Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s New HBO Series: LIFE’S TOO SHORT - On DemandMarch 02, 2012


Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s New HBO Series: LIFE’S TOO SHORT - On Demand

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Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: Life's Too Short (HBO).


Life's Too Short
It's not the size that counts

By Jean Tait

 

I love Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. I thoroughly enjoyed “Idiot Abroad” and “Extras.” Knowing they were creating a show with similarly snarky dwarf actor, Warwick Davis (WILLOW, HARRY POTTER), and some brilliant famous face cameos, and

 

I knew I’d be getting deadpan Brit humor

at its best!


“Life’s Too Short” is a mockumentary a la “The Office,” and the subject matter is perfect for the genre. Answering the question, “What’s it like to be a (sort of) famous little person?” “Life’s Too Short” follows the day-to-day life and career of Warwick Davis. In order to push the humor, they downplay his most recent accomplishments in the dual roles of Griphook and Professor Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter movies, to create the impression that he is now down on his luck since his success in the 1980’s of WILLOW and STAR WARS.

 


Ricky Gervais, Warwick Davis / LIFE'S TOO SHORT (HBO)



This Warwick Davis is a pint-size actor with enough ego and bombast for a Hulk-sized ham. His need for cash (he’s in the midst of a nasty divorce AND he owes back taxes) forces him to get into a number of uncomfortable situations, including being hired so Johnny Depp can observe him as a character study, and acting as a stand-in for a child actor playing opposite Helena Bonham Carter. Depp and Carter are fantastic, as they play “themselves.” Watching Depp meet up with Ricky Gervais (who famously dissed him at the 2011 Golden Globes) is pee-funny! Helena Bonham Carter is an hysterical mess as her discomfort with Davis gets harder and harder for her to hide in each successive take. The crew working to indulge her neuroses ends up putting Davis in a trash bin.

 


Ricky Gervais, Warwick Davis, Stephen Merchant / LIFE'S TOO SHORT (HBO)

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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!

 

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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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