VOD This Week - BasterdsJanuary 11, 2010

VOD This Week - Basterds

Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

New Films on VOD for the Week of January 11

Inglourious Basterds

Some say a masterpiece by Quentin Tarantino, this is the story of a band of soldiers known as “the basterds” whose mission is to spread fear amongst the Third Reich by hunting down and terrorizing Nazi’s. Brad Pitt, Eli Roth. R / 153 minutes / Available 01/13




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INGLORIOUS BASTARDS - On DemandJanuary 13, 2010



On Demand Weekly reviews films from the perspective of watching it On Demand in your home. This week, "The Inglorious Bastards."
Related only to Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film by title and period, 1978's "The Inglorious Bastards" directed by Enzo G. Castellari is (especially now) the flagship of the Euro War films genre -- aka "Macaroni War," "Macaroni Combat" -- mainly late 60's-70's knockoffs of American WWII films produced/directed by Italian filmmakers, patterned after the paradigm of "Spaghetti Westerns" from the mid-60's. Get it? Spaghetti Western? Macaroni Combat? (That's a spicy meatball!).
Unlike Leone's masterwork "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," "The Inglorious Bastards," (a follow up to "The Dirty Dozen") is strictly a B-movie. It's cheaply shot, dubbed, anachronistic, packed with stock sound effects and has many unintentionally funny moments. But the film is entertaining and has value in its genre. Watching this film gives you bragging rights to seeing the "original" that inspired Mr. Tarantino and its place in the connected fabric of film history makes it a blast to have under your belt (the way many of us enjoyed delving into Hong Kong cinema after seeing "Reservoir Dogs.")
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Academy Award/Oscar Nominees On Demand NowFebruary 02, 2010

Academy Award/Oscar Nominees On Demand Now

Photo courtesy of Sony

Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scienes (AMPAS) announced nominees for the Oscars.  The following Academy Award nominated films are now available via video on demand.

  • District 9 – Best Picture
  • The Hurt Locker – Best Picture
  • Inglourious Basterds – Best Picture
  • Up – Best Picture
  • The Hurt Locker/Jeremy Renner – Best Actor
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Academy Award Winners Available On DemandMarch 08, 2010

Academy Award Winners Available On Demand

Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Last night the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scienes (AMPAS) announced winners for the Oscars.  The following 82nd Academy Award winners are now available via video on demand.

  • The Hurt Locker – Best Picture
  • The Hurt Locker/Kathryn Bigelow – Best Director
  • Hurt Locker – Best Editing
  • The Cove – Best Documentary
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Tribeca Film’s NEON FLESH Premieres On Demand TodayFebruary 24, 2012

Tribeca Film’s NEON FLESH Premieres On Demand Today

Tibeca Film

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: NEON FLESH (Tribeca Film).

By Joe Charnitski


The gritty street drama that shines a bright light into the dark corners of crime and punishment has been a part of cinema since the beginning of movies. Warner Bros. built their studio on bold gangster pictures in the 1920’s and 30’s. Many cinephiles would credit Scorsese’s MEAN STREETS for invigorating the genre and spotlighting the common hoodlum over the mafia don. The 1990’s gave us Tarantino, and his many imitators, and just a few years ago the Italian film GOMORRAH received raves for its brazen depiction of modern Italy and the expendable, low-level thugs running its streets.

NEON FLESH is a new Spanish film that forces its way into the canon of down and dirty, rough and tumble, life on the street pictures. Its protagonist, Ricky, a 20-something hustler who’s only know life in the gutters, defines the film’s philosophy in a very early voice-over, which I’ll paraphrase: there are two kinds of people, those selling flesh and those buying. There’s plenty of flesh being sold in this movie, both literally and figuratively, but who’s buying and who’s not? Well, that’s what makes the story worth telling.


Ricky’s mother, Pura, is due to be released from prison any day now. She abandoned Ricky a decade earlier when she was working as a prostitute. Instead of holding a grudge and cursing her name, Ricky anticipates his mother’s release like they’ve always been the best of friends. He even goes to great lengths to save money (earned by selling drugs) and buy her a very special gift: a brothel. Not my first choice on Mother’s Day, but this isn’t your average family.

Ricky recruits his friend Angelito to help him acquire the women, fix up the real estate and get his bar/club/house of ill repute up and running. Angelito warns his young friend that the big boys of the local crime scene aren’t going to be too happy with his attempts to climb out of the gutter and into the upper reaches of perversion for profit. That’s their turf. The kid won’t listen. He’s doing it for Mom after all.

As the plot builds more than one crime boss comes after Ricky and his business, his first encounters with his mother after all of these years are not what he hoped for and he eventually finds himself in the middle of a war of revenge between local police and Chino, an underworld overlord who’s son was killed under suspicious circumstances. By the end, ala PULP FICTION, it’s amazing how everything is connected.

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