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Rubber: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

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I know what you're thinking: there's no way this movie could be good. Or you're wondering what the movie "Rubber," with a lone tire on the cover, could possibly be about.

Well, if your first instinct was to think that this movie would be about a sentient tire named Robert that goes around killing everybody, then you're absolutely right. And I'm no being facetious in the slightest when I say, that's what the movie is about.

You'd be apt to think, "But, that sounds like the stupidest idea for a movie ever." But you'd be wrong.

The movie itself is extremely self-referential. It knows what it is, and knows that it's going about what it's doing very well. The movie starts off explaining itself, and trying to make you understand that what you're about to watch isn't supposed to make any sense, but to just go with it. It really sets the tone and makes you understand that you're really going to be watching a "different" kind of movie.

Usually with "weird" movies like this (I'm looking at you, Mulholland Drive) things are just weird for the sake of being weird, and nothing actually makes sense. This movie actually has a backdrop to the weird factor (which I don't want to describe here) that makes everything have some sort of meaning.

When I was watching this movie, I was thinking that it would be the ultimate party movie. It's a movie about a tire that goes around killing people with its telekinetic powers, how could it not be a great ingredient to a social gathering?

If you've read this far and it sounds like something you'd be interested in, go for it, because you won't be disappointed (granted you know a bit of what you're getting into at this point). I'm so glad I watched this movie, and it's everything I was hoping it would be.

Rifftrax Still Not on Netflix; on Hulu

This post might come off as a bit sacrilege to the most tried and true Netflix supporters, but awhile back I made a post (click here to see it) regarding the fact that Rifftrax (made by the dudes who made Mystery Science Theater 3000) was not on Netflix Instant.

If you read that, you learn that Rifftrax really wanted to get on streaming, but they weren't able to for whatever reason. Netflix has said that, basically, to get your movie on Netflix Instant, there has to be enough demand, aka enough people have to have placed it in their queue (read my post about it here).

Well, a long time has passed, and still no Rifftrax on Netflix Instant. This is infuriating to me because, obviously, lots of people have placed Rifftrax movies into their queues, so Netflix must have been lying. Along with this, the fact that Netflix has made available such monumentally bad movies (that nobody would ever put in their queue) demonstrates that there doesn't need to be demand in order to put something on Instant.

Well, this is one of the first posts I've ever written that's not directing you to Netflix, but rather Hulu. Yup, that's right, Hulu now has posted some Rifftrax movies for streaming!

So, hopefully Netflix will get the message that Rifftrax has a large amount of support, and they really should give them a chance. As always, add some Rifftrax to your Netflix queue and hopefully we can get the ball rolling!

Funny Netflix Comic about Studios

I came across this comic, laughed, and decided to post it here for you all to see. I like the commentary within:

Top 10 Dramas on Netflix Instant - July 2011

With the new inclusions of movies like The Fighter on Netflix Instant, our current Top 10 list seems to be getting a little more "newer" and "current."

That being said, #1 still has to go to something not made anytime soon, because it's very hard to compete with a masterpiece made by Tarantino. There are a couple hidden gems hidden within this list, so if you're looking for a drama, you might be able to find something you've not seen before (or at least awhile) within this list!


Memento: Netflix Streaming Surprises

Click to watch the movie on Netflix streaming here!

Memento is one of those movies that you never really forget the first time you watch it. It's directed by Christopher Nolan (if you don't know him, shame on you) and is good in all the Christopher Nolan-y ways.

The thing that makes this movie so good is the fact that it's genuinely unique. It's one of those movies that, once you finish watching it, you will very likely be up late thinking about what in the hell just happened, having conversations with friends over the major plot twists.

At least, this is what I experience when I watch a movie as complex and well-written as Memento.

The movie is about a character named Leonard Shelby (played by Guy Pearce) who suffers from severe short-term memory loss after a injury. He's on a quest to find the person who murdered his wife, but his whole "complete inability to remember anything" thing kind of becomes an obstacle to overcome, and it's really fun to see the creative ways he goes about trying to remind himself things.

Add it to your Netflix streaming Instant Queue if you're interested in watching a thriller that really makes you think. As I've mentioned, it was directed by Christopher Nolan, so that alone should be incentive enough to watch. Just know that once you're finished, you will have thoughts of this movie running through your head for quite a while.

Netflix Price Increase: Some Perspective

I came across this graphic online giving some perspective on the raise in price (aka dividing Netflix streaming Instant Watch and DVDs into two separate services) and I felt that it was good enough to post here. This really does all the explaining, and really leaves no room for me to say any more.

Check it out, and I think those of you who are very angry with the entire situation will hopefully feel a little at ease:

Netflix Realized the Site Design Sucked

In a win for us Netflix streaming users, Netflix apparently got the vibe we were sending out. That being, that the new Instant web design was absolutely horrible, unintuitive, clunky, and stupid. It seems like they finally got the message, as they've posted this on their official Netflix blog:
Hey there,

This is Michael Spiegelman, Director of Product Management. Thank you to those of you who offered thoughtful opinions and suggestions on the new user interface. We're making a couple of changes based on your feedback:
  • The horizontal scrolling functionality that was jittery for some should be reduced now that we've disabled scrolling to the left until you've first scrolled to the right.
  • We're bringing sortable lists back. You'll see them return later this month.
We'll continue to improve our website experience and will be evaluating other feature ideas for release over the next several weeks.
So it's good that they're minimally bringing sorting back and seemingly getting rid of the horizontal viewing of films and TV shows, but I simply wish they'd realize there was nothing wrong with the original setup to begin with.

If you're looking for a quick fix to the issue, this blog post detailed how to get the original Instant web site view back. I use Chrome, so I use the Chrome Extension listed there.

