Will LISTEN UP PHILIP Get Your Attention?October 16, 2014

Will LISTEN UP PHILIP Get Your Attention?

LISTEN UP PHILIP (Tribeca)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today's review: LISTEN UP PHILIP (Tribeca).

Considering that writing is such a singular pursuit, it’s ironic that chasing the elusive muse has long been fodder for film fiction. From WONDER BOYS to BARTON FINK to MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, writers toiling over their works have populated film since the birth of the medium. The life of the scribe is examined once again in Alex Ross Perry’s LISTEN UP PHILIP.

Perry’s film focuses on one Philip Lewis Friedman, (Jason Schwartzman, THE DARJEELING LIMITED) a Brooklyn-based novelist living with his increasingly disengaged photographer girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss, THE ONE I LOVE).

Once something of an enfant terrible and now just a terrible adult, Philip is a narcissistic, self-obsessed writer methodically destroying every one of his relationships, whether romantic, platonic or professional. In need of both a place to work and and an escape valve, Philip accepts an invitation from once-great novelist Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END), to stay at Zimmerman’s country house for a spell.

 

 

Jonathan Pryce and Jason Schwartzman in Listen Up Philip distributed by Tribeca Film.


Once Perry places the two scribes within close proximity of one another, it becomes clear that literary talent isn’t the only thing they have in common. The bitterness and dissatisfaction that both Philip and Ike exude makes them kindred assholes, with each considered such by Ike’s angry daughter (Krysten Ritter, "Breaking Bad"). Her encounters with the two novelists are marked by a surly churlishness that Ritter conveys without alienating herself to the audience.

 

 

Krysten Ritter in Listen Up Philip distributed by Tribeca Film.


Schwartzman imbues Philip with a measure of vulnerability that keeps him from being totally irredeemable; he employs the same inflated sense of self that we saw from him in RUSHMORE, keeping the world at arm’s length as a defense mechanism. It’s a daring, if not altogether pleasant performance.

 

Price is an old pro whose arched eyebrows and Mephistophelean gaze make all the characters he plays interesting. He tempers Ike’s self-pity and hubris with an awareness that he “used to be a lion,” and, as Schwartzman does, leavens his character with a humanity that makes Ike complex and more than just a has-been hack.

Perry works with a lot of very tight close-ups, which highlight the self-involvement of the characters. His use of a novelistic voiceover, who narrates the story in a florid, overwritten, first-time-novelist style, is surprisingly effective. Though some filmmakers use the device as a crutch – among the most egregious: Todd Field in LITTLE CHILDREN – here the narration serves as an omniscient reminder of the world in which Philip and Ike travel and is meant to mimic the styles of their work.

Though hardly an enjoyable film, LISTEN UP PHILIP earns points for the work of its lead actors and the inside-baseball look at the cutthroat worlds of publishing and education. Recommended for fans of the stars and those who are up for something dour and challenging.

 

 

 

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- Chris Claro

 

Chris

Chris Claro is a contributing writer for On Demand Weekly. He is a former Director of Promotion for Sundance Channel and now works as Lead Copywriter at Cablevision. He has written for dvdverdict.com and the Eyes and Ears section of huffingtonpost.com. He blogs at http://disconcertingglare.blogspot.com. Follow Chris on twitter @cgclaro.

 

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LAST HIJACK Filmmaker InterviewOctober 14, 2014

LAST HIJACK Filmmaker Interview

LAST HIJACK

The below interview is a repurposed interview by permission with the filmmaking team of Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting to the revealing new documentary LAST HIJACK. Available On Demand, including Amazon Instant Video, Comcast, Google Play, iTunes, Time Warner Cable, Sony PlayStation, Vimeo On Demand, Vudu and XBOX Video. - ODW 


ABOUT THE DIRECTORS Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting
Tommy Pallotta  first connected Richard Linklater with animation when he produced the award-winning feature film WAKING LIFE. He followed up with Philip K. Dick's A SCANNER DARKLY, starring Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr. He then directed the Emmy nominated "Collapsus". Femke Wolting co-founded Submarine, a multiple award-winning production company. She produced numerous projects such as Peter Greenaway's feature Rembrandt's J'Accuse and the groundbreaking documentaries like MY SECOND LIFE.

 

 

 

What sparked you interest in the issue of piracy in Somalia, and how did you decide to develop a feature film on this subject?
We were watching news reports and the image of these tiny boats versus the huge oil tankers fascinated us. We wondered what drove these men to take such enormous risks. As we researched further and found out about all the underlying aspects of piracy, the waste dumping in the waters around Somalia and the broader impact of piracy on Somalian society we got even more interested. Most media stories and news stories reported on Western ships being hijacked and the experiences of the passengers. That made us curious to know more about the pirates themselves.

When we started to look into it, we quickly became fascinated by how the pirates were perceived within their own communities. Until recently they were seen as heroes, as the little guys who fought the big Western ships. And many people also profited from their actions, whether directly or indirectly. But then things began to change. A whole generation of young men disappeared, were thrown in jail or simply vanished at sea. That had an enormous impact on the people who were left behind, the families and the women. People in Somalia turned their backs on the pirates. This tension interested us, and made us to decide to make a film from the perspective of the pirates and their families.

Was it clear from the start that this film would be something else than a 'classic' documentary?
We clicked with the subject because we immediately thought it would be ideal to combine animation and documentary footage. We didn't want to make an observational documentary. Because the hijacks were something you could never be part of. Once we thought of the combination opened up so many possibilities.

Through the animation we could view the world through the eyes of the pirates. We could visualize their subjective reality, their dreams, from their memories of the civil war to the hijacks they had undertaken.

 

Animated Scene / LAST HIJACK (Filmbuff)



Documentary, fiction, animation and interactive media have all been combined frequently throughout both of your filmmaking careers. What inspires this openness to hybrid forms? Do you think these kinds of projects will take on a larger importance in the industry in future years?
We are interested in hybrid forms because they offer so many more possibilities in terms of storytelling. In terms of non-fiction, they challenge the idea of objective reality that a documentary should capture.

So LAST HIJACKis a hybrid incorporating live action and animation, but also feature film and documentary. Feature films and documentaries have been made for more then a century, and there are still all these conventions of genres and specific ways to tell a story. We are excited about these new hybrid forms because you can experiment and search for new forms of storytelling that don't yet have rules. More and more feature films combine live action, effects and animation to create new worlds, and now that is possible in documentaries too.

Tell us about your experience working on similarly "non-traditional projects" with directors such as Richard Linklater (WAKING LIFE, A SCANNER DARKLY) and Peter Greenaway (REMBRANDT'S J'ACCUSE).
Currently we are shooting a feature film by Peter Greenaway in Mexico, called Eisenstein in Guanajuato. It's a love story about the famous Russian filmmaker Eisenstein, and how he felt in love for the first time when he was making a film in Mexico. It's a feature film but Greenaway mixes archive footage from Eisenstein and his films in the fictional narrative. Also we just started working on a new film for a Hollywood studio, a feature film that is a hybrid as well, half live action and half animated.

Somali pirates have lately been represented in several documentary and fiction films (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, A HIJACKING, STOLEN STEAS, FISHING WITHOUT NETS). What do you think has inspired this widespread interest? Do you have an opinion on the films made as a result, and how is your film different?

Pirates are such an iconic image, something we imagine from old stories and movies, but they still exist in our modern globalized world. I think that's why it's a fascinating phenomenon for filmmakers, both for feature film directors as well as documentary filmmakers. We enjoyed films like CAPTAIN PHILLIPS as a roller-coaster thriller but these films are made from a purely Western point of view.

LAST HIJACKis the only film that is made from the perspective of the pirates, and actually shot in Somalia. Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world, that's why hardly anybody actually goes there. All the films mentioned were made elsewhere, in Kenya for example, so they can never be truly representative of the Somali perspective.

What was the artistic process for creating the animated sequences? Were there any specific inspirations for the style of the animation?
It was different for every sequence; sometimes it would be a recreation of a memory, sometimes a dream. The challenge of the film was finding the balance between animation and documentary footage finding a way to go in and out without breaking the viewer's experience. We storyboarded probably about three times as many sequences as we used and it was really a process of trial and error. We would experiment with a storyboard sequence, placing it next to or in between our documentary footage. Then we had to be critical and ask why it was there and how it changed the context of the footage around it. The more subjective and fantastic pieces were, of course, more fun.

The inspiration for the style of the animation really came from Hisko who did all the paintings. We had been looking at more traditional designers but the color palettes never seemed right for what we wanted. Animation is traditionally for children and the colors usually reflect that aesthetic. Hisko's paintings brought a more sophisticated color palette and the human touch of the brush on the canvas endowed it with a warmth and an organic feel that we really thought was right for this project.

How did you decide which sequences would be animated and which would use the documentary footage?
We made a distinction between the documentary footage that dealt with Mohamed's present day life, trying to combine being a pirate with starting a family, and the animated sequences. The goal of the animation was to get inside the head of our main character Mohamed, and to show his subjective reality. We knew that the civil war had made a large impact on his life. And in the animation we could flashback to the events that had formed him, such as the day the war started. We could also show his dreams and memories; from his first hijacks, to visualizing his fears about getting married.

Why did you come to focus the film on one pirate - Mohamed - and decide to center the film around his story?
We initially had the idea to tell the story around two pirates, Mohamed and a younger pirate. But the family life of Mohamed was so interesting and gave such a unique insight into piracy in Somali society, that we decided to centre the film around him and his family. For us, it made the subject more universal, because the film is at its heart a family drama. The father and mother want to save their son, who chose to follow a criminal path. The son tries to change his lifestyle but finds it very hard to go back to a normal domestic existence after living the high life of crime for so long.

 

Mohammed / LAST HIJACK (Filmbuff)


Did Mohamed open up to the project easily, or was it a process to insure his full participation as well of that of his entourage and family?
It took a long time before we found Mohamed; we researched for about 18 months. We had interviewed and met many pirates, first in Kenya, then in Somalia. Some pirates were not really pirates - there have been a number of reports in the western media about pirates that were interviewed by major news stations, who weren't actually real pirates, just poor men trying to make a living by pretending for the Western media.

Many of the real pirates were afraid of exposing themselves to the media because they eventually hoped to leave Somalia in the future. When we found Mohamed, he was very open because he knew for sure that he never wanted to leave Somalia. He could speak freely without worrying too much about being arrested. We knew he was our main character when we spoke with his parents and discovered that he was planning to get married. His parents were very happy that Mohamed participated in the film. They saw it as a way to take him away from piracy, and that was also party of their motivation for getting involved.

Has Mohamed seen the film, and if so what was his reaction?
The finished film will just be ready in time for the Berlinale launch. But as we speak we are working on setting up a screening in Somalia for Mohamed and his family.

Is his career as a pirate completely finished?
We hear from him regularly, and after he lost his wife and his money, he volunteered for a while as a guard for the Somali regional government of Puntland. Later we heard that his Muna was pregnant and that she and Mohamed were trying to work things out. But most recently we know he went to the south coast of Somalia, to look for some action.

 

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LeBron James Produced SURVIVOR’S REMORSE Airs On StarzOctober 13, 2014

LeBron James Produced SURVIVOR’S REMORSE Airs On Starz

Rich Paul, left, Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, Mike O'Malley, LeBron James, Carmi Zlotnik (Phil Long/Invision for Starz)

Starz has teamed up with NBA superstar LeBron James to create “Survivor’s Remorse,” a comedy based on James’ personal experiences as a basketball phenomenon.

 

 

Karen Civil, Tom Werner, LeBron James, Johnny Manziel and Maverick Carter. (Photo by Phil Long/Invision for Starz Entertainment/AP Images)


 The six episode series follows Boston native Cam Calloway, played by Jessie T. Usher (WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL). Cam has just signed a multimillion dollar contract with the unnamed Atlanta basketball franchise. Young and excited, Cam throws down money on a high-rise condo, a truck for his high school coach, and everyday expenses for his uncle, played by Mike Epps (THE HANGOVER III), and sister, played by Erica Ash (SCARY MOVIE 5).

 

 

Cam (Jessie Usher), Cassie (Tichina Arnold), M-Chuck (Erica Ash), Missy (Teyonah Parris), Uncle Julius (Mike Epps)


 The series really picks up when Cam and his cousin/agent Reggie, played by RonReaco Lee (MADEA GOES TO JAIL), are confronted with a scandal that could destroy everything they’ve built. Cam’s mother, played by Tichina Arnold (MARTIN), just before leaving her smaller Boston home to go live with Cam, gives away a bunch of stuff to people in the hood. Marcus, played by Mo McRae (LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER), owes money to some gangsters and comes across a video tape of Cam getting high and spewing racial profanities and an old notebook of Cam’s, filled with sexual drawings.

 

 

Cam (Jessie Usher), Reggie (RonReaco Lee), Uncle Julius (Mike Epps)


 Cam doesn’t want to forget where he came from. Reggie wants him to distance himself from the problems that weigh heavily on Cam’s mind. Cam feels guilty that he can’t solve every issue that someone from his past faces.

This is LeBron James’ second foray into entertainment. The 29-year-old just filmed TRAINWRECK, a comedy directed by Judd Apatow, staring some of Hollywood’s funniest people, is due July 24, 2015. 

 

Along with his super-agent Maverick Carter, who is a producer on “Survivor’s Remorse,” James has plans to become the world’s first billion-dollar athlete. He hosted “Saturday Night Live” in September, 2007 in a fairly funny episode. James has the basketball-side locked up, with multiple MVPs and championships, with more to come. He’s avoided crossing-over into music, but seems to want to to dominate television and movies. Everything he touches on the court turns to gold, a good sign for his entertainment endeavors.

“Survivor’s Remorse” is a sharp, quick-cutting comedy that moves along well.

 

 

Cam (Jessie Usher), Reggie (RonReaco Lee), Uncle Julius (Mike Epps)


There is no on-court action, only allusions to Cam’s speedy play and fast rise in professional basketball. Usher and Lee provide a nice one-two-punch, and juxtaposition. Cam’s instincts clash with Reggie’s business-sense. Epps and Ash are the vulgar, often over-the-top comic relief. “Survivor’s Remorse” is worth a try, especially knowing that the writing is based off of James’ life, which is going to be fun for fans of LeBron.

 

 

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Max Resetar

 


Max Resetar is a new contributor to On Demand Weekly. He is currently a junior at Eugene Lang College from Queens, New York. He has written for SLAM Magazine. 


 

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NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC Documentary - Now On DemandOctober 13, 2014

NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC Documentary - Now On Demand

NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC (@TribecaFilm)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC (Tribeca Film).

 

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NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC
By Ric Whitney

 
Public Enemy front man and rap music luminary, Chuck D often described rap as “CNN for Black people.” As such, Nasir Jones’ (Nas) 1994 seminal debut album “Illmatic” was musical reporting at its best live from the Queens, New York projects where he grew up.

Writer Erik Parker and director One9 recount the period and person behind “Illmatic,” NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC in this endearing and special tribute to Nas’ classic album. Nas has been quoted that “New York City wrote “Illmatic.” This suggestion is bolstered by the glimpse this documentary offers into life in Queensbridge both in 1994 and 20 years later.

NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC does a wonderful job of focusing the story on what twenty year-old Nas saw, how he lived and who and what influenced his “NY State of Mind.” One9 beautifully frames Nas, his Queensbridge Projects home, and his family and friends, setting the stage for Parker’s largely positive, but exceedingly informative narrative surrounding “Illmatic.”
 
 
NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC distributed by Tribeca Film. Credit: Danny Clinch


Some of the inevitable struggles that first time recording artists face are diminished in the film. However, the manner in which the viewer meets and gets to know the key characters in Nasir’s life far offset this one-sided nature.

Whether learning the details of Nas’ best friend, Willy "Ill Will" Graham’s death and its effect on the young artist, or becoming acquainted with Nas’ father, Jazz legend Olu Jones, and realizing his influence on Nas musically and more; the quality documentary style of NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC showcases an interesting account of Nas’ creativity and character. 
 
NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC distributed by Tribeca Film. Credit: Nasir Jones

 

One of the great things about watching this documentary at home that you can pause the film and easily go listen to tracks from “Illmatic” on your smartphone, laptop or perhaps the original cassette tape. This experience offers immediate and greater contextual insight making the film a great companion piece to the album and vice versa.

Nas’ “Illmatic” was a classic album lauded for its visual lyricism. NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC does the artist and the album justice, providing cinematic sight to Illmatic’s rich sound.

 

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- Ric Whitney


Ric “Ricky Media” Whitney is a seasoned content and digital distribution media executive. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Ricky has resided in Los Angeles, California since 2002 and is a passionate sports fan, lover of most music genres and is an avid news media and pop culture junkie.

 

1 Rapping the Vote With Chuck D, Jeff Chang, Mother Jones (Sept/Oct 2004) http://www.motherjones.com/media/2004/09/chuck-d
2 Nas BBC Radio 1 Interview, Zane Lowe (April 2014)

 

 

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THE AFFAIR - He Said, She SaidOctober 12, 2014

THE AFFAIR - He Said, She Said

The Affair (Showtime)

On Demand Weekly provides new reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “The Affair” (Showtime).

A perfect life: four beautiful, healthy children, a gorgeous, funny, smart, sexy wife, a newly published book, a brownstone in New York City and an estate on the beach in the Hamptons at which to summer. So you’re a little sexually frustrated because, well, four kids, and the summer house (and the money that paid for the brownstone) are really your smugly successful father-in-law’s, but it really is a perfect life. Why would you even be tempted to do anything to mess that up? That is both the question and the answers in “The Affair”, Showtime’s new series debuting October 12th.

Dominic West ("The Wire") is Noah Solloway, the man with the perfect life. He is tall, dark, and handsome, but in a rugged/sensitive way that would make him catnip for any predatory female. However, you get the sense he is not easily distracted away from his wife. His wife, Helen, is played by Maura Tierney, whose warmth and intelligence radiate out of her every pore.

 

Dominc West, The Affair (Showtime)



The other couple whose lives collide with the Solloways are Allison Bailey and Cole Lockhart. Their life is not so perfect. They are barely holding onto their folksy beachside full time home in the rapidly fancifying Hamptons with its weekend estates for the very wealthy. They are also mourning the death of their little boy. Allison works as a waitress in the local diner, which is where she first encounters the Solloways. Ruth Wilson (SAVING MR. BANKS) and Joshua Jackson ("Fringe," "Dawson’s Creek") are well-matched for Dominic West and Maura Tierney.

 

Ruth Wilson, The Affair (Showtime)



Since Helen (as played by Maura Tierney) is so utterly flawless, it would take quite an actress to be able to portray a character lovely enough and sympathetic enough to make it believable that someone married her would consider cheating on her. Ruth Wilson is well up to the challenge. With her incredible bone structure, her beauty is ethereal, but her tiny overbite brings her down to earth in a very sensuous way. Since her husband is portrayed by the handsome and lovable Joshua Jackson, it makes it hard to believe Allison could be drawn to anyone else. Yet, the attraction of Allison and Noah is obvious, and, at least so far, neither come off as bad people.

Told in a Rashomon-style showing the same events as remembered differently, "The Affair" isn’t in a hurry to get to the action. Instead it lets us get to know the characters, as experienced by Noah and Allison (at least it is their points of view in the first episode). It’s fascinating to see how each remembers the other as much smoother and cleverer than they remember themselves being. Retelling from varying aspects is an intriguing concept for a television series, and except for the heavy-handed voice-overs, it works well.

 

We know from these portentous voice-overs though, that something BAD is going to happen. Running through every scene are undercurrents and eddies of simmering change. It is no accident that the setting is the beach. It’s an obvious, but apt (and picturesque) metaphor.

The Hamptons setting doesn’t mean this is a Revenge-type soap. This is a study of deeply complex characters and how their interactions cause ripple effects that change everyone around them, and so far, not an evening gown in sight!

 

 

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- Jean Tait

 

Jean
Jean Tait is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently the Director of Programming for the Connecticut Film Festival, Jean has programmed for the Jacksonville Film Festival and Sundance Channel.
 

 

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HOMELAND Season 4 - Her Without HimOctober 11, 2014

HOMELAND Season 4 - Her Without Him

Homeland (SHO)

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Seasons 2 and 3 of Homeland both started with Carrie in full lock-down psychiatric treatment. It would not have been surprising for Season 4 to start with Carrie in the hospital in full labor, but no, they skipped right over that and plunged us full into Carrie as Kabul Station Chief.

Carrie is already straining against the leash of her security team and wants to get out into the streets, but her staff is understandably not too happy with the attention an un-head-covered blonde walking around in a pant suit attracts. Back at her headquarters, Sandy (a buffed up Corey Stoll) is urging a hurried drone hit due to his never-been-wrong-before source. Carrie ok’s the hit, which of course kills numerous civilians and gets the ball rolling for Season 4’s Brody-free plot.

 



So how is our girl Carrie? She seems much stronger: confident and in charge. We see her taking her meds, although she is washing them down with Chardonnay, and needs a mouthguard, eyeshade and ear plugs to sleep. Yet when she successfully eludes her security team, we get to see The Smile for which Season 2’s first episode was named. That wonderful smile that Carrie just can’t contain when she is particularly pleased with herself.

Actually, we get to see that smile with some frequency this season (at least through the first 3 episodes). Carrie is feeling on top of her game, even when she screws up, she manipulates her way back into control. She even rather heartlessly uses Saul and Quinn’s love for her to get what she wants. I smell a big smackdown coming her way.

 

 

It might come from her sister. Sadly, the death of actor James Rebhorn means Carrie’s father gets one line to explain why he’s not around, but Amy Hargreaves is terrific as Carrie’s sister, juggling her own job/family issues while hoping Carrie will take some responsibility for her own child. The one day Carrie and Franny (her Brody-ginger haired daughter) spend together starts off tentatively well, but Carrie is fighting her maternal instinct tooth and nail.

We won’t get a smack down from Quinn. The fallout from the drone strike is the last straw for him. He wants out and he wants out NOW. But he settles for drinking his sorrows away and finding distraction in the arms of another woman.

Other fallout from the drone strike includes Suraj Sharma as a conflicted survivor of the attack, and lovely Nazanin Boniadi as Fara Sherazi, now magically transformed from financial analyst to in-the-field agent, and strangely without her hijab.

Although I expect major problems ahead for Carrie, I have to remember that Homeland plays a long game, and whatever I expect is not likely to happen. But the tension between being a mother and having a job that entails crossing names off a hit list has got to come to a head soon.

A big shout out to Amy Hubbard for casting. There are some non-traditional looks in Homeland that add a nice touch of reality. Excellent pacing and spare use of scoring keeps everything moving along well. The loss of Brody and his family have freed the creative team to explore ever more relevant issues. I’m looking very forward to the rest of this season!

 

 

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- Jean Tait

 

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Netflix’s BOJACK HORSEMAN vs. Hulu’s THE AWESOMESOctober 01, 2014

Netflix’s BOJACK HORSEMAN vs. Hulu’s THE AWESOMES

Netflix's BOJACK HORSEMAN vs. Hulu's THE AWESOMES

Netflix and Hulu have both drastically stepped up their original programming in the past few years. Netflix received a combined 17 nominations for the 2014 Emmys. Hulu offers 39 original series, with every single episode of those available to binge-watch.

And people are binge-watching. Viewers are able to rifle through a series in an immersive and captivating way to engage an audience. Audiences don’t want to make a weekly commitment to a series for six months, when they can knock out a season in a weekend.

The two preeminent streaming video services are targeting young with their original programming. At the risk of losing viewership, Netflix and Hulu have turned to animated comedies.

The animated comedy series has a come a long way. There’s the big three; “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “South Park.” Then there’s everything from “Spongebob Squarepants” to “Futurama” to “Beavis and Butt-head” and “King of the Hill.”

“The Simpsons” just began its twenty-sixth season. “South Park” is already at season 18 “Family Guy” is up to season 13. The millennial audience enjoys these show so much because of how easy they are to watch and how little they ask of the viewer. They’re pure entertainment. This is a concept that Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has been able to capitalize on since 2005.

“The Awesomes” and “BoJack Horseman” try to capture the magic those shows did.

Hulu’s “The Awesomes” boasts an incredible cast. Seth Meyers stars, backed up by Ike Barinholtz, Taran Killam, Bobby Lee, Kenan Thompson, Rashida Jones, Bobby Moynihan and Josh Meyers. Bill Hader, Rachel Dratch, Cecily Strong, Steve Higgins, Will Forte, Amy Poehler, Colin Quinn and Maya Rudolph all have arcs on the series.

 

“The Awesomes” (Hulu)


As Prock, Meyers voices the son of the greatest superhero of all time, Mr. Awesome, voiced by Higgins. After Mr. Awesome retires at the age of 90, his super superhero team, the Awesomes, disbands when Prock volunteers himself to lead the team. Prock then has to put together a rag-tag group that has to earn respect. Prock is nothing like his father. The only thing he can do is pause time, but people don’t know he can do that because they can’t see him doing it.

Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” also has an all-star cast. Will Arnett leads the main cast that’s rounded out by Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Aaron Paul. Patton Oswalt, Stanley Tucci, JK Simmons, Cedric Yarbrough, Wendie Malick, Olivia Wilde, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, Jon Daly, Judy Greer, Anjelica Huston, Chris Parnell, Kristin Chenoweth, Horatio Sanz, Stephen Colbert, John Krasinski, Aisha Tyler, Melissa Leo, Wallace Shawn and Naomi Watts have guest roles.

 

“BoJack Horseman (Netflix)


Arnett’s BoJack is a washed up TV star that deals with

public relations nightmares, relationship problems and a drinking problem. He’s also a horse. 

 

Meyers’ show, which he co-created with Mike Shoemaker, makes good use of animation.

 

The superpowers that his team uses would be ridiculous

if they weren’t cartoons.

 

Bobby Lee’s character, Sumo, transforms from a quiet kid to a giant Sumo wrestler with the ability to destroy anything in his path. Taran Killam’s Frantic is the fastest person on the earth. During his running scenes, the screen turns orange, matching the color of Frantic’s hair and outfit. 


On “BoJack Horseman,” humans exist in the same world as anthropomorphic animal-people. The cartoon looks like “King of the Hill.” The humans are drawn to scale and besides the animal-people wearing clothes, they look realistic. Amy Sedaris plays Princess Carolyn, a cat that dated BoJack and is also his agent. She wears dresses and necklaces and is always on the phone. Paul F. Tompkins’s Mr. Peanutbutter plays a dog in a v-neck shirt.

The only thing these shows have in common is that they’re animated. The leading men are completely different, which makes the shows completely different. Meyers’ Prock is an upbeat, young man who’s trying really hard to defeat evil and make friends in the process. His team is easy to root for. The writers poke just enough fun at the superhero genre to let us know not to take them seriously. They pepper in their legitimate jokes, too.

 

      



Arnett’s BoJack is impossible to connect to. We’re constantly being reminded he’s an anti-hero. In one episode, he’s goes from berating his TV daughter (Kristen Schaal) in the 90s, to having sex with her in the 2000s. He says he hates the troops in another episode. He’s always got a drink in his hand. He tells Aaron Paul’s character Todd “It’s the responsibility of little guys like you to look out for big guys like me.” He’s all about BoJack. It’s a credit to Arnett’s acting to make me hope everything in BoJack’s life falls apart, but it’s not fun to watch.

Both seasons of “The Awesomes” are available on Hulu. Netflix recently ordered another season of “BoJack Horseman.” No release date has been announced.

Give “The Awesomes” a try. Meyers as a leading man will surprise you. “BoJack Horseman” is a depressing and weird comedy. Trying to identify the plethora of guest stars might be worth your time if you can sit through lots of self-loathing. 

 

"The Awesomes"

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"BoJack Horseman"

 

 

Max Resetar

 


Max Resetar is a new contributor to On Demand Weekly. He is currently a junior at Eugene Lang College from Queens, New York. He has written for SLAM Magazine. 

 

 

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5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: October 2014October 01, 2014

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: October 2014

Kat Ashy (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kat Ashy (@KatDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 
5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - October 2014:

Kate
By Kat Ashy

 
Fall is in the air and October is here! It’s now officially acceptable to assault yourself with pumpkin spice everything. Go forth, my friends, and indulge in all your favorite fall activities. Rake those lovely autumn leaves, go apple picking, buy a questionable Halloween hat. And once you’re done planning your lovely vacation trip to Salem check out my October Movies On Demand. Socializing with irate dead witches can wait, and I’ve got my top five picks right here!

Kat’s Top Five Movies On Demand:

5. EARTH TO ECHO, Premieres October 21 - KIDS PICK
If your kids aren’t ready for THE SHINING this Halloween season why not opt for a family fun sci-fi adventure that’s sure to give you some serious E.T. flashbacks.
PG, SciFi/Family, Teo Halm, Brian 'Astro' Bradley, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt

4. LISTEN UP PHILIP, Premieres October 21 INDIE PICK
Jason Schwartzman stars as a narcissistic writer that uses his idol’s isolated home as a refuge in this darkly hilarious film.
TV-MA, Drama, Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Jonathan Pryce

3. RUDDERLESS, Premieres October 17 - MUSIC PICK
An indie musical drama about a grieving father that forms a rock band after he comes across his deceased son’s brilliant music.
R, Drama/Music, Billy Crudup, William H. Macy, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Felicity Huffman, Laurence Fishburne, Same Day As Theatrical Release

2. THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Premieres October 21 - HORROR PICK
Everyone needs a little horror in October, and nothing says horror quite like a 12-hour period of pure murderous chaos.
R, Thriller, Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford

1. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Premieres October 28 TOP PICK
The X-Men are back, and this time for a “change history” plot and a whole lot of Hugh Jackman. Patrick Stewart as Professor X enlists the help of his X-Men to send Wolverine back in time to stop Mystique from killing a man that’s paramount to their future. Two Charles Xaviers and two Magnetos are only the beginning of the beautiful insanity of this film.

Throw in all of your favorite past and present mutants and time altering shenanigans, and you’ve got a franchise hit. I now reiterate my sentiment that Marvel is, in fact, taking over the world.
PG-13, Action/Adventure, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page

That’s October team! Be sure to check out all of the other great Movies on Demand this month. Happy watching!
 
Also This Month...

10/2
THE ABCS OF DEATH 2 (Magnolia) – (R)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Martina García, Andy Nyman
• Pre-Theatrical Release

OPEN WINDOWS (Cinedigm) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Thriller
• Starring: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey
• Pre-Theatrical Release

10/3
COPENHAGEN (Millennium) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama/Romance
• Starring: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

THE HERO OF COLOR CITY (Magnolia) – (G)
• Genre: Animated/Kids
• Voices: Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

HORNS (Weinstein/Radius) – (R)
• Genre: Fantasy/Horror
• Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple
• Pre-Theatrical Release

NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC (Tribeca) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Documentary/Music
• Starring: Nas, Alicia Keys

10/7
LIVE DIE REPEAT: EDGE OF Tomorrow (3D) (WB) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action/SciFi
• Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton

MILLION DOLLAR ARM (Disney) – (PG)
• Genre: Drama/Sports
• Starring: Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST (Universal) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD (Tribeca) – (R)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Martin Starr, Vegar Hoel
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS (Starz) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Animated
• Voices: Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Jason Douglas, Ian Sinclair, Kyle Hebert, Laura Bailey, Kara Edwards

10/10
AUTOMATA (Millennium) – (R)
• Genre: SciFi/Thriller
• Starring: Antonio Banderas, Dylan McDermott, Melanie Griffith
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

CATCH HELL (Phase 4) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Thriller
• Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Stephen Louis Grush
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

YOU'RE NOT YOU (Phase 4) – (R)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Hilary Swank, Marcia Gay Harden, Josh Duhamel, Emmy Rossum, Ali Larter
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

10/14
PERSECUTED (Millennium) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: James Remar, Bruce Davison

10/17
CAMP X-RAY (IFC) – (R)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

EXTRATERRESTRIAL (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: SciFi/Horror
• Starring: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma
• Pre-Theatrical Release

FELONY (Gravitas) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama/Thriller
• Starring: Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, Melissa George
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

RIBBIT (Vertical) – (PG)
• Genre: Animated/Family
• Voices: Sean Astin, Tim Curry
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

YOUNG ONES (Screen Media) – (R)
• Genre: Action/Drama
• Starring: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

10/21
SEX TAPE (Sony) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe

THE FLUFFY MOVIE: EXTENDED EDITION (Universal) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Documentary/Comedy
• Starring: Gabirel Iglesias

10/23
V/H/S: VIRAL (Magnolia) – (R)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Blair Redford, Carrie Keagan
• Pre-Theatrical Release

10/24
1,000 TIMES GOOD NIGHT (Freestyle) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

STONEHEARST ASYLUM (Millennium) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Thriller
• Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

10/28
AMERICA: IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT HER (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Documentary
• Starring: Dinesh D'Souza

BEGIN AGAIN (Starz/Weinstein) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy/Drama
• Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green

DELIVER US FROM EVIL (Sony) – (R)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (Fox/DreamWorks) – (PG)
• Genre: Animated/Family
• Voices: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann

WISH I WAS HERE (Universal) – (R)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin, Donald Faison

 

- Kat Ashy 


Kate
Kat Ashy is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. Kat just released her debut novel "ZO of the Marked Age". Check it out if you're into sassy dragons and post apocalyptic landscapes. Follow her on Twitter @KATDOESLIFE

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIMSeptember 29, 2014

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM

Lola Bessis & Ruben Amar, SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM

Full of art, music and everyday magic, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood depicting three intertwined characters at turning points in their lives. Swim Little Fish Swim focuses on the domestic life of Leeward (Defa) and Mary (Bloom), a young married couple at a crossroads. Mary is a hardworking nurse determined to turn the couple’s lives around while Leeward is a struggling musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and New Age visionary. Enter Lilas (Bessis), a 19-year-old French artist trying to make it in New York and escape the shadow of her famous painter mother.

 

When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple’s tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. Written, Produced and Directed by: Lola Bessis & Ruben Amar.

 

 

SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM is now on iTunes, Vimeo, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video and VUDU.


Writers, Producers and Directers Lola Bessis & Ruben Amar Top 5 Things You Need To Know About SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM


1. The Story Was Born While Hanging Out in the Streets of New York

Since our “immigration” to New York we’ve never stopped filming our surroundings and scenes from our everyday life. The result is a diary made of short scenes we call “snippets.” Inspired by scenes from our “snippets” as well as what we observed in the city, we began to write a story.

 

One night in a bar in Brooklyn, we saw a zany musician performing; he was playing with a lot of crazy instruments and for some reason he inspired us. We were immediately intrigued by him because he seemed to be living in another world. His girlfriend was attending the show and little by little we started imagining what their life might be like. After only three weeks, this fantasy mixed with our own experience gave birth to a 60-page dialogue-free screenplay of what would become our first feature film.

 

 

Lola Bessis / SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM


2. A Very Specific Acting Method
Striving to avoid giving into sensationalism, we aimed at realistically depicting snapshots from the unembellished lives of our characters "drawn from life." This thirst for realism led us to place the actors at the heart of the creative process. We thus set up filmed workshops based on role-play and improvisation games. Every night for almost two months we would go through the footage shot with the actors on that same day, applying the necessary transformations and additions to the script. This method turned out to be extremely productive and conclusive and created a strong, lively dialogue.



3. Unexpected Meeting with the Perfect Musicians
During a casting call for musician extras to be used in a scene involving an evening with friends, a group walked in whose name stopped us in our tracks: The Toys and Tiny Instruments. Our character makes instruments that play by themselves using his daughter’s toys, so it had to be a sign! When they started to sing and strum on a ukulele, it was obvious; they couldn’t just play Leeward’s musician friends – they had to write the music! They managed to create...

 

the character’s musical universe

in perfect harmony with his marginal, madcap personality.

Incidentally, Colin Summer, the group’s singer, has become Leeward’s official “voice.”



4. Hurricane Irene
Hurricane Irene completely disrupted the shooting and jeopardized the film. It happened when we were already 3/4 of the way through. The apartment in which we were living that also hosted the main set of the film was in the mandatory evacuation zone and all of New York was locked down. We were forced to stop the shooting right away. We had to leave the apartment and all the shooting equipment behind us - which was insured for all events but natural disaster.

 

Fortunately the hurricane happened to be less violent than expected. When we returned, the equipment was still in good shape but it forced us to cut down the shooting time. We gave up on a few scenes since we had lost two shooting days and our team and actors had other commitments right after.

 

Dustin Guy Defa / SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM


5. The Little Yellow Fish
During Hurricane Irene we had to leave our apartment in a hurry and for three days we left behind the yellow fish that is the source of the movie's title. Fortunately when we came back the fish was still alive. A few days later the shooting was over and it was time for us to come back to Paris. But what about the yellow fish?! We put a listing on Craigslist and a Brooklyn couple came over at the last moment to adopt the fish.

 

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3D Printing Comes Alive in PRINT THE LEGENDSeptember 29, 2014

3D Printing Comes Alive in PRINT THE LEGEND

Bre Pettis, Makerbot / PRINT THE LEGEND. Photo courtesy of Netflix.

