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Add To List: Five Netflix Recommendations

Out of all of the amazing things that the digital revolution has brought us, one of the most incredible has to be streaming video content. In forty years, we’ve gone from having to track down a 35mm screening if we want to see a movie again to having an absurd bounty of film and television content available at the push of a button. Gripe all you want about the lack of representation for certain sectors on most streaming services – older films, foreign films – but we still enjoy an unprecedented level of access and convenience, and providers like Netflix still offer plenty in the way of hidden gems and new discoveries. Following are five titles on Netflix right now that you may have overlooked, all of them notable favorites of mine. If you get tired of watching Parks and Rec or Doctor Who over and over again, why not give one of these a try?

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The Top 10 Films of Not-2014

With Halloween past, the end of the year barrels down on us at hysterical speed, bearing its perennial gifts of holiday excess, vague but pervasive ennui, and innumerable think-pieces on every conceivable aspect of public life and culture in 2014. Given my interests, my favorite genus of this last has always been the Top Ten Films of the Year, a comforting refuge to every critic, journalist, and blogger on deadline and still hungover from the previous night’s solstice festivities. I imagine the grateful rewriting of their initial reviews’ observations into an approximation of new thought, the accidental juxtapositions and last-minute turns of phrase that create the veneer of considered analysis, the secret glee at tossing in the one dark-horse candidate that spawns a comment thread where the vitriol will fly thick and thoughtless well into January…

Perhaps “favorite” overstates the case somewhat.

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Processed Within An Inch Of My Life

My silence the last couple of weeks has been a silence of stewing, of spiraling off into increasingly vague and ephemeral considerations of what exactly the hell I am doing right now, followed by crashes back down to terra firma, all of it pickled in whiskey and White Russians.

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2012 In Film: Why I’m Excited

2011 was a disappointing year for American cinema, at least for me. I saw many films that I admired and that have stuck with me (13 Assassins, Bellflower, Drive, Meek’s Cutoff, and Take Shelter spring immediately to mind), but none that I loved. You’ll notice that none of those five films grossed more than $35.1 million (Drive), and that they averaged a box office take of $7.7 million. My tastes do not exactly dovetail with most audiences’.

Mainstream fare, meanwhile, with the exception of Captain America (better than it had any right to be) and X-Men: First Class (very good indeed) was…execrable? Last year’s slate of blockbusters was more egregious in its mediocrity (see: Green Lantern) and unoriginality (see: all the sequels and remakes) than any year in recent memory. As for the “prestige” films, I saw only one Best Picture nominee (The Descendants, which was…fine, I guess), but don’t feel the need to ever see the others, aside from The Tree Of Life.

But in return for enduring those twelve months, I get…this year.

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