FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHTDecember 03, 2009


FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT

bluemark films

On Demand Weekly (ODW) continues our Filmmaker Spotlight series focusing on filmmakers distributing their film via Video On Demand (VOD). I recently spoke with Chris Smith (AMERICAN MOVIE), the director of COLLAPSE, FilmBuff (On Demand)’s new documentary (available on VOD December 6th).

ODW was interested in the making of the film and his perspective on VOD as an entertainment option.

 

On Demand Weekly: Your film opens with a card stating you met the subject for COLLAPSE, Michael Ruppert, for another project. How soon after meeting him did you know you had the makings of a documentary around Ruppert and did you have to convince him to do the film?
Chris Smith:
It was about two or three weeks after our initial meeting that we wrote to Michael pitching him this idea.  He was pretty much onboard once he read the treatment.

ODW: There are lots of people with strong points of view on the film's main topic. Why Michael Ruppert?

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Collapse - On DemandDecember 04, 2009


FilmBuff

VOD not only offers PPV Movies that screened in theaters, but cutting edge, independent films. Whether you want to see films made outside the Hollywood system or future stars in breakout performances, On Demand Weekly reviews the latest from the film festival circuit in the comfort of your own home.

FilmBuff On Demand

COLLAPSE (82 min)
On Demand Weekly reviews films from the perspective of watching it On Demand in your home. I particularly believe this to be an asset in the case of Chris Smith’s (American Movie) new documentary Collapse. I know I can get distracted by the previews ahead of a film in a theatre to the point I briefly forget what I paid to see right before it begins. I’m glad I didn’t see a trailer to a holiday film or romance prior to the documentary’s subject, Michael Ruppert, settling into his seat. A no frills opening that subliminally suggests you buckle up for the next 82 minutes.

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On Demand News & Links - 12/21December 21, 2009


On Demand News & Links - 12/21

IFC Films

ODW rounds up stories affecting the VOD Industry.

Comcast launches 100th VOD day and date with DVD

“More than 100 times this year, there was no faster way to watch a new release movie at home than with Comcast On Demand,” said Derek Harrar, senior VP/general manager of video and entertainment services for Comcast. “We pioneered day and date, so we’re thrilled that our studio partners were able to nearly triple our day-and-date movie offerings in favor of our customers.”...(Video Business)

 

Independent Film in 2009: An Analysis Through Quarter 3

Turning to (Video On Demand) distributors, the most prolific were Magnolia Pictures, IFC Films, and Sony. In Q1-Q3, Magnolia released 21 new specialty titles, followed by IFC with 19, and Sony with 17, mostly through Sony Pictures Classics. The next closest was Here Films with 11. Signifying the rise of video-on-demand (VOD), all of IFC’s releases, and nearly half of Magnolia’s, were released in tandem with a VOD release......(Blogger News Network)

 

A Christmas (and Hanukah) List to Help Save Independent Film

Support Indie Films on Video On Demand. An emerging distribution outlet for many indies is day and date VOD, in which the film is available in a few theaters across the US and simultaneously available on VOD. Unfortunately, many VOD menus favor studio films and make it difficult to find independents. However, if you look, you can find them. Check out IFC, Film Buff and other new independently oriented VOD channels. When you find a new film, invite your friends over and watch it together one night this holiday season. By initiating yourself and your friends into the VOD experience, hopefully you will continue to use it as a way to watch independent movies which will in turn support them...(Huffington Post)

 

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VOD Spotlight:  John SlossJanuary 12, 2010


VOD Spotlight:  John Sloss

FilmBuff

John Sloss is the founder of Cinetic Media and Cinetic Rights Management, which launched the Cable On Demand channel, FilmBuff in 2009. On Demand Weekly interviewed Sloss regarding his first foray into Video On Demand and what he hopes FilmBuff will accomplish.
 
