THEY’RE OUT OF THE BUSINESS Looks For Biz On DemandApril 11, 2011


THEY’RE OUT OF THE BUSINESS Looks For Biz On Demand

IFC 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: THEY’RE OUT OF THE BUSINESS (IFC Films).


THEY’RE OUT OF THE BUSINESS Looks For Biz On Demand
By Chris Claro

 

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, the early 90s, when the indie film sandbox was filled with boys named Quentin, Kevin, Spike, and of course, Eric. “Eric who?” you ask. Why, Eric Schaeffer, of course. The heir apparent to Woody Allen – in his own fevered imagination, anyway – Schaeffer’s niche was the New York-based comedy, in which the lovably neurotic, Upper West Side Jew, almost always portrayed by Schaeffer, contemplated life, love, and his own supposedly rakish charm.

 
In his maiden directorial effort, MY LIFE’S IN TURNAROUND, Schaeffer co-starred with Donal Lardner Ward as two Manhattan slackers who attempt to make a movie. In their early thirties when they made the film, Schaeffer and Ward tapped into the pre-millennial zeitgeist trying to bring their vision to the screen on a wing and an Amex card.
 
 
Flash forward to 2011; Schaeffer has made a career out of oh-so-talky films in which he plays a thinly-veiled version of himself – and he seems to keep writing, directing and starring so that he can make out with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Amanda de Cadenet. Ward has had a patchwork career of writing and directing with and without Schaeffer.
 
Each seems to have found a hole in his schedule big enough to revisit their TURNAROUND characters of Splick and Jason in THEY’RE OUT OF THE BUSINESS. Nearly twenty years later, the two former wunderkinds have hit hard times, but Splick, at least, feels they have one more movie in them and sets out to convince his buddy help realize the dream.
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On Demand Welcomes THE PERFECT HOSTJune 08, 2011


On Demand Welcomes THE PERFECT HOST

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: THE PERFECT HOST (Magnolia Pictures).


On Demand Welcomes THE PERFECT HOST
By Chris Claro

 

Though they’re still around today, via such networks as Lifetime, Hallmark, and SyFy, the made-for-TV movie had its heyday in the 1970s. B-level features that ran anywhere from 70 to 95 minutes, TV movies had the feel of the lower half of a double bill. With their pulpy plots and recognizable character actors, they were junk food, a cinematic bag of Bugles with special guest star Dick Van Patten.

As I watched THE PERFECT HOST, I was transported back to the days of my nerdy youth, when, on many a Saturday night, stuck in a three-network hell, I consumed thousands of those empty TV-movie calories.

A tight little comic thriller that – almost – moves quickly enough to leap over its fairly prodigious plot holes, David Hyde-Pierce is the eponymous character, an effete Angeleno named Warwick who is putting the finishing touches on a dinner party in anticipation of the arrival of his guests. After John, a crook on the run from the police, ingratiates his way into Warwick’s house, each man employs wits and will to maintain dominance over the other.

 


Hyde-Pierce is one of those truly talented actors who can disappear into a role and make the audience forget his eleven-year stint as fussy Niles on FRASIER. His slow, deliberate revelation of what drives Warwick is one of the film’s biggest pluses. Swishy one minute, menacing the next, Hyde-Pierce calibrates his performance for maximum laughs.

 

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Can Pierce Brosnan Save SALVATION BOULEVARD?July 27, 2011


Can Pierce Brosnan Save SALVATION BOULEVARD?

IFC

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:  SALVATION BOULEVARD (IFC)


Can Pierce Brosnan Save SALVATION BOULEVARD?
By Chris Claro

 

George Ratliff’s SALVATION BOULEVARD is a madcap, scattershot comedy that makes a block party of the hypocrisy-filled confluence of big business and big religion. Starring Pierce Brosnan as a charismatic preacher who believes only in himself, Jennifer Connelly as a parishioner who believes too much, Ed Harris as a writer who believes nothing, Greg Kinnear as a guy who doesn’t know what to believe, and Marisa Tomei as a Deadhead who doesn’t remember what she believes, SALVATION BOULEVARD has star power to burn.

 



With strong supporting turns from Ciaran Hinds (ROME) as Connelly’s skeptical father, and Jim Gaffigan (AWAY WE GO) as Brosnan’s lackey, Ratliff’s film avoids cheap shots at religion in favor of a “Wrong Man” scenario that sends Kinnear pinballing hither and yon to clear himself of a murder rap.

With a cast like that, you can’t go wrong, right? Well, no. Some of the biggest comedy bombs of all time have had a Murderers’ Row of stars that couldn’t save them. Look at the runaway train that was TOWN AND COUNTRY, with Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Garry Shandling. Or check out Shandling’s own Mike Nichols-directed debacle, WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM, which featured the aforementioned Kinnear as well as Annette Bening, John Goodman, and Ben Kingsley. As these titles and other prove, despite able casting, comedy can’t fly without a serviceable script.

So it is with SALVATION BOULEVARD. Taking its title – and little else – from the novel by Larry Beinhart, who also authored WAG THE DOG, the film’s preposterousness is trying. When Carl Vanderveer (Kinnear) sees Brosnan’s Pastor Dan Day shoot atheist Paul Blaylock, (Harris), it clumsily triggers a schematic narrative that puts Carl on the road to clearing his name and questioning his faith.

