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The Movie Search: Digging Deep-Redbox

Worth Watching

Time to broaden the search and delve beyond Netflix. Let’s dig into Redbox for August 2013.  

For your consideration…

The Sapphires A very unique movie, just in the fact that the subject matter pertains to a girl group composed of aborigines. The male lead, Chris O’Dowd, will endear you forever. Just a smart, fun movie. DVD cover did receive flack and rightfully so. Chris O’Dowd did not star; the girls did. What’s here is not the cover.

Mud Movie Poster

MUD  starring Mathew McConaughy playing along side two very talented, young actors.  Jury’s still out on MC.  He received much applause from critics for this role, however, his speech mannerisms continue…little whistles through his teeth…and a very affected Southern accent. Still- worth watching.


Antiviral tries hard to inject some terrifying “what ifs” and the creepy affinity, e.g., obsession some people have with stars.  So much so,  they’ll pay to have themselves shot up with the star’s disease. Unique, but really slow and you’ll keep waiting for something to happen. Look for the “star,” Caleb Landry Jones, to pop up in something else. He showed some acting teeth.

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012) Poster

Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh Even more creepy to the point the writer’s seemed to think, “Let’s just keep trying to make this creepy.”  They achieved the goal but to the point of drudgery for the viewer. Interesting, however, to see so many different statues all in one place. Venessa Redgrave lends her voice, but I never saw her. I did not finish watching the movie.


The Movie Search: Digging Deep, Netflix Streaming

Friday, June 17, 2013

The Big Dig

Netflix offers thousands of movies to stream. How can you pare down the choices? As a subscriber, you will have tools, however, they’ll only take you so far.

How to dig deep –

With a bit of effort, you can discover gems excluded from your Top Ten movies based on the Netflix “what you watch” system. Additionally, suggested selections often include movies already seen and rated.

  • Use Rotten Tomatoes (RT): RT has a link listing what you can stream on Netflix. Filter movies either by the Tomatometer or by Release Date. Look at the RT reviews and the public reviews. If you find a movie that shows high scores from both, take a chance. Note: You can add a movie to your cue via their website. 
  • Find filters: For instance, use the filters on the left side of the RT page. Note: If you click on a movie to see more information, the back button works poorly on their site causing you to start over each time in order to get through the lengthy list. On Netflix, filter by the 1-star to 4-star ratings. Netflix predetermines the amount of stars they believe you will give a movie and then provides your selections.  Keep digging. The system doesn’t always work.
  • Use the Netflix Watch Instantly tab: Search Foreign films (Australian, British, and New Zealand) if you don’t care for subtitles, however, you may miss some major gems. If you really want to broaden your repertoire, select Watch Instantly, Foreign, Subgenres, then Japanese, etc. Netflix will again provide suggestions, but be sure to also Sort By: highest ratings, year released, etc., for more results.
  • Find more: If you loved a Netflix movie and want to see similar ones, go to one of your favorites and click on the red highlighted words, such as, drama, historical, period pieces, etc. Again, Netflix will not filter out films already seen.
  • Read Netflix reviews: Hover over the movie’s picture on the Netflix Watch Instantly screen and a pointed finger will appear, click the movie title to the right, then scroll to see the reviews.
  • Choose wisely: Many times, Netflix reviews will not match those of Rotten Tomatoes. Who should you trust? Netflix reviewers may have personal reasons for giving bad or good reviews and lack expertise, and Rotten Tomatoe reviews can be baffling. Seeing high reviews on both sites is a pretty good sign that you’ll want to add it to your Watch Instantly cache.
  • Peruse: Hundreds of blogs and movie sites provide monthly lists and news of new Netflix Instant Watch releases. (Search: Netflix Streaming Blogs)

New big dig favorites on Netflix Instant Watch: Undefeated, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, A Royal Affair, The Fall, Vanishing of the Bees, Henning Mankell’s Wallander

Finding gold: October SkyExit HumanityTimecrimesThe ChaserCenturionCalifornia Dreamin’The Sea Inside, and many more found by digging.

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