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and TV Series on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: PRINT THE LEGEND (Netflix).

 

Produced by members of the award-winning documentary team that brought you FREAKONOMICS, KING OF KONG, MAKE BELIEVE and 2012 Oscar winner UNDEFEATED ... PRINT THE LEGEND is an original Netflix film -- part of their recent documentary strategy to go beyond the "TV series" -- showing the world a behind-the-scenes look at yet another revolution (THE SQUARE gave them an Emmy and their first Oscar nomination) ... This time it's technological.

 

Max Lobovsky of Formlabs / PRINT THE LEGEND. Photo courtesy of Netflix


They wanted to capture the next Woz, Jobs, Apple moment. Was it augmented reality? Nope. The IoT? Not quite. 3D Printing? You bet. The industrial technology had been around for decades, and now they were taking it to your desktop, and into the browser, for a fraction of the price. This was history. The movie had to be made.

They passionately pursue their American dreams, they desperately want to change the world. The race is to the finish, and this cast of colorful characters is determined to bring you everything from that infamous printable burrito to customizable kidneys. We see them grow up, act out, sell out, move on. Yet ultimately, many will make the greatest sacrifice of all -- beyond the crazy billable hours and coding marathons -- losing their moral compass, even their belief system ... Their heart.

In the spirit of INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE, the film follows the lives of personal 3D printing CEOs Mak-erbot's Bre Pettis (market evangelist, DIY guru) and Formlab's Max Lobovsky (MIT competitor and Kick-starter sensation) as they forge forward to create that next historic PC movement, encroaching on the industry's powerful players with their disruptive, controversial consumer technology.

 

Formlabs / PRINT THE LEGEND. Photo courtesy of Netflix


 In retaliation, 3D Systems sues Formlabs, launching a litigation litany to protect their 30 years of intellec-tual property and patents. But Stratasys takes another classic approach, turning from foe to friend, merging in the end. Ultimately, Cory Wilson, the notorious Texas anarchist and maker of the Liberator (first 3D printable gun) upstages everyone, creating an international uproar, leaving the industry and Congress to ponder the social and constitutional implications of their prolific printing products.

 

PRINT THE LEGEND. Photo courtesy of Netflix

 

If you were ever curious to get an insider's play-by-play into startup culture - from basement beginning to acquisition, warts and all - here's the front row seat at the cutting edge of our future, and possibly the battle for the next industrial revolution. If you're a techie, maker, doc lover or entrepreneur, this film's for you (demand it). Yet, I believe anyone can gain new insights into human nature and its profound affect on business culture in this intellectual entrepreneurial tale.

PRINT THE LEGEND is available on Netflix. 

 

DEMAND IT - Techies

TRY IY - Film Fans

 

- Suzanne Connolly

 


Suzanne Connolly is a new ODW contributing writer, film producer, media/tech/entertainment consultant and social entrepreneur. Suzanne has lived in Sichuan China, co-founded a trans-media/film organization, and represented the tech and telecomm industries on Capitol Hill. Suzanne's foray into film was with the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Giant's baseball docu-comedy "Up for Grabs". 


 

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JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART Calls On DemandSeptember 26, 2014

JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART Calls On Demand

JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART (Shout! Factory)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART (Shout! Factory).

 

See the latest Independent Movie On Demand (IMOD) Trailers here...


 

 

JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART

By Melissa Chesman

 

The uniquely bizarre details in writer and co-director, Mathias Malzieu’s animated feature are hauntingly original but it’s the macro level where this film falters.

Set in late 19th century Edinburgh, Jack (voiced by Orlando Seale) is born with a frozen heart on the coldest day the world has ever known. Midwife and accused witch, Madeleine (Barbara Scaff) saves Jack by fashioning a cuckoo-clock heart in place of his frozen one. In order to keep Jack’s new heart tick-tocking,

 

JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART (Shout! Factory)


 Madeleine gives Jack’s young mother (Janet Dibley) three rules that must forever be followed: 1) Jack must never play with the clock hands. 2) He must manage his temper. 3) He must NEVER fall in love. Knowing Madeleine will be a better mother than she could ever be, the young mother sneaks away in the night.

On Jack’s 10th birthday he is allowed outside to experience the world for the first time. In spite of Madeleine’s warnings, Jack’s heart breaks over a delicately beautiful, near-blind girl, Miss Acacia (Samantha Barks), who is similarly struck by Jack. In an effort to find Miss Acacia again, Jack insists on attending school where he endures years of relentless cruelty by schoolyard bully, Joe (Harry Sadeghi), who is also in love with the missing Miss Acacia.

 

JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART (Shout! Factory)


 When Jack learns Miss Acacia is in Andalusia, where she has become a singing flamenco dancer in a freak-show carnival, he inadvertently pokes out Joe’s eye. Madeleine engineers Jack’s escape just before the authorities arrive to arrest him. She is left to suffer the consequences and her own broken heart.

The trip to Andalusia is fraught with danger. If not for his chance encounter with George Méliès (Stéphane Cornicard), Jack would have perished before finding Miss Acacia and rekindling their passion. But as the misfits plan to run away together, Joe resurfaces with his own mission to take Miss Acacia for himself and to destroy Jack.

 

JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART (Shout! Factory)


Although the characters in this surreal fairytale resemble precious porcelain dolls featuring oversized heads and large doe eyes that children adore, the visage is misleading. JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART’s dark, depressing narrative, laced with rather mature conveyances of love and cold, unapologetic violence, is not for kids. But nor will the film appeal to adults hoping for a story that will match the wild landscape and eccentric characters that populate it. 

 

This heart-wrenching tale of forbidden amour has moments of nuanced genius, but is crippled by conventional plot contrivances that grind the downer story to a halt, irritate with sullen repetition or serve nothing but ambiance.

This film is actually the third incarnation of the cuckoo clock heart tale, which was originally created as an album by the French rock band, Dionysos fronted by Mathias Malzieu. A companion novella, The Boy with the Cukoo Clock Heart followed, also authored by Malzieu. Tim Burton and Roald Dahl are two of the band’s self-stated influences and there’s certainly: quirky, gothic horror meets pointedly unsentimental in the mashed up feel of the film, but... 

 

...the overall, inescapable impression that lingers after viewing

is a deeply disturbing melancholy.

 

 

JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART (Shout! Factory)


And therein lies the audience that will most appreciate Malzieu’s unsettling surrealism. The animated film is Malzieu and co-director, Stéphane Berla’s first feature length film. Although JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART doesn’t satisfy expectations for a fully realized feature, the artistry, imagination and passion in each frame won’t go unnoticed.

 

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Melissa Chesman

 

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Melissa Chesman is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently she is a freelance writer/producer and VP of Development for New York City based production company, Raw Digital. Formerly, Melissa has been a production, development and marketing executive for many NYC based companies such as: Fine Line Features, New Line Cinema, Redeemable Features and Chimera Films.


 

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SPORTS JEOPARDY! Premieres On CrackleSeptember 26, 2014

SPORTS JEOPARDY! Premieres On Crackle

Sports Jeopardy! (Crackle)

Category: Sports Personalities
A. He is the host of “Sports Jeopardy!”.
Q. Who is Dan Patrick?

 

Category: Game Shows
A. The home of “Sports Jeopardy!”.
Q. What is Crackle?

 

Legendary sportscaster Dan Patrick is the face of Crackle’s new weekly gameshow, “Sports Jeopardy!” Just like Alex Trebek and the original “Jeopardy!,” Patrick hosts three contestants in a battle of knowledge. Unlike Trebek, Patrick quizzes his participants on their knowledge of sports.

“Sports Jeopardy!” has the same format as its predecessor. Participants are given their choice of six categories, with point values for each of those ranging from 250 to 1,000. Instead of playing for money on each question, however, the challengers on Sports Jeopardy! play for grand prizes of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000.

 

Dan Patrick and Alex Trebek / Sports Jeopardy! (Crackle)


Patrick, who has worked for ESPN, Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports, has built a career on his brash style of dry comedy. He doesn’t miss an opportunity for a joke. He has a back-and-forth with his trio of competitors that is reminiscent of the sports bar banter. The host pokes fun at eventual pilot winner Kenny Chung’s extensive jersey collection, claiming it’s the reason Chung is still single. Patrick’s words have just a hint of zip to them, unlike Trebek.

 

Category: Sports Jeopardy!
A. She is the first video clue giver for “Sports Jeopardy!”
Q. Who is UFC Octagon Girl Vanessa Hanson?

 

Vanessa Hanson / Sports Jeopardy! (Crackle)

 

“Sports Jeopardy!” moves at a nice pace, thanks to Patrick’s hosting and the inclusion of pictures and videos, which pop up every now and then.

 

Sports fans will have a fun time playing along. The questions aren’t easy enough to breeze through, but they’re engaging and difficult enough to keep the audiences’ attention and keep them coming back.

New episodes premier every Wednesday. The brief commercial breaks and the end-of-season tournament, where $50,000 is on the line, make “Sports Jeopardy!” a worthy time investment. 

 

Category: Categories

Q. College Sports. Pick 'Em. Where To Watch The Game. Basketball Jones. British Open Winners. UFC.

A. What are the first categories on "Sports Jeopardy!"?

 


Sports Jeopardy! (Crackle)

 

For more information about Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick, visit sportsjeopardy.com.

 

 

TRY IY

 

 

- Max Resetar

 


Max Resetar is a new contributor to On Demand Weekly. He is currently a junior at Eugene Lang College from Queens, New York. He has written for SLAM Magazine. 

 

 

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The Red Bull Air Races Take Flight In The US And On DemandSeptember 22, 2014

The Red Bull Air Races Take Flight In The US And On Demand

Courtesy of Red Bull

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and video on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: Red Bull Air Races, Stop #6 at The Texas Motor Speedway.


The plane flew propeller-first through the pylon. You don’t see that every day.

 

Courtesy of Red Bull


The Red Bull Air Races have returned after a three year worldwide hiatus, resuming the three-dimensional version of Formula 1, and edging the auto race by a few mph and an impressive 5Gs more than their earth-bound relatives. A pilot in the air race merely receives a penalty for exceeding 10Gs while continuing to fly a plane (where just your head would feel like it had 90 pounds strapped to it, the rest of your body felt ten times heavier and all your blood is trying to go to your feet) while any F1 driver would have passed out long before. The Red Bull Air Races is one of the most physically challenging motorsports in the world.

 

Courtesy of Flat Creek Images


Due to safety precautions, planes cannot race at the same time because of the risk of collision, but the tight turns and technical proficiency of the courageous pilots provide plenty of excitement. Just a few knots of wind in a different direction can change the track from the perspective of the pilots. That’s like a road that moves while you’re driving. Plus it moves in three dimensions.


The Texas Motor Speedway is one of the best venues on the circuit, allowing fans a much closer viewing distance than the over-water races. The Fort Worth race is the sixth of eight races in the 2014 Red Bull Air Races. Look for it and other races on demand at redbull.com, Fox Sports or YouTube

 

 

 

The Red Bull Air Race World Championships gives racing fans a new batch of pilots, tracks and technology to dive into. One race is enough to get hooked!

 

 

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Whit Stillman Turns To Amazon Original Series With THE COSMOPOLITANSSeptember 22, 2014

Whit Stillman Turns To Amazon Original Series With THE COSMOPOLITANS

THE COSMOPOLITANS (Amazon Studios)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and TV Series on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: THE COSMOPOLITANS (Amazon Instant Video television pilot).


If films made families, Whit Stillman would have fathered twin boys in Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, and Greta Gerwig would be Chloë Sevigny’s little sister. Reality might not be that far off.


Beginning in 1990 with METROPOLITAN, the Oscar-nominated study of collegiate Manhattanite anti-characters, Whit Stillman launched a genre focused on the unusual burdens of existence suffered by the class of the young and privileged. He never tipped his hand to reveal his contempt for his characters, and – no surprise – only a limited audience got it. Most of that audience was in Manhattan.


Fast forward through his next film, BARCELONA, a story only really accessible to Americans who lived abroad and encountered anti-US political and philosophical sentiment (Other countries are critical of the US?!), and end at THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, a film where his characters finally grew up, albeit because Studio 54 closed. (The more recent and long-anticipated DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (2011) was unfortunately the STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE to the minor masterpiece of his original trilogy.) Thankfully, when Whit went on hiatus from filmmaking, Wes picked up with RUSHMORE and THE ROYAL TENEBAUMS, Noah with THE SQUID AND THE WHALE. Certainly any fan of these films would love Whit’s writing and direction.

 

THE COSMOPOLITANS (Amazon Studios)

 

Mr. Stillman’s latest offering, THE COSMOPOLITANS, tries to re-experience his favorite dinner in New York 25 years ago, by eating brunch at its sister restaurant in Paris today. 

 

The 27-minute TV pilot offers classic Whit Stillman themes and Whit Stillman characters. Fans will understand that’s all they’re looking for and should rush to watch it. Those unfamiliar with his films will enjoy it as a good place to start. Luckily for either viewer, Mr. Stillman’s dialogue remains so sophisticated, clever and provocative that he might be the perfect filmmaker for people who say they “liked the book better.”


The television format should allow deeper development of his characters and more intricate plotlines – a perfect match for his love of detail and subtlety. Whit’s characters often grow in understanding of themselves and their place in the world over the course of a film and over the course of a television series, these transformations now have the room to unfold even more naturally.


Of course, Amazon will only provide the next chapter if enough people vote for THE COSMOPOLITANS at this link. Luckily for all film fans who enjoy characters more than explosions, you only need an Internet connection, rather than a local art house cinema, to watch.

 

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Rose Leslie (GAME OF THRONES) & Director Leigh Janiak’s Top 6 Things You Need To Know Re: HONEYMOONSeptember 13, 2014

Rose Leslie (GAME OF THRONES) & Director Leigh Janiak’s Top 6 Things You Need To Know Re: HONEYMOON

Rose Leslie and Leslie Janiak / HONEYMOON (Magnet Releasing)

Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.


Treadaway (Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL) and Leslie (HBO’s GAME OF THRONES) give captivating leading performances as a couple that takes new love to disturbing depths. With romance slowing giving way to terror, writer/director Leigh Janiak puts her unique stamp on this intimate, chilling thriller.

 

 

Rose Leslie (GAME OF THRONES) & Director LEIGH JANIAK's Top 5 Things You Need To Know HONEYMOON

 

Rose Leslie:




1) Jumping into the lake for the scene with Harry and I on the canoe, was the best part of that day! It was cold but refreshing and I loved it far more than I thought- even though I was slightly dubious of the creepy crawlies in the water, I was disappointed I only got to do it once!



2) Whilst working on HONEYMOON, it was the first time I had ever driven in the US and on my second day I smashed and snapped the wing mirror whilst parking, the producers told me from then on that I should stick to taxis.



Leigh:



3) “There was a time before the rains...” We shot in western North Carolina in the spring. About a week into production the sky just exploded with torrential downpour. The road into our cottage location turned to mud. The lake levels rose and completely submerged our dock. We had thunder driving our sound guys crazy. The lights would go out. It was terrible. Finally, with only one day left at our cottage location we got lucky and the heavens parted. We were on nights at the time and so we had to shoot all night long and then straight into the next day for another six hours of glorious sunlight and an epic 18 hour shoot day!



4) My SFX make-up artist is this amazing guy named Christopher Nelson. He works a lot on "American Horror Story". He’s about seven feet tall (OK, I think he’s really like 6’4) and he wears crazy black latex serial killer gloves when he works. He also played the Groom in KILL BILL. And he’s the best with blood and goo.

 

 

Rose Leslie / HONEYMOON (Magnet Releasing)



5)  I grew up going to a cottage in Canada every summer and since the script is set there, Canada was my first choice for a production location. Rose only had a brief gap of free time between seasons of "Game Of Thrones" though, so we had to shoot in North Carolina, where we were assured the lake temperatures would be a lot more reasonable for humans. It ended up being a still very cold 60-something degrees. Lucky for Rose and Harry they only had to jump in a few times each. Our key grip Jose, on the other hand, spent about four days straight in the water dealing with our boat rig. He had a wet suit, but…


6) The crew called me “General Leigh” and would often play the Dukes of Hazzard theme song on their cell phones when I arrived on set. This was affectionate. I think...

 

 

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Jack O’Connell (UNBROKEN) Stars in STARRED UP - Now On DemandSeptember 13, 2014

Jack O’Connell (UNBROKEN) Stars in STARRED UP - Now On Demand

STARRED UP (Tribeca Film)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today's review: STARRED UP (Tribeca Film).

Prison movies are rarely tons of fun. With the threat of horrific violence permeating every frame, it’s only a matter of time before some hideous shanking or repugnant attack occurs and reminds everybody just how much fun a stretch in the joint really is. From THE LONGEST YARD (the original, of course) to ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ to THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, prison flicks are generally a tough row to hoe as far as entertainment is concerned.

 

Jack O'Connell / STARRED UP (Tribeca Film)


 That brings us to STARRED UP, directed by David Mackenzie. Starring Jack O’Connell, who plays real-life war hero and Olympian Louis Zamperini in the upcoming UNBROKEN, directed Angelina Jolie, STARRED UP tells the story of ironically named Eric Love, a young convict in a British jail. Pathologically violent, Eric is “starred up,” which means that he’s making the transition from juvie to adult prison.

 

Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend / STARRED UP (Tribeca Film)

 

Once inside the joint, Eric finds that his equally violent father, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES), is also incarcerated there. So begins a dark tale of the two working within the nightmarish confines of the prison to establish some kind of parent/child bond, however psychically scabbed each party may be.

STARRED UP offers little in the way of anything new to the genre. The convict hierarchy and racial tensions of other, better-told tales are in place, as is the discussion group run by the earnest, insightful, fearless therapist who believes in the fundamental humanity of the prisoners. The numerous violent episodes are gory and graphic and convey the debasing environs through which Eric, despite his swagger and faux confidence, must navigate. 

 

O’Connell is compelling as the young man whose life has turned him soulless and vicious and he conveys both the toughness and the fear that Eric has dealt with all his life. The chameleon-like Mendelsohn is as magnetic as always, making Neville a brute who finally has a chance to father his son, even if it is in the most dismal, dangerous place on earth.

Though STARRED UP checks off all the expected boxes of the prison flick, it warrants a recommendation for fans of the form. Filled with filth, grit and family conflict, it’s a minor addition to the canon of lockup films, but a worthy find for fans of the form.

 

 

TRY IY

 

- Chris Claro

 

Chris

Chris Claro is a contributing writer for On Demand Weekly. He is a former Director of Promotion for Sundance Channel and now works as Lead Copywriter at Cablevision. He has written for dvdverdict.com and the Eyes and Ears section of huffingtonpost.com. He blogs at http://disconcertingglare.blogspot.com. Follow Chris on twitter @cgclaro.

 

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The Video Glutton Binge Guide To “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” - Season 2September 12, 2014

The Video Glutton Binge Guide To “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” - Season 2

Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)

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It’s been a loooooooooong, Litchfield-less year, but the ladies are BACK, and I was more than eager to dive right in!

The first episode plunged right back into Piper’s point of view as it shows her journey from Litchfield’s SHU to Chicago to testify against the drug dealer she briefly carried for. It was a terrific call back to the real-person Piper’s memoir on which the show is based, and gave a realistic glimpse of the humiliations inflicted on prisoners. Piper is asked if she needs to use the bathroom before they take her out of SHU, but they don’t tell her where she will be going, or that it will be a long, long bathroom-less trip. She and the other inmates on this trip, including a cameo from Lori Petty, are not told where they are going or why, they are just bussed to an airport and bundled onto a plane.

 



Piper has no idea what is happening to her until she arrives in Chicago and sees Alex. Last year’s mythical chicken chase gets one-upped in comedy and grossness when Piper accidentally kills her Chicago cellmates’ cigarette-running cockroach and has to find and train a replacement!

It’s a great episode, but I missed all the other Litchfield women. On the other hand, when Piper gets back to Litchfield, she’s got a totally different attitude than last year’s, and it is the perfect re-introduction to our favorite community.

With the exception of Miss Claudette (sniff), all of our favorites are back, even Pennsatucky, whom Piper did NOT kill. Of these, we get more back story on Taystee, Poussey, Crazy Eyes, Lorna, Gloria, “Sister” Jane, and several of the less out front characters who are given more focus this season. Pennsatucky’s obedient sidekick Leanne gets to take stage as she becomes the new leader of the meth-heads, and we even see a slightly more human side of Miss Figueroa, although I could have done without that.

 



My favorite of the smaller parts stepping forward is the glorious performance of Barbara Rosenblat as Miss Rosa. It’s extraordinary how a character that basically just lay in bed looking crabby last season is allowed to flower into a rich, vibrant character. Her character’s arc is the most satisfying of all.

And then, there is the introduction of the new Big Bad: Vee. Her story intertwines with both Taystee and Red as we discover that Vee helped mold them into who they are today (and not the best parts of them). Lorraine Toussaint raises the bar in everything she does, and even here, where the bar started pretty darn high, she manages to bump it up. Wielding her inherent warmth, sexiness and intelligence as weapons, Vee Parker is an expert at divide and conquer. She charms Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” into becoming her wingman as she guilts Taystee into bringing in the rest of the “family.”

Since a feeling of family is the deepest desire of almost all these outcast women, Vee is able to worm her way into becoming the instant Mother/leader of her group. If that means a greater racial divide in the prison, well, that just works to her advantage. Poor Red (and who would have thought anyone would ever use that expression, “poor Red?”) who lost her position of Queen of the kitchen along with her role as Mother/leader of her family has to desperately scramble to hold onto every little bit of progress she makes. 

 

 

The other new cast member is Brook Soso (Kimiko Glenn), an overly peppy activist who can’t stop talking, or insisting that every glass is half full, much to the consternation of absolutely everyone else. More humor is provided by the sex-off between Big Boo (Lea DeLaria) and Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), refereed by the hilariously deadpan Chang (Lori Tan Chin), and transsexual Sophia explaining female anatomy to a bunch of naturally-born females. The humor is much needed as the tension ratchets up gradually throughout the season, which adds to the addictive, must watch the next episode, bingeworthiness of this show.

 



Lots of shows build tension well, and there are other shows that do the drama/comedy mix well. So what is it about this show that makes it so binge-able? It made Netflix’s new technique of dropping all episodes at once an unqualified success. Of Netflix’s original programming, including the critically-acclaimed “House Of Cards”, “Orange Is The New Black” is by far the most popular. I think it can be summed up by Healy, “I hate talking to a woman about women’s problems.” That is the attitude of 99.9% of television (and film). Men who are uncomfortable talking to and/or about women are the ones making television (and film).

Enter the inestimable Jenji Kohan. She makes talking to and/or about and/or for women as easy as, well, women talking. The incredible, unforced diversity of color, age, and sexuality is unlike anything else on TV. The natural rapport of the cast in addition to their amazing talent takes the really well-written stories and dialogue into a world that could be foreign, but feels strangely comfortable.

 


So put on a pair of fuzzy, bright orange pajamas, and settle in for a good, satisfying binge. It will be a long year after….

 

 

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- Jean Tait

 

Jean
Jean Tait is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently the Director of Programming for the Connecticut Film Festival, Jean has programmed for the Jacksonville Film Festival and Sundance Channel.
 

 

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Top 6 Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Series & Movies Now On DemandSeptember 08, 2014

Top 6 Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Series & Movies Now On Demand

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Hey On Demanders! I know your film palettes are bustling to the brim with Daniel Day-Lewis being dramatic, Meryl Streep being dramatic, some stately British actor being dramatic, and a nice Jim Carrey comedy thrown in for good measure. But sometimes you need to escape the land of Aaron Sorkin scripts and crying, and watch some guy with a sword get seared to death by a CGI dragon.

That’s where I come in. As the author of “ZO of the Marked Age” a post apocalyptic fantasy novel, I consider myself a huge fan of genre fiction. I live for wizards in high towers, apocalyptic time frames, medieval familial dysfunction, bat shit crazy dystopias, and lots and lots of dragons. That’s why I’ve compiled my top On Demand Sci-Fi/Fantasy films and TV series for your viewing pleasure. Grab yourself some mead and a “Down with society” T-Shirt and check out my top six picks below!

 

GAME OF THRONES - Available on HBO GO 
HBO's fantasy hit is a dynamic story that redefines the phrase "dysfunctional family". Its Emmy nominated cast has propelled this character driven show forward, defining it as one of the most watched and critically acclaimed dramas in recent years. Based on George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "Game Of Thrones" is equal parts bloody, raunchy, and shocking. It’s a must see for fantasy enthusiasts and TV fans alike. And did I mention there are dragons?

REVOLUTION - Available on HULU
This post apocalyptic science fiction series, helmed by J.J. Abrams’ production company, garnered a huge cult following in its two seasons. One committed binge watch and you’ll be completely engrossed in the "Revolution" world. Set fifteen years after a permanent global blackout, this imagining of post apocalyptic America deals with the fallout of a near future society that must now deal with the consequences of its own destruction.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER - Available on AMAZON PRIME & NETFLIX
Buffy is one of the best heroines in TV history. For seven seasons she kicked ass, staked vampires, dealt with the apocalypse, died on more than one occasion, all while trying to decide which lipstick went best with her killer outfit. Thanks to Joss Whedon we have Buffy in our lives and now you can too. All 145 episodes are available On Demand, and you should go watch them now! 

 

If you’re not watching Buffy,

I don’t know what you’re doing with your life.



THE WALKING DEAD - Available on NETFLIX

A Sci-Fi post apocalyptic world is only complete if you have flesh-eating zombies. Fact. But what happens if the undead is only a fraction of your problem in the new world. That’s what the survivors of this apocalypse face every episode as they struggle to survive, work with each other in a hostile environment, and hold on to the last vestige of their humanity. "The Walking Dead" is gearing up for its fifth season so I suggest you catch up now!

THE HUNGER GAMES - Available on NETFLIX
Yes, I know this is young adult dystopia science fiction but it’s post apocalyptic and has an awesome heroine. Sure, you might have to endure the love triangle but what you get in return is a tale of survival. In an act of loyalty Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the 74th annual Hunger Games. A televised fight to the death. It’s a sci-fi hero’s journey and it is fascinating to watch as Katniss’ world changes from survival, to revolution.

 


THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG - Available on AMAZON
There is nothing better than middle-aged hobbits going on fantastical adventures. And this middle-aged hobbit is Martin Freeman. Not to mention Gandalf is back to throw dwarf ragers in Bag End and convince the reluctant Bilbo that going on a quest to reclaim a mountain home from a dragon is a good idea.

 

It’s a perfect quest fantasy with

swords, wizards, trolls, and treasure.

 

Did I mention there’s a dragon? Now grab your wand, stake, gun, whatever supernatural weapon you have, and let’s get watching! 

 

- Kat Ashy 


Kate
Kat Ashy is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. Kat just released her debut novel "ZO of the Marked Age". Check it out if you're into sassy dragons and post apocalyptic landscapes. Follow her on Twitter @KATDOESLIFE

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: September 2014September 08, 2014

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: September 2014

Kat Ashy (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kat Ashy (@KatDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 
5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - September 2014:

Kate
By Kat Ashy

It's finally September! And contrary to popular belief it is not the beginning of fall yet. So cool it on the pumpkin, people. You still have until the 23rd to lounge by the pool, go boating, and drink in the afternoon.

And now you can catch up on all those Movies On Demand you've been itching to watch. Friends, step away from that pumpkin spice latte and put down the autumn scented candle! You still have a few weeks of summer left, and I've got my top five September picks right here!

Kat’s Top Five Movies On Demand:

5. FRANK, Premieres September 5 -  INDIE PICK
Michael Fassbender stars as Frank, the strangely eccentric leader of a pop band, in this off beat indie comedy.
R, Comedy, Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal

4. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Premieres September 30 - TWEEN PICK
A young adult novel hits the big screen yet again! With Shailene Woodley (Again!) and an amazing story by John Green that will rip out your heart and leave you in a puddle of your own tears.
PG-13, Drama/Romance, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe

3. NEIGHBORS, Premieres September 23 - COMEDY PICK
Seth Rogen stars as one half of a couple that moves in next to an out of control fraternity house. Add a shirtless Zac Efron and you’ve got the perfect raunchy comedy.
R, Comedy, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco

2. BELLE, Premieres September 2 - NEWCOMER PICK
An incredibly moving story about Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed raced daughter of a Royal Navy Captain who is raised in 18th century England by her aristocratic family.
PG, Drama, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Matthew Goode

1. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Premieres September 9 TOP PICK
Marvel is taking over the world! And it does not disappoint with this next chapter of the Captain America franchise. As Steve Rogers attempts to embrace his new modern surroundings, he must now face a threat from his past: a soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. If it wasn’t enough to have the beautiful Chris Evens back as the Cap, we are also graced with the kick ass presence of Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, Anthony Mackie’s fantastic turn as Falcon, and the complete badassery of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Furry. Marvel you tricky devil you did it again!
PG-13, Action/Adventure, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders

That’s September team! Happy watching!
 
 
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9/2
MOM’S NIGHT OUT (Sony) – (PG)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins

9/4
DRIVE HARD (Image) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Action
• Starring: John Cusack, Thomas Jane
• Pre-Theatrical Release

GOD HELP THE GIRL (GoDigital) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Emily Browning, Hannah Murray
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

KELLY & CAL (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Romance
• Starring: Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

THE LONGEST WEEK (Gravitas) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Romance
• Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC (Brainstorm) – (TV-G)
• Genre: Animated/Family
• Voices: Cinda Adams, Edward Asner, George Babbit
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

9/9
BRICK MANSIONS (Relativity) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action/Crime
• Starring: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN (Fox) – (PG)
• Genre: Animated/Family
• Voices: Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Bernadette Peters, James Belushi, Martin Short

THE ROVER (A24) – (R)
• Genre: Crime/Drama
• Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson

WORDS AND PICTURES (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Drama/Romance
• Starring: Clive Owen, Julliette Binoche

9/12
HONEYMOON (Magnolia) – (R)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

9/16
GODZILLA (3D) (WB) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action/SciFi
• Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Julliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn

THINK LIKE A MAN TOO (Sony) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, Adam Brody, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, La La Anthony, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jerry Ferrara, Dennis Haysbert

THE GRAND SEDUCTION (Entertainment One) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch

9/19
RECLAIM (Lionsgate) – (R)
• Genre: Thriller
• Starring: John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

9/24
JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART (Brainstorm) – (PG)
• Genre: Animated/Family
• Voices: Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz, Grand Corps Malade
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

9/25
WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD (Magnolia) – (R)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green
• Pre-Theatrical Release

9/26
DAYS AND NIGHTS (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Katie Holmes, Allison Janney
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

FIELD OF LOST SHOES (ARC) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Action
• Starring: Jason Isaacs, Lauren Holly
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

GOOD PEOPLE (Millennium) – (R)
• Genre: Thriller
• Starring: James Franco, Kate Hudson
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

9/30
CHEF (Universal) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (3D) (Paramount) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action
• Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammar, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor

OBVIOUS CHILD (A24) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann, Jake Lacy

 

 

 

- Kat Ashy 


Kate
Kat Ashy is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. Kat just released her debut novel "ZO of the Marked Age". Check it out if you're into sassy dragons and post apocalyptic landscapes. Follow her on Twitter @KATDOESLIFE

Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM Now On DemandSeptember 05, 2014

Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM Now On Demand

Zero Theorem (Amplify)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today's review: THE ZERO THEOREM (Amplify).

lf it’s possible to be an enfant terrible when pushing 75, Terry Gilliam has done it. Notoriously ornery and antagonistic, Gilliam has been challenging audiences – and studio executives – for 30 years now. Since BRAZIL, Gilliam has brought his animator’s sensibility to films as varied as TWELVE MONKEYS, THE FISHER KING, TIME BANDITS and FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. Compromise is anathema to Gilliam, and the comparisons to Don Quixote, about whom Gilliam tried, and failed, to make a film, are apt: LOST IN LA MANCHA tells the story of Gilliam’s ill-fated attempt to tell the story of the infamous tilter at windmills.

With his latest, THE ZERO THEOREM, Gilliam returns to the dystopic environs of BRAZIL, to tell the story of Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz, DJANGO UNCHAINED), a lowly bureaucrat who works for and seemingly, against the unseen forces who repeatedly insist that “zero must equal 100%.” Answering to a goofy superior (David Thewlis, MR. NICE) and the object of a young girl’s lust, Qohen is incapable of experiencing even the slightest joy.

 

David Thewlis / ZERO THEOREM (Amplify)

 

And therein lies a metaphor for the whole film. The candy colors and omnipresent screens and noise and activity notwithstanding, THE ZERO THEOREM is, as some of Gilliam’s lesser efforts turn out to be, uninvolving and distancing, with the production design and cinematography – both first rate – more engaging than the actual story. The story itself, filled with unseen overseers, cryptic messages and existential angst, feels trite and tired, as if Gilliam was more interested in the visuals than a compelling script.

Despite the presence of Oscar-winners Waltz, Matt Damon and Tilda Swinton, THE ZERO THEOREM is a paradox: a feast for the eyes that feels hollow beneath the surface. It’s strictly for Gilliam completionists.

 

 

- Chris Claro

 

Chris

Chris Claro is a contributing writer for On Demand Weekly. He is a former Director of Promotion for Sundance Channel and now works as Lead Copywriter at Cablevision. He has written for dvdverdict.com and the Eyes and Ears section of huffingtonpost.com. He blogs at http://disconcertingglare.blogspot.com. Follow Chris on twitter @cgclaro.

 

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BLUE RUINSeptember 05, 2014

BLUE RUIN

BLUE RUIN (Radius)

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BLUE RUIN
By Joe Charnitski

 
There is a long stretch at the beginning of the film BLUE RUIN where almost no dialogue is heard. The only character we’ve met is alone, seemingly an outcast. He sleeps in his car and breaks into people’s homes to use their bath tubs. It’s an interesting character note to point out that he takes long, hot baths, instead of the quick shower you would imagine a break-in artist in need of a quick getaway would prefer. There’s an intense mood of mystery. Who is this guy? Why am I being shown his story? In the first real conversation we hear our main character Dwight (Macon Blair) engage in, he says, “I’m not used to talking this much.” The words and sounds yet to come will carry even greater importance due to this earlier period of silence.

BLUE RUIN is an award winner from Cannes written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier. It’s a thriller in the truest sense of the word. It is mysterious and suspenseful. It never quite stops messing with your point of view. It provides information and detail as we go. The more you learn, the more you’ll wonder about what comes next. It is also tragic. A tale of two broken families digging in to old wounds until no hope for healing is left.
 
 

As for the story, it would be difficult to say too much without taking something away from the viewing experience. We find Dwight in a desperate state when the film begins. He starts to look better as the story progresses, but his circumstances, in many ways, get much worse. He’s had a situation thrust upon him, but then he makes a decision, and that decision releases an unstoppable momentum on his life. It’s being called a revenge movie. That about sums it up.

The full story will develop right up to the penultimate scene. The characters receive highlighting and shading every time we learn more about their situations. There’s a poetry to how everything turns out. There’s just enough there to leave you hopeful that the cyclical horrors we’ve seen don’t have to continue. 

 

The cast performs very well across the board. In addition to Macon Blair’s frightened but committed protagonist, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves and Kevin Kolack all bring a richness to the story with portrayals of best friend, sister and nemesis, respectively. Saulnier’s skills as a director (he also provided the cinematography) are sharp. A quiet film driven by mood and character is an oft missed target. Saulnier’s pacing, dialogue and cinematography hit it pretty damn close to the bullseye.

There’s a motif throughout BLUE RUIN about houses, homes really, and the little items you find in them that symbolize the family within. The film is a lot about family and loyalty and standing by people, not because it’s right, but because, well, I can’t say I’m sure.

 

Maybe in a strange way it’s about the truest form of love.

Love that is inexplicable.

 

Hard to defend. At one point one of the characters speculates that love is what has caused so much suffering for the members of these two families. I told you it was tragic.

 

 

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Joe Charnitski

 

Joe Charnitski
Joe Charnitski is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. His career in film and television production, development and marketing has included stops at Miramax Films, Syfy and VH1. He currently works at a entertainment focused social media marketing agency in New York City. Twitter:@JoeCharnitski

 

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Kurt Russell’s THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL (A Netflix Original Documentary)August 18, 2014

Kurt Russell’s THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL (A Netflix Original Documentary)

THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL (A Netflix Original Documentary)

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THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
By Joe Charnitski

 
If you got to hang out with New York Yankee icons Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Lefty Gomez as a little kid, you’d probably feel a special connection with the game of baseball. You might play as a young man, and then, later in life, you might use the game to revitalize a city, adding your stone to the mountain of baseball history.

This is the story of Bing Russell. There are a few reasons that name might be familiar to you. When a fastball to the head cut his baseball career short, Bing moved to Hollywood to pursue a life in film and tv. He played the role of [ROLE] on BONANZA for [HOW MANY] years, along with countless small roles in studio westerns. He’s also recognizable as the father of actor Kurt Russell (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, OVERBOARD).
 
