Xbox Live/Netflix Watch Instantly Recommendations

My wife and I have been loving the new Xbox Live interface, especially because of the Netflix instant streaming capability that it brought with it.

While I look forward to the day that there will be a much wider selection available for instant viewing, I wanted to share some of the interesting titles I have found thus far.

Aside from The Office, I have spent most of my time scouring for cool documentaries – you will quickly see that I am fascinated by music, politics and subcultures/non-conformist views of thought.

Here are some of the things I have enjoyed thus far:

The Office – Seasons 1 – 4: ‘Nuff said

Downtown 81: A gritty, punk-rock fantasia starring legendary graffiti artist, poet and musician Jean Michel Basquiat, Downtown 81 was, for years, considered a “lost” film. It chronicles the hipper-than-hip downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81 while capturing one of the most interesting and lively artists of the late 20th century as he stands poised for fame. Features appearances by Deborah Harry, Fab Five Freddy and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

Put the Needle on the Record: Filmmaker Jason Rem traveled to Miami to shoot footage at the annual Winter Music Conference and came up with an award-winning chronicle of the evolution of electronic music and the role of the DJ in pop culture. The result is a thought-provoking collection of interviews with top artists such as The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold and DJ Colette, footage from events around the globe and a brilliant soundtrack to go along with it all.

Better Living hrough Circuitry: Director Jon Reiss’s documentary about the history of the U.S. rave scene captures the people and music that shaped the nation’s underground subculture around electronic music. The film combines an emphasis on the music and light shows that accompany raves with interviews with turntable maestros the Crystal Method, DJ Spooky, Roni Size, Moby, Psychic TV, Carl Cox, BT, Meatbeat Manifesto, Frankie Bones, Scanner, Loop Guru and Simply Jeff.

Tom Dowd and the Language of Music: Rarely do we get a chance to see a feature-length documentary about a true unsung hero. Tom Dowd was an innovative music producer and recording engineer. Historical footage, photographs and classic music tracks underscore how Tom Dowd altered the course of contemporary music via his many technical achievements. Features appearances by Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Les Paul and Aretha Franklin.

Cocaine Cowboys: This penetrating and sometimes harrowing documentary from director Billy Corben pulls out all the stops to explore the many dimensions of Miami’s cocaine-trafficking boom of the 1980s, from how the drug was moved and the financial impact on the city to the havoc and violence that followed in its wake. Told by the smugglers, cops and average citizens who were there, this film is an unflinching study of Miami’s most notorious and lethal vice.

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