What to watch

Ever have trouble deciding what to watch? I definitely struggle with that all the time. If i can’t find something that sounds good, I usually just end up watching reruns of The Office on Netflix, but sometimes I just really want to watch a movie. Never fear! I’ve scoured the internet to bring you a few lists of movies that are streaming on Netflix, and worth watching for various reasons.

Here are several links for general “must watch” lists. If you don’t have any particular genre in mind, and just want something new to watch, check some of these out! There are a lot of really great movies to be seen in each of these lists.

http://likes.com/media/amazing-netflix-movies-youve-never-seen

http://thechive.com/2013/11/21/20-great-films-you-can-watch-on-netflix-right-now-20-photos/

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2013/03/the-100-best-movies-on-netflix-instant.html

http://www.vulture.com/2013/11/whats-new-on-netflix-streaming-november-2013.html

http://www.neontommy.com/news/2013/08/top-ten-movies-netflix-worth-watching

http://jonknudtson.blogspot.com/2013/03/movies-best-movies-streaming-on-netflix.html

If you’re looking for something a little more specific, here are a few more lists that are broken down by genre, including one of my favorites, “awesomely bad” movies.

http://screencrush.com/netflix-instant-horror-movies/

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/11/the-20-best-comedy-movies-on-netflix-instant.html

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/10/the-25-most-awesomely-bad-movies-on-netflix-instant.html

And finally, just for fun, here’s a list of movies on Netflix that you should avoid, according to The Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/10451736/Netflix-10-films-to-avoid.html?frame=2735589

I’m always looking for If you’ve seen any of the movies in the lists above, feel free to comment and tell us what you thought!

180° South

This pick is a slight break from what we’ve typically been posting on this blog, being that it’s a documentary, but I’ve watched this movie about 15 times since it came out three years ago, and it gives me goosebumps every time.

180° South is a story about a guy named Jeff Johnson. Jeff’s a pretty average guy, with a pretty average job, who loves rock climbing and surfing. However, when Jeff finds old footage of Doug Tompkins and Yvon Chouinard (the founders of The North Face and Patagonia clothing companies) on a road trip to Chile, he decides to find a way to recreate the trip that both men claim played a significant role in the inspiration for their life’s work.

Jeff hires on as a deck hand on a boat bound for Patagonia, Chile and leaves his job, home, and way of life behind to embark on a journey that will change the way he looks at the world. He not only takes the trip of a lifetime, but he gets to meet his heroes.  Jeff  talks to Tompkins and Chouinard about how they have both dedicated their lives to protecting nature in whatever ways they can, and this documentary gives the viewer a peek into exactly what it is that these two are doing to give back using what they have made with their successful companies.

Whether you love spending time in the outdoors, or simply suffer from a bit of wanderlust, you’ll thoroughly enjoy 180° South. From shipwrecks, to mountain climbing, Jeff’s expedition south of the equator has just about everything a good adventure needs, and it’ll leave you wanting to hit the road yourself.

Mud

Mud is about two young boys living somewhere in Arkansas, who stumble upon a mysterious man named Mud, living in a boat suspended in the treetops of a small island in the middle of the Mississippi River. The boys, Ellis and Neckbone, are both curious about who Mud is, and what he’s doing living by himself on that island. The boys are soon drawn into a story of Mud’s undying love for a girl he calls Juniper, and the lengths he is willing to go in order to protect her.

I loved this movie. While the character’s names seemed a little bit silly in the beginning (Mud, Neckbone, ect.), the story is very well written, and McConaughey plays a great supporting role to Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, who played Ellis and Neckbone, respectively. These two young actors both did a wonderful job portraying two boys who have grown up on the river and living off the land.

Mud is ultimately a coming of age story about Ellis, whose parents are getting divorced, and he is left in the middle to decide how to react. When he meets Mud, he is swept away by Mud’s love for Juniper, and is willing to do just about anything to help him reunite with her.

I highly recommend this one. The story moves along well throughout, the characters are believable, and the end will leave you feeling satisfied.

The Place Beyond the Pines

Luke Glanton and Avery Cross (played by Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper respectively) live on opposite sides of the law in this well written drama centered around love, loss, and lineage.

The Place Beyond the Pines is one of the better movies I have seen in the past year. I’m not going to give away any main plot points in my review because this movie is a solid original screenplay about two men whose paths cross in an incredibly shocking way and the ripple effect it has on those around them. This movie draws you in and keeps you guessing throughout.

When Luke Glanton, a motorcycle stunt rider in a traveling carnival, finds out he has a son, he decides it’s his responsibility to take care of him. Glanton leaves his life as a stunt rider and gets a job at an auto shop. Shortly after, he goes on a spree of bank robberies with his boss throughout the town of Schenectady, New York, in which he uses his motorcycle as his getaway vehicle.

Avery Cross is a first year Schenectady police officer with a law degree and plans to rise fast through the ranks of the department. Cross is out on patrol when he sees Glanton, now dubbed “The Moto-Bandit,” fleeing the scene of his most recent bank robbery. When the two meet, it changes both of their lives along with the lives of those closest to them, for the worse.

the Place Beyond the Pines is a great example of a movie that they just got right. It appeals to most audiences because it has a little bit of everything: guns, drama, high-speed chases, drugs, love, revenge and corruption. . If you have 2 hours and 20 minutes to spare, I highly recommend this one.

Here we go

Close your eyes and imagine this for a second. You’re done with classes for the day, you don’t have any homework, you don’t have a date tonight, you have absolutely nothing to do. Well, maybe not absolutely nothing to do.

If you have a Netflix account you have literally thousands of hours of entertainment at your fingers. “But there’s nothing good on Netflix,” you say. “I can’t ever find anything to watch!” My name is Brock Niederhofer, and I’m here here to tell you that there are, in fact, tons of great movies on Netflix.

I’m a fifth-year-senior at Abilene Christian University, and I love my Netflix account. I’m actually watching The Office on my Netflix account while I’m writing this post. Whenever I can’t find anything to do, I fire up my PS3 and search through my Instant Queue and find something to watch. My goal for this blog is to keep your Instant Queue full, and your nights in entertaining.

In this blog, we’ll cover movies from all kinds of genres, documentaries, and possibly some TV series, but probably not many chick flicks (sorry ladies). We’ll be discussing movie content, story, effects, cinematography, and pure entertainment value.

Is there a movie you haven’t seen that you want to know more about? Suggest it in the comments section and we’ll watch it and let you know how it was! Just remember, you never have to be bored. There’s always something good to watch, and luckily, I’m here to find it for you.