Netflix Raising Prices, DVD & Streaming

Well, it was only a matter of time until the prices went up, I guess. Netflix has updated their official Netflix Blog with a blog post (here) that states the following price raises:
First, we are launching new DVD only plans. These plans offer our lowest prices ever for unlimited DVDs – only $7.99 a month for our 1 DVD out at-a-time plan and $11.99 a month for our 2 DVDs out at-a-time plan. By offering our lowest prices ever, we hope to provide great value to our current and future DVDs by mail members. New members can sign up for these plans by going to DVD.netflix.com.

Second, we are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into separate plans to better reflect the costs of each and to give our members a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan or the option to subscribe to both. With this change, we will no longer offer a plan that includes both unlimited streaming and DVDs by mail.
Gulp. So, that means those of us who are used to the unlimited streaming and unlimited DVD rentals (with one out at a time) will have to choose between one of the following plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, one out at-a-time (no streaming), for $7.99 a month.
Plan 3: Unlimited streaming AND unlimited DVDs (one out at a time) for $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99).

With licensing fees seeming to skyrocket, this price hike seemed inevitable, albeit a little more pricey than I originally expected.

This is Netflix's "official" reasoning behind the raise in price:
Last November when we launched our $7.99 unlimited streaming plan, DVDs by mail was treated as a $2 add on to our unlimited streaming plan. At the time, we didn’t anticipate offering DVD only plans. Since then we have realized that there is still a very large continuing demand for DVDs both from our existing members as well as non-members. Given the long life we think DVDs by mail will have, treating DVDs as a $2 add on to our unlimited streaming plan neither makes great financial sense nor satisfies people who just want DVDs. Creating an unlimited DVDs by mail plan (no streaming) at our lowest price ever, $7.99, does make sense and will ensure a long life for our DVDs by mail offering.
What do you think of the raise in price? Obviously, we're very much focused on the streaming side of Netflix, but we still loved being able to get a DVD every so often of something that wasn't coming to streaming anytime soon. We'd love to get your input and see how this affects your opinion of the Netflix service.

Leave a comment!

The Man Who Knew Too Little: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

Click to watch the movie on Netflix streaming here!

The Man Who Knew Too Little is one of my favorite movies. I love Bill Murray (he's the man) and I grew up watching this film. It's superbly written, solidly acted, and very funny.

The movie entails Bill Murray traveling to England to visit his busy brother. His brother, stacked with a business meeting the night of Murray's birthday, needs to find a way to get him out of the house.

Advertised earlier in the film is a sort of you-act-in-it, real-life theater, so he quickly decides that that's the best bet. The entire process is set up, and all of a sudden Murray is thrown into a world where he's set to play a role in very complicated theatrics. The problem is, they're not actually theatrics.

A very large mix-up takes place, and all of a sudden he's thrown into a huge mess. But, thinking he's still part of a show, he just goes with it, no matter how crazy the situation gets.

It's a fun and creative movie, and I loved watching it again as I remember this was always a choice of mine whenever I couldn't decide on anything else to watch. If you know Bill Murray, you know he is very picky with the movies he decides to take part in, and this movie is just as lovable as any other Murray movie. Add it to your queue and feel free to watch this one with the family!

Top 10 Action Flicks on Netflix - July 2011

I know what you're going to think as soon as you look down upon this magnificent list. You're going to think, "Wait a second, is Street Fighter seriously on.. any Top 10 List, not just this one?"

The question of the legitimacy of this list should not be questioned simply because of having Street Fighter on it. Why? Because it's awesome, and you know it.

Here's this month's list of what our current favorite Top 10 Action movies available on Netflix streaming. This list changes a lot, so always feel free to look back upon other months, or give suggestions of things to watch!


Let Me In: Netflix Streaming Surprises

Click to watch the hidden gem on Netflix streaming here!

Fans of this Netflix blog like to give me a hard time when I watch an American remake version of a movie and not the original, so if you're one of those haters, you're probably going to hate once again on this post.

But I loved Let Me In. I was one of those "ignorant to foreign movies" types who hadn't heard of the original film, "Let the Right One In" (which just so happens to also be available on Netflix streaming), so I was very excited to check out this movie.

The reason for my excitement being so great right off the bat is that I have yet to see anything that Chloe Moretz hasn't been in that hasn't been absolutely awesome in some way or another. She brings some sort of "cool" aspect to movies or shows that I haven't ever seen happen from a young girl before.

Besides Chloe Moretz being in it, I also knew the movie was getting rave reviews from most sources. I was trying my best to ignore them, and in doing so, managed to even ignore the fact that this was a vampire movie.

There's a certain stigma in our society (THANKS, TWILIGHT) that vampire movies cannot be good, but it's apparently not the case. This is a vampire movie, but not a type that I have yet to see.

Let Me In is very well acted. It has great cinematography and style. It's not melodramatic like most (all?) other vampire movies. So if the fact that it's a vampire movie is scaring you off in the slightest, don't let that be the case, because take it from me, it's not like anything you've seen from a vampire movie before.

Add it to your queue if you're interested in watching a movie with a mix of drama and horror. It's a unique film (well, it's a remake of another movie I have yet to see, so not completely unique) with a unique feel. I want to watch it again.

Top 10 Nickelodeon Shows on Netflix - July 2011

I've posted family shows and kids shows, but I think this is the first actual Nickelodeon-specific Top 10 list I've created for this Netflix blog.

All of these shows are great, but as you get to the lower numbers, there's just a little something more, at least to me, to the shows. Avatar is so layered in plot line and character development that I simply couldn't NOT put it at the top of a Nickelodeon list.


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