A Guide to Making Netflix Decisions

Ah, Netflix.

The running joke of our time is that we all spend more time looking for a movie than actually watching it. I know I’ve killed many an hour browsing on movie night, only to end up not even finding anything worth watching.

Before I cancelled my account, I found out that there are actually some gems on there. Here, we at C&C have put together this nifty guide that will hopefully help other lost souls find solace on their next movie night.

With love:

The Chai & Chats

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Michael Cera killin' it in "Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus"

Michael Cera killin’ it in “Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus”

TOP WINNERS: Slice  of Life movies that moved me to the core. These are films that stuck with me long after I watched them. There’s hype around each of these. Believe the hype (this time); it’s well deserved.

  1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi: Quest Love proclaimed to watch this film 10 times. Then, was so inspired by 80+ year old sushi chef shokunin he went to Tokyo with Anthony Bourdain and ate at Jiro’s famous $300 a plate restaurant. *BOOM.* What else do you need? (If you do: It’s a stunningly interesting documentary on Japanese work ethic and the heart of a craftsman).
  2. Blue Is The Warmest Color: This is a raw, emotional story about first love, in all its authentic and obsessive realness. This film’s been hugely controversial because of some graphic lesbian sex scenes and the notorious director’s working style. Despite the negative reviews, I found the film to be incredible. The acting is so natural that I felt so much for the main character, Adele, as she deals with falling into and losing her first love. This is a powerful story that I think is very well done. Cheers to capturing the realness.
  3. Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus: A). Michael Cera KILLS IT. He perfectly plays the annoying “ugly American” who cares too much about partying mindlessly to appreciate the stunning beauty of Chile. B). The director, Sebastian Silva, is what young, raw talent is all about. After I watched this, I couldn’t help but fall into a deep Google search about him and read several of his interviews. He and Cera have a lot of great creative chemistry, that comes across in the organic quality of their films. I’m really inspired by both their styles. Silva as a director has a beautiful way of seeing the world. He’s an insightful thinker, as all of his movies are essentially intricate character studies. Crystal Fairy, for example, studies the first time a young man feels compassion. He captures the awkwardness along with sentimental bliss. It’s never overly done or too campy. It’s just right.

MOOD: Documentaires

  1. Comedy: The Improv
  2. Design: Helvetica
  3. Food: Forks Over Knives
  4. Life: Cutie and the Boxer
  5. Comedy: 2012 Nantucket Film Festival Comedy Roundtable hosted by Bill Hader
  6. Life: Happy
  7. The Egyptian Revolution: The Square
  8. Biology/uncovering the mystery of human attraction: The Science of Sex Appeal

MOOD: Inspiring + Travel + Extreme sports and/or food (it’s a thing.)

  1. David Chang: The Mind of a Chef
  2. First Love
  3. Blue Crush 2 (trust me.)
  4. Art of Flight: The Series

MOOD: Comedy Series to Get Addicted To

  1. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  2. 30 Rock
  3. Parks & Recreation
  4. Louis C.K.
  5. Arrested Development
  6. Old seasons of SNL #throwbackcity

MOOD: Thought Provoking + Intense

  1. Orange Is The New Black
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. Dexter
  4. West Wing
  5. Pulp Fiction

MOOD: Romance me, baby

  1. Like Crazy
  2. Blue Valentine
  3. Drinking Buddies
  4. Tonight You’re Mine
  5. The Saphires

MOOD: Female Empowerment 

  1. Thelma & Louise
  2. Y Tu Mama También
  3. Amelie
  4. Frida
  5. Frances Ha
Cheers to enjoying movie night again, friends! We hope this helps!

5 responses to “A Guide to Making Netflix Decisions

  1. I don’t like watching movies unless I know they will be worth it so I’m happy you compiled this cheat sheet! Miiiiiiight even have to give BC2 a whirl. 🙂

    Also loved Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus! Agreed that Michael Cera killed it/ great casting all around.


    • BC2 is the best. Actually could also be under “women empowerment.” It’s a travel-surf story of friendship & personal growth set in South Africa – what’s not to love?

    • My favorite documentary, hands down. I loved how the cinematography captured the mastery, as well. Who would’ve thought they could make a movie about sushi so captivating?

      Thanks for the comment!

      • When I first saw that it was offered on Netflix, I really thought that was an asinine topic for a documentary. Then I started watching it and was glued to it.

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