Monday, October 29th, 2012

A Ton of Long Things You Can Start Watching on Netflix Now!

Shut in? Cooped up? In for the long haul? Well start enjoying the TV while you still have power! Let's indulge together. UPDATED!

• The entire Brideshead Revisited. It is ELEVEN EPISODES LONG and it is so fantastic. Really, just so enjoyable. There's two whole episodes that take place on a pitching ocean liner! And the best gay sidekick in history.

• "Alias" season one. Did you somehow not watch "Alias," as I did not? Well finally, FINALLY, they released the early seasons to the wild. Everyone's telling me to stop halfway through season 2 but of course I will not. I will abandon the show on MY terms. Spoiler: this show is surprisingly cheesy!

• Did you watch the original Swedish Let the Right One In—the wonderful, lovely, terrifying coming of age/vampire movie? Or did you, as is only appropriate, watch it but three times? Go for number four.

• "The Last Enemy": hubba hubba, some "early" Cumberbatch, in a little bit of Masterpiece Theater.

• "Any Human Heart" got kinda panned, but so far, its first two episodes of four are delightful. I'm at the part where Matthew Macfadyen plays the title character, which, GREAT.

Iron Man 2. So great.

• "Daniel Deronda" was pretty amazing, if a LITTLE slowly paced. But it's a Hugh Dancy-Hugh Bonneville sandwich (that's LORD GRANTHAM to you), and if you like Jews, you are in luck.

Velvet Goldmine! Did you ever actually watch Velvet Goldmine, or did you keep putting it off and putting it off until you never actually watched it? Well you were right to do so, but it can scratch a good itch. It's wild and wooly.

• And it makes a spectacular double-header with hilarious but rather lovely freakfest and David Bowie vehicle The Man Who Fell To Earth.

• There are also: "Battlestar Galactica" season one; "Mad Men" season one and then a whole lot of garbage.

• Here's a good one from Shani: "'Pasta,' the second-best Korean-language drama on Netflix (after 'Boys Over Flowers,' which is like 'Gossip Girl' on meth). About a girl who works at an Italian restaurant in S. Korea and falls in love with her sexist boss after he negs her a whole bunch and gives her lots of smoldering glances." Um, I'M IN.

• And Richard points out that "My So-Called Life" is all up in that piece! (And also Geek Charming, an ABC Family movie.)

Matt points out that both Ran and Kagemusha are up on the Netflix. You simply must watch Ran for the textiles.

Joel points out that all of "Dollhouse" is still on there, which I did and enjoyed last year. It's actually LESS cheesy than "Alias."

Lois would like to add Marwencol (yes!), and the English comedy "The IT Crowd," which I have never seen, and may shortly!

Adam would like to add Jiro Dreams of Sushi which people LOVED, and also Anvil: The Story of Anvil, because he has terrible taste.

• Oh, of course you know our feelings on "Doctor Who."

Oh and there's more!

OMG this is true, I loved season one of "Damages":

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Also: Law & Order (THE REAL ONE NOT STUPID SVU) through season 8, aka before the Röhm/Thompson Dark Ages.

aubergines (#216,449)

I actually just finished Battlestar & Brideshead last week, and started Alias. It's like you're in my head.

Also, Brideshead made this expat Brit extremely homesick for anyone who wants that feeling.


scrooge (#2,697)

@aubergines If you're homesick for dear old Blighty, try A Touch of Frost. A bit more down to earth than Brideshead, but very nostalgia-making. And if you like it, there's 15 seasons!

SuperMargie (#1,263)

Whenever I am snowed in, I always whip out the BBC mini-series of "Pride and Prejudice".

@SuperMargie Perv

jbran (#2,525)

"Damages" is incredible conducive to binge watching. And, 5 seasons of "Upstairs, Downstairs" are available.

Clearly, you aren't shut-in with toddlers. It's all Wonder Pets, all the time.

It's going to be like The Shining up in here soon.

bocadelperro (#9,676)

All 12 seasons of Murder, She Wrote is enough to get me through.

