Got Netflix? Like Video Games? Watch All Of These Things

Today I was scrolling through Netflix, planning what I may or may not watch over the weekend. Turns out there's a lot. And a lot of things that are video game specific. If you have Netflix in Australia, and you like video games? You should watch all of these things.


Atari: Game Over

A nice, short documentary on ET and the video games crash that took place in the early 80s.


Need for Speed

Go on. You know you want to.


Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

I watched the first 10 or so minutes of this. It wasn't terrible.


Indie Game: The Movie

I liked this. A lot. Your mileage may vary.


The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd is the best. Best episode: The Work Outing.


Orphan Black

Not sure if there's any real link to video games, I just want more people to watch Orphan Black.


Pokémon: Black & White

I have no idea if this is good. But it's Pokemon, right? Right?


Tron: Legacy

Got some seriously mixed reviews, but it looks fantastic.


Escape from New York

It's dated pretty terribly and Carpenter's best movie is easily The Thing, but this is still cool.


Gravity

Gravity is probably the closest thing to a video game you'll ever see in movie form.


The Raid 2

I actually haven't seen the second one yet, but the first was off the charts.


Space Dive

This documentary is great and I'm always trying to get more people to watch it. Super intense. Super good.


Pacific Rim

Hard to argue with a giant robot using a train as a baseball bat. Dumb as a bag of hammers.


Dredd

Dredd is rad. Watch Dredd. It had no right to be good, and then it was good.


Did I miss anything? Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.


Comments

    I will +1 Orphan Black. My wife put it on in the background and I had every intention of ignoring it and continuing to browse the net on my laptop. took me 3 days to watch all of season 1 and some of Season 2 :( - I'm hooked.

    (FYI: Wifey is yet to finish S01)

      The Wife and I went through the first two seasons in about a week, Once you start you cant stop

        Best show I've ever seen in my life. So well written, well filmed and amazingly acted. Cannot believe the quality of every single episode.

      Orphan Black is amazing! Tatiana Maslany is so talented. Every episode is great. Everyone should watch it.

        I was so engrossed in the show, I got near the end of S01 before it suddenly dawned on me what a huge task it must be for the actress to star as nearly all of the main characters in the show. Phenomenal acting

      I've watched 4 episodes. If I'm not hooked now, should I keep watching?

      My girlfriend introduced the show to me, and I kinda want to have a shared activity with joint interests, hoping I can like this show even though I'm finding the characters a little... two dimensional.

      Hmm you've all praised this. What's it about/what genre/what should I expect if I tried it?

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    I pretty much just watch House MD at the moment. A lot of what you listed here are I'm my list, though. I'll get around to them all... Eventually.

      Hahaha, my girlfriend and I are doing exactly the same. Heaps to watch, but just slowly working our way through House.

      I'm also onboard the house train with my girlfriend. Forgot how good the show is.

      Same here. Missus and I binging the whole thing. It's the best!

      Oh man, I just finished watching House!

      Great stuff, so happy I never watched it till the end as a young teen, Got to enjoy this show as if it were brand new.
      I felt myself waning between season 2-3, but it picks back up don't worry :P
      That and I feel like I have a direct empathetic connection with Greg House as a character.
      His view on the world, his way of dealing with people who will happily let themselves die over simple philosophies. I can recognize when he's being a jerk, or taking it too far.
      But I dunno. House man. Cool. Dude.

    I tried watching Video Games: The Movie a couple of months back. But I just couldn't get through it. Awful.

      Me neither but Indie Game the Movie is great!

      Last edited 01/05/15 8:06 pm

    Toward unto Dawn really kicks up after 30 minutes. For a movie based off of a video IP, it does an awesome job

    Video Games: The Movie is one of the worst things ever made. If you want to watch a documentary where the narrator just reads off the video games wikipedia page then this is for you.

    Hang in there with Forward Unto Dawn - once the sh*t hits the fan it's not half bad at all. And the whole things only goes for ...what...an hr or so?
    And Pacific Rim was hands down my movie of the year for 2013. hadn't had so much fun like that in a long time. It also has the biggest twist I've ever seen in a movie....

    the two leads actually don't snog at the end!

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      Nightfall was also pretty good, produced by Ridley Scott, actual budget, has the actor who will be voice acting Locke for Halo 5 and the cutscenes for Halo 2 anniversary :D

        Mike Colter is also playing Luke Cage in the Marvel/Netflix shows.

      I thought your spoiler was going to be about the absolute worst Australian accents ever in a movie....

        Hugh Jackman in Chappie pits up a challenge for that title, but yeah I thibk Pacific Rim takes the cake.

          Nah, the cops at the end of Point Break.

          "We'll get 'im when 'e comes back in!"

            Really? Not Robert Downey Jnr in Natural Born Killers

              but that was a deliberate crap accent wasn't it?

