Netflix Instant Watch Recommendations

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It hasn’t taken too long for the Xbox 360’s Netflix Instant Watch feature to become one of my favorite features of the console.  The catalogue has grown extensively since last fall and I’ve got a couple of hidden gems you probably haven’t heard of (or didn’t realize were on the service) and should definitely add to your queue.

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Party Down

A hilarious comedy in the Arrested Development style of well written characters, situations and stories with a fantastic cast and a series of fantastic guest stars.  Just try the first episode and you’ll be hooked.

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Dexter

Both seasons of the phenomenal serial killer drama are available on Netflix and should be at the top of your queue.  If nothing else, it’s worth watching for Michael C. Hall’s incredible portrayal of the serial killer who targets those most immoral members of society.  It’s wrought with that most grey portion of morality and the show doesn’t disappoint in picking it apart.

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This American Life

I don’t think this one needs much of an introduction, this is just a reminder that yes, it’s everything a “This American Life” television show should be and yes, both seasons are on Netflix.

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Timecrimes

This is a movie that benefits from less explanations to save its surprisingly straightforward tale of a time travel from spoilers, so I’ll just beg you give it a chance.  It may be foreign, but their are subtitles and if you just give it a chance, is incredibly easy to follow.  If you really need a reason to give it a chance, give Nacho Vigalondo’s short film 7:35 a.m. in the Morning a try and you’ll see just how incredibly creative this guy can be.

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Man on Wire

You may have heard that this is a documentary, but that’s not the half of it.  This is the most enthralling thriller of 2008, a movie about a tense, perfectly executed heist that is so incredibly awe inspiring that you’ll find it hard to believe it actually happened.  And despite staring the Twin Towers in more than half the movie, the terrorist attacks are never mentioned, and that gives the movie a surprisingly uplifting, calming and inspiring feeling, a solace in looking up at the towers and seeing something beautiful.

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Battle of the X-Planes: Nova

Learn about the contest which birthed the F-35, America’s next generation jet fighter.  This is the one that Barack Obama and Robert Gates were fighting congress over whether to add more funding for it or the older F-22.  It’s one of the shining examples of why a competition for government funding can create a pretty incredible piece of hardware.

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One Response to Netflix Instant Watch Recommendations

  1. linda says:

    My husband and I have been watching Dexter on Showtime since it debuted. The writing of the series is intelligent, witty and will keep you on the edge of your seat, leaving you wanting more, more, MORE! The character of Dexter is brilliant, as well as Michael C. Hall, who plays the character to a tee. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.

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