There's something amazing that goes on when they make movie lists over at Foreign Policy. See, right there, the needle came off the record because what in the world does Foreign Policy have to do with cinema, and who in the world is reading Foreign Policy for their cinema advice? They actually got into a little scuffle with sister publication Slate some weeks back over international relations movies, I kid you not. Now they're at it again over The Top 10 Iranian Movies to Netflix This Weekend. I realize that they're being facetious on some level ("It was sarcasm, you guys. Geez!" "Ohhh."), but who is the audience for this list? Who is like, "I would like to better understand Iran, and I have absolutely no plans for this weekend, so I'll add a bunch of movies to my Netflix queue. Two years from now,* when they arrive, I'll be thrilled to learn more." Especially since the list already explains to you what you are supposed to get out of the movies. I hate to sound old fashioned and against my own section, but isn't there a book you could read?
*This is predicated on the idea of an obscenely long queue, much as my own Zip list. It makes whatever movies arrive a constant surprise, which is always fun. If you start out depressed, everything's sort of a pleasant surprise.