As always, Netflix has some very cool stuff either available right now, or coming down the pike very soon. As Awards Season officially gets underway, check out some of last year’s film winners like The Artist, Hugo, The Adventures of Tintin and W.E. — all streaming on Netflix.
And a big congratulations to early nominees this year, available to watch instantly on Netflix:
- Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe (2012 Best Comedy Album Grammy Nominations)
- Rachel Weisz/Deep Blue Sea (2013 Best Actress New York Film Critics Circle Awards)
- Aziz Ansari/Parks and Recreation (2012 Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series NAACP Image Awards)
- All of your favorite Screen Actor Guild Nominated shows including Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, The Office, Breaking Bad, GLEE, 30 Rock, Louie, Hot in Cleveland and Parks and Recreation.
- And Golden Globes Nominated titles including Act of Valor, Deep Blue Sea, Damages and Sherlock (Masterpiece).
Here’s a peek at what’s currently available or coming soon on Netflix:
ACTION & ADVENTURE
Batman: The Movie (1966). Adam West, Burt Ward. In director Leslie H. Martinson’s campy action comedy based on the tongue-in-cheek 1960s TV series, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) battle sharks, Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) on the big screen. Can they keep the bad guys from taking over the world? With a “wham!” and a “pow!” the heroes just might pull it off — and maintain their secret identities.
Bad Boys II (2003). Will Smith, Martin Lawerence, Gabrielle Union, Henry Rollins. In this hyperkinetic sequel, a pair of Miami narcotics cops investigate a Cuban drug kingpin’s connection to Florida’s influx of Ecstasy.
The Medallion (2003). Jackie Chan, Claire Forlani. When he’s killed in the line of duty, an immigration officer decides to continue his fight from the grave against smugglers wreaking havoc on the system. Now that he’s no longer alive, he discovers he’s infused with powers he never had before.
Sahara (2005). Matthew McConaghey, Penelope Cruz, William H. Macy, Steve Zahn. Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the “Ship of Death” in the deserts of West Africa while helping a UN doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.
CHILDREN AND FAMILY
Alice in Wonderland (1951). Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn. Disney’s animated, musical retelling of Lewis Carroll’s whimsical tale follows young Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole and enters a strange and wonderful world that is home to the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the terrifying Queen of Hearts.
The Aristocats (1970). Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway. When Madame Adelaide Bonfamille leaves her fortune to her prized cat Duchess and Duchess’s kittens, her butler plots to steal the money and kidnaps the heirs, leaving them out on a country road.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). Michael J. Fox, Corey Burton. A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.
Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998). Thurl Ravenscroft, Deanna Oliver, Eric Lloyd. A spaceship has made off with Master Rob’s new baby son and the gang of plucky appliances must get him back to Earth.
The Fox and the Hound (1981). Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey. Everyone knows foxes and hounds don’t get along. But no one told that to orphaned fox Tod and bloodhound puppy Copper, who become fast friends as youngsters, only to see their instincts drive them apart as they grow up.
Pocahontas (1997). Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, David Ogden Stiers. An American Indian woman is supposed to marry the village’s best warrior, but she yearns for something more — and soon meets Capt. John Smith.
The Rescuers Down Under (1990). Bob Newhart, Eva Gabnor, John Candy. A lawless poacher wants to capture a majestic and rare golden eagle, so he kidnaps the boy who knows where to find the bird. Not to worry — the Rescue Aid Society’s top agents, heroic mice Miss Bianca and Bernard, fly to Australia to save the day.
Tarzan and Jane (2002). Olivia d’Abo, Michael T. Weiss, Jeff Bennett. This engaging Disney-animated tale follows Tarzan and his new wife, Jane, during their first year in the jungle together.
The Tigger Movie (2000). Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom. Tigger goes in search of his family tree, hoping to find other Tiggers. Along the way, the boisterous bouncer learns the true meaning of family.
Tim Burton’s The Nighmare Before Christmas (1993). Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Sarandon. Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning.
Tinker Bell (2008). Jesse McCartney, Anjelica Huston, Kristin Chenoweth. Peter Pan’s famed sidekick Tinker Bell gets a story all her own in this enchanting tale set in the magical fairy world of Pixie Hollow.
