Netflix Instant Play Movie Recommendations!

J’aime beaucoup les filmes!

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It’s winter break for a lot of people and that usually means time to sleep in till 2 pm, veg, read books, eat pie, watch movies…  And the big question always is, “anything good on netflix”?  Personally, I love netflix, but I feel as far as instant play goes, you kind of have to know what you are looking for… some movies are obvious because they are on the main menu and they do try to find movies similar to ones you have watched… but a lot of people share their account, and computers can be wrong… Really searching, I have found some hidden gems (& some classics of course). Not all of these are “hidden” and some are classics that I own and have been watching for a long time.

1) An Affair to Remember, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr

It breaks my heart that some people have not seen this classic… it’s marvelous and wonderful and romantic and soooo good.  A sucker for Cary Grant, this movie ruined me for all men. EVERYONE should see this movie – add some culture into your “current” lives.

An Affair to Remember

2) Return to Me starring David Duchovony and Minnie Driver

A definite classic in my family, this is such a sweet romantic film that deals with loss and new love.  It’s charming, witty, and very much aware of the vulnerability in new relationships (with more delicate circumstances than usual).

Return to Me

3) Heathers starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater

This is a. dark. comedy.  The screenplay is pretty wicked, (if you are a fan of Diablo Cody, I think you may like this one)… It’s all about High School revenge… the uprising of the underdog.  Pretty weird and offbeat, if that is your thing? You’ll like this one.


4) Year of the Dog

This is a very quirky kind of… dark comedy as well? that deals with a woman who loses her dog – her best friend… I found it endearing and sad, with a good turn around of emotion. I love Molly Shannon in this, she is subtle yet passionate… I think it is a better display of her acting abilities.

Year of the Dog

5) 2 Days in Paris starring Julie Deply and Adam Goldberg

This movie is about a relationship between a Parisian photographer and her obsessive compulsive-ish American boyfriend.  They go to Paris  and learn that they didn’t really know each other. This movie is SO FREAKING FUNNY..  if you have been to Paris or have taken French you may appreciate it even more… but I think its a crowd pleaser.  It deals with culture shock, paranoia, art, so much goodness in this film, I love it.

2 Days in Paris

6) Winter’s Bone

A sundance and academy award pick, this movie is quite dark and really very visceral.  It’s set in the Ozarks in a town destroyed by a reliance on Meth…  The movie follows Ree, a young woman with so much grit and tenacity, she makes it her journey to save her family and to find her druggie Dad, who jeopardizes their safety. Bad summary, but the trailer is excellent:

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7) The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman

I hope people have seen this because it’s wonderful… College grad gets seduced by a cougar and runs into some problems… there’s depression, laughs, 60s cocktails parties, cool pool scenes, Mr. Feeney, beatniks, etc… please if you haven’t seen it, watch it… discussions on the film can also be a good conversation starter at Holiday parties and birthdays.

The Graduate


NOTE:  More good movies, less summary and scholarly side notes…


8 ) The Baxter starring Michael Showalter and Michelle Williams

A broken up wedding, new cute girl who reads the dictionary… love time.

The Baxter

9) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet

Crazy lovers and some psychology.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

10) Virgin Suicides starring Kirsten Dunst

5 beautiful blond sisters kill themselves.

The Virgin Suicides

11) Wristcutters: A Love Story

Set in Limbo, lovers meet.

Wristcutters: A Love Story

12) I Capture the Castle

2 sisters fight for the same lovers.

I Capture the Castle

13) Punch Drunk Love

A sad man who makes sex phone calls just to have a conversation with someone.

Punch-Drunk Love

14) Night of the Living Dead

Zombies, change cinema, 1960s, gross, blood, dead people.

Night of the Living Dead

15) Exit Through the Gift Shop a film by Banksy

Banksy did it.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

16) Girl, Interrupted starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie

Crazy girls at a mental hospital, set in the 60s.

Girl, Interrupted

17) The Snake Pit starring Olivia de Havilland

Crazy girls in a mental hospital during the 1940s.

The Snake Pit

(i got tired half way through… so i got blunt).


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