Cameron Diaz’s BAD TEACHER & Selena Gomez’s MONTE CARLO - On DemandOctober 17, 2011


Cameron Diaz’s BAD TEACHER & Selena Gomez’s MONTE CARLO - On Demand

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

 

Movies On Demand Premiering This Week (October 18, 2011)

 

- BAD TEACHER
- MONTE CARLO


BAD TEACHER – Premieres October 18

There are two title adjectives that always catch my attention: American and Bad. It's more than just a title (AMERICAN HISTORY X, AMERICAN BEAUTY). It's as if the movie is declaring itself as so iconicly "American" or so "Bad" (in a bad ass kind of way), you need to pay attention. What other titles warn you (or tempt you) with a description as "Bad" can (BAD SANTA and BREAKING BAD)? It plays upon our inquisitive nature to know what we don't or shouldn't know. We never gossip about who behaved properly. We whisper about who got caught doing something against the rules.

And now we have BAD TEACHER. A movie about a rule-breaking, don't give a damn, hottie of a teacher. No one really wants to spend money watching an inferior teacher. But just like we wanted to see how far Billy Bob Thornton would cross the line as a Santa Claus, we are curious as to how mischievous Cameron Diaz will act as a school teacher. Throw a kick ball at a student to prove a point? Sex it up at a car wash? Yup, Cameron's character is just baaad enough to do both while also trying to win a prize so she can pay for breast implants.

BAD TEACHER has its moments, but the best parts are all in the trailer.
Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segal
R/NR, Comedy


Same day as DVD

 

SKIP IT

 



MONTE CARLO – Premieres October 18


Justin Bieber's girlfriend goes to Paris and Monte Carlo, with a Gossip Girl in tow, and is treated like royalty because she's impersonating one. There is an actual backstory that MONTE CARLO is based on Jules Bass' Headhunters, where adult women (Nicole Kidman was once rumored to be cast) travel to Europe, but the previous sentence about a teenie-bopper starlet got this movie green lit. A recent Grantland column (Why Do Movies Suck? Ask a Guy Who Makes Them) by producer Rick Schwartz (who was rumored to be attached to the Kidman version of MONTE CARLO) makes more sense now.

SKIP IT unless you're a teenage girl who dreams movies like this may come true.
Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester
PG, Comedy


Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix and Redbox
 

SKIP IT



PREVIOUS RELEASES


Week of October 11 (THE TREE OF LIFE, HORRIBLE BOSSES, ZOOKEEPER, GREEN LANTERN)
Week of October 4 (AFRICAN CATS, FAST FIVE, SCREAM 4)

 

- 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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Eugene Jarecki’s Documentary THE HOUSE I LIVE IN - On DemandFebruary 03, 2013


Eugene Jarecki’s Documentary THE HOUSE I LIVE IN - On Demand

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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 HOUSE I LIVE IN.


See the latest Independent Movie On Demand (IMOD) Trailers here...

 

THE HOUSE I LIVE IN

By T. Tara Turk

 

Rarely do I watch a documentary that has me fearful if no one else ever watches it. Eugene Jarecki’s documentary THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, about the war on drugs, has me afraid that all of its facts, wisdom, heartbreaking true stories and amazing ability to tie in such a large epidemic, has me fearful that it is all for nothing if everyone doesn’t watch it.

 

Eugene Jarecki, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN (FilmBuff)

Jarecki starts off on a small scale by talking to his family’s longtime housekeeper, Nanny (that’s her name), about what happened to her children and other close knit family members during the 1970s and 80s drug epidemic as the young Jareckis were close to them but time had drifted them apart. Thus begins the incredible tale of the nation’s real war on drugs, the perceived war on drugs and the dive into Jareckii discovering that the penitentiary system is slowly becoming the the stimulus package for small and average size towns in a destabilized economy.

Nanny’s kids and relatives are mostly all either dead from drugs or in jail. Jarecki also finds several young black males who are in the similar situations, victims of an intense drug sentencing system that appears solve no problems but manages to create larger prisons. Jarecki interviews victims of the drug epidemic - from ex-con fathers who had no fathers, activists who’s families have been given near life sentences, academics who can’t prevent the epidemic from reaching their own families, correctional officers who see no way out of the vicious cycle, cynical and exhausted narcotic officers and judges who are tired of heaping all the blame on a small part of the disenfranchised population.

In a careful and effective balance, Jarecki is able to personalize the effects of the war drugs with real life stories (one ex-con father says of his son, “I knew I was supposed to be a father and have that responsibility but I didn’t know how to do it. I just didn’t know how to do it...”) with mind boggling facticians and academics who present such a remarkable case for a review of drug sentencing laws and the culture of rehabilitation that it’s hard to imagine walking away from this documentary without needing to do some action.

 

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