 

The third way Bing acquired some fame was as the owner/operator/heart and soul of the independent single-A baseball club the Portland Mavericks in the 1970’s. His time in Portland is the subject for the new Netflix documentary THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL. As you can tell by that title, this ain’t FIELD OF DREAMS.

When the major league affiliated Triple-A baseball team left Oregon Bing saw an opportunity. He would start what was at the time the only independent baseball team in America in Portland. It would be single-A, meaning it was the bottom rung on the ladder to the pros. It would be filled with players who had been overlooked by pro scouts, or flat out cut by major league teams. He thought this was the recipe for something special. Damn if he wasn’t right.
 
 
THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL (A Netflix Original Documentary)
 

THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL tells us the story of the Mavericks from the mouths of players (including Bing’s son Kurt), staff and fans. It uses archive footage, professional and home movie style, to recreate the enthusiasm and excitement this team generated in the Pacific Northwest. The Triple-A team left town because attendance was low. Bing’s Maverick’s broke Single-A attendance records. Players appeared on Johnny Carson and major sports magazine’s wrote about the sensational circus and the P.T. Barnum behind the scenes, Bing Russell.

 

These weren’t choir boys...

 

...as the title suggests, and Bing’s independent style eventually ruffled the feathers of the peacocks in Major League Baseball. You’ll be rooting for this David to stick it to Goliath all the way to the documentary’s surprising end. I was sporting a persistent smile watching this film, not because it’s a comedy, although some parts are very funny, but because I just felt good watching this story unfold. Maybe that’s a little bit of the joy Portland fans were lucky enough to experience.

As for Bing Russell himself, I think he’s whatever you want him to be. A conservative might see him as an anti-bureaucracy libertarian,. A liberal might see him as an anti-establishment hero sticking it to The Man. There’s something about him that makes us want him on our team.

It is mentioned in the film that Bing had a great eye for talent. He saw beyond gruff exteriors, and into the content of the spirits of his players. In the Pacific Northwest he certainly created some special, unique, unforgettable. Wouldn’t we all like to say that?

 

Whether you are a baseball fan or not, you need to know the story of the Bing Russell and the Portland Mavericks. I’m glad I do now.

 

 

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Joe Charnitski

 

Joe Charnitski
Joe Charnitski is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. His career in film and television production, development and marketing has included stops at Miramax Films, Syfy and VH1. He currently works at a entertainment focused social media marketing agency in New York City. Twitter:@JoeCharnitski

 

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5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: August 2014August 01, 2014

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: August 2014

Kat Ashy (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kat Ashy (@KatDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 
5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - August 2014:

Kate
By Kat Ashy

Ah, August! Beautiful August. The last month of freedom before we become slaves to the cruel caress of September. School is not yet in session, you can still convince that special someone to go on an impromptu trip to Oahu! Unless you have no one, then you can just place yourself in a Tommy Bahama and let the melodic tones of Jimmy Buffett serenade you into your own personal island coma. Now in between all of your Mai Tai’s and hammock lounging be sure to throw in some On Demand time. I have my top five films for August right here!


5. THE ONE I LOVE, Premieres August 1 INDIE PICK
First premiering at Sundance, this romantic dramedy centers on a dysfunctional couple that goes on a weekend getaway in search of their greater selves.
R, Comedy, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson, Pre-Theatrical Release

4. MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Premieres August 12FAMILY PICK
It’s Muppets! I would say this is for you and your kids but I would by lying! I know you want to watch this more than them.
PG, Family/Comedy, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta

3. DIVERGENT, Premieres August 5 - TWEEN PICK
Young adult dystopia plots are in right now, and this one stars a kick ass Shailene Woodley and the gorgeous face of Theo James!
PG-13, Adventure/Romance/SciFi, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney, Maggie Q

2. LOCKE, Premieres August 12 - BROODING GUY PICK
Tom Hardy. Tom Hardy as a construction foreman that accidently knocked up a co-worker and is now thrust into a thriller that includes premature labor, football, and familial obligation.
R, Drama/Thriller, Tom Hardy

1. ARE YOU HERE, Premieres August 22 TOP PICK
Matthew Weiner of “Mad Men” fame does not disappoint with his big screen directorial debut ARE YOU HERE. This dark dramedy, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars comedy heavyweights Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson, and Zach Galifianakis. Wilson and Galifianakis play childhood best friends that embark on a road trip home after the latter inherits a large some of money from his deceased father. Dysfunctional families, Owen Wilson as a womanizing weathermen, and an unhinged Galifianakis make this film comedy gold.
 
It’s a must see for any “Mad Men” fans that are looking to bide their time before the return of their beloved drama!
R, Comedy, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, Zach Galifianakis, Same Day As Theatrical Release

That’s August team! Happy watching!
 
 
Also This Month...

 

8/1
THE CALLING (Vertical) – (R)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Susan Sarandon, Ellen Burstyn
• Pre-Theatrical Release

THE ONE I LOVE (Weinstein/Radius) - (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson
• Pre-Theatrical Release

8/5
DIVERGENT (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Adventure/Romance/SciFi
• Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney, Maggie Q

GOD'S NOT DEAD (Lionsgate) – (PG)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White, Dean Cain

NEED FOR SPEED (3D) (Disney) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action
• Starring: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Dakota Johnson

OCULUS (Relativity) – (R)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites

8/8
ABOUT ALEX (Screen Media Ventures) - (R)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Jason Ritter, Max Greenfield, Maggie Grace, Jane Levy
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

8/12
Bears (Disney) – (G)
• Genre: Documentary/Family
• Narrated By: John C. Reilly

A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 (Universal) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, Missi Pyle

MUPPETS MOST WANTED (Disney) – (PG)
• Genre: Family/Comedy
• Starring: Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta

THE OTHER WOMAN/THE OTHER WOMAN WITH GAG REEL (Fox) – (PG-13/TV-MA)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nicki Minaj, Don Johnson

LOCKE (A24) - (R)
• Genre: Drama/Thriller
• Starring: Tom Hardy

THE RAILWAY MAN (Starz/Weinstein) - (R)
• Genre: Thriller
• Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman

8/15
DINOSAUR 13 (Lionsgate) – (PG)
• Genre: Documentary
• Director: Todd Douglas Miller
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

8/19
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (3D) (Sony) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action/Adventure
• Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Felicity Jones

THE QUIET ONES (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Sam Claflin, Jared Harris

FADING GIGOLO (Millennium) - (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: John Turturro, Sofía Vergara, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (Sony) - (R)
• Genre: Drama/Romance
• Starring: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright

THE ZERO THEOREM (GoDigital) - (R)
• Genre: SciFi
• Starring: Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton
• Pre-Theatrical Release

8/21
THE TRIP TO ITALY (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

8/22
ARE YOU HERE (Millennium) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, Zach Galifianakis
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

THE PRINCE (Lionsgate) – (R)
• Genre: Action/Thriller
• Starring: Bruce Willis, John Cusack
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

TO BE TAKEI (Starz) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Documentary
• Director: Jennifer M. Kroot
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

8/26
BLENDED (WB) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore

STARRED UP (Tribeca) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

8/28
The Two Faces of January (Magnolia) – (R)
• Genre: Thriller
• Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac
• Pre-Theatrical Release

8/29
DRAFT DAY (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Drama/Sports
• Starring: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner

LAST WEEKEND (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Zachary Booth
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

LIFE OF CRIME (Lionsgate) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte
• Same Day As Theatrical Release
 

 

- Kat Ashy 


Kate
Kat Ashy is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. Kat just released her debut novel "ZO of the Marked Age". Check it out if you're into sassy dragons and post apocalyptic landscapes. Follow her on Twitter @KATDOESLIFE

Top 5 Reasons to Watch EAST WILLYBJuly 11, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Watch EAST WILLYB

EAST WILLYB

Willie Jr.’s got his work cut out for him. Running Bushwick’s favorite Latino bar isn’t easy when the old timers retire, the new generation forgets their culture, and the hipsters start taking over the hood. As if it couldn’t get worse, Maggie, Willie Jr.’s ex-fiance, has taken up with Willie Jr.’s arch-nemesis, Albert, and is skillfully transforming Albert’s competing neighborhood bar into a moneymaker, as they cater to the whims of the new residents.

 

Along with the help of his bar regulars, Willie Jr. tries to come up with a solution quickly, or risk losing the two loves of his life: Maggie and his sports bar. East WillyB is best described as “Cheers” for a new generation of viewers interested in socially relevant comedy.

 

Top 5 Reasons to Watch EAST WILLYB

1. East WillyB is a voice for the young Latino generation, but you certainly don’t have to be Latino to relate. The show provides us with a perspective we don’t get to see on mainstream television.

2. It tackles relevant societal issues including gentrification and Latino stereotypes through humor and authentic characterization, so the message is much more meaningful than preachy.

 



3. Since those issues are discussed in the context of each character’s unique situation, we end up seeing how people react to the bigger problems differently based on their own standpoint.

4. East WillyB shows us Bushwick through its residents’ eyes. We see the street art, the places they go to meet up with friends and the bars that compete for their attention as well as how the incoming hipsters are changing the landscape.

5. East WillyB is so entertaining to watch with its sharp dialogue and smart themes, it’s no wonder that they were able to raise over $50k through Kickstarter to produce the latest episodes, all of which are available now!

 

Sabrina Luppi

 



Sabrina Luppi is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is currently a film and marketing student at San Francisco State University, and recently completed a content programming internship at Intel. Sabrina is an aspiring actress, writer and filmmaker and her favorite genre is horror. Follow her on Twitter @sabzy_

 

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LIFE ITSELF Explores The Legacy Of Roger Ebert’s Life - Now On DemandJuly 11, 2014

LIFE ITSELF Explores The Legacy Of Roger Ebert’s Life - Now On Demand

LIFE ITSLEF (Magnolia Pictures)

LIFE ITSELF is essentially, a documentary about the illustrious life of one of film’s greatest cheerleaders, Roger Ebert. But beneath its surface, the film, directed by Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) offers profound observations about love, family, writing and, not tangentially, the city of Chicago.

James’ linear chronicle of Ebert’s achievements is very much a conventional documentary, full of talking heads, family photos and video clips – both Ebert and partner Gene Siskel loved being on TV and there’s no shortage of footage of them on their own show as well as Letterman’s and Carson’s. But Ebert was a product of Chicago, the city in which he came to prominence as a journalist, and James trod the streets of the Windy City with his documentaries HOOP DREAMS, STEVIE and THE INTERRUPTERS, so it was natural for the filmmaker to make LIFE ITSELF as much a love letter to the grit of Chicago as it is to Ebert. Ebert’s closest confidantes, from as far back as his time at the University of Illinois, are hardened Chicago characters with an edge and ethic gives that James clearly respects as he stocks the film with their reminiscences of the critic’s talent, ego and penchant for carousing.

 



In addition to the often-wistful stories recounted by Ebert’s colleagues – one recalls taking his last drink in 1979, just a day after Ebert gave up alcohol – LIFE ITSELF benefits mightily from the access James had to Ebert in the months before the critic’s death. (Some might argue that that access, along with the cooperation of Ebert’s widow, Chaz, makes this less of a warts-and-all doc and one that could have benefited with a rounder portrayal of Ebert’s flaws.) Often painful to watch, the film does not flinch in its depiction of Ebert’s physical deterioration. Indeed, save for a few brief scenes at home, we see Ebert only in his hospital bed or at rehab. Unable to speak but by no means voiceless, Ebert’s mind and ability to write remain as sharp as ever nearly until his death.

As much a story of career as of family, LIFE ITSELF is particularly moving as it tells the story of Ebert’s late-in-life courtship of and marriage to Chaz, who reveals in the film for the first time that she met Roger at an AA meeting. Via excerpts of Ebert’s autobiography, with which James peppers the film, we hear the critic’s own words and the radiance of his happiness at being accepted immediately by the extended family of his African-American wife. Chaz herself appears throughout the film, maintaining patience and stoicism as she tends to Roger’s worsening health and his decision to cease treatment and accept death.

Adding to the melancholy of Ebert’s final days is the absence of his one-time sparring partner in print and onscreen, Gene Siskel, who died of brain cancer in 1999. Their antagonism toward each other masked a respect and envy that each had for the other – not that either of them would say that frequently. In the film, that task falls to their widows, each of whom remembers her husband’s partner with a humanity and grace that the critics rarely displayed for each other, lest anyone think they were anything but mortal enemies.

Though LIFE ITSELF is a touch too long – James has never been a clock watcher when it comes to the length of his documentaries – it is genuinely touching both in its celebration of Ebert’s life and its unblinking awareness of his impending death. The scenes of a once-vital personality confined to a hospital bed and lacking the ability to eat, drink or speak are sobering and ironic and imbue LIFE ITSELF with a memorable and affecting gravity.

Aided immeasurably by Joshua Abrams’ dolorous, brass-heavy score that recalls a New Orleans funeral, Steve James has created an indelible document of a globetrotting Pulitzer Prize winner who took advantage of everything life itself offered him and left with peace and dignity. Don’t miss this film.

 

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- Chris Claro

 

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5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: July 2014July 11, 2014

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: July 2014

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On Demand Weekly's Kat Ashy (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 
5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - July 2014:

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By Kat Ashy
 
It’s finally July team! The official best month of summer. Not only are there illegal fireworks and possible boating, but there are cheeseburgers, and potato salad, and general patriotism. It is the best month to get a little day drunk and hoard tiny festive umbrellas in your pina colada. And it is the best month to grab the extended family that won’t leave, sit them in front of the TV, and put on a nice movie on demand. Don’t forget Aunt Sharon! Here are my top five picks for July. 


5. LIFE ITSELF, Premieres July 4 Same Day As Theatrical Release
An incredibly entertaining documentary about iconic film critic Roger Ebert based on his 2011 memoir. Two thumbs up!
R, Documentary, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Roger Ebert
 
4. UNDER THE SKIN, Premieres July 15 INDIE PICK
Scarlett Johansson plays a sexy alien that preys upon unsuspecting Scotsmen. It really just sells itself.
R, SciFi/Thriller, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams


3. RIO 2, Premieres July 29 - FAMILY PICK
The perfect film to watch with the fam. What sort of shenanigans will Blu and Jewel get into this time? Well, three kids for a start, the Amazon, and father-in-laws.
PG, Animated/Family, Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars


2. BAD WORDS, Premieres July 8 - COMEDY PICK
Comedies starring Jason Bateman are my Kryptonite, and this one has revenge, Allison Janney, and an unhinged adult participating in a spelling bee!
R, Comedy, Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Allison Janney


1. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Premieres July 1 - TOP PICK
Wes Anderson is the quirky, stylized director of my dreams and he does not disappoint with THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. The star-studded cast is helmed by Ralph Fiennes who plays M. Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel. Aided by his most trusted companion, lobby boy Zero Moustafa, he is thrust into a murder mystery centering on a Renaissance painting and an enormous family fortune. It is just as wonderful as MOONRISE KINGDOM, if not more hilarious, and is a must see film. What are you still doing here? Go watch it! Now.
R, Comedy, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Tony Revolori, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Owen Wilson, Léa Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

That’s July friends. Happy watching!
 
 
Also This Month...

 

7/1
AFFLUENZA (Cinetic) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Ben Rosenfield, Gregg Sulkin
• Pre-Theatrical Release

BEHAVING BADLY (Vertical) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Selena Gomez, Heather Graham, Mary-Louise Parker, Nat Wolff
• Pre-Theatrical Release

LOUDER THAN WORDS (ARC) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Family/Drama
• Starring: David Duchovny, Hope Davis, Timothy Hutton, Adelaide Kane, Xander Berkeley

THE LUNCHBOX (Sony) – (PG)
• Genre: Drama/Romance
• Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur

7/8
LE WEEK-END (Brainstorm) – (R)
• Genre: Romance
• Starring: Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum, Lindsay Duncan

THE RAID 2 (Sony) – (R)
• Genre: Action/Thriller
• Starring: Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle

7/15
SNOWPIERCER (Weinstein/Radius) – (R)
• Genre: Action/SciFi
• Starring: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Song Kang Ho, Ko Asung

A BRONY TALE (Virgil) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Documentary
• Director/Writer: Brent Hodge; Starring: Ashleigh Ball, Mike Bernstein, Jordan Downs

VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE (GoDigital) – (TV-G)
• Genre: Documentary
• Director/Writer: Jeremy Snead; Starring: Wil Wheaton, Sean Astin, Zach Braff
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

7/18
AMONG RAVENS (Gravitas) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Amy Smart, Natalie Imbruglia
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

7/22
HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (Sony) – (PG)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church

SABOTAGE (Universal) – (R)
• Genre: Action
• Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard

TRANSCENDENCE (WB) – (PG-13)
• Genre: SciFi
• Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman

TYLER PERRY'S THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Nia Long, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown, Terry Crews, William Levy, Wendi McLendon-Covey

CESAR CHAVEZ (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Drama/Latino
• Starring: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich

7/24
THE CONGRESS (Gaiam Vivendi/Cinedigm) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: SciFi/Animated
• Starring: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm (voice), Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston
• Pre-Theatrical Release

7/29
NOAH (Paramount) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action/Drama
• Starring: Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone

7/30
WAR STORY (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Catherine Keener, Ben Kingsley
• Same Day As Theatrical Release
 
 

- Kat Ashy 


Kate
Kat Ashy is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. Kat just released her debut novel "ZO of the Marked Age". Check it out if you're into sassy dragons and post apocalyptic landscapes. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: June 2014June 09, 2014

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: June 2014

Kat Ashy (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kat Ashy (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 
5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - June 2014:

Kate
By Kat Ashy
 
Happy June friends!

Now I must begin this by saying that unfortunately our monthly video is on hiatus. Our amazing editor has been kidnapped by some very angry Canadians and is being held for ransom until we fully embrace the Canucks as our hockey team of choice. It’s high stakes, but hopefully we’ll be able to negotiate his release soon. Curse you Canada! In other news, it’s finally June. The end of spring and the beginning of BBQ’s, bathing suits, and horrific sunburns.

It’s also the best time to relax, watch a nice Movie on Demand, and take some me time before your social calendars fill up with general summertime debauchery. So sit back and enjoy, I’ve got my top 5 Movies on Demand right here!


5. LONE SURVIVOR, Premieres June 3
If you’re in the mood for Mark Wahlberg, Taliban leaders, and mountain herders this is the action packed wartime movie for you!
R, Action/War, Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana

4. JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, Premieres June 10
Chris Pine and his gorgeous face take on the iconic Jack Ryan alongside a star studded cast and a plot that involves Russians!
PG-13, Action, Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh

3. VERY GOOD GIRLS, Premieres June 24 - INDIE PICK
A coming of age film about two best friends that make a pact to lose their virginity, but both fall for the same dashing street artist. You never forget your first street artist.
R, Drama, Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, Peter Sarsgaard, Kiernan Shipka, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Clark Gregg, Pre-Theatrical Release

2. THEY CAME TOGETHER, Premieres June 27 - Same Day As Theatrical Release
A hilarious indy comedy starring the sensational Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. Hate at first sight? Corporate Candy Company? The best tag line in existence? Yes! Sign me up!
R, Comedy, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Adam Scott, Michael Shannon, Same Day As Theatrical Release

1. THE LEGO MOVIE, Premieres June 17
If you don’t like THE LEGO MOVIE I’m pretty sure you have no soul. Or had an unfortunate foot incident with the painful toy in your youth. Regardless, your sad childhood cannot possibly compete with the awesomeness of this film. Actually, seeing this film might be somewhat therapeutic. An ordinary Lego construction worker is thrust into a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Gasp! Will this extraordinary Lego succeed? Of course, it’s animated and the best. Watch it right now.
PG, Animated, Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Charile Day, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie

And that’s June team! 
 
 
Also This Month...

6/3
LONE SURVIVOR (Universal) – (R)
• Genre: Action/War
• Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana

ROBOCOP (MGM) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action/SciFi
• Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Samuel L. Jackson

I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN (Tribeca) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

6/5
A LONG WAY DOWN (Magnolia) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Sam Neill
• Pre-Theatrical Release

6/6
PING PONG SUMMER (Gravitas) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Susan Sarandon, Joseph McCaughtry
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

TORMENT (Vertical) – (R)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Katherine Isabelle, Stephen McHattie
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

6/10
JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (Paramount) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action
• Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh

NON-STOP (Universal) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action/Thriller
• Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong'o, Corey Stoll, Nate Parker

REPENTANCE (Lionsgate) – (R)
• Genre: Thriller
• Starring: Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie
• Pre-DVD Release

TIM'S VERMEER (Sony) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Documentary
• Starring: Colin Blakemore, David Hockney, Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, Philip Steadman, Teller

6/13
HELLION (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

LULLABY (ARC) – (R)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Brown Findlay
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

WITCHING AND BITCHING (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Horror/Comedy
• Starring: Hugo Silva, Carolina Bang
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

6/17
THE LEGO MOVIE (3D) (WB) – (PG)
• Genre: Animated
• Voices: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Charile Day, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie

SON OF GOD (Fox) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Diogo Morgado, Sebastian Knapp

6/20
VENUS IN FUR (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

6/24
300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (3D) (WB) – (R)
• Genre: Action/Fantasy
• Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey

WINTER'S TALE (WB) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Drama/Fantasy
• Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe

VERY GOOD GIRLS (Tribeca) – (R)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, Peter Sarsgaard, Kiernan Shipka, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Clark Gregg
• Pre-Theatrical Release

6/26
HAPPY CHRISTMAS (Magnolia) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham
• Pre-Theatrical Release

6/27
RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH (Freestyle) – (TV-PG)
• Genre: SciFi
• Starring: Shea Whigham, Alanis Morissette
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

THEY CAME TOGETHER (Lionsgate) - (R)
• Genre: Same Day As Theatrical
• Starring: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Adam Scott, Michael Shannon
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER (Magnolia) - (R)
• Genre: Documentary
• Starring: Stephen Rakes, James Bulger
• Same Day As Theatrical Release
 

 

- Kat Ashy 


Kate
Kat Ashy is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. Kat just released her debut novel "ZO of the Marked Age". Check it out if you're into sassy dragons and post apocalyptic landscapes. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE

Jesse Eisenberg & Jesse Eisenberg Star In THE DOUBLEMay 18, 2014

Jesse Eisenberg & Jesse Eisenberg Star In THE DOUBLE

Jesse Eisenberg / THE DOUBLE (Magnolia Pictures)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: THE DOUBLE (Magnolia Pictures).

 

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THE DOUBLE
By Joe Charnitski

 
Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote THE DOUBLE, his second novel, in 1846, twenty years before his masterpiece CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. Director Richard Ayoade had adapted it into his new film under the same name.
When the film you are about to watch is based on a Dostoyevsky story, you shouldn’t expect the feel good movie of the year. You should expect a troubled protagonist with a fragile psyche struggling with questions of identity. THE DOUBLE certainly delivers on the latter.

Jesse Eisenberg (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, NOW YOU SEE ME) stars as Simon, a timid bureaucrat aching to be noticed. He can’t seem to get the attention of the higher-ups at work. He doesn’t have the courage to pursue his dream girl who lives in an apartment building across the street and works in the copy room at his office. He seems destined to live an anonymous life, and most likely die a similarly anonymous death. Until then, he’s not expecting anything very interesting to happen. Then, of course, something amazing happens. James starts to work at his company. James looks exactly like Simon, but he acts like Simon could only wish to act. James is confident, brash, and great with the ladies. Simon could learn a lot from his doppelganger...if he can trust him.
 
 


I’m sure you’ll notice, as I did, that THE DOUBLE feels a great deal like Terry Gilliam’s BRAZIL. Besides having a socially inept bureaucrat at its center, the look of the film is also very reminiscent of its 1985 ancestor. Both movies are set in very dark worlds, literally dark. Not a lot of sunshine wherever Simon lives. I guess that’s only right considering this is a place where the police have dedicated an entire division to investigating suicides.

And where does Simon live? Is it the past? The future? Some alternate present? It really doesn’t matter. Many sequences feel so much like a dream that the “where” of the film could very well be the deepest recesses of someone’s mind. Maybe Simon is actually a regular 21st century office worker who’s had a bit of a snap from reality. Too FIGHT CLUB? Maybe even too THE MATRIX?

The issues of identity and individuality run throughout the film. Who am I really? 

 

How unique really are my talents, or for that matter my problems? And what makes that guy so much more popular, so much more attractive, so much more successful? Casting the star of THE SOCIAL NETWORK is very interesting here because I thought a bit about the end of that movie while watching this one. Watching a billionaire refresh his Facebook page over and again, hoping to see that the girl who got away had agreed to be his “friend” doesn’t seem so far removed from the desperation and isolation of Dostoyevsky’s main character.

As I’ve mentioned, Simon’s is a bleak reality, except of course, for the girl, Hannah. There is always the girl. In the darkest vision of the future or the present, there is the hope of a love, and with that love, the potential that everything may be worth it after all. Is THE DOUBLE worth it? Like the Russian author himself, it’s not going to be for everyone. Its third act is a little sloppy and some viewers will desire a greater payoff. But if you’re a fan of some of the other works mentioned here, and you’ve got an existential itch to scratch, THE DOUBLE is worth a look.

 

 

Joe Charnitski

 

Joe Charnitski
Joe Charnitski is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. His career in film and television production, development and marketing has included stops at Miramax Films, Syfy and VH1. He currently works at a entertainment focused social media marketing agency in New York City. Twitter:@JoeCharnitski

 

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Dan Fogler’s Top 5 Things You Should Know About DON PEYOTEMay 18, 2014

Dan Fogler’s Top 5 Things You Should Know About DON PEYOTE

Dan Fogler (DON PEYOTE)

A midlife crisis over his upcoming wedding sends 32-year-old unemployed stoner Warren Allman on the drug trip of a lifetime in this off-the-wall comedy starring Dan Fogler, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel and a host of celebrity cameos. Fueled by vivid apocalyptic dreams, Warren becomes obsessed with Doomsday theories and decides to make a documentary on the subject while his fiancé is busy planning their wedding.

DON PEYOTE is co-written & directed by Dan Fogler and Michael Canzoniero and is now on demand.

 

Dan Fogler's Top 5 Things You Should Know About DON PEYOTE

 

1) It's a dark comedy. It's ANNIE HALL meets ALICE IN WONDERLAND. It's been called psychedelic pulp fiction. An instant cult classic...akin to the experimental films of the 60s & 70's.

 2) It is a film made up of conspiracy theories, synchronicity, science and mythology. It is the modern tale of a silly man who transforms into a street prophet. The movie itself was made for very little and grew into something really cool. The first half is like "Kansas" and the second half is like "OZ".


3) Friends made this movie. There were many amazing contributors who added their gold to my vision to make this project come to fruition. The rest was pure magic and coincidence. It was made from the heart with love.

 



4) Although I've been told that the movie itself will make you high. Good vibrations that sort of thang. It is recommended that one sucks down a few bong loads before viewing or don't. It doesn't matter. The film will pry open your 3rd eye, scrape off the barnacles no matter what and wake you the fuck up to a lot of shit you may or may not have never ever contemplated...wait what? Anyway I'm just warning you folks. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll pee a little but you'll be so entertained that you'll make up excuses in the back of your mind so you don't have to leave like "eh, I'll tell them it's pop corn juice..." seriously. It's that simple yet unpredictably entertaining - oh yeah and the cast is AWESOME!!!

5) Here's the message folks: you will get the tools to reach enlightenment from it. It will align your chakras if you let it. It will make you laugh, and think. It will help u remember that happiness is a switch you can turn on in your head. You get to choose if your ego is bruised- let the weed be freed- & peace is the new Rock & Roll! Now go see DON PEYOTE so we can start the evolution revolution already! Did I mention watching it makes you feel high? I did? Ok cool well it does.

 

 

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5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: May 2014May 02, 2014

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: May 2014

Kate Asche Wilson (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 
5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - May 2014:

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson
 
Happy May Team! Ah May you're such a fun packed month. In addition to being confusingly inconsistent with your weather you're filled with exciting springtime holidays. Yes, in addition to Mother's Day and Cinco de Mayo there is no socks day, and my personal favorite Limerick Day. And what better way to ring in national escargot day than to watch a fabulous movie on Demand. Lucky for you I have my On Demand Weekly top 5 Movies on Demand for May right here! 
 
 
 
 

5. ENEMY, Premieres May 20 JAKE GYLLENHAAL PICK OF THE MONTH
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this thriller as a man who goes on a hunt for his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie. Two Jake Gyllenhaals? Yes, yes, and yes!
R, Thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Lauren, Pre-DVD Release

4. THE MONUMENTS MEN, Premieres May 20
A star studded cast, Nazi Thieves, art, the greatest treasure hunt in history, and a screenplay written by George Clooney. All the elements needed for a riveting war drama.
PG-13, Action/Drama, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin

3. THE DOUBLE, Premieres May 9 INDIE PICK OF THE MONTH
Jesse Eisenberg stars in this thriller as a government agent whose life is turned upside down with the arrival of his sexy double. Two Jesse Eisenbergs? Yes! What is happening this month?
R, Comedy/Thriller, Jesse Eisenberg, Sally Hawkins, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O'Dowd, Same Day As Theatrical Release

2. THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, Premieres May 13
A hilarious bro comedy that stars a shirtless Zac Efron. Need I say more?
R, Comedy, Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis

1. HER, Premieres May 13
This critically acclaimed drama is a master class is screenwriting. It's not just Joaquin Phoenix falling in love with Siri. It's a heavy insight into our reliance on technology and an eerie look into our future as a society. It is probably the best love story of the year. If Spike Jonze can write a more compelling romance between a man and an OS device than most can write with two living, breathing humans then he is doing something very right.
R, Comedy/Drama, Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde

Well team that's our On Demand Weekly Top 5 Movies on Demand. And after you're done watching these incredible films I know you're going to celebrate all of these wonderful May holidays. I know how much you crazy kids are looking forward to visit your relatives day! And if not well there's always Star Wars day. For more information on new movies on demand this month be sure to visit us at ondemandweekly.com. Happy watching!
 
 
Also This Month...

 

5/1
THE SACRAMENT (Magnolia) – (R)
• Genre: Horror/Thriller
• Starring: AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg
• Pre-Theatrical Release

5/2
DECODING ANNIE PARKER (Entertainment One) – (R)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Helen Hunt, Maggie Grace, Alice Eve, Corey Stoll, Rashida Jones
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

WALK OF SHAME (Universal) - (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

5/6
ANNA (Vertical) - (R)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Mark Strong, Brian Cox
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

TRUST ME (Starz) - (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Clark Gregg, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy
• Pre-Theatrical Release

5/9
DEVIL'S KNOT (Image) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Crime/Drama
• Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos
• Pre-Theatrical Release

DON PEYOTE (Phase 4) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jay Baruchel, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

THE DOUBLE (Magnolia) - (R)
• Genre: Comedy/Thriller
• Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Sally Hawkins, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O'Dowd
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

RAGE (Cable Exclusive) (Image) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Action
• Starring: Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Danny Glover
• Pre-Theatrical Release

5/13
DEVIL'S DUE (Fox) - (R)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Allison Miller, Zach Gilford

HER (WB) - (R)
• Genre: Comedy/Drama
• Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde

I, FRANKENSTEIN (3D) (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action/Fantasy
• Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT (Sony) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis

STALINGRAD (Sony) – (R)
• Genre: Action/War
• Starring: Tomas Krechmann, Yanina Studilina

5/14
GOD'S POCKET (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks
• Available During Theatrical Release

5/16
A NIGHT IN OLD MEXICO (Phase 4) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Action/Drama
• Starring: Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

5/20
3 DAYS TO KILL (Relativity) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action
• Starring: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen

ABOUT LAST NIGHT (Sony) - (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant

THE MONUMENTS MEN (Sony) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action/Drama
• Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin

POMPEII (Sony) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action
• Starring: Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

VAMPIRE ACADEMY (Starz/Weinstein) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Olga Kurylenko

THE BIG ASK (Tribeca) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Gillian Jacobs, David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter
• Pre-Theatrical Release

ENEMY (A24) - (R)
• Genre: Thriller
• Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent
• Pre-DVD Release

5/23
THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN (Lionsgate) - (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

COLD IN JULY (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama/Thriller
• Starring: Michael C. Hall, Vinessa Shaw
• Same Day As Theatrical Release

5/27
ENDLESS LOVE (Universal) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Drama/Romance
• Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde

5/30
LUCKY THEM (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church
• Same Day As Theatrical

 

 

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VOD Spotlight: Clark Gregg (TRUST ME)May 02, 2014

VOD Spotlight: Clark Gregg (TRUST ME)

Clark Gregg (Starz Digital Media)

TRUST ME tells the sharp, comic story of Howard Holloway (Clark Gregg), a down-on-his luck agent for child actors and truly one the last good guys left in Hollywood. After discovering a 13-year-old acting prodigy (Sharbino), he is poised to close the deal of a lifetime which would catapult his tween client and, at long last, himself, into the big time. With the support of his gorgeous new neighbor (Peet), he must wrangle the actress' volatile, overprotective father, dodge a scheming producer (Felicity Huffman), and outwit his uber-slick nemesis (Sam Rockwell). As he arrives on the brink of the Hollywood dream that's eluded him for a lifetime, he begins to sense that his innocent young starlet may not be quite what she seems.

 

This is the second feature film written and directed by Gregg, who made his directing debut with CHOKE, an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel that starred Sam Rockwell. TRUST ME premeires on demand May 6th. 

 

 

On Demand Weekly (ODW): Hi Clark. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions about your new pre-theatrical release on demand, TRUST ME. Fans of the Marvel movies, and the TV series “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “The New Adventures Of Old Christine” you’re in are sure to want to learn about the new film you wrote, directed and starred in.
Clark Gregg (CG):
Thanks. I'm excited for people to see the film.

ODW: What prompted you to write a movie about the child actor / agent dynamic in today’s film industry?
CG:
I worked with a number of child actors and there was something hilarious and heartbreaking about some of their agents - aging hustlers who struggle at the bottom of the Hollywood food chain, fetching lattes for entitled "momagers," while constantly searching for the 8 year-old prodigy who'll take them to the big time.

ODW: Did TRUST ME originally begin as a noir?
CG:
I began writing a wacky comedy about "showbiz," but when I started reading the dark stories about some child stars and dropping into the skin of the main character - former child star and now struggling agent for young actors, Howard Holloway - the piece became an edgier comedy with a classic noir anti-hero at its heart. I have to say that Shane Black's wonderful KISS, KISS. BANG, BANG singlehandedly convinced me that a comedic neo-noir could be made.

ODW: Any inspirations for the agent or stories about one you could share?
CG:
As I said, I was inspired by various characters I saw when I worked with child actors, but the piece and Howard's struggle to survive quickly felt representative of the struggles all artists go through and a perfect setting for a comedy of desperation driven by our national obsession with stardom.

 

Clark Gregg, Paul Sparks, Saxon Sharbino, Allison Janney and Felicity Huffman (TRUST ME)



ODW: TRUST ME has such a terrific cast: Felicity Huffman, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell who starred in your directorial debut CHOKE. Did you write any of the parts with the actors in mind, or did you cast once the script was completed?
CG:
I knew that directing myself in the main role of my own script was a monumentally daunting aspiration, one that I could only hope to achieve if surrounded by great actors with whom I already shared a creative rapport. So I wrote specific characters in the distinct voices of some of my favorite actors, many of whom I am fortunate enough to call friends. It was the generosity of those friends and the brilliance of my partner, producer and casting director, Mary Vernieu, along with the support of producer Keith Kjarval that gave the film this remarkable cast.

ODW: The film revolves around the discovery of a prodigy child actress when the real-life actress playing her (Saxon Sharbino) is quite the find. How did you find Saxon?
CG:
We read dozens of fine young actors, but Lydia is a natural, a prodigiously talented young girl who oozes a raw star power that is, more or less, the engine of the film. That quality proved very difficult to find. We also dreamed of finding someone new, someone the audience would be seeing for the fist time as Howard is seeing her... 

 

Just when things were starting to get a little desperate,

Mary Vernieu called me in to read with a new, young actress she had found... 

 

...From the moment the 13-year-old Dallas native, Saxon Sharbino, started reading the audition scene, the role was hers. I'm very excited for audiences to see her truly remarkable performance.

 

Clark Gregg, Saxon Sharbino (TRUST ME)


ODW: Your TV series “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” recently coordinated a story line with the current theatrical release Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There must have been incredible planning to coordinate the movies & TV series plots to work so well together. When did you first find out about the plot twist?

CG: I still have connections in the Marvel Cinematic world, so I had an inkling that SHIELD might be infiltrated, but I deliberately keep my knowledge of what's coming more or less in sync with what Agent Coulson knows. So when I was called to the office of showrunners, Jeff Bell, Jed and Maurissa Whedon and Jeph Loeb, and told that the Hydra infestation in "Captain America:The Winter Soldier" would hit so close to home, as a comics fan I was very excited. 

