PILLARS OF THE EARTH - On DemandAugust 11, 2010



On Demand Weekly provides reviews of TV series hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “Pillars of the Earth” on Starz On Demand.

King Henry has no male heir for the kingdom, and the Church doesn’t find a woman leader acceptable. Cue the treachery and unrest of monarchical succession! Is it the Tudors? No, it’s the pre-Tudors, “Pillars of the Earth”. Just say Ian McShane (“Deadwood”) and Rufus Sewell (“Dangerous Beauty”) and I’m there already. “Pillars of the Earth” has them, along with Donald Sutherland, Matthew McFadyen (“Little Dorrit”) and Allison Pill in this British throne-ology.

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Movies On Demand - October 2012 Preview - The IndiesSeptember 30, 2012

Movies On Demand - October 2012 Preview - The Indies

On Demand Weekly helps you browse through the New Movies On Demand (MOD) this month with our October preview!

By Britt Bensen

MOD viewers can catch many entertaining titles on cable either before or the same day they premiere in theatres. In October, that group includes Nature CALLS, IN THEIR SKIN, THE DETAILS PRICE CHECK, THE COMEDY, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING and FAT KID RULES THE WORLD. More details on those below. Plus, MOD features the world premiere of the film noir thriller, Hotel Noir. Also premiering are RUBY SPARKS and SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, both of which have already received critical and audience acclaim. These entertaining indie films may not be widely available in local theaters.

Enjoy On Demanding this month!

Indie Titles:

THE LADY – Premieres October 2
R, Drama
Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis

Same day as DVD
RED LIGHTS – Premieres October 2
R, Thriller
Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver

Same day as DVD
RESTLESS CITY – Premieres October 2
R, Drama
Sy Alassane, Nicole Grey

7 days before DVD, Netflix & Redbox

SOUND OF MY VOICE – Premieres October 2
R, Thriller
Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Brit Marling

Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

IN THEIR SKIN – Premieres October 4
TV-MA, Thriller
Selma Blair, Josh Close

Before theatrical release
NATURE CALLS – Premieres October 4
R, Comedy
Johnny Knoxville, Patton Oswalt

Before theatrical release
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Danny DeVito, Rufus Sewell And Carla Gugino Check Into HOTEL NOIR - On DemandOctober 08, 2012

Danny DeVito, Rufus Sewell And Carla Gugino Check Into HOTEL NOIR - On Demand

Hotel Noir

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: HOTEL NOIR, available on only on cable movies on demand.


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By Chris Claro

Audacity can be a strong tool for a director. Since risk and daring are not nearly as commonplace in today’s profit-driven Hollywood as they were in the early days of Kubrick and Coppola, it’s refreshing when a filmmaker takes a flier on something that at least looks a little offbeat. Sebastian Guiterrez’s HOTEL NOIR is a crisply shot monochrome thriller that recalls such classics as DOUBLE INDEMNITY and NAKED CITY. But is it in a league with those films?

Working from a script he wrote himself, Guiterrez conjures up a stylish story that frequently doubles back on itself, spinning a yarn of intrigue and deceit set in a Los Angeles hotel in 1958. Guiterrez employs all the tropes of the genre, including shady ladies, tough-talking dames, and cops who appear to have stepped out of a dime novel.
Carla Cugino / HOTEL NOIR

But for all the flash and visual panache Guiterrez and cinematographer Cale Finot impose on HOTEL NOIR, the film feels oddly hollow and empty. The lush and textured black and white photography is gorgeous, but spotlights strong actors adrift in a strangely meandering story within a story. Part of the problem is the shifting focus, as the story sprouts from the manual typewriter of novelist Danny DeVito (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA) and hands it off to his main character, hard-boiled detective Felix (Rufus Sewell, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER).
Danny DeVito / HOTEL NOIR

As Felix and partner Jim (Robert Forster, THE DESCENDANTS) stakeout a possible cheating spouse, Felix finds himself mixed up with a torch singer (Carla Gugino, I MELT WITH YOU), her nogoodnik man (Kevin Connolly, ENTOURAGE), and a chambermaid with a superhero fetish (Rosario Dawson, UNSTOPPABLE). It all makes for a pretty, if less than involving, sort-of-parody. 

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