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Ashley Judd And Patrick Dempsey Break Into On DemandAugust 03, 2011


Ashley Judd And Patrick Dempsey Break Into On Demand

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: FLYPAPER (IFC Films).

 

FLYPAPER - On Demand
By Amy Slotnick

 

FLYPAPER is a hybrid that combines the heist film genre with comedy, in which two teams of bank robbers descend on the same bank at the same time, while the bank’s security system is down for several hours of upgrade.

The bank robbing teams are opposites - one is a group of sleek, seasoned criminals with the equipment and experience to do the job, and the other is a pair of hillbillies who lack any clue as to what they are doing. The two groups resolve to work together and share the hostages, who include Patrick Dempsey as a charismatic savant, and Ashley Judd, as a practical and beautiful bank teller.

 



As people begin to be mysteriously killed, Dempsey’s character pieces together that another burglar with his/her own agenda exists among them. Like in an Agatha Christie story, he is able to solve the whodunit by process of elimination. However the plot has some holes and lacks suspense and believability.

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TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL Look For Safe Haven On DemandSeptember 28, 2011


TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL Look For Safe Haven On Demand

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: TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL (Magnet Releasing)


 

Click Here For On Demand Weekly's Exclusive Interview With Director Eli Craig

 

 

TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL On Demand
By Chris Claro

 

Rare is the truly original idea. With virtually every movie pitched as a mashup of two (or more) established properties – “It’s AMERICAN BEAUTY meets THE BOURNE IDENTITY” – it isn’t often that a film shows a glimmer of originality.

Paradoxically, TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL,

a film that takes on the tropes of hillbilly slasher films

and turns them on their bloody ear,

is one of the freshest and funniest films to come along in a while.

 



Full of all the expected chainsaws, wood chippers, and obnoxious college students, the film mixes gore and comedy to tell a story about how appearances can deceive. Seemingly stereotypical hillbillies Dale (Tyler Labine, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) and Tucker (Alan Tudyk, FIREFLY) want nothing more than to fix up Tucker’s cabin in peace and quiet. But a series of misunderstandings and overreactions sets off a chain of bloody slayings that upend expectations and turn the victims into their own worst enemies.

Throughout, director Eli Craig – son of Sally Field – makes the most of what was clearly a shoestring budget to twist the clichés of the form in much the same way that John Landis did thirty years ago with AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. By casting a knowing eye toward the hoary devices of the rural horror flick – nubile skinny-dippers, campfire ghost stories, graphic deaths – Craig, as Landis had before him, tweaks the genre while maintaining its traditions.

The screenplay, by Craig and Morgan Jurgenson, is predicated on the idea that people – and movies, for that matter – shouldn’t be judged solely on their looks. In subverting the expectations of the audience by inverting the conventions of the film, Craig and Jurgenson offer a kind of meta commentary on thirty years’ worth of slasher flicks.

 

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BRIDESMAIDS: The Top VOD Movie Title Of All TimeFebruary 27, 2012


BRIDESMAIDS: The Top VOD Movie Title Of All Time

Universal

Universal Pictures' comedy film BRIDESMAIDS is now the most-ordered video on demand title of all time, with over 4.8 million rentals in just over four months of release, according to Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials.

 

 

BRIDESMAIDS has grossed over $24 million in VOD revenue since it debuted in September and $40 million domestically with all digital transactions accounted.

 

BRIDESMAIDS was one of Universal’s biggest hits of 2011 and the highest grossing R-rated female comedy of all time. The film grossed over $288 million at the worldwide box office during its theatrical run and continues to dominate the home video charts with over $100 million in Blu-ray and DVD sales in the U.S.
 

What movie on demand is #2? How much money have the rest of the Top 10 most rented movies on demand made? We don't know. It's not available. Now if only the Movie On Demand providers and Rentrak would publish all of the VOD results so we could compare accordingly and not read this in a vacuum.

 

Kudos to Universal for sharing this information.

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JUAN OF THE DEAD - New Take On Zombie ApocalypseAugust 17, 2012


JUAN OF THE DEAD - New Take On Zombie Apocalypse

Focus World

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: JUAN OF THE DEAD (Focus World), on demand today and in theaters next month.

 

 

JUAN OF THE DEAD

We should have vacationed in Maui.

By Kate Asche Wilson

 
With the recent occurrences of drug induced psychosis and bath salt cannibalism there can be only one possible explanation: Zombie Apocalypse. Now I know the government has cleverly tried to link these outbreaks to drug use and mental instability, but don’t believe them. They are just trying to deny the inevitable. Arm yourselves with zombie specific knives from the home shopping channel, and maybe even a pocket chainsaw. Don’t let them catch you off guard. Your brains depend on it!
 


Now while your waiting for your weaponry to arrive in the mail why not watch JUAN OF THE DEAD to prepare for the massacre. It’s a campy zombie romp that channels the comedy of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, but with an air of nonchalance and a dash of Fidel Castro. If you don’t like zombie movies you obviously will not like this. I suggest maybe watching another classic Cuban film: DIRTY DANCING: HAVANA NIGHTS. But if you have a specific fondness for the undead and like your films funny and Latin, stay put. JUAN OF THE DEAD is perfect for you.
 


