FlixList – Let’s Get Started

FlixList wades through the BS available to stream on Netflix to bring you the best a nerd can get.

Movies - Yes, there are a lot of terrible movies on Netflix, especially when it comes to titles available for streaming. Perhaps with this list of suggestions, you won’t have to scroll through quite so many titles that look the absolute same and hope that you land on a good one.

  • Ironclad – Middle-Ages war movie. Helps to scratch that Game of Thrones itch between seasons. Action-packed and violent, but balanced well with story. Solid acting throughout, especially in the case of Paul Giamatti.
  • Chasing Amy - One of the more thoughtful Kevin Smith movies, but still riddled with humor. Yeah, it has Ben Affleck, but it’s still good and you know it.
  • The Crow – The original, the good one. Back before sequels did to this franchise what they did to Highlander, although to a lesser extent.
  • The Captains – William Shatner embraces his Star Trek roots to the absolute fullest. Unless you are an avid Trek fan like myself, you can probably skip this one. But if you are that avid fan, then you absolutely must watch this. Patrick Stewart (in yet another shining example of his superiority over Shatner as a Starfleet Officer) manages to explain the fame as well as the infamy of playing a Trek captain to Shatner in a way that seems to finally make sense to the Shat.

Television Shows - Clearly the best way to watch a television show is from beginning to end, all the way through, with no commercial interruptions whatsoever. Thankfully, that is now totally possible.

  • Star Trek : The Next Generation – I could have just written “Star Trek” here and called it good, as Netflix has all of it. Well, all of the series, anyway. Instead, though, I put The Next Generation here because it was the most consistently entertaining of the series, and in my opinion had the easiest cast of characters to relate to. And as I have no doubt made clear, Picard is the superior officer.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 - If this show needs to be introduced to you, then you do not deserve to watch it. But, that having been said, go watch it, and then tell me how much you love it.
  • Warehouse 13 – In the pilot episode of this show, one of the main characters explains, “If a radio landed in the hands of Thomas Jefferson, you know what Jefferson would do? He would just lock it up until he figured out it wasn’t gonna kill him. And that is exactly what we do here; take the unexplained and we just safely tuck it away in this supersized Pandora’s box.” This show follows the two agents whose job it is to find objects with occult or paranormal properties and stop them from hurting anyone / being used as weapons / etc. and bring them back to an Area 51-type secret installation in the American desert. Beyond that (very cool) premise, the show is also pretty funny. Those two things, mixed with the mystery-solving structure of many of the episodes make it almost like Scooby-Doo for grown-ups. Remember how much fun you had watching Scooby-Doo? This is probably one of two or three things of any value to come out of the SyFy channel in recent times.
  • Samurai Champloo – Being an American anime fan can be difficult. Very rarely does a series that you find truly engaging make it to our screens at home. Champloo has the same Wu-Tang Eastern philosophy mixed with hip-hop beats and sensibility that made Ghost Dog such a cool movie. The fight scenes are lighting fast and the English voice acting isn’t actually half bad. Regrettably, as with most kick-ass anime series, Samurai Champloo has very few episodes, only 26. *Also of interest, fan favorite series Death Note is also currently available in its entirety on the Instant Queue.

For that very particular kind of nerd

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