Matt (#26)

RIP Reading.

jolie (#16)

(I just walked into the bedroom to pour him more coffee and he's reading, like a big nerd. Gonna put on all the Sons of Anarchy now to restore balance to the cool levels in this apartment.)

carpetblogger (#306)

Jennifer Garner would plant one square in between Claire Danes' crazy eyes.

Leon (#6,596)

When you are HURRICANED in and cannot get to your bar to drink, you can just WATCH CHEERS.

Whenever I drink at home alone, I always put on cheers. My roommate has an asshole-ishly big television, so if i sit on the crappy end of the couch, I feel like I'm actually AT THE BAR.

aegallagher (#19,259)

All five seasons of "Friday Night Lights!" Great even if you detest football (as I do) and are suspicious of Texas.

carpetblogger (#306)

Also, The Tudors: great costumes, hot, partially clad bodies and lots of very smelly sex.

jolie (#16)

@carpetblogger I just tweeted that at Choire. So perfect for today. Also: Sons of Anarchy Season 4 just came available on Watch Instant.

jfruh (#713)

Whoah, did the end of last year's series completely sour Choire on Doctor Who? Anyway, watch that, it's super fun!

deepomega (#1,720)

@jfruh Dr. Who sucks. My eternal refrain.

alorsenfants (#139)

Depending on your own mood — watch "Jean De Florette" and "Manon of the Spring" Or watch the two most exciting movies of the last five years — Olivier Assayas' "Carlos" and then "Mesrine" with the fierce Vincent Cassel!

Yeah I know, I like French stuff. Can you blame me? Instead of watching a movie, read This:,0

barnhouse (#1,326)

'Manon of the Spring' and 'Jean de Florette', stop talking about that, why did you have to remind me NOOOOO so GOOD so SO SO SO SAD.

shawn (#1,859)

@alorsenfants The CLOTHES in Carlos alone

Cord_Jefferson (#2,111)

"Medicine for Melancholy" just popped up on Netflix Instant–at least I hadn't seen it there before–and that's pretty essential viewing if you want to know more about black people and relationships and San Francisco's gradual banishment of its black community. It's not long, but you'll have a lot to think about once it's over.

@Cord_Jefferson Medicine for Melancholy (and, to a degree, Tiny Furniture if that's your thing), is one of those cases where it's like, oh, ok, "mumblecore" (ugh) aesthetics can work; when they're movies made about people who aren't boring white guys in a band, when they're kind of wrestling with something, they can be pretty good. I think Medicine for Melancholy is great, and it would pair nicely with, like, Before Sunrise or something.

deepomega (#1,720)

@Elisabeth Donnelly I think Boring White Girls Who Are Unemployed With a Liberal Arts Degree is only one millipodcast less boring than Boring White Guys in a Band.

@deepomega There is one Lena Dunham for every ten boring white guys making a mumblecore film, and that's significant. Anyways. The statistics on women in film are horrible.

deepomega (#1,720)

@Elisabeth Donnelly That doesn't make mumblecore any better!

David Cho (#3)

Iron Man 2 was AWFUL.

bluebears (#5,902)

That Jiro Dreams of Sushi was amazing, also if you're into food shows No Reservations is available.

ETA: The British sit-com Peep Show, is good as well.

Bitzy (#1,913)

@bluebears AND That Mitchell and Webb Look.

"Ooo, and that's a bad miss!"

bluebears (#5,902)

@Bitzy I love those dudes.

Musgrave (#239,023)

Created an account to say: Jeremy Brett as the definitive, the ONLY Sherlock Holmes. Cummerbatch only gets a pass because his Holmes is contemporary. The very first ones are a tiny bit corny but in general they've held up magnificently. My marathon began yesterday, will continue until a branch comes through my living room window and smashes my tv.

Amphora (#231,928)

@Musgrave YES THANK YOU I re-watch these yearly. Young Jude Law plays an Unfortunate Gentleman accused of murder!

Bittersweet (#765)

I'm not surprised Any Human Heart got panned – it was kind of terrible. I love Matthew Macfadyen as much as the next girl, but he (and everyone else) was wasted. Wasted, I tell you!

