You Now Have GOOD NEIGHBORS On DemandJuly 06, 2011


You Now Have GOOD NEIGHBORS 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: GOOD NEIGHBORS (Magnolia).

 

GOOD NEIGHBORS On Demand
By Amy Slotnick

 

A serial killer in the city and a new neighbor in the building initiate the plot of thriller , GOOD NEIGHBORS. Set in Montreal in 1995, the film is lackluster and feels predictable; nevertheless it is semi entertaining.

 



Victor (Jay Baruchel) is new in town and moves into an old, French-style walk up apartment building, living directly above neighbors Louise (Emily Hampshire), a quirky waitress with too many cats, and Spencer (Scott Speedman), a wheel chair bound widower with a mischievous smile. The three apartments are connected by an exterior fire escape, adding an architectural spookiness as well as an alternate exit that is worked in nicely with the story’s plot.

 


Louise and Spencer are obsessed with the recent news stories about a serial killer who has murdered and raped several young women in the area, including a waitress from the restaurant where Louise works. Victor befriends them both and begins to walk Louise home at night, to prevent her from becoming another victim of the killer. For Victor though it is also a way to get closer to Louise with whom he has fallen almost suspiciously in love.

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TRESPASS - Starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman Premieres Today On DemandOctober 13, 2011


TRESPASS - Starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman Premieres Today On Demand

Millennium Entertainment

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: TRESPASS (Millennium Entertainment).


Click Here For On Demand Weekly's Exclusive Interview With Director Joel Schumacher

 

TRESPASS - Starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman Premieres On Demand
By Chris Claro

 

This thing we call VOD is a strange beast. Populated mostly with smaller-budget independent films of a particular pedigree, video on demand has, in its relatively brief existence, encouraged the discovery of actors, writers, and directors who fly below the radar. It has offered a space to esoteric documentaries and earnest, star-free features shot in the hinterlands on a shoestring.

But every once in a while, it seems, a real live Hollywood-type movie premieres on VOD. Maybe a distribution deal falls through. Maybe there’s no marketing budget. Or maybe the director and his two Oscar-winning stars have holes in their schedules and villa payments to make.

Whatever the reason, TRESPASS, the new film directed by Joel Schumacher (THE LOST BOYS) and starring Nicolas Cage (LEAVING LAS VEGAS) and Nicole Kidman (THE HOURS) appears to be just such a movie. Released by Millennium, TRESPASS will have a day-and-date premiere “in theaters or order it with your remote,” as the breathless promos bark.

 



So now there are two venues in which to experience this turgid home-invasion thriller that starts at ridiculous, wends its way toward outlandish, and settles, in its third act, into total presposterousness. Cage plays Kyle Miller, a diamond broker whose go-go career has Kidman, the missus, feeling ignored. Aside from their issues, the couple has to contend with a typically self-obsessed and selfish teenage daughter. When a quartet of sadistic villains violates the Miller sleek sanctuary in pursuit of stones, cash, and maybe a kidney, the contrivances run amok, piling atop one another until they can’t do anything but topple over.

 



The bad guys, led by a genuinely scary Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), have agendas, and the schematic script by Karl Gadjusek gives each member of the foursome his or her big scene to explain why they’re not really that bad, just misunderstood. Whether one is trying to recover his lost drug dough, regain custody of her daughter, or just express his psychopathic love for the ravishing Mrs. Miller, the crooks are each given paint-by-number colors that Gadjusek fills in dutifully.

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Joel Schumacher Brings His Talents To On DemandOctober 14, 2011


Joel Schumacher Brings His Talents To On Demand

Millennium Entertainment

On Demand Weekly's VOD Spotlight highlights stories from the On Demand industry. Chris Claro interviews director Joel Schumacher about TRESPASS (Millennium Entertainment).). Read our review of the film here.

