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Okay, so my friend's teenage son subscribes to the online Netflix thing -- one month free, then only 8 bux a month.  Sounds great, right?  I signed up.

I wanted to watch Leaving Rangoon again.  It's a terrific film I first saw on cable about 20 years ago.

Can't find it.

In fact, a quick check of their site shows me a lot of movies for 14-year-olds but very little for cinema buffs.  Couldn't find Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, for example.  I'm not saying it isn't there - but I couldn't find it.

So, what I'm really asking is, how do you search the site for optimum results?

How do you indicate that their sophomoric offerings are what you avoided at the theater lo these many decades because they were never interesting and remain such?

8 bux a month is worth it if I can find ONE film per month I want to see.

So far, the batting average is ZERO.

All I wanted was Leaving Rangoon.  Is it there?  Anybody know?  My search skills are, admittedly, rusty, except for the NYT, Google, and here.

So if there are any Netflix aficianados out there, I would appreciate advice on how to find the kind of old, quirky movies I like.

Thanks in advance.  (^.^)

Originally posted to Chez Youff on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 03:41:56 PM PDT

  •  I know nothing whatever about Netflix, (5+ / 0-)

    but I suggest you pimp this diary in the pootie thread, because lots of people look there. Surely tons of people know this stuff and you just need their eyes.

    I'll be sad if I hear that you actually just can't see anything but crap on Netflix!


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    by belinda ridgewood on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 03:51:43 PM PDT

  •  Sounds like it's not a Watch Instantly but maybe a (4+ / 0-)

    DVD rental :(

    A lot of their movies are not for streaming, just for the DVD rental--which is extra cost.

    Or is it Beyond Rangoon?

    •  Pretty sure it's Leaving Rangoon (3+ / 0-)
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      SoCaliana, middleagedhousewife, Sylv

      unless they changed the title.  It's a scary race to get out of the country (Myanmar now, Burma then) that is partly based on a real story.  I think they were racing toward the Thai border.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 03:57:37 PM PDT

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      •  Do you mean beyond rangoon? (4+ / 0-)
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        SoCaliana, Youffraita, marina, Sylv

        Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

        by psilocynic on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:00:45 PM PDT

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        •  YES! Sweetie, thanks to you and all the other (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          psilocynic, Annalize5

          kossacks who turned me on to the proper name of the film -- and special props to the kossack who linked me to the streaming version on YT.

          Many, many thanks to all of you.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:56:09 PM PDT

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      •  Sure it's not Beyond Rangoon? (9+ / 0-)

        1994, starring Patricia Arquette?  I just did a search, and there is no title for Leaving Rangoon.

        Here's a link to Beyond Rangoon and the description:

        Patricia Arquette stars as American widow Laura Bowman, a young doctor who's unwittingly drawn into political turmoil while vacationing in Burma in the late 1980s, in this fictionalized drama based on actual events. Bowman initially left San Francisco with her sister (Frances McDormand) in an attempt to escape painful memories of her husband and son's violent deaths. But her fight to escape to Thailand could prove just as harrowing.

        http://donotgetsickinthesinkplease.wordpress.com/

        by kayebee on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:01:40 PM PDT

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      •  check this review: (2+ / 0-)
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        Youffraita, Sylv

        Here

        This should be on your netflix streaming :)

      •  Also, tips for finding movies you like on Netflix (3+ / 0-)

        Netflix pioneered a video recommendation system that suggests movies you might like based upon the ratings you give movies you've seen. So if you surf the site and rate movies that you like or dislike, it will automatically create a list of "suggestions for you."  

        Rate all the old quirky movies you love, and youll see the system generate a bunch of movies like that for you to check out.

        http://donotgetsickinthesinkplease.wordpress.com/

        by kayebee on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:06:40 PM PDT

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        •  LOL! Thanx -- already started that (0+ / 0-)

          mostly by down-rating kid stuff.

          But I have a real problem with those algorithms.  Amazon has one, too.  And Amazon either recs things I've already read, or stuff "other people who liked this also liked" shit I have no intention of ever reading.

          Their algorithms do not reflect the quirks of us real humans.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:11:54 PM PDT

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          •  I've been a netflix subscriber for years, I find (0+ / 0-)

            their projection of what I'll like mostly spot-on. For any given movie, they can project what I'd rate it, and it's usually close. So I look for films they think I'll rate 3.0 or above.

            They have lots of years of me rating films to base their projections on, which helps. Believe me, they never recommend kid's stuff to me.

            working for a world that works for everyone ...

            by USHomeopath on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 09:37:06 PM PDT

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  •  You might have better luck with Hulu Plus. (6+ / 0-)

    You can get a trial week and see. And it is $7.99 a month too. They carry every old TV series too.I Spy and Rifleman for petes sake lol. I have Netflix and find it difficult to search it because of the program which has determined what I like and doesn't give me access to other stuff that maybe I wasn't in the mood for for a while. I hate being thought of as predictable... Most of thier selection of stuff I would like is absolutely and totally wrong...

    Maybe someone knows how to maneuver the site but I found that they used to have larger collection of complete years for a show and now are limited to a few seasons to stream. You might be able to get DVDs. You are right that there seems to be a lot of cartoons and juvenile movies. But then most stuff being made is in either category... always has been and probably always will be. Someone recognized a parents need to distract and entertain. You could also check Amazon Prime... I have them for free shipping and get a huge selection of free movies and TV shows to stream.

    How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 03:53:56 PM PDT

    •  Hulu plus makes you watch so many ads now (3+ / 0-)

      I find it unbearable.  Maybe I'm just spoiled, though.  Amazon is often very reasonable for individual movies,  and requires you to sit through no ads.

      "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

      by middleagedhousewife on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:29:27 PM PDT

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      •  not on the movies. (2+ / 0-)
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        middleagedhousewife, Sylv

        That's just on most of the TV shows.

        And Hulu Plus has some excellent foreign films to watch.

        It has films Netflix just doesn't have for streaming.

        I love Fellini, and i found three Fellinini films there.  Plus Rashomon, etc.


        "A recent study reveals Americans' heads are larger than they were 150 years ago but sadly there is no indication that the extra room is used for anything." - entlord

        by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:37:55 PM PDT

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    •  Re (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Sylv
      I have Netflix and find it difficult to search it because of the program which has determined what I like and doesn't give me access to other stuff that maybe I wasn't in the mood for for a while.
      You can always do an actual text search for something. Netflix won't deliberately hide stuff from you, even if it doesn't think you'll like it.

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      by Sparhawk on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:54:38 PM PDT

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    •  My wife and I tried Hulu, but got rid of it after (0+ / 0-)

      ...the first month when we got sick of the advertisements.  We're both pretty much adbusters, and resent advertising in all forms.  

      If I'm watching TV or listening to music for free on broadcast, I still hate the ads but I understand why they're there -- someone has to pay for it.  But when I pay for content only to have ads, it pisses me off badly.  

  •  You might have better luck with Hulu Plus. (2+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, AlyoshaKaramazov

    You can get a trial week and see. And it is $7.99 a month too. They carry every old TV series too.I Spy and Rifleman for petes sake lol. I have Netflix and find it difficult to search it because of the program which has determined what I like and doesn't give me access to other stuff that maybe I wasn't in the mood for for a while. I hate being thought of as predictable... Most of thier selection of stuff I would like is absolutely and totally wrong...

    Maybe someone knows how to maneuver the site but I found that they used to have larger collection of complete years for a show and now are limited to a few seasons to stream. You might be able to get DVDs. You are right that there seems to be a lot of cartoons and juvenile movies. But then most stuff being made is in either category... always has been and probably always will be. Someone recognized a parents need to distract and entertain. You could also check Amazon Prime... I have them for free shipping and get a huge selection of free movies and TV shows to stream.

    How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 03:54:36 PM PDT

    •  I have both (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Youffraita, middleagedhousewife

      and use Netflix a lot more - more movies, no advertising, less flaky software *(on Roku) and whole TV series available.

      Also very little happens on Hulu (plus) over the summer - worth having in fall though.

      •  I prefer Netflix too but then I am not looking for (0+ / 0-)

        older stuff. Though they are releasing stuff that is just now showing up in DVDs and streaming.

        Does anyone watch TV series through Apple??? We got rid of our satellite and jsut have a few currnet shows we want to watch. Jimminy Crickets have you see what the Lucy show is going for? I am going to have to budget for that one. Or that old movie with Rutget Hauer "Spilt Second"? Some wit on Amazon wants a grand for it. I have a VHS copy that I am going to transfer to my computer hard drive as soon as I get time to study up on it. I kept my old VHS player and am going to get a card to hook it up. Thinking I should go to SATA5 HD or USB3.  

        I just love that movie.

        How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

        by boophus on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 05:13:05 PM PDT

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  •  Netflix Streaming doesn't have all movies. (13+ / 0-)

    Its not 'the complete streaming film database.'  Netflix has to arrange to purchase the rights to show a film before it can stream it. But the service is ever-expanding.

    For instance it doesn't have Midnight In Paris, but it does have several other Woody Allen movies including Sleeper and Radio Days.

    Sorry, not seeing Beyond Rangoon.

    To have any movie you want, I'd recommend going with the DVD-mail service.  Rates start at $8 a month too.

    What Netflix does isn't give you access to every movie ever...but it does, for only 8 bucks a month, expand your DVD library exponentially.  Far, far far preferable IMO to HBO or Showtime.

    I personally love it to death precisely because I'm a movie lover.  In past two weeks I've watched Platoon, Once Upon a Time in The West, Swingers, refreshed myself on Breaking Bad and half of season one of Arrested Development.

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    by TarantinoDork on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 03:57:43 PM PDT

  •  I'm not a Netflix expert by any means (3+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, SoCaliana, Sylv

    But I couldn't find it even on IMDB.com, which pretty much has everything. So there's little chance that Netflix has it.

    The best way to find stuff you'll like is to either search by actor/director or start watching and rating stuff you already like  so that Netflix generates new recommendations. For example,  I didn't know they had Reservoir Dogs until today when it showed up on the home page.

  •  Sounds like you have Netflix Streaming. They (4+ / 0-)

    have a more limited selection.

    If you want the full collection--which is where they send DVDs to you--then you have to pay ANOTHER $8 a month.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 03:58:49 PM PDT

    •  Well, thanks, zb, but (3+ / 0-)
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      SoCaliana, middleagedhousewife, Sylv

      I have no way to play the DVDs.  And since I'm sitting in front of my desktop computer for much of the time I'm at home, streaming movies just made more sense.

      If I can figure out how to search for them.  :(

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:02:18 PM PDT

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      •  You might be able to play it on your desktop? /nt (2+ / 0-)
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        Eileen B, Youffraita
        •  No. (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          SoCaliana, Sylv

          Bought it used.  The DVD players don't work & I've never been able to figure out how to download the software to make them work.

          Basically, I am a computer not-geek.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:15:53 PM PDT

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          •  Replace DVD Drive (1+ / 0-)
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            Youffraita

            Computer geeking here ;)

            I'm not sure of your financial situation, but you can replace the DVD drive (about $50 labor plus the cost of the drive (around $20 for a basic drive). A lot of the big stores will install your drive if you get it from them (Frys, Best Buy, Micro Center I know will do that). If you want to do it yourself, there are lots of videos on Youtube that will take you through replacing the drive (generally open the computer, unscrew the drive (screws are really obvious), unhook the cables, pull out the drive, push in the new one, plug in the cables (they only plug in one way), and screw the drive into place. You really don't need drivers if you're using Windows XP.

            If you are leery of that, you can get an external DVD drive that you plug in via the USB port ($30-40).

            I use Netflix streaming and Netflix DVD. Their streaming options are a bit limited, and be warned - the movies go in and out of availability.

      •  Oh (1+ / 0-)
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        Youffraita

        that explains why I found Midnight in Paris and you didn't.

        The selection in streaming is limited. It has to be, since their business plan is to get lots of people to subscribe to both streaming and DVD.

        I get both and I think it's a fantastic deal, although I'm thinking about dropping the DVDs because I'm not watching them much.  

        Streaming works better if you just browse what they have instead of looking for particular things. A large percentage of what I search for isn't there, but there's still plenty of good stuff to watch.

        I just finished watching a good Canadian TV series called "Intelligence". Never heard of it before but I really enjoyed it.

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        by denise b on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 05:48:59 PM PDT

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  •  The only movie with 'Rangoon' in the title (8+ / 0-)

    on Netflix is 'Beyond Rangoon'

    Patricia Arquette stars as American widow Laura Bowman, a young doctor who's unwittingly drawn into political turmoil while vacationing in Burma in the late 1980s, in this fictionalized drama based on actual events. Bowman initially left San Francisco with her sister (Frances McDormand) in an attempt to escape painful memories of her husband and son's violent deaths. But her fight to escape to Thailand could prove just as harrowing.
    You just use the search feature on Netflix (the upper right box) and type in a keyword or title, in this case 'Rangoon')

    Does this help?

