VOD This Week The HangoverDecember 22, 2009
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New Films on VOD for the Week of December 21
Three groomsmen awake the morning after a blow out bachelor party in Vegas to find the groom missing. Each struggles through hangovers and clues to piece together the night before in this hilarious comedy. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms
R / 100 minutes / Available 12/22
STEVE JOBS: ONE LAST THING - Now On DemandJanuary 11, 2012
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: STEVE JOBS: ONE LAST THING (Gravitas).
STEVE JOBS: ONE LAST THING
By Joe Charnitski
I visited the Apple Store near Central Park shortly after the untimely passing of Steve Jobs. I wanted to see the memorials and the crowds for myself. There were dozens, maybe hundreds of people either standing silently, as if at a sacred site, or slowly streaming by, rubber necking to see the many cards, bouquets and, of course, apples that had been strewn along the front of the store in memoriam.
I was a little surprised at the substantial outpouring of sadness from young and old set off by Jobs’ death. Not because I didn’t consider him a significant figure in our new century and the previous, or that I didn’t appreciate the contributions of his products, his vision and, not to be overlooked, his treasured “Think Different” campaign of the late-90s. I assumed the response would mirror the reaction to the death of any beloved celebrity. This, instead, felt like a national tragedy.
I was similarly surprised by the one-hour documentary STEVE JOBS: ONE LAST THING. It starts off as a fairly routine “before he was famous” story. We go back to Jobs’ home town, walk the streets he grew up on, meet the friends he knew then. Everyone talks about how Steve was something special. They all knew he would do great things one day. Nothing shocking here.
As the film goes on, though, I couldn’t help but find it compelling, because Jobs is so damn compelling. His resilience is so compelling. The film includes a few interviews Jobs had done over the years. In one of them, when he was much younger, he describes the important moment he realized that everything around him that we call “life” was created by people no smarter than him, or any of us he demands. Once you understand that, Jobs insists, you realize that you can do anything, and then you do.
New Movies On Demand Preview - For Babes: November 2012November 01, 2012
On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLife) goes through all the new movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview - For Babes.
Kate’s Top Movies On Demand For The Babes
Pixar does it again with this girl power film that will have you planning world domination while blasting the inspirational sounds of Pat Benatar. Our protagonist is Princess Merida; a saucy red head that should really get an Herbal Essences endorsement. As custom states she is to be married off in a ritual called the Highland Games. Determined to change her fate Merida uses her archery skills to win her own hand causing chaos amongst the Scottish clans. Add in a little sorcery, and Merida’s bravery must be tested to undo a beastly curse. Brave is absolutely inspirational and the perfect film for any woman who knows what it’s like to be in charge of her own fate.
STEP UP REVOLUTION - Premieres November 27
How many STEP UP’S have there been? Twenty? I lost count after the first one, but I’m pretty sure they’ve made about twenty. Regardless I’ve seen all of them. Mainly because “So You Think You Can Dance” told me to. Who doesn’t love shirtless men perfectly executing a pas de deux? Everyone I have ever met can dance, think they can dance, or really wish they could dance. I personally appreciate the fact that Hollywood thinks dancers hang out together in dance gangs and flash mob in response to political unrest. That’s how life should be.
THE WATCH - Premieres November 13
I had to add a comedy in here because morally I couldn’t leave you with Step Up Revolution. The Watch follows four men who form a neighborhood watch in order to escape their suburban everyday lives. Being a comedy the gang haphazardly discover that their town has been overrun with aliens posing as regular citizens. It’s like The Stepford Wives but not creepy! Its all-star cast includes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. With that combo it would be pretty impossible for it not to be hilarious. Just don’t take it to seriously. How could you really? It’s Ben Stiller saving the world from extraterrestrial suburbanites.
A Film For The Guys That The Babes Will Like:
THE CAMPAIGN - Premieres October 30
First off I don’t think there’s anyone on this planet that can say that the combination of Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell is not funny. It’s actually impossible. That being said this film stars Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell. Do you get where I’m going with this? It’s funny! In a truly unapologetic, crass, and morally offensive way. Your guys will love this because deep down at the center of their manly core they enjoy lewd, awful, and downright despicable comedy. And you know what? Babes do to. That’s why you need to throw them through a loop by suggesting watching this film for date night. Hand them a beer when you suggest it too. You’ll be their God.
Babes And Guys:
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN - Premieres November 9
I know what you’re thinking. Another SPIDER-MAN franchise? So soon? But what about Tobey? I loved the last SPIDER-MAN franchise (SPIDER-MAN 3 is exempt from this love), and I have an unnatural loyalty to the beautiful Tobey Maguire, but this reboot is completely different, absolutely superb, and worth your time. Andrew Garfield plays a younger, neurotic, and darker Peter Parker that is struggling with adolescence just like your average teenager. Unlike your average teenager he has the added bonus of being a superhero. Fun times for an orphan with girl issues! Emma Stone is the perfect Gwen Stacey who rocks a ponytail and knee high boots like no one I’ve ever seen. Garfield and Stone’s chemistry make this film, and they add a sweet romance to an otherwise thrilling action adventure. Needless to say this film is perfect for both babes and guys.
Seth Meyers’ THE AWESOMES - A Hulu Original SeriesNovember 21, 2013
The Awesomes (Hulu)
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: "The Awesomes" (Hulu).
EXCLUSIVE: Read Director Joel Schroeder's 8 Things He’d Like You to Know About Calvin & Hobbes here...
By Joe Charnitski
What did you think of this year’s summer superhero movies?
Iron-Man came back for the third time (not including his appearance in THE AVENGERS) and Superman was reinvented, for at least the third time (not including his TV work). Wolverine broke away from the X-Men to release a solo adventure, and even The Lone Ranger (ok, he doesn’t have super powers, but I think the premise still applies) galloped across cinema screens once again. As long as we keep paying, and IRON MAN 3 made north of $400 million, Hollywood will keep playing the super hero card, as they have for decades.
The creators of Hulu’s new animated series “The Awesomes” are hoping that all of this experience with heroes, villains, civilizations in peril and all that will make us appreciate their comedic, but not fully satiric, take on the genre. The series follows the adventures of Prock (voiced by series creator SETH MEYERS) a low grade hero who has inherited a Justice League-type band of superfriends from his father, Mr. Awesome, after his recent retirement. Mr. Awesome’s team doesn’t believe the young professor and doctor (thus, Prock) has the right stuff, so they quit the team. A federal government bureaucrat alerts Prock that he will lose his funding from Uncle Sam if he doesn’t put together a band of formidable super crime fighters.
Over the course of the first episodes Prock does build a team, and they have some impressive strengths, but also some wacky weaknesses. Can this team of misfits save the world from the evil likes of Doctor Malocchio (voiced by SNL alum Bill Hader)? Can Prock ever live up to his father’s legend, or even to the competition from everyone’s favorite big hero on campus, Perfect Man?
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