If you live on the Northeast coast, you may spend part of this weekend trapped indoors with your family, loved ones and/or roommates. But at least there’s wifi. 2015 may be over, but chances are there’s a pile of terrific, often overlooked films you still need to catch up on. Here’s a whopping 16 options now residing on Netflix Instant to help you kill that precious time:
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This tiny film — literally shot on an iPhone (with an arduous and expensive post-production process to clean up the images) — may have been too small to attract Oscar voters. But that’s too bad: It’s the perfect kind of progressive film — one that’s incredibly fun and incredibly filthy. Tracking the Christmas Eve-in-L.A. shenanigans of trans street workers (played by actual trans performers Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor), it’s wild and only sensitive when it finally needs to be.
‘Queen of Earth’
Elisabeth Moss reunites with her “Listen Up Philip” director, the incessantly talented Alex Ross Perry, for a psychological horror by way of an art film. The “Mad Men” star plays a woman unraveling at the getaway home of a friend (Katherine Waterston) while the camera and score create an air of sickening unease.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead — soon to be seen as one of the three actors in “10 Cloverfield Lane” — is amazing as a cult member being deprogrammed by a man (an equally excellent Leland Orser) not doing much better than she is.
‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’
This Swedish oddity comes from a filmmaker, Roy Andersson, who’s long mastered the art of deadpan comedy. (If you can find them, “Songs from the Second Floor” and “You the Living” are well worth your time.) Here he offers another collection of blackout sketches, including one where a cruise ship cafeteria staff wonders what to do with the meal and beer purchased by a patron who just fell over dead. That one’s par for course.