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December’s Netflix Watch Instantly Picks

December 1, 2008

I love Netflix.  And I especially love that Netflix Watch Instantly is now available in beta for Macs.  You can get a 1 DVD at a time unlimited monthly membership (that also comes with unlimited movies to watch instantly) for only $8.99.  What could be better for a grad student?!  The only tricky thing about the films to watch instantly is that most of them are old and/or you’ve never heard of them.  It can be time consuming to sift through all of the films to find one that is worth watching.  So I have decided to feature some older or more obscure film favorites on this blog in posts with three recommendations for Netflix watch instantly films.

1. Ordinary People (1980): This Oscar-winning field was directed by Robert Redford and stars Mary Tyler Moore, a young Timothy Hutton and Donald Sutherland.  It is about a suburban family coping with the tragic death of a son.  Although it was acclaimed at the time, few of my contemporaries have seen or even heard of this film.  That should change — this is a great movie.

2. Greenfingers (2000): This small film stars Clive Owen before he was well-known and Helen Mirren.  The film has elements of comedy and drama and follows the story of a hardened prisoner who takes up gardening.  Although it is a relatively disposable film, it is warm and light.  Anglophiles and romantics will enjoy this movie.

3. Victor/Victoria (1982): This is the one where Mary Poppins plays a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman.  I know.  But this musical comedy, which is set in 1930’s “gay Pareee”, is extremely entertaining and features a great ensemble cast.  When I finally watched this film recently, I was struck by the fact that I actually laughed out loud several times and by the film’s message of acceptance.