On Demand Weekly: You've had a notable career in helping independent films find their way to the big screen with other film distributors. What prompted you to create FilmBuff?
John Sloss: TV is the greatest impulse medium and I believe Cable VOD (Video On Demand) is a sleeping giant. With the crisis in the independent distribution market, I saw that even though distribution was challenged, VOD offers filmmakers a way to make real money. And, for audiences, the whole idea behind FilmBuff is to offer exclusive film selections culled from the very best new releases, festival winners and box-office sensations..
 
ODW: What makes for a successful VOD release?
JS:  Two things: what the content is and what you do with it. The content has to be high-quality, relevant programming. Relevant is a big deal for us. Since VOD is such a time-sensitive medium, that is films are only up for 90-120 days, we take seriously the goal of curating great content that is appropriate for that time period.
 
For example, Boondock Saints 2 is coming into the VOD window; we programmed the original film to appear alongside it. Another example is day-and-date films where the VOD window has attention drawn to it by the simultaneous theatrical release. Then, once you have the content, it comes down to what you do with it. We have a highly specialized internal marketing team who focuses solely on driving awareness for each of our VOD releases.
 
ODW: What was your most successful VOD release in 2009?
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INGLORIOUS BASTARDS - On DemandJanuary 13, 2010


INGLORIOUS BASTARDS - On Demand

FilmBuff

On Demand Weekly reviews films from the perspective of watching it On Demand in your home. This week, "The Inglorious Bastards."
 
Related only to Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film by title and period, 1978's "The Inglorious Bastards" directed by Enzo G. Castellari is (especially now) the flagship of the Euro War films genre -- aka "Macaroni War," "Macaroni Combat" -- mainly late 60's-70's knockoffs of American WWII films produced/directed by Italian filmmakers, patterned after the paradigm of "Spaghetti Westerns" from the mid-60's. Get it? Spaghetti Western? Macaroni Combat? (That's a spicy meatball!).
 
Unlike Leone's masterwork "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," "The Inglorious Bastards," (a follow up to "The Dirty Dozen") is strictly a B-movie. It's cheaply shot, dubbed, anachronistic, packed with stock sound effects and has many unintentionally funny moments. But the film is entertaining and has value in its genre. Watching this film gives you bragging rights to seeing the "original" that inspired Mr. Tarantino and its place in the connected fabric of film history makes it a blast to have under your belt (the way many of us enjoyed delving into Hong Kong cinema after seeing "Reservoir Dogs.")
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Let Them Chirp Awhile: On DemandJanuary 19, 2010


Let Them Chirp Awhile: On Demand

FilmBuff

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews to hot movies on demand. This week, "Let Them Chirp Awhile" from FilmBuff on Time Warner Movies On Demand and Comcast TV.
 
New to the FilmBuff (a division of Cinetic Media) VOD channel programming (that has included such diverse indie titles as docu "The Carter," about Lil Wayne, Richard Linklater's "Slacker" and Rob Epstein's "The Times of Harvey Milk") comes "Let Them Chirp Awhile," the 2007 debut feature from (then) 23 year-old Jonathan Blitstein. "Chirp" is a 90-minute low-budget film shot with donated film stock and a 'family, friends and Mastercard' approach to post-NYU filmmaking.
 
The film centers around two work-challenged, late twenties daydreamers: Bobby (Justin Rice) and Scott (Brendan Sexton III). Bobby can't write a page but he has grand ideas. Scott listens to music but struggles to write his own. Along the way, Bobby loses a dog he was dogsitting and has to find a replacement. Scott leaks Bobby's idea to a hack playwright and it is used in a showcase. Scott breaks up with his girlfriend Michelle (Laura Breckenridge) and Bobby shares a romantic moment with her, ruining the chances of his own budding relationship with another woman. They have problems but one gets the feeling Bobby and Scott will be friends forever.
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THE DUNGEON MASTERS Trailer Now Available!August 11, 2010


THE DUNGEON MASTERS Trailer Now Available!

Filmbuff

Check out the trailer of Filmbuff's THE DUNGEON MASTERS, now available On Demand. Look for ODW's review on Thursday.

