View Full Version : Netflix *Watch Instantly* Discoveries/Recommendations

04-21-2012, 11:31 AM
I love discovering movies and tv shows that I have no idea what I am getting into and then having them turn out to be great. Here are a few.

The Gauntlet (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076070) (1977) D. Clint Eastwood. - (from IMDB) A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.

I realize this isn't all that obscure, but what a helluva movie! The movie is pure cheese and please. The plot is hardly original, but it is so completely over-the-top that it more than makes up for any eye-roll strain you may acquire watching it. The jaw-dropping climax is worth the price of admission. Watch it with a six-pack and a friend.

*I would post a direct link to NF, but sadly the movie was removed from the streaming library, I am sure it will be back soon.*

The Baby (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069754/) (1973) D. Ted Post - (from Netflix) Social worker Ann Gentry visits an odd family that includes a domineering mother, two trashy sisters, and Baby -- an adult son who wears diapers and sleeps in a crib. Ann makes it her mission to rescue Baby, but she's harboring a disturbing secret.

Directed by a director known for his television work and it shows. It plays like a tv movie. I mean, considering the plot, it plays fairly tame. However, it chock full of crazy plot twists and scenes. Watch for the baby sitter scene! It is such a strange premise played straight with a dry sense of humor. The actor who plays "Baby" really does sell it. You find yourself feeling for the guy. The two sisters ooze 70's sexiness and the mother is great. You even The acting over all is pretty good. For added fun, play "Watch for the Herpes" on the main actress.


Plunder Road (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050847/) (1957) D. Hubert Cornfield (whadda name!) - (from Netflix) After robbing a train carrying $10 million in gold, a team of thieves must now find a way to get all that loot safely back to Los Angeles.

I love heist movies and this one didn't disappoint. The movie moves along at a very quick pace. It is mainly about the getaway. Reservoir Dogs came to mind a few times for me while watching this. The heist itself reminded me of Rififi. It also shares some ideas with the Killing, hell, it also has Elisha Cook, Jr (which is awesome)! Let me lay it out.. if you enjoy heist and Film Noir, you WILL love this movie. The ending has been ripped off in a Gene Hackman movie (you figure out which). What a pleasant surprise this was.

Netflix (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Plunder_Road/70154425?trkid=2361637)

There we go, I think all 3 of these movies deserve more recognition. I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations.