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Netflix Now: Limonada Edition


Netflix Instant additions for the week!
Jun 11
// Nick Valdez
Earlier this week, as police officers have a harder time in the news, police shut down two little girls' lemonade stand. The two little girls were trying to make some money to go to a water park in Texas, and they were shut d...
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Netflix Now: #ThanksObama Edition


Netflix Instant additions for the week!
May 21
// Nick Valdez
Well, the POTUS with the MOSTUS has joined Twitter. There's some kind of gag in here somewhere, but this all seems way too surreal to be funny. In the few hours he's been on Twitter, he's already taken a jab at Bill Clinton, ...
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Netflix Now: The King Has Returned Edition


Netflix Instant additions for 5/15
May 07
// Nick Valdez
Wow, so it's been three months since I last wrote one of these. Big apologies for that since lots of life stuff came up at once. I actually moved cross country (from San Antonio, TX to Astoria, NY) and it has taken me awhile ...
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Netflix Now: Comebacks Edition


Joe, Horns, Chef and more on Netflix Instant
Feb 06
// Nick Valdez
Thanks to a great coincidences, a bunch of musicians have been making a comeback. Paul McCartney has had a hand in Kanye and Rihanna's music, Kelly Clarkson has released a new single after the birth of her child, and Missy El...

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Netflix Now: Resolution Edition


The Road to El Dorado, Batman & Robin, and The Interview (January 24th!) and more on Netflix Instant
Jan 22
// Nick Valdez
Wow, it's been a while so sorry about that. Anyhoo, since it's a long list I'll get right to it after a few things. I'll try and make this bi-weekly from now on to avoid all of this, and thank you for reading this list time a...

The Ten Best Christmas Movies on Netflix Instant (2014 Edition)

Dec 22 // Nick Valdez
Honorable Mentions: The Preacher's Wife, Santa Paws, Santa Paws 2, Codename Kids Next Door (S5, E5) - Operation: N.A.U.G.H.T.Y.,  [embed]218693:42057:0[/embed] Planes, Trains, and Automobiles This movie's such a great comedy in its own right, you could watch it outside of the holiday and not feel weird. A film that set the stage for the "Road Trip" comedy, Planes, Trains and Automobiles features a memorable performance from John Candy (which means it's an automatic winner already), and lots of awesome anti-Christmas spirit.  [embed]218693:42070:0[/embed] The Muppet Christmas Carol There are tons of different versions of A Christmas Carol out there, but The Muppet Christmas Carol is one of my favorites. Maybe it's because the Muppets themselves are great, or maybe it's the musical numbers, or maybe it's the fact it's one of the few stories that features a timeline in which Kermit and Miss Piggy actually get married and conceive children. It's just got lots of cute moments that are really hard to pass up. The two Marley ghosts are still my favorite bit.  [embed]218693:42071:0[/embed] Love, Actually I actually have no idea why Love, Actually works as well as it does. What should be shmaltzy holiday fodder clicks due to its well selected cast, hidden darkness (Rick Grimes straight up stalks a girl), and snappy dialogue.  [embed]218693:42072:0[/embed] Bad Santa I don't have fond memories of Bad Santa mostly because I saw the second cut, Badder Santa first. Turns out the slightly cleaner cut was much better. It's not a holiday classic for most, but it should be. If you can get passed all of the jackassery and gross kids, it's got a lot of heart. Takes the poop out of the Christmas myth.  [embed]218693:42073:0[/embed] Scrooged This may be yet another version of A Christmas Carol, but it's far darker than most things on this list. With a skewed vision of pop culture and advertisement of the time (and thus dissecting the commercialism of the holiday season), Scrooged is a mix of cartoonish and bleak. It's like a holiday film your cranky old dad would enjoy. Both of you can watch and go "dern TV today." [embed]218693:42074:0[/embed] The Nightmare Before Christmas What's this? What's this? It's a movie everyone's seen.  [embed]218693:42075:0[/embed] Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas This pick is a little more personal. The first non-Rankin/Bass Christmas film I got was Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. It's pretty special as it introduced me to stories like Gift of the Magi and Groundhog Day. It's a perfectly harmless, imperfect Disney direct to home video film. You should at least check out the first segment where Huey, Dewey, and Louie wish it were Christmas everyday. It's fun, depressing, and full of laughs.  [embed]218693:42076:0[/embed] The Prince of Egypt The Prince of Egypt might be more of an Easter film, but it's the only pure religious film I'll ever acknowledge. When Dreamworks Animation was focused on challenging Disney, they churned out their best work during a golden era: The Prince of Egypt, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, The Road to El Dorado, and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. It was hit after hit after hit as they put so much money into turning out the best products. The Prince of Egypt is one of the best retellings of Exodus I've ever seen. Concise but full of information, stupendous musical numbers, stellar voice cast, and gorgeous animation. If you're thinking about the "Christ" part of Christmas, check this one out. It's religious without being super in your face about it.  [embed]218693:42077:0[/embed] American Dad S5, E9: Rapture's Delight So this one's a bit of a cheat, but I've made it a tradition to watch every American Dad Christmas special each year. The later ones (featuring Krampus and Damien) aren't that great, but the first four or so are true gems. The highlight of all these for sure is "Rapture's Delight." A Christmas special that suddenly turns into a send up of every great 80s action film with Mad Max-style visuals, Andy Samberg with his most annoyingly great voiceover work, and "Later world, smell my ass!" can't be beat.  [embed]218693:42078:0[/embed] Fireplace for Your Home ...sexy.  What do you think Flixist community? What are your favorite holiday films on Netflix Instant? 
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Merry Flixmas!
In December of 2013, I wrote about a Christmas movie a day for twenty five days. It was both the best and worst project I had ever attempted. I tested the limit of how many words I could actually come up with for each one. I ...

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Netflix Now: Year End, Rear End Edition


The Wolf of Wall Street, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Pee-wee's Playhouse and more on Netflix Instant
Dec 19
// Nick Valdez
As the last Netflix Now before the end of the year, I'd like to say it's been a good run. Although 2014 could've been a better year, I've had a lot of fun myself. Met a bunch of cool people, went to some cool places, ate some...
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Netflix Now: 2014 Kind of Sucks


Oculus, The One I Love, a load of Friday the 13th and more on Netflix Instant
Dec 05
// Nick Valdez
2014 has been very, very rough. Bad things have been happening everywhere and there's no sign of stopping. Sure bad things have been happening every year, but whatever's been bubbling under the surface all this time has final...
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Netflix Now: Taylor Swift is Still My Boo Edition


Se7en, Scream 4, Batman and more on Netflix Instant
Nov 13
// Nick Valdez
It seems we've come full circle. One of the first Netflix Now articles I ever wrote was "Taylor Swift is My Boo," and I'm glad I get to mention her here again. Her latest album, 1989, released a bit back and it's pretty good....
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Netflix Now: What's With All the Blackface? Edition


Snowpiercer, Django Unchained, Battle Royale and more on Netflix Instant
Oct 30
// Nick Valdez
Happy Halloween weekend, folks! You have any plans? Any plans are fine as long as they don't involve dressing up as insulting caricatures. Ray Rice costumes, sexy ISIS members (yes, that's a thing), and enough is enough. It's...

FlixList: The Ten Best Horror Films on Netflix Instant (2014 Edition)

Oct 29 // Nick Valdez
Honorable Mentions: Let the Right One In, The Ninth Gate, Maniac, Surf Nazis Must Die, American Mary, Event Horizon, V/H/S, House on Haunted Hill, The Stuff, The Fly, The House of the Devil, Children of the Corn  [embed]218490:41925:0[/embed] Tucker and Dale vs. Evil Although Tucker and Dale is more of a parody of the horror genre (as teens find themselves in precarious violent situations while the two try to save them), that doesn't mean it isn't full of the same suspense or gore you'd expect. If gruesome deaths are your horror bag, then this film's for you. If not, there are quite a lot of laughs mined from those gross moments.  [embed]218490:41935:0[/embed] My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Who is this for?  [embed]218490:41928:0[/embed] All Cheerleaders Die With a name like All Cheerleaders Die, you'd be forgiven for writting off this neat little flick. It's not as overtly sexual as the name implies, and is fact a nice twist on that pulpy horror "sexy beast" gimmick. It's not until the finale kicks in that you really see what kind of horror film it is, but it's worth it.  [embed]218490:41926:0[/embed] The Cabin in the Woods Cabin in the Woods is a must see for any horror fan. A true send up of the genre that goes batsh*t insane in the second half. It's one of those movies where if I explain why it's really good I'd ruin it, so please just take my word for it.  [embed]218490:41927:0[/embed] The Craft Maybe this is because I originally saw this as a prepubescent and it's filled with some of the most attractive women of the time (oh my god, Neve Campbell marry me), but The Craft is scary in that "teenagers are just the worst" way. It's basically a film version of that My Chemical Romance song "Teenagers," but like ten million times better. Seriously though, you can't get a better teenage angst film. [embed]218490:41929:0[/embed] The Frighteners Before Peter Jackson made six Lord of the Rings movies, he directed a film that deserves five more entries. Starring Michael J Fox and a host of legitimately frightening ghosts (that worm tunnel to hell still weird me out after all of this time), The Frighteners is always my go to for a good time.  [embed]218490:41930:0[/embed] Scream Out of all the slasher films on Netflix Instant, I'd have to pick Scream as my favorite. Maybe it's because this one stars Neve Campbell too, but it's the first film I remember utilizing the meta narrative that's exploited so much today. It was a hipster horror film before hipster horror was even a thing. A film you can ironically and un-ironically enjoy. Also let me just mention Neve Campbell one more time. So good. [embed]218490:41933:0[/embed] Battle Royale In Battle Royale, a group of Japanese schoolmates are randomly chosen each year to kill each other in order to appease the adults. Although I'm no longer at the age where this premise has a direct effect on me, it's still chilling. I guess if you're not into foreign films, just watch The Hunger Games for a lighter take on this idea. As long as the horrific themes sink in, you're golden.  [embed]218490:41931:0[/embed] Rosemary's Baby This film continues to give me nightmares to this day. Whether it's a fear of children, of women, of punishment for sexual desires, a paranoia of those around me, or the Devil itself, Baby taps into all of them and cripples me each time I see it. In fact, I'm getting goosebumps right now just thinking about it. And it's not just the horror aspects, Baby is just a damn good film. With an outstanding performance from Mia Farrow, excellent set design, and pulsing score, it's a film I'd recommend to everyone above all else.  [embed]218490:41934:0[/embed] Anaconda But sometimes...My anaconda do.  What do you think Flixist community? Are you mad I forgot about Evil Dead 2 until right now? What are your favorite horror films on Netflix Instant? 
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Do you like scary movies?
The tradition of watching scary movies during the Halloween season is now easier to keep up with than ever thanks to Netflix Instant. But with all the content available on the service, how do you know which ones are truly wor...

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Netflix Now: Sorry I Was In A Coma Edition


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mudbloods, In A World...and more on Netflix Instant
Oct 23
// Nick Valdez
Earlier this week, a man in the UK was outed for faking several disabilities and coma episodes for two years in order to avoid going to court. I'd like to take this time to say that guy is me and I apologize for my actions. I...
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Netflix Now: Pumpkin Spice Edition


Gilmore Girls, Team America: World Police, Bad Grandpa and more on Netflix Instant
Oct 03
// Nick Valdez
Well folks, it's October. Which means it's time for bad decisions, sexy costumes (I'm going as a sexy Charlie Brown this Halloween), and loads of diabetes. In case you'd somehow forgotten that it's October, every product ever...
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Netflix Now: I Stand With Kanye


Silver Linings Playbook, The Sacrament, 3 Days to Kill and more on Netflix Instant
Sep 18
// Nick Valdez
Last Friday during a concert in Sydney, Australia, Kanye West said he wasn't going to perform unless everyone in the audience stood up. Then he sent his bodyguard into the crowd to verify why a certain person was sitting, the...
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Netflix Now: Joseph Khan's Detention Edition


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Sep 03
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
Here's a partially true fact about me: If someone wants to be my friend, they have to watch Joseph Khan's Detention. If I spend any amount of time with a person and they haven't seen it, I hound them about it until they ...
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Netflix Now: Third Party Pseudo-Exclusives


You're Next, the Nymphomaniacs, and more
Aug 14
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
It's Gamescom, which means big game publishers not named Nintendo are all in Germany telling people about big new things that they're doing with their money. The biggest, showiest example of this was the announcement that the...
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Netflix Now: Pizza Swimsuit Edition


The Birdcage, All Cheerleaders Die, Mad Max and more on Netflix Instant
Aug 07
// Nick Valdez
I've always wanted to talk about Katy Perry here, I just wish it were under better circumstances. See, her newest single "How We Do" is pretty bad (much like the rest of PRISM, sadly) and slightly racist, but that's not what ...
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Netflix Now: Rock the Casbah


