Top 5 Reasons to Watch EAST WILLYBJuly 11, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Watch 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 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.

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:

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
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
Comedies starring Jason Bateman are my Kryptonite, and this one has revenge, Allison Janney, and an unhinged adult participating in a spelling bee!
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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.
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That’s July friends. Happy watching!
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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!
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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.
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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? 

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