On Demand Welcomes THE PERFECT HOSTJune 08, 2011


On Demand Welcomes THE PERFECT HOST

Magnolia Pictures

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 PERFECT HOST (Magnolia Pictures).


On Demand Welcomes THE PERFECT HOST
By Chris Claro

 

Though they’re still around today, via such networks as Lifetime, Hallmark, and SyFy, the made-for-TV movie had its heyday in the 1970s. B-level features that ran anywhere from 70 to 95 minutes, TV movies had the feel of the lower half of a double bill. With their pulpy plots and recognizable character actors, they were junk food, a cinematic bag of Bugles with special guest star Dick Van Patten.

As I watched THE PERFECT HOST, I was transported back to the days of my nerdy youth, when, on many a Saturday night, stuck in a three-network hell, I consumed thousands of those empty TV-movie calories.

A tight little comic thriller that – almost – moves quickly enough to leap over its fairly prodigious plot holes, David Hyde-Pierce is the eponymous character, an effete Angeleno named Warwick who is putting the finishing touches on a dinner party in anticipation of the arrival of his guests. After John, a crook on the run from the police, ingratiates his way into Warwick’s house, each man employs wits and will to maintain dominance over the other.

 


Hyde-Pierce is one of those truly talented actors who can disappear into a role and make the audience forget his eleven-year stint as fussy Niles on FRASIER. His slow, deliberate revelation of what drives Warwick is one of the film’s biggest pluses. Swishy one minute, menacing the next, Hyde-Pierce calibrates his performance for maximum laughs.

 

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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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Helen Mirren In Graham Greene’s BRIGHTON ROCKAugust 31, 2011


Helen Mirren In Graham Greene’s BRIGHTON ROCK

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: BRIGHTON ROCK (IFC Films).

 

BRIGHTON ROCK On Demand
By Chris Claro

 

In his adaptation of Graham Greene’s BRIGHTON ROCK, writer-director Rowan Joffe resets the noirish story of a low-level hood named Pinkie to early-60s England, against the background of the Mods vs. Rockers riots that gave rise to both the hippie and the skinhead movements. With the time shift, Joffe is able to take advantage of the styles and music of the era while reinforcing the timelessness of Greene’s violent tale of murder and deceit.

Sullen, violent, but oh-so-seductive Pinkie Brown (Sam Riley, CONTROL) finds himself in trouble after accidentally killing a member of a rival gang. To prove his innocence, Pinkie insinuates himself into the life of waitress Rose (Andrea Riseborough, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY), confiding in her about the murder and convincing her to marry him. Rose, under Pinkie’s hypnotic spell, does so, over the objections of Ida (Helen Mirren, RED), who sees Pinkie as the sociopath he is. True to the film’s noir roots, complications ensue and things end badly.

 

 

BRIGHTON ROCK is an odd duck: a middling thriller that almost seems more concerned with its production design than its modest story. True, the thin ties and period cars and Dave Clark Five tunes ground the film, but they also detract from a generally well-acted tale which calls to mind the moral dilemmas faced by characters in such contemporary stories of guilt and retribution as A SIMPLE PLAN and BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD.

As in those films, the slow build toward an inevitably dark conclusion saps BRIGHTON ROCK of some of its suspense, but Joffe compensates by coaxing strong performances from his actors. The Riley’s brooding Pinkie emanates a sinister sexiness that’s catnip to the naive Rose. Riseborough stands out as Rose, who becomes more mature and aware of herself even as she refuses to see Pinkie as anything but misunderstood.

 

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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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3 Questions With MARGIN CALL’s J.C.ChandorOctober 25, 2011


3 Questions With MARGIN CALL’s J.C.Chandor

Roadside Attractions

On Demand Weekly highlights stories from the On Demand industry. Chris Claro interviews director J.C. Chandor about MARGIN CALL (Roadside Attractions). Read our review of the film here.

 

3 Questions With MARGIN CALL's J.C.Chandor


ODW: I heard that you wrote a first draft of the script in just 4 days, between job interviews. That's pretty impressive, can you talk about that?