Written and directed by Alejandro Brugues, JUAN OF THE DEAD premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. The film follows protagonist Juan (Alexis Diaz de Villegas) and his gang of unlikely zombie killers as they exploit scared Cuban citizens by charging them for personally disposing of their undead family members. To be fair they do offer discounts for the elderly and children under twelve. Included in Juan’s gang of miscreants is a muscle man with a knock off Mike Tyson tattoo, the runner up to RuPaul’s drag race, and of course the standard fat friend. Together they face the Zombie Apocalypse with apathy and indifference until they discover that in order to save themselves they need to fight back.

Now it’s time to break up this film into The Good, The Bad, and the Surprisingly Political.

The Good:
The camp. I love the camp. To me you can’t have a serious zombie film. Just like all supernatural beings I find them much more entertaining if they have a cheeky attitude and really insulting personal characteristics. I don’t like emo vampires and brooding werewolves as much as I like politically incorrect ones, and that’s why JUAN OF THE DEAD succeeds. If this film wanted to take itself seriously it would, but that’s not why it was made. This film has sodomite insults, a choreographed zombie dance, whack a mole inspired killings, and one really inappropriate stripping scene. The camp is what makes this, and I respect it for that.

The Bad:
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VOD Spotlight: LEAP YEAR’S Wilson ClevelandOctober 06, 2012


VOD Spotlight: LEAP YEAR’S Wilson Cleveland

Leap Year

If you haven’t already heard I’m kind of obsessed with this web series called LEAP YEAR. It’s a hilarious office dramedy that follows five friends as they create their own start up company. LEAP YEAR perfectly personifies the Silicon Valley lifestyle, and is extremely relevant to today’s fad of taking life into your own hands.


With its great cast and great story LEAP YEAR has quickly become one of my new favorite web series, and I was fortunate enough to talk to the shows sensational creator Wilson Cleveland about everything from Eliza Dushku to where the show is heading.

Kate Asche Wilson (KAW): You said you’ve been making web series since 2006. What draws you to create series programming specifically for online consumers?
Wilson Cleveland (WC):
I work for a PR/marketing firm called Prosek Partners and produce original series as marketing vehicles for clients to build target audiences around their messages and raise brand awareness. I created "The Temp Life," which many consider the web's first brand-sponsored original series in 2006 for real-life temp agency Spherion. Since then I've worked with the likes of Trident, IKEA, Hiscox, J&J to create, produce or promote shows.

KAW: DIY. Web series. VOD. How would you define you’re programming?

 

Wilson Cleveland

 

WC: There's always debate within web video circles about how we define the things we make. Some find the term "web series" reductive or somehow inaccurate because so many "web series" can be downloaded on iTunes, streamed via mobile or set-top boxes. Some believe "content is content no matter the screen it's on;" My go-to answer is I make "scripted series" or just "shows." Whatever term resonates best among those outside the web video bubble is what I usually go with.

KAW: What inspired you to create a web series that focused on the struggles of startup companies and the Silicon Valley lifestyle?
WC:
We created and produce Leap Year as a marketing vehicle for Hiscox Insurance, which is a client of Prosek Partners. They were launching a new line of specialized small business insurance for startups and entrepreneurs and needed a breakthrough idea to cut through the saturated marketing landscape.

 



Hiscox needed to engender trust among the startup community and illustrate they understood their needs and could therefore be a worthy insurance partner. We decided the best method was to create a fictional series with characters and situations that closely-mirrored those of their potential customers, but was also watchable and entertaining to stand on its own.

KAW: How was LEAP YEAR received in Silicon Valley itself? Did you ever screen it there?
WC:
Thankfully it's been received very well. It's crucial to maintain some semblance of reality and give the core audience occasional "winks" to demonstrate our credibility and understanding of the startup world.

One way we've done this is casting real-life startup founders and personalities like Alexis Ohanian from Reddit, Guy Kawasaki, Gary Vaynerchuk and Rachel Sklar in cameos. We also wrote a storyline this season where the C3D team is accepted into the real-life TechStars NY startup accelerator program. We have founders of super successful startups wanting to be on the show.

KAW: Explain Eliza Dushku’s role with LEAP YEAR.

 

Eliza Dushku

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Patton Oswalt In NATURE CALLS - Now On DemandOctober 06, 2012


Patton Oswalt In NATURE CALLS - Now On Demand

Magnet Releasing

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: NATURE CALLS (Magnet Releasing).

 

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


 

NATURE CALLS

By Chris Claro

 
“Jump to the job” is a refrain heard frequently in NATURE CALLS, a new comedy from writer/director Todd Rohal. Gung-ho scoutmaster Randy (Patton Oswalt, YOUNG ADULT) is constantly reminding his young charges that scouts always jump to the job, be it dousing a campfire, helping a senior citizen, or tying an injured comrade to a crucifix. The problem for the stars of NATURE CALLS is their impulse to jump to the job and star in this slapdash and disjointed disappointment. For a film boasting some fairly big names, NATURE CALLS is a huge disappointment.

