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)


 

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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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THE PILL - What Happens The Morning After?February 29, 2012


THE PILL - What Happens The Morning After?

FilmBuff

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 PILL (FilmBuff).

 

THE PILL

By Sky McCarthy

 

The morning after can be extremely uncomfortable, but THE PILL takes the awkwardness of a one -night stand to the next level. While this movie may be a snapshot to the sexual realities of today, the film lacks any imagination to provide unique insight. It begins with a classic tale of modern “romance” – boy meets girl, girl gets drunk, boy sleeps with girl…unprotected.

 


After a frantic morning fight, Fred (Noah Bean, “Nikita” “Damages”) convinces Mindy (Rachel Boston, “In Plain Sight”) to take the morning after pill despite her surprising religious convictions. Fred is immediately relieved after the initial swallow but soon becomes Mindy’s unwilling companion for the day when he realizes she must take a second dose within 12 hours.

 



The storyline is somewhat complicated by the fact that Fred is already in a relationship. Fans of the MY GIRL movies will be surprised to see Anna Chlumsky in a rare on screen role as Fred’s nagging and shrewish girlfriend. While Mindy initially represents a mental and physical escape from reality, she herself is emotionally unstable and invents white lies throughout the film to keep Fred’s attention. The next 24 hours take Fred on a strange roller coaster of events through New York City including a confrontational meeting with Mindy’s ex and a surprise visit to her parent’s apartment.

 



As the movie drags on, it becomes apparent that every character is completely flawed. Not one of them is likeable so it becomes unclear as to why anyone should care about hurt feelings or unwanted pregnancies. Initially the film plays like a lengthy PSA for the consequences of unprotected sex and one may be left wondering if Planned Parenthood had a hand in funding production costs.

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GOD SAVE MY SHOES Explores Shoe AddictionMay 23, 2012


GOD SAVE MY SHOES Explores Shoe Addiction

Fergie / GOD SAVE MY SHOES (Courtesy of Gravitas)

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: GOD SAVE MY SHOES (Gravitas).

 

GOD SAVE MY SHOES
By Amy Slotnick

 

Although you first might think this is another fashion documentary, one that explores the history, design and obsession with women’s shoes. However, GOD SAVE MY SHOES is actually more about addiction than anything else.

Julie Benasra’s documentary provides a thorough analysis of shoes as pop culture icons and fetishized objects. Interviews with top designers, such as Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, shoe collectors, like performers Kelly Rowland, Fergie, Dita Von Teese and poker player Beth Shak (who owns over 900 pairs), as well as sexuality experts, fashion historians, orthopedists and psychologists, explore the power, sexual and social implications of the famous stiletto heel. More than once SEX & THE CITY is credited with exploiting women’s attraction to stiletto heels and bringing them to the forefront of today’s fashion and pop culture.

 


Pierre Hardy                        Christian Louboutin                      Manolo Blahnik

Several theories emerge about what draws some women so obsessively to buy an impractical quantity of shoes at increasing heights. On the one hand, by minimizing the height difference with men, the high heel can be seen as increasing a woman’s power, putting her on eye-level with male counterparts. On the other hand, they limit a woman’s mobility and if heels were a way to increase power, as one of the film’s experts observes, they would be coveted and worn by men (as they were at one time in the 18th century).

 


Kelly Rowland

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Robert Pattinson in BEL AMI - Now On DemandJune 08, 2012


Robert Pattinson in BEL AMI - Now On Demand

IFC Films

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: BEL AMI (Magnolia).

 

BEL AMI
By Amy Slotnick

 

Paris in the 1890’s was the Belle Epoque, and all about aristocrats in lush, satin dresses and top hats, dancing at arms length while teasing sexual innuendos from beneath their corsets. Or at least this is how it is portrayed in BEL AMI, the new period drama based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant.

 



This is the setting where we find Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson), who recently returned from serving the military and now longs to be part of the rich life. Though he is without any money or talent, he does have the good looks needed to propel him to at least get a job as a journalist. Never mind that he can’t really write and is lazy about doing work. He soon realizes he is exceptionally good at something even more valuable – seduction.

 



Each rich (and married) woman he encounters, becomes his for the taking. He makes his way into the bedrooms of three main characters played by Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas. One steamy sex scene after the other, results in each woman falling in love with him with Georges unwilling to return much emotion. When he learns Thurman’s husband is ill, he strategically puts himself at the deathbed’s side, ready to propose marriage the moment her husband croaks. As the marriage and story progresses Georges becomes darker, jealous and more heartless, but still lustful and vain.
 

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360 - Starring Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins - Now On DemandJuly 02, 2012


360 - Starring Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins - Now On Demand

Magnolia Pictures

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: 360 (Magnolia).

 

360
By Amy Slotnick

 
Roving through Vienna, London, Denver, Phoenix, Paris and back again, 360 is director Fernando Meirelles’ (CITY OF GOD, THE CONSTANT GARDENER) latest film which interweaves story lines about individuals all facing a metaphoric fork in the road. Films that are a collection of small vignettes linked by a common theme or device often come out feeling like a series of shorts, without any cohesiveness. But Meirelles’ direction, the script by Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN, FROST/NIXON) and a cast of international talent, elevate the genre to make 360 a dynamic and suspenseful love story.
 


The film opens on Mirkha (Lucia Siposova), a Slovakian beauty, who is in Vienna for her first appointment as a high-priced prostitute. She is scheduled to meet Michael (Jude Law), a British businessman contemplating cheating on his wife. Michael doesn’t go through with the appointment and leaves Mirkha waiting at the hotel bar. He returns to his wife in London (played by Rachel Weisz) who, unknown to him, is having an affair with a Brazilian photographer. Weisz wants to end the affair but at the same time is intoxicated by it.
 
Rachel Weisz / 360 (Magnolia)

Laura, is the photographer’s girlfriend who has discovered the affair and decides to leave London and return to Brazil. She meets Anthony Hopkins on her flight through Denver, where they get stranded for a night due to bad weather. Hopkins is on his way to Phoenix to identify a Jane Doe at a morgue who he hopes is not his missing daughter. Ben Foster is a sex offender who, after years in prison, is on his way to a halfway house. He too is passing through the Denver airport and when he meets Laura, he is barely able to control his temptation when she invites him to her hotel room.

Valentina is a Russian woman living in Paris, working as a dental assistant and in an unhappy marriage. She is in love with her boss, a Muslim widower. Unbeknownst to her, he is struggling with the idea of having feelings for a married woman. On the day she tells her husband she wants a divorce, her boss, not knowing she shares his feelings, lets her go without reason. Only we know that it’s because he can no longer contain his passion for her.
 
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