Nov 15th - 21th Downloads
& DVDs
  •  Pearl (2022):

    British actress and writer Mia Goth co-wrote the script for this 'way-out-there horror film which is a prequel to the movie "X" from earlier this year in which a young group of filmmakers set out to create an "Adult" film using an out-of-the-way rundown farm for their setting. When the owners of the premises learn what the group is doing, the horror begins, and it’s a slasher-chiller in the most obscenely vulgar fashion imaginable, making the Texas Chainsaw Massacre look like a Winnie the Pooh movie. This one was shot simultaneously with the first film, and it tells the story as to how Pearl (Mia Goth) came to be involved with the movie-makers in the first place, and how she became the vicious killer portrayed in "X." It was 1918, the world was gripped in not only the end of WWI, but the Spanish flu epidemic that killed millions. Pearl lived on a farm with her father and domineering mother, but longed to be in movies. Her husband was overseas serving his country, and she took up with a projectionist in her small-town home and he began to direct her towards the world of pornography. I would say that this is for hard-core, explicit horror fans only. Rated 18A.


  • Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022):

    This is an entirely new twist on the genie-in-a-bottle tales that were found in such places as the tales of the Arabian Nights and similar such folklore from the Islamic Golden Age. Tilda Swinton plays Dr. Alethea Binnie, a scholar and an academic, mostly all alone in the world but content, who attends an educational conference in Istanbul, Turkey in this fantasy drama. In a chance encounter, she finds an exquisitely ornate antique bottle, a beautiful piece of glasswork, and she buys it. Back in her hotel room, she takes her electric toothbrush to the bottle to clean it up. The top pops off, and in a smoky and dreamy special effect, she comes face-to-face with what is introduced to her as a Djinn (Idris Elba), the genie of the bottle. He is gigantic and fills the entire hotel room, but soon adjusts his size to something less threatening. Alethea has been struggling with her imagination of late, and is not sure that this is really happening, or if she is imagining it. The Djinn explains that he has been captive in that bottle for hundreds of years, and that she is now entitled to three wishes of her heart's desire in exchange for freeing him. Dr. Binnie is not naive. She knows the deal about genies and wishes and has no intention of falling into that kind of trap, assuming that he is real, which she somewhat doubts. She is a student of story and of mythology and listens to the Djinn's recounting of tales from the past, each story an explanation of yet another imprisonment in bottles of various sorts, and all of which have the three wishes attached, which always somehow goes bad. What blossoms here is a love story in a most unusual way. In the end, she must choose to believe and make wishes, or to walk away, if she can, and leave things as they were. What happens next is surprising and remarkable. In the early going, there is far too much dialogue, too many talking heads, but that settles into what becomes a whimsical piece of fantasy which I truly enjoyed. Directed by George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road"), shot in Turkey and in Australia. Rated PG, but there is nudity, a lot of it actually, and there are scenes of both sex and violence, so I would call this at least 14A.

  • Moonage Daydream (2022):

    This cinematic voyage explores the life of David Bowie, the Man Who Fell to Earth, highlighting his creativity and his talent. Bowie died in 2016 at the age of 69 leaving behind an epic amount of product, from music to movies to creative writing, and he is seen here in archive footage written and directed by Brett Morgan who had the full permission of the Bowie estate to present the musical genius in the fullest of form. Surrounded by such legendary talent as guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn who died at the age of 35 in a helicopter crash, Bowie had the instincts to align himself with the most significant talent available, and the results are impossible to refute - he is not everyone's cuppa, but he is a genius nonetheless. Rated 14A.

  • Falling for Christmas (2022):

    This Netflix release looks, on the surface at least, an awful lot like a Hallmark seasonal movie, known for thin plots, beautiful people, and nice outcomes. It's certain that the casting of Lyndsay Lohan, sometimes showbiz bad girl, will get more attention than the storyline itself. Lohan's character here is named Sierra Belmont. She is an heiress, set to inherit a fortune that will make her a billionaire, she is engaged to the man of her dreams, and she has a ski accident in Utah that results in a head injury creating that standard romantic-movie device, amnesia. Sierra doesn't know who she is nor can she remember her past. She finds herself in the care of a blue-collar guy who is the owner of the ski lodge where her accident occurred. Did I mention that he is handsome beyond words? And that he has a precocious daughter who feels slighted by their temporary guest? In the days leading up to Christmas, we watch as two worlds collide, that of the uber-rich, and that of the working class. As for Lohan herself, after bouts of drug problems, challenges with such people as director Michael Bay whom she equated with Hitler, she left the Hollywood lifestyle and now lives in Dubai. Seeing her back in front of the cameras is a first in several years. Rated 14A.


