9 Somewhat Outside the Box Netflix Instant Recommendations for the Lazy Holiday Week
Sleepwalk with Me (2012)
Mike Birbiglia tells the (basically true) story of balancing a life in comedy with relationship issues and a progressively ridiculous Sleepwalking habit. Despite it reeking of Birbiglia’s trademark aloof humor, this movie does a great job in tackling real issues head-on. Fearless comedy at its best.
Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This? (2008)
Just an outrageous comedian, who manages to be both more likeable and hateable as the set goes on. Burr’s dark humor definitely isn’t for everyone (read: mostly for self-loathing misanthropes), but his commentary sure is despicably genius.
Road Trip: Beer Pong (2009)
Your typical “cult classic” predicated on the fact that it’s so awful, it’s actually amazing in its own little way. Perfect for those who realize that college is in fact, nothing like this at all.
Lost in Translation (2003)
Sort of serious and makes you think about stuff on an intrinsically deeper level (yes, terrifying), but the combo of Bill Murray and an up-and-coming Scarlett Johansson is damn near unbeatable.
The Perfect Score (2004)
Not quite an Oscar winner, but…this cast! We’ve got Captain America, Ben Epstein of How to Make it in America, NBA superboy Darius Miles, and I definitely don’t have a thing for 2003-2005 Scarlett Johansson.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-2012)
Honestly, this is just me being a real, real latecomer. But if you haven’t gotten all that you’ve can out of this shameless sitcom, best plow through over the next few days. I’m thinking this is best watched after each family member gets properly disgraced at Christmas dinner.
The Fighter (2010)
In my humble opinion one of the better movies ever made. Christian Bale gives arguably the greatest acting performance of his career, let alone the majority of careers. Not an amatuer.
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
If the phenomenal 80’s soundtrack isn’t doing it for you, just stare at Teresa Palmer the entire time. Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are quite the supporting duo, and Topher Grace and the poor man’s Jonah Hill are a rather wonderful best friend duo. All in all, a vastly underrated movie about the realities of what it’s like to not go to college anymore.
Craigslist Joe (2012)
We went off when we heard this movie was being made. Now, it’s on Netflix. Life is good.