Sept 1st - 7th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Blood Quantum (2019):

    This zombie apocalypse film was shot on the Kahnawake Reserve in Quebec, and offers an excellent performance by First Nations actor Michael Greyeyes. It begins with something you don’t ever see – zombie fish – and moves on to pretty much every kind of dead thing that becomes undead, and has a penchant for human flesh. From the outset, when a fisher empties his nets on the boat and finds that the fish, even those that have been eviscerated, are snapping at anything human, and the blood flows. Soon, however, it becomes clear that there is one group of people not impacted by the new zombies. First Nations people seem to have an immunity, which plays out as the zombie hoards begin infiltrating the population. What was once a small infestation now becomes a world-wide issue, with overtones of saving the planet’s ecology as well as its people, and a subtext of what had been done to indigenous peoples throughout history. Not a particularly well-made film, but one with an interesting message and a lot of potential! Rated 14A.

     

  • Rogue (2020):

    This may be one of the best really bad films that you’ll ever see. It’s one of those that is so bad it’s good – good in its badness – and will likely gain some fame in the future as a movie that no one can believe got made. It stars Megan Fox (“Transformers”) as a battle-hardened mercenary named O’Hara who takes on jobs in remote parts of the world that no one else would touch. Case in point is this excursion into the heart of Africa to rescue a number of hostages from their captors. Things go sideways early on, and O’Hara is now facing, not only a vicious group of rebels that want her hide, but also a pride of angry lions that are equally inclined to want the hides of herself and her team. The dialogue is dreadful, and the entire film is awkward, but it’s something new on DVD and on Demand, so that kind of makes it sort of worth a look. Sort of. Rated 18A.

  • Cut Off (2018):

    Set and shot in Germany, this thriller centres on the work of a coroner named Paul Herzfeld who is working to determine the cause of death of a mangled and brutalized corpse. In the course of his examination, he finds a capsule buried deep inside the torn-up brain. In the capsule is a piece of paper, and on the paper is a phone number and just one word. That one word changes Paul’s life on the spot. It’s his daughter’s name, Hanna, and the phone number is hers. This plunges the story into a series of cat-and-mouse games with the most dire of consequences if Paul makes the wrong move. A largely German cast that most North Americans won’t recognize takes the tension and the drama to a furious level in this violent tale. Rated 18A.

  • Away (2020)(TV series):

    This eight-part series stars Hilary Swank as the captain of the first Mars expedition, set in the near future.  She heads an international group of NASA astronauts representing China, Russia, India, and an African nation as they set out from the base on the moon for a three-year mission to the Red Planet.  Eight months to get there, 14 months on the Martian soil in a base that has been sent on ahead in stages, and then eight months back.  The science is excellent as the hardware and the challenges of the travellers is well-positioned, but it is not just a story about a trip into space.  While the crew is en route, we follow the lives of those they have left behind, family members, as well as co-workers who now work the ground station from Houston as the spacecraft moves out into the depths of our solar system.  Swank's character, Emma Green, has a teenage daughter back home, coping with her dad (Josh Charles) who has developed a medical problem ... each crew member has his or her own issues on the ground.  Excellent series!  Rated 14A.



     

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020):

    This Netflix original was written and directed by Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Being John Malkovich") so it's not going to be simple.  Kaufman has an amazing ability to tap into things that seem straightforward, turning them all inside out as we go.  Jessie Buckley plays a character known only as "the young woman," who has a new boyfriend named Jake (Jesse Plemons of "The Irishman").  Very early into their relationship, she agrees with some reluctance to meet his parents, who live on a farm many hours away from home, by car.  Tony Collette plays the mother, David Thewlis is the father, and it isn't long before "the young woman" comes to realize that nothing is as it appears to be, no one is who she thought they were, and that includes herself.  Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Ian Reid, this dramatic horror thriller will provide a lot of things about which to ponder.  Rated 14A. 

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

The Legion (2020):

This Amazon original takes place in the time of the Emperor Nero, who was busy fiddling - actually, if he played anything, it was the Lyre - while Rome began its torturous fall.   Noreno (Lee Partridge) is perfectly cast here, a short holdover from his badly groomed days in 2017's "Viking Siege."  The invasion of Parthia by the Roman Legions has been a total screw-up, and now two full Legions are stranded in the snowy mountains, slowly facing starvation and death by freezing.  There is a larger part of the Roman army that is in Syria, across the mountains and down into the desert, where the facing of the elements is different.  Someone needs to get from the snowy soon-to-be-graves, to the rest of the army so that help and supplies can save the remaining soldiers.  That someone is Noreno, as he is an amazingly fast runner and could cover the distance in the shortest time.  The problem?  Noreno is only half Roman, and his other half hates the city state that has never done him any favours.  Mickey Rourke and Bai Ling also star.  Rated 14A. 


New on DISNEY +

Mulan (2020):
T21 years after the animated version of this classic story was in theatres as an animated, full-length feature, it's now a live-action film that was originally headed for theatres this summer, but which is now going to be streamed by Disney + for an extra fee - probably in the $30.00 realm, in addition to the five or six dollars that is your monthly Disney + fee.  33 year-old Liu Yifie plays the title character here, a young woman who steps in for her ailing father when the Emperor decrees that one man per household must serve his country in a war against northern invaders.  Disguised as a man, Mulan is tested every step of the way, as no one knows her true identity.  The story is based on a Chinese folklore tale and also stars Jet Li and Rosalind Chao.  Rated 14A.