J.C Chandor:
Yes, I had the idea for the script and had been working through it for over a year. But the way I like to write is have an idea not fully formed, but fully researched and thought through before I sit down to actually write it. In this case, I had been working on the story off and on in my mind for over a year and finally sat down and wrote the line by line script in just 4 days. I then went back and made many additions and revisions but for the most part, almost all of that 81 page draft is in the final product. I’ve never written anything else that quickly before and probably won't again. But this was a script that at that time, I was clearly ready to write.

 


Zachary Quinto and J.C. Chandor / MARGIN CALL (Roadside Attractions)


ODW: Did the short shoot also help the actors not know each other so well which fits because Zachary's character and the other young guy did not know the heads of the company that well?

J.C Chandor: Absolutely. Whenever you're shooting a low budget film, by it's very nature, there are going to be many hurdles and barriers due to limited resources. What I always try to do as a filmmaker or writer, no matter the budget, is to use your weaknesses and try and turn them into strengths. In this case, I had a story about very intelligent, Type A people who are trained to never show panic. I was working with highly intelligent, very accomplished actors who also rarely ever panic on a job at this point in their careers. But the pace and scope we were having to shoot in such a limited time period, created an environment that at times even put these accomplished actors through what I later realized was a mild, low-level sense of panic under their performances. Which are used, hopefully, to great effect to express what their characters were feeling as well.

ODW: Margin Call is one of several films recently being released on VOD; what are your thoughts on the importance of a film such as this reaching as much of the American population as possible?

J.C Chandor
: I'm very excited to see where this experiment ends up. No one quite knows in this current market/environment what the best way is to distribute the film. But we are getting a 60/70 city release theatrically. For a small budget film, that is a very exciting release. To add to that, most major markets and many smaller markets can view the film on VOD. That's exciting to get the film out to the widest audience. I always believe the best experience is in a theater, but I also have 2 small children and know going to the movies can be a complicated and expensive endeavor so it's nice to know this film is going to get it's widest audience possible.

 

- Chris Claro

Chris
Chris Claro is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. He is a former Director of Promotion for Sundance Channel and now works as a writer, producer, and media educator. He is a regular contributor to dvdverdict.com and contributor to the Eyes and Ears section of huffingtonpost.com

 

Look for MARGIN CALL (Roadside Attractions) on these On Demand providers (Amazon, Blockbuster, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, Dish Network, Itunes, Sonic Roxio, Sony PlayStation, Time Warner InDemand, Verizon, Vudu, YouTube, Zune).

 

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Tribeca Film Releases COLLABORATOR On Demand TodayJune 19, 2012


Tribeca Film Releases COLLABORATOR On Demand Today

Tribeca 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: COLLABORATOR (Tribeca Film).

 

See the latest Independent Movie On Demand (IMOD) Trailers here...


 

COLLABORATOR

By Chris Claro

 

 

COLLABORATOR is an odd little film that critiques the creative process in unexpected ways. Written and directed by star Martin Donovan (BOSS), the film focuses on Robert, a once-successful playwright whose latest work has been critically savaged. Seeking a respite from nest of vipers that is the New York theater scene, Robert, somewhat ironically, heads to Los Angeles to clear his head.

Once there, Robert crashes with his elderly mom (Katherine Helmond, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), who, for some reason, repeatedly calls him “Kevin” – one of a couple of head-scratching moments for which Donovan provides no explanation. Wandering aimlessly through the southern California sunshine, Robert reconnects with long-ago lover and muse Emma (Olivia Williams, AN EDUCATION) and the two make a half-hearted plan to work together on a screenplay. Robert’s professional plans go awry, however, when he naively allows Gus (David Morse, TREME), an ex-con who never left the neighborhood, in for a beer. Gus, it turns out, is a wanted man, and Robert quickly becomes his hostage.