 

I will never forget the table read where the cast was surprised at the last moment with top secret red pages that revealed the twist and the true nature of some key characters.

 

In that spooky moment, I think we all started to realize

we had dropped down a Marvel/SHIELD rabbit hole where art truly imitates life.

 

ODW: Is it true Sam Rockwell’s character in TRUST ME (the aptly named Aldo Shocklee) is actually an agent of Hydra?
CG:
I can only say that he's (CLASSIFIED). I will say, however, that Sam's character from IM2, Justin Hammer, sure seems like Hydra material to me.

 

Sam Rockwell, Saxon Sharbino, Allison Janney and Felicity Huffman (TRUST ME)



ODW: If your TRUST ME character (Howard Holloway) were recruited evenly by S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra, who would he join and would being able to keep his earring have an impact on the decision?
CG:
It would be the only factor in that decision.

ODW: What’s more likely, you making an appearance on “Veep” or your Julia Louis Dreyfuss appearing on “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”?
CG:
Wow. "Veep" may be the funniest show on television right now and Coulson could make a plausible appearance at the White House, but the collision of worlds might be deadly, so I think I'd prefer to see Julia as some kind hilarious Asgardian super duchess. 

ODW: TRUST ME is being released on demand and iTunes on May 6th, followed by a theatrical run (10 markets nationwide) on June 6th. What are your thoughts on the prospect of making your film available on demand before in theaters?
CG:
It's a brave, new and undeniably exciting world in independent film these days. I hope on demand viewings will help spread the word about "Trust Me" in a way that makes it popular both at home and in theaters.

ODW: What do you watch on demand?
CG:
My schedule requires a lot of after the fact viewing, so we watch movies and series on iTunes and on demand, including Agents of SHIELD, Bob's Burgers, True Detective, and Homeland. 

 

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- Britt Bensen



Britt is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of On Demand Weekly. He is currently at OnCue. Previously, Britt worked for Miramax Films and Sundance Channel

 

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VOD Spotlight on Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe (BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY)April 23, 2014

VOD Spotlight on Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe (BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY)

BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY (Tribeca Film)

Casper (Emory Cohen, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe, THE GREAT GATSBY) have been fiercely loyal friends since childhood. Desperate for a way out of their quiet town on the Maine-Canada border, the boys make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road. But when Casper is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father (Aidan Gillen, "The Wire," "Game of Thrones") to pay his share, their friendship is pushed to the brink and adult choices forced on them all too soon. A standout narrative debut from Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (THE WAY WE GET BY), BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY is a gripping coming-of-age thriller set against an authentic portrait of small-town American life.


A moving story like BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY deserves talented actors to bring its complex and authentic characters to life. Luckily Gaudet and Pullapilly found Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe, both of whom delivered amazing performances as the film’s main characters. I had the pleasure of interviewing the actors who shared their experiences on set and then some.

 

VOD Spotlight on Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe (BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY) 

 

On Demand Weekly (ODW): The filmmakers, Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, described this film as sort of their transition into fiction film from a documentary background. Would you say you noticed any differences in the way they worked toward authenticity compared to filmmakers who work purely in fiction?

Callan McAuliffe, Dominic (CM): I can’t tell if it was because of their background or if it was the nature of the film or if it was just generally a very different experience for me in terms of filmmaking, but it was a very unique process. That may come from that background, but I’ve never worked with documentary filmmakers before so I have no experience with that, but it was certainly a very different experience. 

 

Callan McAuliffe

 

ODW: I know they did extensive research on the area and the people living there, and a lot of the movie was based on the true stories they were told, how did this affect your preparation for the part?
Emory Cohen, Casper (EC):
We were up there for 3 weeks before we started shooting and we met some people who had done [the harvest] and they let us put that into the script too and sometimes we just threw the script away and improvised.

 

Emory Cohen

 

ODW: Which scene was the most memorable to shoot?
CM:
The scene that will stick with me for the rest of my life is the moose safari scene, just because it was such a wild ride literally and figuratively to shoot and I’ve never done anything of that kind before for a film - and there’s good reason for that (laughs). But it was an extraordinary experience and I’ll remember that for the rest of my life. Just chasing a moose down a road in the back of a flatbed truck, screaming and hollering in the middle of nowhere, it was wonderful.

 

ODW: You actually went out and chased a wild moose for that shot, is that right?

CM: Yep, we spent a few nights going out in the middle of the night into these massive cornfields and plantations. We went through the forest and along dirt roads and we went searching for a moose and we’d always find one but it would always be too far away or it would not be in a good position and then a couple of nights in a row we found one on the road and we managed to chase him down. Of course no “meese” were harmed.

 

ODW: Did either of you have difficulty relating to your characters’ very specific small town mindset or were you able to easily understand where they were coming from?
EC
: I think that in terms of the more general human themes that they were going through, that was something that was more universal, but that had to be filtered through this environment and a certain way of thinking and point of view on life and that was what being up in the county was all about.

 

ODW: Did you eat any blue potatoes while you were there?
EC:
Callan was turning his tongue blue, so he went to town. That and jolly ranchers are his jam.

 

ODW: Are they good?
CM:
They are, they’re very nice.

 

EC: And they’re blue!

 

ODW: Do you guys watch a lot of On Demand when you’re traveling or on a break?

EC: I do 

 

CM: Oh yeah on flights because I’m essentially in prison (laughs). I watch a lot of on demand films. That’s actually how I do a lot of my acting research and how I’ve seen most of the films that I talk about is because I spend so much time on planes and so on demand becomes my best friend I would say.

 

EC: I love seeing movies in the theater and everybody loves having the movies in the theater and that is its own experience but on demand and online options make films more accessible and there have been many films that I’ve seen on demand that I had no idea were even playing and I was able to watch them.

 

ODW: Do you watch a lot more movies than TV shows than or do you find yourself binging on series too?
EC:
 "True Detective" and "The Newsroom"!

 

CM: "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad"!

 

"Game of Thrones" Aidan Gillen in BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY (Tribeca Film)

 

ODW: Are those your favorite shows right now?
CM:
I definitely binge on "Game of Thrones" when I can if I’ve missed a few episodes.

 

EC: Alright I’ll put it down… I love MTV’s "The Challenge", with the "Real World" and "Road Rules" contestants.

 

CM: I’ve never seen it.

 

EC: You’ve never seen it! It’s the 25th season… they have 25 seasons of this madness.

 

ODW: 25 seasons? You’ve watched all of them?
EC:
I don’t think I’ve watched all of them, but I’ve watched a lot of them.

 

ODW: What’s next for 2014 any big plans?
CM:
I’m getting into porn I think.

 

ODW: Wait, is that a real answer? (laughing in background)
CM:
No, no... I’m potentially going on to a movie called SKATEBOARDING WITH SADDAM later in the year that shoots in Tel Aviv so that should be really exciting.

 

EC: I’m shooting a film called BROOKLYN in a week and then I have a film called STEALING CARS that’s in the edit and a film called THE GAMBLER that’s in the edit and then we’ll see what happens, huh?

 

ODW: BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY is a coming of age film, what do you want young people to take from it?
CM:
I want young people to walk out having enjoyed themselves and with a smile on their faces.

 

EC: I think there’s a lot of dignity in freedom and rebellion and I wouldn’t have a problem if some of them wanted to go out and have a good time you know, and be young and be wild and make mistakes 

 

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Sabrina Luppi

 



Sabrina Luppi is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is currently a film and marketing student at San Francisco State University, and recently completed a content programming internship at Intel. Sabrina is an aspiring actress, writer and filmmaker and her favorite genre is horror. Follow her on Twitter @sabzy_

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Watch PROXYApril 23, 2014

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PROXY (IFC Films)

A very pregnant Esther Woodhouse (Rasmussen) is walking home after her latest OB appointment when she is attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. When Esther seeks consolation in a support group, she finds friendship and empathy in Melanie (Havins), another mother scarred with tragedy. Esther soon begins to believe that the horrific event might be a bittersweet act of fate. However, friendship and empathy can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.

Top 5 Reasons to Watch PROXY

1. If you’re interested in a unique, female driven thriller that proves you can’t accurately judge anyone based on looks alone.

2. If you love plot twists so major that they keep you questioning really important things about the story, like who is the main character?

 



3. If you appreciate movies that don’t flinch at gore, PROXY even goes so far as to give us one incredibly bloody scene in slow motion.

4. If you like to see how characters with extremely dark desires go about getting what they want in brutal and disturbing ways.

5. If you want to explore some frightening reasons for entering into motherhood, as expressed by unapologetic and insane characters.

 

 

Sabrina Luppi

 



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Kristin Wiig’s Latest - HATESHIP LOVESHIPApril 15, 2014

Kristin Wiig’s Latest - HATESHIP LOVESHIP

Kristin Wiig (IFC)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today's review: HATESHIP LOVESHIP (IFC).

 

The sad clown is a trope that’s endured as long as drama itself. Hiding one’s own woes behind a mask of laughs is as familiar a move as any in storytelling. The logical outgrowth of the “laugh, clown, laugh” syndrome is the need comic actors feel to undertake “serious” roles.

Sometimes it works: Bill Murray has certainly shown improvement as a so-called “dramatic” actor since his stumble through THE RAZOR’S EDGE, even garnering an Oscar nomination. Jim Carrey acquitted himself brilliantly in THE TRUMAN SHOW. And the broad, burly John Candy was effective in JFK and Chris Columbus’s treacly ONLY THE LONELY.

Along comes Kristen Wiig. Fresh off her truly star-making tenure on SNL, Wiig established her feature film bona fides in fun flicks like MACGRUBER and ADVENTURELAND. Then she rocked the world as the co-writer and star of the megahit that was BRIDESMAIDS, which offered her the opportunity to take some chances, which is exactly what she does in HATESHIP LOVESHIP.

Based on a short story by Alice Munro, HATESHIP LOVESHIP is the story of mousier-than-mousy young woman, Johanna, who is a housekeeper/caregiver. When her elderly charge dies, Johanna finds work with the McCauley family, where stern grandpa (Nick Nolte, WARRIOR) is the guardian of sullen teen (Hailee Steinfeld, TRUE GRIT), with ne’er-do-well dad, Ken (Guy Pearce, IRON MAN 3) drifting in and out of their lives.

 

Kristin Wiig, Guy Pearce / HATESHIP LOVESHIP (IFC Films)


 Along with friend Edith, played by Sami Gayle, who made such a shattering impression in Tony Kaye’s DETACHMENT, Steinfeld’s spiteful Sabitha makes Johanna the object of a cruel prank that preys on the older woman’s naivete and loneliness. As a result of the teens’ bogus emails, Johanna pursues the shifty Ken to his latest sure-to-fail business venture, a roadside motel.

 

Director Liza Johnson’s last feature was the quietly powerful RETURN, starring Linda Cardellini as a traumatized soldier who comes home and causes her family to disintegrate. It stands to reason that she could handle a story such as HATESHIP LOVESHIP deftly, but try as she might she is undone both by the script and Wiig’s uncertain portrayal of Johanna.

The film’s short-story roots are obvious both in the lugubrious pace of the film and the inclusion of a go-nowhere subplot involving Nolte and local bank teller Christine Lahti (LAW & ORDER: SVU). Though it’s always a treat to watch the two old pros go through their paces as tentative lovers, their scenes together add nothing to the film and feel like ballast, which can easily be jettisoned.

The real problem with Wiig’s performance is that she seems to mistake passivity for subtlety. With her big eyes and dancer’s gait has a lot to work with, but often appears to veer close to parody, making us laugh at Johanna rather than feel her plight. Surrounded by such magnetic actors as Pearce, Nolte and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Ken’s girlfriend/drug partner, Wiig almost fades into the background.

It’s a shame, because Wiig was such a delight on SNL, infusing her characters with an energy and vulnerability that’s missing from her performance in HATESHIP LOVESHIP. Maybe, in attempting to not overplay, Wiig felt it best to be as retiring and possible in order to best convey Johanna’s isolation and loneliness.

There’s still hope for Wiig’s dramatic aspirations, with THE SKELETON TWINS, co-starring her SNL castmate Bill Hader, on the way later this year. As for HATESHIP LOVESHIP, we can only hope it goes down as the actress’s RAZOR’S EDGE, a noble misstep on the path to credibility in non-comic roles.

 

 

- Chris Claro

 

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Chris Claro is a contributing writer for On Demand Weekly. He is a former Director of Promotion for Sundance Channel and now works as Lead Copywriter at Cablevision. He has written for dvdverdict.com and the Eyes and Ears section of huffingtonpost.com. He blogs at http://disconcertingglare.blogspot.com. Follow Chris on twitter @cgclaro.

 

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James Franco’s MALADIES - Now On DemandApril 03, 2014

James Franco’s MALADIES - Now On Demand

MALADIES (Tribeca Film)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: MALADIES (Tribeca Film).

 

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MALADIES

By Sky McCarthy

 
If you’re seeking a straightforward film experience with an easily followed plot and accessible storyline, MALADIES is not your film. But if you have a little patience, and brain power, Carter’s new feature will, at the very least allow you the viewer to ponder the meaning of creativity versus mild insanity.
 

James Franco / MALADIES (Tribeca Film)

In MALADIES, James Franco (yes the actor, author, director and professor) plays James, a former soap opera star struggling to transition into a career as an artist. While this sounds like an eerily similar parallel to Franco’s own life, the film is actually set in the 1960s. Catherine Keener plays Catherine, a well-meaning friend who often bickers with James throughout the film. While Franco searches for new meaning in his second chosen career, he begins to hear voices that narrate his actions and sometimes irritate him to the brink of madness. Fallon Goodson rounds out the main cast as James’ eccentric sister Patricia. All in all, everyone here has some weird backstory that does not necessarily weave together in a succinct way.
 
Catherine Kenner / MALADIES (Tribeca Film)

While the film is quirky and certainly has its comedic moments, the general feeling is a bit melancholy. Perhaps it is the abstract nature with which Carter moves the ‘storyline’ forward- all of the characters have their own problems and not everything is resolved. James hears voices, Patricia always seems to be lost in her own mind as well, Catherine is a cross-dresser, the list continues. But maybe this is a more realistic depiction of how artists really work and try to live. There is a dark side to creativity. Inspiration comes at a price. These are well-worn theories that we have heard described and seen before on film but MALADIES presents the themes in a relatively unique way. 

Since Carter and Franco have previously collaborated on ERASED JAMES FRANCO, it only seems normal to continue a thought-provoking descent into the versatile creative’s mind. This latest endeavor certainly has the essence of another-film-where-Franco-kindof-plays-himself-while-exploring-something-deeper but there seems to enough distance between James the character and James the actor to make this installment more palpable.

MALADIES is experimental. Title cards with quotes about the nature of artistic mind punctuate certain scenes which simultaneously helps connect viewers to the somewhat dis-coordinated action while also pulling you out of trying to understand what is actually going on. Artists, writers, actors and other creative types- in essence, the James Francos of the world- will certainly connect on some level with the character struggles in this movie. 

 

 

 

 

- Sky McCarthy

 

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The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About I AM DIVINEApril 03, 2014

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About I AM DIVINE

Jeffrey Schwarz & John Waters (I AM DEVINE)

A celebration of the immortal star and Most Beautiful Woman in the World... DIVINE! Harris Glenn Milstead, aka DIVINE (1945-1988) was the ultimate outsider turned underground hero. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine succeeded in becoming an internationally recognized icon, recording artist, and character actor of stage and screen. Glenn went from the often-mocked, schoolyard fat kid to underdog royalty, standing up for millions of gay men and women, drag queens and punk rockers, and countless other socially ostracized misfits and freaks. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz. IAM DIVINE is now on demand. 

 

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About I AM DIVINE By Jeffrey Schwarz


Jeffey Schwarz

 

1. I AM DIVINE is the story of how an overweight, effeminate, bullied Baltimore kid transformed himself into an internationally recognized drag superstar. He became known around the world for his leading roles in films by John Waters, his appearances on the stage, his recording career, and touring with a disco act.

2. Divine had a high school girlfriend named Diana. They were sweethearts for about seven years. Divine, who was still Glen at that point, took her to the Prom and did her hair and makeup. The first time he ever went out in public in drag was on a date with Diane. He dressed like Elizabeth Taylor and Diana thought he looked gorgeous, but still had no clue there might be more to her boyfriend than she knew.

3. The original HAIRSPRAY was John Waters' and Divine's first mainstream hit. Ricki Lake played Divine's daughter and it was her first role in a movie. Divine taught Ricki how to walk in high heels and always wanted to eat with her. Ricki says that Divine would say to her:

"C'mon, Ricki - let's share a pie! Let's eat a roast!"

4. We used the crowd funding approach on this film and turned to Divine's fans to help us get this movie made. Thousands of people donated through Kickstarter and IndieGogo. We wanted the fans to feel they had a stake in making sure the film was completed. It was a way for then to give back to Divine, to feel personally connected to something really special, and to show that Divine still has a thriving fan-base. If you donated to the movie, look for your name in the end credits and if you didn't, we love you anyway.

5. Divine did not consider himself a drag queen. He was a skilled actor who played female parts. He was a fantastic performer, a great actor, and a warm, generous person who couldn't have been more different from the roles he played. I want people get to know the man behind the wigs and eyeliner and hairspray - a sweet soft spoken guy with so much love in his heart. I want kids who didn't grow up with him to get to know this amazing character who can inspire them to be whoever they want to be.

 

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New Movies On Demand Preview: April 2014March 30, 2014

New Movies On Demand Preview: April 2014

Kate Asche Wilson (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 
5 New Movies On Demand to Watch - April 2014:

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By Kate Asche Wilson
 
Hello friends it is April! Which means love is in the air. Or pollen. It really means pollen is in the air. And what better way to welcome the sweet embrace of spring then by revamping our On Demand Weekly Movie On Demand Preview. Starting now I will be counting down my top five films of the month. Because we're all aware five is better than three, and I know your affinity for lists. So let's do this team! Pass the Nasonex and let's get watching.
 
 

5. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, Premieres April 8
Tolkien's masterpiece continues with Bilbo bumbling amidst gold coins, angry elves with flaxen hair, Cumberbatch's sultry dragon voice, Gandalf crushing it, and surprisingly sexy dwarfs.
PG-13, Fantasy/Adventure, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch

4. THE NUT JOB, Premieres April 15 FAMILY PICK OF THE MONTH
Our animated family fun option that follows an exiled squirrel on a precarious nut store raid. A great film to watch with your kids or by yourself if, you know, you're into that sort of thing.
PG, Animated/Comedy, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph

3. ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, Premieres April 1
Ron Burgundy and the gang are back for extended shenanigans, and if you're the type that yearns for even more crass hilarity there will be an unedited version of this film available. You stay classy San Diego!
PG-13/TV-MA, Comedy, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jim Carrey, Christina Applegate, David Koechner

2. JOE, Premieres April 11 - INDIE PICK OF THE MONTH
Our indie pick of the month starring the kooky crazy Nic Cage as an ex con on the hard road to redemption. If you're looking for dark, visceral, independent, and full of the cage, look no further!
R, Drama, Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan - Same Day As Theatrical

1. THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, Premieres April 29
WALTER MITTY is brought to you by Ben Stiller who directed the film as well as stars as the aforementioned Mr. Mitty. A daydreamer by nature Walter escapes his dull reality by creating vast fantasy worlds filled with heroism, action, and romance. However, when his reality is threatened Walter takes matters into his own hands and embarks on a life changing adventure that is more rewarding than any fantasy he could create in his mind. WALTER MITTY is an amazing feel good film brimming with imagination and heart.
PG, Adventure/Comedy/Drama, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn

There you have it team! On Demand Weekly's top five films for April. I hope you enjoyed that we're jumping on the list bandwagon, and if you didn't, well, we'll send you a puppy. Disclaimer: we will not send you a puppy. 
 
 
Also This Month...

 

4/1
47 RONIN (3D) (Universal) (PG-13)
• Genre: Action
• Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES / ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (Unedited) (Paramount) (PG-13/TV-MA)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jim Carrey, Christina Applegate, David Koechner

HAMLET & HUTCH (Vision) – (TV-G)
• Genre: Family
• Starring: Burt Reynolds, Emma Rayne Lyle
• 6 Weeks Pre-DVD

4/3
STAGE FRIGHT (Magnolia) – (R)
• Genre: Horror/Musical
• Starring: Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf
• Pre-Theatrical

4/4
AFFLICTED (CBS Films) – (R)
• Genre: Horror/Thriller
• Starring: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
• Same Day As Theatrical

GOODBYE WORLD (Phase 4) – (TV-14)
• Genre: Comedy/Drama
• Starring: Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffman, Ben McKenzie, Mark Webber, Kerry Bishé
• Same Day As Theatrical

4/8
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Starz/Weinstein) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy/Drama
• Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shephard, Misty Upham

GRUDGE MATCH (WB) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (3D) (WB) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
• Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES / PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (Unedited) (Paramount) – (R/TV-MA)
• Genre: Horror
• Starring: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Molly Ephraim, Katie Featherston

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS (3D) (Fox) – (PG)
• Genre: Animated/Family
• Starring: Karl Urban, Charlie Rowe
• Voices: John Leguizamo, Justin Long

JUSTIN BIEBER'S BELIEVE (Universal) – (PG)
• Genre: Documentary/Music
• Starring: Justin Bieber

4/11
HATESHIP LOVESHIP (IFC) – (R)
• Genre: Romance
• Starring: Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Jason Leigh
• Same Day As Theatrical

JOE (Lionsgate) – (R)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan
• Same Day As Theatrical

4/15
THE NUT JOB (3D) (Universal) – (PG)
• Genre: Animated/Comedy
• Voices: Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph

PHILOMENA (Starz/Weinstein) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan

RIDE ALONG / RIDE ALONG WITH GAG REEL (Universal) – (PG-13/TV-14)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, John Leguizamo, Laurence Fishburne

THE BACHELOR WEEKEND (Tribeca) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman
• Same Day As Tribeca Film Festival Movie Premiere Date; Pre-Theatrical Release Date

BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY (Tribeca) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Emory Cohen, Callan McAuliffe
• Same Day As Tribeca Film Festival Movie Premiere Date; Pre-Theatrical Release Date

BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD (Tribeca) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Fanny Ardant, Patrick Chesnais
• Same Day As Tribeca Film Festival Movie Premiere Date; Pre-Theatrical Release Date

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (Sony) – (R)
• Genre: Drama/Romance
• Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas

4/18
KID CANNABIS (Tribeca) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Jonathan Daniel Brown, Ron Perlman
• Same Day As Tribeca Film Festival Movie Premiere Date; Pre-Theatrical Release Date

A PROMISE (IFC) – (TV-MA)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden
• Same Day As Theatrical

SMALL TIME (Starz) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Christopher Meloni, Dean Norris, Devon Bostick, Bridget Moynahan
• Same Day As Theatrical

4/24
FILTH (Magnolia) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy/Crime
• Starring: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt
• Pre-Theatrical

4/25
BLUE RUIN (Weinstein) – (R)
• Genre: Thriller
• Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray
• Same Day As Theatrical

GAMBIT (CBS Films) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz
• Same Day As Theatrical

4/29
LABOR DAY (Paramount) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES (3D) (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Action/Adventure
• Starring: Kellan Lutz, Liam McIntyre

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (Fox) – (PG)
• Genre: Adventure/Comedy/Drama
• Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn

BLACK NATIVITY (Fox) – (PG)
• Genre: Drama/Musical
• Starring: Forest Whitaker, Angela Basset, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige

GIMME SHELTER (Lionsgate) – (PG-13)
• Genre: Drama
• Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson

GLORIA (Lionsgate) – (R)
• Genre: Comedy
• Starring: Paulina García, Sergio Hernández

 

- Kate Asche Wilson


Kate
Kate Asche Wilson is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE

 

 

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FREE RIDE Starring Anna Paquin - Exclusive DELETED ClipMarch 28, 2014

FREE RIDE Starring Anna Paquin - Exclusive DELETED Clip

In this deleted scene, Christina (Anna Paquin) introduces the new babysitter, who appears to have a past, to the family. FREE RIDE is available on DVD and at Walmart on April 29, 2014. FREE RIDE is currently available On Demand and at Redbox. (Phase 4 Films). 

 

 

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Mike McCready and Brandi Carlile wrote and performed the song "Free Ride" which is now available for purchase on PearlJam.com.

 

In search of a better life for her family and desperate to escape her tumultuous relationship, Christina (Anna Paquin) hastily moves to Florida and enters the dangerous world of the high-stakes underground drug scene. She quickly learns that dealing drugs at the height of South Florida’s smuggling heyday has its price. As law enforcement closes in on Christina and her drug operation, she must find a way to salvage the life she has desperately worked to repair before it all comes crashing down.

 

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MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS - The Documentary Featuring The National Premieres On DemandMarch 28, 2014

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS - The Documentary Featuring The National Premieres On Demand

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS (Starz Digital Media & Abramorama).

 

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MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
By Joe Charnitski

 
I think we can all relate to rivalry, sibling or otherwise. We’ve all had someone in our lives, relative or not, who nudges us towards jealousy and insecurity by their very existence: the friend with the more successful career, the know-it-all acquaintance who’s the first to hear about everything cool, the colleague who never shows stress under deadline.

At first glance, this idea of rivalry is at the center of the new documentary MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS. After a full viewing, though, this doc is about a lot more.
 
 
The National

 Matt Berninger is the lead singer of the indie rock treasure The National. He has decided to invite his younger, and certainly less successful brother, Tom, to join the band on tour as a roadie. He could probably use the work, so it’s a nice offer. Tom accepts but with two ulterior motives: 1) he’s an aspiring filmmaker and a documentary about his brother’s band sounds like a great project, and 2) he thinks he’s about to party and bond with Matt all around the world. Matt sees this tour as work, not play, and tries to make it clear to Tom that he too must take his roadie gig seriously.

The best way to describe the dynamic between the two brothers
is to think of a hipster version of Bradley Cooper’s character in THE HANGOVER
going on tour with Zach Galifinakas’ character in the same film.
 
Tom clearly looks up to Matt, and desires affirmation from his brother. Matt clearly loves Tom, and is rooting for him to find a joyful, independent path in life. But, for most of the film, they kind of miss each other’s targets.
 
 
Tom & Matt Berninger (MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS)
 

Tom is such an unintentionally funny character to watch. His interview segments of the doc are terrible due to his rambling questions, if a question even exists in his stumbling speeches. His inability to focus and his adolescent point of view made it almost difficult to believe this was a pure documentary and not played up for the cameras. I don’t mean any of this as a criticism of the movie.

The movie is hilarious because of how bad Tom seems to be at making a doc and being a roadie, or an adult for that matter. If you were a Saturday Night Live fan in the 90’s, you’ll think of The Chris Farley Show, just like I did.

 

Besides his hot or cold relationship with his brother, it’s fascinating to watch other people’s reaction to Tom’s antics and questions. Some are amused. Some are annoyed. Some are probably polite because he’s Matt’s brother. Some are particularly put off by the apparent nepotism. It’s important to note, though, that Tom is not always in the wrong in the film. He calls his brother out on a little hypocrisy during a photo shoot on a beach. His complaints to some members of the band about Matt are met with knowing nods. There are definitely times when everyone on the road comes across as a little too indie rock pretentious when compared to Tom’s authenticity.

It might be because of this that I felt I could relate to each brother at different times in the movie, and when considering different times in my life. It’s not just their relationship that’s universal, it’s each of their experiences as men, brothers and artists.

 

Matt & Tom Berninger (MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS)


 It made me root for each of them and both of them that much more. The film celebrates the artist and how they can turn the struggle of life, the strain of their own dreams, into art for all of us to consider. Matt and his band have produced some of the best rock of the past ten years. Tom has made one helluva documentary.

Our brothers may not all be rock stars,

but we all have someone in our lives that

shines a little brighter than the rest and

makes us feel like the roadie.

 

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS understands that. It is laugh-out-loud, might-want-to-pause-the-movie-to-catch-my-breath funny. It is also a sweet, sincere study of family, hopes, failures and resilience. 

 

DEMAND IT

 

 

Joe Charnitski

 

Joe Charnitski
Joe Charnitski is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. His career in film and television production, development and marketing has included stops at Miramax Films, Syfy and VH1. He currently works at a entertainment focused social media marketing agency in New York City. Twitter:@JoeCharnitski

 

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VOD Spotlight: Matt & Tom Berninger (MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS)March 26, 2014

VOD Spotlight: Matt & Tom Berninger (MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS)

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS

Mistaken for Strangers, which opened the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, follows Tom Berninger, a slacker and aspiring horror director whose older brother Matt is the lead singer of successful rock band The National. When Matt hires Tom as a roadie for the band’s upcoming world tour, Tom brings his camera to film the entire experience, ignoring his job responsibilities in the process. What follows is a hilarious and touching story about family, ambition and self-discovery.

 

On Demand Weekly spoke with the film's director Tom Berninger and his brother Matt, lead singer of the film's initial subject, the band The National.

 

 

On Demand Weekly (ODW): When did you know the Tom’s footage had the makings to become a documentary?
Tom Berninger, filmmaker (TB):
It was the editing process. We took more of The National out of the movie and more of me in it. When we saw me crying on screen and me getting drunk on the bus, which I originally filmed that to be really funny and it ended up being really pathetic and sad. The movie came together in the editing room.

There were a few times on tour that I thought the things I was shooting was interesting.

ODW: When did the rest of the band know and what was their reaction?
Matt Berninger, lead singer (MB):
When Tom came on tour, there wasn’t an intention to make a documentary. Maybe he could make a silly little, fun video that we could put up on our website. There wasn’t the idea of a documentary and that’s probably why they let Tom so close. If the band had known Tom was going to make a feature film that he was going to enter into the Tribeca Film Festival, I bet they would have said no.

 

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS - Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Opening Night Premiere



When they heard it was as much a story about Tom than of the band, even more so about Tom, they were like 'that sounds cool'. That’s the way I was too. I like the story of Tom’s creative struggles, relationships between brothers (Editor's Note: in addition to Matt and Tom being brothers, the band’s other four members are a set of 2 brothers) was actually a much better idea for a movie than a profile of a band on tour. I think the rest of the band did as well.

But if they had known that at the beginning that it was going to be a feature movie, Brian would not have let Tom into the shower with him (a scene in the movie), that’s for sure.

ODW: Would it have been a vote? What if one band member had objected?
MB:
That is a good question. That was always a reality down to the very last minute. There wasn’t ever a full on agreement. And then all of a sudden it got accepted into Tribeca to open the festival, at that point Tom was like ‘Guys, is that okay?’ It was almost too late for anyone to say no.

 

Matt & Tom Berninger (MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS)



Everybody loved the movie. When they saw it, they couldn’t believe how good it was and got behind it. It was a giant gamble that Tom took.

TB: My strategy is to...

 

...corner them,

overwhelm them and

pressure them.

My strategy paid off... 


...And plus I had Brian (the drummer) naked in the shower and half the band members naked in my footage. I could always blackmail them (Matt is laughing).

MB: Very professional Tom (Matt jokes).

ODW: Tom, had you ever traveled or worked on a tour for The National previously?
TB:
No. Never, ever. When they’d come to Cincinnati I’d come see them. I have to say, for the first time on tour I really got the luxury treatment, considering they spent the first four albums in a van. I go to go on the tour bus, which I took advantage of. I missed the whole van tours and nine years of their existence, I might as well drink heavily on the tour bus and live it up there.

ODW: Matt, what prompted you to ask Tom to join you for the High Violet tour?

MB: He (Tom) graduated from film school, but was in between jobs and I saw he needed a break. He was in a little bit of a rut and I thought it would be good for him to get out of Cincinnati. And a big part of it was I missed him. I went off to college when he was nine years old (there is an nine year difference between the two brothers, who shared a room growing up). And then I moved to New York. We hadn’t been together a whole lot for twenty years.

 

I was envious of the rest of the guys (in the band) traveling the world with their brothers and having this experience. We were about to go on this big tour and we needed some help. Brandon the tour manager needed an assistant tour manager and I put those two things together and brought Tom along. I didn’t expect Tom to make this movie.


Everything ended up working out strangely better than anyone expected in a better way than anyone expected. Now Brandon loves tom. Brandon loves the movie. The band loves the movie. And Tom and I became much closer through the whole process. It got really bad for a long time, but it came out on the other side and we’re all really about it.

ODW: Tom, you have referenced MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS not as a documentary but as a Werner Herzog hybrid of a documentary and a self-portrait. Can you explain how this influenced the shooting and/or editing of the film?
TB:
Definitely the editing. We cut it for comedy. We took moments out of context to make them work better. I thought about Werner Herzog, who makes incredible documentaries and sometimes finds the truth and the profound truth by his editing by his interpretation of these things. And I thought the same thing with this movie. We were finding a greater truth.

ODW: Did any rock documentary influence the making of this film?
TB:
Not really. My brother corners me on screen if I had seen any rock documentaries and I really haven’t. I like AMERICAN MOVIE. HANDS ON A HARD BODY. I like the funny documentaries. I had no rock doc in mind.


MB: I told Tom when he was pulling together footage to make some sort of narrative you can do anything with this thing. You should watch GIMME SHELTER. It’s a documentary about the Rolling Stones, but it’s actually more of a documentary about the end of the 60’s and the glamor of rock. Tom’s reaction to that was they got lucky, some guy got murdered. Which is a dark expression that they just got “lucky”. And Tom said ‘nobody got killed in my footage. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do’. 

Thankfully nobody was murdered and Tom found some other story that is more than just a simple band profile.

ODW: THIS IS SPINAL TAP just celebrated its 30th anniversary. Were there any Spinal Tap moments in the film or on the tour?
TB:
Being Europe was the most amazing thing for me. We were in Germany and there was a performer named Peaches I wasn’t familiar with. Peaches has an incredible stage.

MB: There’s so much boring, embarrassing, boring things that happen on tour for any rock band. The monotony. SPINAL TAP shows how humiliating and unflattering life inside a rock band can be. So I do think the movie is similar in that way.

 

 

The National


...And Tom, whether you know,

you kind of are a SPINAL TAP-esque figure.

 

You even wear the (rib cage) T shirt. There’s definitely parallels with this move and SPINAL TAP (they both chuckle). You partly knew you were going to make an embarrassing comedy. You weren’t trying to make a SPINAL TAP, but it is a close cousin for sure.

 

Tom & Matt Berninger (MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS)


TB: That’s probably a better answer than my answer.

ODW: The film played very well to fans of the band at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere What would you like to tell people less familiar with The National who come across MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS on demand?
TB:
I think it appeals to families and siblings and anybody searching for their place in life. You don’t have to be a fan of The National or to be young. I hope it gives people inspiration. The way you make it in life might not be the way you originally intended. I thought I was going to be a horror movie director, but this movie came out of nowhere and I really discovered myself in it. I hope this gives other people hope. It’s a great sibling movie too.

ODW: I tweeted the Tribeca Film Festival premiere is a “must see movie for brothers.” Tell our readers why this is more than a rock documentary.
MB:
There are a lot of people who go in or are dragged to the movie who don’t like The National…

ODW: ...Who doesn’t like the National?!?
MB:
There’s plenty out there.
TB: (interjects) I don’t.

MB: That’s one of the biggest compliments the film has gotten. That people who don’t like our band or indie rock really like the movie.

The other thing we’ve heard that has been flattering, somehow in the world of counselors and psychologists, that they have been recommending the movie to people having troubles with siblings and families. It’s a movie about how families react to each other.

Comedian Pete Holmes heard about it from his therapist. I don’t know how they got it.

The movie is not about a band.

ODW: You’re from Cincinnati. March Madness begins today. How far do the University of Cincinnati Bearcats go?
TB
: I’m 100% positive they’re going to win the whole thing. What are we talking about?

ODW: The national college basketball tournament.
TB:
They’re going to kill everybody on the court. In all sports. They’re going to take back Crimea.

(Editor’s Note: Sadly, the University of Cincinnati lost in the first round to the lower seeded Harvard. Maybe this will inspire a future song by The National.)

ODW: How is it different doing press for a film vs an album?
MB:
It's much different. Mostly because Tom has to answer all the hard questions. Also, answering questions about music kind of always ruins the music a tiny bit. Movies are a little more resilient.

ODW: Can you suggest a National playlist to listen to after someone sees MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS?
MB:


1. Bloodbuzz Ohio
2. I Should Live in Salt (inspired by my relationship with Tom)
3. Mr. November
4. Terrible Love
5. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
6. Rob Halford's Oh Holy Night

 

#

 

- Britt Bensen



Britt is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of On Demand Weekly. He is currently at OnCue. Previously, Britt worked for Miramax Films and Sundance Channel

 

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Gavin McInnes’ Top 5 Things You Need To Know About HOW TO BE A MANMarch 26, 2014

Gavin McInnes’ Top 5 Things You Need To Know About HOW TO BE A MAN

HOW TO BE A MAN

Meet Mark (Gavin McInnes), a former comedian who finds himself coming to terms with his own mortality after finding a lump in his man-boob. Fearing certain death, Mark hires the services of Bryan (Liam Aiken), a young, impressionable cameraman, to document important video lessons for his unborn son. With the help of Bryan, Mark gives his own comical, and often crude, interpretation of what it truly means to be a man—like how to fight a bully, how to drink, and how to pick up women. When he almost loses everything important to him, Mark realizes that he is the one with the most to learn.

