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#39973 - 11/16/07 02:24 AM The Netflix Thread
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I thought it would be interesting to start a thread for those of us with netflix. My idea is to post short comments of films we have seen that we found to be worth checking out.

I am starting with

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Hacking Democracy
With electronic voting machines tabulating more than 80 percent of the ballots cast in America, Seattle grandmother Bev Harris set out to determine the obvious: Do they work? Based on the evidence presented here, the answer is "not really" The picture that emerges as Harris unearths a treasure trove of info about mishandled votes and the inner workings of the machines is that they're not only fallible but also highly vulnerable to hacking.


This gives a lot of information about issues surrounding electronic voting systems. I must say it is not comforting.
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#39977 - 11/16/07 02:58 AM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Ardy]
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One thing I'm really enjoying about Netflix is the access to foreign films - particularly middle Eastern and south Asian. I've seen good movies from Iran, in particular.

The ones I've lucked onto have been quiet little stories, nicely shot (one or two have scenes that are absolute gems of color.)

A few I can think of - all from Iran -(
"Gabbeh," out of Iran, "Children of Heaven," which is actually a light-hearted film from Iran (who knew such a thing existed?) and "Turtles can Fly," which is incredible, and the only one of the three dealing with war.

"Water" is Indian, again beautifully filmed if I recall correctly, and "Ushpizin" is an Israeli comedy; these are also well worth watching.

They're not big on action, but I love the views of cultures other than my own.

(And I didn't even mention the PacRim countries!)
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#39991 - 11/16/07 05:18 AM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Mellowicious]
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It has quite a good selection of gay and lesbian films as well, plus lots of oldies so my young partner can catch up on the classics and I get to see them again.

some classics to remind you of them that we enjoyed:

Cinema paradiso
Sunset boulevard
the bicycle thief
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#39992 - 11/16/07 05:34 AM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Phil Hoskins]
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Ahh Cinema Paradiso.
TRUST ME when I say that this is "accidentally" one of the very best "date films" you can possibly ever hope to see.

It's romantic and yet in such a very classy way.
That scene where the old guy leaves all those clips of the kisses is what will get your girl all warm and sweet.

Worked for me anyway.
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#40019 - 11/16/07 11:51 AM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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Yep. Cinema Paradiso left me with my mouth hanging open; it was one of the few where I flipped the cd and immediately - I mean IMMEDIATELY - watched the director's cut.

Until I saw this movie I truly believed "they didn't make movies like that any more."

Phil, if you have a recommendation of some classic (or just good) GLBT flicks - talk about a whole (sub?)culture I should know more about, but don't...
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#40021 - 11/16/07 12:04 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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"Children of Heaven" was wonderful, Mellow.

Right now in the house...."Hunger" (we saw part of this at a (gay) club on Halloween.....wanted to see it in full), "Jimi Hendrix, Ladyland" and "The Awful Truth, Season Two".
Finished "Sicko" recently

I love the variety of what you can find.
"The Black Crowes: Who Killed that Bird Out on Your Window Sill...The Movie, 1992" was a cutie. If you like music and clever people.
"Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, 2004" is brilliant.
"Nowhere in Africa", must see.

My daughter gave me a subscription to netflix for Christmas last year. She is always trying to 'upgrade' me . I thought....oh bother.
I soon became a believer though.

Cinema Paradiso is on my queue NOW. \:\)
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#40031 - 11/16/07 02:02 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Mellowicious]
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 Originally Posted By: Mellowicious

Phil, if you have a recommendation of some classic (or just good) GLBT flicks - talk about a whole (sub?)culture I should know more about, but don't...


We have been watching quite a few GLBT flicks. Often we enjoy them much more than a mainstream flick on the same subject. The mainstream flick will tend to be cliched. Whereas the GLBT will TEND to show people trying to deal with and make sense of the issue... a filmmaker trying to find a voice and express him/herself.

Recently we enjoyed
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Get Real

Steven (Ben Silverstone) is an average student at his middle-class high school, but he's harboring a big secret: He's gay. His only confidant is best friend Linda (Charlotte Brittain) … that is, until he meets John (Brad Gorton), the school's star jock who's seemingly straight and dating a model. The boys stumble through an awkward affair that sends Steven spinning and has John more confused than ever. Based on a play by Patrick Wilde.


It is not perfect... but is quite nice as a film that explores coming to terms with who you are as a teenager. In this case, that includes coming to terms with being gay... but in many respects this struggle is simply an analog for the struggles that all teens have coming to grips with who they are.
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#40055 - 11/16/07 05:20 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Ardy]
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Some suggestions froma GLBT perspective (not all are "gay" films)

Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell version of course)
Guys and Balls
Maurice (gay classic)
What Ever happened to Baby jane
Paradise Now
Gay Sex in the '70's
of course Brokeback mountain
Cabaret
Rent
Mysterious Skin (one of my all time best ever)
Wilde
Harold and Maude
latter Days
Camp

Some others
Dr. Strangelove
Nights of Cabiria and everything else my Felini


So many more but those are most of my recent 5 star flicks
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#40079 - 11/16/07 07:33 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Phil Hoskins]
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M.y first year of membership was spent working my way through a Broadway on DVD series. "Working," a musical based on the Studs Terkel book, is one of my favorites.

An Anne Frank documentary just arrived. I'll watch it tonight.

Regarding documentaries, sad to say, I found "No End in Sight" disappointing.

In the once-a-Julie-Christie-fan-always-a-Julie-Christie-fan category, "Away From Her" is amazing. Wow. An actress who seems not to be afraid of aging.

I'll go put Cinema Paradiso in my queque now.
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#40115 - 11/16/07 10:17 PM Re: The Netflix Thread [Re: Ardy]
olyve Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Ardy
I thought it would be interesting to start a thread for those of us with netflix. My idea is to post short comments of films we have seen that we found to be worth checking out.

Ardy, I realize I didn't 'do it right' when I added to this thread before. You wanted a little more commentary.

Here is what I wrote in another thread concerning "Sicko"....
"I finally saw the movie. I've got Netflix so I got to see all the bonus stuff.....like what things are like in Norway. Unbelievable how much more civilized they are.

This movie is NOT about uninsured people or underinsured people like me. It is about people who THINK they are safely and fully insured. The facts are frightening."

I highly recommend this movie.
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