Watch List Weekly Recap 12/22/23

This week: Shameless self-promotion, a brand new podcast, and the 70 best movies currently on Netflix.

Watch List Weekly Recap 12/22/23

This is the Friday recap of Ty Burr’s Watch List postings for the week. If you’d like to cut down on in-box clutter and receive this weekly email ONLY, please go to your account page and under “Email notifications” uncheck every box except “Weekly Digest.” If you’d prefer to not receive it at all, uncheck just “Weekly Digest.”

A Holiday Reminder

Ty Burr • Dec 19, 2023

For those last-minute shoppers, a gentle reminder that your movie-besotted friends or family members might welcome a Watch List subscription in their holiday stocking.

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Ty Burr's Watchcast

Classics of the New Millennium: "The Tree of Life" (2011) with guest filmmaker Alex Winter

Ty Burr • Dec 20, 2023

The "Zappa" documentarian (and erstwhile Bill S. Preston Esq.) joins me to sing the praises of Terrence Malick's masterpiece.

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Good Movies 📽

Xmas Special: The 70 Good Movies on Netflix

Ty Burr • Dec 22, 2023

It’s been a while since I did a round-up of the better movies on Netflix, the streaming service everybody subscribes to but isn’t sure why, but the Friday leading into a long holiday weekend seems a propitious time. Families converge on households and multiple generations must be entertained, sometimes en masse and sometimes piecemeal. My standard process involves combing through the 4,008 feature films (as of this week) offered by Netflix and, after dodging the many, many Bollywood and Chinese titles that I can’t profess to being an expert in, assembling a list of films that I can guarantee are good to great. Following are 70 films you can pretty much bet on, with 20 broken out as specific recommendations. All title links are to the films’ trailers on YouTube. (Paid subscribers)

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