It’s Time To CHOOSE (Review & Interview)March 17, 2011

It’s Time To CHOOSE (Review & Interview)

IFC Films

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: CHOOSE (IFC Midnight), below the interview.


Editor's Note: On Demand Weekly interviewed CHOOSE producer Allen Bain about the film and distriubting it on VOD.


ON DEMAND WEEKLY: You’ve been a part of many films [including MANITO, XX/XY, CAMP]. What prompted you to produce a horror film?
ALLEN BAIN: I've been a  horror fan since I first saw HALLOWEEN as a pre-teen. I believe that horror is a great medium to explore serious social issues while keeping the audience entertained (and scared). CHOOSE is really a movie that poses the question of  nature vs nurture if you think about it. 
CHOOSE (IFC Midnight)
CHOOSE (IFC Midnight)
ODW: How are you promoting CHOOSE to the at home, Video On Demand [VOD] audience?
AB: The fun thing about CHOOSE is that it's not over when the end credits roll.  The movie will keep you asking yourself what choice would I make when presented the impossible choice. It's a game we all play in our daily routine.  We are promoting the film and the concept together.
ODW: What is the advantage of watching films at home on VOD?
AB: I've been producing films for over a decade and when I started people had these giant, heavy TV's with small screens. Now most people have big, sleek, HD flat screens, and home stereo systems.
Hollywood is constantly trying to one-up itself in regards to spectacle so that it can get seats filled in the local theaters. Everyone seems upset that the DVD market is dying, let it die and let's move on. VOD is the ultimate form of instant gratification. The quality is close to what you get in a theater, the price is reasonable and the convenience is unbeatable.


It's Time To CHOOSE
By Lorisa Bates

With a dark and gloomy ecstatic, CHOOSE immediately reminded me of SAW. Director Marcus Graves quickly pulls the audience into an opening scene which explores the whole notion of choice and consequence. 
The film opens with a loving suburban family whose life is turned upside down when a masked psychopath forces the teenage daughter to decide which of her parents will live and which one will die.  When she refuses to choose, a gun is place to her younger brother’s head, and she reluctantly blurts out her choice. The deranged killer takes his sick game even further when he makes her stab the parent of choice to death.  
Flash forward. We meet journalist student Fiona Wagner (Katheryn Winnick) and her father Tom (Kevin Pollack) the local Sheriff investigating random crimes throughout his suburban town. He and his young detective piece together evidence that link these heinous scenes to the same unknown psychopath.
CHOOSE (IFC Midnight)
CHOOSE (IFC Midnight)
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The Video Glutton’s Guide to VIKINGS, Season 1March 26, 2014

The Video Glutton’s Guide to VIKINGS, Season 1

Vikings (History Channel)

On Demand Weekly provides new reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “VIKINGS.”

I had never paid too much attention to VIKINGS. I don’t watch much on the History Channel, so it was never really on my radar. Then I went to an exhibit at Time Warner Studios to see the GAME OF THRONES exhibit. Time Warner Cable is smart. They made attendees go through a whole slew of other show’s exhibits before we got to the one we were actually there for. Their scheme worked! In the VIKINGS exhibit, one could see the attention to detail and historical accuracy lavished on the show, and it drew me in. So I decided to binge Season 1 of Vikings to get ready for Season 2.

The show begins with a battle. There is no indication of who is fighting or why, but two men are obviously the heroes of the fight. We discover they are Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his brother Rollo (Clive Standen). They are obviously fierce, strong and determined. Ragnar sees a vision of the god Odin, so he must be special. Next we are introduced to Ragnar’s family.

His wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is pretty fierce and determined herself, which she proves when a couple of intruders come in to pillage and rape in her home and she single-handedly smashes them both. Next we meeting the big boss of the ‘hood: Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne rocking a serious mullet!). We know he is the bad guy, because he doesn’t want to take a chance on sailing west. He only wants to go east, where they always go. Ragnar wants to try going west. Since he is so daring, we know we are supposed to root for him.

Behind the Earl’s back, Ragnar’s buddy Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard in heavy goth eye makeup) is making a new and bigger boat that can carry the gang west across the sea to Northumbria. The adventure is a success. They find an island with a monastery on it, and the pathetic little priests barely make a squeak in response, so they must deserve to be slaughtered and have all their fancy churchy stuff like candleholders and goblets and crosses go to the Vikings. Ragnar does save one priest, Athelstan (George Bladgen, of the “Les Miserables” movie). Got to give Ragnar points for that. 

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