Kristin Wiig’s Latest - HATESHIP LOVESHPApril 15, 2014

Kristin Wiig’s Latest - HATESHIP LOVESHP

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.

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. 

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.

 

- Jeffrey Schwarz

 

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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.

 
On Demand Weekly's Top Five New Movies On Demand Preview:

Kate
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. 
 
 
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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). 

 

 

FREE RIDE FIRST / LOOK

Anna Paquin, Ava Acres and Liana Liberato / FREE RIDE (Phase 4 Films)

 

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.

 

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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