Halle Berry’s Shark Movie DARK TIDE Is On Demand Before TheatersMarch 23, 2012

Halle Berry’s Shark Movie DARK TIDE Is On Demand Before Theaters


Media savant T Tara Turk goes deep inside cable TV to reveal Video On Demand's Hidden Gems so even the busiest of our readers can get the most out of On Demand TV. Tell Tara what VOD shows you think deserves her attention.


In Shark Alley, Courage Runs Deep

By T. Tara Turk


I hate being conflicted over actors I love and the projects they pick. I think Halle Berry needs an intervention.

Not for her personal life, for her career. As much as I think I love drama - I like fake TV drama and not real life drama. I am not going to call it the curse of the Oscar® because I think it’s larger than that. She really might not know a good story yet she clearly pays people to figure out that out for her and yet...I for one didn’t love MONSTER’S BALL so, while I was happy and proud Halle won an Oscar, crushing an obstacle for black women that hadn’t been crushed since Hattie McDaniel’s GONE WITH THE WIND Oscar® win, I was sure that movie went along with Halle’s other project picks - in the trash.


Berry’s newest film from Lionsgate, DARK TIDE, is really no exception. BEAUTIFULLY shot (it really does look like National Geographic was behind the camera), the story doesn’t start until an hour into the film. The first part is a very long set up. Berry plays a shark diver in South Africa who experiences a tragedy early on along with her small crew consisting of a friend/crewman, her husband played by Olivier Martinez who also is her cameraman and a beloved friend/shark back-watcher (Berry and Martinez are now reported to be engaged).


This tragedy regulates Berry into being estranged from her husband for no specific reason and no longer shark diving but doing day trips out on the lovely coast of South Africa. One day, the estranged hubs comes back with a rich idiot who’s desire to get close to sharks spells trouble for everyone on the trip, including his poor son along for the ride.


The first hour aka “the long setup” is filled with awkward dialogue, a choppy plot and not as much sea footage as you’d like. There’s a random non-sequitur scene where some local kids set to find treasures in the sea in the pitch black dark knight have a crazy run-in with some sharks that will leave you kind of scratching your head. There’s some fights and some make-ups that happen between Berry and Martinez that make zero sense as we never really can tell for sure what the root of their separation is as it doesn’t seem to be the early on tragedy since everyone else involved is still around regularly except for Martinez.

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Jennifer Lopez’s South Beach Tow (VOD Hidden Gem)April 13, 2012

Jennifer Lopez’s South Beach Tow  (VOD Hidden Gem)


Media savant T Tara Turk goes deep inside cable TV to reveal Video On Demand's Hidden Gems so even the busiest of our readers can get the most out of On Demand TV. Tell Tara what VOD shows you think deserves her attention.


South Beach Tow (VOD Hidden Gem)

By T. Tara Turk


Maybe I live in a world where dragon eggs get hatched (“Game of Thrones”), Schmidts sleep with CeCes (“New Girl”) and Palins host Today shows but man I have never seen the wranglings of folks who fight to keep from getting their car towed. Now, I do admit to catching the occasional rerun of “Operation Repo.” TruTV’s resident repo show, but apparently the final season aired in 2011 only to be replaced by “South Beach Tow”, produced by Jennifer Lopez under her Nuyorican Productions. Not any Jennifer Lopez. THE Jennifer Lopez.


“Operation Repo” was your standard family business, folks running into regular folks who hadn’t paid their car note. But this South Beach Tow has tipped the scales to crazy dot com. I thought maybe it was going to be an upscale towing company dealing with Real Housewives of Miami who park in handicap spots. THIS is not the case. These are folks who don’t pay their note, who park in the middle of parking lots, who block people in, who curse loudly, use racial epithets, jump on tow trucks to block them, spray paint vehicles, steal the tow trucks....holy insane asylum, Batman.


The antics are so high on this show that I almost believe these folks are planted. Anything is possible as any one of these car owners could be an extra in GIGLI (yes, I went there). How else could the camera catch one of the car owners stealing the tow truck from the POV of the truck? I know. Reality TV that’s not real. Shocking. That said, it’s hard to stop watching - make that it’s hard to divert your eyes from the shenanigans. Everytime you want to walk away, there’s another loud commotion or utterly ridiculous moment of behavior captured that refuses to let you turn away. It’s like the Jerry Springer of towing and Jerry Springer led to a musical on the West End...I’m just saying.

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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


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:

Premieres May 1
R, Action
Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender

Same day as DVD

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

Same day as DVD, two months before Netflix

– Premieres May 1
PG-13, Comedy
Halle Berry, Jessica Biel

Same day as DVD, two months before Netflix

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

Same day as DVD

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

Same day as DVD

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

Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

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