Author: J. Scott Shreve

On Demand Movie Guide: June 2016

Summer blockbuster season isn’t looking so good. Thankfully there are always a bevy of On Demand options for cinema fanatics to choose from. Why not stay home, avoid the crowds, and see a good movie for far less than the theater experience would cost. Check out our On Demand movie guide for this month. No Stranger Than Love No Stranger Than Love offers a unique twist to the typical rom-com. Lucy (Allison Brie) is constantly bombarded by unwanted pronouncements of love and when she finally thinks she may love someone, a hole opens in her living room floor trapping...

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There Were Tears: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, and The Magic of Sports (and DVR)

Sports are cool. Sports represent one of the few mediums where one can experience the full range of human emotion in a matter of seconds. Experiencing a great sports moment is an incredible feeling and when you are invested as a fan in that moment, it becomes ethereal and transcendent. The greatest game in NBA history was played last night and LeBron James delivered the single greatest Finals series performance ever. In doing so, he brought a championship back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, their first ever, and his home of northeast Ohio. Cavalier’s super-fan critically acclaimed star of every...

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AE On Demand Movie Guide: May 2016

The extended Spring rains have past and the heat has become sweltering. I enjoy my share of sun, but sometimes it is nice to stay inside with cooler air and the comforts of home. Whether you are staying inside to begin with or are retreating to cooler temperatures after venturing out to watch summer blockbusters, there will be plenty of On Demand movie options for you to peruse. Here is our On Demand Movie Guide for this month. Cash Only Cash Only tells the story of a desperate Detroit landlord and features a great combination of directing, acting, writing,...

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AE On Demand Movie Guide: April 2016

Summer blockbuster season is approaching, but that does not mean that excellent cinematic experiences can only be found at the theater. This month On Demand you can find many great options including an excellent book-to-film adaptation and a modern horror gem. Stay inside with us and check out this month’s On Demand Movie Guide. High Rise High Rise is the film adaptation of J.G. Ballards’s 1975 novel that many viewed as impossible to adapt. Director Ben Wheatley does an admirable job with the translation and brings some of his darkly comic sensibilities along, while coaxing excellent performances from Tom...

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AE On Demand Movie Guide: March 2016

Spring has arrived and the customary warm weather and chirping birds along with it. This development has probably led you to begin readjusting to what it is like to go outside for anything other than work or food. If you are still adjusting to the changes or if you simply despise the outdoors, there are plenty of quality On Demand offerings this month to keep you away from the sun. Band of Robbers Band of Robbers is a modern tale of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Co-directors and co-writers Aaron and Adam Nee bring a fan-fiction idea to life...

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AE On Demand Movie Guide: January 2016

It’s January, and that means that a full year of On Demand movies await. January has a reputation as a dumping ground for movies that studios have little faith in. A few movies in the past have been the exception to this reputation, but more often than not, it’s an assortment of rubbish. So it’s the perfect month to stay home instead and catch a movie On Demand. Hell and Back Hell and Back is a stop-motion animated film from the lead animator of Robot Chicken. The film is geared towards adults and features similar themes and styles featured...

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AE On Demand Movie Guide: December 2015

Snow has started to fall and the holiday season is nearing. Theaters are currently packed with rabid Star Wars fans and Christmas Day will see the release of six major releases. This combination will surely lead to crowded theaters, so why not stay home with the family and catch a movie On Demand instead! Stanford Prison Experiment The Stanford Prison Experiment details an experiment where a group of students each serve as either a prisoner or a prison guard. It is based on a real-life experiment conducted at Stanford in 1971. The film features a group of great performances...

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AE On Demand Movie Guide: November 2015

Thanksgiving is now over, and for many people that means confinement to the couch for the next week due to food coma. But don’t let couch confinement get you down. Enhance it by catching some releases on our AE On Demand Movie Guide. And look at the bright side, these films are the perfect excuse to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy: … Bone Tomahawk A bit to stomach in terms of its brutality, writer and director S. Craig Zahler’s film is a fusion of the best qualities of multiple genres, including romance, westerns, and monster films. While the recipe...