  •  i stream netflix constantly (6+ / 0-)

    i don't know what sorts of movies interest you but, unfortunately, netflix doesn't give us very many new, major release movies (although, i recently watched "drive" with ryan gosling and that was pretty good).

    a lot of the major studios aren't really getting on board with streaming and that has held up a lot of the more recognized movies from getting into the program.

    however, if you like movie classics, british TV shows (i HIGHLY recommend, "the IT crowd"), documentaries and a few direct-to-DVD classics you'll find something to watch.

    i must confess, i streamed "slumber party massacre" about a week & a half ago and enjoyed just as much as when my pals and i saw it in that all night theatre in san diego's horton plaza back in the early 80s.

    amazon generally has a good selection of newer movies for streaming (sometimes when they're still in the theatres) but you'll have to pay for those - anywhere from $1.99 to $12.99 a pop, but usually only about $2.99.

    my recommendation to you is to log on to the netflix site and use your pulldown menu under "watch instantly" and see what you can find.  there's good stuff there, you just have to look for it AND be willing to watch stuff you've never heard of before in order to track down those hidden gems.

    hope this helps.

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    by alguien on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:02:48 PM PDT

  •  Beyond Rangoon (5+ / 0-)

    Can be rented on DVD, but not streamed.  

    "Patricia Arquette stars as American widow Laura Bowman, a young doctor who's unwittingly drawn into political turmoil while vacationing in Burma in the late 1980s, in this fictionalized drama based on actual events. Bowman initially left San Francisco with her sister (Frances McDormand) in an attempt to escape painful memories of her husband and son's violent deaths. But her fight to escape to Thailand could prove just as harrowing."

    that sound right?  I'm not sure, it's dated 1994.

    Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris has a date of 2011, and is also available as a DVD.  

    You can get a combined package that allows you to get DVDs (by mail) and still have streaming (for your son).  I do both, because some things aren't available on streaming (or I want to watch the behind-the-scenes stuff, or watch it in the original language, or share it with my roommate...).  

    --Janet T

  •  It might be Amazon Prime for streaming. (2+ / 0-)

    The cost might be higher than Netflix, though.

    •  Depends. Many Amazon Prime streaming movies are (4+ / 0-)
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      high uintas, Sylv, Youffraita, WakeUpNeo

      ...free with a prime account.   If you buy a lot of books or other things Amazon sells every year, a Prime membership pays for itself, and the free movies are just icing on the cake.  

      I find that the free streaming stuff on Amazon is pretty much the same as Netflix Streaming.   But you can watch different things on a per-movie charge.  

      Between Amazon streaming, Netflix Streaming and disc delivery, and iTunes, my wife and I have been cable free for about 7 years.  

  •  You mean *Beyond* Rangoon? (5+ / 0-)

    (It's not on there either :)

    It's on YouTube though...

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    As for Netflix, I enjoy it a lot - but I'm usually catching up on TV series that I missed due to having "cut the cable" years and years ago.

    Lincoln unperson; substitute Reagan.

    by here4tehbeer on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:09:58 PM PDT

  •  I have Netflix by mail. I love their (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SoCaliana, Youffraita, Sylv, 207wickedgood

    selection but then I like obscure foreign and independent movies.

    Beyond Rangoon was great. I have DVD players but can't you just watch on a Laptop as well -in DVD form?

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    by ZenTrainer on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:10:43 PM PDT

  •  In my entire life there are a handful (3+ / 0-)

    of movies I've not been able to sit through.

    Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is one of them.  Unbelievable how trite the dialog was. Allen has lost his mojo, big time.

    On the other hand, I've found a string of witty British films on Netflix.

    Try Bedrooms and Hallways (with dreamy Kevin McKidd and James Purefoy). Or In the Loop.

    •  I have to agree with you, here. (2+ / 0-)
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      elmo, Youffraita

      and nominated for Best Picture?

      Must have been a SLOW year.

      The dialog could have been written by a B-level high school student.

      The IDEA of the movie is clever, but getting their is pretty grueling.


      "A recent study reveals Americans' heads are larger than they were 150 years ago but sadly there is no indication that the extra room is used for anything." - entlord

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:47:14 PM PDT

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      •  I had to look that up and read it twice (1+ / 0-)
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        Youffraita

        That crap won best screenplay? Unbelievable!

        I guess my taste is way out of step with the AMPAS. We thought the Hurt Locker was a cartoon level drama and couldn't believe that won best picture, either.

