OCEAN MONKSeptember 24, 2010


OCEAN MONK

Ocean Monk

ODW writes about programming On Demand, but every once in a while we’ll use this space to bring awareness to a worthy film not on VOD (yet). Directed by Sanjay Rawal, OCEAN MONK is a short film set to play at the NY Surf Film Festival at the following times and locations:

  • Friday, September 24th @ 7pm at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street)
  • Sunday, September 26th @ 4:07pm at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street)

Check www.oceanmonk.com to learn about future screenings.

OCEAN MONK follows a group a monks – all students of Sri Chinmoy, all a variety of ages – who find deep meditation and spirituality while surfing. This group of monks, who make their home in Queens, New York, use the beauty and power of nature… and the nearby beaches on Long Island … in the search for enlightenment.

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All You Need Is Klaus - On DemandOctober 07, 2010


All You Need Is Klaus - On Demand

Smithsonian Channel

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: "All You Need Is Klaus.”
Email Cynthia Kane

“All You Need Is Klaus” airs on Smithsonian Channel as part of the August series Inside the Music, profiling music and musicians who’ve made great impact on our society and the world.

If you don’t know Klaus Voormann, you are wrong. You just think you don’t know Klaus. Well, you may not know the name, but you do know the music.

Klaus Voormann was on of the most in-demand bass players from the mid-60’s till the ‘80’s. Everyone wanted him. The Beatles, Manfred Mann, Harry Nilsson, the Plastic Ono Band, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, the BeeGees, the list goes on endlessly. A funky, inventive musician.

To make a hit record, all you needed was Klaus.

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Coming of Age Teen Sex Comedy or Sci-Fi Horror Film?  It’s Your Guess…April 18, 2011


Coming of Age Teen Sex Comedy or Sci-Fi Horror Film?  It’s Your Guess…

Sundance Selects

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: KABOOM (Sundance Selects).

 

A Tuscan backdrop to a puzzle, a mystery, a moment in time…
By Cynthia Kane
 
KABOOM is a film that’s so absurd, so over the top; the storyline defies all imagination, plus Director Gregg Araki has cast nothing but gorgeous youngsters and a couple gorgeous not-so-young folk, too. KABOOM exists entirely for the moment, in the moment.
 

Greg Araki
 
It’s the Kuchar Brothers mixed with John Waters mixed with early Gregg Araki…which means, it’s not for everyone, but it’s thoroughly entertaining. Just don’t think or look too hard for meaning. In the end, you’ll get it if you let yourself go for the ride.
 
The story: a college freshman, Smith (Thomas Dekker), who is sexually “undecided” arrives at a UCLA–like university with his best high school buddy, Stella (Haley Bennett) who just happens to be a lesbian. His roommate, Thor (Chris Zylka) is a hunky surfer-dude, dumb as a doorpost, who lusts for waves and girls. Their resident advisor is a druggy, older student called The Messiah (James Duvall). Or so it all seems…
 
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Tribeca Film Is Back On Demand With GRAVE ENCOUNTERSAugust 31, 2011


Tribeca Film Is Back On Demand With GRAVE ENCOUNTERS

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: GRAVE ENCOUNTERS (Tribeca Film).

 

GRAVE ENCOUNTERS
Or why in the world would anyone spend the night in a creepy, abandoned mental hospital?!

By Cynthia Kane

 

Ghost stories will never go out of fashion. They’ve enthralled us humans since time began. We all like to be scared; we all like to watch a good thriller; we love horror. Paranormal activity, astral projection, zombies, vampires and connection with the dead are all the rage – see prime time television any night of the week.

So it doesn’t matter whether this film is real or a piece of fiction.

And oh boy… I expected to dislike GRAVE ENCOUNTERS – a kind of rip-off BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, mock-umentary, fake reality show, first-time directed by some guys called the Vicious Brothers.

But you know, I couldn’t help myself; I got into it. It’s scary.

Here we follow a small 20-something crew with a reality show on paranormal activity decides they’ll spend the night at the old and abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital somewhere in Maryland outside Baltimore. The investigating team arrive, already enjoying themselves, laughing, full of skepticism, even though the place purports to be a hotbed of weird, psychic and ghostly phenomenon, given the drastic and unsavory experiments practiced on patients in the 30s, 40s and 50s – lobotomies, weird experiments, etc.

 



We’re told the place was abandoned in the early 60s. Lance Preston (Sean Rogerson) is our host. He’s invited a renowned (and bogus) psychic, Houston Gray (Mackenzie Gray) to spend the night with him, locked inside, roaming the halls, to claim to feel a presence or two.