 

 

THE DUNGEON MASTERS

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CEMETERY JUNCTION is now available on VOD - See The Trailer HereSeptember 13, 2010


CEMETERY JUNCTION is now available on VOD - See The Trailer Here

Filmbuff

Attention Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant fans, CEMETERY JUNCTION (FilmBuff) is now available on VOD until 10/31/2010. ODW's review will run Wednesday. See the trailer below...

 

 

 

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NICE GUY JOHNNY HOMAGE TRAILER No. 5 - Win a DVDOctober 19, 2010


NICE GUY JOHNNY HOMAGE TRAILER No. 5 - Win a DVD

Nice Guy Johnny

Writer / Actor / Director Edward Burns has posted 5 Homage Trailers for his upcoming VOD Premiere of NICE GUY JOHNNY (FilmBuff) on October 26, 2010.

Email us which film you think NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #5 is paying tribute to and the 10th correct answer will win a DVD copy. Email the name of the Homage Trailer [1, 2, 3, 4, or 5] and the answer to us here.

 

 

Rules and Disclaimer: USA residents only. 18+, no P.O. boxes. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info and claim prize – if no response, another winner will be chosen . Prize provided by the giveaway sponsor. No monetary compensation received.

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NICE GUY JOHNNY HOMAGE TRAILER No. 3 - Win a DVDOctober 19, 2010


NICE GUY JOHNNY HOMAGE TRAILER No. 3 - Win a DVD

Nice Guy Johnny

Writer / Actor / Director Edward Burns has posted 5 Homage Trailers for his upcoming VOD Premiere of NICE GUY JOHNNY (FilmBuff) on October 26, 2010.

Email us which film you think NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #3 is paying tribute to and the 10th person with the correct answer will win a DVD copy. Email the name of the Homage Trailer [1, 2, 3, 4, or 5] and the answer to us here.

 

 

Rules and Disclaimer: USA residents only. 18+, no P.O. boxes. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info and claim prize – if no response, another winner will be chosen . Prize provided by the giveaway sponsor. No monetary compensation received.

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NICE GUY JOHNNY’S 5 HOMAGE TRAILERS - Win a DVDOctober 23, 2010


NICE GUY JOHNNY’S 5 HOMAGE TRAILERS - Win a DVD

Nice Guy Johnny

Writer / Actor / Director Edward Burns has posted 5 Homage Trailers for his upcoming VOD Premiere of NICE GUY JOHNNY (FilmBuff) on October 26, 2010.

 

Ed Burns

Email us which film you think a specific trailer is paying tribute and you will be eligible to win a DVD copy. Email the name of the Homage Trailer [1, 2, 3, 4, or 5] and the answer to us here.

 

NICE GUY JOHNNY DVD

 

Click below to see the 5 trailers.

NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #1

NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #2

NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #3

NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #4

NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #5

 

Rules and Disclaimer: USA residents only. 18+, no P.O. boxes. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info and claim prize – if no response, another winner will be chosen . Prize provided by the giveaway sponsor. No monetary compensation received.

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NICE GUY JOHNNY HOMAGE TRAILER No. 4 - Win a DVDOctober 23, 2010


NICE GUY JOHNNY HOMAGE TRAILER No. 4 - Win a DVD

Nice Guy Johnny

***UPDATE***

No one has gotten the correct answer to NICE GUY JOHNNY HOMAGE TRAILER No. 4. Email us your answer to us here.

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Writer / Actor / Director Edward Burns has posted 5 Homage Trailers for his upcoming VOD Premiere of NICE GUY JOHNNY (FilmBuff) on October 26, 2010.

Email us which film you think NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #4 is paying tribute to and the 26th person with the correct answer will win a DVD copy. Email the name of the Homage Trailer [1, 2, 3, 4, or 5] and the answer to us here.

 

 

Rules and Disclaimer: USA residents only. 18+, no P.O. boxes. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info and claim prize – if no response, another winner will be chosen . Prize provided by the giveaway sponsor. No monetary compensation received.

