Any Worthwhile Netflix Watch Now Movies?

Anyone else notice how rare it is to find decent movies are added to the Netflix Watch Now selection?? There are good ones there, but they’re far and few between. I most often find gems like Toxie’s Triple Terror: Deadly Daphne’s Revenge come through the Netflix Watch Now RSS feed. Or possibly another exciting title such as Monster of London City / Mystery of the Red Orchid: Double Feature. Yeah, I’ve never heard of those either thankfully. But there really are a few decent ones, albeit older titles, in the mix occasionally. Here’s some that are worth checking out:

  • The Interpreter - Silvia Broome’s (Nicole Kidman) job is to translate for her assigned delegate the complex issues faced by the United Nations. But the interpreter’s daily challenge turns epic when she accidentally overhears details of a plot to assassinate a high-ranking government official. Suddenly, her existence is overshadowed by danger, and she must unravel an intricate yarn of intrigue with the help of an FBI agent (Sean Penn) in order to save herself.
  • Beethoven - If you have a young one around who hasn’t seen this yet, give it a shot. Workaholic George Newton (Charles Grodin) reluctantly agrees to let his children keep a St. Bernard puppy who’s just escaped the clutches of two dimwitted dognappers (Oliver Platt and Stanley Tucci). Dubbed Beethoven, the playful pooch soon turns into a full-grown engine of destruction, leaving wreckage and hilarity in his wake. Disney veteran Dean Jones is cast against type as a vile veterinarian who kidnaps Beethoven for a lab experiment.
  • Miss Conception - Not the most intelligent sitcom-like movie, but entertaining to the teen/tween crowd regardless. Georgina (Heather Graham) is a high-powered London businesswoman who’s decided to add mother to her list of accomplishments. Unfortunately, her longtime boyfriend (Tom Ellis) isn’t ready to be a daddy. With her biological clock ticking, Georgina recruits her best friend, Clem (Mia Kirshner), to help her find the perfect father for her baby-to-be. Orlando Seale co-stars in this timely romantic comedy.

These are some of the better titles available to stream via Netflix Watch Now - really. There are some TV shows I’ve watched here - I caught up on Office and Dexter, but they really need to expand their Watch Now collection to make the Netflix-attached devices compelling. There’s a bit of content I view using my SageTV Netflix plugin, but not enough to make me want to purchase a dedicated device.

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