Randy, desperate to keep the spirit of scouting alive in his family, wants to lead his scouts, including his nephew, Dwande, in an old-fashioned campout. Dwande’s boorish dad, Kirk (Johnny Knoxville, THE DUKES OF HAZZARD) would rather have his son and the other scouts park themselves in front of his dozen TVs to watch with Kirk and his workmate, Gentry (Rob Riggle, 21 JUMP STREET). When Randy sneaks the boys out – along with his own catatonic, wheelchair-bound dad – Kirk and Gentry arm themselves and set out to find the “kidnapped” scouts.
 
Patton Oswalt / NATURE CALLS (Magnet)

What follows is a series of witless escapades made all the more depressing by the notable names involved; few things are less entertaining than smart comics playing dumb characters. As in DATE NIGHT, where Carell and Fey, two likable, sophisticated actors, went through the paces of a weak, sitcommy, script, NATURE CALLS squanders its cast, which also includes pros Maura Tierney (ER), Darrell Hammond (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), and Patrice O’Neal (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), stranding the performers in an underwritten, synthetic comedy that appears to be an Eddie Murphy castoff.
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New Movies On Demand Preview - For Babes: November 2012November 01, 2012


New Movies On Demand Preview - For Babes: November 2012

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLife) goes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview - For Babes.

 

MOVIES ON DEMAND

Kate’s Top Movies On Demand For The Babes

 

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson
 
November. Such a beautiful month. Fall is in the air, the leaves are a beautiful orange color, and there’s a 50% sale on boots at DSW. Nothing is better than November. Pumpkin spiced lattes are back at Starbucks, and literally you are unstoppable. Early holiday shopping is already underway and you are ready to attack the mall on black Friday and destroy any fool who gets in your way. It’s a family filled mess of wonderful until New Years, and this is just the beginning. Now when you’re tired from shopping, working, and being absolutely amazing you deserve to sit back, relax, and put on a nice Movie on Demand. It’s November. You deserve it!
 
Top On Demand Films For Us, The Babes:
 
 
BRAVE - Premieres November 13
Pixar does it again with this girl power film that will have you planning world domination while blasting the inspirational sounds of Pat Benatar. Our protagonist is Princess Merida; a saucy red head that should really get an Herbal Essences endorsement. As custom states she is to be married off in a ritual called the Highland Games. Determined to change her fate Merida uses her archery skills to win her own hand causing chaos amongst the Scottish clans. Add in a little sorcery, and Merida’s bravery must be tested to undo a beastly curse. Brave is absolutely inspirational and the perfect film for any woman who knows what it’s like to be in charge of her own fate.
PG, Animation / Same day as DVD

STEP UP REVOLUTION - Premieres November 27
How many STEP UP’S have there been? Twenty? I lost count after the first one, but I’m pretty sure they’ve made about twenty. Regardless I’ve seen all of them. Mainly because “So You Think You Can Dance” told me to. Who doesn’t love shirtless men perfectly executing a pas de deux? Everyone I have ever met can dance, think they can dance, or really wish they could dance. I personally appreciate the fact that Hollywood thinks dancers hang out together in dance gangs and flash mob in response to political unrest. That’s how life should be.
PG-13, Drama / Same day as DVD

THE WATCH - Premieres November 13
I had to add a comedy in here because morally I couldn’t leave you with Step Up Revolution. The Watch follows four men who form a neighborhood watch in order to escape their suburban everyday lives. Being a comedy the gang haphazardly discover that their town has been overrun with aliens posing as regular citizens. It’s like The Stepford Wives but not creepy! Its all-star cast includes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. With that combo it would be pretty impossible for it not to be hilarious. Just don’t take it to seriously. How could you really? It’s Ben Stiller saving the world from extraterrestrial suburbanites.
R, Comedy / Same day as DVD / 28 days before Netflix

A Film For The Guys That The Babes Will Like:

THE CAMPAIGN - Premieres October 30
First off I don’t think there’s anyone on this planet that can say that the combination of Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell is not funny. It’s actually impossible. That being said this film stars Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell. Do you get where I’m going with this? It’s funny! In a truly unapologetic, crass, and morally offensive way. Your guys will love this because deep down at the center of their manly core they enjoy lewd, awful, and downright despicable comedy. And you know what? Babes do to. That’s why you need to throw them through a loop by suggesting watching this film for date night. Hand them a beer when you suggest it too. You’ll be their God.
R, Comedy / Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix

Babes And Guys:

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN - Premieres November 9
I know what you’re thinking. Another SPIDER-MAN franchise? So soon? But what about Tobey? I loved the last SPIDER-MAN franchise (SPIDER-MAN 3 is exempt from this love), and I have an unnatural loyalty to the beautiful Tobey Maguire, but this reboot is completely different, absolutely superb, and worth your time. Andrew Garfield plays a younger, neurotic, and darker Peter Parker that is struggling with adolescence just like your average teenager. Unlike your average teenager he has the added bonus of being a superhero. Fun times for an orphan with girl issues! Emma Stone is the perfect Gwen Stacey who rocks a ponytail and knee high boots like no one I’ve ever seen. Garfield and Stone’s chemistry make this film, and they add a sweet romance to an otherwise thrilling action adventure. Needless to say this film is perfect for both babes and guys.
PG-13, Action / Same day as DVD
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New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys: November 2012November 01, 2012


New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys: November 2012

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys.

