5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: December 2014December 04, 2014

5 New Movies On Demand to Watch: December 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 - December 2014:

By Kat Ashy

Sleigh bells are ringing, chestnuts are roasting, and Rudolph’s being subpoenaed for a disastrous FUI incident. It’s officially the holiday season! And in between preparing those delicious latkes and forgetting your distant relatives names, make sure you schedule some quality On Demand time. Nothing softens the blow of forced merriment quite like a nice Movie On Demand, and I’ve got my top five December picks right here!

Kat’s Top Five Movies On Demand:

This foodie masterpiece starring Dame Helen Mirren is a surefire way to satisfy your December gluttony.
PG, Drama, Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon

Holidays breed familial insanity so why not watch this dysfunctional bunch that includes Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, and Jane Fonda.
R, Comedy/Drama, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard

3. THE MAZE RUNNER, Premieres December 23 - TEEN PICK
Young Adult Dystopia fiction will not die! And in this case it’s a good thing since THE MAZE RUNNER is essentially a New Age Lord of the Flies.
PG-13, Action/Sci-Fi, Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson

2. THE SKELETON TWINS, Premieres December 16 INDIE PICK
Putting Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader together as estranged twin siblings is a genius move. Whoever casted this deserves a pie.
R, Drama, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell

We are Groot! The biggest blockbuster of the summer is finally On Demand and if you didn’t catch it in theatres you must watch it now. In the Marvel universe, Chris Pratt stars as the charismatic Star-Lord who helms a team of vigilante criminals that include a ruthless assassin, an overly literal behemoth, a crazed raccoon, and a talking tree. With its 70’s soundtrack and “don’t give a shit” attitude GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY reigns supreme as the most entertaining film of the year.
PG-13, Action/Adventure, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper (voice), Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice), Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro

That’s December team! Be sure to read what other great movies premiere On Demand this month below.
Happy watching!
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Fran Kranz’s Top 5 Things You Need To Know About MURDER OF A CATDecember 04, 2014

Fran Kranz’s Top 5 Things You Need To Know About MURDER OF A CAT

MURDER OF A CAT (Gravitas)

Clinton Moisey is an iconoclastic, artisan action-figure designer who still lives in his mom’s basement, and is, by the standards of the world, a full-blown loser. But Clinton doesn’t have time to care about what others think of him; he’s too busy running a yard sale where he promotes his hardboiled detective toy line with his pet cat and best friend, “Mouser.” When Clinton wakes up one morning to find Mouser impaled by a crossbow arrow, he is devastated.


J.k. Simmons, Fran Kranz, MURDER OF A CAT (Gravitas)


Realizing that the local Sheriff is only interested in flirting with his mom, Clinton sets off on his own to find out who killed Mouser and why. As Clinton delves deeper into the case, he uncoveres a town-wide conspiracy far greater than he ever imagined. The comedic MURDER OF A CAT is a modern-day film noir set in the mundane world of the suburbs.


Fran Kranz's Top 5 Things You Need To Know About MURDER OF A CAT


1. Much of the character of Clinton was based on Ignatius Reilly. Meaning, I plagiarized much of A Confederacy of Dunces.

2. The cat (played by Bogart) and I were not best friends in real life.

3. I ruined a lot of this movie by laughing. You can see me laugh in the film because there was no other footage left to use.


Fran Kranz, MURDER OF A CAT (Gravitas)

4. I wear a wig for the first half of the movie. That is not my real hair.

5. Doghouse Reilly was an original action figure made for the film. They should sell them. It’s probably my only chance to be an action figure. 


- Fran Kranz



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BESIDE STILL WATERS - On DemandNovember 20, 2014



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: BESIDE STILL WATERS (Tribeca Film).

A group of childhood friends reunite after one member of the circle experiences the sudden death of his parents in a car accident in the indie film BESIDE STILL WATERS. It’s Daniel (Ryan Eggold, THE BLACKLIST) who’s lost his folks and the gang meets at his family lake house one last time before all is packed up and the house is sold. This is a location filled with nostalgia for everyone, and now it’s simmering with the intense need for mourning, and plenty of guilt as none of Daniel’s friends made it to the funeral.



THE BIG CHILL will certainly come to mind as you watch this film: old friends together again in a remote location, recent death in the air, past relationships rekindled. The kinds of conflicts you’d expect from such a scenario are on display early. Daniel’s ex-girlfriend Olivia (Britt Lower) arrives with a new fiance in tow, played by Reid Scott (VEEP). Martin and Abby are the married couple who have seen their passions cool, although Martin hopes this weekend can turn up the heat. Some of the pack have become successful, like reality TV star James (Brett Dalton, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.). Other are struggling, like Tom (Beck Bennett, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) who was fired by his Dad just before the trip.

Overall the film succeeds in stirring up wistful longing for days gone by, like any sentimental story of this kind should. It does fall into some stereotypical traps, though. For example, a musical montage of the hilarious, drunken fun everyone is having during their first night in the house. One segment built around a drinking game named Whiskey Slaps is the comedic highlight of the film. If you can’t guess what a Whiskey Slap is, you’ll pick it up quickly once you see the concept in action.