 



It’s at about this point that COLLABORATOR veers off the track and becomes a weird two-hander, with Robert trying anything he can, including acting exercises, to keep Gus from shooting him. Feeling more like a stage play than a movie, the entire second half of the film stays almost exclusively in the house with Gus and Robert, venturing outside the walls only through the credibility stretching live television coverage of the hostage siege.

 



Donovan is a fine actor, and his stern visage and soulful eyes give his characters a searching quality that is always welcome. But he doesn’t bring the same level of detail to his work behind the camera, which is choppy and predictable. The housebound nature of COLLABORATOR isn’t helped by Donovan the director’s repetitive, back-and-forth editing between characters and static camera.

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Psychological Thriller ENGAGEMENT - On Demand TodayJune 19, 2012


Psychological Thriller ENGAGEMENT - On Demand Today

FilmBuff

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: ENGAGEMENT (FilmBuff).

 

 

ENGAGEMENT
Don’t trust anyone. Ever.
By Kate Asche Wilson

 

There are times in my life when I like to watch films that have big cheesy romantic endings. Then there are times when I enjoy to get mentally ruined by films that make me question my very existence, and leave me with an intense fear of mirrors. ENGAGEMENT is the later and is so subtly disturbing that by the end of the film...

 

you’ll be holding yourself in a corner while

questioning every relationship you’ve ever had.

If you’re in the mood for slow motion running, sweet embraces, and overly choreographed dance numbers turn back now. Seriously leave. I’m sure Step Up 16 will be hitting theatres soon. But if you frequently have brunch with Darren Aronofsky and have posters of Freddy Krueger in your room than this is the perfect film for you.

 



ENGAGEMENT, written and directed by Jon Lefkovitz, follows newly engaged Henry (Andrew Perez) as he discovers that his fiancée Carolyn (Erika Rankin) has an identical twin sister that she conveniently never told him about. When Carolyn leaves town for a few weeks to help her mother in New York, her sister Laura (played by Erika Rankin as well) temporarily moves in with Henry in his apartment in Los Angeles. It is obvious that Henry is sexually deprived so good call Carolyn having your slutty and psychotic other personality come to visit. That’s certainly going to work out well for everyone.

 



After hyperventilating for about ten minutes after this film ended I finally composed myself enough to group my thoughts into these three categories: The Good, The Bad, and The Horrifyingly Disturbing.

The Good:

The subtlety in the writing. Every single word in this script has a purpose. I had to re watch it just to catch everything, and I still don’t know what exactly was real and what wasn’t. At first I believed the Carolyn/Laura was the psychotic one and wanted poor Henry to run like hell to escape her insanity.

But then there are moments where Henry is a creeper and watches Laura undress. Not to mention he is basically a serial loner whose friend Tony is the only other person he speaks to in the whole film. That is not normal Henry! Did you meet Carolyn online? This is not the type of thriller where you fear horrifying demons that lurk behind Patrick Wilson. This is the type of film that makes you question everything you ever thought was real. This is the type of film that makes me worry that I’m in a straight jacket somewhere creating an alternate reality for myself.

 



The Bad: 

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VOD Spotlight: David Morse & Martin DonovanJuly 09, 2012


VOD Spotlight: David Morse & Martin Donovan

Tribeca Film

In a career that has spanned more than thirty years, Martin Donovan has toiled in the fields of indies with Hal Hartley, studio features with Christopher Nolan, and grass with Mary Louise Parker on Showtime’s WEEDS. Now, at 57, he reinvents himself yet again as a director with the feature COLLABORATOR, which he also wrote and in which he stars. A tight two-hander that has the texture and timbre of an off-Broadway one act, COLLABORATOR co-stars David Morse, whose own work includes ST. ELSEWHERE, JOHN ADAMS, and co-starring with Bjork in DANCER IN THE DARK.

On Demand Weekly sat down with Donovan and Morse to discuss COLLABORATOR, which is currently available on demand.

 



ODW: What is the genesis of COLLABORATOR?
Martin Donovan:
The writing, directing and being in the film was just meant to be. It took me a very long time do it. I’ve struggled all my life to write, but I willed myself into completing a screenplay and then sent it to producer Ted Hope.

