INSIDE PREMIUM: Bored to DeathSeptember 14, 2009


INSIDE PREMIUM: Bored to Death

HBO

INSIDE PREMIUM will keep you up-to-date on the Premieres, Finales, and everything in between that is available at your choosing on Premium VOD. This Week
  • Bored to Death Premiere
  • Nurse Jackie Sneak Peek
  • Doubt Sneak Peek…

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New Movies On Demand This Week (THE IDES OF MARCH, BUCKY LARSON)January 17, 2012


New Movies On Demand This Week (THE IDES OF MARCH, BUCKY LARSON)

Don't know what movie to watch on demand? Let On Demand Weekly help you browse through the New Movies On Demand (MOD) every week.

By Britt Bensen

 

MOVIES ON DEMAND

 
My main regret this week is that it isn't Ryan Gosling's other recent movie DRIVE that is on demand opposite Bucky Larson. it would have been a sweet wardrobe showdown.
 

 

Movies On Demand Premiering This Week (January 16, 2012)

 

- THE IDES OF MARCH
- BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR


THE IDES OF MARCH – Premieres January 17

Might I interest you in a film written, directed and starring George Clooney? Okay, so Clooney isn't the lead (he is in that other movie getting Oscar buzz not on demand yet), but just look at the rest of the cast: Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood. The once up-and-comer Ryan Gosling, is now a leading man. He's in interesting films, if not box office bofo (DRIVE, BLUE VALENTINE) and who doesn't love a political thriller. Hoffman and Giamatti are perfectly cast as rival campaign managers. I'd watch a series based on their two characters and the sleeze they would bring to office every four years. Hello HBO, Showtime, AMC? Kudos to whoever brought them on board. Unfortunately they're never on the screen at the same time. But they use the other characters to carry out their needs on the campaign trail.

 

I'm not crazy about the actual plot IDES revolves around. It missed the opportunity to be an iconic political film with this stellar cast. Clooney includes some impressionable dialogue as potentially pragmatic politician, but his actions belie a more scandalous, manipulative persona. It leaves you less enamored with an idealogue you would want to believe in. A notion we're all too familair with in real life. An idea that refutes any hope for change.

 

The unfortunate storyline aside, IDES is well acted and worth a rental to just watch these superb actors.
Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
R, Drama


Same day as DVD.

 




BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR – Premieres January 17

Adam Sandler continues to astound with the movies he produces. GROWN UPS. JUST GO WITH IT. ZOOKEEPER. JACK AND JILL. And now BUCKY LARSON. Your movie demanding privileges should be revoked if you rent this.
Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci
R, Comedy


Same day as DVD

 

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- Britt Bensen



Britt is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of On Demand Weekly. He is the former head of Affiliate Marketing and VOD for Sundance Channel. Prior to Sundance Chanel, Britt worked for Miramax Films and BMI. He also on the Advisory Board of the Palo Alto Intl Film Festival.

 
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Is GOON A Modern Day SLAP SHOT?February 24, 2012


Is GOON A Modern Day SLAP SHOT?

Magnolia Pictures

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: GOON (Magnolia).

 

GOON

By Gabriel Desjardins

 

When they asked me to review this film, I don’t think they quite knew how connected I am to it. Let’s go back six years – I’m at a friend’s wedding and someone tells me I have to talk to the groom’s cousin. His cousin tells me he wrote a movie with his friend when he was 14 years old and they’re looking to get it produced in Hollywood. What was it about? “These two guys are in high school and they like these girls and they go to a party.” I made a face. “No, it’s good, I swear.” Who was that kid? Evan Goldberg. And the movie? SUPERBAD So what the hell do I know?

Some people start watching Youtube and waste hours looking at movies of kittens swimming or awful Paul Lekakis music videos. I watch one thing and one thing only on youtube: hockey fights. So I can’t imagine anything better than an updated SLAP SHOT written by Goldberg and shot in my home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba with cameos by people I know. The homage to the 70s minor-league hockey classic starts early: profanity that doesn’t usually make it into modern films, French-Canadian stereotypes, gay jokes and players giving a hostile crowd the finger as they enter the arena. (In a nice touch, the crowd returns the favor with giant foam middle fingers.)

 


Seann William Scott in GOON, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.


The story is influenced as much by THE WATERBOY

as it is by what is arguably Paul Newman’s magnum opus.

 

Much like Adam Sandler’s Bobby Boucher and his mother, hard-headed bouncer Doug Glatt, played by Seann William Scott, is protective of his younger gay brother. When his excitable best friend, played by co-writer Jay Baruchel, goads a goon into climbing into the crowd at a local hockey game and coming after him, Glatt objects to the player’s use of gay slurs and displays both his ability to take a punch and his ability to deliver one, knocking the player out in the stands.

This display of punching talent gets Glatt recruited by the local hockey team, where, in scenes reminiscent of the 1986 fighting classic YOUNGBLOOD, he learns, just barely, to skate. (Rob Lowe’s Dean Youngblood had to learn, just barely, to fight.) Glatt excels at fighting in the local league, which gets him called up to a high minor-league team in Halifax, coached by the brother of his hometown team’s coach. The Halifax team hasn’t won a game in a month, and features French-Canadian forward Xavier Laflamme, who can stickhandle in a phone booth but has been ducking body contact since famous goon Ross Rhea hit him in an NHL game three years earlier.

 


Liev Schreiber in GOON, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

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