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AE On Demand Movie Guide: October 2015

Fall movie season is here, and there are several intriguing film options in theaters. Unfortunately, that means dealing with cold temperatures and holiday season crowds. If you need a break from the weekly theater grind, then maybe an On Demand offering can satisfy that movie fix instead. We’ve got you covered with our AE On Demand Movie Guide for October 2015: … The Primary Instinct We start with this month’s gem, The Primary Instinct. Stephen Tobolowsky takes the stage at Seattle’s Moore Theater and delivers a series of touching stories. The Primary Instinct is an adaptation of The Tobolowsky...

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The Primary Instinct is Transcendent Storytelling

Overview: Legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky tries to get to the root of the question, “Why do we tell stories?” 2015; FilmBuff; Not Rated; 73 Minutes. The Origin of a Story: The Primary Instinct is a documentary concert film that is adapted from the podcast The Tobolowsky Files, which was originally adapted from a movie, Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party (2005). It is a unique journey for art only possible in the current age of podcast popularity. Director David Chen and the aforementioned Stephen Tobolowsky began The Tobolowsky Files in 2009. The podcast consists mainly of Tobolowsky telling stories about...

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AE On Demand Movie Guide: September 2015

The leaves are beginning to change colors and a slight nip has fallen over the evening air. Autumn is here and what better way to enjoy those chilly evenings than to stay inside with a blanket, a hot beverage (beer), and a movie On Demand! AE has you covered with a guide to help you find the right On Demand movie to watch this month: … Listening We’ll start with the most fascinatingly interesting entry this month, Khalil Sulins’ Listening. Come for the sci-fi, mind bending, telepathy intrigue and stay for the solid character building augmenting the science. Listening...

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Uncle John is Full of Guarded Tension

Overview: A farmer tries to conceal a crime from the local townsfolk and his nephew. FilmBuff; 2015; Not Rated; 113 Minutes. Hell Fire: Uncle John opens with a sermon. A preacher speaks about the existence of hellfire: “Hell is real. It does exist. HELL FIRE, simply spoken, and praise be to God for it, and if you don’t want to think about that, you need to be ready. We are all going to die, every one of us, could be in eighty years, could right outside those doors. It does not matter we all stand before Him for our judgment....

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Ferrell Takes the Field Offers Refreshing Immodesty

Overview: A short-form documentary detailing Will Ferrell’s effort to support Cancer for College. HBO; 2015; TV-14; 50 minutes. Cancer for College: Craig Pollard was a college baseball player at USC with aspirations to play Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, his career was cut short when he was diagnosed with cancer. After Pollard persevered and beat the disease, he founded Cancer for College, an organization that provides college scholarships to cancer survivors. Craig Pollard was also Will Ferrell’s fraternity brother at USC. Pollard and Ferrell have remained friends and with Ferrell’s support, Cancer for College has awarded scholarships to over 1000...

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Show Me a Hero

Overview: Show Me a Hero is a six-part HBO miniseries based on the book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, directed by Paul Haggis, and co-written by David Simon and William F. Zorzi.  HBO; 2015. Hero Candidate One, Oscar Isaac: Show Me a Hero chronicles the housing desegregation in late 1980s Yonkers, New York, under Mayor Nick Wasicsko, the youngest mayor in the United States in November 1987. Oscar Isaac is exceptional as Wasicsko. From 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis to 2014’s A Most Violent Year, Isaac has passed the point of being categorized as a great up-and-coming actor...

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Golden Globe 2015 Nominations

The 2015 Golden Globe nominations will be announced at 8:20 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014. The 72nd edition of the show will air on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 8 p.m. and will be hosted for the third consecutive year by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Sadly, this will be the final year that Poehler and Fey helm the broadcast. Everyone should tune in because they are an absolute delight, and the Golden Globes is the most entertaining awards show to watch because the guests can get a little tipsy. Remember Ricky Gervais in 2010, 2011, and 2012? That...

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