The Netflix Files: February 8, 2011

Here at The Netflix Files, we work to find the hidden gems of Netflix’s Watch Instantly feature, the films and TV series that have gone largely unnoticed by the streaming community. If you’re into corporate espionage and/or cute canines facing mortal danger, be sure to check out last week’s post on Damages (or, perhaps, this website).

Exit Through the Gift ShopThis week we’ll be covering a film recently added to the Watch Instantly database, also a frontrunner to win Best Documentary at this year’s Academy Awards. Exit Through the Gift Shop is the first film to be directed by infamous street artist Banksy, who has delighted in spreading his graffiti-based anarchy since the early ’90s. You may remember his subversive take on The Simpsons theme that aired this past October.

The film tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a Frenchman with a video camera who sets out to capture the world of street art. Guetta is allowed the privilege of spending time with some of the very best artists — including Shepard Fairey, the RISD alum who designed both the Obama “HOPE” poster and the iconic “OBEY” stickers at Nice Slice. Eventually, he finds his way into the good graces of the elusive Banksy, who allows him an all-access pass into his world. Continue Reading