June 9th - 15th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  The Hunt (2020):

    This violent, politically-oriented film about people hunting people for sport makes no secret of its ultimate aim, that of protecting the Second Amendment right to bear arms.  Hard to imagine that the American founding fathers had in mind the desire to go hunting one another when that amendment was crafted, but that's the premise here.   An adaptation of the old Richard Connell short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," we find a dozen right wing conservative Americans, strangers to one another, awakening in a clearing, with no idea where they are or why they are there.  Soon though, left wing liberals are after them, as the conservatives are the hunted, and the liberals are the hunters.  The film is wickedly violent as a game of "let's see who we can kill, and let's see how graphic we can make the killing plays out.  From the creators of the TV series "Lost" and with the help of producer Jason Blum (the Saw movies and the recent Invisible Man), a lot of people meet their ending here, and in the end, there are really no good guys and no bad guys.  Just killers.  Not my favourite kind of horror-thriller.  Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank star.  Rated 14A.

     

  • We Summon the Darkness (2019):

    This is a horror thriller with a heavy metal music backdrop in which three young women, Alexis, Val, and Beverly, hit the road for a festival featuring headbanger rock and all that such an event entails.  Of course, while en route, the car radio in the background alerts us to a very recent murder, and alludes to the fact that it may be a part of a group of satanic ritual killers, but why should the three pals care about that?   That rather clumsy piece of foreshadowing is all we need to keep in mind as the girls, led by Alexis (Alexandra Daddario of “Baywatch,” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”) are too trusting and too naïve when they meet three metal heads at the festival who seem like a lot of fun.  When the music is all done, they decide that they should head to the country home owned by Alexis’s father, a fire-and-brimstone preacher played by Johnny Knoxville. Of course it’s deep in the woods, of course it’s remote and hard to get to, and of course, once they arrive and the true colours of the boys begin to show, the body count starts to pile up.  Now what?  Set in the American Midwest, the movie was shot in Winnipeg and offers all the standard set pieces for horror movies in which foolish young girls look to get themselves killed.  Rated R.

  • Outback:

    So, let’s say you are a guy travelling to Australia for an adventuresome vacation with your girlfriend, your high school sweetheart actually, and on the way over you, propose.  She says “no.”  Do you still go on the adventure or do you get the message and head back home?   Wade did not get the message … he carried on with the trip, accompanying the lady who spurned him, in this action-thriller that leads its principal players to the brink of death in the wilds of Australia.  Taylor Wiese plays Wade – he is an American actor who has had little success at home, but gets lots of work playing Americans in Australian films.  Lauren Lofberg is Lisa, the girlfriend who wants to remain single.  She has a short resume, mostly appearing in Australian TV series, but here she plays an American.  Once Lisa and Wade arrive down under, the head out on their adventure, but soon trouble shows up at every turn.  Near the mystical Ayers Rock, their GPS seems to develop a mind of its own, and they are left heading off in the wrong direction for the wrong reasons.  They quickly learn that landmarks that appear to be relatively close by are much farther away than appearances indicate, and soon their lives are in real danger, and they have nothing to rely upon except one another.  The question is, will this be enough for survival?  Some great Australian views of the barren regions and the challenges that the outdoors can bring.  Rated 14A.

  • The Last Days of American Crime (2020):

    This Netflix original has what is truly an original premise.  Michael Pitt (Dawson's Creek, Empire) stars as Kevin Cash, son of a career gangster, and a young man destined to participate in the heist of the century.  What motivates him and is small team of criminals, is a significant change in the United States that moves this film into the realm of sci-fi as well as being a heist flick.  Terrorism remains rampant in the U.S. as does crime, and the government is about to change all of that.  Since laws, arrests, and prisons haven't worked, it's time for something new.  In just a few days a radio signal will be broadcast that will be impossible to avoid ... it's a signal which, when heard, makes changes to the brain and leaves the person unable to commit an illegal act, the perfect solution to lawlessness.  Kevin wants to go down in history as the guy who cheated the system just before it became the system.  Sharlto Copley (District Nine) and Anna Brewster (Star Wars, Episode VII) also star.  Rated 14A.

     

    The "Furious" Franchise:

    Netflix is streaming the most of the compendium of films from this series that began with "The Fast and the Furious" (2001) and moved on to "2 Fast and 2 Furious" (2003); "Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift" (2006); "Fast & Furious" (2009 - often referred to as Fast and Furious 4); "Fast Five" (2011); "Fast & Furious 6" (2013); and "Furious 7" (2015) which introduced Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw, and Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs.  Missing is "The Fate of the Furious" (2017), and the Hobbs and Shaw movie from 2019 that created controversy between Vin Diesel and Statham and Johnson.  It's still a very significant number of car chase movies to watch at a sitting!  On Netflix.

New on CRAVE

Laurel Canyon (2020) (Part 1)

For those who lived the pop music of the '60s, or for those who wonder how the base of pop music that exists today was built, this exceptional documentary is just perfect.  Laurel Canyon was, in the days of the early-to-mid '60s, a part of greater Los Angeles that attracted musicians from all over the world.  It was, then, a cheap place to live, with rental houses available at bargain basement rates, and no shortage of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.  It was a place where Eric Clapton first met Joni Mitchell at a barbecue put on by Mama Cass Elliot.  It was a place where The Beatles schmoozed with one of their idols, Little Richard, and it was a place where Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young hung out together, wrote music together, and played what would become the hits of the century in their Laurel Canyon backyard.  Mama Michelle Phillips speaks candidly in an interview recorded last year as to how her inability to be with just one man hurt her then-husband John beyond belief, but ... he knew what he was getting, she says.  Interviews with Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, and Jackson Brown are included, and there's a great look back at other Canyon denizens such as The Doors' Jim Morrison, and singer-songwriter Carol King.  Rated 14A.  Part 2 will be released next week.

The Witcher (TV Series, 2019):
This Netflix original series is a sword-and-sandal thriller that follows Geralt of Rivera, a solitary monster-killer who roams the earth righting the wrongs created by monstrosities everywhere.  Henry Cavill stars as the title character, based on a novel series.  A second season has already been announced, so you can binge watch this one safely.  Rated 14A. 

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Run the Race (2019):
This sports drama focuses on the world of high school football, and puts a good cast together was we watch two brothers, Zach and Dave Truett (Tanner Stine and Evan Hoffer) take two very different approaches to the competitive life on the gridiron.  Mario Van Peebles, Mykelti Williamson, and Francis Fisher co-star as the adults who try to bring some resolution to the brothers’ conflict. Rated 14A.

 

New on DISNEY +

The Mandalorian, Chapter 6:
This Star Wars series made for streaming, is perhaps the most true and authentic spinoff that the franchise has offered in more than 20 years.  Taking place in the days of Jawas and Ewoks, it follows the adventures of a masked bounty hunter and his baby Yoda capturee across the galaxy.  The flavour is very much that of the Empire Strikes Back era, with outstanding special effects and a superb story.  Rated PG.