ODW: What kind of perspective did you bring to the screenplay?
MD:
I’m 57 and I was a child when the upheaval of the 60s was happening. I was a young observer to all this – I could remember the Kennedy assassination, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy. Part of this film is a distillation of the post-Vietnam period, from a young boomer’s point of view. It’s not what the film was about, but it’s all kinda in there.

ODW: How would you describe gus, the character played by david morse.
MD:
Gus is based on a character I knew in my neighborhood: slightly older than myself, who died in a SWAT team standoff in a house across the street, after I moved away. He wasn’t shot, he OD’d. And I had moved to New York and I was living the life of the actor – I don’t want to be pejorative about Gus. I have a lot of respect for him. I wanted to get those two guys in a room: the playwright, the “intellectual type,” with someone who lives in a more visceral moment. And see what they have to talk about.

I’m also interested in the political vs. the personal, very much. Walter Mosley said, “A story that doesn’t have a political or a social context is a fairy tale.” And that made great sense to me.” Throwing all that out, I just wanted to write something that would keep people in their seats. I wanted to write something compelling.

ODW: Many actors have directed themselves. How did you approach it?
MD:
All I know is that I’ve been acting for thirty years and I was ready to do direct. I wrote a part with me saying the words. It’s seamless. I can’t pull it apart. It’s all part of the animal, the heart the lungs, one beast. I would not have been able to do this prior to this point in my life. I wouldn’t have had the confidence, the guts, the clarity of mind. It’s taken me decades to get clear.

The whole thing, the acting and directing, it’s all tied together. It’s a process of studying and suffering, and whatever. It’s an inquiry. We’re asking questions, if we’re alive. And so this just feels as if it was inevitable.

ODW: what was the casting process?
MD:
Katherine Helmond is incredible and we sent her the script and she jumped on it. I was very excited to get her. She’s just wonderful. Both Olivia Williams and David Morse were two actors I had in mind years ago. We had to go through some steps with Gus, because of the financing. I had to accept the dictates of the marketplace, and we talked about some names, but I had David in mind since the very beginning. And I was thrilled to get Olivia.

ODW: Was COLLABORATOR difficult to get produced?
MD:
It took years to get off the ground. It’s never been harder, as I’m sure your readers know, in the indie world. It’s pretty well dead, compared to what it was in the 90s. It doesn’t exist anymore. Hal Hartley cast me in TRUST in 1990, a $700,000 film, which would be about a million and a half now. I had done almost nothing. You couldn’t do that now. You couldn’t cast a young Martin Donovan in the lead of a $1.5 million movie. You have to get a name that means something.

 



This film was financed because I’m a permanent resident of Canada. I’ve lived in Vancouver for the last ten years. The interiors were shot in Sault Ste. Marie and we got tax breaks and funding that came through Canada, because I was the writer, actor, and director, it indicated Canadian content. Under the government’s point system, we qualified for funding. This film never, ever would have been made in the US. Maybe if you had Sean Penn or Johnny Depp playing Robert. But not with me in it.

ODW: What’s next?
MD:
I’m developing another script with Ted Hope and it’s a really hard slog. I can’t just toss something off. I need to be proud of it. So I have a feeling it’s going to take a while.
 


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New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys: November 2012November 01, 2012


New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys: November 2012

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys.

 

MOVIES ON DEMAND

Kate’s Top Movies On Demand For The Guys

 

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson
 
It’s November! The universal month of intense eating. Mainly because of the glorious holiday Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the most beautiful day because it’s just a day for eating, and that thing about the pilgrims and the Indians, but mostly eating. A lot of times drinking too. Lots of Beer, and lots of happiness. Now when you’re in that awkward stage between binging on mashed potatoes and passing out because all of the tryptophan, why don’t you sit down, relax, and put on a nice Movie on Demand. I’ve got your top November picks already chosen so literally you don’t have to do any work at all. Happy November!
 
