Instant Gratification

In this age of digital streaming and 3D Plasma TV home viewing experiences, our preoccupation with replicating the cinema experience, no matter how futile, is at an all-time high. With that in mind, and with the knowledge that Netflix has monopolized our collective need for constant media, I've complied a list of films currently on instant that I feel are must-sees. These films are listed in their Netflix-inspired subgenres below.

by Jericho Cerrona April 27, 2015

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness 2014 [NR] 118 minutes

Based on your interest in: All things Studio Ghibli

Cast: Hayao Miyazaki, Hideaki Anno, Isao Takahata Director: Mami Sunada

Miele 2014 [R] 96 minutes

Based on your interest in: Dying with dignity and the Mexican Amy Seimetz

Cast: Jasmine Trinca, Carlo Cecchi Director: Valeria Golino

Winnebago Man 2010 [NR] 85 minutes

Based on your interest in: 90s VHS tapes, viral videos, and foul-mouthed salesmen outbursts

Cast: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer, Keith Gordon Director: Ben Steinbauer

Manuscripts Don't Burn 2014 [NR] 125 minutes

Based on your interest in: Covert filmmaking, government-sanctioned murder, and subversive Iranian thrillers

Cast: Uncredited Director: Mohammas Rasoulof

Detachment 2012 [R] 100 minutes

Based on your interest in: Impassioned, scatological rants against the American public school system

Cast: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden, Sami Gayle, Tim Blake Nelson, James Caan, Lucy Liu, Betty Kaye Director: Tony Kaye

Full Review Here

Nostalghia 1983 [NR] 125 minutes

Based on your interest in: Extended tracking shots, slow zoom lenses, and long stretches of ponderous soul-searching

Cast: Oleg Yankovsky, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

How To Train Your Dragon 2 2014 [PG] 102 minutes

Based on your interest in: Human/dragon bonding, Roger Deakins visual consulting, and epic swooping

Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kit Harrington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig Director: Dean DeBlois

Full Review Here

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2011 [NR] 114 minutes

Based on your interest in: Hammocks, caverns, silent meals, glowing-eyed creatures, and sexualized catfish

Cast: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Full Review Here

Summer of Blood 2014 [R] 86 minutes

Based on your interest in: Self-deprecating hipster vampires

Cast: Onur Tukel, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Dakota Goldhor Director: Onur Tukel

Computer Chess 2013 [NR] 92 minutes

Based on your interest in: Public access TV, nerd culture, possible artificial intelligence, hippie conferences, and CRT monitors

Cast: Patrick Riester, Wiley Wiggins, Myles Paige Director: Andrew Bujalski