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VOD Spotlight on 11/04/08’s                             Jeff DeutchmanNovember 04, 2010


VOD Spotlight on 11/04/08’s                                           Jeff Deutchman

FilmBuff

On Demand Weekly’s VOD Spotlight presents interviews with the creators of new movies available On Demand. In honor of today's date (11/04), Sky McCarthy interviewed Jeff Deutchman, the creative mind and curator of 11/4/08 (FilmBuff) – a movie that chronicles the day of Barack Obama’s election through the eyes of diverse amateur filmmakers. Deutchman is also an acquisitions manager at IFC films. The interview highlights the directorial vision behind the project as well as his opinion of VOD and its effect on film distribution. (11/4/08 is available on VOD).

On Demand Weekly (ODW): As a filmmaker who also works in an executive capacity, how do you feel about VOD and the future of television On Demand?
Jeff Deutchman (JD): I feel pretty bullish about it. It really depends on what kind of film you have. Independents and docs in particular can really benefit in an area where theatrical distribution is too expensive for a low budget film. In general, people want options so it’s important to be flexible in the changing marketplace.

There are two kinds of films that I think belong in theaters- big “event” Hollywood films and then there are really visual art films. Movie theaters serve an amusement park function where people will always be willing to spend a few extra dollars for the unique experience of an “event film.”  But I also think that there will always be a need to have arthouses that can perform the role of museums and exhibit films as high art. The blockbuster and the art house film operate on totally different ends of the spectrum but every film in between can definitely benefit from VOD.

ODW: What are the advantages of VOD from a filmmaker’s point of view and a consumer’s point of view?
JD: Well, firstly, it’s a lot less expensive and you are reaching more people for less money. A small handful of cinephiles in Idaho may be interested in your little film but that would never equate to enough ticket sales to justify a theatrical release. From a consumer point of view, it’s really all about lifestyle. Parents with young kids may want to go out but the reality is they may not have time for that. Does that mean you should be completely uncultured? No way! You should be able to get it on your screen, on your own time. I think some people even prefer the home screen. Younger people tend to watch media in a more interactive, less passive way.

 

11/04/08

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NICE GUY JOHNNY HOMAGE TRAILER - DVD WINNERSNovember 22, 2010


NICE GUY JOHNNY HOMAGE TRAILER - DVD WINNERS

Nice Guy Johnny

The NICE GUY JOHNNY HOMAGE TRAILER CONTEST is now closed. We have our winners. Thank you to everyone who submitted a response. The answers are below. - ODW

NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #1
- Michelangelo Antonioni's L'AVVENTURA (1960)

NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #2
- Jean Luc Godard's CONTEMPT (1963)

NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #3
- Norman Jewison's THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (1968)

NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #4
- Woody Allen's HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986)

NICE GUY JOHNNY - Homage Trailer #5
- Arthur Hiller's A LOVE STORY (1970)

WINNERS
#1 Julia Cooper
#2 Shannon Micali
#3 Amanda Duke
#4 Brian Ronaghan
#5 Jacqueline Conrad

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Ed Burns Indie Movies on Demand Hot List : NOV 2010 - EXCLUSIVEDecember 01, 2010


Ed Burns Indie Movies on Demand Hot List : NOV 2010 - EXCLUSIVE

Ed Burns

AN ODW EXCLUSIVE

On Demand Weekly is thrilled to welcome fillmaker Ed Burns to our Advisory Board and our terrific roster of contributers. Ed recently blazed a new trail for digital distribution and marketing for the recent premiere of his film NICE GUY JOHNNY. Every month, Ed will share with our readers the list of independent films currently available On Demand he's most interested in watching and offer insight as to why each film makes his Hot List. We hope you enjoy and look forward to your feedback. - ODW

As an indie film lover, and parent, who doesn't get to to the theater like I used to, I now watch most movies at home. I wanted to reach out to other like-minded people, who are looking for good movies to watch on their On Demand services. Many of these titles I used to catch in the arthouse theater, and sadly, most of them have been slipping through the cracks.

So you can find me here once a month and I will tip you off to the films I'll be watching On Demand.

- Ed

 

Indie Movies on Demand Hot List - November, 2010

ALL GOOD THINGS

ALL GOOD THINGS (Magnolia Pictures)
- Some terrific actors, including Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella, and a real life story set in New York in the 80's, makes ALL GOOD THINGS a movie I don't want to miss.

