5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (11/27/13)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 27, 2013 5:05 PM
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Ulrich Seidl’s 'Paradise: Love'

Reiterating a suggestion I previously made... if you're a filmmaker/producer/distributor reading this, and your film is streaming on Netflix, please let me know. Netflix unfortunately doesn't have what I feel should be a more efficient search/sort method, and it can be quite a chore trying to find something worth watching. So, help me out if you can.

The same goes for non-filmmakers. If you stumble across any titles that you think should be featured in this weekly series, let me know!

But as usual... These aren't necessarily recommendations. Consider the list more of an FYI - films and TV shows we've talked about on this site, at one time or another, that are now streaming on Netflix, that you might want to check out for yourselves.

Without further ado, here is this week's list of 5:

1 - The first film in Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise franchise of films, Paradise: Love - the controversial drama set in Kenya that centers on a 50 year old white woman, sister of a missionary and a mother, who gets involved with a Kenyan "beach boy" as the director describes the character, until she realizes that, in short, this relationship of theirs is really just business; aka *sex tourism*. 

Ulrich describes the woman as a "sugar mama" who's desperate to find love and acceptance, and at the behest of a friend, she goes on vacation to Kenya, where she hopes to find what she's missing, and hooks up with some young Kenyan stud who may or may not be really interested in her, and who may or may not be a hustler/male prostitute. 

In a 2-for-1 deal, another film that tackles a similar subject, although set in Haiti not Kenya, is also streaming on Netflix - Laurent Cantet's 2005 film Heading South (or Vers le sud). So you can watch both, one, or neither. Your choice.

It's actually an idea/theme that's ripe for exploration on film, even though this won't be the first time, and presents lots of opportunities to dissect matters of race, class, globalization, and subjects that seem to have been rendered taboo. 

Trailer (with English subtitles) for Paradise: Love below:

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  • Mike | December 3, 2013 6:54 PMReply

    Continuuum is definitely one of the better sci-fi TV shows out right now, happy to see it on Netflix too! I love articles like this one and services like http://randomflick.com that help me find all these new Netflix shows and movies!

  • Ian Perge | November 29, 2013 11:44 AMReply

    A nice pick of "Continuum", a fairly new & interesting take on Ye Olde Time Travel yarns with layerings of post 9/11 & "Great Recession" viewpoints on who EXACTLY is The Enemy (the "United States Corporate Congress" or the "Terrorist Groups" that can and does terrible things to take on the former) do they even know so, and can anything even be changed at the end of it all? A *far* better show than the bloody terrible "Defiance", which got metric tons more Advertising time and dollars due to its being Produced & Owned by SyFy, whereas the first 2 seasons of "Continuum" were a Canadian Production that SyFy simply purchased the US airing rights to. SyFy is co-financing & producing Season 3, so that will hopefully give it more exposure here in the "Southern North America".

    However, that cannot overlook the "X-Men meets Heroes with a dash of '80s Knight Rider/The A-Team 'helping the Little Guy' generic Mutants chased down by Shadowy Figures" retread-upon-retread-of-retreads that was "Alphas". And any show that wastes David Strathairn talents has karmic points taken away starting at the pilot - this *might* have done okay in the Syndication Fields of the mid-to-late 1990s ("Babylon 5", "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" being high points) but with the quality shows that Basic and Premiere-Lite Cable is making such as most of the run of "Burn Notice" on the former (USA) and the BBC-like "Series Run" of "Spartacus" done by Starz, "Alphas" was simply a jar of Weak Sauce past its Expiration Date.

  • Phred G | November 29, 2013 6:15 PM

    LOVE CONTINUUM (suspension of disbelief aside) and can't wait for ORPHAN BLACK to return.

  • Monique A Williams | November 28, 2013 4:47 PMReply

    I really wanted to love ALPHAS but it never happened.

  • Phred G | November 29, 2013 6:13 PM

    Same here. To me it fell into the 'scientific' grey-haired white guy leading a bunch of 'scientific' characters using their talents to catch badguys/save the world/whatever. I put it in the same box as PERSON OF INTEREST and WAREHOUSE 13 although I DO enjoy W13's kookiness. I may try to give it another chance some time in the future. AGENTS OF SHIELD probably fits in that box also.

  • Ava | November 28, 2013 4:31 PMReply

    One is either slave or free. A free slave? Is that some kind of Oxymoron?

  • Blackman | November 30, 2013 5:48 AM

    maybe he meant Freed Slave?

    What's the difference. You are a Free Slave too. You SLAVE at a job you probably can't stand to pay your bills. Research it, most Americans hate their jobs. This includes doctors, attorneys, scientist, professors etc. etc.

  • locase | November 28, 2013 12:26 PMReply

    How the white woman got her groove back, wait, she had one??

  • Ava | November 28, 2013 4:32 PM

    I know this will sound mean but seeing that photo of that White woman's back(side) is putting a damper on my appetite for a Thanksgiving meal.

  • Miles Ellison | November 27, 2013 5:30 PMReply

    The story in Continuum is similar to a book by Richard K. Morgan titled "13" that was written about 5 years ago.

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