Sigh. Now back to work. I have no excuses until the power actually goes out. And then we won't be able to watch anything.

sunnyciegos (#551)

Also IN THE LOOP. Good god, what will it take to get more people to watch IN THE LOOP???

carpetblogger (#306)

@sunnyciegos Then there's the followup — the Thick of It, which sadly, has sputtered of late.

joeclark (#651)

After all these centuries of undeath on the Web, why are you still incapable of marking up an unordered list?

ejcsanfran (#489)

Do you like '70s terrorists? Sure, we all do! Then watch Carlos, followed by the Baader-Meinhof Complex. You can throw in Munich after that if you like, though the first two are better.

And, if you like Carlos, maybe you'll love Summer Hours by the same director. Nothing to do with terrorism, just a French family hanging out at their country place being French. Seriously, I loved this movie so much…

alorsenfants (#139)


And you can go even better with Assayas — "Les Destinees Sentimentale" may be one the most lovely epic historical family sagas ever made! You will have to get the disc, it appears… hell just buy it for $3.00 someplace!

aSaltySalute (#293)

The original Girl With Dragon Tattoo trilogy is up there.

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress is an absolutely gorgeous food documentary, and a lot more fun to watch that Jiro Dreams of Sushi. (I bet it was a lot more fun to eat there, too.)

Also, have you never seen Breaking Bad, you lucky so-and-so? This could be your best hurricane ever, at least until the power goes out.

shawn (#1,859)

Senna is a fantastic documentary, especially if you know nothing about F1. And then Bill Cunningham New York.

trexeriffic (#239,027)

Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance)! His vampire epic Thirst is there too.

the teeth (#380)

As I near breeding age I find myself thinking things like: "when I have children, we're totally sitting down a family every christmas eve & watching 'Let The Right One In'. I've no issue w/ 'it's a wonderful life', but LTROI just seems so much more APPROPRIATE.

JW Mason (#10,308)

If you like Disease Things (doesn't everyone like Disease Things), the sadly abbreviated two seasons of the BBC's new Survivors are on Netflix or iTunes or somewhere like that. Seriously if you like the post-apocalypse soap opera-y rebuilding civilization while having feelings type drama, then you will eat. this. up.

Also from the BBC in the pulp/sci fi/soap opera vein, Jekyll. (or is it Hyde?) Retelling of the Stevenson thing, OBVIOUSLY. Pulpier than the above. Also downloadable, I'm pretty sure.

You could re-watch Altman's The Long Goodbye, like I just did. OMG that movie is nine kinds of brilliant.

Or getting back to long things, why not watch Kieslowski's whole Decalogue? You've got another day off, right? And come on, you know that shit will rock your OkCupid profile.

Turboslut (#1,036)

Oh god, Dollhouse. Here we must agree to disagree, The Awl, because that entire series was irredeemable crap that even St. Whedon couldn't rescue.

Did you know that Anthony Andrews, who played Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead, was in The King's Speech?

Well, now you do.

Amphora (#231,928)

@MisterHippity OMG I didn't recognize him without the bear! Also no, I Claudius is sadly not on there and I don't know why because they are TIED for best miniseries in the history of miniseries…es.

I know I'm late to this, but: Is the 70s BBC miniseries "I, Claudius" on Netflix? Probably is, I'm guessing. (I don't have Netflix so I can't confirm that.)

Anyway, watch it if you can find it! It is freaky and amazing. And Derek Jacobi and John Hurt were never better.

Binne (#231,278)

"Days of Heaven" by Terrence Malick. Simply beautiful, a Bruegel painting plopped down in the American heartland. Tristan and Isolde, except Isolde is a little golddigger and Tristan a clueless peasant. Narration by a child with the most interesting accent you ever did hear.

Dee Ann@facebook (#239,054)

If you like Jews you are in luck???

sigerson (#179)


sajrocks (#2,067)

Wire. In. The. Blood. If you can get over the [REDACTED FOR SPOILERS]phobic first episode, it's a winner in terms of quirky British crime TV. Each episode is a 2000 minute hyper-tense delight, an anomaly in the genre. Except the one where they go to America. That one was shit except to play spot the terrible American accent.

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