9 items from 2014
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Ya action sequel; Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson; premieres 3/7; rated PG-13) After the Dark (sci-fi; Bonnie Wright, Rhys Wakefield, Daryl Sabara; rated R) The Bag Man (thriller; Robert De Niro, John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa; pre-dvd title; rated R) Oldboy (Spike Lee-directed action remake; Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
New York -- Casting has been completed for Steven Soderbergh's production of The Library, with Lili Taylor and Jennifer Westfeldt among those joining previously announced lead Chloe Grace Moretz in the ensemble of Scott Z. Burns' new drama about gun violence and our relationship to truth and lies. Ben Livingston, Michael O'Keefe, Daryl Sabara, David Townsend and Tamara Tunie will also be featured in the play's world-premiere production, which stars Moretz as a girl who survives a deadly high school shooting and struggles to tell her story amid the ensuing media circus. Burns has been a repeat collaborator of Soderbergh's as screenwriter, on Side Effects, Contagion
- David Rooney
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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A thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas. Pity it derails itself. I’m “biast” (pro): was intrigued by the trailer
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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It’s the last day of school before graduation, but philosophy teacher Mr. Zimit (James D’Arcy: Cloud Atlas) isn’t about to let his 20 seniors go without one more brain teaser. The students are superbright overachievers from around the world — they’re at an international school in Jakarta — so there’s only a hint of a grumble before they’re off into philosophical speculation. The scenario is this: Nuclear armageddon has arrived, and they have mere minutes to decide which of the 21 of them (the students plus Zimit) will hunker down in the convenient nearby radiation-proof bunker, which can sustain 10 people, and no more, for a »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Losing one's virginity is a daunting enough task for a young person, as I'm sure most of you reading this right now can attest. But what if the stakes were even higher? And what if your life depended on popping your proverbial cherry?
An awkward high school student strives to lose his virginity before his parents and their Satanic cult can sacrifice him to the devil.
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Darclight Films have unveiled a batch of new stills from writer and director Blaine Thurier's new comedy horror feature 'Teen Lust'. The Canadian project, currently in post-production, features 'Saw 3D' star Cary Elwes and 'True Blood' hottie Kristin Bauer van Straten (below) and revolves around an awkward high school student who strives to lose his virginity before his parents and their Satanic cult can sacrifice him to the devil. Thurier helms from a script that he co-wrote alongside Jason Stone who directed 'Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse', the original short film that Seth Rogen's 'This is the End' was based on. 'Teen Lust' also stars Daryl Sabara, Annie Clark, Jon Cor, Jon Dore, Jesse Carere, Ali Tataryn, Amy Groening and Hilary Jardine. Head below for the new images. »
While I admittedly love to switch my brain off and enjoy gory, mindless horror silliness, I still possess enough cognitive skills to appreciate a good thinking man’s thriller every now and then. Deep philosophical debating about apocalyptic survival, complete with hypothetical test scenarios, and the serious technicalities that come along with the world’s end transform simple bar banter into logical, calculated decision-making. After The Dark gives horror fans such an opportunity, turning gore and death into worthwhile ideological conversations based on different scenario rules, a multitude of character skill sets, and a bunker that can only fit ten survivors. Let the games begin?
Mr. Zimit (James D’Arcy) appears to be the teacher any student would be lucky to have – exciting, engaging, and extremely intelligent. Philosophy is far more than textbooks and regurgitated theories, something Mr. Zimit works into his final class of the year. Sure, these students »
- Matt Donato
The post-apocalyptic focused website Quiet Earth has announced that John Huddles' After the Dark will release February 7th, 2014. This title will be available on video-on-demand formats and in a few theatres, on this date. Also, After the Dark stars James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas), Bonnie Wright, Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids), Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Rhys Wakefield (The Purge), Freddie Stroma, Maia Mitchell and others. The official artwork for the release signals the conflict in the film. A nuclear apocalypse forces several students below ground, into a modern bunker. However, there are twenty students and only ten spots available in the bunker. These characters will have to fight it out for one of the cherished spots, in this safe haven. As well, a new clip has been released for the film and the clip is titled "The Bunker." This clip shows the students descending below as »
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Machete Kills arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, & Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on January 21, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film is also be available on Digital HD now.
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action- packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, Two and a Half Men) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins.
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9 items from 2014
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