 

MOVIES ON DEMAND

Kate’s Top Movies On Demand For The Guys

 

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson
 
It’s November! The universal month of intense eating. Mainly because of the glorious holiday Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the most beautiful day because it’s just a day for eating, and that thing about the pilgrims and the Indians, but mostly eating. A lot of times drinking too. Lots of Beer, and lots of happiness. Now when you’re in that awkward stage between binging on mashed potatoes and passing out because all of the tryptophan, why don’t you sit down, relax, and put on a nice Movie on Demand. I’ve got your top November picks already chosen so literally you don’t have to do any work at all. Happy November!
 
Top On Demand Films For Guys:
 
 
THE EXPENDABLES 2 - Premieres November 20
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This film is essentially action porn, and probably your number one fantasy if you’re the type of guy that feels Call of Duty just gets you. It’s like Christmas! Mixed with bloodthirsty revenge and explosions. This sequel is a contemporary look at the emotional intensity of life and purpose and…no I’m just messing with you. It has guns! Lots and Lots of guns!
R, Action / Same day as DVD

SAVAGES - Premieres November 13
This plot is literally about two well-mannered pot growing bros, Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), who raise the dankest bud, have a ridiculously successful business, and share Blake Lively. Are you serious? This is legitimately the wet dream of every high school senior in California. Throw in some angry Mexicans and you’ve got yourself a racist crime drama that really starts to heat up when Salma Hayek kidnaps Bake Lively. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with this film, but Blake Lively is naked for half the movie. That’s probably the only thing that matters.
R, Action / Same day as DVD, 28 days before Netflix

THE CAMPAIGN - Premieres October 30
The dream team of Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell come together for this comedy about two CEOs who concoct an elaborate scheme to oust the long-term Congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) by pitting the outrageously naïve Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) against him. It’s a hilarious blend of crude humor and political satire that is so offensive you can’t help but love it. Notable mention to the two corrupt CEOs played by the incomparable Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow. Comedy royalty right there.
R, Comedy / Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix

A Film For The Babes That The Guys Will Like:

THE WATCH - Premieres November 13
It’s Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, and Vince Vaughn fighting aliens that have overrun their small suburban town. Also it’s a comedy that you can watch that your babe will like. Really I put it on their list! It’s funny, the actors are great, and it has unexpected extraterrestrial life forms. Really guys be thankful that I didn’t suggest STEP UP REVOLUTION. You’re welcome.

Guys and Babes:

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN - Premieres November 9
I know what you’re thinking. Another Spider-Man franchise? So soon? But what about Tobey? I loved the last SPIDER-MAN franchise (SPIDER-MAN 3 is exempt from this love) and I have an unnatural loyalty to the beautiful Tobey Maguire, but this reboot is completely different, absolutely superb, and worth your time. Andrew Garfield plays a younger, neurotic, and darker Peter Parker that is struggling with adolescence just like your average teenager. Unlike your average teenager he has the added bonus of being a superhero. Fun times for an orphan with girl issues! Emma Stone is the perfect Gwen Stacey who rocks a ponytail and knee high boots like no one I’ve ever seen. Garfield and Stone’s chemistry make this film, and adds a sweet romance to an otherwise thrilling action adventure. Needless to say this film is perfect for both guys and babes.
PG-13, Action / Same day as DVD
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New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys: January 2013January 09, 2013


New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys: January 2013

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys.

 

MOVIES ON DEMAND

Kate’s Top Movies On Demand For The Guys

 

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson

Happy January men! Since you’ve probably been nursing your New Years hangovers for the past week I’m sure you’ve had plenty of time to think about those pesky resolutions you can’t possibly keep. How about for 2013 you pick a resolution you actually can keep? Like watching more Movies On Demand! Seriously next time your significant other asks what your big plan is for 2013 say watching more TV. No one will argue with your ability to do that, and now you’ve avoided having to take that couple’s pottery class. Win-Win.


Top On Demand Films For Guys:
 
DREDD- Premiers January 8
This film is just ridiculously awesome. RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME. Set in an exceedingly violent futuristic America where criminals run the streets the only form of law enforcement is the Judges who possess the powers of judge, jury, and instant executioner. This dystopic world is based off of the vibrant comic and follows the most ruthless Judge, Dredd, as he tries to take down a vicious drug lord and her clan. Like I said ridiculously awesome.
R, Action, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, same day as DVD, available in 3D

TAKEN 2- Premiers January 15
It’s Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson is one of the most badass men in film. He trained Batman for god’s sake. Why on earth would you kidnap Liam Neeson’s daughter and then enact revenge on him? He kicked your ass the first time of course he’s going to do it again. He’s a straight up BAMF. Silly Albanian kidnappers.
PG-13, Action, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox


SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS- Premiers January 29
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS follows struggling Screenwriter Colin Farrell who inadvertently gets involved in a Los Angeles criminal underworld because Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell kidnap gangster Woody Harrelson’s beloved Shih Tzu. It really just sells itself.
R, Comedy, Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Same day as DVD


A Film For The Babes That The Guys Will Like:
 
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET- Premiers January 8
It’s a horror film with Jennifer Lawrence. If I have to explain why this is a good thing for you I will be very disappointed.

