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Introducing Candid Queue

Once a week, ProcrastinateBetter will feature a peek into the Netflix queue of one of our staffers orcritics. No tampering with the results to make ourselves seem more or lesserudite, we swear! Just the brief opportunity to explain (or defend, as thecase may be) the choices. This first installment comes from Slate ’s culture editor, John Swansburg. Click here for more Candid Queues .

1) Lovein the Afternoon (1957): I’m closing in on Billy Wilder completeiststatus. I finally knocked off the criminally out-of-print Five Graves to Cairo ­ —afarce about Rommel !—sothat leaves Avanti! , MauvaiseGraine —both deeper in my queue—and this romance starring Audrey Hepburnand Gary Cooper.

2) TheEducation of Sonny Carson (1974): Ghostface Killah’s bulletproof solodebut, IronMan , opens with a snippet from this movie. Watch the (NSFW) sequence fromwhich RZA took the sample and tell me you don’t want to know more about youngSonny Carson:

3) ThreeAmigos (1986): Saw it in theaters twice. Can’t possibly be as funny asI remember. Can it ?

4) KansasCity Confidential (1952): I love the villainous Lee van Cleef—he put the bad in TheGood, the Bad, and the Ugly —and Dave Kehr says this is his best performance before Fora Few Dollars More . Sold.

5) BerlinAlexanderplatz : Disc 1 (1980): Onemust have ambitions .

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