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HOW TO BE A MAN is a rollicking and raucous comedy about a hedonist trying to teach his unborn son how to be a stand up guy. Like most of us, he thinks he’s an expert but soon realizes knowing everything in the world ain’t easy.

Though the movie came out completely perfect, there were some behind the scenes stuff that made shooting the movie a total nightmare.

 





1. THERE WERE NO DRUGS
I’m a child of the 70s. When I shoot a movie, I like there to be a giant pot of cocaine, several liters of pot, and a big basket of booze. There was none of this in any of that. The coke we snorted on screen was vitamin B and every time I asked a fellow cast member if he wanted to sneak a drink, he looked at me like I had just thrust my hand down his pants.


2. THERE WAS NO SEX
Right before the felatio scene, I had assumed it was going to get a guilt free blowjob (I’m married). I cleaned my penis and made sure it was ready to go. Only, when it came time to do it, the director handed me a nylon sock to stick over my junk. After meeting the girl in the scene it became clear that my hunch wasn’t even in the same universe as reality. She hadn’t even tried drugs once in her life. What is the matter with the kids today?


3. THE FIGHT SCENES WERE REAL
During the part where I get kicked in the nuts, the kid’s father knees me in the ribs as hard as he can. I was supposed to be wearing a protective body suit but I said that was for pussies and opted to go with nothing. I don’t recommend this as shooting the rest of the film with a broken rib made me feel like Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond. I look like I’m dying in every running scene because I am.


4. ACTUALLY, ALL ABUSE WAS REAL
When my “wife” is throwing my shoes out the window she hit me with a boot and it sounded like two seals being slapped together by God. This left a black bruise on my leg the size of Ontario.


5. THAT’S MY REAL DICK
The producers were worried my gigantic phallus would look like a prosthetic but I assured them everyone would be totally fine with its bizarre size. I was wrong. I don’t think there’s one person who has seen the movie who hasn’t asked me if that was fake. I had no idea how small everyone else’s was. I guess I wasn’t paying attention in the locker room. Don’t let that discourage you. There are way more naked ladies than naked men. Also, it’s funny. Go see it.

 

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The Video Glutton’s Guide to VIKINGS, Season 1March 26, 2014

The Video Glutton’s Guide to VIKINGS, Season 1

Vikings (History Channel)

On Demand Weekly provides new reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “VIKINGS.”

I had never paid too much attention to VIKINGS. I don’t watch much on the History Channel, so it was never really on my radar. Then I went to an exhibit at Time Warner Studios to see the GAME OF THRONES exhibit. Time Warner Cable is smart. They made attendees go through a whole slew of other show’s exhibits before we got to the one we were actually there for. Their scheme worked! In the VIKINGS exhibit, one could see the attention to detail and historical accuracy lavished on the show, and it drew me in. So I decided to binge Season 1 of Vikings to get ready for Season 2.

The show begins with a battle. There is no indication of who is fighting or why, but two men are obviously the heroes of the fight. We discover they are Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his brother Rollo (Clive Standen). They are obviously fierce, strong and determined. Ragnar sees a vision of the god Odin, so he must be special. Next we are introduced to Ragnar’s family.

His wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is pretty fierce and determined herself, which she proves when a couple of intruders come in to pillage and rape in her home and she single-handedly smashes them both. Next we meeting the big boss of the ‘hood: Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne rocking a serious mullet!). We know he is the bad guy, because he doesn’t want to take a chance on sailing west. He only wants to go east, where they always go. Ragnar wants to try going west. Since he is so daring, we know we are supposed to root for him.

Behind the Earl’s back, Ragnar’s buddy Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard in heavy goth eye makeup) is making a new and bigger boat that can carry the gang west across the sea to Northumbria. The adventure is a success. They find an island with a monastery on it, and the pathetic little priests barely make a squeak in response, so they must deserve to be slaughtered and have all their fancy churchy stuff like candleholders and goblets and crosses go to the Vikings. Ragnar does save one priest, Athelstan (George Bladgen, of the “Les Miserables” movie). Got to give Ragnar points for that. 

 

When the rogue Vikings return triumphant, evil Earl Haraldson has to confiscate their loot, just to show them who is boss. It comes as no surprise when eventually, Ragnar, although wounded, challenges the Earl to single combat, and wins, taking over the Earldom. What is surprising is how Ragnar treats the Earl in death, giving him a great and honorable funeral with full pomp and glory. He is not so respectful of the Earl’s wife Siggy (played with intensity by GLEE’s Jessalyn Gilsig), but Lagertha will make sure she is not mistreated.

The morality in VIKINGS seems to be that pillaging and killing are ok, because that is just part of Viking culture, but rape is crossing the line. I’m glad there is something that is considered immoral! This is the age of the anti-hero, but I find rooting for any of these Vikings a little difficult. It’s difficult to love Ragnar, as played by Travis Fimmel with a constant sneery-smile. He gives the impression of being slightly stoned all the time, with his propensity to laugh and smile inappropriately. I think it’s supposed to be charming, but I find it off-putting. Other characters are a little more compelling, such as Katheryn Winnick’s feisty Lagertha and soulful priest Athelstan, although both of them seen to absolutely adore Ragnar, which, again, I find unlikely.

However, excellent production values and fantastic music keep VIKINGS eminently watchable. Creator Michael Hirst (Tudors) knows how to create a universe and dive right into it. The Irish locations are stunning, the boats and incredible, and the weapons amazing. The costumes and makeup are interesting, as well. The 8th episode’s trip to Uppsala to make offerings to the gods is especially moving. As the beautiful music soars, the camera lovingly focuses on the blood being spilled from both the unwilling and the willing sacrifices.

As there are only 9 episodes, which when watched On Demand are 45 minutes each, VIKINGS is an easy binge. For an incredible violent premise, the gore and sex is pretty mild since it is on a family friendly cable channel, and not HBO.

Now I’m looking forward to Season 2 (now airing).

 

DEMAND IT

 

 

- Jean Tait

 

Jean
Jean Tait is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently the Director of Programming for the Connecticut Film Festival, Jean has programmed for the Jacksonville Film Festival and Sundance Channel.
 

 

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New ALAN PARTRIDGE Now On DemandMarch 02, 2014

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ALAN PARTRIDGE (Magnolia)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today's review: ALAN PARTRIDGE.

2013 was quite the year for Steve Coogan. He reunited with Rob Brydon and director Michael Winterbottom in Italy for a sequel to their hilarious film THE TRIP. He also voiced a character in the monster hit DESPICABLE ME 2 and spoke out as a victim of the News Corp. phone hacking scandal. But where Coogan really hit it was as star, producer and co-writer of PHILOMENA, one of those little films that could that garnered two Oscar nods for Coogan and one for the amazing Dame Judi Dench in the title role. As a cherry on top of all this goodness, Coogan returned to playing the part that made him famous, in the eponymous ALAN PARTRIDGE.

 


In the film, Alan and his radio cohorts find themselves the victims of media consolidation and corporate downsizing when a conglomerate swallows up their radio station and starts to cut employees. Nerves and paranoia run rampant, and, as the staff gathers for a party, DJ Pat (Colm Meaney, HELL ON WHEELS) cracks and takes Alan and his co-workers hostage. What follows is a series of negotiations with the reluctant but self-absorbed Alan as intermediary between Pat and the police. 

 

Despite the title character’s narcissism, ALAN PARTRIDGE is a pleasure due to Coogan’s willingness to make Alan a fully realized character. Unlike David Brent, for whom Ricky Gervais seemed to display a measure of contempt and ridicule, Partridge comes off as more of a lovable buffoon. Because Coogan embraces the character and eschews an ironic distance, Alan is easy to get behind, particularly as his fortunes change and he shifts from hostage to fugitive.

Though it runs out of steam in its final third, ALAN PARTRIDGE has an anarchic spirit and enough laughs to make it a pleasing time passer. The supporting cast, particularly Meaney, give it their all and the film is a great reminder of just how versatile Coogan really is. 

 

DEMAND IT

 

- Chris Claro

 

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The Video Glutton’s Guide to HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2March 02, 2014

The Video Glutton’s Guide to HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2

House of Cards (Netflix)

On Demand Weekly provides new reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “House Of Cards.”

Valentines Day. I’ve been looking forward to my date for months. My Valentines Day date is smart, funny, sexy, and I’m sure that once we start, well, I won’t be able to stop! So I’m lighting a scented candle, dimming the lights, opening up a bottle of wine, and turning to Netflix for Season 2 of HOUSE OF CARDS.

The first episode does not disappoint (although a “previously on 
House Of Cards” would have been helpful). The pace starts right in at a full gallop. I had thought some of the reviews were a little hard on Robin Wright’s character last year. I mean, yes, she is cunning and manipulative to a point, but a Lady Macbeth? Episode 1 quickly disabused me of that notion.



Lady Macbeth could learn a thing or two from Claire Underwood.

 

How does she make others think she is steely, but warm while being cold as ice? And speaking of being capable of anything, I mean ANYTHING, Frank does not disappoint, either. When speaking down to someone, nobody articulates a “wh” better than Frank Underwood (with the possible exception of Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess).

There will be spoilers from here on out, so YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

 

Poor Zoe. You were clever and intense but you were never a match for Frank Underwood. I wish Kate Mara looked older. According to IMDB, she is 30, but she sure doesn’t look much older than 14. Her sullenness added to the teenager feeling as well. Lucas will miss her more than we will, but what a horrible way to die. And how little Frank cared. He might as well have been stepping on a bug.

The ending of the first episode is absolute perfection. Frank finally breaks the fourth wall to include us, and leaves the scene with a perfect “title card” of his lovely new initialed cufflinks: F U indeed!

After that roller coaster ride, episode two settles down into heavy political machinations. Claire reveals more amazing self control and a renewal of Doug mistreats Rachel while feeling really conflicted about it. Ah, the human heart, no matter how cold and cunning a person is, something in it still manages to crawl into the consciousness. New House Majority Whip, Jackie Sharp, she thinks she’s got that little heart thingy under control, and we can guess how THAT will go…

Episode three deepens the political machinations, raises the level of confrontation between Raymond Tusk and Frank, and brings Remy into the mix.

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak….binging will have to continue on Saturday. Blowing out the candle and corking up the rest of the wine.

Ok, I’ve just had a hearty breakfast and plenty of coffee….bring on the juice!

Episode four. Did Claire really just say that on national television??? Wow! What a way to take your personal pain and use it! Robin Wright continues to deepen an already incredible character with her multi-layered acting. I’m voting for the Emmy and Golden Globe to go to her right now!

Episode five opens with a bang. A really creepy bang that looks like murder, but no, it’s just kinky sex for the I’m-so-rich-I’m-bored, stereotypically inscrutable Chinese bazillionaire Feng. He, too, is now a player in the confusing muddle of Sino-American relations, but who cares about details, it’s all about the incredible flair with which they play the game. But all style is upstaged by an adorable long-haired guinea pig. This show sure needs that little bit ‘o cute that is Cashew! Hope she lives through the season! In contrast to the cute, the oh-so-serious Civil War re-enactors bring out even more cynicism in Frank, until one of them seems to touch him personally. Who knew he had non-cynical side? Or is he just pretending? It certainly did seem to strike a chord deep inside of him.

From the Civil War to baseball, Frank’s apparent vulnerabilities seem to be popping up in the sixth episode. Anyone would be mortified to have to throw out a first pitch and have it be embarrassing, so the power outage, (while appalling that anyone could use the power of an entire city as a chess piece in a turf war--excuse the mixed metaphor), received of a big sigh of relief for Frank from me.

Frank has been cold-turkeyed off his video games by the Secret Service (no way to make that connection secure), so Frank now has a new hobby: creating a model of Civil War scenes! Somehow, it doesn’t feel true to me that Frank is painting little toy soldiers, but hey, it makes a great visual metaphor for the art of war that the Underwoods practice.

Episodes seven and eight have a feeling of setup to them. The pacing is flagging, but I’m trusting it will take off again. But I think I need a break. A night of sleep for me!

After a nice, boozy Sunday brunch, I’m now completely ready for anything House of Cards throws at me, unless it involves hurting Cashew.

Ok, I lied. Cashew isn’t the only one I can’t bear to see get hurt. Freddie? Nooooooooooo. His classy exit made me think we won’t be seeing any more of him, but a girl can dream, can’t she? He is someone who would deserve to get some serious revenge. At least we saw that Frank cared about cutting someone out of his life for the sake of his ambition. If only he’d cared that much for Zoe.

I didn’t really care much for Adam, but I did think Claire did. Once again, Robin Wright brings the chills with her gentle, warm way of being absolutely ice-cold!

Episode 10 is another set things up episode, but certainly not boring. Someone is headed for a big fall, and I have a sinking feeling that it is going to be Walker. I’m feeling that end of the ride coming, and I don’t want it to end.

I am so confused right now, I’m not even sure what they are being investigated for, but Elizabeth Marvel’s Heather Dunbar is fantastic at running this investigation! I wish I was in a little more suspense, but I’m afraid there is little doubt where all this is going. What is interesting is what is going on with super-loyal Meechum. It was obviously heading somewhere, but I was surprised at where that ended up. Great way to take care of your husband’s tension and your own, Mrs. Underwood!!!

Episode 12, and Walker finally gets it. He realizes that Frank has been playing him all along. But that doesn’t get Frank down for long. He and Claire just up their game. They are both brilliant at admitting to just enough of their manipulations, that they are able to sell more. Would this work in real life? Would anyone be stupid enough to trust them more than once?

And now Doug has practically pushed Rachel to the breaking point, and himself along with her. That can’t be good.

The final episode is proof positive that Walker was indeed too stupid to be president. He totally buys Frank’s act of pseudo-sacrifice, and “for the greater good” lies down, belly up. More conservatively dressed than we have ever seen her, Claire holds the bible while Frank takes the oath of office. Now they have everything they ever wanted, but at what cost? Claire actually cares that her machinations have hurt Megan. Frank is now without his most loyal courtier, poor Doug Stamper lying dead in a wood. The show’s very name indicates that after it is built it will all fall down.

Thank goodness for three-day weekends! Netflix should always release a binge-a-thon on Friday of a holiday weekend! I’m exhausted but exhilarated, and now I have to wait a year to watch those cards fall. I’m sure it will be spectacular!

 

DEMAND IT

 

 

- Jean Tait

 

Jean
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New Movies On Demand Preview: March 2014March 02, 2014

New Movies On Demand Preview: March 2014

Kate Asche Wilson (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 
Kate’s Top Three Movies On Demand:

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson

Welcome to the beautiful month of March team! Unfortunately, for undisclosed reasons, I have fled the country. I’m not saying it’s for larceny reasons but I’m not not saying that. Therefore there will be no video counterpart to my riveting March On Demand Weekly Movie on Demand preview. Contain your tears I beg you. However for April my face will be back on your screens after I strike that plea bargain with the government. I’ve watched House of Cards. I know what I’m doing.
 
Now on to my top three On Demand films for March!


THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE- Premieres March 7
THE HUNGER GAMES is a billion dollar film franchise spawned by one of the best book trilogies of our generation. Not to mention it stars the beloved Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, the hero we all should aspire to be. Throw in the beautiful faces of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and you’ve got yourself an instant hit. Plus CATCHING FIRE is my favorite in the trilogy, and the film really does the story justice. It’s not easy to follow up such a successful first film, but with a new director and bigger budget, CATCHING FIRE comes back with a vengeance. No better way to spend your lonely Saturday night than with a volatile dystopic civilization and the chiseled golden abs of Sam Claflin.
PG-13 Action/Adventure, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland

VERONICA MARS- Premieres March 14 INDIE PICK
I am filled with so many emotions about this I can’t even put it into words. Veronica Mars. A beloved cult classic series that was killed before its time is now being resurrected as a feature film. All because of a little Kickstarter that put the films fate into the hands of the fans and raised its $2 million goal in less than ten hours. That is the power of the Internet my friends. VERONICA MARS has opened so many doors for filmmakers and the success of its Kickstarter proves just how many creative avenues are open for artists in this age. And it’s all because of this little blonde spitfire, her neo noir mystery, and her insane sexual chemistry with Neptune’s resident bad boy. Because no one writes songs about the ones that come easy. 
PG-13, Comedy, Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Tina Majorino, Chris Lowell, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Max Greenfield, Jason Dohring, Jamie Lee Curtis
 

AMERICAN HUSTLE- Premieres March 18
This movie will straight up assault you with late 70’s/early 80’s delightfulness. Between Amy Adams cleavage and Bradley Cooper’s perm you will not be able to tear your eyes away from what is happening on your screen. Poor Christian Bale even gained a potbelly and comb over for his Oscar nominated performance as Irving Rosenfield (Seriously though what that man does for his art). Based loosely on the FBI ABSCAM operation AMERICAN HUSTLE is with out a doubt the most fun you’ll have watching a film this year. I mean with Adams and Bale as con artists, Cooper as an insane FBI agent, and J Law as Bale’s unhinged wife, how could it not be?
R, Drama, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence


Well friends that’s the On Demand Weekly Movie On Demand Preview for March! Be sure to check out all of the other great films coming out in March at Ondemandweekly.com, and if you happen to hear or see certain things about me from the Embassy or say a wanted poster, don’t believe it! Happy watching!
 
 
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Homefront – Premieres 3/11, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox),

R, Action

Jason Statham, James Franco


Inside Llewyn Davis – Premieres 3/11, (same day as DVD),

R, Drama

Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake


Out of the Furnace - Premieres 3/11, (same day as DVD, months before Netflix)

R, Drama

Christian Bale, Casey Affleck


12 Years a Slave – Premieres 3/18, (weeks before Netflix & Redbox)

R, Drama,

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyongo


Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Premieres 3/18, (same day as DVD)

PG-13, Drama

Idris Elba, Naomie Harris


The Book Thief – Premieres 3/25, (weeks before Netflix & Redbox)

PG-13, Drama

Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson


The Wolf of Wall Street – Premieres 3/25, (same day as DVD)

R, Comedy

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill

 

INDEPENDENT FILMS

 

The Bag Man – Premieres 3/4, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox)

R, Thriller, 

Robert De Niro, John Cusack


Oldboy – Premieres 3/4, (same day as DVD)

R, Action

Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson


Nymphomaniac: Vol. I – Premieres 3/6, (before theatrical release)

TV-MA, Drama

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf

 

Better Living Through Chemistry – Premieres 3/14, (same day as theatrical release)

TV-MA, Comedy,

Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell


Swerve – Premieres 3/18, (same day as DVD),

R, Thriller

Jason Clarke, Emma Booth


Nymphomaniac: Vol. II – Premieres 3/20, (before theatrical release)

TV-MA, Drama

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf



Blood Ties – Premieres 3/21, (same day as theatrical release)

R, Thriller

Clive Owen, Mila Kunis

 

Maladies – Premieres 3/25, (available on demand & in theaters)

TV-14, Drama

James Franco, Catherine Keener

 

 

- Kate Asche Wilson


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Kate Asche Wilson is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE

 

 

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee - Howard SternMarch 02, 2014

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Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee - Howard Stern

By T. Tara Turk

 
We begin with a pumpkin colored Pontiac 1969 GTO aka "The Judge" after Sammy Davis Jr's infamous character on Rown and Martin's "Laugh In" (for you youngsters, that was a funny variety show back in the day that also included Goldie Hawn aka Kate Hudson's mother). "The Judge" is an appropriate metaphor for this episode with shock jock radio legend Howard Stern.
 
This could have gone either way. It could have been hilarious or it could have gone awkward and uncomfortable. Well, I don't think I'd use the word hilarious and that's ok. This is an introspective awkward confrontational...ok well it's a Howard Stern meets Jerry Seinfeld show.
 
We begin with Stern telling Jerry via phone that he really doesn't want to do this. He doesn't want to go to a coffee shop and talk and do the whole thing. But Jerry isn't hearing it and pulls up in "The Judge" anyway. Immediately the original radio takes Stern back to his childhood.
 
"Here's where it all began for me. The radio. (My father) would ignore me the entire time we were in the car and I became enamored with the radio...this was my way of getting attention." Stern says. The rest of the ride to the Bel Aire Diner in Queens is spent talking about Stern's uncomfortable awkwardness about his hair, his belief in therap (which Jerry cannot subscribe to) and his attempt at turning the show around to Stern interviewing a reluctant Jerry. It's almost Shock Jocks In Cars Getting Coffee until, when talking about process, Jerry drops a nugget of wisdom:
 
"The comdian studies himself. The actor studies other people. The comedian wants to be himself. The actor wants to be someone else," Jerry says.
 
"EXACTLY!" Stern replies.
 
When they reach the diner, the part where normally we see some coffee that makes you want to get up and pour a cup and a dessert that normally makes you wonder how often these Hollywood types eat this stuff, the needled on the record scratches. Jerry orders coffee after they salivate over brownies and Stern orders...hot water.
 
 
 
"It's like being with my aunt from the old country," Jerry says.
 
This is when Stern goes in for the turn around kill.

He asks Jerry about his relationship with is father (which Jerr clearly isn't interested in talking about for reasons we find out later), the strain of actually producing shows once you have a production company and...therapy.

 

"As a radio guy, I think I'm the best that ever lived," Stern says. "Are you better than Leno at stand up?"

 

"That's a stupid question," Jerry answers. "I don't like to hear myself like that. Saying negative things. Comedy is more personal than food." That seems to allow the tension between the two break. They run into a hairstylist in the diner where Jerry asks her about Stern's do.

 

"Fluff it up more," Jerry says.

 

"Does it look ok?" Stern asks.

 

"I don't know. What are you going for? Slash or Rhea Pearlman?"

 

Before they head back in the car, they stop off at a store so Stern can quick Jerry on the current price of grocery items which would be a good bit for Rowan and Martin's "Laugh In." When they exit, these two very different men find something they can finally bond over.

 

"In your office in New York, what's the one treasured item you have?" Stern asks. When Jerry responds that it's the framed cover of a MAD magazine that he was on, Stern eagerly tells Jerry his prized position is the blown up framed cover of the MAD magazine he was on. Both men seriously marvel at this one treasure that has brought them together before they go back in "The Judge" and go home.

 

 

 T. Tara Turk

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John T. Woods’ Top 5 Reasons To See DOWN AND DANGEROUSFebruary 14, 2014

John T. Woods’ Top 5 Reasons To See DOWN AND DANGEROUS

Always one step ahead of the Feds, Paul Boxer (John T. Woods) is the most inventive and principled smuggler in the trade, and has never needed to carry a gun. When violent mid-level traffickers force him into designing a foolproof scheme to bring several kilos of cocaine across the Mexico border, he plans to rid himself of their hold over him once and for all. But when a beautiful woman from his past enlists his help to escape this life, Paul must confront the man that is hunting him down, and choose between his livelihood and his integrity as a man.

DOWN AND DANGEROUS was produced by The Sabi Company and directed by Zak Forsman. It will release be theatrically in over 15 markets including LA on February 14, 2014, and is available On Demand to over 100 million cable & satellite subscribers and across all digital platforms.

 

 

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Top 5 Reasons To See DOWN AND DANGEROUS

 


John T. Woods


1. This movie was inspired by writer/director Zak Forsman's father who had a brief career in the 70's as a cocaine smuggler.

2. We stretched our crowd-funded budget of under $50,000 to shoot in over 30 locations including Palm Springs, the California desert, the US/Mexico border and all over Los Angeles.

 



3. One of the first times I've played a character that doesn't meet his demise in a ridiculous fashion.

4. Proof that coffee house meetings can produce tangible creative endeavors! Zak and I met up at a coffee house and discussed the idea of making an action film that had all the aspects of what we liked to watch when we were kids....

 

For DOWN AND DANGEROUS

we drew from films like

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and HEAT.... 

 

...It's full of action, suspense, dynamic characters and solid story-telling. Not to mention a really amazing soundtrack from artists Deklun and Leitbur.

5. 
DOWN AND DANGEROUS is the third feature film from The Sabi Company. While the cast was made up 24 amazing actors, the crew was comprised of just 6 people total. This team at The Sabi Company is responsible for a number of award-winning short films and features and is made up of childhood friends, a husband and wife team and other artists who are all serious about continuing to make great films.

 



See Kickstarter campaign.



- John T. Woods

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Watch The Web Series HIGH MAINTENANCEFebruary 11, 2014

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1. The episodes are only 6-11 minutes long but so compelling that you might find yourself binging through the entire series without even realizing 2 hours has gone by.

2. While it’s definitely comedic, it’s not always light-hearted; the show frequently explores the dark realities of life and how people cope in those situations.

 


3. The characters are so complex, realistic and wonderfully portrayed that you feel like you’re getting to know real people during some of their most vulnerable moments.

4. It also shows the different sides of cannabis, how people use it recreationally of course, but also how and why people try it for truly medicinal purposes.

5. There are talks of it coming to the small screen, see it now so that you can say you knew about it before it became a popular TV series!

 

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THE ART OF THE STEAL Starring Kurt Russell & Matt Dillon - Now On DemandFebruary 10, 2014

THE ART OF THE STEAL Starring Kurt Russell & Matt Dillon - Now On Demand

THE ART OF THE STEAL (The Weinstein Company)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: THE ART OF THE STEAL (The Weinstein Company).

 

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THE ART OF THE STEAL
By Joe Charnitski


One of my favorite sub-genres of movies is the “bunch of guys get together and plan a job” genre. Quentin Tarantino twisted and redefined it in RESERVOIR DOGS. Steve McQueen helped turned it into a western in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (itself a remake of Kurosawa’s classic SEVEN SAMURAI) and into a World War II anti-Nazi adventure in THE GREAT ESCAPE. These films are usually beefed up with macho bravado, peppered with twists and double-crosses and generally sauced in a thick sense of cool.

A heist is often at the core of these films, and the band of brothers who have joined for the mission are not usually mild mannered choir boys. In recent history, Soderbergh’s OCEAN’S ELEVEN (and its ill begotten sequels) is the archetype for this type of picture. It’s probably also the distant cousin of the new indie comedy THE ART OF THE STEAL. The film, starring Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon as half-brothers and full partners in an art theft ring, fills its soundtrack with slick songs and packs the screen with smooth transitions, hoping to create that atmosphere of cool.

Russell plays Crunch Calhoun, the getaway man and expert motorcyclist in the gang, who, when we first meet him, is about to enter a Polish prison for a stay of five years. Dillon plays Nicky Calhoun, the idea man who has flourished financially in the years his brother spent behind bars.

 



We quickly learn what led to Crunch’s incarceration and soon after join him as he returns to life as a free man, and a stunt man, performing motorcycle tricks at monster truck shows. It isn’t long before the half-brothers are reunited and, as Crunch would say, fate presents them an opportunity to get the gang back together for an opportunity at making history.

These kinds of cool crime comedies are a lot like romantic comedies: 

you pretty much know how things will turn out for these characters, you just hope the trip is fun along the way, and the details of the destination make it worth traveling for. Generally, THE ART OF THE STEAL succeeds on both counts. The film does look and feel slick, with cinematography, editing and music humming along at a precise pace.

It also earns some laughs, and here I have to make special note of a side story involving Jason Jones (“The Daily Show”) and Terence Stamp, a standout in the cast. Jones plays an ambitious and temperamental Interpol officer who’s working with a former thief turned informant played by Stamp. For me, Stamp will always be General Zod (SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN II) and though more soft spoken in this film, his presence is just as impressive. He and Jones are such a fine comedy team, I can’t help but wish I was watching a film centered on their relationship.

Some of the geographical jumps in the story are jarring and not all of the plot’s complexities seem necessary, but by the time the journey of THE ART OF THE STEAL brings you to your destination, I think you’ll find it worth the trip.

 

 

 

TRY IY

 

Joe Charnitski

 

Joe Charnitski
Joe Charnitski is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. His career in film and television production, development and marketing has included stops at Miramax Films, Syfy and VH1. He currently works at a entertainment focused social media marketing agency in New York City. Twitter:@JoeCharnitski

 

 

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EXCLUSIVE: 5 Surprising Facts About The New Movie ART MACHINE By Cast & CrewFebruary 08, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: 5 Surprising Facts About The New Movie ART MACHINE By Cast & Crew

ART MACHINE (Pie Face Pictures)

At age six, child prodigy painter Declan Truss (Joseph Cross) was propelled into the art world as a rare marvel, but by seventeen, the tightrope of notoriety is catching up with him. Declan seeks inspiration as the immense pressures of an impending coming-of-age exhibition loom. His world explodes when he stumbles on a commune of rebellious freethinkers through an incendiary rooftop meeting with pyrotechnic outsider artist, Cassandra Moon (Jessica Szohr). Declan reaches beyond painting to wild experimentation, quickly spinning out of control. As he becomes consumed by his mania, he begins to regard his mother (Joey Lauren Adams) as part of a system that's keeping him down, and magnetically rallies the rebels to take part in his progressively subversive art exhibition--one that will ultimately shock and destroy.

Set against the backdrop of Brooklyn's vibrant art and music scene, ART MACHINE is a dark comedy about the tenuous relationship between art and commerce, the fine line between creative genius and clinical mania, and the damaging effects of fame. Now available on demand. 

 

 

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5 Surprising Facts About ART MACHINE

 

Director Doug Karr, producer Aimee McCab, Adam Krueger (the artist whose work was featured in the film), and actor Lucas Papaelias collected 5 surprising facts about the new movie on demand, ART MACHINE.

 

1. Lucas Papaelias who plays the outsider artist’s self-proclaimed director of agitation and propaganda—Agit Prop—recalls that “there was one night when Agit's anarchic radster crew was supposed to go on the subway and do some anarchistic artist stuff. But we didn't even have an actual permit to shoot on the subway, much less to burn shit and paint graffiti... plus it had already been a really long day.

 

After much deliberation,

we decided to just get drunk and

run around the streets of Williamsburg and

raise hell, de-pantsing in the middle of the street and

jumping on cars... 

 

...We ended up at some loft party and totally crashed it with the cameras and everything. The party then continued at Doug & Aimee's after we had finished shooting for the night.” 

 

ART MACHINE (Pie Face Pictures)

 

2. Other fun surprising facts about the film include the fact that all of the explosions, fire gags and even Cassandra’s flaming hand were achieved practically, meaning we actually blew things up and lit a stunt person's hand on fire and didn't opt for the convenient fakery of CGI. “Of course we enlisted a crack team of physical effects professionals to ensure nobody got hurt during shooting,” says director Doug Karr, “but I was really set on not faking it, even though that would have been an easier path. Luckily nobody lost any body parts, just a little arm hair.” 

 

3. Producer Aimee Karr recounts how “not only did the initial Kickstarter campaign get the ball rolling on financing the film but it also raised awareness to a group of investors who jumped onboard outside of the campaign, allowing us to raise our entire budget and go into production in a matter of months. It also allowed us to pay for the five hit and run car accidents that impacted our crew. Our favorite one was when one of our own interns hit one of our other production cars…and then ran. Gotta love shooting in New York City!” 

 

4. Adam Krueger busted out all of the incredible art featured in the film in a roller coaster round-the-clock frenzy, all the while showing up on set to be the hands of Joseph Cross for all of Declan Truss's onscreen painting. “Painting in such a short timeline was definitely a challenge, but nothing compared to the exhaustive hand modeling. Yell cut already.”

 


ART MACHINE (Pie Face Pictures)

 

5. Along with a killer score by Mark Kondracki, ART MACHINE has 2 music tracks in the film from a fantastic list of indie music’s who’s who including Kaki King, Plants and Animals, Twin Sister, and Here We Go Magic. See the film, then check out the soundtrack.

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Dichen Lachman’s Insight On The Making Of LUST FOR LOVE

Dichen Lachman / LUST FOR LOVE (Gravitas)

Astor’s (Fran Kranz: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, "Dollhouse") happy tenacity spoils his one chance at love with his lifelong crush Mila (Beau Garrett). Convinced he needs more experience with women to win her back, he engages her ex-best friend Cali (Dichen Lachman: "Last Resort," "Dollhouse") to teach him how to woo women. Together they dissect his failings, and Astor makes his awkward pick-up attempts. As Astor begins to juggle multiple opportunities, he discovers the source of the rift between Cali and Mila, and the trio is forced to confront their conceptions about love.


The film was written, directed, and produced by first-time filmmaker Anton King with Dichen Lachman and Jack Wylson producing alongside him. Gravitas Ventures will release LUST FOR LOVE on VOD and across all other digital platforms on Friday, February 7.

 

 

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Dichen Lachman’s Insight On The Making Of LUST FOR LOVE

 

LUST FOR LOVE was written by Anton King in 2010. He sent me the script and I immediately loved it. When he asked me if I wanted to make it with him, I was terrified because I didn't even know where to start. I'm still terrified but also very happy, because I've seen so many people enjoy it. Part of the budget was raised using kickstarter and the rest was Anton, myself and few people from kickstarter who extended them selves to finish the film. 

 

I wasn't sure about playing such a big role with all the other work involved. However Anton assured me that I could do it. He believed in me a little more than I did at the time and I'll always be grateful for that support. (I wasn't always during filming:) we butted heads and cried together because it was so hard but we made it through.)

 


LUST FOR LOVE (Gravitas)

 

A kickstarter film has a unique ... something about it, maybe it doesn't, but it was my first experience as a producer. There's a huge responsibility to the people who believed in you. Because of them we did everything we could to deliver the movie finished. It has been the hardest thing I've ever been involved with. I have so much more respect for independent filmmakers after having experienced collaborating in one, on many levels. You just don't realize how much goes into it. We were very fortunate that people were so generous which made things a little easier. Fran's parents kindly let us shoot in their back yard, friends of Anton's let us take over their house for days.

 

Something you really don't think of when you just acting is how much time goes into simply finding locations. Lust for Love has a lot of locations for the budget and it really adds to the movie. Oh and background! Background artists. They are so hard to find for free. It's such a hard job. Lots of waiting around and moving around for long hours. Thanks to Chris Boulos, Jason Dolan and Adam Yeend we had people. We didn't even think about it. There were days when we were scrounging for people it was one of the hardest things to organize. Valmik Cambell makes a few appearances in the film so does Jason and a lot of our crew! The list goes on in terms of the plethora of things a production team has to think of. It strains the mind.


As a first time producer on a small budget film

I was unclogging toilets... 

 

...cleaning incessantly, helping department heads dress sets and carry equipment, mustering all my strength to assist in anyway I could, and with all that, I didn't work half as hard as the amazing people who came out to help us make this movie happen. We had so many volunteers it warmed my heart so deeply. Their spirit, work ethic and passion kept me going and kept me smiling. The first week of shooting I was actually in Vancouver shooting "Being Human." 

 

LUST FOR LOVE (Gravitas)

 

One night at 1am Adam Yeend called me and said the power had gone out, the wind was howling and blowing everything apart, the crew were freezing and we had no idea when things were going to be up and running. I felt so bad, I wanted to do something to cheer the mood but I was in Canada thousands of miles away shooting something else. Completely stressed between takes. Pacing. Adam was updating me every chance he could. Finally I came up with the idea to call urth cafe for delivery. So between takes I was out in the snow in Canada working on getting the crew in LA warm and fed. Trying to problem solve with Adam. When I got back to LA everyone thanked me for the pumpkin pie and coffee. It was such a small gesture considering the night they had. I was shocked they even remembered. But that's just one tiny example of the angels we had working with us. Rachael the makeup artist even took off her own socks for Fran to wear in the Rocky scene because they weren't on set when we had to shoot and were losing light.


As an actor making 'things' is becoming more and more important. Felicia Day has been a huge inspiration to me. She was there trailblazing her way through. She has been such an incredible example to so many people around the world. We don't have to wait for someone to allow us to be creative. We just have to be creative and have a voice. Living in LA makes it easier. Almost everyone here is an aspiring artist in some way shape or form so I recognize that it's a privilege to live here. However with technology rapidly improving it's going to open up if it hasn't already. I really hope we inspire some people too.

 

 


LUST FOR LOVE (Gravitas)

 

This film was made with so much love and hard work. The cast we managed to bring on deck, all friends, bring this film to life in a beautiful and different way. It's inspirational to see what we were able to achieve for relatively little. It's charming and fun and heartwarming.

 

It's shot in LA (so rare these days)

and LA is beautiful!

 

Like Steve Martin wrote 'it's a desert where people came to build their dreams'.

 

Dichen Lachman

 

 

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Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson
 
February, the month of love or debilitating sadness depending on your relationship status! But don’t worry it’s Kate here to remind you that Champagne tastes just as delicious alone as it does with a significant other. And if you have managed to find love in a hopeless place good for you. Now you and your special someone can share in your alcoholism together. 

