I don’t understand the outcry from some quarters that, “There’s nothing to watch on Netflix Instant.” I couldn’t disagree more. There are currently 37 films in my “Instant” queue that — if there were but world enough and time — I would be watching immediately. To name only a few: Meek’s Cutoff, Biutiful, Rabbit Hole, and Antichrist.
For anyone unsure of what to watch next, Netflix provides tons of recommendations (click on the “Watch Instantly” tab), but most additions to my queue come from one of my favorite podcasts Filmspotting. I also have no need in particular to be a shill for Netflix, but I do think that — even with their recent tone-deaf price hike — it is still one of the best deals out there, especially if you cancel cable, as we did years ago. In my view, they waited far too long to raise their rates, then fumbled an attempt to make up the difference all at once.
But on to the fun part! The following are some of the shows or films that I’ve enjoyed streaming some or all of at some point in the last year. My “top ten” are bolded:
- Battlestar Gallactica
- Breaking Bad
- Brothers & Sisters
- Capitalism: A Love Sotry
- Carlos: Miniseries
- Commander in Chief
- Commander in Chief
- Hoop Dreams
- Jack & Bobby
- Merlin: Season One
- Millennium Trilogy (Stieg Larsson)
- A Prophet
- Pushing Daisies
- The Red Shoes
- Red State
- The Riches
- Sleeper Cell
- Sons of Anarchy
- The Walking Dead
Bonus: We recently subscribed to HuluPlus and bought a Roku box to keep up with some shows more currently, although I lament the commercials on Hulu. Many nights we watch parts of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. We also keep up with Glee, Modern Family, and Up All Night. My wife additionally is a big fan of The Office, 30 Rock, and Parenthood.
What are some of your favorite streaming videos from Netflix or a similar source from this past year?
What should I add to my queue for 2012?
I welcome your feedback in the comments section.
The Rev. Carl Gregg is a trained spiritual director, a D.Min. candidate at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the pastor of Broadview Church in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Follow him on Facebook (facebook.com/carlgregg) and Twitter (@carlgregg).