        •  But I would like to see it. (1+ / 0-)
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          JamieG from Md

          Just 'cause you two didn't like it, doesn't mean I won't.

          I've been  to Paris.  There is a soft spot in my heart for France.

          And the most recent film I've seen is Woody's To Rome with Love.

          So, y'know, it would kinda be like a double feature.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 07:46:10 PM PDT

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    •  "In the Loop" (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Anne was here, elmo, Youffraita

      is the best satire I've seen, since "Network"


      "A recent study reveals Americans' heads are larger than they were 150 years ago but sadly there is no indication that the extra room is used for anything." - entlord

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:48:45 PM PDT

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  •  Hi Youffraita, I'm sorry you're having (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Anne was here, Sylv, Youffraita

    trouble with it.  We use it for one thing, and one thing only:  Dr. Who.  (Yep.  Worth the 8 bux right there.)
    I'll ask my kids when I get home how to best search it.  I hope you can find something that makes it worth your 8 bux. :)

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:26:17 PM PDT

    •  Oops, NM -- looks like I should have read through (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Sylv, Youffraita

      the thread before commenting.
      Glad to see it's been found.

      "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

      by middleagedhousewife on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:32:20 PM PDT

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      •  LOL (0+ / 0-)

        And many, many thanx to whoever linked me to the whole movie of Beyond Rangoon on YT.  Wow.  It's as brilliant as I remember it.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 07:49:03 PM PDT

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  •  the streaming collection isn't anywhere near (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Youffraita

    as good as the DVD collection.

    AND, they cycle movies in and out of the streaming collection.

    My advice to you would be to get the "one DVD at a time" plan, which gives you the Streaming plus you can have one DVD out at a time.

    I think it's $15.98/month, but you'll have SO many more movies to chose from.


    "A recent study reveals Americans' heads are larger than they were 150 years ago but sadly there is no indication that the extra room is used for anything." - entlord

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:32:28 PM PDT

  •  Have you tried the "Taste Profile" tab? (0+ / 0-)

    Currently to the right of "Your Queue." I say "currently" because they seem to be doing some redesigning.

    I did a fairly long survey some time back and it did seem to improve their recommendations for me. Rating each film you watch really helps too, as does clicking "Not Interested" when they recommend things that don't appeal.

    Adding titles to your queue even if they only sound slightly interesting often brings up great suggestions you might not have thought of.

    I'm sure you've already discovered you can search for actors or directors and not just titles, right?

    With DVDs you can add a film to your queue even if Netflix doesn't yet offer it but I've tried finding how to do that for the streaming queue and wasn't able to. If they offer that it could be handy for creating a streaming "Wish List" so you won't have to keep remembering to search for something until it arrives. Hope this helps (and yes, I do waste far to much quality time on Netflix--watch out for the demon "Watch Next Episode" button when you discover a wonderful TV series you've never even heard of before). Hope they add Beyond Rangoon to streaming soon. Enjoy!

  •  If you get tired of netflix and have a laptop (1+ / 0-)
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    that can stream movies, go to facebook and try fandor, it's getting a lot of movies that netflix used to have for mail distribution but has taken out of circulation now that they are concentrating on streaming everything.

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    by blueoregon on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 05:16:26 PM PDT

  •  definitely switch (1+ / 0-)
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    Definitely switch Netflix to DVD if you like classics (and didn't want to go elsewhere).  Price is the same and I like the speedy service (2 day turnaround for me in Maine).

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    by 207wickedgood on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 06:31:00 PM PDT

  •  I don't find their recommendation system to be (1+ / 0-)
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    very good. There are things on my personal recommendations list that I would not watch under any circumstances. This is weird because the star ratings predictions are usually fairly accurate (I have rated hundreds of titles) but things show up on my personal with a predicted two or three star rating. Usually there are a couple that I have already watched also. I haven't figured out how to get the crap off of my list so I don't use it much anymore.

    I do better with the "Popular on Netflix" category. i don't know if that means that my taste is similar to the average Netflix customer (which seems unlikely) or if they massage this list according to my preferences.

    What really works well is that when I watch something unusual for me and give it a good rating, there will be a category "Other movies like xxx" with other things that I will actually like.

    •  I always ignore the bit (1+ / 0-)
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      that says "Other people who liked XXX also liked this" b/c invariably I have already seen/read it or it is something so horrible I will never watch it.

      But thanks, AC.

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      by Youffraita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 07:52:11 PM PDT

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