Nothing says true love quite like drunken commitment and mediocre prix fixe menus. Regardless if you’re taken or considering adopting some cats we can all agree on one thing this Valentine’s day; Movies On Demand is a sure fire way into someone’s heart. And lucky for you I have my February On Demand Weekly Movie On Demand preview right here.

ABOUT TIME - Premieres February 4
It’s the month of cherubs and Hallmark so of course I have to throw in a token rom com for your viewing pleasure. And there’s no better option then ABOUT TIME, a film starring the rom com queen herself, Ms. Rachel McAdams. ABOUT TIME is also written by Richard Curtis the man behind LOVE ACTUALLY and the world’s resident doctor love.

And let me tell you he does not disappoint with this romance about a time traveling ginger and his ultimate quest to land a girlfriend and fix his sub par life. It’s a charming witty story that is sure to entertain everyone, and will be a great addition to your Valentines plans especially if someone lied about making those romantic reservations.
R, Comedy/Romance, Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Same Day As Theatrical


THE ART OF THE STEAL- Premieres February 7 INDIE PICK
When you think of romance what comes to your mind? Canada of course! And the THE ART OF THE STEAL is a Canadian comedy you do not want to miss out on. Sure it doesn’t technically have anything to do with romance, but truly haven’t you had enough Sees candy shoved down your throat.

THE ART OF THE STEAL follows the tale of Crunch Calhoun a motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief (Because of course the two go hand in hand). With the urging of his brother Matt Dillon, Crunch is thrust into one last heist, getting the old team back together, and stealing a priceless historical book. With a plot that cracked out and fabulous there is really nothing more I can say.
R, Comedy, Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Pre-Theatrical


GRAVITY - Premieres February 25
Tina Fey had it right when she said “It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age”. And by watching GRAVITY you can really see the truth in that statement. As well as the Oscar nominated performance of Sandra Bullock, the Oscar nominated directing of Alfonso Cuaron, and the eight other Oscar nominated parts that make up this film.

GRAVITY is a heart pounding 91 minutes of panic that will deter anyone from pursuing their dream of becoming an astronaut. It’s a spectacular film for many reasons, but lets be real. It’s all about the Clooney.
PG-13, SciFi/Drama, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney


Well that’s February team! Happy watching!
 
 
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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB – Premieres 2/4, (SAME DAY AS DVD, WEEKS BEFORE NETFLIX & REDBOX)

R, Drama

Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

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R, Action,
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FREE BIRDS – Premieres 2/4, (SAME DAY AS DVD, WEEKS BEFORE NETFLIX, AVAILABLE IN 3D)

PG, Animated

voices: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson

THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY –Premieres 2/11, (SAME DAY AS DVD, WEEKS BEFORE NETFLIX & REDBOX)

R, Comedy

Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs


ENDER'S GAME –Premieres 2/11, (SAME DAY AS DVD)

PG-13, SciFi/Action

Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford

BAGGAGE CLAIM – Premieres 2/18, (WEEKS BEFORE NETFLIX & REDBOX),
PG-13, Comedy

Paula Patton, Taye Diggs


THE COUNSELOR: UNEDITED EXTENDED CUT – _Premieres 2/25, (WEEKS BEFORE NETFLIX & REDBOX)

TV-MA, Thriller

Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt


GRAVITY - Premieres 2/25, (SAME DAY AS DVD, WEEKS BEFORE NETFLIX & REDBOX, AVAILABLE IN 3D)

PG-13, SciFi/Drama

Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

NEBRASKA - Premieres 2/25, (SAME DAY AS DVD)

R, Comedy

Bruce Dern, Will Forte

 

INDEPENDENT FILMS

 

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN - Premieres 2/4, (WEEKS BEFORE DVD, NETFLIX & REDBOX)

TV-MA, Drama

Johan Heldenbergh, Veerle Baetens

DIANA - Premieres 2/4, (BEFORE DVD, NETFLIX & REDBOX)

PG-13, Drama,
Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews

 

AUSTENLAND - Premieres 2/11, (SAME DAY AS DVD)

PG-13, Comedy

Keri Russell, Bret McKenzie

ADULT WORLD - Premieres 2/14, (SAME DAY AS THEATRICAL RELEASE)

R, Comedy

John Cusack, Emma Roberts

ROMEO AND JULIET - Premieres 2/18, (WEEKS BEFORE NETFLIX & REDBOX),
PG-13, Romance

Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth

 

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR - Premieres 2/25, (SAME DAY AS DVD)

NC-17, Drama

Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos

THE GREAT BEAUTY - Premieres 2/25, (WEEKS BEFORE DVD, NETFLIX & REDBOX)

TV-MA, Drama

Toni Servillo, Sabrina Ferilli


ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME - Premieres 2/27, (AVAILABLE ON DEMAND & IN THEATERS)

TV-MA, Documentary

Elaine Stritch

 

 

- Kate Asche Wilson


Kate
Kate Asche Wilson is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE

 

 

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LIVE ACTION

DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING?
FINLAND / 7MIN
Director: Selma Vilhunen
Producer: Elli Toivoniemi, Tuffi Films Ltd.

Mother Sini wakes up in a panic: she has slept in and the family is late for a wedding. She wakes up her husband Jokke and daughters Ella, 6, and Kerttu, 4. They start to prepare themselves in a hurry. Mother is going crazy since nobody else seems to be able to do anything right. Who has messed father’s shirt, hid girls’ dresses and the wedding gift?


HELIUM
DENMARK / 23MIN
Director: Anders Walter
Producers’: Kim Magnusson, Tivi Magnusson and M&M Productions
Executive Producers’: Andreas Rostock, Lasse Marcussen and Henrik Gugge Garnov

A hospital’s eccentric janitor helps a young dying boy regain the joy and happiness of life.


JUST BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING
FRANCE / 30MIN
Director: Xavier Legrand

While her children pretend to go to school, Miriam hurries to pick them up and take them to her work place. She explains to her boss that she has to leave the region in a rush.


THAT WASN'T ME
SPAIN / 24MIN
Director: Esteban Crespo
Executive Producer: Jose Luis Matas-Negrete

The short film AQUEL NO ERA YO, written and directed by Spanish director Esteban Crespo, tells the story of Paula and Kaney. Two characters, an African child and a Spanish woman, who could have nothing in common, but will get to join their lives forever through a life-giving shot.


THE VOORMAN PROBLEM
UNITED KINGDOM / 13MIN
Director: Mark Gill Producers: Baldwin Li and Lee Thomas

Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman: is he a faker or a lunatic? Diagnose him insane and they can ship him off to the asylum. But before making a decision, the doctor has several questions in relation to Voorman’s claim: why would a god choose to be straitjacketed in a prison, is there a way he can validate his boast and what has any of this got to do with Belgium?

 




ANIMATION

FERAL
USA / 13MIN
Director: Daniel Sousa

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.


GET A HORSE!
USA / 6MIN
Director: Lauren MacMullan Producer: Dorothy McKim

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ innovative new short “Get A Horse!” is a contemporary homage to the first animated shorts featuring Mickey Mouse, with all-new, black-and-white, hand-drawn animation that’s paired with full-color, 3D, CG filmmaking—in the same frame. Mickey (voice of Walt Disney), his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow delight in a musical haywagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. This groundbreaking short takes a sharp turn when Mickey finds himself separated from Minnie and must use every trick up his sleeve to find his way back to her. Directed by Lauren MacMullan and produced by Dorothy McKim, “Get A Horse!” is in theaters in front of “Frozen”.


MR HUBLOT LUXEMBOURG
FRANCE / 11MIN
Director and Producer: Laurent Witz  / Co-Director: Alexandre Espigares

Mr Hublot lives in a world where characters are made partially of mechanical parts, driving huge vehicles, rub shoulders with each other. A world where the giant scale of machines and the relentless use of salvaged materials reign supreme.

A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr Hublot is scared of change and the outside world. His solution: he doesn't step foot outside his apartment! The arrival of the dog Robot Pet will turn his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion...


POSSESSIONS
JAPAN / 14MIN
Director and Writer: Shuhei Morita Producers’: Yasumasa Tsuchiya, Daisuke Uchiyama, Motoki Mukaich

The 18th Century. On a stormy night, deep in the mountains, a man has lost his way and comes across a small shrine. When he enters, the space suddenly turns into a room in a different world. One after another appear abandoned umbrellas, discarded kimonos, and such spectral things. The man painstakingly mends these paraphernalia, which harbor deep-seated bitterness, and brings them comfort. “How well you served people before you turned to rags. Your rest is earned.”


ROOM ON THE BROOM
UNITED KINGDOM / 25MIN
Director: Max Lang & Jan Lachauer Producer: Michael Rose and Martin Pope

A half hour animated film based on the wonderful children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Room On The Broom is a magical tale about friendship and family from Magic Light Pictures, the producers of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child.

A story about a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson (Witch), Rob Brydon (Cat), Martin Clunes (Dog), Sally Hawkins (Bird), Simon Pegg (Narrator), Timothy Spall (Dragon), David Walliams (Frog).


DOCUMENTARY

CAVEDIGGER
USA / 39MIN
Director and Producer: Jeffrey Karoff

Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, 'eighth wonder of the world' art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences. Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create a massive, 10-year project, his Magnum Opus.

FACING FEAR
USA / 23MIN
Director and Producer: Jason Cohen

The worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his senseless hate crime attack collide by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. They proceed to embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration... and friendship.

KARAMA HAS NO WALLS
YEMEN, UK & UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / 26MIN
Director: Sara Ishaq Producers: Setara Films and Hot Spot Films

‘Karama Has No Walls’ is a documentary film set in Change Square, in Yemen’s capital city Sana’a, where members of a heavily armed population set aside their weapons, and peacefully assembled in early 2011 to demand the fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33 year autocratic rule.

As pro-government snipers shot dead 53 protesters and injured a thousand more, the Yemen nation was shaken to its core and the masses flocked to the square in solidarity with their fellow citizens. The film illustrates the nature of the 2011 Yemeni uprising in stark contrast to the gross violations of human rights that took place on the Friday of Dignity (Juma’at El-Karama), marking a turning point in Yemen’s revolution. Through the lenses of two cameramen and the accounts of two fathers, the film retells the story of the people behind the statistics and news reports, encapsulating the tragic events of the day as they unfolded from a prayer gathering into a barrage of bullets.

PRISON TERMINAL: THE LAST DAYS OF PRIVATE JACK HALL
USA / 40MIN
Director and Producer: Edgar Barens Coordinating Producer: Greg Rhem Editor: Geof Bartz Senior Producer: Lisa Heller Executive Producer: Shelia Nevins An HBO Documentary Film

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, an HBO Documentary Film, is a moving cinema verité documentary that breaks through the walls of one of America’s oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner, Jack Hall and the hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who care for him.

THE LADY IN NUMBER 6
CANADA / 38MIN
Director and Producer: Malcolm Clarke Producers: Nick Reed and Chris Branch

The Lady In Number 6 is one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories of the year. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life. She discusses the importance of music, laughter and how to have an optimistic outlook on life.

 

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1. Back in the Day was shot entirely in my small hometown of Newburgh and Evansville, Indiana. We filmed in my old high school, the Pizza King, the Knob Hill Tavern and many of my old friends' homes. It was surreal and a real community bonding experience. The town was buzzing. I wanted to give back and the generosity was unbelievable.

2. Our film is based loosely on four or five guys that I grew up with. Every actor got to meet the guy they played and that was pretty cool. Harland Williams portrayed one of my old buddies, Skunk. The real Skunk just passed away a few months ago and the movie is in memory of him. He was an amazing guy. a tough guy and a freaking hilarious one too.

 

BACK IN THE DAY (Screen Media)



3. Everyone told me not to shoot in Indiana. There was no tax credit there and everyone was trying to convince me to stay in LA. Not to mention it was pilot season in Los Angeles and what actors would leave their nice homes and sunshine to film in southern Indiana in the dead of winter for no money? I didn't listen. I wanted it to feel real. Authentic. If this was my first and last movie, I was going to make it in my home town. Somehow it came together.

4. I put my own money into the movie. A lot of people are using Kickstarter which is pretty damn ingenious, and I'm not knocking it, but I got a few investors and wrote some of the checks myself. If it doesn't work out, I might have to start a Kickstarter campaign for myself.

5. I'm a big fan of John Hughes, Adam Sandler

and The Farrely Brothers... 

The big question in making this film was how can I make a movie, pay homage to all of my idols, make it my own, make it look like a quality film and make it really funny for NO MONEY?

Well, I knew that I needed a good Director of Photography and someone who could move fast. So, I got one. My now good friend Bradley Stonesifer who also shot the film HIT and RUN, with Bradley Cooper. I liked his style. He's an artist. I remember joking with the crew on the first day of filming. I made an announcement: "Brad is here to make ‘ART’ and I'm here to make ‘FART’ and Together we will make ‘F'ART’”; and that's just what we did. We have a lot of silliness sprinkled in this movie, but there's also a lot of gorgeous shots and some genuinely sweet and artistic moments.

Brad once asked me, "do you think the critics will like this movie?" I replied "No... I just want my friends to." Mission Accomplished. This is for the boys, and all the boys out there. That's the great thing about indie movies….Freedom.

 

Michael Rosenbaum and Morena Baccarin / BACK IN THE DAY (Screen Media)

- Michael Rosenbaum

 

 

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AARDVARK (Revolver Entertainment)

In a role inspired by his own life, Larry Lewis plays a blind man recovering from alcoholism. When Larry joins a Jiu-Jitsu academy he begins a friendship with his charismatic instructor, Darren. The two build a bond together that actually mirrors their real-life off-screen friendship. After a shocking incident occurs involving Darren, Larry goes on a search for answers fueled by his loyalty to his close friend. AARDVARK is a narrative-documentary hybrid. It’s rooted in the reality of the protagonist’s lives, and it examines how far a man will go for doing what is right. AARDVARK is available today on iTunesAmazon.

 

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1. I really do train Jiu Jitsu; I entered into my eighth year studying the Gentle Art last Fall—aside from my faith in God, nothing has changed my life so profoundly as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu—it takes me where I need to be when I’m having a bad day, and makes me feel even more amazing when I am having a good day. I have Darren Branch to thank for introducing me to this indescribable way of life.

 

AARDVARK (Revolver Entertainment)


 2. I’ve lived in Cleveland for almost 20 years, while I’ve been fortunate to have traveled the globe for business and pleasure, I seemed to have put down roots in C-Town—prior to my arrival in Cleveland, the first 24 years of my life were spent living in five different States—it takes a bit of a beating in the media, but Cleveland has become a part of me which made filming aardvark a very natural and organic process for me.

3. The driving scenes in AARDVARK were not staged.

It was really me driving...

 

...I’ve driven cars and even motorcycles a number of times before—chalk it up to good friends and good times.

4. I’m a huge animal lover—I was very happy that one of my dogs and one of my cats made it into the movie. All of the animals that we adopt are rescue cases from shelters—a much better option for me than having children—a whole lot less drama!

 

AARDVARK (Revolver Entertainment)


 5. I have no acting experience—while I’ve done a fair amount of public speaking and feel very comfortable doing so, I’ve never acted before—it was probably one of the hardest challenges that I’ve taken on in my entire life—acting in Aardvark. I wrapped the project knowing that I did the best I could, for when I agree to do something, anything, I give it 150% and let the chips fall where they may.

 

- Larry Lewis

 

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VOD Spotlight on Joseph Morgan (ARMISTICE)

Joseph Morgan

In the role of Royal Marine, A.J. Budd, Joseph Morgan (IMMORTALS, “The Originals”) stars in this brutal psychological and supernatural thriller, in which he finds himself trapped in the Warhouse. Imprisoned, he is forced to fight for his life against grotesque, inhuman opponents. He must kill every day or die himself. His one glimmer of hope comes in the form of a diary, left by a former occupant of the house, WWI Lieutenant Edward Sterling, played by Matt Ryan (FLYPAPER, “Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior”). ARMISTICE is currently available on iTunes.


On Demand Weekly’s Sabrina Luppi spoke with Joseph Morgan about ARMISTICE, his previous roles and VOD.

 

On Demand Weekly (ODW): Are you doing so many horror/thriller movies & TV shows by choice or is it more coincidental?
Joseph Morgan (JM):
It’s choice really. The more I do the more I get offered. But I’m quite happy to be working predominantly in genre just because that’s always what I’ve watched and read growing up that’s what I’ve been primarily interested in. I read graphic novels and watch a lot of film and TV and most of it is genre stuff so I am a huge fan.

 



ODW: On Twitter you’ve talked about how proud you are of ARMISTICE, is there a moment when you’re watching that you feel most proud of?
JM:
I’m really proud of the sequence where I tear down the wallpaper and find the marks that Edward Sterling had left and it cuts between that scene and the scene of me sort of drinking in the cellar and kind of vocalizing all the loneliness and the inner torment. It’s a film with very little dialogue and that’s one point where the director allowed me to be vocal as the character.

It was a lot of improvised stuff that Luke [Massey] guided but allowed me freedom within those boundaries. I also felt like he and I were learning to work together and we really hit our stride by that point and I felt like it was a really positive relationship, so I’m proud of that. I also think, trying to be objective about the film, I think it’s the proudest I am of a performance in the film.

ODW: You also said, “After all this time it’s here.” Were there a lot of obstacles it had to go through to get to this point?
JM:
Oh man you have no idea. There were a lot of obstacles just editorially; it took a long time in post and a long time to finish. It was quite a different film when Luke and Ben [Read] conceived it and it really went through the ringer in post. There were a few characters that were cut from it to make the story a lot cleaner and more simple and it’s really become a very simple, clean, engaging story but it was quite convoluted initially.

 

Joseph Morgan


 I’m proud of Luke and his determination and commitment to the film and how he stuck with it and wasn’t satisfied until it became something that we could all be proud of. So it was a long time in the making and to have his first film get some sort of cinematic release I think is a huge achievement and he’s one of my best friends as well as the director so I’m hugely proud of him and happy that this film didn’t disappear into the ether and became something that people can enjoy.

ODW: What is the most unique, funny or interesting experience you had while filming ARMISTICE?

JM: There were a few things. It all got a little crazy because it was such long hours and it was essentially mostly me and Luke and a few guys of the crew in the house, never changing locations just shooting these scenes of this guy kind of slowly going crazy. So it inevitably got a little nuts.

One of the great things was one of the producers, and our military advisor who was a Royal Marine, Billy Budd. I knew him from ALEXANDER and we reconnected during the TV version of “Ben Hur” and he came on to ARMISTICE first as a favor but became a huge part of it and ended up producing. He just kept everybody kind of in stitches. We were supposed to do a shot where I come around the corner in this armor I’ve made from books and cans and Billy decided to pull me back just as I was gonna go around the corner and appeared around the corner on camera (I think Luke’s got this on camera somewhere) in his full Alexander uniform with full leather garb & his sword and spear, so that was him.

So although it was really taxing we were always up for a laugh and there was a lot of fun stuff that happened while we were shooting. And I wouldn’t have done another film with Luke if it hadn’t been such a wonderfully rewarding experience.

ODW: Do you think that the goal of the film to scare people or does it have a deeper meaning/message?
JM:
I think that the film we started out trying to make was more of a sort of (Robert) Rodriguez type action movie and I think that in the end we hope that people will relate to it on a deeper level, that there will be some sort of psychological toll that will keep people thinking about it after they’ve watched it. The idea of a guy fighting his demons both literally and metaphorically, I hope that it will be something that people will come back for a second, third and fourth watch.

ODW: As far as your experience with VOD, do you watch more movies in theaters or on demand?
JM:
Much more On Demand to be honest, because of my schedule. I don’t get to the theater that often but I do actually watch quite a lot on demand.

I’ve been known to flick through for about an hour and then not choose anything at the end of it. But a lot of the time I’ll go through and pick something out quite quickly and I like the layout and I like that it’s readily available. 


ODW: 2014 seems to be off to a great start for you, is there anything you’re especially looking frward to working on this year?
JM:
I’m looking forward to having a break (laughs) to be entirely honest. I’ve done about 2-3 years non-stop. In between doing the show I’ve managed to do a film each break, which has been great because I had periods out of work before I got to this point, but right now what I’m looking forward to doing when it comes to my next break is lying on the beach with my girlfriend not doing anything. That’s what I’m looking forward to in 2014, relaxation. 

 

Sabrina Luppi

 



Sabrina Luppi is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is currently a film and marketing student at San Francisco State University, and recently completed a content programming internship at Intel. Sabrina is an aspiring actress, writer and filmmaker and her favorite genre is horror. Follow her on Twitter @sabzy_

 

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BLACK SAILS Premiere Sails Into Homes On Demand And OnlineJanuary 26, 2014

BLACK SAILS Premiere Sails Into Homes On Demand And Online

"Black Sails" (Starz)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “Black Sails.”

Seemingly in an effort to outdo HBO, Starz’ “Black Sails” is stuffed to bursting with sex, violence, and foul language. What else would you expect from pirates not brought to you by Disney? PS, there are also no parrots, peglegs, or eye-patches.

Gorgeous locales (shot on the coast of South Africa) and a fine attention to details, especially in the weaponry and shipbuilding make Starz’s “Black Sails.” The stunningly turquoise waters make a stark contrast to the blood and gunpowder exploding on its surface, of which there is a lot. A LOT.

With the success of “Game Of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” it makes sense that someone would decide it was a great idea to make a TV show based on an historical time period full of lawlessness and violence (and sex). According to the publicity interviews, “Black Sails,” while fictional, is trying to show what life was really like during the “golden age of piracy.” For all the historical accuracy of the shipbuilding, it seems doubtful that the island’s societal structure managed that way, but thinking logically will just get in the way of the fun

So far the fun seems to reside in two characters: Luke Arnold’s rakishly charming bad boy, John Silver (part of the fun may be in guessing where the “Long” part of his name comes from!); and Jessica Parker Kennedy’s saucy wench of a whore, Max, who is not only the pirates’ favorite, but is the brains behind many a scheme. Other saucy wenches include the lovely, but tough, Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) who runs her daddy’s black market, and Clara Paget (Anne Bonny), the baddest of bad girls.

 

Toby Stephens / "Black Sails" (Starz)


That is about it for female characters of any substance. This is mostly a man’s world, and there are many fighting to be the top dog in the pack. First among them is Toby Stephen’s Captain Flint. Stephens manages to make Flint seem noble. Even when he is a stone cold killer who lies to his crew, it is because he has a dream to take the richest Spanish galleon to ever sail the seas. 

 

Flint’s leadership is threatened by both external and internal forces. The British Fleet are coming to clean out the monsters they created by setting the British sailors on the Spanish Fleet, and rival Captain Vane (a sullenly charming Zach McGowan) is determined to be the numero uno of pirates. Another internal threat of a crewmember campaigning to be voted in as captain over Flint is dispatched in this first episode in an extraordinarily bloody fight to the death with our fearless Captain Flint.

Unlike “Game Of Thrones” or “Boardwalk Empire,” “Black Sails” does not immediately give the audience complex characters who intrigue. As one would expect from them, executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer (PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN) and Michael Bay (TRANSFORMERS) are more interested in starting off with a bang and keeping the action going. But with an actor of Toby Stephens caliber, we can expect layers to come.

So if you are in need of blood and boobs, give it a try!

 

Note: And if you don’t subscribe to Starz, the “Black Sails” pilot episode can be viewed without subscription on demand via traditional pay-TV providers (Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox and Charter Communications), as well digital (Apple, Amazon.com, Microsoft Xbox, Machinima on YouTube and on its Facebook page). 


Since it is available publicly, they do have to alter it a bit, which means blurring out certain images (i.e. boobs) and bleep out certain words (the usual). In a show like this, that means a lot of blurs and mouths moving with no sound coming out! 

 

TRY IY

 

 

- Jean Tait

 

Jean
Jean Tait is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently the Director of Programming for the Connecticut Film Festival, Jean has programmed for the Jacksonville Film Festival and Sundance Channel.
 

 

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New Movies On Demand Preview: January 2014January 24, 2014

New Movies On Demand Preview: January 2014

Kate Asche Wilson (On Demand Weekly)

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 

January Movies On Demand


OnDemandWeekly.com Movie on Demand Preview for January 2014 from Nick DeNinno on Vimeo.

 
 
 
Kate
 
Happy New Year friends! It is officially 2014 so go ahead and wipe the trauma of 2013 out of your minds. It’s a new year. You can do anything. You can be anyone. I myself am planning on being Morgan Freeman. There’s a word of possibilities at your fingertips so go ahead buy that boat. Invest in those unpredictable stocks. You might make millions or you might lose all of your money and have to live in a cardboard box. Either way you’re on the road to a new you! And once you’re done finding yourself check out my top three January movies on demand.

THE SPECTACULAR NOW - Premieres January 14 INDIE PICK
Heartbreak, alcoholism, getting into college: All the ingredients necessary to make the perfect coming of age film. THE SPECTACULAR NOW is a brilliant dramedy that follows It’s hedonistic lead, Sutter, through the revelry of youth as he deals with an absentee father, corrupting the nice girl, and priding himself on living in the now. He is equal parts charming and full of shit, and the greatest thing about him is that you know him. It’s that person in your life that suffers from the fear of missing out. The one that can’t get their head out of their ass long enough to see what’s in front of them. Sutter’s story is an incredible journey of growth and THE SPECTACULAR NOW captures that perfectly.
R, Drama/Romance, Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler
 

BLUE JASMINE - Premiers January 21
Woody Allen what have you done? You wrote a new age Streetcar Named Desire in San Francisco. You effortlessly chronicled the psychotic break of a former New York socialite like it was nothing. Seriously? Are you trying to kill me with your unbelievable dialogue and your unhinged characters and your wildly appealing plots? Just stop with your amazing writing because I don’t think the world can handle it anymore. And take Cate Blanchet and her perfect performance with you because if she doesn’t win the Academy Award for her portrayal of Jasmine I’m going to lose my mind. Seriously it will be Leo circa 2005 all over again.
PG-13, Drama, Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Michael Stuhlbarg, Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS - Premiers January 21
What screams family fun more than a hostage drama starring Tom Hanks? Nothing! You are correct. Especially since this critically acclaimed film is an action packed look at the true story of the 2009 hijacking of an American Cargo ship by Somali pirates; The first hijacking in two hundred years. This thriller stars an excellent Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips as he takes on the leader of the Somali pirates in an epic power play that will have you reaching for your inhaler. Hanks is already leading the awards season by being nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance and the film itself is nominated for best picture. Do not miss out on this one.
PG-13, Action/Drama, Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener

Well that’s January team. Best of luck trying to keep those New Years resolutions and remember go to OnDemandWeekly.com for all new Movies On Demand this month. 
 

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CARRIE – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD)

R, Horror

Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore


FRUITVALE STATION – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD)

R, Drama

Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer


LEE DANIEL'S THE BUTLER – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD)

PG-13

Drama, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey


RIDDICK (Unedited Director's Cut) – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox)

TV-MA, Action

Vin Diesel, Karl Urban


ALL IS LOST – Premieres 1/21, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox)

PG-13, Drama

Robert Redford


MACHETE KILLS - Premieres 1/21, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox)

R, Action

Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson


RUNNER, RUNNER – Premieres 1/21, (weeks before Netflix & Redbox)

R, Thriller

Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake


CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 - Premieres 1/28, (same day as DVD)

PG, Family

Bill Hader, Anna Faris


ENOUGH SAID  – Premieres 1/28, (weeks before Netflix & Redbox)

PG-13, Comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini


JACKASS PRESENTS BAD GRANDPA Unedited – Premieres on 1/28, (same day as DVD)

TV-MA, Comedy

Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll


LAST VEGAS – Premieres 1/28, (same day as DVD)

PG-13, Comedy

Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro

RUSH – Premieres 1/28, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix),

R, Action

Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl

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THANKS FOR SHARING – Premieres 1/3, (before DVD, Netflix & Redbox)

R, Comedy

Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo


THE ACT OF KILLING
– Premieres 1/7, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox)

TV-MA, Documentary


CLOSED CIRCUIT - Premieres 1/7, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox)

R, Thriller

Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall


COLD COME THE NIGHT – Premieres 1/10, (same day as theatrical release)

R, Thriller

Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston


FREE RIDE – Premieres 1/10, (same day as theatrical release)

TV-MA, Drama

Anna Paquin, Drea De Matteo


20 FEET FROM STARDOM – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD)

PG-13, Documentary

Darlene Love, Mary Clayton


SHORT TERM 12 – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox)

R, Drama

Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr.


IN A WORLD … - Premieres 1/21, (same day as DVD)

R, Comedy

Lake Bell, Rob Corddry


METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER – Premieres 1/28, (same day as DVD, available in 3D)

R, Thriller

Dane DeHaan


GRAND PIANO – Premieres 1/30, (before theatrical release)

R, Thriller

Elijah Wood, John Cusack

 

- Kate Asche Wilson


Kate
Kate Asche Wilson is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE

 

 

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Oscar Nominee THE SQUARE Premieres On NetflixJanuary 17, 2014

Oscar Nominee THE SQUARE Premieres On Netflix

THE SQUARE (Netflix)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: THE SQUARE (Netflix). THE SQUARE was nominated for a best Documentary Academy Award this week. 

 

 

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THE SQUARE

 By Sky McCarthy

 

“As long as there’s a camera, the revolution will continue,”

proclaims Ahmed Hassan, one of the protagonists featured

in Jehane Noujaim’s electrifying new documentary THE SQUARE.
 

This small insight speaks volumes, not just to the shocking imagery coming out of Egypt during the beginning the uprising, but to the power of visual media to any modern social movement. Only two years after Hosni Mubarak stepped down, the people of Egypt are still continuing to fight – and their message will not be lost with the power of new technology over traditional weapons of violence.

THE SQUARE, directed by Jehane Noujaim (CONTROL ROOM, STARTUP.COM) provides an immersive look into the lives of the men and women living in Egypt from the spring of 2011 through the summer of 2013. We met Ahmed, a young revolutionary who wants all of Egypt freed from decades of dictatorial authority. Magdy Ashour, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was tortured under Mubarak’s rule but finds little change in the turmoil of the next few years. Aida El Kashef, a young filmmaker who uses her camera as a weapon to document the injustice surrounding the movement.

 

 

And there is also Khalid Abdalla, a British-Egyptian actor (made famous through his roles in THE KITE RUNNER and UNITED 93) who returns to his home country as an activist, ready to spread his message of revolution internationally. Throughout this two year period, these men and woman witnessed the overthrow of a corrupt 30-year leader, a brutal army dictatorship willing to crush protesters with military tanks, and, eventually, the forced removal of the Muslim Brotherhood president in 2013. But the struggle, of course, is not over. The film serves as a historical account that still pays tribute to the developing struggle for freedom in Egypt even today. 

 

Where this film brilliantly succeeds is not just in its ability to inform, but its capacity to inspire and promote true audience empathy. Even viewers with very limited knowledge of the political issues will enjoy this documentary and gain a better understanding of the social and religious problems surrounding the chaos. In THE SQUARE we see first hand how the revolution not only descended into senseless violence but truly divided secular and Muslim friends, who once stood together as allies against a cruel government.

A 24-hour news cycle only provides varied glimpses into the country, but Noujaim is able to breakaway from merely reporting the events to convey a true sense of storytelling throughout. Last year, the film took home the Audience Award: World Cinema, Documentary at Sundance Film Festival.

The story is complex. But the situation is representational of any struggle for civil rights. We are actually fortunate to live in an era where the intimate documentation of these struggles can be broadcast for all to see. What we do with those images and how we react then becomes paramount. Knowledge is not enough. THE SQUARE asks its viewers to consider how the battles for human rights begin, sustain themselves and ultimately become successful?

 



History has shown that without violence, this is nearly impossible. But with the relentless and ongoing commitment of individuals to new ideals, societal change can happen. 

 

DEMAND IT

 

 

- Sky McCarthy

 

Sky 
Sky McCarthy is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly and a television enthusiast (ask me about anything!) currently working in entertainment in New York City. Follow Sky on Twitter @ILiveSkyHigh.

 

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EPISODES Is Back For Season 3January 15, 2014

EPISODES Is Back For Season 3

Episodes (Showtime)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: "Episodes" Season 3 (Showtime).

As we enter the third season of 
"Episodes", it feels like putting on a cozy pair of well worn pajamas Despite the pseudo cliffhangers of are Sean and Beverly back together and will Carol take over the studio, slipping back into the plot feels strangely comfortable. The fish out of water are, for the most part, now swimming around the shark tank as if they always belonged. The rhythm of the patter and humor has lost some of its brilliant bite, but fortunately, not its snark. Sean and Beverly feel at home in LA now, and we feel at home with them and their cohorts. We aren’t surprised by Carol’s clueless obsequiousness or Merc’s asshattery or Matt’s The Bad Seed meets Candide charm.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. 
"Episodes" is still funny. The funny is chuckle worthy as opposed to the guffaws of previous seasons, at least until about the 4th episode. With the introduction of some new characters, especially Chris Diamontopolis’ ("The Office", "Arrested Development") hilariously unbalanced Castor Sotto, the familiar rhythm is broken, and the laughing out loud commences. Castor’s medication problems turn into excitement for Carol who once again confuses having sex with the boss with an actual relationship. Carol could so easily be a completely pathetic character, if it weren’t for the brilliance of Kathleen Rose Perkins, holding her own with Tamsin Greig, Matt LeBlanc, and John Pankow.

 

 

Mid-way in the 9-episode season, the yuks get a little too uncomfortable as a disaster in Peru becomes a punch line for uncaring showbiz folk. It’s too bad they didn’t find a way to show Hollywood shallowness without going that far. Even Beverly becomes uncharacteristically uncaring this season when she ignores Carol’s pain at the thought of losing her friendship if the Lincoln’s move back to the UK. But when the opportunity arises for them to sell another script and the town starts a bidding war for it, their exit plan becomes hysterically snarled. Escape from Hollywood may not be possible.

With nine 30 minute episodes, "Episodes" is eminently binge-able. It is TV snack food! So put on your pajamas, pop up some popcorn, and spend a delightful evening or two with "Episodes". It’s like a vacation in Hollywood without the traffic or smog!

 

 

DEMAND IT

 

- Jean Tait

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Watch SRSLYJanuary 07, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Watch SRSLY

SRSLY

SRSLY is Alexandra Fiber and Danielle Gibson, two NYU and UCB trained ladies making short, snappy videos loosely based on their semi-glam lives in New York. Available on Vimeo

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Watch SRSLY

 

1. To be inspired: Alexandra and Danielle didn’t just wait around for acting jobs, instead they created their own with SRSLY. and became successful role models for anyone with a dream.


2. Because of its female focus: The show was created as a response to the lack of female perspective in popular films and television shows. It’s a refreshing look at young women that doesn’t stereotype or preach.

 

Alexander Fiber, Danielle Gibson (SRSLY)


3. Because you can probably relate: SRSLY. takes us through everyday scenarios and lets us laugh at situations that are usually frustrating, like having to share our precious French fries.


4. To discover up and coming talent: SRSLY. was also created as a platform for local (NYC) performers and filmmakers to showcase themselves, discover rising stars while supporting their community.

 

 

Alexander Fiber, Danielle Gibson (SRSLY)


5. Because it’s SRSLY funny: Alexandra and Danielle are so natural in their roles and their reactions so realistic that even if you can’t relate to the situations you will still find the characters hilarious. 

 

 

 

 

 

DEMAND IT

 

 

Sabrina Luppi

 



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Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee - Louis C.K.January 07, 2014

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)

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Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee - Louis C.K.

By T. Tara Turk

 
He’s baaaaaackkkk!

In a television world with dragon mothers, burning meth labs, English countryside estate drama, housewives screeching at each other and singers/dancers/chefs performing for their television lives, it’s kind of nice to get down to the simple things: comedians, cars, coffee.
 
 
Jerry Seinfeld is back with another seasons of “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” and our first guest is everyone’s favorite, Louis C.K. I love this because since I saw Louis at a television panel a few years ago, he is someone I imagine hanging out getting coffee with, leaving with a split side and tears of laughter streaming down my face.

First things first though. The car: A 1959 coral colored Fiat Jolly that looks like an Italian golf court from the 50s - complete with wicker seats and fringe soft cover. This is the perfect car for Louis C.K., right? I mean it has two cylinders!
 
 


For this ride, Jerry and Louis drive to Chelsea Piers to take a ride on Louis’s boat. Because of course he has a boat. He totally looks like the kind of guy who has a boat. In New York. Of course. As Jerry tells Louis: “It looks like Orca from Jaws.” Exactly! “I can’t afford this boat,” Louis tells Jerry. “I shouldn’t have gotten it. You shouldn’t buy a yacht unless you can afford ten yachts.” “That’s stupid,” Jerry says. I think Louis should listen.

