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Yo, Netflixians by Amagire

It looks like I can pay my rent and bills this month, which means I get to take the day off! It's gonna be a day of homemade sushi, Skyrim, and Netflix for me; anyone got any recs? Those who followed me on Livejournal back in the day already know I have an unusually high tolerance for bad sci-fi, action, and horror, and low tolerance for shitty comedy and romance, so there's really no failure condition here if you stick to the land of genre fiction. TELL ME A THING YOU LIKE.

Because I'm the sharing type, here's some stuff I've caught streaming that I loved/liked/thought was interesting.

GRABBERS (2012) - Delightfully Irish alien invasion flick. Wonderful, wonderful cheese.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010) - Adventure, travel, and danger, set in the 1920s. Kind of in that Indiana Jones/ The Mummy sweet spot of adventure films. Featuring: a pterosaur. Also mummies (who aren't the bad guys, for once).

Vampires (2010) - No, not that John Carpenter bullshit, this one is a faux-documentary set in Belgium, following a family of vampires through their day-to-day activities. It is gory, horrifying, and hilarious, and I love it to little wet pieces. My second favorite vampire movie. As a reference point, my favorite vampire movie is Let the Right One In (2008), which is also streaming on Netflix.

Pontypool (2008) - I know I already listed a couple of horror movies, but they're not frightening, exactly. This movie is genuinely scary. It's kind of a zombie movie, without the zombies, and... okay I can't really explain this one. Watch it if you want to spend a few days flinching every time someone repeats themselves.

District B-13 (2004) - Written by Luc Besson, it's the parkour action thriller you didn't know you needed. Set IN THE FUTURE (which is now the past - 2010), it's the story of some dude who has to infiltrate a gang in order to kick all the ass in the world OR SOMETHING who cares. EXPLOSIONS.

Galaxy Quest (1999) - If you've seen Galaxy Quest, you understand. If you haven't seen Galaxy Quest, go see Galaxy Quest. Basically an affectionate parody of Star Trek, but so enjoyable. This is one of those movies I will watch anytime, anywhere.

Yo, Netflixians

Amagire

22 March 2015 at 00:18:29 MDT

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    Horns? Somewhat predictable, but entertaining!

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      Oh yeah, I forgot Horns. Pretty enjoyable, if somewhat disquieting: "Satanic grown-up Harry Potter draped in Burmese python morphs" is a really specific fetish I didn't know I had.

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        XD ahahhaa, I didnt really think of that! Probably the first movie where I thought he looked old enough to play an adult role though, his voice finally got deeper. I was mostly enjoying the parts where people were asking him if they could do things and the reporters fighting cracked me up!

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          Yeah, I think I caught The Young Doctor's Notebook and The Woman In Black on Netflix and he... still looked and sounded like Harry Potter to me, heh. Poor Daniel Radcliffe. Honestly I think the (pretty flawless, actually) American accent in Horns helped.

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            Same, he seems to have finally grown up!

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    I probably don't have many suggestions you haven't seen yet. I cant really think of much.

    Curse of the Dragon Slayer (2013) -- Bad Fantasy Movie, party-system style. It's tropey and bad in a way that's fun.
    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters -- Surprisingly amusing for little touches. Bad.
    ... I was going to recommend I Sell the Dead but it's no longer available streaming. Sadfais. And a bunch of other stuff I looked up. :(
    ... I was going to recommend Let the Right One In, then noticed you had it on your list. My absolute favorite vampire movie too. (attack cat scene ensues due to excitement)
    Europa Report -- Scifi. Space. All seriose and stuff.
    Farscape -- Scifi. Space. With muppets.
    Twin Peaks -- surrealist... crime... drama series? Two seasons. They're making a final season this year 25-odd years later.
    Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem -- Wrong genre but I don't care.

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      All excellent suggestions. That I have seen, heh. I'M SORRY, I WATCH ALL THE MOVIES. I described Europa Report to Jackel as "Basically Alien, but the hero is Science."

      I haven't seen Twin Peaks or Farscape since they were on television, though. Welp, my Sunday just got booked solid.

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        I KNEW IT. When I was making the list I was like, "I bet they've seen all these." And yes, I love Burke and Hare. Haha! Zlato and I watched GRABBERS last night, since we hadn't seen it (one I hadn't seen omg) and I loved it. It was like a bad premise scifi movie but with witty dialogue and good acting and production values, what?! Hahaha.

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      Oh! If you liked I Sell the Dead, have you seen Burke and Hare? (The 2010 one, with Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis.) I enjoyed it a lot.

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    Note about District B-13 - heavy implied sexual abuse, drugged up references for the sister that was kidnapped who starts the whole plot. If you're fine with that then no worries I just wanted to warn about that.

