Direct from the Sundance Film Festival - UNCLE KENT Now On DemandJanuary 22, 2011


Direct from the Sundance Film Festival - UNCLE KENT Now On Demand

Sundance Selects

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: Direct from the Sundance Film Festival - UNCLE KENT On Demand (Sundance Selects).

Learn about all five films available simultaneously from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and On Demand here.

UNCLE KENT

Mumblecore’s Mid-Life Crisis
By Adam Schartoff

Kent (Kent Osborne), a solitary 40-year old animation artist, mostly sits around his Los Angeles apartment drinking beer, hitting the bong and working at his computer. Clearly Kent’s a smart and talented man whose earnestness draws people to him, but lately Kent seems to be shrinking from life.
 
He prefers spending time online or hanging out with his cat to actually going out and meeting someone. Joe Swanberg’s new movie UNCLE KENT, one of the Sundance Selects choices that will air on VOD during the course of the festival this month, finally drags the mumblecore generation into full adulthood, kicking and screaming.
 
UNCLE KENT (Sundance Selects)
UNCLE KENT (Sundance Selects)

Kent has become skeptical about getting married; he’s reconciled being single. Sex, for instance, is generally handled autonomously. As he says to his pal Kev (Kevin Bewersdorf), “I can sit on the couch until I’m hungry and then eat whatever I want.”  Despite his protests, its clear that he still yearns for emotional connection. Hence, inviting Kate for a weekend visit.  Kate, as played by newcomer Jennifer Prediger, is a woman Kent recently met on Chatroulette, an online video chat service. She flies in from New York City on the premise of business –she’s an environmental journalist -  but also ostensibly to figure out how she feels about Kent, not to mention the boyfriend she left at home.  

In order to keep himself emotionally in check, Kent hides behind his video camera through much of their weekend. Otherwise they tiptoe around each other barely recognizing the obvious attraction they share for each other. Instead they behave almost adolescently sharing explicit and intimate details of each other’s past and current sex lives. This titillating process eventually leads them to meeting up with a young woman named ---- whom they meet on Craiglist and whom they end up taking home for a threesome. 
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Direct from the Sundance Film Festival - UNCLE KENT TrailerJanuary 23, 2011


Direct from the Sundance Film Festival - UNCLE KENT Trailer

Sundance Selects

There are five films premiering Direct from the Sundance Film Festival and On Demand simultaneously. Learn about all five Movies On Demand from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival here.

Joe Swanberg's UNCLE KENT is available now. Check out our review HERE and the trailer below.

 

 

UNCLE KENT is Available under Sundance Film Festival via Sundance Selects On Demand Until 2/28/11
Running Time 72 Minutes / TV MA

Direct from the Sundance Film Festival
Learn about all five films available simultaneously from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and On Demand here.

 

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AUTOEROTIC - Mumblcore On DemandAugust 24, 2011


AUTOEROTIC - Mumblcore On Demand

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: AUTOEROTIC (IFC Films)


 

Click Here For On Demand Weekly's Exclusive Interview With Director Joe Swanberg

 

 

AUTOEROTIC - Mumblcore On Demand
By Chris Claro

 

The genre that forces you to crank the volume all the way up, mumblecore, marches on with AUTOEROTIC, directed by Joe Swanberg (UNCLE KENT) and Adam Wingard, a rambling and digressive examination of the sexual foibles of a group of Chicagoans. Swinging wildly from outrageous farce to creepy voyeurism to – one or two – moments of tenderness, the film is explicit, prurient, and not the least bit sexy.

 



Using naturalistic settings and lighting, Swanberg and Wingard, who wrote the script with Simon Barrett, dive deep into dysfunction, shining a light on a panoply of sexual maladies, including chronic masturbation, anaorgasmia, online porn addiction, and self-asphyxiation as sexual aide. It’s all as much fun as it sounds, and it features a crew of self-absorbed hipsters who make sex look about as inviting as a visit to the DMV.

The film opens with a vignette featuring a guy who thinks he isn’t packing enough to satisfy his girlfriend. Despite her assurance that he’s wrong, the guy breaks up with her and starts a regimen of penis enlargement pills. Satisfied with the initial results, he starts popping them by the jarful. When it appears he’s about to score with a girl, she runs, screaming and naked, from his monster member (which is never shown on camera).

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Greta Gerwig Is In A NY THING On DemandMay 21, 2012


Greta Gerwig Is In A NY THING On Demand

Film Movement

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: A NY THING (Film Movement).

 

A NY THING

By Sky McCarthy

 

Although A NY THING strives to be a romantic comedy, there is little humor to be found in this melodramatic tale of French and American lovers whose worlds collide in the city that never sleeps. Antoine (Jonathan Zaccai) is in love with Alice (Fanny Valette) who happens to be dating Arthur (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Despite Alice’s uncertainty, she seems unable to let go of Antoine’s affections. He follows her on a flight from Paris to New York in hopes that she will soon be returning with him. When they arrive in the States, Antoine assumes the alias of “John” and simply poses as a friend of Alice so that he can keep a close eye on her dalliances with Arthur in New York. But when Arthur’s roommate Tamara (Greta Gerwig) develops a slight infatuation with “John,” a strange love quadrangle unfolds.

 


Greta Gerwig / A NY THING (Film Movement)

One of the best things about this film is probably the attractiveness of the actors. Who wouldn’t want to spend an hour and half with some beautiful French and American hipsters who drift between trendy loft parties in Manhattan?

Despite the overwhelmingly melancholy mood of A NY THING, Gerwig gives a delightful performance as a peppy love-sick-hopeful who happens to get mixed up in an unusually complicated situation. The character of Alice provides a stark contrast as an indecisive, yet beautiful, female lead. Unfortunately, her lies about Antoine keep the audience from really cheering for the two Frenchies to end up together. Antoine is too weak to give Alice an ultimatum, and she may be too insecure to admit to herself that what makes her truly happy is just being wanted.

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