Sometimes I have to comment on something I've seen, heard or read just to get it out of my head. This is one of those times.
I read this list of the 10 Best Movies Currently on Netflix and the more I thought about the list the more it bothered me. The list starts with The Godfather but then nowhere on the list is The Godfather: Part II which is also on Netflix. There's some argument about which movie is better but everyone agrees The Godfather: Part II is one of the 10 best movies ever made - never mind currently on Netflix.
Then the list ends with Nicholas Cage's National Treasure at number 10. National Treasure? Are they saying the films currently on Netflix are shit? Did National Treasure beat out Bruce Willis' Armageddon for the last spot?
All of these lists are subjective but outside of The Godfather the top rated movie on the Mental Floss list according to the IMDB Top 250 is Memento at number 50. Are the other Top 50 movies on the IMDB list not on Netflix? Other movies on the IMDB list include Sunset Boulevard at 54, Oldboy at 66, Full Metal Jacket at 90, and Inglorious Basterds at 97.
Sure all good movies but Top 10? Come on. How about an all-time classic like JAWS or The African Queen? How about something like Ip Man (84% on Rotten Tomatoes), Gangs of New York, Dead Poets Society, or how about freaking The Shawshank Redemption (which just happens to be freaking #1 on the IMDB list). Or what about freaking Schindler's List (#6 on the IMDB Top 250). Or how about To Kill a Mockingbird (another all-time classic).
That's from a quick perusal of the movies on Netflix and I just named 10 that are obviously better that National Treasure. And I didn't even look at Comedies, Documentaries or International Films. Thanks for nothing Mental Floss.