June 16th - 22nd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Two Minutes of Fame (2020):

    It used to be that everyone in the world would be famous for 15 minutes, but in this social media era, that has been reduced to just two minutes, but for some people it’s enough to hang on for more.  The R-rated comedy tells exactly that story, as a comic named Deandre (Jay Pharoah of SNL) posts a routine online that is a dead-on impression of a major standup star named Marques (Katt Williams).  Deandre gets so much positive reaction from his post that he believes that he is ready for the big-time and he decides to pack up and head for LA to take his act on the road … but it’s not really his act – the act really belongs to Marques who doesn’t plan to give up his throne easily.  While Deandre struggles with this career move, he faces some heat at home, as his girlfriend and the mother of his young son (Keke Palmer) has different expectations.  She believes that Deandre belongs right there by her side, helping to raise their son, and not being the kind of dad who just disappears.  She might get her wish, because Marques has something up his sleeve that may change everything.  Rated 18A for language and sexual situations.

     

  • Soldier’s Heart:

    Neal Bledsoe, an actor born in Toronto but raised and educated in Seattle, is Frank Connor, a Civil War soldier turned bounty hunter who is interested in polishing off just two things: whisky by the bottle and fugitives by the score.  Frank drinks in order to forget the horrors of the War Between the States, and he tracks down criminal types, often wanted for war crimes.  One day two young children wind up on his doorstep, and they implore him to help find their missing mother, Heather (AnnaLynne McCord of “90210” and “Secrets and Lies.”  In order to help the kids, Frank has to manage a much bigger issue first, that of Major Briggs (Rob Mayes), a former military officer that has left Frank with a very big score to settle.  That will require facing and overcoming demons that have haunted his past since the War, before Frank can even begin work on finding and saving the mother.  Interesting cast here that also includes Gary Busey and Val Kilmer.  Rated 14A.

  • Impractical Jokers: The Movie:

    Based on the long-running American cable television series (we get it here on OLN), this film takes the reality aspect of setting up practical jokes, some very sophisticated and others downright rude, to the big screen.  The thin premise here is that, back in high school in 1992, an acutely embarrassing situation occurred that humbled the friends beyond belief.  Huge fans of Paula Abdul, they buffaloed their way into a Paula Abdul concert pretending to be backstage security people ... and their lack of smarts had them destroy the concert. Now, in the present day, they are on a road trip to get even because they met Ms. Abdul in a Red Lobster, and she gave them three tickets to her show in Florida - but there are four of these doofuses, and they have to figure out who misses the big show as they travel by car from New York to Florida.  They decide to do what they do - use the hidden camera gags that are the staple of their TV show, hoping that one of them will be so far above the others in terms of execution of the stunt, that he will be a shoo-in for the big event.  Pranking unwitting travelers with such ideas as the person who got lost in that cave over there in 1980, is now a mole man, and they know how to get him into the light, to pretending to be motorists in distress who make life wretched for anyone foolish enough to offer help.  Not my kind of humour, wasn't my kind of TV show, therefore not my kind of movie ... but the Jackass and Johnny Knoxville crowd liked it.  Rated 14A.

  • Lenox Hill (2020)(TV series):

    Although it's not fiction, this new medical documentary series may help fill the gap that medical television junkies miss at this time of year when such shows as New Amsterdam, The Resident, and Chicago Med are either in reruns, or gone altogether for the summer.  This eight episode Netflix original series takes us inside New York's Lenox Hill hospital and into the lives of four doctors who will be profiled in a most intimate and unflinching way.  We will watch as they struggle with their professional and their personal lives, as well as learning how they cope with the difficulties of dealing with bad news for the families they support through their efforts.  The doctors are two brain surgeons, an Emergency Room physician, and a chief resident OBGYN.  As well as the insight into these doctors lives, we also get a significant look into the lives of the patients they treat.  Complex, fascinating and emotional - those are words that describe where this journey will take us over eight episodes.  Rated 14A. 

     

    Da 5 Bloods (2020):

    This brand new Spike Lee joint produced for Netflix, tells a Vietnam War story from the perspective of today's world rather than the trauma on the battlefield and in the jungles so many years ago.  An excellent cast is headed up by Delroy Lindo, Clark Peters, Norm Lewis, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Their characters are Paul, Otis, Eddie, and Melvin, part of an African-American unit that lost their squad leader (Chadwick Boseman) during a firefight in one of those events that highlighted the abject immorality of that war.  The four men get together, along with the son of their fallen leader, and travel back to Vietnam, with a dual purpose.  One is to find the remains of their squad leader, to help bring closure to his son, and the other, a little more covert, involves rumours or truth of buried treasure.  The battles now are psychological and against nature, the jungles and the rain, rather than with an often unseen enemy.  Rated 18A. 

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

Equilibrium (2002):

This is an outstanding film that has had very little distribution over all these years.  It stars Christian Bale in an oppressive sci-fi future in which all forms of feeling are illegal.  The movie reminded me a lot of The Matrix when I first discovered it, many years ago, with martial arts scenes that are almost beyond belief, even judging against today's available technology.  The cast also includes Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), Taye Diggs (Chicago), and William Fichtner (Blackhawk Down).  The complexity of the story, and the special effects combine to make an outstanding movie that has been largely known only to action-adventure fans that may have encountered it on DVD.  The reason it received no release or distribution in North America is that its European release (it was shot in Germany) made a pot full for money, and the distributors did not want to run the risk of turning a money maker into something less if it didn't do well in the US and Canada.  They should have done it - would have just added more to the profits.  Excellent film!  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.