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



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. 

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.

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



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).


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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,



 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.



 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.



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. 

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

Whit Stillman Turns To Amazon Original Series With THE COSMOPOLITANS


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.




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. 

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. 

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