Top On Demand Films For Guys:
 
 
THE EXPENDABLES 2 - Premieres November 20
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This film is essentially action porn, and probably your number one fantasy if you’re the type of guy that feels Call of Duty just gets you. It’s like Christmas! Mixed with bloodthirsty revenge and explosions. This sequel is a contemporary look at the emotional intensity of life and purpose and…no I’m just messing with you. It has guns! Lots and Lots of guns!
R, Action / Same day as DVD

SAVAGES - Premieres November 13
This plot is literally about two well-mannered pot growing bros, Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), who raise the dankest bud, have a ridiculously successful business, and share Blake Lively. Are you serious? This is legitimately the wet dream of every high school senior in California. Throw in some angry Mexicans and you’ve got yourself a racist crime drama that really starts to heat up when Salma Hayek kidnaps Bake Lively. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with this film, but Blake Lively is naked for half the movie. That’s probably the only thing that matters.
R, Action / Same day as DVD, 28 days before Netflix

THE CAMPAIGN - Premieres October 30
The dream team of Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell come together for this comedy about two CEOs who concoct an elaborate scheme to oust the long-term Congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) by pitting the outrageously naïve Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) against him. It’s a hilarious blend of crude humor and political satire that is so offensive you can’t help but love it. Notable mention to the two corrupt CEOs played by the incomparable Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow. Comedy royalty right there.
R, Comedy / Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix

A Film For The Babes That The Guys Will Like:

THE WATCH - Premieres November 13
It’s Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, and Vince Vaughn fighting aliens that have overrun their small suburban town. Also it’s a comedy that you can watch that your babe will like. Really I put it on their list! It’s funny, the actors are great, and it has unexpected extraterrestrial life forms. Really guys be thankful that I didn’t suggest STEP UP REVOLUTION. You’re welcome.

Guys and Babes:

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 adds a sweet romance to an otherwise thrilling action adventure. Needless to say this film is perfect for both guys and babes.
PG-13, Action / Same day as DVD
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New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys: January 2013January 09, 2013


New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys: January 2013

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys.

 

MOVIES ON DEMAND

Kate’s Top Movies On Demand For The Guys

 

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson

Happy January men! Since you’ve probably been nursing your New Years hangovers for the past week I’m sure you’ve had plenty of time to think about those pesky resolutions you can’t possibly keep. How about for 2013 you pick a resolution you actually can keep? Like watching more Movies On Demand! Seriously next time your significant other asks what your big plan is for 2013 say watching more TV. No one will argue with your ability to do that, and now you’ve avoided having to take that couple’s pottery class. Win-Win.


Top On Demand Films For Guys:
 
DREDD- Premiers January 8
This film is just ridiculously awesome. RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME. Set in an exceedingly violent futuristic America where criminals run the streets the only form of law enforcement is the Judges who possess the powers of judge, jury, and instant executioner. This dystopic world is based off of the vibrant comic and follows the most ruthless Judge, Dredd, as he tries to take down a vicious drug lord and her clan. Like I said ridiculously awesome.
R, Action, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, same day as DVD, available in 3D

TAKEN 2- Premiers January 15
It’s Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson is one of the most badass men in film. He trained Batman for god’s sake. Why on earth would you kidnap Liam Neeson’s daughter and then enact revenge on him? He kicked your ass the first time of course he’s going to do it again. He’s a straight up BAMF. Silly Albanian kidnappers.
PG-13, Action, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox


SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS- Premiers January 29
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS follows struggling Screenwriter Colin Farrell who inadvertently gets involved in a Los Angeles criminal underworld because Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell kidnap gangster Woody Harrelson’s beloved Shih Tzu. It really just sells itself.
R, Comedy, Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Same day as DVD


A Film For The Babes That The Guys Will Like:
 
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET- Premiers January 8
It’s a horror film with Jennifer Lawrence. If I have to explain why this is a good thing for you I will be very disappointed.