 

TINY FURNITURE

TINY FURNITURE (IFC Films)
- I am excited to check out TINY FURNITURE, written and directed by Lena Dunham, who also starred in the movie, and has generated terrific press for making this on a tiny budget with friends and family, including her mother and sister. Sounds like an authentic New York story, which I am a big fan of.

 

Exit

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (FilmBuff)
- EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP is a compelling documentary that will have your head spinning and questioning the lines between art and manipulation. The movie is a truly unique glimpse into some of the most compelling and talented street artists around (most notably the enigmatic Banksy).

 

Ed Burns

- Ed Burns

Ed Burns gained international recognition for his first feature film THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN, which won the 1995 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury prize. His most recent film, NICE GUY JOHNNY, the darling of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, was released on October 26, 2010. A pioneer for independent filmmakers, Burns continues to innovate in this category, premiering PURPLE VIOLETS exclusively on iTunes and more recently, releasing NICE GUY JOHNNY via a multi-platform digital distribution plan. Ed recently joined On Demand Weekly's Advisory Board.

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Ed will be back next month with new films he's looking forward to seeing On Demand. Let him know what you think of his picks above or future films he should consider on Twitter @edward_burns.

Ed's new film NICE GUY JOHNNY, is available now On Demand.

 

ODW Reviews of the films:

ALL GOOD THINGS

TINY FURNITURE

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP - Now Available!

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2011 Film Independent SPIRIT AWARD Nominations You Can Watch At Home On DemandDecember 01, 2010


2011 Film Independent SPIRIT AWARD Nominations You Can Watch At Home On Demand

Film Independent

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Three of the five nominees for Best Feature (Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right and Winter’s Bone), as well as many of the most nominated films, are already available to watch On Demand.

 

2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards
(Eva Mendes, Jeremy Renner)

 

Selected from 220 submissions, this year’s winners will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. on the beach in Santa Monica. The 26th annual awards show will be hosted by Joel McHale ("The Soup," "Community") and air exclusively that night on IFC at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards

 

On Demand Weekly has noted which films are available now On Demand so you can catch up at home on the independent films everyone is talking about this week. Enjoy!

FILM TITLE (# OF NOMINATIONS)
Winter’s Bone
- Roadside Attraction (7) AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
The Kids Are All Right - Focus Features (5) AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
Black Swan - Fox Searchlight (4)
Greenberg
- Focus Features (4) AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
Rabbit Hole - Lionsgate (4)
127 Hours
- Fox Searchlight (3)
Jack Goes Boating
- Overture Films (3)
Tiny Furniture
- IFC Films (3) AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
Daddy Longlegs - IFC Films (2) AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
Life During Wartime
- IFC Films (2) AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
Exit Through the Gift Shop - Producers Distribution Agency / FilmBuff (1) AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
Lovers of Hate - IFC Films (1) AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND
Night Catches Us - Magnolia Pictures (1) AVAILABLE NOW ON DEMAND

 

2011 SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

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THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN Is A Great Fix On DemandMarch 28, 2011


THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN Is A Great Fix On Demand

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: THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN (FilmBuff).


THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN Is A Great Fix On Demand
By Adam Schartoff
 
 
A hybrid of concert film and narrative film, Bruce McDonald’s THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN does suffer a bit from that bifurcation but ultimately succeeds through sheer youthful enthusiasm.
 
The band Broken Social Scene (aka BSS), a Toronto-native musician collective, is the perfect choice for a concert film. Like their Montreal neighbors, Arcade Fire, BSS’s music is big and lush with somewhere between 15 and 20 band members. 
 
 
That there are so many instruments being played at once can obscure the underlying simple melodies, something that makes the music ultimately accessible. While you may not necessarily remember all of the hooks, you’ll leave wanting to see them in a setting as inviting as Toronto’s Harbourfront Amphitheater.
 
