Aaron Eckhart Is BILLSeptember 07, 2011


Aaron Eckhart Is BILL

Gravitas

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: MEET BILL (Gravitas).


MEET BILL
By Joe Charnitski

 

Many movies have centered on an upper middle class, lower middle aged man arriving at the point in his life when he realizes his marriage, his job, his habits and his lack of self-confidence all add up to a pointless, sad routine. He wonders, “What happened to me?”. You know the guy. He has more memories than dreams. He longs for the days when his wife was the wild child he met many years ago. He’s shocked when he sees himself on videotape and his overgrown gut dominates the frame. He’s also the title character in the comedy MEET BILL.

 



Aaron Eckhart (THE DARK KNIGHT, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING) plays Bill, the insecure, candy obsessed EVP of Human Resources at the bank his father-in-law owns. That’s the only way he secured the job, of course. His wife Jess (Elizabeth Banks) has no respect for him, his brother-in-law (who also works at the bank) openly mocks and degrades him and his father-in-law can barely stand the disappointing sight of him. Things only get worse for Bill when he secretly tapes Jess having a tryst with local newsman Chip Johnson (Timothy Olyphant), and making jokes about her husband’s “little acorn.” Ouch. Encouraged by the prep school teenager (who remains unnamed throughout) he has agreed to mentor, our hero attempts to transform his look, his luck and his life.

 



Like many moviegoers, my first exposure to Aaron Eckhart

was in the role of Chad in Neil LaBute’s dark comedy

IN THE COMPANY OF MEN.

Bill is exactly the kind of man Chad would hate

(and then cruelly manipulate and take advantage of).

 

In the role of Chad, Eckhart was mean and brutal, but not without charm and the ability to make you laugh against your will. In the role of Bill, Eckhart seems uncomfortable and unsure. He tries too hard to play the schlub, just contorting his face and slouching a lot. He’s supposed to be a unique, lovable loser we all rally behind. Instead, he’s just sad, and he doesn’t make us laugh very much at all.

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May 2012 Preview - Movies On DemandMay 01, 2012


On Demand Weekly helps you browse through the New Movies On Demand (MOD) this month with our May preview!

By Britt Bensen
 

MOVIES ON DEMAND

The Movies On Demand MOD May preview has arrived. Highlights include several high profile films including HAYWIRE, THE VOW, THE GREY and more. Almost every major studio premiere on the schedule comes to cable the same day as its DVD release and many before Netflix and Redbox.

Enjoy On Demanding this month!



Major Studio Releases:


HAYWIRE –
Premieres May 1
R, Action
Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender


Same day as DVD




JOYFUL NOISE
– Premieres May 1
PG-13, Comedy
Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton


Same day as DVD, two months before Netflix




NEW YEAR’S EVE
– Premieres May 1
PG-13, Comedy
Halle Berry, Jessica Biel


Same day as DVD, two months before Netflix




UNDERWORLD AWAKENING
– Premieres May 8
R, Action
Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rhea


Same day as DVD




THE VOW –
Premieres May 8
PG-13, Romance
Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams


Same day as DVD




CHRONICLE –
Premieres May 15
PG-13, Action
Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell


Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

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Movies On Demand - October 2012 Preview - The IndiesSeptember 30, 2012


Movies On Demand - October 2012 Preview - The Indies

On Demand Weekly helps you browse through the New Movies On Demand (MOD) this month with our October preview!

By Britt Bensen

MOD viewers can catch many entertaining titles on cable either before or the same day they premiere in theatres. In October, that group includes Nature CALLS, IN THEIR SKIN, THE DETAILS PRICE CHECK, THE COMEDY, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING and FAT KID RULES THE WORLD. More details on those below. Plus, MOD features the world premiere of the film noir thriller, Hotel Noir. Also premiering are RUBY SPARKS and SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, both of which have already received critical and audience acclaim. These entertaining indie films may not be widely available in local theaters.

 
Enjoy On Demanding this month!


Indie Titles:
 

THE LADY – Premieres October 2
R, Drama
Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis

Same day as DVD
 
 
RED LIGHTS – Premieres October 2
R, Thriller
Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver

Same day as DVD
 
 
RESTLESS CITY – Premieres October 2
R, Drama
Sy Alassane, Nicole Grey

7 days before DVD, Netflix & Redbox


SOUND OF MY VOICE – Premieres October 2
R, Thriller
Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Brit Marling

Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox


IN THEIR SKIN – Premieres October 4
TV-MA, Thriller
Selma Blair, Josh Close

Before theatrical release
 
 
NATURE CALLS – Premieres October 4
R, Comedy
Johnny Knoxville, Patton Oswalt

Before theatrical release
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Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney Are All In THE DETAILS (VOD)October 08, 2012


Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney Are All In THE DETAILS (VOD)

Radius TWC

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: THE DETAILS (Radius).

 

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

 

THE DETAILS
By Amy Slotnick

 

Dr Jeff Lang (Tobey Maguire) has a beautiful wife, home, child and career, and it is all unraveling before his eyes. In voiceover narration in THE DETAILS, directed by Jacob Aaron Estes (MEAN CREEK), Jeff tells us that his downfall began with a decision to renovate his home and expand it for another child. Over fairytale-like music and birds tweeting, we are shown the other details of his disaster – a houseplant, rat poison, some sleeping pills, a kidney – and raccoons.

 



Raccoons are destroying Jeff’s freshly laid backyard lawn, and metaphorically they are destroying his marriage. Once the raccoons begin their nocturnal destruction, Jeff begins his own mischief. First an affair with his old friend (played by Kerry Washington) creates the need to cover his tracks. His “wackadoodle” neighbor Lila (Laura Linney) overhears Jeff being confronted about the affair by the friend’s husband (Ray Liotta). That along with inadvertently killing Lila’s cat with poison meant for the raccoons, means Lila has two charges against Jeff, both of which he would like to keep silent.

 



With this knowledge, and Jeff’s weakened character, she is able to seduce him. Now he has cheated on his wife twice. To make it worse, Lila really is crazy and when she reveals she is pregnant with his child, she has even more strings to pull.

All of Jeff’s lies and betrayals lead to guilt. In an attempt to make up for his sins he not only finds his friend Lincoln (Dennis Haysbert) a new job, but Jeff also gives Lincoln his kidney, ending his daily dialysis and prolonging Lincoln’s life. To everyone Jeff appears the most generous a person could be. Lincoln feels such deep gratitude that when Jeff confesses the mess he is in with Lila, Lincoln decides to take care of the situation. Mirroring a dream Jeff had in which Lila is killed with a bow and arrow, Lincoln commits murder, via bow and arrow, thinking it is on Jeff’s behalf.

 

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