These two have known each other for the better part of 20 years and are kind of similar. Both have dry observational humor. They both laugh the same. Each guy had a successful long running television series. Louis tells Jerry he thinks his popular TV show “Louis” (FX) will probably run total of 7 or 8 years. “Why’s that?” Jerry asks. “Your’s ran 9 years!” Louis shoots back. “That’s because we didn’t want to do Kramer’s 50th birthday party,” Jerry replies.

The coffee: 

Louis has a fancy espresso machine. “I like nice things,” he says as he brews Jerry a cappucino before launching into his guilty pleasure: getting stone and going to the IMAX movie. Only it goes like this:

Louis: I go to the 3D IMAX movies stoned.
Jerry: Stoned or you get a scone?

This is probably where they diverge as people. Louis proceeds to then tell him the hilarious story of the first time he takes his kids out on his boat and gets stuck in East Harlem for 12 hours with nothing but crunchy uncooked mac and cheese until the cops come and throw them a bounty from Whole Foods. I left out the funniest parts. For the truly hilarious story, you have to watch the episode and thank me later. Send me a scone basket. SCONE not STONED!

 

 

DEMAND IT

 

- T. Tara Turk

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T. Tara Turk is a novelist/playwright/screenwriter, living in LA with her boyfriend and dog - all three successful TV addicts. You can find her at www.ttaraturk.com or follow her on Twitter @ttaraturk.
 
 
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Top 5 Reasons to Watch OPEN GRAVEDecember 27, 2013

Top 5 Reasons to Watch OPEN GRAVE

OPEN GRAVE (Tribeca Film)

A man (Sharlto Copley, DISTRICT 9, ELYSIUM) wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that's more vicious -- and hungry -- than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together -- before it's too late.

 

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Watch OPEN GRAVE

1. OPEN GRAVE gives us an original plot line that transcends the thriller genre to incorporate elements of mystery, suspense and horror into a story that we haven't heard before.

2. It gives you the right clues at the right time, allowing you to put the pieces together while keeping you from being sure of which character(s) you're rooting for.

3. The opening scene alone is such an exemplary combination of cinematography, lighting and sound that it is pretty much impossible for you to not get drawn in from the very beginning.

 



4. You can appreciate all of the performances in this movie as it derives much of its suspense from dialogue - but don't worry, there's plenty of violence, too.

5. Forget the crowded theater this Christmas, OPEN GRAVE is the perfect holiday movie (available on demand 12/24) to watch at home that'll give your loved ones a reason to cuddle a little closer. 

 

 

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Sabrina Luppi

 



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BEST NIGHT EVER - Now On DemandDecember 27, 2013

BEST NIGHT EVER - Now On Demand

BEST NIGHT EVER (Magnolia Pictures)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: BEST NIGHT EVER (Tribeca Film).

 

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BEST NIGHT EVER
By Kate Asche Wilson

 

Vegas. Who doesn’t love the Vegas? I fondly recall the first time I ever set foot on The Strips sacred ground. A mere twelve years old, uncertain as to why a greasy fifty-year-old man handed me a call girl card. Uncertain as to what a call girl exactly was. Ah the sweet embrace of youth.

Now I’m much more jaded and understand where my childhood trauma stems from, but that doesn’t stop me from loving BEST NIGHT EVER. Now if you’re one of the few that doesn’t enjoy the subtle complexities of penis tiaras and Jell-O wrestling than turn back now. Seriously go watch 12 YEARS A SLAVE and ogle the mastery of filmmaking. But if you’re in the mood for mockumentary bachelorette shenanigans and NSFW debauchery than this is the film for you.

BEST NIGHT EVER is brought to you by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the brave men behind all of those questionable parody films. It’s true they’re no Trey and Matt, but with such film artistry as VAMPIRES SUCK did you really expect them to be? Despite their background BEST NIGHT EVER exceeded my expectations. Although it would be hard for me to not love a lady comedy that is essentially a BACHELORETTE/PROJECT X mash up.

Documenting the bachelorette party from the beginning road trip, we are first introduced to our four leading ladies: Claire, the sweet bride to be, Zoe, the wild best friend, Leslie, the resident uptight older sister, and Janet, our beautiful blond disaster. Holy stereotypes, Batman! But the good thing about stereotypes is that they’re based in truth, and these four women are so fun to watch as they get into outrageous situations including altercations with wayward valets, cancelled credit cards, and horribly stained hotel rooms.

 



Now it’s time to break this down into the good, the bad, and raucously racy.

The Good:

The outrageous absurdity of the situation. I keep viewing these insane bachelorette films and let me tell you if my bachelorette party does not hold up to them there will be hell to pay. I want to relate to one crazy night of nuttiness that I can tell drunken stories about in my old age to my disinterested grandkids. That is the kind of night I want, and this film encapsulates that level of absurdity to a tee. The mockumentary style of filming is also a huge plus and makes you feel that this craziness could actually happen to you. 

 

The Bad:

Depth. There is not a whole lot of depth here, but then again I told you this at the beginning. It’s a Vegas romp comedy produced by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Get with it!

The Raucously Racy:

Strippers, and hobos, and kidnapping, oh my! From the defiled sheets to the lap dances this film is chock full of inappropriate behavior. But hey, it’s Vegas! It wouldn’t work without the loose morals and naked women. It is just so entertaining watching our four ladies of debauchery move in and out of confusion, horror, excitement, more confusion, straight up insanity, and then euphoric drug induced happiness. Yeah, it goes there.

From gay husbands to pissing off your EMT, BEST NIGHT EVER has a lot of hilarious moments. It doesn’t take itself seriously, and you shouldn’t either. Go ahead, put down your Tolstoy and take a ninety-minute ride of pure parody. 

 

 

- Kate Asche Wilson

 

Kate
Kate Asche Wilson is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE!

 

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FREE RIDE Starring Anna Paquin - Exclusive ClipDecember 23, 2013

FREE RIDE Starring Anna Paquin - Exclusive Clip

Sandy (Drea de Matteo) greets Christina (Anna Paquin) and gives her an idea of what to expect with her new job in FREE RIDE (in NY, LA theaters and On Demand January 10, 2014 by Phase 4 Films). 

 

 

FREE RIDE FIRST / LOOK

Anna Paquin, Ava Acres and Liana Liberato / FREE RIDE (Phase 4 Films)

 

In search of a better life for her family and desperate to escape her tumultuous relationship, Christina (Anna Paquin) hastily moves to Florida and enters the dangerous world of the high-stakes underground drug scene. She quickly learns that dealing drugs at the height of South Florida’s smuggling heyday has its price. As law enforcement closes in on Christina and her drug operation, she must find a way to salvage the life she has desperately worked to repair before it all comes crashing down.

 

The film is produced by Anna Paquin, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Susan Dynner and Brian Dreyfuss. Executive producers are Stephen Moyer, Mark Larkin and Norman Dreyfuss.

 

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1 WE’RE THE MILLERS
2 2 GUNS
3 RED 2NEW
4 THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONESNEW
5 SMURFS 2NEW
6 MAN OF STEEL
7 TURBO
8 THE HEAT
9 JOBS
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Source: Rentrak Corporation - OnDemand Essentials (Week Ending December 8, 2013)

 

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Vanessa Selbst’s Top Five Reasons to watch BET RAISE FOLD: THE STORY OF ONLINE POKER

BET RAISE FOLD: THE STORY OF ONLINE POKER

BET RAISE FOLD: THE STORY OF ONLINE POKER follows Danielle, a young mother from rural Minnesota who used online poker to support her family; Tony, a Las Vegas tournament pro who co-hosts the World Poker Tour on television; and Martin, a world-traveler from Australia obsessed with understanding the intricacies of the game. These players used online poker to build a life, only to have it all stripped away in one fell swoop by forces beyond their control. BET RAISE FOLD is currently available on demand. 

 

 

Vanessa Selbst's Top Five Reasons to watch BET RAISE FOLD: THE STORY OF ONLINE POKER

1) Most people in this country have played poker at some point or another. Poker is one of America's oldest pastimes, and Bet Raise Fold tells a very complete story of poker in its modern form, where the game's greats are not characters from the Wild West, but young, intelligent, hard-working people trying to achieve "The American Dream" of financial autonomy.

 

Martin Broadstreet / BET RAISE FOLD

2) The characters are wacky, detestable, and lovable - and one of them is a rare, strong, female protagonist taking care of her family (who just happens to have the cutest son in the world).


3) A billion dollar industry completely vanished overnight, and not many people know why. Watch this movie to find out what happened!


4) Politics, greed, and corruption (need I say more)? They all play a central role in this tiny world - and in that way, BRF tells the story of community that can be seen as a microcosm of America in the 21st century.


5) Maybe you'll learn a thing or two about poker strategy. YOU could be the next winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event!

 

 

 

 

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1. WE’RE THE MILLERSNEW
2. 2 GUNSNEW
3. MAN OF STEEL
4. GROWN UPS 2
5. THE HEAT
6. THE INTERNSHIP
7. WHITE HOUSE DOWN
8. PLANES
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Ghost Ghirls (Yahoo Screen)

From producer Jack Black and co-creators Jeremy Konner ("Drunk History"), Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci comes "Ghost Ghirls," a scripted comedy about two female ghost hunters, Heidi (Lund) and Angelica (Blasucci), who attempt to solve the mysteries of the paranormal. "Ghost Ghirls" can be found on Yahoo Screen. 

 

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Watch Yahoo Screen's GHOST GHIRLS


1. Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci demonstrate impeccable comic timing in their performances as the Ghost Ghirls, an inadvertently hilarious ghost hunting team.

 


 Maria Blasucci and Amanda Lund / Ghost Ghirls (Yahoo Screen)



2. The web series boasts an incredible list of guest stars including Molly Shannon, Bob Odenkirk Jack Black, Dave Grohl and Val Kilmer in roles that will have you screaming with laughter. (See what I did there?)

3. Some of the best punch lines you’ll hear, in this life or the next, occur in this brilliantly written and performed series.

4. While the show parodies serious paranormal investigation shows, it doesn’t question the reality of ghosts. The Ghirls are serious ghost hunters facing real entities, which makes their antics so much more comedic.

5. Warning: Not watching “Ghost Ghirls” could leave you with “unfinished business” that will keep you from crossing into the afterlife. In other words, this series is the light - come to it.

 

 

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- Sabrina Luppi

 



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December Movies On Demand

 

 

 

Kate
 
Oh the weather outside is frightful! But really it’s December: A month known for slick roads and drunk Aunts. Holiday stress is just one of the many side effects of roasting chestnuts and crying children. My suggestion is take a break, make yourself a hot totty, pause Michael Buble, and grab your remote because the only way you’re going to get over the disaster of burnt latkes and broken promises is through a nice movie on Demand. I have my top three Holiday picks right here.

 



DON JON- Premiers December 24
Nothing says welcome Santa quite like a porno starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Well not technically a porno but a film centering on porn and Scarlet Johansson. Basically every fourteen-year-old boy’s pent house fantasy. Our protagonist, the proclaimed Don Jon, is a Lothario extremist objectifying everything in his life to the point of being completely unsatisfied. Not even Scar Jo can get him going. That’s why Jon takes a turn for the introspective, trying to find a relationship that will surpass his expectations. It’s a smart comedy with a dash of heart that is directed by JGL himself and is perfect if you can’t watch Frosty the Snowman one more time.
R, Comedy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, One week before DVD, Months before Netflix

THE FAMILY- Premiers December 17
Nothing brings in the holiday cheer quite like a violent thriller. Red is the color of merriment and also the color of blood. Lots and lots of blood. In THE FAMILY Robert De Niro, head of the Manzoni mafia clan, his wife Michelle Pfeiffer, and his two kids are relocated to beautiful Normandy under the witness protection program. However old habits die-hard, and the Manzoni’s deal with the struggles of their new lives in the “family way”. With racquets and explosions. This dark comedy is exceptionally entertaining and is needed especially if your five seconds away from stabbing someone with a dreidel.
R, Action/Comedy, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Same day as DVD, Months before Netflix

ELYSIUM- Premiers December 17
Moses did not part the red sea so that you that could watch STEP UP REVOLUTION. No, it’s common knowledge that he preferred futuristic dramas, which is why ELYSIUM should be your number one December pick. In the year 2154 two classes of people exist: The Matt Damon poor and the Jodie Foster rich. The rich get to live on a luxurious space station called Elysium where they are free of any disease and injury while the poor live on a devastated earth. Matt Damon plays a man with five days to live and nothing to lose who declares war on Elysium in order to change the course of their future. It’s an ideal film for anyone in need of some solid sci-fi and a break from their distracting personal lives.
R, SciFi, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Same day as DVD

Well team I hope these films help to ease your Holiday woes, and remember go to OnDemandWeekly.com for all new Movies On Demand in December. Happy celebrating!

Also This Month...

 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES – Premieres 12/3
PG-13, Fantasy
Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower
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PG, Animated
Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria
same day as DVD

FAST & FURIOUS 6 (Unedited) – Premieres 12/10
TV-MA, Action
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

KICK-ASS 2 (with extended Scenes)– Premieres 12/17
TV-MA, Action
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US – Premieres 12/17
PG, Documentary
Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne
same day as DVD

PRISONERS – Premieres 12/17
R, Thriller
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

THE WOLVERINE – Premieres 12/17
PG-13, Action
Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto
weeks before Netflix & Redbox

DESPICABLE ME 2 – Premieres 12/24
PG, Animated
voices: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig
weeks before Netflix & Redbox, available in 3D

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 – Premieres 12/24
PG-13, Horror
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne
same day as DVD

YOU'RE NEXT – Premieres 12/27
R, Horror
Barbara Crampton, Sharni Vinson
before DVD, Netflix & Redbox

PERCY JACKSON 2 – Premieres 12/31
PG, Fantasy
Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario
weeks before Netflix & Redbox

- Kate Asche Wilson


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FREE RIDE (Phase 4 Films)

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Ed Begley Jr., Joe Dinicol, Jon Daly, Maya Erskine, Charlie Saxton and Karan Soni star in Betas, created by Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard

First three episodes of Betas now available free of charge for all Amazon customers, with additional episodes available every Friday for Prime members

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Seth Meyers’ THE AWESOMES - A Hulu Original SeriesNovember 21, 2013

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The Awesomes (Hulu)

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THE AWESOMES
By Joe Charnitski

 

What did you think of this year’s summer superhero movies?

Iron-Man came back for the third time (not including his appearance in THE AVENGERS) and Superman was reinvented, for at least the third time (not including his TV work). Wolverine broke away from the X-Men to release a solo adventure, and even The Lone Ranger (ok, he doesn’t have super powers, but I think the premise still applies) galloped across cinema screens once again. As long as we keep paying, and IRON MAN 3 made north of $400 million, Hollywood will keep playing the super hero card, as they have for decades.

The creators of Hulu’s new animated series “The Awesomes” are hoping that all of this experience with heroes, villains, civilizations in peril and all that will make us appreciate their comedic, but not fully satiric, take on the genre. The series follows the adventures of Prock (voiced by series creator SETH MEYERS) a low grade hero who has inherited a Justice League-type band of superfriends from his father, Mr. Awesome, after his recent retirement. Mr. Awesome’s team doesn’t believe the young professor and doctor (thus, Prock) has the right stuff, so they quit the team. A federal government bureaucrat alerts Prock that he will lose his funding from Uncle Sam if he doesn’t put together a band of formidable super crime fighters.

Over the course of the first episodes Prock does build a team, and they have some impressive strengths, but also some wacky weaknesses. Can this team of misfits save the world from the evil likes of Doctor Malocchio (voiced by SNL alum Bill Hader)? Can Prock ever live up to his father’s legend, or even to the competition from everyone’s favorite big hero on campus, Perfect Man? 

 

“The Awesomes” is certainly not anything new. We’ve seen the off-key mix of B-level heroes join forces before: “The Tick”, “Mystery Men” and even Saturday Night Live’s own “Ambiguously Gay Duo” of Ace and Gary are following essentially the same path as Meyer’s creation. Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES will also immediately come to mind when watching the premiere episode. Mr. Incredible and his family did a much better job of making me wonder about our culture’s love of heroes, and our cynical dismissal of truth, justice and the American way.

That being said, I loved cartoons like the “Super Friends” when I was a kid, and “The Awesomes” definitely pressed the right buttons in making me nostalgic for those shows. They also have a pretty interesting story building with Prock being challenged by Doctor Malocchio, Perfect Man (who is dating the girl Prock has a crush on, by the way), the feds and his own insecurity at not living up to the family name.

I didn’t find the first couple of episodes to be consistently very funny, but it had its moments, and I can see the potential on the road ahead. Besides Meyers and Hader, you’ll recognize the voices of Rashida Jones, Rachel Dratch, Kenan Thompson, and others. “The Awesomes” doesn’t live up to its title, but if you’re a fan of SNL over the past handful of years, and/or you can’t get enough of the superhero genre, it’s worth a try.

 

 

 

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Joe Charnitski is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. His career in film and television production, development and marketing has included stops at Miramax Films, Syfy and VH1. He currently works at a entertainment focused social media marketing agency in New York City. Twitter:@JoeCharnitski

 

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VIOLET & DAISY (Cinedigm)

Violet (Alexis Bledel, SIN CITY, GILMORE GIRLS) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan, HANNA) are a pair of gum-smacking assassins who casually snuff out crime figures in New York City, distracted only by their favorite pop idol Barbie Sunday.

Determined to raise cash for a pair of Barbie Sunday dresses, the duo takes on a new hit job, only to face a reckoning in the form of a mysterious loner (James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos"). He catapults the girls into an odyssey far beyond the world of Barbie Sunday and bullets for pay.

 

 

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5 Things You Need To Know about VIOLET & DAISY - By Director Geoffrey Fletcher


1. Every member of the cast was so devoted and does such remarkable work. See Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel and James Gandolfini as you've never seen them before. (One is a homicidal lunatic, one is charming and the other one is hard to describe. Find out who is who.)

2. We hoped that bending and blending genres might offer an opportunity to present timeless themes in new ways so if you see one surreal & darkly comedic coming-of-age story wrapped within a teen assassin fable this year, see this one.

3. Violet & Daisy was shot entirely in New York City across several boroughs. See gritty and glimmering corners of this inspiring and daunting city.

 

Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan / VIOLET & DAISY (Cinedigm)


 4. Cookies, cupcakes, a pop star, a puppy, a parrot and contract killers were just a few of the many elements synthesized to create this modern fairy tale about love, materialism and redemption.

5. Check out great performances by Danny Trejo (Machete), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Cody Horn (Magic Mike)!

 

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GROWN UPS 2 IS THE #1 MOVIE ON DEMANDNovember 18, 2013

GROWN UPS 2 IS THE #1 MOVIE ON DEMAND

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1. GROWN UPS 2NEW
2. THE HEAT
3. WHITE HOUSE DOWN
4. THE INTERNSHIP
5. THE CONJURING
6. R.I.P.D.
7. THE WAY WAY BACK
8. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
9. THE HANGOVER PART III
10. PACIFIC RIM

Source: Rentrak Corporation - OnDemand Essentials (Week Ending November 10, 2013)

 

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DEAR MR. WATTERSON: AN EXPLORATION OF CALVIN & HOBBES - Now On DemandNovember 15, 2013

DEAR MR. WATTERSON: AN EXPLORATION OF CALVIN & HOBBES - Now On Demand

Courtesy DEAR MR. WATTERSON (Gravitas Ventures)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: DEAR MR. WATTERSON (Gravitas Ventures).


EXCLUSIVE: Read Director Joel Schroeder's  8 Things He’d Like You to Know About Calvin & Hobbes here...


 

DEAR MR. WATTERSON
By Joe Charnitski

 
The sight of a child laying on the living room floor surrounded by comics from the local newspaper seems like an idyllic vision of Sunday morning. I guess we’re more likely to see a kid holding an iPad these days, but for generations the Sunday comics were a regular part of any child’s weekend. Maybe you were precocious and enjoyed the political jokes in Doonesbury. Perhaps you were smart enough for Gary Larson’s The Far Side, or at least pretended to be. Could of been classics like Peanuts that kept you coming back for more.
 

Courtesy DEAR MR. WATTERSON (Gravitas Ventures)


There was something for everyone, but few strips have received the “icon” treatment given to Calvin and Hobbes from the new documentary DEAR MR. WATTERSON.

Most of the first section of the film is filled with recollections from the deepest corners of comic fandom about Calvin & Hobbes. Strip historians and archivists, contemporaries of Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes, and a league of writers and artists who came after, bathed in Mr. Watterson’s influence tell us that Calvin & Hobbes was the most important and memorable strip of its era.

 

 

Courtesy DEAR MR. WATTERSON (Gravitas Ventures)


 A trip to Bill Watterson’s hometown yields some small perspective on the town he created for his characters to live in. There are a few examples of particularly important episodes in the Calvin & Hobbes epic and a little insight as the doc moves along into the life of a strip artist, although not enough of any of that. A lot of time is spent with talking heads telling us how important and influential Watterson was, a point well made very early and then repeated...and repeated.

The most interesting section of the film gets a little more esoteric. It discusses the battle between art and commerce in the comic strip world. Certainly that tug of war is present in every creative field, but in Bill Watterson you have a unique foil to the standard tale. He never licensed Calvin & Hobbes: no toys, no lunch boxes, no cartoons, no holiday specials. 

 

In one way, that has kept the strip and its characters pure, untainted by an unwelcome collaborative effort. Since Calvin & Hobbes will only forever live within the pages of the strip, the strip is an unblemished bit of artistic perfection for all die hard fans. In another way, it might expose Mr. Watterson as a man too eager to control his creation.

 

Would millions of children going to bed

with their own Hobbes doll really have been so bad?


 As the doc progresses there’s a brief discussion about the dissipation of culture in our society. Sure newspapers are fading into the history books (oops, I mean the history apps) and, of course comic strips are losing that valuable real estate they once relied upon. But beyond that, are we losing touch completely with the cultural touchstones that keep members of a society together? Is it true, as one speaker states in the film that “there will never be another Beatles”? Is the end of the strip really the end of something much more profound?

I suppose all of this is why DEAR MR. WATTERSON left me with a little, nagging feeling of nostalgia. I don’t know that die hard fans of Calvin & Hobbes will learn anything new about their favorite strip or artist here. Casual comic strip readers may not want to wade through the repetitive fan gushing at the top of the film. It did give me a few things to think about, as every doc worth watching should.

 

Joel Schroeder, courtesy DEAR MR. WATTERSON (Gravitas Ventures)

 

The title is clearly meant to resemble the opening of a letter. When all is finished, the film feels like a love letter to the man himself, making sure he knows the impact he had on a generation.

 

 

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8 Things I’d Like You to Know About Calvin & Hobbes By DEAR MR. WATTERSON Director Joel SchroederNovember 15, 2013

8 Things I’d Like You to Know About  Calvin & Hobbes By DEAR MR. WATTERSON Director Joel Schroeder

Joel Schroeder

Calvin & Hobbes took center stage immediately when it appeared in newspaper comics across the country in 1985. The funny pages were a big part of popular culture, and it was hard to find a comics reader who didn’t like Calvin & Hobbes.


It has now been 18 years since the end of the Calvin & Hobbes era.  Bill Watterson has kept an extremely low profile during this time, living a very private life in Ohio.  Despite his quiet lifestyle, he is remembered and appreciated daily by fans who still enjoy his amazing collection of work.

 

DEAR MR. WATTERSON is not a quest to find Bill Watterson, or to invade his privacy.  It is an exploration to discover why his 'simple' comic strip has made such an impact on so many readers, and why it still means so much to us today. DEAR MR. WATTERSON is now available on demand.

 

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8 Things I’d Like You to Know About  Calvin & Hobbes By DEAR MR. WATTERSON Director Joel Schroeder

 

The task of coming up with even a short list of facts that the biggest fans of Calvin & Hobbes will not already know is rather impossible. (Even as I was compiling this, another list of facts about the strip made the rounds on the internet.) But an easier task is to share some items that I’d simply like you all to know. I’ve chosen 8, as that’s my lucky number.


8. Watterson wrote and drew every strip on his own. No assistants, no computers. Just one man at his drawing board--and a wife who is “a good editor, and a pretty accurate Laugh-o-meter.”

7. Some characters in Calvin & Hobbes are based on or named after real-life people: Calvin's doctor & barber, for example.

6. In the mid to late 80's, Watterson and cartoonist Berkeley Breathed exchanged a series of entertaining letters and sketches.

5. The vast majority of the original Calvin & Hobbes artwork is on loan at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio State University, where you can see it for yourself (or at least a selection of it, with an appointment).

 

Courtesy DEAR MR. WATTERSON (Gravitas Ventures)


 4. While the strip was being developed, Calvin originally had more of a bowl-cut hairstyle before he was given the spiky style we have come to love.

3. In order to get just the right type of ink line for a drawing in a particular Sunday strip featuring a large insect, Watterson turned to his backyard to find a stick that could be used as a pen to do the job.

2. The entirety of Calvin & Hobbes was written and drawn before Watterson turned 38 years old.

1. Bill Watterson and cartoonist Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac) are having an exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum starting March 22, 2014. Go see it if you can. Bill Watterson would likely tell you to read Cul de Sac if you aren’t familiar with it already. 

 

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THE INTERNSHIP Is The #1 Movie On DemandNovember 15, 2013

THE INTERNSHIP Is The #1 Movie On Demand

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1. THE INTERNSHIPNEW
2. THE HEATNEW
3. THE CONJURINGNEW
4. PACIFIC RIMNEW
5. THE WAY, WAY, BACKNEW
6. TURBONEW
7. WHITE HOUSE DOWNNEW
8. THE HANGOVER PART III
9. THIS IS THE END
10. WORLD WAR Z

 

Source: Rentrak Corporation - OnDemand Essentials (Week Ending November 3, 2013)

 

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Amazon Studios First Original Series ALPHA HOUSE PremieresNovember 15, 2013

Amazon Studios First Original Series ALPHA HOUSE Premieres

ALPHA HOUSE (Amazon Studios)

Well, it’s finally happening. Remember back in the heady days of the dotcom boom, when “convergence” was the buzzword? That magical melding of TV and computer was going to carry us into the new millennium. Then, of course, the bubble burst and the two platforms went their separate ways, at least for a time.


But in the last few years, as broadband and wireless coverage have spread, the computer has become the TV and vice versa. New terminology has elbowed its way into the lexicon – “Hulu,” “Roku,” “YouTube” – just as the tech options have expanded, allowing us to consume media everywhere, from the train platform to the treadmill at the gym. We can watch virtually anything we want virtually anytime we want.

 

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And the best part of this new era of true convergence? It has provided a platform for some genuinely innovative and original content. Deep-pocketed Netflix gained instant credibility among producers with its sleek, compelling HOUSE OF CARDS, the first series that didn’t actually air on TV to be nominated for an Outstanding Drama Emmy. With ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, from WEEDS creator Jenji Kohan, Netflix gave viewers another slickly produced series on which to binge. And the company’s revival of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT showed how, for better and worse, a network series could adhere to the Netflix model.


Not to be left out, Amazon has jumped into production with gusto, going as far as letting viewers determine which pilots would become series. Its flagship entry, ALPHA HOUSE, is available beginning November 15th, on demand.

 


Created by Garry Trudeau (DOONESBURY, TANNER ’88) and directed by Adam Bernstein (BREAKING BAD, CALIFORNICATION) ALPHA HOUSE is set in the D.C. crash pad of four Republican senators. In the pilot, Gil John (John Goodman, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS), Robert (Clark Johnson, THE WIRE) and Louis (Matt Malloy, SIX FEET UNDER) are a man down, when their housemate, Vernon – played by a star who’s too much fun to reveal – is arrested, and the trio must find a new roomie even as they deal with all manner of unsavory politicking. 

 

Trudeau’s script is a raucous hoot and does its job as a pilot perfectly, introducing characters and setting up situations for future episodes without the heavy hand that some producers impose on a first episode. The acting is stellar as well. Goodman is dead-on as the former college football coach who finds, for the first time in his career, that his seat is truly up for grabs and he must go about the distasteful business of campaigning.

 

Matt Malloy’s Louis is just fussy and homophobic enough to make his fellow senators wonder if he doth protest too much. And it’s great to see Clark Johnson back in front of the camera after a long period spent directing projects both good (THE WIRE) and evil (S.W.A.T.). As their potential new housemate, Mark Consuelos (ALL MY CHILDREN) oozes charm and smarm, constantly on the prowl for both votes and bedmates.

 

One of the most encouraging things about ALPHA HOUSE is how much, much, much, much better it is than any of this year’s comedy offerings from the broadcast networks. Yes, I said “much, much, much, much” because it’s surprising, funny and feels like it has legs. I’m only guessing, but it feels like it can remain fresh and novel, particularly as guest stars such as Cynthia Nixon and Amy Sedaris show up in future episodes.

 

It’s a new world out there for the thing we once called “television.” We appear to be in a golden age that began with the cable breakouts of THE SOPRANOS, MAD MEN and BREAKING BAD. Those shows heralded the ability to pinpoint audiences who were seeking something challenging, certainly something more challenging than what broadcast had to offer. Now, as the market burgeons for broadband entertainment, there’s another source for finely-wrought entertainment that can afford to aim for select audiences – no longer do producers have to worry about carpetbombing to get people to watch. They find their niche, maintain their creative control, and welcome viewers to something original and compelling.


It’s only fitting in a year that we’ve seen the true breakthroughs of the original series on Netflix, we welcome yet another high-end newcomer in ALPHA HOUSE. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can watch the show, as well as hundreds of obscure flicks, for nothing. If you’re not, you know have a real reason to consider it for more than just the free shipping.

 

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- Chris Claro

 

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1 - The F1 DocumentaryNovember 07, 2013

1 - The F1 Documentary

1

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: F1.


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1 - The F1 Documentary

 
If you watched RUSH and wondered why Niki Lauda was so upset about the lack of safety in Formula One or watched SENNA and felt that way yourself, the comprehensive documentary "1" will answer all of your questions, starting with "seriously, no seatbelts?" and ending with "what took them so long?"
 

Sure, football started with leather helmets, hockey goalies had no facemasks and baseball players took fastballs to the head. But Formula One drivers started racing in exploding gas cans so dangerous that the drivers wore no seatbelts -- by design -- so that when they crashed they hoped to be thrown from the car and not be burned alive in the inevitable fireball. Fans of the sport since its last fatal crash in 1994 will be chin-on-the-ground shocked to see the impossible tolerance of flaming death that was Formula One for the fifty years prior.

The filmmakers present an insightful story told through the words of the courageous drivers who lived to tell about it as well as the far too many who didn’t.

Unlike the carbon fiber cars of modern F1, prior cars were fiberglass and, for the amount of protection they provided, gas tanks might well have been made of glass. Crashes from the ‘70s and ‘80s are so unbelievable to watch because the cars disintegrate on impact, fire is everywhere and the rescue team is nowhere to be found. Sometimes cars shatter and explode so ridiculously that it looks like bad TV show special effects – until the film reminds the viewer that the driver was killed, fans were killed or both.

The film’s most heartbreaking footage is of driver David Purley struggling in vain to free his friend Roger Williamson from an overturned, burning car while incompetent and apparently indifferent track marshals stand idly from a safe distance. By the time Purley runs across the track and back, dodging the traffic from the continuing race, his friend has died.

“1” also devotes considerable time to the James Hunt/Niki Lauda rivalry that complements the excellent treatment it received in RUSH. Too little time is devoted to SENNA but the film provides a pleasant surprise or two, notably the story of Bernie Ecclestone’s egalitarian offer to split the television rights equally between the other nine teams for the same price he paid for them. 

 

Clever editing keeps the film moving and gives the viewer needed time to recover from the more emotional scenes. The only sugar in the tank comes from the condescending soundtrack that matches song lyrics to the emotions or metaphors that the film already adeptly conveyed.

Any fan of SENNA or RUSH will gain a greater appreciation of those amazing stories and all Formula One fans should learn about, or perhaps remember, the bravery and determination of the decades of drivers who fought to change a sport that was dying to kill them.

 

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New Movies On Demand Preview: November 2013November 04, 2013

New Movies On Demand Preview: November 2013

Kate Asche Wilson

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 

November Movies On Demand

 

OnDemandWeekly.com November Movie on Demand Preview from Nick DeNinno on Vimeo.

 

 

Kate
 
November is here which means you’re either crazy excited for tryptophan induced food comas or terrified at the prospect of getting stabbed on black Friday for a tickle me Elmo. Either way your hectic November schedule can only improve if you sit down and take some me time. Maybe bake a pie? Or don’t and just buy one and then eat it while you watch a nice movie on demand. I have my top three picks right here.

@KateDoesLife’s Top November Movies On Demand:

 


THE WAY, WAY BACK- Premiers November 5
I love a good rom com and stoner comedy as much as the next girl, but most of the time they don’t quite hit your heart. That’s why the indy comedy was created, and THE WAY WAY BACK has everything a good film needs. Fourteen-year-old Duncan is a loner who can’t talk to girls has a flighty mom and a step dad who is the absolute worst. That itself screams coming of age but it proves to be so much more when Duncan finds an unlikely friendship with Owen, the manager of the Water Wizz Water Park. I’m slightly devastated this place doesn’t exist because I would totally get a summer job there. There are few films I see that I truly don’t want to end; THE WAY WAY BACK is one of them.
PG-13, Comedy, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Weeks before Netflix & Redbox


THE WORLD’S END- Premiers November 19
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back to bring British humor into our dull dull lives. If you loved SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ which you should you’ll find this cheeky sci fi comedy the perfect end to the three flavors Cornetto trilogy. Following a group of five friends on an epic pub-crawl THE WORLD’S END takes us on a spiraling tale of alcoholism, foreshadowing pub signs, British banter, friendship, and robot invasion. Just your standard Saturday night shenanigans, and bonus for your viewing pleasure Pierce Brosnan is in it. James bond himself battling blue goo robots. You’re welcome!
R, Comedy, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox


DEAR MR. WATTERSON- Premiers November 15
Is there anything better than Calvin and Hobbes? No. Your answer should be no because nothing is better than Calvin and Hobbes. DEAR MR.WATTERSON is a documentary that explores the cultural impact of the famous comic and it’s creator Bill Watterson. Now I’m not sure about you but as a young vibrant third grader I hated the fact that I couldn’t jump into my Sunday paper and go on crazy adventures with them, and quite frankly I’m still mad. So if you’re like me you have to see this film. It’s a lovely slice of nostalgia, and will remind you just how pissed you are that none of your stuffed animals ever came to life. Especially the tigers.
Documentary, Berekely Breathed, Seth Green


Well there you have it team! Remember to go to OnDemandWeekly.com for all new Movies On Demand in November.

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WHITE HOUSE DOWN – Premieres 11/5
PG-13, Action
Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx
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MAN OF STEEL – Premieres 11/12
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2 GUNS – Premieres 11/19
R, Action
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WE'RE THE MILLERS – Premieres 11/19
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GETAWAY – Premieres 11/26
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JOBS – Premieres 11/26
PG-13
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RED 2 – Premieres 11/26
PG-13, Action
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TURBO – Premieres 11/26
PG, Animated
voices: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti
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- Kate Asche Wilson


Kate
Kate Asche Wilson is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE

 

 

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THE HANGOVER PART III Repeats As The #1 Movie On DemandOctober 30, 2013

THE HANGOVER PART III Repeats As The #1 Movie On Demand

 

 

 

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1. THE HANGOVER PART III
2. AFTER EARTH
3. THIS IS THE END
4. THE CROODS
5. WORLD WAR Z
6. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
7. IRON MAN 3
8. THE CONJURING
9. NOW YOU SEE ME
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THE HANGOVER PART III Is The #1 Movie On DemandOctober 21, 2013

THE HANGOVER PART III Is The #1 Movie On Demand

 

 

 

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1. THE HANGOVER PART IIINEW
2. AFTER EARTHNEW
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4. THIS IS THE END
5. THE CROODS
6. WORLD WAR Z
7. NOW YOU SEE ME
8. IRON MAN 3
9. STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS
10. THE GREAT GATSBY

Source: Rentrak Corporation - OnDemand Essentials (Week Ending October 13, 2013)

 

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THIS IS THE END Is The #1 Movie On DemandOctober 14, 2013

THIS IS THE END Is The #1 Movie On Demand

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1. THIS IS THE ENDNEW
2. THE CROODSNEW
3. WORLD WAR Z
4. NOW YOU SEE ME
5. IRON MAN 3
6. STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS
7. THE GREAT GATSBYNEW
8. OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
9. THE BIG WEDDINGNEW
10. THE BLING RING

Source: Rentrak Corporation - OnDemand Essentials (Week Ending October 6, 2013)

 

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WORLD WAR Z BEATS IRON MAN 3 AND IS THE #1 MOVIE ON DEMAND AGAIN!October 07, 2013

WORLD WAR Z BEATS IRON MAN 3 AND IS THE #1 MOVIE ON DEMAND AGAIN!