                I don't know really. He uses it for a few minutes in Tropic Thunder too. I think that's his best attempt at Aussie.

            Agreed. I always refer to this line when talking bad accents. But you didn't quite get it. Observe:

            "We'll git 'im when 'e comes beck ian"

            Lol

              Yeah, sorry - I think mine got a bit too close to an actual Australian accent :P

              Actually wait. I forgot all about Quentin Tarantino's effort in Django Unchained...

                Touché

                However my only counter is that it's not for the whole movie like Pacific Rim

          Wait, Hugh Jackman has the worst Australian accent ever in a movie? That's just embarrassing for him, given that he is actually Australian.

          You realise Hugh Jackman is actually Australian right?

            Of course, but he hardly spends a long time here if his accent is something to go by

          Wasn't Hugh Jackman trying to do a south African accent in that?

        The cinema I saw it in got a good laugh out of those two characters, once we realised they were meant to be Aussies... I'll give it that.

        +1 on the accents. It also doesn't help that they portrayed the Aussies as the standard action movie trope of the flashy bullies who get their comeuppance and eventually befriend the hero.

        I mean, come on, you throw a rock in Hollywood (or Brit Hollywood, since I'm guessing this was more a Pinewood Studios joint) and you'll hit an Aussie. I get that they used Max Martini because he's token military guy and he did a passable Aussie accent in The Unit (in that it was identifiable and not completely horrendous), but how do you cast the only British actor who can't play Okker?

        And if they were going to use painful stereotypes, why did they have a bulldog (if my memory is working right)? Shouldn't it have been a Blue Heeler or Kelpie or something?

        Okay, now I'm just raging coz it's Monday and my blood sugars low. Don't mind me.

      I thought the twist was going to be ..
      Oh look we had these swords the whole time, that are amazingly good at killing these things, but we waited until now for no apparent reason :P

      I think what hurt Forward Unto Dawn for some people was watching it episodically (as it is on YouTube). The first few eps it's just a lot of pissing and whining and teenage angst.

      I just watched it again as a feature on Netflix and it works a lot better.

      I struggled with Dawn at the start and I'm still not sure exactly how I feel about it, but it certainly does get better later on. I'll also give them credit for the core storyline being interesting. They could have just made it about some soldier who wants to be a soldier or a coward that steps up and becomes a hero, but instead they made him genuinely conflicted about becoming part of the military.

    I will +1 Raid 2, watched it for the second time on Wednesday night, it's an Indonesian movie so you need to read subtitles but it is a great movie/great story/lots of blood. Somehow it still manages to be moving and believable even though it's a big blood bath. Also Great acting, if "Hollywood" had half the caliber in acting some of these guys have we would have much better English movies in general.

    Dredd was amazing!

      Definitely! Wife and I went because we won free tickets, so had zero expectation of it being good. Boy were we impressed. Seriously fucking awesome movie!

      That awful, campy, 90's Versace version needs to be stricken from the record and all copies destroyed, because it does the Dredd name great disservice.

      I really hope they can get enough support to make a sequel, would love to see another movie in this Dredd universe.

        There's still talk of a Dredd 2. A plus is that Karl Urban is one of the more vocal endorsers of this happening. Can't argue with Dredd himself, right!? ☺️

    Hey, gaming blog! Why isn't anyone reporting on Yooka-Laylee?

    Gamer with Gerard Butler. Pretty sure that's on there.

      Yes, but that doesn't make it a good reason to watch it... Frankly I'd rather wear a g-string made of a razor wire than watch that stinking piece of shit again.

        It wasn't that bad, I thought the concept was interesting and fairly executed even if the story, characters and dialogue were all pretty stupid. I'm not saying it's a good movie, but it's not wholly unenjoyable either.

        I've got a spare in the basement if you need to borrow it.
        I won't need it until the next time anyone suggests watching a Wayans brothers movie.

      Gamer. hahahaha oh man. Thanks bro. I needed that.

    Watched The Raid 2 on Monday night. Equally as awesome as the first one. The fight scenes in both movies are just pure brilliance.

      I can't find it on Netflix, I'm hooked up to the US version, which region are you using?

      That final fight scene...UGH, I think I had to consciously remind myself to breathe

    I watched Atari while I was off work sick recently, an amazing view into what happened to Atari.

    Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood

      Yaha! Watched the hell outa that. Finished it within 2 weeks. Moved onto Kill la Kill & knights of sidonia now.. all excellent.

      Hope they load up on alot more anime in the near future.. Attack on titan etc.

    Was it just me or was the third season of IT Crowd a bit shit?

      I started to peel off it a bit round about that time.

      It wasn't as great as the earlier seasons, but was still better than most things out there.

    Needs more Daredevil.

      Netflix Daredevil rocks! THE VIOLENCE!!!