PG-13, Thriller, Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix

Guys and Babes:

FRANKENWEENIE- Premiers January 8
Tim Burton is filled with wacky weird whimsy and the worlds he can create are just like him. FRANKENWEENIE is no exception, and pays a beautiful homage to the classic black and white horror films with its story. Following a tragic accident where our hero Victor’s pet dog Sparky is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life. Because of the mayhem and destruction the “new” Sparky has caused, Victor must now convince his town that despite his appearance Sparky is the same loyal dog they knew before. This animated film is smart and entertaining, and will be extremely enjoyable for both babes and guys.
PG, Family, voices: Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Charlie Tahan, Same day as DVD, available in 3D
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New Movies On Demand Preview:  April 2013March 31, 2013


New Movies On Demand Preview:  April 2013

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.

 

April Movies On Demand

 

Kate
By Kate Asche Wilson

 

Hey On Demanders Kate here with a public service announcement to let you know that On Demand Weekly has finally decided to descend into vlogging madness. That’s right! Now instead of reading my monthly movie picks you can watch me talk about them. To put it into perspective on an Internet awesome scale this is right in between cat memes and photos of Ryan Gosling.


Now get ready because it’s April, and you know what that means? Spring! Flowers blooming, angels singing, noses running. Weather you don’t really understand but you strap on those Macramé wedges anyway. Springtime is the best. Not just because of the constant abuse of Nasonex, but because of the fabulous On Demand films. So once you’re done planting that pointless herb garden take my advice, and put on one of my top April Movies on Demand. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

The Top On Demand Move For The Babes:


THE IMPOSSIBLE- Premieres April 23
THE IMPOSSIBLE is about a misunderstood tsunami and the family that gets trapped in its vicious watery path. Based on a true story this heart wrenching tale stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as a family vacationing in Thailand with their three sons. Unfortunately before they even have time to order a coconut cocktail they are overtaken by the natural disaster and their family is tragically separated. What follows is the harrowing tale of their near death experience finding each other, and is so powerful that you’ll never want to travel to a tropical island ever again.
PG-13, Drama, Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, same day as DVD


The Top On Demand Movie For The Guys:


DJANGO UNCHAINED - Premieres April 16
DJANGO is a Tarantino film. Tarantino! People explode when they get shot in vivid Scorsese red. It’s amazing. Christoph Waltz plays a crazed dentist, Jamie Foxx is a free slave with a personal vendetta, and the underappreciated Leonardo Dicaprio takes on the best villain this side of Hans Gruber. People please. It’s Tarantino.
R, Action, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, same day as DVD


The Top On Demand Film For Both:


SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK- Premieres April 30
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is one of the most charmingly hilarious Indy rom-com’s in cinematic history. Bradley Cooper in his best role to date plays a bipolar man plagued by the whoreiness of his ex- wife, and the unstoppable Jennifer Lawrence plays opposite him as a sassy yet unbalanced widow with a need for a dance partner. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll enroll in a salsa class. You’ll come out of it with a sense of purpose and a new outlook on life. Trust me. Silver Linings Playbook is perfect for anyone with a heart and an interest in mental disorders and spandex.
R, Comedy, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, same day as DVD

Now let’s get watching team and remember let us be your guide for the best of TV and movies and follow us on twitter @OnDemandWeekly.

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON - Premieres 4/9
R, Drama, Bill Murray, Laura Linney
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

GANGSTER SQUAD – Premieres 4/23
R, Drama, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

A HAUNTED HOUSE - Premieres 4/23
R, Comedy, Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

PROMISED LAND - Premieres 4/23
R, Drama, Matt Damon, John Krasinski
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

BROKEN CITY – Premieres 4/30
R, Thriller, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe
same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox

THE GUILT TRIP - Premieres 4/30
PG-13, Comedy, Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand
same day as DVD

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Aaron Eckhart In The Conspiracy Thriller ERASEDJune 08, 2013


Aaron Eckhart In The Conspiracy Thriller ERASED

ERASED (Radius)

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: ERASED (Radius).