PG-13, Thriller, Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix

Guys and Babes:

FRANKENWEENIE- Premiers January 8
Tim Burton is filled with wacky weird whimsy and the worlds he can create are just like him. FRANKENWEENIE is no exception, and pays a beautiful homage to the classic black and white horror films with its story. Following a tragic accident where our hero Victor’s pet dog Sparky is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life. Because of the mayhem and destruction the “new” Sparky has caused, Victor must now convince his town that despite his appearance Sparky is the same loyal dog they knew before. This animated film is smart and entertaining, and will be extremely enjoyable for both babes and guys.
PG, Family, voices: Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Charlie Tahan, Same day as DVD, available in 3D
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New Movies On Demand Preview - For Babes: January 2013January 09, 2013


New Movies On Demand Preview - For Babes: January 2013

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLife) goes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview - For Babes.

 

MOVIES ON DEMAND

Kate’s Top Movies On Demand For The Babes

 

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson
 
Happy New Year ladies! Hopefully your holiday was filled with glitter and joy and not agonizing depression and box wine. It’s a new year! Anything can happen! You might win the lottery and a steamy trip to Barbados. You might discover the most mouth watering delicious cupcake you’ve ever eaten, and it’s only five calories. You might run away with Sven the gorgeous Ski instructor from Sweden. And if none of that happens, well, you’ll always have Movies on Demand. Trust me Sven might seem good on paper but his accent is impossible to understand, and he has a raging case of Herpes.
 
Top On Demand Films For The Babes:
 
HIT AND RUN- Premiers January 8
With the dream team of real life couple Dax Shepard and Kristin Bell how could this awkward comedy not be good? The film is written and directed by Shepard who also stars as the protagonist Charlie Bronson, a former getaway driver that is now in the witness protection program. Bell plays his girlfriend who has the opportunity to live her dream in Los Angeles but needs Shepard to drive her there. Putting himself in jeopardy Bronson embarks on this ill-advised road trip, but finds himself in all sorts of hilarious situations including a slew of chase scenes fueled by a wayward Bradley Cooper. Honestly I wish I was watching this right now.
R, Comedy, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox
 
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET- Premiers January 8
I realize that most films that are catered towards women are terrible rom coms that have loose plots and star Jake Gyllenhaal. I mean don’t get me wrong I would watch basically anything that had Jake Gyllenhaal in it, but sometimes I just want something a little different. Like a terrifying mother daughter horror film that just screams we will never sleep comfortably again. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue this film centers on Elissa and Sarah who thought they found the perfect house at the end of the street, but discover it has more secrets than their realtor let on. Hey it had a nook! How were they supposed to know it was infested with a murderous spirit?
PG-13, Thriller, Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix


TO ROME WITH LOVE- Premiers January 15
I love everything Woody Allen does so be prepared that if a Woody Allen movie comes out it will be on this list. And for good reason too because the man is brilliant. With an ensemble cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, and Woody Allen himself, TO ROME WITH LOVE brings us to the beautiful city of Rome where four separate vignette stories are told. It’s a Woody Allen film so you have to prepare for some magical realism and a lot of neurosis, but trust me it’s definitely worth it.
R, Comedy, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Same day as DVD


A Film For The Guys That The Babes Will Like:

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS- Premiers January 29
I’m certain this is one of the most underrated films of this year and insist that you watch it. Watch it with your guy, watch it with your friends, watch it with yourself. Just watch it because if you like absurd and incredible comedy you cannot miss out on this. I’m not even going to tell you the plot because I don’t want you to make any false assumptions. Just go watch it. Now. I will tell you though that Christopher Walken is in it. And we all know that everyone loves Christopher Walken.
PG, Family, voices: Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Charlie Tahan, Same day as DVD, available in 3D

Babes And Guys:

FRANKENWEENIE- Premiers January 8
Tim Burton is filled with wacky weird whimsy and the worlds he can create are just like him. FRANKENWEENIE is no exception, and pays a beautiful homage to the classic black and white horror films with its story. Following a tragic accident where our hero Victor’s pet dog Sparky is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life. Because of the mayhem and destruction the “new” Sparky has caused, Victor must now convince his town that despite his appearance Sparky is the same loyal dog they knew before. This animated film is smart and entertaining, and will be extremely enjoyable for both babes and guys.
PG, Family, voices: Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Charlie Tahan, Same day as DVD, available in 3D
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Todd Louiso’s HELLO I MUST BE GOING, starring Christopher Abbott from GirlsJanuary 20, 2013


Todd Louiso’s HELLO I MUST BE GOING, starring Christopher Abbott from Girls

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HELLO I MUST BE GOING
By Amy Slotnick

 

Sundance selection HELLO I MUST BE GOING (Directed by Todd Louiso) stars Melanie Lynskey as Amy, a thirty-something depressed woman who has retreated to her parents home in the wake of a recent divorce. After several months of not leaving the house and wearing sweatpants her parents (Blythe Danner and John Rubenstein) are urging her to shape up. While her dad is understanding and compassionate, Mom (Blythe Danner) is critical and derisive.