They – the ghost hunters and crew – are having a good time of it, until their sound guy suddenly disappears. As they try to find him in the massive complex, what starts off as a quirky night for good ratings turns evil and twisted. Corridors turn into mazes that never end, staircases suddenly lead to nowhere.

Dark, gnarly tunnels and bathrooms with tubs filled with blood and human matter. The entrance doors are locked and the windows open and close at their own will. Objects move and floats, their food rots into disgusting slop. The night never seems to end.

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TO PAINT OR MAKE LOVE (PEINDRE OU FAIRE L’AMOUR)October 05, 2011


TO PAINT OR MAKE LOVE (PEINDRE OU FAIRE L’AMOUR)

EurocinemaTV

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: ALBATROSS (IFC Films).


TO PAINT OR MAKE LOVE (PEINDRE OU FAIRE L’AMOUR)
By Cynthia Kane

 

If TO PAINT OR MAKE LOVE were an American film, it would be seen as really out-there, promiscuous, possibly in some sectors, deliciously scandalous. But as a work of French cinema, this film, which premiered at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and can be seen for the first time on U.S. television, thanks to EuroCinema, feels more like a romantic comedy, a pastoral romantic comedy, albeit with a few interesting twists. Ah, maybe it’s a cultural thing.

Needless to say – and I don’t want to spoil the film for anyone – I don’t think the average middle-aged French couple can be compared to William (Daniel Auteuil) and Madeleine (Sabine Azema.) But the shock value or sensationalism isn’t there, the same as if this were an American film… especially a big release studio film. Think of how break-out and new so many found THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT and you’ll understand what I mean here.

PEINDRE OU FAIRE L’AMOUR as it’s known in its original French title is in all reality, a lightweight French farce about a couple going into early retirement wondering what’s in store for them for the rest of their lives. When Madeleine, a painter discovers a broken-down, old stone villa in the middle of the Rhône-Alps region of France, she jumps at the chance to buy it and soon she and William find themselves in the middle of pastoral bliss… and after al while, just a little bored.

 



Things changes quickly and dramatically when the village mayor, Adam, a blind man played by French-Catalan actor, Sergi Lopez and his lovely partner, Eva (Amira Casar) find their house burnt to the ground and must take shelter for a while with William and Madeleine. The foursome becomes interlinked in ways that change their lives forever. No longer are William and Madeleine staid members of the petit bourgeoisie, but now fun-loving, awakened souls. Of course this doesn’t happen without a bit of resistance at first – old habits die hard. But once the guilt and shock have passed, life will never be the same. Their new pursuits are not only unexpected but addictive.

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Share Your Favorite Films On New Movies On Demand Facebook AppOctober 26, 2011


Share Your Favorite Films On New Movies On Demand Facebook App

MOD

Share Your Favorite Films On New Movies On Demand Facebook App
Movies On Demand On Cable Facebook App Allows Movie Fans to Share Opinions And Win Prizes


Movies on Demand® On Cable has created “List It!” – a new application at facebook.com/moviesondemand. Movie fans can answer questions like, “What are your Top 5 Johnny Depp movies, romantic comedies and children’s fanasy?” The app allows you to share movie opinions with friends, compare with critics and also get a chance to win prizes.

 


Users are encouraged to create Top 5 lists inspired by a different Movies On Demand (MOD) new release each week. Each new list entry is automatically entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win daily prizes ($5 in Cable Cash good toward an MOD rental) and the grand prize of a 46” 3DTV. The app includes lists from critics such as Leonard Maltin, Matt Singer, Terra King and the On Demand Weekly (T. Tara Turk, Chris Claro, Cynthia Kane, etc.) team.

 

T Tara Turk


"On Demand Weekly is dedicated to reviewing and promoting the best movies on demand. 'List It!' is a great way for movie fans to engage with our critics on facebook,” Britt Bensen, Editor-in-Chief, On Demand Weekly.

 

Britt Bensen
Britt Bensen (On Demand Weekly)


“List It!” is a complement to the year-long 2011 MOD marketing campaign supported by the top U.S. cable companies and ten major movie studios. The MOD campaign features hit movie titles, many of which are available on MOD the same day as on DVD, reminding consumers that MOD is the simplest and best way to rent movies.

The MOD Facebook page and the new "List It!" app as well as the www.rentmoviesondemand.com website is created and managed by iN DEMAND, the nation's leading distributor of Movies On Demand to cable. The site is the central source for listings, reviews, orderings info and a personalized "WatchList." iN DEMAND also populates @moviesondemand on Twitter

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