 

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ERASED

By Chris Claro


Few things are more satisfying than a good conspiracy thriller. The seventies saw plenty of them, from classics Pakula’s THE PARALLAX VIEW and Pollack’s THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR to the hokey claptrap of CAPRICORN ONE. In the eighties, CAPRICORN director Peter Hyams revisited the genre with THE STAR CHAMBER and Brian DePalma weighed in with the flawed but interesting BLOW OUT. In the 21st century, old hands Jonathan Demme and Steven Spielberg brought their skills to the conspiracy flick with THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and MINORITY REPORT.

The man-vs-mysterious-monolith effectiveness of those films was based on their tight scripts, crackling direction and charisma of their leading men – yes, even James Brolin. Now, director Philipp Stölzl has teamed up with Aaron Eckhart for their crack at the conspiracy genre with ERASED. Do they do their predecessors proud?

Eckhart is Ben Logan, a Belgium-based employee of one of those shadowy international cartels of which screenwriters are so fond. Logan’s job is one of those that seems to exist solely in movies such as this one (Remember Redford as Condor, whose job was to read novels in search of possible plots against the CIA?), doing something or other that involves security workarounds, eye scanners and pneumatic tubes filled with portentous documents. 

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Rose Leslie (GAME OF THRONES) & Director Leigh Janiak’s Top 6 Things You Need To Know Re: HONEYMOONSeptember 13, 2014


Rose Leslie (GAME OF THRONES) & Director Leigh Janiak’s Top 6 Things You Need To Know Re: HONEYMOON

Rose Leslie and Leslie Janiak / HONEYMOON (Magnet Releasing)

Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.


Treadaway (Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL) and Leslie (HBO’s GAME OF THRONES) give captivating leading performances as a couple that takes new love to disturbing depths. With romance slowing giving way to terror, writer/director Leigh Janiak puts her unique stamp on this intimate, chilling thriller.

 

 

Rose Leslie (GAME OF THRONES) & Director LEIGH JANIAK's Top 5 Things You Need To Know HONEYMOON

 

Rose Leslie:




1) Jumping into the lake for the scene with Harry and I on the canoe, was the best part of that day! It was cold but refreshing and I loved it far more than I thought- even though I was slightly dubious of the creepy crawlies in the water, I was disappointed I only got to do it once!



2) Whilst working on HONEYMOON, it was the first time I had ever driven in the US and on my second day I smashed and snapped the wing mirror whilst parking, the producers told me from then on that I should stick to taxis.



Leigh:



3) “There was a time before the rains...” We shot in western North Carolina in the spring. About a week into production the sky just exploded with torrential downpour. The road into our cottage location turned to mud. The lake levels rose and completely submerged our dock. We had thunder driving our sound guys crazy. The lights would go out. It was terrible. Finally, with only one day left at our cottage location we got lucky and the heavens parted. We were on nights at the time and so we had to shoot all night long and then straight into the next day for another six hours of glorious sunlight and an epic 18 hour shoot day!



4) My SFX make-up artist is this amazing guy named Christopher Nelson. He works a lot on "American Horror Story". He’s about seven feet tall (OK, I think he’s really like 6’4) and he wears crazy black latex serial killer gloves when he works. He also played the Groom in KILL BILL. And he’s the best with blood and goo.

 

 

Rose Leslie / HONEYMOON (Magnet Releasing)



5)  I grew up going to a cottage in Canada every summer and since the script is set there, Canada was my first choice for a production location. Rose only had a brief gap of free time between seasons of "Game Of Thrones" though, so we had to shoot in North Carolina, where we were assured the lake temperatures would be a lot more reasonable for humans. It ended up being a still very cold 60-something degrees. Lucky for Rose and Harry they only had to jump in a few times each. Our key grip Jose, on the other hand, spent about four days straight in the water dealing with our boat rig. He had a wet suit, but…


6) The crew called me “General Leigh” and would often play the Dukes of Hazzard theme song on their cell phones when I arrived on set. This was affectionate. I think...

 

 

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