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Is it me or is Netflix getting better?

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TheRealKimmySchmidt63 Tue 17-Jan-17 20:34:55

I was really struggling to find something esp films to watch with 4/5 stars before Christmas, but I've gone on tonight and found a number of good films am currently watching a film called Unthinkable which seems pretty good smile

cushioncovers Thu 19-Jan-17 22:08:54

I agree.

illegitimateMortificadospawn Thu 19-Jan-17 22:13:25

DH and I were discussing this recently. Agree.

The Big Short is good. Watched it last night.

illegitimateMortificadospawn Thu 19-Jan-17 22:14:10

There is still a load of old shit on there, mind.

Maverickismywingman Thu 19-Jan-17 22:16:09

I've found some hidden gems though, that have been poorly rated. Admittedly can't think of any right this second blush....The Good Neighbor was good.

TimTamTerrier Thu 19-Jan-17 22:18:41

I was discussing with a friend recently that a lot of good series are now made by Netflix. They seem to be very canny about making good quality series, which must take a fair bit of investment, none of the ones that I have watched have felt as though they were made on the cheap.

illegitimateMortificadospawn Thu 19-Jan-17 22:31:12

Some of their own films are a bit formulaic. We watched 2 sci-fi films and they were virtually identical with a few details tweaked. One of them was Spectral, can't remember the other. Nicely enough done, but nothing special.

TimTamTerrier Thu 19-Jan-17 22:40:05

I liked Spectral, I generally prefer watching a tv series to a film though. I like a slower, more convoluted plot development.

TheSecondOfHerName Sun 22-Jan-17 00:02:45

Some of the TV series are excellent.
Currently watching these two and enjoying both:
The Expanse
Medici: Masters of Florence

Aspiringcatlady Sun 22-Jan-17 00:05:28

The OA is definetly one to watch!

BWatchWatcher Sun 22-Jan-17 00:09:36

Dirk Gently! Brilliant!

FeralBeryl Sun 22-Jan-17 00:52:21

Keep these lists coming please
<licks pencil>

ActuallyThatsSUPREMECommander Sun 22-Jan-17 09:30:52

I got a free no obligations 1 month trial from the Radio Times to watch The Queen. I was expecting it to be like Now TV, which I subscribed to to for just long enough to watch GOT and then cancelled without a second glance even when they reduced the price to 3.50 a month. But actually it's surprisingly good: we're enjoying SOUE, I adore the Crown, I'm catching up on a bunch of films and DD is loving having all of Doctor Who on tap.

illegitimateMortificadospawn Sun 22-Jan-17 10:00:04

If there are any Scandi fans here, Nobel (Norwegian political/military thriller) is great. Occupied (also Norwegian, similar vein) is worth a look too, perhaps more so now than ever - it explores the covert infiltration and occupation of Norway by Russia to control the Norwegian oil fields.

AgentCooper Sun 22-Jan-17 10:06:30

I watched Barry last night, a Netflix original film about the young Barack Obama. That was quite good!

Marmalade85 Sun 22-Jan-17 10:09:34

The ratings are interesting.

MyCatIsABiggerBastardThanYours Sun 22-Jan-17 10:09:41


I read recently that they took a strategic decision to rid themselves of a load of old films and TV repeats and focus specifically on original Netflix content.

I'd say that thinking and investment has paid off.

ActuallyThatsSUPREMECommander Sun 22-Jan-17 10:29:04

I also watched the free first episode of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime because we were big Top Gear fans but we were very underwhelmed, and certainly not tempted to shell out for a proper subscription. In the battle of the big financial gambles I think Netflix's squillions spent on The Crown looks like a better bet than Amazon's 250 MUSD on the Grand Tour.

illegitimateMortificadospawn Sun 22-Jan-17 15:55:56

What I also like about Netflix is that their business model clearly requires them to commission content for other (overseas) markets, so you get foreign language Netflix originals with a different flavour to their US output and some shows like Sens8 have Asian, African and south American charcters. That said, I have no idea whether the 3%, for example, feels like a US show filmed in Portuguese to most Brazilians.

illegitimateMortificadospawn Sun 22-Jan-17 15:57:55

There are still rather a lot of tired, crappy films on Netflix right now. It certainly hasn't been a clean sweep, but there has been significant improvement in the refresh rate.

cushioncovers Sun 22-Jan-17 19:23:54

Just Watched 'No good deed' with Idris what's his name. It was good.

illegitimateMortificadospawn Sun 22-Jan-17 19:53:43


cushioncovers Mon 23-Jan-17 08:21:09

That's him. It was good I'd recommend it.

NotJanine Tue 24-Jan-17 09:21:45

From recommendations on here I have recently watched
Hunt for the Wilderpeople and The Legend of Barney Thomson and enjoyed both. A refreshing change from big budget Hollywood films.

frenchfancy Tue 24-Jan-17 09:28:28

I agree. We are enjoying A series of unfortunate events. So nice to find something that Dd1, 2 and 3 enjoy. Also lately discovered The unstoppable Kimmy Smitz which is weird but fun.

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