 



At her father’s urging, Amy pulls it together to attend a dinner with his client, a wealthy businessman who brings along his wife and 19-year-old son, Jeremy (played by Christopher Abbott, familiar from HBO series, GIRLS). Amy can barely make small talk with this group, but for some reason Jeremy feels an urgent chemistry and he seduces her once they are left alone. Amy knows she cannot fall in love with a 19-year-old, but she does enjoy their secret affair. He gives her a reason to leave the house, but her melancholy persists until she confronts her ex-husband (Dan Futterman) to let him know she has moved on.

 



Christopher Abbot is handsome and sexy as the young lover, and because of this, he keeps the film from falling into Lynskey’s despair. While Lynskey’s character is persistently gloomy, it is nice to see her in a leading role after many supporting parts in UP IN THE AIR, THE INFORMANT, and PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. 

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New Movies On Demand Preview: March 2013March 01, 2013


New Movies On Demand Preview: March 2013

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 

MOVIES ON DEMAND

March Movies On Demand - Awards Season!

 

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson

It’s March team! You know what that means? Nothing! Because March is the absolute worst month of the year. Seriously does anything even happen in March? I had to Google Saint Patrick’s Day to make sure it is in fact in March. It is! So there’s that. Also, hilariously enough, I uncovered some extra special knowledge on the fun holidays in March that are pretty much unknown to most everyone. There’s Employee Appreciation Day, National Pig Day, Worship of Tools Day, and my personal favorite Multiple Personality Day. You and Sybil can finally have that quality time you’ve been craving!

And what better way to celebrate all of these delectable holidays that watching some Movies on Demand. Nothing says Extraterrestrial Abduction Day quite like a nice Movie on Demand.

Happy celebrating!

 
 
 
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY- Premiers March 19
Hobbits, and wizards, and dwarves, and everything that’s good in the world! All wrapped up in a delicious Tolkien package. It stars every awesome British actor that has ever graced the silver screen, and is a truly epic fantasy that completely lives up to its name. This film should be watched immediately and then over analyzed on extremely zealous Internet fan sites.
PG-13, Adventure, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Same Day as DVD, Weeks Before Netflix & Redbox, Available in 3D

LES MISERABLES- Premiers March 22
Perfect if your story topic of choice is revolution and prostitution! This film also features the gorgeous Anne Hathaway in her heartbreaking Oscar winning performance as the tragic Fantine. An extra bonus is the added treat of ogling the delicious man candy that is Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit. Not to mention it’s one of the most groundbreaking cinematic achievements of the year, and completely deserves all of the accolades it receives.
PG-13, Musical, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix & Redbox

THIS IS 40- Premiers March 22
This witty Judd Apatow comedy stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in a ridiculously great spin-off from the mega hit KNOCKED UP. Playing the two best supporting characters in cinematic history, Rudd and Mann tackle the hardships of parenting while still remaining hopelessly flawed. Let the hilarity ensue!
R and TV-MA, Comedy, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Same Day as DVD, Weeks Before Netflix & Redbox

Now if you haven’t acquired a post awards season hangover yet then you obviously haven’t been keeping up like you should and can fix that by watching these Best Picture nominees On Demand this month:

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 – Premieres 3/2
PG-13, Romance, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
same day as DVD

THE INTOUCHABLES – Premieres 3/5
R, Comedy, François Cluzet, Omar Sy
same day as DVD

PLAYING FOR KEEPS – Premieres 3/5
PG-13, Comedy, Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel
same day as DVD

RED DAWN – Premieres 3/5
PG-13, Action, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
same day as DVD

WRECK-IT RALPH – Premieres 3/5
PG, Family, voices: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman
same day as DVD, available in 3D

LIFE OF PI – Premieres 3/12
PG, Adventure, Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS – Premieres 3/12
PG, Animated, voices: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin
same day as DVD, available in 3D

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY – Premieres 3/12
PG, Fantasy, Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov
same day as DVD, available in 3D

ZERO DARK THIRTY – Premieres 3/19
R, Thriller, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke
same day as DVD

IMAX: TO THE ARCTIC – Premieres 3/26
G, Documentary, narrated by Meryl Streep
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox, available in 3D

KILLING THEM SOFTLY – Premieres 3/26
R, Thriller, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini
same day as DVD

LINCOLN – Premieres 3/26
PG-13, Drama, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones
same day as DVD

PARENTAL GUIDANCE – Premieres 3/26
PG, Comedy, Billy Crystal, Bette Midler
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox



Also be sure to check out my favorite top Movie On Demand for February and the Oscar winner for Best Picture ARGO. Be amazed as Ben Affleck metaphorically tells The Academy to Argo F**K themselves!
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New Movies On Demand Preview:  April 2013March 31, 2013


New Movies On Demand Preview:  April 2013

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 

April Movies On Demand

 

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson

 

Hey On Demanders Kate here with a public service announcement to let you know that On Demand Weekly has finally decided to descend into vlogging madness. That’s right! Now instead of reading my monthly movie picks you can watch me talk about them. To put it into perspective on an Internet awesome scale this is right in between cat memes and photos of Ryan Gosling.