    Also the new robocop is actually really good in a scifi sense. It's not camp and is a lot more 'serious' and the themes are about like, humanity and retaining self awareness while being altered and controlled, so if you're in the mood for that, it's actually a nice watch.

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      Fair point. I linked to the IMDB summaries, but since those aren't really designed with content warnings as a goal I will also point out that Grabbers is full of lots and LOTS of alcohol consumption and irresponsible behavior around alcohol, including drunk driving.

      Additionally, although these things certainly aren't presented in a positive light, Vampires has some pretty icky themes throughout, including a pedophile-ish character and a very graphic scene where a physically and mentally disabled person is mocked and then murdered. Let the Right One In has child psychological abuse, child sexual mutilation and implied child sexual abuse, and quite a lot of child death.

      Pontypool is... well if you have synaesthesia/noise/flash/glitch sensitivity, skip that one.

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    As a fellow monster lover I'm assuming you've seen Pan's Labyrinth, but I can never think of anything else to suggest because holy hell everyone needs to see that movie

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      Oh man. Oh, man. Pan's Labyrinth is probably the movie I love the most that I have seen the fewest times, because if I'm not already so depressed I can barely move, that movie will just completely wreck all of my shit.

      From the bottom of the pit of despair, however, there's a weird kind of brutal comfort in it. It really is one of the best films.

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        Oh my god I have seen that movie so many times. In high school my goal in Spanish class was to be able to watch it without subtitles. I failed to factor in the fact that I've seen it so many times I pretty much have it memorized and could probably watch it without subtitles if I didn't know a lick of Spanish lol

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    Pontypool is amazingly scary, I agree. Its also an effective radio play. That's how I discovered it. I was driving cross country in the early AM. The radio play is basically an edited version of the movie's audio from what I can tell. I enjoyed and was terrified by both.

    There's a Pontypool novel. I've yet to read it but I understand its about everything outside the radio station. That when the novelist was asked to make a screen play of the book, he decided to approach the story from a different POV and re-tell it from another perspective. Or something like that.

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      Hm. Yeah, Pontypool needs to stay out of my car, heh, driving is scary enough. I'm interested in the novel, though.

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    "Helix" is a TV series, I guess it's newish (newish to Netflix at least...I think. I'm useful!) It was pretty alright! It's, imo, more along the lines of something you have on while you do other stuff but it was good for that (which can actually be a tough space to fill, must be interesting enough to entertain, but not too distracting...). It's about a nasty disease, it takes place over a couple weeks of in-show time iirc. It's made by SyFy so make of that what you will. :P (it's no Sharknado in ridiculousness, though epidemiologists may disagree.)

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      I feel like I watched it already, but I can't remember a damn thing about it. Maybe I should try it again.

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    Farscape, Red Dwarf, and these.

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      Exasperatingly, Netflix pulled a bunch of BBC programming and took Red Dwarf down again! Bastards. IT'LL BE BACK. It always comes back.

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    I think Trollhunter really deserves to be on that list!

    Khumba is okay, in a 'this is what Madagascar should've been' kind of way. the story is predictable but the voice cast is interesting and I enjoyed the character designs.

    if you haven't seen The Triplets of Belleville yet get on that, warning for THAT SONG WILL BE STUCK IN YOUR HEAD FOREVER

    Chocolate is another I generally throw out to anyone. haven't seen it for a while to be able to give accurate warnings other than lots of violence and blood (cos martial arts movie).

    I will also throw out blanket recommendations -- which I'm sure you, Kyn, have already got from me like four times but for anyone else cruising by -- for Heathers (cw for emetophobia-triggering & suicide stuff) for pure 80s cult classic deliciousness, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (cw for violence, body horror, fantastic racism, fictional genocide) - I think unfortunately the last season was pulled from Netflix, though you can watch it for free on Funimation's site; I also have to recommend the sub over the dub just because I really, REALLY abhor the voice actor that does the MC -- the rest of the dub cast is pretty great, actually, Anastasia for good ol' nostalgia cheese factor, The Rabbi's Cat. (I'd throw in recommendations for Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Adventure Time if CN would ever license more than a season each. sigh.) (I watch a lot of cartoons ok.)

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      I agree, before Khumba I never really thought zebras could be attractive...

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        hahaha, right? them's some handsome zebs.

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      You're right, I totally forgot about Trollhunter and deserve beatings: EVERYONE GO WATCH IT IT'S EVERYTHING YOU WANTED IN A MONSTER MOVIE. Like, imagine Cloverfield if all the characters weren't insufferable and their decisions actually made sense. And they had a Steadicam.