 

 

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1. WORLD WAR Z
2. IRON MAN 3NEW
3. NOW YOU SEE ME
4. STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS
5. THE GREAT GATSBY
6. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLSNEW
7. THE BLING RING
8. OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
9. PAIN & GAIN
10. EPIC

Source: Rentrak Corporation - OnDemand Essentials (Week Ending September 29, 2013)

 

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New Movies On Demand Preview: October 2013October 07, 2013

New Movies On Demand Preview: October 2013

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 

October Movies On Demand

 

October Movies on Demand from Nick DeNinno on Vimeo.


 

Kate

 

Fall is in the air! You can smell it! You can feel it! You can finally waste your hard earned cash on 500 pumpkin spice lattes. October is officially the best month ever. Not only do you have a free pass to gorge yourself on Reese’s, but you can also buy spooky decorations at Michaels. You can dress up as a complete slut and get away with it because it’s Halloween: A treasured traditional family holiday. So once your done re-watching Hocus Pocus on ABC Family why don’t you check out my top three Movies on Demand for October.

 

 

 

@KateDoesLife’s Top October Movies On Demand:

 



NOW YOU SEE ME - Premiers September 3
What do you get when you combine Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, and Isla Fisher? A team of illusionists that pull of bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with money. Obviously. And what do you get after that? Mark Ruffalo as an FBI agent tracking them down with the help of professional illusion exposer Morgan Freeman. However, in this story, nothing is quite what it seems and the mysteries of magic continue to build until the puzzle becomes almost impossible to solve. Basically it has magic, it has intrigue, it has romance, and it has Michael Caine. What more could you ask of a film?
PG-13, Thriller, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Same day as DVD

IRON MAN 3- Premiers September 24
Yes technically this is a late September release, but it’s Iron Man. So you got to give me a pass on this one. Robert Downey Jr. is back in his third film in that iconic iron suit. This time taking on the tyrannical Mandarin, handling romantic complications with the fiery Pepper Potts, and dealing with a slew of exploding soldiers. Throw in an army of Iron Men and you’ve got yourself a blockbuster hit. Can any one even tell the difference between Robert Downey Jr. and Tony Stark at this point? Anyone? No? Exactly.
PG-13, Action, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Same day as DVD


THE PURGE- Premiers October 8
It’s October and if Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge doesn’t satiate all your thriller needs you might want to step away from the Disney channel and consider putting on The Purge. A fast paced sci/fi horror film that takes place in a crime-ridden America. Once each year there is a countrywide mandate, which allows for twelve hours of non-punishable crime. All emergency vehicles are shut down and anything goes. Stealing, murder, Ethan Hawke. It’s a horrifying pile of crazy that will really makes you re think ever leaving your house again.
R, Thriller, Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix & Redbox

THIS IS THE END- Premiers October 15
Have you ever wanted to see Michael Cera out of his mind on drugs falling into a post apocalyptic pit of death? If you answered no, I don’t think we can be friends. But, if you answered yes then boy do I have the film for you. In THIS IS THE END every stoner comedian in Hollywood is brought together, by the hilarious Seth Rogen, for a party at James Franco’s house. But like all good stoner comedy’s it wouldn’t be funny unless you threw in a little purgatory and a satanic best with a huge personality. It’s beyond hilarious. Go watch it right now. Seriously do it.
R, Comedy, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Same day as DVD


Well that’s it for me friends! Remember go to OnDemandWeekly.com for all new Movies On Demand in October!

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THE CROODS – Premieres 10/1
PG, Animation, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

AFTER EARTH – Premieres 10/8
PG-13, SciFi, Will Smith, Jaden Smith
same day as DVD

THE HANGOVER PART III – Premieres 10/8
R, Comedy, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN – Premieres 10/15
R, Comedy, Kevin Hart
same day as DVD

PACIFIC RIM – Premieres 10/15
PG-13, SciFi, Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day
available in 3D, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

BEFORE MIDNIGHT – Premieres 10/22
R, Drama, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
same day as DVD

THE CONJURING – Premieres 10/22
R, Horror, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

R.I.P.D. – Premieres 10/22
PG-13, Comedy, Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds
before DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox, available in 3D

THE HEAT – Premieres 10/29
R, Comedy, Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy
weeks before Netflix and Redbox

 

- Kate Asche Wilson


Kate
Kate Asche Wilson is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE

 

 

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HOMELAND Is Back For Season 3October 04, 2013

HOMELAND Is Back For Season 3

Homeland (Showtime)

On Demand Weekly provides new reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “HOMELAND” Season 3 on Showtime. 

It has been two months since Brody’s car exploded, taking most of Langley with it. Carrie is off her meds and getting more and more unstable. We’ve been here before, but it’s not just a re-hash. Claire Danes is so wonderful at playing I’m crazy, but I’m trying not to seem crazy, because I’m absolutely brilliant and the only way I can do my job to 100% of my abilities is to let myself be crazy. It’s a good thing she just won the Emmy, or heads would be exploding! Of course, the crazier Carrie gets, the harder it actually is for her to do her job because she is such a loose, live wire, everyone around her just wants her to get back under control.

Speaking of being in control, now that David Estes is a grey smudge in a hole in the ground, who is running the CIA? It seems our friend Saul Berenson (the inimitable Mandy Patinkin), is, by default, the leader of the pack, being aided by his now second in command Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham). The last we had seen of Adal, he was smugly eating waffles, and letting Saul know that Estes was using Adal and Quinn to make sure Brody wouldn’t live long enough to tell the world that Vice President Walden and David Estes were responsible for drone-killing 70 schoolchildren in an attempt to get Abu Nazir. How did Adal come in from the cold? I guess we will have to wait for flashbacks to figure that part out.

Quinn is in a basement making a bomb, which leads to the suspicion that he was the one who planted the bomb in Brody’s car, but no, this is for someone is South America. Someone with an adorable little boy. This makes Quinn hesitate to kill, which throws off the whole mission. This is the second time we’ve seen Quinn hesitate to kill in cold blood, which makes it doubtful that he was responsible for the Brody car bomb.

 

Meanwhile at Casa Brody, there is no Brody, and no Mike. No explanation of why there is no Mike (but since Diego Klattenhof is now on THE BLACKLIST, I’m not sure if we’ll see him again), but Jessica’s mother is there to help. They need it, as Dana has attempted suicide, they have been cut off from government pay and insurance, and basically the whole county hates them.

All of this is to say, that the plot keeps moving along, characters veer from suspicious to heroic and back again. There is no sign of Damian Lewis, but since he is still in the credits and his newly-shorn visage is in all the promotional materials, I’m sure he’ll be showing up soon.

MidSeason 2 had me thinking the show had jumped the proverbial shark until the last couple of episodes got me right back in my roller coaster seat, ready to ride some more. Now I can’t wait to see what happens next. Will the CIA survive? It is still leaking like a sieve and being investigated by Congress. Can Saul manage it and re-ignite his marriage? Will Carrie completely crack? How is Brody getting along? Will they ever see each other again? Am I crazy to want them to? Can anyone trust the man who killed Mozart???

 

DEMAND IT

 

- Jean Tait

 

Jean
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MASTERS OF SEX PremieresOctober 03, 2013

MASTERS OF SEX Premieres

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan / MASTERS OF SEX (Showtime)

On Demand Weekly provides new reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “MASTERS OF SEX” on Showtime. 

If sex sells, the first episode of MASTERS OF SEX should be the most watched episode of television ever. After the first episode, however, the series settles down a bit, and the sex is definitely not erotic, unless you are into clinical settings and find ekg paraphernalia exciting. After the audience realizes this is not actually about sex, will they stick around for the drama? After meeting Lizzy Caplan’s Virginia Johnson and Michael Sheen’s Dr. Masters, I believe they will!

An interestingly odd couple, she is a down-to-earth, twice-divorced mother of two with a quite advanced attitude towards sex. He is a rather uptight, stern medical professional who nevertheless is fascinated by the physiological mechanics of human sexuality. Michael Sheen walks a fine line between brittle and passionate. It is not easy to like Dr. Masters, especially the way he treats his first wife, Libby (the lovely Caitlyn Fitzgerald), but it is hard not to root for his success all the same.

 

Lizzy Caplan’s Ginny

is absolute perfection.

 

It is quite obvious why not only the men, but the women around her find her irresistible. Smart, warm, sexy, caring and clever, she is the kind of woman who is capable of anything she sets her mind to.


There is a lot of will they won’t they in the initial episodes, but since it is common knowledge that SPOILER ALERT they were married to each other for most of their careers, it is not too suspenseful. The mystery of will the study get cancelled or funded is also moot.

What is intriguing is how they progress to each stage of the research fighting the prejudices of the medical establishment and society in general. Having to set up a research facility in a whorehouse is not exactly a highly controlled setting. It does, however, add a lot of humor and sets up a great relationship between hooker Betty DiMello (played by the effervescent Annaleigh Ashford with a quiet desperation underneath her full-on sass) and Dr. Masters. She, along with Virginia, are perfect foils for Bill’s conflicts.

 

The third and fourth episodes start really deepening the drama, and with the arrival of Bill’s mother, we finally start to get a peek into what makes him tick, and perhaps why he is so interested in sex, but not very good at it.

For fans of the art design of MAD MEN, MASTERS OF SEX also has drool-worthy midcentury modern style, although it is a little too pristine. It is hard to believe anyone actually lives or works on those sets. No one has a messy desk or a dirty dish, and even with two children, Virginia’s house has nary a stray toy in sight. When we finally get to a “messy” location, it consists of one piece of clothing strewn on a chair! Even the sex seems to be awfully clean, but I guess there is only so much reality we can handle in a show that focuses on sex researchers.

 

DEMAND IT

 

- Jean Tait

 

Jean
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Top 5 Reasons To Watch THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING!October 03, 2013

Top 5 Reasons To Watch THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING!

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING

Part social justice film, part stand-up comedy road tour, this  documentary confronts racism and prejudice head on, proving the transformative power of laughter. Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah gather a dream team of comedians (most of whom happen to be Muslim) and go on the road across the south, attempting to challenge stereotypes with shows and sidewalk stunts.

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! is now on demand. 

 

Top 5 Reasons To Watch THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! by directors Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad

 

1. Because you haven’t seen the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart in a movie since Death to Smoochy.

2. Because you can’t get enough of those sexy, sexy Muslims.

 

Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad


3. Because you want to see Lewis Black do one of his classic rants but with an extra Muslim flavor.

4. Because you want to see David Cross hang out in a laundromat. (See, now you really have to see the movie to understand what this is about!)

5. Because you wanna laugh, like really laugh, like laugh till you pee a little.

 

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LOVELACE - On DemandOctober 03, 2013

LOVELACE - On Demand

LOVELACE (Radius)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: LOVELACE (Radius).

 

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LOVELACE

By Sky McCarthy

 
In the current age of flourishing internet porn, it is difficult to imagine an era when Americans could be shocked by anything. We are saturated daily with sensual images and innuendo but in reality, the sexual revolution was not that long ago. The desensitizing of America arguably began with just one film – the legendary DEEP THROAT.

Not only was it one of the first erotic films with plot development and cinematic elements, but its comedic script broadened the appeal of a previously forbidden movie genre. LOVELACE, a new film directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, captures the tortured life of DEEP THROAT’s iconic star, Linda Boreman as she rose to fame with the success of one of the highest grossing adult films of all time.

Any film about the rise (and inevitable fall) of a small town girl who escapes to a big city usually contains elements of drug abuse, violence, sexual abuse and more. LOVELACE, based on Boreman’s own memoirs, has all of this but the directors present a very unique twist on an over told story. The first half of the film depicts a shy but playfully rebellious teen Linda (Amanda Seyfried) as she falls in love with strip club owner Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard).

The couple encounters money troubles in their initial months of marriage and Traynor is able to convince his young bride that porn is their best bet at a solid income. After multiple rounds of practice at home, he plays a demo tape of her performing the infamous act and – voila! – the producers love her! Lovelace is a star! Porn is fun! There are parties! And it’s all so easy! Until its’ not.

Just as the momentum of DEEP THROAT escalates, Epstein and Friedman temporarily halt the narrative, and, instead of moving forward, turn back. Now it’s Boreman’s turn to tell her side of the story. Was she happily whisked away to a better life with Chuck? Or did he threaten her life and attempt marital rape? Did Linda excitedly show up to the set each day, eager to please the cast and crew? Or was she beaten and held at gunpoint before uniting with her coworkers? The truth to this day remains slightly convoluted and the audience can decide which version they prefer. 

 

The ensemble cast of LOVELACE allows viewers to forgive the ridiculousness of certain scenes, or at least overlook the darker side of an industry that has always objectified women. Chris Noth and Bobby Cannavale play film producers, who for all their misogynistic quips, still come across as loveable. Hank Azaria plays DEEP THROAT director Gerard Damiano with comical yet earnest excitement, reminiscent of a Scorsese of the porn industry. Sharon Stone is initially unrecognizable in a brunette wig as Boreman’s mother but gives a worthy performance as a stern Catholic matriarch. But it is Sarsgaard who truly steals the show as the maniacal Traynor. True, real life evil has not been played so convincingly on screen this year.

Though the cast is beautiful, LOVELACE is not a sexy, light-hearted romp akin to its namesake’s feature film debut. Seyfried and Sarsgaard successfully deal with a bevy of dark issues while still allowing viewers to arrive at their own conclusions about the nature of the American porn industry during the late disco era. The controversy alone will inspire you to follow up with Boreman’s explosive autobiography Ordeal. LOVELACE is graphic but absolutely worth the time. 

 

 

- Sky McCarthy

 

Sky 
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SING ME THE SONGS THAT SAY I LOVE YOU: A CONCERT FOR KATE MCGARRIGLEOctober 02, 2013

SING ME THE SONGS THAT SAY I LOVE YOU: A CONCERT FOR KATE MCGARRIGLE

SING ME THE SONGS THAT SAY I LOVE YOU (Sundance Artist Services)

On Demand Weekly provides new reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “SING ME THE SONGS THAT SAY I LOVE YOU: A CONCERT FOR KATE MCGARRIGLE.” is now on demand. 

 

In May, 2011, a memorial concert was held in New York City’s historic Town Hall for Canadian singer/songwriter Kate McGarrigle. Headlined by her incredibly talented offspring, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, the concert of McGarrigle’s music, including both the well known and some obscure songs, is full of extraordinary performances by her family, her extended family and close friends. Family was definitely the theme of the evening, and the love they all feel for Kate, each other, and the music comes through every note and every breath. That the concert was filmed is fantastic news for McGarrigle/Wainwright fans.

Now available digitally through the Sundance Institute Artist Services Program, the concert includes full length renditions of the songs along with interviews, archival footage, recordings and photos of the extended McGarrigle clan. Getting the background of some of her songs makes their meaning deeper, and hearing the songs filtered through the experience of Kate’s death adds even more levels of poignancy. The last song Kate McGarrigle wrote, Proserpina, about a mother who wants her daughter to come back from Hades is especially moving as song by her children, obviously longing for their deceased mother, with lush background vocals by the rest of the extended family.

 



Unfortunately, filmmaker Lian Lunson makes some awkward edits and bizarre choices of intros and exits. Many performers are never named, which is frustrating, and if, as she has been quoted, the point of the film was to bring Kate McGarrigle’s music to a broader audience, the lack of labeling would make it difficult for, say, a fan of Justin Vivian Bond, or Norah Jones, to find this film. 

 

The executive producer of the concert gets a name, and an intro to the singer Krystle Warren is included, but most of the numbers start and finish without benefit of an explanation. Not only are many non-family members not identified, but their relationship to Kate is not explained, either. Is Norah Jones a close family friend or just a famous person brought in to appeal to audiences unfamiliar with the McGarrigles? She seems unsure of the lyrics during one song, so I really wonder.

Also, interviews with Rufus and Martha about McGarrigle’s actual moment of death and photos of Kate on her deathbed flashing onscreen while Rufus is singing create a maudlin atmosphere that is not in keeping with the Kate McGarrigle who wanted to keep things as normal and cheerful as they could be during her long painful struggle with sarcoma. It is heartbreaking enough to know they’ve lost their mother without rubbing the pain in our faces.

Yes, they are mourning, but they are also celebrating the beauty of spirit and talent that was Kate McGarrigle. The film should let the songs and performances do that, and stop trying so hard to make the audience cry. Kate McGarrigle deserves a better documentary. However, it is still an experience not to be missed to participate in this concert. Watch it for the music, roll your eyes at the cinematic pretentions, and keep that box of tissues handy.

 

DEMAND IT

 

- Jean Tait

 

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BRAD PITT’S WORLD WAR Z Is The #1 Movie On Demand

 

 

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1. WORLD WAR Z- NEW
2. NOW YOU SEE ME
3. STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS
4. THE GREAT GATSBY
5. THE BLING RING- NEW
6. PAIN & GAIN
7. OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
8. EPIC
9. THE BIG WEDDING
10. THE EAST

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Andy Greenwald & Chris Ryan – The Hollywood Prospectus InterviewOctober 01, 2013

Andy Greenwald & Chris Ryan – The Hollywood Prospectus Interview

The Hollywood Prospectus (Grantland)

As the media is evolving, including how consumers are enjoying their digital content, so is the coverage of what is available. Fans aren’t just reading up on new movies, shows, books and music, they’ve begun to listen to podcasts on their favorite topics. The emergence of Podcasts, or Audio On Demand, is a nice compliment to Video On Demand as both formats allow us to determine when and where we want to enjoy our selections. 

 

Podcasts may have gotten a reputation initially for the guy in his basement talking about a niche subject, but the medium is breaking out. From comedians (ex: Marc Maron) and talk show talent (ex: Adam Carolla) reaching larger audiences to the hottest show’s (“Breaking Bad”) producers having their own shows, podcasts have really came into their own in 2013.


One of the more popular hosts and ambassador of the podcast platform is ESPN’s well known sports writer,
Bill Simmons (The B.S. Report). In 2011, he launched Grantland, a website dedicated to sports and pop culture. In addition his staff writing for the website, they also have podcast shows and video segments for the Grantland Network.

 

The podcast that caught our attention the most was The Hollywood Prospectus with Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald. And we're not alone. “Increasingly podcasts, and especially targeted ones such as The Hollywood Prospectus, are becoming an important medium for awareness in the on demand world,” Eamonn Bowles, President, Magnolia Pictures.

 

On Demand Weekly’s Britt Bensen spoke with Chris and Andy about how The Hollywood Prospectus came to be, why their chemistry works so well and their thoughts on the VOD industry.

 

 

On Demand Weekly (ODW): What were your first jobs in media?
Andy Greenwald (AG):
My first job was interning at SPIN the summer of ’98 and then I got hired to be an editorial assistant the following summer and then switched to the website in ’99. It was so misunderstood, they allowed me at the age of 23 to be the Director of New Media at Vibe and Spin. Chris and I had been good friends since ’96 and he came to New York and started contributing to Spin.com.

 

Chris Ryan (CR): My first job in the media was working for Andy. I worked regional jobs. In ’99 I started writing music record reviews and working for really small publications, zines, back when they used to have zines. Andy was moving to New York to work at Spin and I joined him down there for a brief, but glorious run at Spin.com.


AG: We had actually become friends for our shared love of music magazines and thinking about them and wanting to write our own reviews and pretending to make our zine, which we never actually did, but we talked a lot about.

 


ODW: It’s easy to tell from the podcast you know each other well. When did you first meet? 

CR: Andy and I went to rival Quaker schools in Philadelphia. We ended meeting each other through some people I went to high school with…
 

AG: …who I went to college with. Chris was in Boston for college and I was at Providence. I was going to college with one of his friends, and she said you like Pavement, I have a friend who likes Pavement and it was love ever since.

 


ODW: Alan Sepinwall (Hitfix.com) went to college in Philly. What is in the water there that is turning out TV critics?
CR:
There’s definitely something in the water.


AG: You should not drink the water.

 


ODW: ESPN sportswriter Bill Simmons had been crossing over into pop culture from his start. He then founded Grantland two years ago. When did you first become aware of Bill and Grantland and when were each of you hired?

AG: I think we both read Bill’s first column. The minute he started writing for Page 2 (ESPN’s former sports blog), it was a revelation for everyone more or less our age to see someone write that way and...

 

...making it seem effortless and

natural to care about different types of things.

To really want to joke about the movie ANCHORMAN

and talk the World Series.

 

To bring all of those worlds together was really remarkable. If the Spin.com email addresses still existed I could find us emailing his column back and forth.

 

CR: When Bill was writing for Page 2 in the late 90’s, reading Bill was sort of the highlight of the internet. I don’t mean to say that because he’s our boss. He captured the imagination of a certain generation of readers where sports influenced pop culture and pop culture influenced sports and you could be a fan of both things.

 

As for starting at Grantland, I came to it through Chuck Klosterman, who was a friend of mine back in New York. He came to me the summer before and said Bill was looking for a soccer writer and I had been doing some writing about the World Cup and English Premier League. I wound up meeting Bill in New York and it went from there. I moved to LA to work as an editor.

 

AG: I knew about it in advance of it launching due to my friendship with Chris and Chuck, but I didn’t have any in on it. I was looking to get out of freelance writing about music and get in to writing for TV. I went to get a beer with Chuck and he mentioned there might be a place to contribute something for this site that didn’t have a name yet. And I was like, no thanks, I’m good.

 

Then in April, 2011, another friend from Spin, Lane Brown, who was the founding cultural editor of the site and had edited my first TV recaps for Vulture, reached out to me saying he had permission to being on someone on a part time contract to help with the cultural coverage. And I thought, that was too good to pass up. I went from a part time contract to a full time TV writer.

 


ODW: What are you exact roles at Grantland?
CR:
I’m a Deputy Editor and I am in charge of the Triangle Sports Blog. I oversee the editing and assigning and writing on that side.

 

AG: My title is Staff Writer, but I am essentially the TV Critic, although the last couple of weeks, Bill has decided he doesn’t like the word critic, so he’s trying to come up with a different title. One of the great things about Grantland is if I get agitated about the Phillies, Chris will let me write something or I have written about books and movies, but TV is my primary beat.

 




ODW: The Hollywood Prospectus podcast is a must listen every week for me. Whose idea was it?

CR: Once Jacoby met Andy & I, and saw our dynamic and said we should give these guys a podcast. It wasn’t called the Hollywood Prospectus in the beginning. We called it on the first show out of not knowing what else to call it and it stuck.

 

It was going to be Chris and Andy talking about all sorts of things, but we were lucky enough to start the podcast at the height of people becoming fervent fans of the Golden Age of television with shows like “Mad Men”, “Breaking Bad”, “Game of Thrones”. And that gave us a focus.

 

AG: Jacoby wanted to launch culture podcasts in the beginning and they couldn’t do it right away. Before I even met him, we did a podcast where we argued about “The Walking Dead”. That’s the first time we ever spoke. We did the first podcast in January 2012. Chris was still in New York at the time. We recorded the first 7 or 8 in the studio here, which was nice so we could get more comfortable and figure it out. It wasn’t weekly at first, but we got the go ahead pretty quickly.


Jacoby’s thinking was from his experience in working with Erik Rydholm at ESPN / PTI, the best listening and watching comes from people who actually like each other. We’re obviously not in their league, but I think they thought that our 15 years of friendship would translate well.

 


ODW: I recall the origin of PTI being based on good friends and colleagues Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon talking all day in the Washington Post newsroom and calling each other at night to talk sports. PTI decided to capture their conversation. Your podcast reminds me of that friendly rapport and is a new way for consumers to engage with the latest TV series, films and music in a commercial-free, uninterrupted, longer format that can’t be found on TV or radio. What’s been the response to the Hollywood Prospectus podcast?                                                                                                                                           

CR: I’ve had times when people have recognized my voice, which is surreal. I can’t even comprehend thinking about us in the same terms as PTI, because it’s a show I’ve been such a big fan of for most of my life. I do think the suggestion you’re making is the right one in that it’s been popular for people to be polar opposites or pre-disposed to disagree with one another may be exciting for a short term, but sometimes has diminishing returns.


Andy and I are flattered that people want to spend time with us in a way and we’re glad to project our friendship. Because that’s what it is...

 

...just us being friends.

It’s nice not to have to disagree with each

for the sake of doing so.



AG: The fact that part of my job is talking to my best friend does not seem real. The reaction has been bizarrely nice. It does still feel like the conversations we’d be having any way. And so then to be broadcasting them and people to be looking forward to them.


It’s a funny thing to be recognized for something that is effortless, because we’d be doing it any way. It’s extremely flattering. We’ve been serious about liking stuff and being enthusiastic. Whether it is a TV show like “Breaking Bad” or the crime novels we were trying to get people to read.

 

One of the things we like best when we were reviewing records, was not the desire to criticize someone, but to...

 

basically barge into someone’s house

and press play on someone’s CD player

to something we thought was really good.

 

To be able to continue that enthusiasm and advocacy for things we really care about like the novels of James Crumley or the music Superchunk and get people to give it a shot and respond to is really rewarding.


ODW: It’s better to give than to get, right.
Both:
Yes.


ODW: The Hollywood Prospectus podcast typically records early in the week and is available to listen to by Tuesday / Wednesday. How do you determine what you will discuss each week and are you getting pitched by media marketing & PR departments specifically for podcast coverage?
CR:
We usually talk about the tent pole of the podcast, which is Sunday night television. Whether it is “Mad Men”, “Breaking Bad”, “Game of Thrones” or “Homeland”. Those are our huge topics to focus on the beginning of the podcast. And then we talk about whatever is timely. Whether it is a new album release, or a movie we saw over the weekend.

 

As far as PR, yes, where it syncs up when Comedy Central asking one of us if we want to talk to “Workaholics.” Andy does his side podcast where he interviews show-runners and personalities in the TV industry.

 

AG: The funny thing about it is, is how totally DIY it still is. Chris and I will trade texts or emails over the weekend about what we might want to talk about on Monday. We wish we had more time to plan stuff out and bring in guests, but we’re working full time in addition to it. It comes together much more casually, but some of the best shows come out of things we didn’t expect. We were in the middle of TV shows and Chris all of a sudden… what made you want to do the ‘90s one?

 

CR: … Cause Pearl Jam was playing at Wrigley.

 

AG: Oh right. So then Chris was like we should one on ‘90s music. We didn’t prepare and turned out to be one of the more fun ones we’ve ever done. That’s good for us sometimes. Pick a topic and just go. We’re still learning as we’re doing it. It’s very much a work in a progress. I guess we need a “Stat Boy” (laughing).

 


ODW: Is there a natural rivalry with other Grantland podcasts “Do You Like Prince Movies”, “Girls In Hoodies”, “Men In Blazers?
AG:
The rivalry is similar to Kendrick Lamar’s verse from the song Control about how he loves everyone, but wants to destroy them. (Chis Ryan is howling with laughter). No. I love working at Grantland. Everyone has such different points of view.

 

CR: One thing Jacoby has done that has been a huge help to us, in the beginning, people who listened to the Jalen Rose Show (another Grantlad podcast) were getting our podcast too.

 


ODW: Bill has been a proponent of The Battle of the Network Stars and current challenge shows. Do you have any fodder for other podcasts like Hitfix, etc?
AG: The spirit of competition (they’re both laughing).

 

 

ODW: Is Jalen Rose and his bat auditioning for a walk on role on “Boardwalk Empire”?
AG:
I think it’s possible. I’d be happy for Jalen and his bat.

 

CR: I’d like to see him on a more contemporary show like “Scandal”.


ODW: As you both write for Grantland too, is there different preparation for a column vs a podcast? Do you save anything for one format vs the other?
AG
: Columns involve preparation and podcasts don’t (laughs). The benefit of knowing each other for so long comes into play. It’s our most regular way of speaking as Chris did something horrible and moved across the country.

 

The worst thing about being a writer, is writing. So anything I can do professionally that doesn’t involve the thing I’m supposed to be doing, I’m all for it. Another reason why I like podcasts.

 


ODW: You’re in different cities, right?
CR:
LA.
AG: NY.


ODW: You recently covered Joe Swanberg’s DRINKING BUDDIES, starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston that’s been available on demand the same time while in theaters? When you consider a film for conversation, does its distribution strategy determine when you would cover it?

AG: This summer it did. Due to a recent addition to my home life, I have not been able to go to a movie theater to see a movie. The fact that DRINKING BUDDIES was actually available on VOD was a god send. Having seen it and loved it, we would have talked about it any way, but I was keyed up to see a movie we could actually talk about and be relevant.

 

CR: I remember telling Andy about this movie and the best part about it is you don’t have to leave your house.

 

AG: I was sold. I thought it really helpful not just for us, but for our listeners. It was really nice to talk about something knowing that most everyone in the country could watch it, that night. We got a lot of feedback for it. People were tweeting us that they really saw the movie because it was available to them.

 

CR: I’m always looking for things on iTunes or Netflix. Pretty much every major on demand movie ot television show comes across our radar.

 


ODW: On demand provides an opportunity for discovery.
CR:
It’s very democratic. It’s nice to say, ‘go watch this, right now’.

 

AG: It’s very communal. We talked about it on our podcast and Jake Johnson tweeted about it. Joe Swanberg retweeted about our podcast...

 

You’re part of the conversation

with the artists and the audience. 

 


ODW: Stephen Colbert refers to anyone appearing on The Colbert Report as getting the Colbert Bump. Has anything received the Hollywood Prospectus Bump?
AG:
More like an ant hill.

 

CR: I think we’re definitely responsible for the fact they’re going to make another Bourne movie.

 

AG: It’s anecdotal, but people have bought some of the books we discussed. That’s been gratifying for us. Publishers reached out more so than film or TV people. I think people who work in publishing our excited anytime people talk about books.

 

CR: Probably the thing people got the most excited about that they didn’t know about before was “Top of the Lake”. It got a lot of reaction from people saying they had no idea it existed and it’s amazing.

 

AG: That fits into the VOD question. It’s one to celebrate obscure things from our past, but to celebrate another thing that was slightly obscure, recent, but also completely available. When we talked about it, it was streaming on Netflix, where it is to this day. That was a really nice synergy.

 


ODW: What do you think of the state of VOD for movies or TV?
AG:
I wish there more, since I can’t get out of the house.

 

CR: I really hope VOD becomes the platform where the middle class movies goes. Films that are adult thriller. From THE LINCOLN LAWYER to DRINKING BUDDIES. Films that are not finding a place. I look forward to more and more interesting, yet entertaining films on VOD.


I’ve been thinking about what Stephen Soderbergh said at a film festival (the San Francisco International Film Festival) recently. He talked about moving to television and on demand as a platform. I really hope VOD does provide a great platform for the movie business.

 

State of Cinema: Steven Soderbergh from San Francisco Film Society on Vimeo.

 

 

ODW: Most TV recaps and podcast focus on the best TV series and films with recognizable casts. What about the smaller TV series and/or movies? Do you feel “Hollywood Prospectus” could also serve as a place of discovery of new content?

AG: Yeah. I would hope so. Certainly with movies. It’s hard in TV to discover something that is unknown. There’s more opportunity in film.

 

CR: With film, people can make time to see one movie, like a DRINKING BUDDIES on a Friday Night. With TV, when you’re asking them to invest in a “Broadchurch”, “Top of the Lake”, or “Terriers”, it’s more difficult because it’s a much bigger time demand.


One of the pleasures of the podcast is to get people excited about things they wouldn’t ordinarily get a chance to see.

 


ODW: “Top of the Lake” premiered as a miniseries on Sundance Channel in the U.S. the format seems to be a sweet spot for the network.
AG:
I think that is incredibly smart. That is where TV is going and getting ahead of that and making a name for themselves is really smart.


ODW: Chris mentioned the “Post Golden Age TV era” in last week’s podcast. What is your vision of the TV landscape once “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” conclude?
CR:
I think you’re going to see a lot more channels. Whether that is online channels like Amazon or Netflix, or more channels like what FX is doing. It’s going to be a rush and they’re not going to have that Sunday night prestige. And we’ll probably go through that for a while and the cream will rise to the top.

I don’t see a show to take over for the role “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” serve. Nothing feels momentous like them.

 

AG: It’s going to be dire. If we’re talking about the recent Golden Age of TV, it’s going to be over after “Mad Men” goes dark. The circumstances that led to the shows we’re talking about being broadcast is over. Vince Gilligan had this passion project. “Mad Men” was Matthew Weiner’s passion project. And there were networks desperate for content that were willing to empower show-runners and take chances on strange material. Since then, the entire has changed completely and the finances have changed. Networks are no longer interested in being bent over the barrel by the creative demands of show-runners. We’re in for a different landscape.

 


ODW: Are there any plans to expand to more than once a week or to video (Grantland’s YouTube channel)?
CR:
We’d like to get bigger and expand, but given what we talk about, once a week feels right.

 

AG: Jalen says give the people what they want and I think what they’re saying is once a week is enough from us.


ODW: Bill Simmon’s BS Report opens with a disclaimer that “it is a free flowing conversation that occasionally touches upon mature subjects.” Any plans for the “Hollywood Prospectus” to go blue and get your own disclaimer?
AG:
We talked about Hollywood Prospectus After Dark. For good reason, no one has listened to us. There was one podcast Jacoby produced and had to clean up after we said some stuff.. We’ve learned since then.
 


ODW: Lastly, name the TV Series, movie and album you’re each looking forward to the most?
CR:
The TV series I’m looking forward to is “True Detective” (HBO) with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The movie is GRAVITY. Music is tough. I guess Drake.

 

AG: The Haim album (Days Are Gone) is great. And a Scottish band called Churches has an amazing debut album. AMERICAN HUSTLE (the new David O. Russell movie). “Trophy Wife” (ABC) is a great pilot with Malin Ackerman.

#

 

 

- Britt Bensen



Britt is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of On Demand Weekly. He is currently at Intel Media. Previously, Britt worked for Miramax Films and Sundance Channel. He also on the Advisory Board of the Palo Alto Intl Film Festival.



You can find The Hollywood Prospectus, The Triangle and Chis Ryan & Andy Greenwald’s columns on Grantland.

 

 

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1. STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS- NEW
2. NOW YOU SEE ME
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5. EPIC
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ALL IS BRIGHT
By Joe Charnitski

 

Since Labor Day is barely behind us you may not be ready for Christmas movies, but that shouldn’t keep you from watching director Phil Morrison’s (JUNEBUG) latest film, ALL IS BRIGHT. Yes, the title is taken from a lyric in the classic carol Silent Night, and, yes, the story does center around two French Canadian Christmas tree salesmen in New York City. No, this is not a heartwarming tale of miracles and elves and other wonderful lives.

Paul Giamatti (SIDEWAYS, JOHN ADAMS) plays Dennis, a recently paroled thief who wants nothing more than to start a fresh chapter of his life with his wife and daughter. Unfortunately for him, his wife a) doesn’t want anything to do with him, b) has told their daughter that her father died, and c) has found love with another man while Dennis was locked up. Think it can’t get worse for Dennis? The man who’s now dating his wife is his friend and fellow reformed thief Rene, played by Paul Rudd (THIS IS 40, ANCHORMAN).

Dennis confronts his friend and forces Rene to take him along as a partner on his annual trip to The Big Apple to sell Canadian trees to New Yorkers in search of that perfect holiday decoration. Thus begins their adventure together. Rene wants enough money to come back and propose to Dennis’ wife. Dennis wants to prove that he can thrive in a life above the law, hoping his family will want him back.

The set-up sounds pretty solid in synopsis form and the story is reasonably well constructed, if a little unsurprising. The guys meet some interesting metropolitan characters, the complexity of their relationship is revealed as time passes and the ups and downs of the tree business keep things moving along. The script does feel a little immature, though. The potential of the story is never quite fully developed, and therefore isn’t completely satisfying.

What makes the film worth checking out, though, are the performances. Morrison and his cast were successful in getting every worthwhile element out of this story. Giamatti carries a bitterness and jealousy with him throughout, but moments of shame and embarrassment spotlight the roots of all he’s struggling with. You’ll truly believe his heart is broken over his lost family.

Rudd brings his Peter Pan charm to the role, but with it is a vulnerability and well shaped good intentions. He’s got grand ideas for where his life could go, but little skill at being able to put the pieces together to make it happen. He seems to be fighting hard not to give in to the acrimony that has gotten a hold of Dennis.

 

Lastly is Sally Hawkins (HAPPY GO LUCKY, BLUE JASMINE) who plays Olga, a Russian woman who befriends and offers small kindnesses to Dennis. Maybe they are kindred spirits. Maybe she’s able to empathize with the suffering he wears like a mask. As always, Hawkins brings a vitality and authenticity to her role that only serves to lift the material to a better place.

The film is billed as a comedy, but there were only a few moments I genuinely laughed out loud. It won’t replace your holiday classics, and it’s slow pace may turn some viewers off. But a skilled director and a solid cast make it worth a try.

 

 

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Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd star together for the first time in the off-beat, dark comedy ALL IS BRIGHT from director Phil Morrison (Junebug).

Golden Globe® winner Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Amy Landecker (A Serious Man) co-star in this film from executive producer Paul Giamatti and the award-winning director of Junebug Phil Morrison.

 

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