The Master, Hemlock Grove Season 2, I Am Devine and more on Netflix Instant
Jul 17
// Nick Valdez
It's been great watching Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's career skyrocket. He's a true blue "guy everyone wants to be, everyone wants to be with" who can go from children's films to action hero status without missing a beat. And ...
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Netflix Now: Lind-Sue Lohan Edition


Mean Girls, City of God, Journey to the West and more on Netflix Instant
Jul 03
// Nick Valdez
Apparently to signal the end of her once promising career, Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V for using her likeness without her permission. Technically she's right as GTAV uses everyone's likeness in tha...
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Netflix Now: War, What is it Good For? Edition


Disney's Tarzan, Spike Lee's Oldboy, WWE stuff and more on Netflix Instant
Jun 26
// Nick Valdez
Over the past few days, North Korea has responded to the first trailer for Seth Rogen and James Franco's new gig, The Interview. Citing it as an "act of war" if the American government allows that film to release. Normal...
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Netflix Now: The $4,000,000 V-Log


World War Z, Doc of the Dead, and uh, The Smurfs 2 and more on Netflix Instant
Jun 19
// Nick Valdez
One of the most popular Youtubers on Youtube is Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg with 27 million subscribers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the ad revenue from his vids nets him a cool $4 million a year (before ...
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Netflix Now: EEE 2014 Edition


Orange is the New Black season 2, The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and more on Netflix Instant
Jun 12
// Nick Valdez
It's been a great week. We got a new PSY single featuring Snoop Dogg, lots of videogame announcements were made during the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (check out our sister site, Destructoid, for all of that stuff), an...
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Netflix Now: Three Kardashians and a Baby Edition


Sherlock season 3, Wayne's World, The Craft and more on Netflix Instant
Jun 05
// Nick Valdez
After all of this time, I'm still keeping up with the Kardashians for some reason. Kim and Kanye (not Kanye and Kim, hilariously enough) or "Kamye/Kimye/Kimchi" had their wedding, and now one of the Kardashians sisters is pre...
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Netflix Now: Dumb Phones Edition


Machete Kills, Kill la Kill, Escape From Tomorrow and more on Netflix Instant
May 29
// Nick Valdez
Did you know there's a new trend where kids are giving up their smartphones in favor of "dumb" ones? I guess when phones do everything (and inspire terribly premised videogames), and everyone and their grandmother gets a hold...
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Netflix Now: Edumacated Edition


Star Trek Into Darkness, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Frozen Ground and more on Netflix Instant
May 22
// Nick Valdez
It's the end of the school season, folks. Lots of bright eyed kids are graduating, joining the real world, and then will wander around for a year before deciding what to do. I miss those days too. I mean, I don't miss not hav...
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Netflix Now: 100 Problems Edition


Pain and Gain, Much Ado About Nothing, Free Birds and more on Netflix Instant
May 15
// Nick Valdez
If you're having girl problems, I feel bad for you son. Jay Z hilariously now has 100 problems (I must be the first person on the internet to make that joke). Apparently Solange Knowles beat up Jay Z in an elevator for reason...
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Netflix Now: Lewinsky'd Edition


From Dusk Till Dawn, La Bamba, Return of the Dragon and more on Netflix Instant
May 08
// Nick Valdez
This week, after ten years, Monica Lewinsky has finally broken her silence on her affair will Bill Clinton (whether this is in response to Beyonce's "Partition" single misinformingly popularizing the term "Lewinksy'd" is unkn...
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Netflix Now: Kareem Abdul-JaBLAMO Editon


Metallica Through the Never, Don Jon, Odd Thomas and more on Netflix Instant
May 01
// Nick Valdez
April has really been a weird month. With its wacky weather, unfortunate deaths, and racism. The whole Donald Sterling thing seemed absurd. A white man says some racist comments in a private conversation, that conversation ge...
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Netflix Now: Rates Keep On Slippin' Slippin' Edition


Charlie Countryman, The Family (Malavita), bunch of Cartoon Network seasons and more on Netflix Instant
Apr 23
// Nick Valdez
Once again, Netflix is going to increase their rates due to an increased surge in popularity. After Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed their positive quarterly earnings, he stated that new customers should expect to pay one t...
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Netflix Now: Anyone else watching American Idol? Edition


Short Term 12, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Insidious: Chapter 2 and more on Netflix Instant
Apr 16
// Nick Valdez
I've really been digging this season of American Idol. Despite the ridiculous amount of cuts to Jennifer Lopez during the performances, most of the contestants this year have been great. And the new judging panel isn't too ba...

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