Despite some of its emotional missteps, the film does hit a few notes exactly right. During a one conversation a character offers the cliche, “All’s fair in love and war” to which Tom questions, “What do we know about love and war?” A poignant commentary on this privledged pack. Director Chris Lowell also created a device wherein we see Danilel’s stream of consciousness memories in a quick series of black and white images. It’s the best choice from a craft/chatacter perspective in the film, and it continues to add dimension to Daniel through the picture.



Lisa Kudrow Makes Her Comeback On HBONovember 20, 2014

Lisa Kudrow Makes Her Comeback On HBO

The Comeback (HBO)

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 Comeback-Season 2.”

I had always heard good things about The Comback, but I didn’t have HBO, and it only lasted one season. When I heard it was worth resurrecting after nine years, I figured I better finally hop on it!

Last weekend I binged the whole first season of The Comeback in two days. My face, neck, and shoulders are sore from all the cringing, but it was so worth it!


The Comeback (HBO)

Poor Valerie Cherish. At one time she was the IT girl. She was the star of a sitcom, and everyone laughed and applauded with delight at her every utterance. Then it all went away. The sitcom was cancelled. She aged. In her head, she knows that is the way of the business we call show, but in her heart she can’t quite believe that it is all really gone. She fervently, desperately believes that if she just gets that one chance, she could have all that adoration back. She could be IT again.

That desperation leads her to a reality show deal with a network. As she hopes for a role in a sitcom, her reality show cameras watch every humiliating step of the way, from being cast as the older aunt in a hideous Golden Girls style sweat suit while a bunch of frisky twentysomethings gad about to the demeaning and disdainful treatment dished out by the writer, Pauly G.


The Comeback (HBO)

Lisa Kudrow is amazing. The way Valerie’s feelings travel across her face as she tries to control them is like watching a caught fish wriggling a foot or so beneath the water. When she hears something offensive or appalling, you can see her face register it, then she will laugh that awful nervous laugh, make a not-very-witty comment, and try desperately to keep a smile on her face and nod oh-so-enthusiastically. All the while you see the muscles under her facial skin tick and twitch as she tries to keep the happy look going.

It is sheer brilliance.

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About ALWAYS WOODSTOCKNovember 10, 2014

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About ALWAYS WOODSTOCK


Aspiring singer, Catherine Brown (Allison Miller), finds herself living a life she never imagined. Stuck at a dead end job in New York City at a mega music record label, Catherine spends her days as the wrangler for the label's most difficult star (Brittany Snow). But when Catherine is unceremoniously fired, and then comes home to find her long time fiancé (Jason Ritter) in the arms of another woman, she decides that it's time for a change. One night at a local bar, Catherine stumbles into handsome town doctor Noah (James Wolk), and cannot deny the moment of magic between them.

ALWAYS WOODSTOCK stars Allison Miller (Selfie), James Wolk (Mad Men), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Rumer Willis (HOUSE BUNNY), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Anna Anissimova (THE WHISTLEBLOWER), Brittany Snow (PITCH PERFECT), and Ryan Guzman (STEP UP REVOLUTION). The film was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Rita Merson, and produced by Jenny Hinkey, Rita Merson and Peter Schafer.

The film features original songs written by Katey Sagal, Kurt Sutter, and Allison Miller and performed by Katey Sagal and Allison Miller. Available on VOD and across all other digital platforms on November 14, 2014.



Allison Miller and James Wolk's Top 10 Things You Need To Know About ALWAYS WOODSTOCK




1. Some good friends asked my husband and me to perform a song at their wedding. We sang Leslie Feist and Ben Gibbard's version of Vashti Bunyan's "Train Song", with him on a ukulele and me on the guitar. Both the casting director and two producers on ALWAYS WOODSTOCK happened to be at the wedding too...


...so my audition process essentially started in Idaho

because of two gorgeous people who fell in love

and asked us to be a part of it.

2. I was driving up the 110 one day listening to KCSN ( CSU Northridge's great college radio station) and heard some music that caught my ear. It was a live performance by Aaron Embry, who I had never heard of. I was immediately hooked and went home and bought his album. The very next day our director, Rita Merson, told me that the artist they were bringing in for the live performance scene was none other than ...dun dun dun... Aaron Embry! Whoa! Kismet!

3. Some of my personal life made it's way into the movie in the form of props. Photos of my family were framed all over the Brown family home and my actual wedding dress was used for Catherine's wedding dress. In a scene where Catherine has a sudden emotional response to something related to her parents, the director and prop department surprised me by using a personal artifact. As an actor you're always trying to find the truth and personal connection to the character you're creating and it was a wonderful gift to be given a really genuine moment like that. I won't spoil anything before you see the movie but it involves a shovel. So. Look out for a shovel.

4. One of the most fun scenes we shot was with Katey Sagal and a lot of red velvet cake. We were working on the scene and just felt like we weren't totally hitting the meat of it until someone came up with the idea that hey, maybe these ladies are high. Suddenly we were stuffing our faces with cake and giggling and sharing a moment that connected our characters in a totally new deeper way. Also we got paid to eat cake and giggle so that was pretty okay.

5. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting James Wolk, ask him to do his Marty McFly. It's exceptional.



Allison Miller and James Wolk, ALWAYS WOODSTOCK (Gravitas Ventures)




6. This film was not only a great experience, but I truly grew as an actor. And I not only grew as an actor in all the normal ways one does, but also in my ability to pretend its warm when it's not. Many of those comfortable upstate New York-evening scenes when we were wearing light jackets were actually shot when it was about 25 degrees out. 

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