Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Our Girl Discovers Netflix

Over at About Last Night, OGIC has discovered Netflix, the joys of creating a queue, and their fantastic library of classics, foreign films, and the usual Hollywood fare. I've blogged before on the benefits of Netflix, but I thought this a good moment to mention some of the fun and interesting things that Netflix has brought my way recently.

La Cercle Rouge: Jean-Pierre Melville's seminal crime movie defines "cool", or should I say Le Cool.

Thirteen: Don't see this if you have teenagers at home. Too scary.

Quai des Orfevres: Clouzot's tale of murder and ambiguity.

Swimming Pool: Charlotte Rampling... She's still got it.

Grand Illusion: Renoir's POW escape movie.

The West Wing, season 1: Late to the party, but this turned into a major marathon in our house.

A number of these, I would challenge you to find on the shelves of your local Blockbuster. I've also caught up on the available Bunuel films, which are sadly few, and my queue contains Fassbinder's BRD trilogy, some classic Lina Wertmuller films, Godard's "Contempt", Alex Cox's "Repo Man", Paul Verhoeven's "Soldier of Orange" and "The Fourth Man", on top of keeping up to date on new releases.

Unlike Our Girl, I tend to leave Hollywood classics to AMC and Turner Classic. If I want to see Bogart or Cary Grant they are usually on TV often enough, but for foreign movies and indies, Netflix can't be beat.

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