Sept 8th - 14th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  First Cow (2019):

    John Magrow (“The Big Short”) is “Cookie,” a name descriptive of the job that he does for a group of fur trappers heading west on the Oregon Trail during the struggle to open up that frontier. Although happy in his work, he isn’t truly fulfilled until he accidentally meets a Chinese immigrant named King Lu (Orion Lee of “Star Wars: Episode VIII: the Last Jedi”). Together they hatch a scheme, as their unlikely friendship deepens, to provide baked goods to the townspeople who have had no access to such luxuries in some time. The problem is that they don’t have the milk and cream needed for such delicacies. But there is a cow …. The first cow in the Oregon territory brought in by a wealthy landowner. Their plan: milk the cow in secret, use the dairy product as their key ingredient, and everyone is happy. Well, almost everyone, as they soon learn. A whimsical film with an edge just hard enough to appreciate the times in which these pioneers lived. Rated 14A.

     

  • A Nice Girl like You (2020):

    Lucy Hale who stars as the title character in the “Katy Keene” TV series, takes on something just a touch more adult in this romantic comedy with an “R” rating which is based on the memoire of the young woman who lived the story. Playing Lucy Neal, and accomplished violinist with a boyfriend named Grant Anderson, things seem to be going well for her both professionally and personally until Grant tells her that he thinks she is “too inhibited” for his taste, and that it is creating a problem for him. Completely gobsmacked by his comment, Lucy is off balance for more than a moment, until she decides to create a very spicy and daring “to do list” of all that she is prepared to try in order to get their relationship back on track. For Grant, it could turn out to be a case of “be careful what you wish for” as he begins to see a side of Lucy that he finds somewhat distressing. Mindy Cohn (“Facts of Life”) also stars. Rated 18A.

  • The Big Ugly (2020):

    Malcolm MacDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”) is Harris, a tough and relentless crime boss in the UK who runs his mob with an iron hand. He sees an opportunity to create a business partnership with an American oilman named Preston (Ron Perlman) who can help set up an operation to launder the money that comes in by the truckload from Harris’s many operations. He sends his most trusted lieutenant, Neelyn (Vinnie Jones from “Snatch,” and “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels”), from the London office to West Virginia, contracts are signed, deals are made, and the arrangement looks perfect for both parties. Perfect until Neelyn’s girlfriend goes missing, last seen in the company of Preston’s son. That’s when things get ugly. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of Neelyn, who is one of the toughest big-screen characters you’ll ever see this side of a superhero movie. Rated 18A.

  • Julie and the Phantoms (2020)(TV Series):

    A Netflix original, this series was inspired by one in Brazil that has the same theme.  Julie (Madison Reyes in her first television series) is a teenager who recently lost her mother.  With her life really just beginning, she feels that she is at the end, and that there is no point in living.  From the sadness surrounding her mother's passing, Julie, who once loved music more than anything, no longer has any interest.  Things change when three guys, all dead for 25 years, come into her life.  They inspire her to go back to that which she loves, and at the same time, she helps them become the band they could never have been without her.  A great young cast is designed to have heads turn, as the series is aimed at tween and teenagers who will get it very quickly.  Filmed in BC.  Rated PG.


     

    The Duchess (2020):

    Another Netflix original, this film features just what can happen when people's lives go sideways.  Katherine is a single mom.  She is played by Ontario native Katherine Ryan, who also wrote the script.  She takes her tween-age daughter with her to England, where she has a boyfriend.  Along the way, she ponders having another child - sired by her now-ex-husband, so her daughter's sibling will not be a half-brother or half-sister, but the full meal deal.  As Katherine juggles her career and her relationships, she learns a little about herself, but not much.  Raunchy humour gets it an 18A rating.

     

    Pets United (2020):

    A perfect animated film for youngsters, parents, and grandparents, but only if they watch with the kids. The central characters are all pets of one sort or another, and their common thread is that they are spoiled, they are selfish, and they live a life of luxury, because their owners have all the mechanical denizens of Robo City doing the hard work.  But what happens when the robots run amuck and the humans have to flee?  Time for the skate-boarding pug, the self-aggrandizing Siamese, a pet pig, and a smart fox to grow up and take some responsibility.  Good fun for kids of all ages - meaning, much past 13, they will probably think it's lame, but younger ones will relish it.  Rated G.

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.