better decide quick.

I assume you're all Netflix Subscribers, so in case you forgot, you have until September 1st, 2011 to change/cancel your subscription before the new rate hike takes effect (or so that's the word on the street!). Here's a chart depicting the increases:

The Worst Thing on Netflix Streaming

I've done it. I've finally found the worst thing on Netflix streaming.

The other day I was moseying around the Documentaries section of Watch Instantly, and for whatever reason, I stumbled across what Netflix thought I would downright rate basically zero stars. It was a biographical documentary on the famous "Crunk" rapper, Lil John.

It's called "Lil John: Unauthorized" and you can see it by clicking here.

Obviously, I had to check it out to try to come to grips with how and why something could be recommended to me with this few amount of stars, and I immediately understood.

This documentary is so bad, I laughed until my sides hurt. If you don't want to know anything else about it and simply experience it yourself stop reading here.

This thing essentially plays out like some high school drop-out's attempt at a documentary, where a large, LARGE percentage of the "film" is devoted to Google images. I'm almost positive that whoever made this, searched "Lil John" in Google images, and literally just copied and pasted them all on the editing reel to be put in this movie. Then, the person must have gone to some place like Wikipedia and just read verbatim what was written there.

There are spliced-in interviews intermittently, that feel like they're simply badly-run question-and-answer sessions with some people the narrator met in his apartment complex.

The final half-hour or so I almost lost it (I skipped ahead) when he just gives up and has a series of Google images playing to some horrible beat on repeat. It kind of feels like elevator music.

The ending credits show who did the "Narriation" [sic] but I was laughing too hard to see through my tears.

Top 10 Comedies on Netflix - August 2011

The comedy selection is just getting better and better on Netflix streaming, and here are the ten movies that we specifically think you need to check out on Instant!

Comedians of Comedy: The Movie: Hidden Gem Netflix Surprises

Check out the streaming documentary on Netflix streaming here!

Awhile back I recommended watching a documentary called "I Am Comic" streaming on Netflix. When I was watching that, I think I really wanted to watch Comedians of Comedy, because it's a lot more fun when I know the people at and.

The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie follows Patton Oswalt (from "The King of Queens"), Brian Posehn (you'll know him when you see him), Maria Bamford, and Zach Galifianakis on the Comedians of Comedy Tour.

Of course, the movie shows a lot of clips from each of the comedians' sets on stage, but what I really enjoyed about the film was the behind-the-scenes stuff. I really got into seeing what the goings-on of these comics were when they weren't on stage, and what they were doing to kill the time.

I was actually kind of shocked by how much they stick to their guns when it comes to still being funny off-stage, as well as by how miserable the life of a comedian seems to be.

If you have any interest in standup comedy as an art form whatsoever, this is something you've got to check out. I'm not HUGE into standup comedy and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Top 10 Thrillers on Netflix - August 2011

Today we release our most current list of our Top 10 favorite thrillers (classified specifically by what Netflix classifies as a "Thriller") on streaming!

A couple of these movies can double as horror movies, but overall, they WERE listed within the thriller category. I really love thrillers, so let me know if there's something great that we should check out!

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The Usual Suspects: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

Click to watch the movie on Netflix streaming here!

If you know absolutely nothing about The Usual Suspects, then this recommendation should really turn out to be a great treat for you. If you have seen or heard of The Usual Suspects, you might feel like watching it again.

The Usual Suspects was one of the first movies I've ever seen in my life that I finished and went "Whoa!"

You know the kind. The kind that you sometimes have to re-watch almost immediately? Well, this was the case when I watched The Usual Suspects, and I'm wondering if that action is pretty much a commonality with fans of the film.

The movie itself is about a series of individuals who are brought in to be put into a police lineup. When they all meet within the criminal lineup room, they get to talking and decide that, together, they're going to pull off a heist.

That's about all I want to say at this point, but this is much more than just a heist movie, as you'll see, they get involved in something far over their pay-grade.

This was one of the first movies I saw that really made me sit back and go, "Wow, Kevin Spacey is a pretty dang good actor!" But really, the whole cast is great, and it's a really fun movie to watch.

Add it to your queue if you're looking for something that's good enough to be parodied a thousand times due to being such a strong substance within modern film culture. And let me know how you felt after watching!
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