Ryan from the excellent Criterion Cast dropped us a line to let us know that there are even more Criterion films hitting Netflix Instant right now! When’s Netflix going to wise up and get a dedicated Criterion category? There’s dozens of films on there already, classics that any film fan should experience as soon as possible.
Knowing how good we had it from the last round of Criterion flicks they added to the instant service (I’ve watched Man Bites Dog twice now, and am kicking myself for not having seen it sooner) should we expect any less from this latest volley? Of course not.
They’ve added classics like Samurai Rebellion, Umberto D., Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and so much more.
My recommendation? Watch Fritz Lang’s M immediately if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s likely the first serial killer ever made, and arguably the finest. Peter Lorree is at the top of his game here and you will never guess that it’s Lang’s first film with sound. He uses it like a master, managing to make a hauntingly beautiful film that leaves you oddly sympathetic towards the main character. One of my favorites of all time.
Head on over to the Criterion Cast site for the full list of films now available, and hope that your queue isn’t out of control already.
See every single one, but argue about the order on our messageboards.