Help me fill my Netflix queue
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Now that I have a Netflix account I have to figure out what to have them send.
Few people you'll ever meet know less about contemporary American pop culture. My television only displays what is inserted into the DVD player or VCR. I have no patience for the random noise that comes out of radios. That includes NPR.
It has been many years since I bought a newspaper. The only magazine I read, if even that is, The New York Review of Books.
I couldn't tell you the name of a single movie that is currently showing in American movie theaters.
So I can use help in figuring out what to put in my Netflix queue. And my interests are stringently narrow.
Gay movies: I'm still getting caught up with the popular gay cinema that emerged some years back. I skipped from age Boys in the Band to the time of Trick. I've been diligent in my sampling and have watched movies ranging from Super 8-˝, My Beautiful Launderette to Circuit. Gay movies in my queue: Bedrooms and Hallways, Friends and Family and Mambo Italiano. Perhaps you could suggest some queer cinema that Netflix has that my local video rental shops didn't.
Romantic comedies: I'm an RKO kind of guy and watched every old Warner Bros., RKO and kindred studios offering that showed up on TCM when I had it. Charles and I watch contemporary offerings. I'm not seeking rich emotional or aesthetic experiences. Cheerful junk, happy endings are my aim. I'm too ignorant of most movie stars names to care who is in the film, just that they do an agreeable job of going through the motions. Unsurprisingly I've rented a fair slice of movies by directors who didn't have the gift of making you ignore how implausible it all is.
Horror, slasher movies. I've seen almost every American horror movie made from the 1930s until a few years ago. Weird cheap junk that isn't easy to find. The early Universal Studios movies with Karloff and Carradine, the 1950s drive-in cheapies, most of Hammer, the nutty Mexican horror movies, the 70s golden age of sicko movies, slasher flicks and all that followed. Last time I looked at a display of recent horror movies my mind went blank. They all promise thrills but often wimp out into harmlessness, glossy special effects, or dwindle off into not much of nothing. My appetite for the junk is still alive; your guidance is invited.