Treasure Planet (2002). Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Martin Short, Emma Thompson. A Disney animated version of “Treasure Island”. The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (2011). George Lopez, Madison Pettis. It was love at first yap, and in the continuing adventures of Beverly Hills’ most charming chihuahua, Chloe and Papi exchange wedding bow-wows, then plunge paws first into parenthood as their five pups turn their home into a canine fun house.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012). Danny Devito, Ed Elms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift. A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Half Baked (1996). Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Rachel True, Snoop Dogg. Three ganja-smoking dimwits hatch a plot to raise bail money for their jailed friend by selling dope on the street. But they’d better spring their incarcerated buddy fast — before he ends up as the “boy toy” of a criminal named Nasty Nate.
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000). Steve Harvey, D.L Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer, Bernie Mac. The film was shot in Charlotte, NC over the last two nights (February 26 and February 27, 2000) of the Kings of Comedy tour with Harvey, Hughley, Cedric, and Mac.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007). Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider. A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.
Butter (2011). Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene. In small-town Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town’s annual contest.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006). Al Gore, Billy West. A documentary on Al Gore’s campaign to make the issue of global warming is a recognized problem worldwide.
Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2007). Neil Young, Emmy Lou Harris. A film shot over during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. From the director of one of the greatest music movies ever – The Talking Heads’ STOP MAKING SENSE
Red Hook Summer (2012). Clarke Peters, Jules Brown, Toni Marie Lysaith, Nate Parker. In director Spike Lee’s moving family drama, Flik’s summer vacation is upended when he’s sent from suburban Atlanta to stay with his preacher grandfather in the projects of Brooklyn. As the old man tries to get religion into his grandson, Flik befriends a mischievous girl from the congregation.
Blue Valentine (2010). Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams. The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
Coach Carter (2005). Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum, Ashanti. Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.
For Love of the Game (1999). Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Riley. A baseball legend almost finished with his distinguished career at the age of forty has one last chance to prove who he is, what he is capable of, and win the heart of the woman he has loved for the past four years.
Four Brothers (2005). Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andrew Benjamin, Terrence Howard. Four brothers come to avenge their mother’s death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys’ investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother’s business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem.
HORROR & THRILLER
The Grudge 3 (2009). Matthew Knight, Shawnee Smith. A young Japanese woman who holds the key to stopping the evil spirit of Kayako, travels to the haunted Chicago apartment from the sequel.
V/H/S (2012). Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard. When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). Patrick Stewart, Tom Hardy, Ron Perlman. After the Enterprise is diverted to the Romulan planet of Romulus, supposedly because they want to negotiate a truce, the Federation soon find out the Romulans are planning an attack on Earth.
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TV HITS
30 Rock: Season 2: Episode 9 “Ludachristmas.” Jack is amazed by the contrast between Liz’s supportive parents and his own mother, whose taunts lead Liz to reveal a Lemon family secret.
Arrested Development: Season 1: Episode 7 “In God We Trust.” The family attorney arranges George Sr.’s release from prison for Christmas. Later, George Michael has to wear an embarrassing codpiece in a pageant.
Glee: Season 2: Episode 10 “A Very Glee Christmas.” Finn tries to get everyone at McKinley High into the holiday spirit. Sue paints herself up as The Grinch to steal back presents.
How I Met Your Mother: Season 2: Episode 11 “How Lily Stole Christmas.” Harsh words exchanged between Ted and Lily nearly ruin Christmas.
iCarly: Season 2: Episode 7 “iChristmas.” After Carly wishes her brother would act more normal, an angel shows her what her life would be like if Spencer were a typical lawyer.
Phineas and Ferb: Season 2: Episode 21 “Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!” With Christmas just around the corner, Doofenshmirtz activates his “Naughty-inator,” and all of Danville appears to have turned naughty.
The Office: Season 2: Episode 10 “Christmas Party.” Flush with cash from a recent bonus, Michael throws an office Christmas party. Jim begins planning the perfect Secret Santa gift for Pam.