* Netflix just recently made an update to their Xbox 360 software enabling their new “Netflix for Kids” option. Even though I don’t have a child in the appropriate age range, it is a very neat set up. Netflix for Kids is designed for ages 12 and under. Rango still shows up so it will go through at least PG in terms of ratings. I loved the first category – it is simply pictures of children’s characters (Rugrats, Elmo, Spongebob, etc.) and all you have to do is select one to begin playing.
* While I was busy doing The End is Nigh week, a number of interesting films showed up on instant Netflix.
Bullhead (2011) – Rated R
“Tortured by his past and despairing of his stultifying present life, Belgian cattle farmer Jacky becomes entangled in a violent web of deceit involving local mobsters and determined policemen after he uses illegal growth hormones on his herd.”
Margin Call (2011) – Rated R
“An all-star cast shines in this engrossing drama about a critical 24-hour period at a high-profile investment bank in the early days of the 2008 financial crisis, when young analyst Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) uncovers information that could destroy the firm. When he alerts upper management to the precarious position of their risky investments, an emergency meeting is held to decide if they should alert clients or abscond with the profits.”
Warrior (2011) – Rated PG-13
“Set in the violent world of mixed martial arts combat, this gritty drama follows two brothers at war with each other, who have pursued separate lives. But preparation for a championship bout soon leads the siblings back into each other’s paths.”
Immortals (2011) – Rated R
“In Ancient Greece, King Hyperion searches for a powerful weapon that will free the bloodthirsty Titans and enable them to overpower the gods and enslave mankind. Unable to interfere directly, the gods choose a champion to defend them: Theseus.”
The Devil’s Double (2011) – Rated R
“Dominic Cooper stars as Uday Hussein — Saddam Hussein’s depraved, decadent elder son — and as Latif Yahia, the army lieutenant forcibly drafted to be his body double, in this drama based on Yahia’s autobiographical novel.”
Albert Nobbs (2011) – Rated R
“Having for decades disguised herself as a man while working as a butler in a posh 19th-century Dublin hotel, a woman calling herself Albert Nobbs reconsiders her charade when a handsome painter arrives on the scene.”