The film’s narrative strain involves a handsome young man named Bruno (Greg Calderone) who, when the film begins, has finally consummated his long lasting crush on Caroline (Georgina Reilly). After a night of lovemaking on his rooftop, Bruno realizes that he is in love with Caroline. Caroline is steely determined to see through her plans to leave for Paris the following day despite Bruno’s earnest appeal for her heart. 
 
 
That leaves them roughly 24 hours of time together. When the two venture out for breakfast, they run into Bruno’s pal Blake who mentions that BSS has a concert that very evening. After some bragging goes wrong, Bruno and Blake must now come up with back stage passes. A plan is set in motion to go the concert that night after the guys get off from work.
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BLOOMINGTON DemandJune 02, 2011


BLOOMINGTON 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: BLOOMINGTON (FilmBuff).

 

BLOOMINGTON
By Amy Slotnick

 

BLOOMINGTON is a coming of age drama about Jackie, a former child actress (played by Sarah Stouffer) who attends college in the mid-west to find independence from her acting career in Los Angeles. However blending in with the student body proves to be more difficult than Jackie expects. Her peers seem to only be interested in her as a celebrity but don’t show much genuine interest in being her friend.

At a meeting for the psychology department Jackie meets Professor Catherine Stark (played by Allison McAtee), a beautiful teacher in her 30s who is rumored to seduce her students. Despite warnings from others, Jackie is quickly enamored with Catherine and without any hesitation, they begin an intense and sexual romance. Jackie leaves school for a job in LA and the distance from Catherine, complicates their relationship.

 

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SLACKISTANJune 02, 2011


SLACKISTAN

FilmBuff

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: SLACKISTAN (FilmBuff).

 

SLACKISTAN On Demand

By Sky McCarthy

Few films coming from the Middle East focus on the inner turmoil of bored youths. Such a genre is frequently associated with young American directors and writers seeking to capture the backlash of living in a capitalist society with forgone ideals. In a region so mired by political turmoil, it is easy to forget that millions of people in this cultural region are probably living the same boring lives as any suburban American.

SLACKISTAN follows the intermingled stories of five privileged Pakistani teens as they struggle with young adulthood in a society deprived of any opportunity for forward thinking individuals. Instead of dwelling on the political instability, however, director Hammad Khan focuses on the various insecurities faced by his protagonists – ultimately creating a universally relatable story.

 



Hasan, the story’s leading male, is an aspiring filmmaker who struggles throughout the film to find an intriguing topic. His difficulty in pinning down a subject matter reflects every character’s inability to succeed at anything post-university while also mirroring the disturbing lack of cinema to come from the Middle East in recent decades. Despite no obvious obscenities (to Western eyes), SLACKISTAN has yet to be released in Pakistan due its use of the word “lesbian” and infrequent, but heavy, drinking.

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RIO SEX COMEDYOctober 08, 2011


RIO SEX COMEDY

FilmBuff

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: RIO SEX COMEDY (FilmBuff).

 

RIO SEX COMEDY
By Scott Zaretsky

 

Press notes explain that veteran actors from several countries along with local non-actors semi-improvised their roles in Jonathan Nossiter's RIO SEX COMEDY, which moves from swank high rises and clinics to the dangerous slums of one of the world's most fascinating cities, Rio de Janeiro.

RIO SEX COMEDY has plenty of veteran actors and plenty of seeming improvisation and plenty of Rio - the best thing about the movie - but not much sex and very little comedy. Jonathan Nossiter who wrote and directed this, examines beauty, race, class and sexual attraction, among other themes. Filming it like a documentary mixed with scripted scenes from various POV’s, the film is way too ambitious and very poorly focused, but, somehow kept me in the game. It was filmed in Rio and it did have Sex in the title!

Hope Yet !!!

 


I waited and waited some more. It's very hard to pin down who the characters are supposed to be since they all act in such erratic manners that keep you questioning yourself – is there something I’m not getting? Maybe, it’s me??? Maybe …it’s the tropical sun's effect on improvisational storytelling and this is truly a new avant-garde reality filmmaking. Maybe this was the plot and device – absolutely GENIOUS!

 

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