 

Joel Schumacher Brings His Talents To On Demand
The director talks with On Demand Weekly’s Chris Claro about his home-invasion thriller, TRESPASS starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman

 

A Hollywood mainstay for almost forty years, Joel Schumacher’s career has been memorable as much for zeitgeist icons like ST. ELMO’S FIRE and FALLING DOWN as for his notorious entry in the Caped Crusader saga, BATMAN AND ROBIN. Throughout his time as a designer, writer, and director, he’s worked with everybody from Corey Feldman to Colin Farrell to Jim Carrey (twice).

Schumacher is back on both VOD and in theaters with his new thriller, TRESPASS. Starring Nicolas Cage, who Schumacher directed in 8MM, and Nicole Kidman, who worked with the director on BATMAN FOREVER, TRESPASS is a tightly-wound home invasion thriller set almost completely in the sleek waterfront domicile of the Millers.

 



Though the film is limited to almost a single location, Schumacher was determined to make TRESPASS more than just a filmed play. “It has to be very cinematic,” the director says. “You have to make sure that you’re not shooting it like an action movie, rather than a play. But you never know if it’s going to work.”

This isn’t the first time that Schumacher has backed himself – and his characters – into a tight spot. In 2002, the director made PHONE BOOTH, starring Farrell as a man whose survival depends on his staying on the phone. The similarities between that film and TRESPASS were not lost on Schumacher, who considers each a “concept” movie.

“A guy in a phone booth and voice on the other end says ‘if you hang up, I’ll kill you,’” says Schumacher. “What if four people invade your house and you, your wife, and your daughter are in jeopardy? Both good ideas, but then you wonder ‘what’s going to happen for the next 90 minutes?’”

 


PHONE BOOTH / Courtesy 20th Century Fox

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Rachel Weisz in PAGE EIGHTOctober 31, 2011


Rachel Weisz in PAGE EIGHT

Gravitas

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: PAGE EIGHT (Gravitas).


PAGE EIGHT
By Joe Charnitski

 

It’s the 21st century.

Ok, you probably already knew that, but if you didn’t, you will by the time you’ve finished watching writer/director David Hare’s political spy thriller PAGE EIGHT. Throughout the film, characters are reminded that we live in a new era – we’re post-Cold War, post-9/11. International men of mystery no longer carry business cards, they have web sites. Previously incorruptible relationships (between men and women, life long best friends and western allies) are no longer as durable as they once seemed. The leaders of nations act in shadows and their subordinates are persuaded to look away and carry on. Everyone’s left feeling insecure, distrustful. It’s the perfect setting for an international tale of intrigue and suspense.

The tone is set from the opening shots. Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) takes a brisk evening stroll through the beautifully shot, moonlit streets of London while a smug jazz score plays along. This guy is either the keeper of government secrets or a notorious playboy. Turns out he’s both. Johnny works as an intelligence analyst for MI5. His ex-wife is now married to his best friend, and boss, Benedict (Michael Gambon). Johnny left her when she became pregnant 20-some years ago. He can’t remember exactly when.

 



Johnny is cool, observant and precise. He’s also warm, funny and sincere in moments. He’s a serious man, but not cold. Nighy does an excellent job of balancing these competing emotions and characteristics. There’s a great scene between Johnny and his daughter Julianne, a famous painter. She asks him what he thought of her recent gallery opening. His response is crisp and spot-on. There’s some good fatherly advice in there, too. Sadly, it’s not what she wanted to hear, and he’s left in a confused state, unsure what it is exactly she wants from him. The scene encapsulates his character, and Nighy is sublimely believable and human in the portrayal.

 



The crux of the plot centers on a top secret document that Benedict has been given by an unnamed informant. It reveals previously suspected but never confirmed activities by the US government in the prosecution of the War On Terror. It raises questions about the British government’s complicity and threatens to shake the two nations’ “special relationship.” Benedict shares the document (and the alarming revelation found on page 8, thus the title) with Johnny knowing that if something happens to him, his best friend will follow the mystery no matter where it leads. Ralph Fiennes and Judy Davis appear in supporting roles as players in the scandal.

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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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