Now get ready because it’s April, and you know what that means? Spring! Flowers blooming, angels singing, noses running. Weather you don’t really understand but you strap on those Macramé wedges anyway. Springtime is the best. Not just because of the constant abuse of Nasonex, but because of the fabulous On Demand films. So once you’re done planting that pointless herb garden take my advice, and put on one of my top April Movies on Demand. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

The Top On Demand Move For The Babes:


THE IMPOSSIBLE- Premieres April 23
THE IMPOSSIBLE is about a misunderstood tsunami and the family that gets trapped in its vicious watery path. Based on a true story this heart wrenching tale stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as a family vacationing in Thailand with their three sons. Unfortunately before they even have time to order a coconut cocktail they are overtaken by the natural disaster and their family is tragically separated. What follows is the harrowing tale of their near death experience finding each other, and is so powerful that you’ll never want to travel to a tropical island ever again.
PG-13, Drama, Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, same day as DVD


The Top On Demand Movie For The Guys:


DJANGO UNCHAINED - Premieres April 16
DJANGO is a Tarantino film. Tarantino! People explode when they get shot in vivid Scorsese red. It’s amazing. Christoph Waltz plays a crazed dentist, Jamie Foxx is a free slave with a personal vendetta, and the underappreciated Leonardo Dicaprio takes on the best villain this side of Hans Gruber. People please. It’s Tarantino.
R, Action, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, same day as DVD


The Top On Demand Film For Both:


SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK- Premieres April 30
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is one of the most charmingly hilarious Indy rom-com’s in cinematic history. Bradley Cooper in his best role to date plays a bipolar man plagued by the whoreiness of his ex- wife, and the unstoppable Jennifer Lawrence plays opposite him as a sassy yet unbalanced widow with a need for a dance partner. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll enroll in a salsa class. You’ll come out of it with a sense of purpose and a new outlook on life. Trust me. Silver Linings Playbook is perfect for anyone with a heart and an interest in mental disorders and spandex.
R, Comedy, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, same day as DVD

Now let’s get watching team and remember let us be your guide for the best of TV and movies and follow us on twitter @OnDemandWeekly.

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON - Premieres 4/9
R, Drama, Bill Murray, Laura Linney
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

GANGSTER SQUAD – Premieres 4/23
R, Drama, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

A HAUNTED HOUSE - Premieres 4/23
R, Comedy, Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

PROMISED LAND - Premieres 4/23
R, Drama, Matt Damon, John Krasinski
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

BROKEN CITY – Premieres 4/30
R, Thriller, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

THE GUILT TRIP - Premieres 4/30
PG-13, Comedy, Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand
same day as DVD

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Top 5 Reasons to Watch SRSLYJanuary 07, 2014


Top 5 Reasons to Watch SRSLY

SRSLY

SRSLY is Alexandra Fiber and Danielle Gibson, two NYU and UCB trained ladies making short, snappy videos loosely based on their semi-glam lives in New York. Available on Vimeo

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Watch SRSLY

 

1. To be inspired: Alexandra and Danielle didn’t just wait around for acting jobs, instead they created their own with SRSLY. and became successful role models for anyone with a dream.


2. Because of its female focus: The show was created as a response to the lack of female perspective in popular films and television shows. It’s a refreshing look at young women that doesn’t stereotype or preach.

 

Alexander Fiber, Danielle Gibson (SRSLY)


3. Because you can probably relate: SRSLY. takes us through everyday scenarios and lets us laugh at situations that are usually frustrating, like having to share our precious French fries.


4. To discover up and coming talent: SRSLY. was also created as a platform for local (NYC) performers and filmmakers to showcase themselves, discover rising stars while supporting their community.

 

 

Alexander Fiber, Danielle Gibson (SRSLY)


5. Because it’s SRSLY funny: Alexandra and Danielle are so natural in their roles and their reactions so realistic that even if you can’t relate to the situations you will still find the characters hilarious. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sabrina Luppi

 



Sabrina Luppi is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is currently a film and marketing student at San Francisco State University, and recently completed a content programming internship at Intel. Sabrina is an aspiring actress, writer and filmmaker and her favorite genre is horror. Follow her on Twitter @sabzy_

 

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New ALAN PARTRIDGE Now On DemandMarch 02, 2014


New ALAN PARTRIDGE Now On Demand

ALAN PARTRIDGE (Magnolia)

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: ALAN PARTRIDGE.

2013 was quite the year for Steve Coogan. He reunited with Rob Brydon and director Michael Winterbottom in Italy for a sequel to their hilarious film THE TRIP. He also voiced a character in the monster hit DESPICABLE ME 2 and spoke out as a victim of the News Corp. phone hacking scandal. But where Coogan really hit it was as star, producer and co-writer of PHILOMENA, one of those little films that could that garnered two Oscar nods for Coogan and one for the amazing Dame Judi Dench in the title role. As a cherry on top of all this goodness, Coogan returned to playing the part that made him famous, in the eponymous ALAN PARTRIDGE.

 


In the film, Alan and his radio cohorts find themselves the victims of media consolidation and corporate downsizing when a conglomerate swallows up their radio station and starts to cut employees. Nerves and paranoia run rampant, and, as the staff gathers for a party, DJ Pat (Colm Meaney, HELL ON WHEELS) cracks and takes Alan and his co-workers hostage. What follows is a series of negotiations with the reluctant but self-absorbed Alan as intermediary between Pat and the police. 

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