John Turturro’s PASSIONE On DemandMarch 13, 2012


John Turturro’s PASSIONE On Demand

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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: PASSIONE (FilmBuff).

 

PASSIONE
By Amy Slotnick

 

When first watching John Turturro’s documentary, PASSIONE, the evocative music and expressive performers of Naples, Italy are captivating, tempting you to hop on a flight and immerse yourself in what the filmmakers call a “musical adventure.”


Although choreography, romantic locations, interviews and some onscreen narration from Turturro provide rough outlines of a context for the music, the film suffers from a lack of any narrative. Instead, it relies on the music and staging, mostly in the streets of Naples, to sustain the film on its own.

The musicians, both professional and amateur, perform a total of 23 songs in the film. Through their interviews and performances a relationship between Neapolitan music and its culture emerges, gradually and subtly. The songs take dominance over the story, and consequently there is little driving the pace and story forward. In other words, one could stop watching half way through and not miss any developments or turns.


A brilliant actor who clearly understands how to develop character relationships and narrative threads, as he did with his directorial debut ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, Turturro seems to be consciously asking the audience to let go of any expectations for a documentary about music. Instead of BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, this film is more neo-realist, concert film.

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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!

 

Kate
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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