I’M STILL HERE - On Demand TodaySeptember 24, 2010


I’M STILL HERE - On Demand Today

Magnolia Pictures

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: I'M STILL HERE.
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Reality TV has been with us for a long time, and will likely be around for the duration. Audiences like it and it’s relatively cheap to make. So why not make a reality movie?

Apparently, Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix are so impressed by the Kim Kardashians and Snookis of the world that they decided to squander their talent and make I’M STILL HERE. The film, we are supposed to believe, documents Mr. Phoenix’s retirement from acting and failed attempt at a hip hop career.

Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck (Magnolia)

When I invited my friend Dan to join me for the I’M STILL HERE screening he begged off by asking, “Why would I go see a movie about a movie actor who’s acting like he doesn’t want to act any more?” (This from a man who thinks JACKASS 2 is great classic cinema.) Well Dan, I can’t answer that question, even after seeing the movie and even after seeing Joaquin Phoenix on “Late Show with David Letterman” Wednesday  night.

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THE AMBASSADOR - Central African Republic Diplomacy RevealedSeptember 05, 2012


THE AMBASSADOR - Central African Republic Diplomacy Revealed

Drafthouse Films

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: THE AMBASSADOR (Drafthouse).


 

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THE AMBASSADOR
By Joe Charnitski

 
No matter how compelling a documentary may be, a little part of me can’t help but think, “Yeah, but they know the camera is there.” No matter how sincere a person appears, there is hardly any doubt that we all “perform” a bit when we know we’re supposed to. Docs capture a slice of life, but certainly not without at least a wee bit of artifice.

One solution would be to hide the cameras. Now no one feels the need to perform, because they are unaware of the audience. And, oh the things people will say when they don’t think they’re being watched. Mads Brügger, described as a filmmaker/journalist/provocateur, employs this very method as he infiltrates a corrupt world of diamond mines, government graft and straight up gangster greed and politics in central Africa.
 
Mads Brügger / THE AMBASSADOR (Drafthouse)

Brügger’s film, THE AMBASSADOR, reveals the dishonesty and double-dealing that goes into the distribution of phony positions of power in nations we consider “failed states.” Brügger goes undercover as a European consul attempting to acquire an ambassadorship from Liberia so that he can obtain immunity in the Central African Republic (CAR). Once in the CAR he’ll pretend he has an interest in building a match factory (like, you know, matchbooks and flames) but what he truly wants to get his hands on are diamonds, and this wild west outpost of the dark continent has plenty.

To establish his place in the CAR, Brügger amasses a team of malefactors to help set up his fake credentials, convince the local community of his intentions to build the match factory and to connect him to the black market diamond dealers with whom he desires to do business. Brügger is literally and figuratively playing with fire.

Early in the film one of the men who can potentially assist Brügger in getting his fraudulent appointment as ambassador asks him to leave his bag and phone behind as they take a walk. He later confesses that he wanted to make sure their conversation wasn’t recorded. Clearly this guy isn’t aware of the hidden camera, and his confession prepares us for the world of secrets and lies we’re about to visit.
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THE DICTATOR - Movie On Demand SweepstakesSeptember 18, 2012


THE DICTATOR  - Movie On Demand Sweepstakes

Paramount

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The heroic story of a North African dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. -- (C) Paramount


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