        The violence felt oddly out of place. In every other respect it followed your hero conventions. No one said any naughty words, no nudity, then BOOM. Head explosion.

        Was fun, it just stood out.

      Yeah Ben Affleck was great in it.

        I lol'd.

        (I also thought it was funny when netflix recommended the movie to me because I liked the series...)

    Yes on Forward Unto Dawn. I think they got the feel of the Halo universe awesomely correct. And should be a blueprint for anyone making a Halo movie.
    Yayus on IT Crowd. That show is absurdly brilliant!
    HELL YES on Orphan Black!! Tatiana Maslany playing each clone and then disguising herself as one of the clones playing another of the clones is mind blowing!
    YEEEEEESSSSSSS!! On The Raid 2!! IT. IS. BETTER. THAN. 1.
    Yes on Dredd. 'Nuff said.

    Two things:

    First, "The Internet" is by far the greatest episode of the I.T. Crowd.

    Second, Video Game High School should be on this list. It's mostly stupid-funny, but good for a few laughs especially when they throw in heaps of game references.

      Oh yes that episode... So brilliant. The end with Douglas Reynholm fighting his 'girlfriend' was surprisingly well choreographed, brutal, and bloody hilarious.

      Last edited 01/05/15 3:51 pm

    Has anyone else found that there net is slower in general since Netflix launched?

    Isn't one of the indie game docos on there too? The one that Isn't Gameloading.

      Was that always on the list, or did you add after the fact so that I look like some kind of crazy person?

    IT Crowd is amazing. It's written by Graham Linehan, writer of Father Ted and Black Books. If you loved those, chances are you'll love this.

    I was surprisingly touched and thoroughly enjoyed Indie Game: The Movie. Enjoyed the Super Meat Boy developers the most.

    I just recently finished watching Orphan Black and it's very enjoyable. It has its flaws but that actress who plays the clones was absolutely brilliant.

    Another suggestion for this list - Battle Royale. I'm sure many of you know of it, but I'd been trying to track that down for years and was pleasantly surprised to see it in the Netflix collection. Good bloody fun.

    Last edited 01/05/15 3:45 pm

      yea but avoid Battle Royale 2, its not that great

    The kids section has an old Super Mario Bros cartoon. Sadly, though, it doesn't appear to to have that live action guy who sings at the end.

    Or maybe it does. I only watched it for a couple of minutes.

      Swing your arms from side to side, come on, it's time to go! Do the Mario!

      Take one step...

    Shame this kind of thing is actually useful.

    I've taken to searching for 3rd-party search sites to view my Netflix library because the native interface is just so fucking horrendous.

    Any and ALL library systems should always, always, always allow you to browse the entire collection by purely objective variables, such as title or release date.

    Don't make me guess by genre you bastards, or restrict the number of titles I can see. Let me see ALL of it so I'm not using that fucking abysmal search box and having to see if I can't see a title because it's hidden or because it's not in the library.

    Last edited 01/05/15 3:50 pm

      I'd be happy if they just improved the search. But those catagories. Ugh.

      I found out through a third party website that Guardians of the Galaxy was on Netflix.
      You'd think after watching Daredevil, Capt. America:WS and some Arrow the damn thing would be smart enough to go "Hey, superheroes...how about a sentient tree and talking raccoon?"

      Just to clarify, I'm not THAT naive, I do think I have a slight inkling as to why Netflix's discovery system is so fucking horrible and they don't do a simple A-Z.

      Because human nature being what it is, a significant majority of people will browse through and they'll start at A and discover quite a few unlikely titles at the start of the alphabet. And they'll get a fair ways but their curiosity for new things will diminish as they work their way through the alphabet, leaving the 'undiscovereds' at the back end less-viewed.

      Why is that a problem? Possibly because I suspect that licencing money goes to the different rights-holders based on how many plays their titles get.

      Ever noticed that even in your own list, nothing is ordered alphabetically?

      It's fucking stupid by design. They frustrate the shit out of you not because they're morons who have no clue what a library is or how it functions; they do it to keep your stupid human nature from influencing their licence deals.

      All the same? I don't care, the library is a travesty, a crime against usability.

        What gets me is that on the PC once you've watched something it disappears from your main page which is absolutely no help when you have kids who like to watch the same thing repeatedly

          I've got the opposite problem. I can't seem to get things out of my continue watching list. I watched five minutes of an episode of Power Rangers while testing something and for some reason Netflix gave it a higher priority than anything else. I've had things fall out of my continue watching list that I want to keep there while a bunch of other stuff just won't leave. Arrested Development and Daredevil are both sitting there 100% watched, but it still keeps them in the continue watching list while losing track of more recent stuff.
          I should really log in to the website and see if there's more options there.

            Same with me on the PS4 app, even having watched 100% of shows they're still on the continue watching list :(

            Yeah I noticed the Xbox apps (both of them - they're identical) keep recently watched series at the top

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