The temperature reached 70 degrees here yesterday for the first time in 2015.  Seems like Spring is tiptoeing back into our lives.  So you’d probably think we here at AE are all busy making our plans to take advantage of the breaking weather, right?  Fat chance, hippies.  Some of last year’s festival favorites just hit On Demand.  Amazon is offering instant streaming of new Westerns, documentaries, and some of the best horror from the last few years.  So you go enjoy nature if you want.  You’ll find us in our dimly lit living rooms, making up for excuses for why we don’t think tans are that attractive anyway.  Enjoy the flowers and birds, weirdos. Here is our March On Demand Movie Guide!

Spring

Drafthouse Films

Drafthouse Films

This hybrid horror/romance is an offering unlike anything found in horror… maybe ever.  Two of my favorite young filmmakers, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, follow up their innovative and brilliant 2012 drama-tinged horror hit Resolution with a moving and insightful film that’s part Before trilogy, part travel narrative, and part Species. Spring is available on  Amazon and other On Demand Outlets starting at 6.99.

Kung Fu Elliot

The Orchard

The Orchard

This absurd documentary starts like Anvil in a karate suit, illustrating something a lovable loser deadset on conquering a world that isn’t really in a rush to accept him.  But things get weird (and deceitful) fast.  Kung Fu Elliot isn’t the most believable documentary, but it is very much an engaging and often fun film.  You can find Kung Fu Elliot on On Demand outlets and Amazon starting at 3.99.

These Final Hours

Roadshow Films

Roadshow Films

This sunbaked Australian film revisits some pretty familiar territory, and, while it may not be the freshest take on the overwhelmingly crowded apocalyptic genre, These Final Hours earns emotional investment and response.  It might be familiar, but it’s certainly effective, making the most of a stellar performance from young, relatively unknown lead Nathan Phillips.  These Final Hours is available on Amazon and other On Demand outlets for $6.99.

My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Radius-TWC

Radius-TWC

We got a pretty good look inside the mind of divisive director Nicolas Winding Refn from our own Diego Crespo.  But what better inside perspective than that provided by his wife Liv Cofixen, who accompanied him during the filming of one of his most divisive films, Only God Forgives. This documentary perfectly captures the volatile influence that the demanding craft of filmmaking has upon the family of the filmmaker.  You can find it for as low as  6.99 on Amazon and other outlets.

X/Y

eOne Entertainment

eOne Entertainment

American Ferrerra and Mel0nie Diaz Amazon, star together in this slow paced relationship drama which attempts to provide, through multiple perspectives, an altered investigation of the way modern relationships work.  It’s best to go into this one with no preconceived notions.  X/Y is available on multiple platforms, including Amazon Instant, starting at $3.99.

Faults

Screen Media Films

Screen Media Films

This tonally shifting film builds itself around cult activity, from a dark (perhaps bleak) comedy, before putting all humor in its back pocket and leaving viewers completely rocked.  Mary Elizabeth Windstead provides a necessarily measured performance and the film is gleefully manipulative, making for an unshakeable film watching experience.  Faults is available for $6.99 on Amazon and other On Demand platforms.

The Last Five Years

Radius-TWC

Radius-TWC

I’m gonna be real with you.  I’d watch a full movie of Anna Kendrick tapping her fingers on plastic cups. The Last Five Years may not live up to the magical experience of the stage production (does the film ever live up to the stage production) but there’s enough here for fans of the show to be happy about.  And fans of the actress… well, we’re good, too.  You can find the Last Five Years starting at $6.99 on Amazon.

Maps to the Stars

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

It might not offer the David Cronenberg that die-hard Cronenberg fans hope to see, and it might not make the best use of ever-rising actor Robert Pattinson, but Maps to the Stars still offers Julianna Moore in peak form, fresh off of her Oscar victory, here seen elevating some rather trashy material into an unexpectedly enjoyable watch.  Maps to the Stars is available on multiple On Demand platforms starting at $6.99.

 

Backcountry

IFC Films/IFC Midnight

IFC Films/IFC Midnight

I saw three incredible horror films this last month. And I’m pretty sure that Backcountry has the most immediate scare and deep-seeded fright of all of them.  This survival story creeps upon before tearing you to shreds.  You can find Backcountry on multiple platforms starting at $6.99.

The Salvation

The Salvation

Warner Bros.

This throwback Western makes a few adjustments to the template, but ends up offering a breath of dusty, uncivilized air that should be much cherished by fans of the fallen genre.  The Salvation offers standout turns from Mads Mikkelson and Eva Green and high adrenaline action sequences uncanny to the formula.  The Salvation is available on multiple VOD outlets, starting at $5.99.

 Zombeavers

Zombeavers

Amory Films/Benderspink

Okay, I haven’t seen this one yet.  I plan on it this weekend.  But, do I really need to explain the recommendation.  I mean… come the fuck on.  Zombeavers is currently available on iTunes and other outlets.