    All Quiet on the Western Front (2022):

    WWI was a long, long time ago, having ended in 1918, but its stories remain as relevant today as when they were told during the heat of battle.  Based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, it follows the lives of some young German idealists who, their flames fanned by the State propaganda machine, sign up to fight against what they believe to be a monstrous enemy that deserves to be subjugated and put to death.  Actor Daniel Bruhl is Paul Baumer, who, along with his friends Albert and Muller, enthusiastically enlist fuelled by patriotism and in the strong belief in the just cause for which they fight.  Everything changes on the Western Front when the horrors of trench warfare become a reality, and when it becomes evident, piece by piece, that the cause for which they fight is neither noble nor just, but rather is dictated by the needs and desires of politicians safely ensconced back home in Germany.  Even though the date of the truce that will end the war has been announced, Paul and his surviving friends are ordered to continue to fight by the top brass so that Germany will have gone out on the offensive.  Rated 14A. 

New on CRAVE

The Serpent Queen (2022) (TV Series):

The only snakes and serpents in this historical drama are of the human variety as we get an eight-part series based on Leona Friede's book "Catherine de Medici, Renaissance Queen of France." Samantha Morton ("Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them") plays the title role here. She was queen of France by marriage to King Henry II for a dozen years and became one of the most significant political voices of her generation. After the death of her husband, she continued to become increasingly more influential, pulling the strings on the reigns of her subsequent sons who had no idea of the extent to which they were being manipulated. For most of the 16th century she was the most important woman in Europe, and was known for her ruthlessness and for her ability to make ground-breaking decisions with no concern for the human price. Rated 14A.



My Policeman (2022):

In 1950s London, we become acquainted with a young police officer named Tom (Harry Styles), a teacher named Marion (Emma Corrin), and a museum curator named Patrick (David Dawson). The morals and the conduct of those days is significantly different than what is acceptable in today's world, and the relationship between the three, in those early days not long after WWII, evolves into and emotional firestorm in which alliances are made and lost and regrets hang heavily in the air as the trio struggles with their respective relationship issues. Then, a flash forward to the 1990s, and our trio come together again, still full of remorse and hurt from the events of the past, but they feel they have one last chance to heal the wounds that still fester, and to heal the damage that was near fatal at a psychological level. A character study with a level of intensity that may be too strong for some viewers. Rated 18A.


New on DISNEY + /Star

Disenchanted (2022):

Amy Adams and much of the original cast, including James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey, show up 15 years after the movie "Enchanted" graced the big screen and was a blockbuster hit bringing in more than $350 million. In that film, Princess Giselle (Adams), living in an animated fairytale land, was just biding her time and singing her songs while she waited for Prince Charming. He showed up in the person of Prince Edward (Marsden) and the day before their marriage, a tragedy befell the princess. At the hands of an evil hag (Susan Sarandon), she was dumped into a well, which was actually a conduit between two worlds, the animate land of Andalasia, and now, the harsh, racaus world of New York City, complete with honking taxis and frenetic pedestrians. There she met a divorce lawyer named Robert Philip (Dempsey) and eventually fell in love, married, and lived happily ... well, not quite ever after. As this new story opens, it is 10 years later and Giselle and her husband are moving to the suburbs with their child and new baby in tow. On arrival, it's clear that something isn't quite right as their new home in Monroeville seems to be under the control of Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph) who is not what she seems. As Giselle struggles with this new twist, she makes a wish, wanting everything to be a perfect fairy-tale. The spell backfires and it turns both her live-action world and the animated world of Andalasia upside down. There are more songs in this sequel than in the original, a good account given by Idena Menzel who once again plays Nancy. Rated PG.

New on Apple +

Spirited (2022):
Just when you thought you had seen every possible variation on the Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," from the Muppets to George C. Scott, to the Alistair Sim version from 1951, along comes a truly different twist. Set in the present day, the star here, the Scrooge of the story, is a character named Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds). As expected, he is a miserable soul given to creating chaos and grief all around himself through his thoughtless, sometimes mean, stingy mannerisms. As Christmas Eve approaches, Briggs is visited by the first of three ghosts, this one being the spirit of Christmas Present played by Will Farrell. Each Christmas Eve, this spirit seeks out a wretched person to reform, and this time it's Briggs. Unlike Dickens' original story, Briggs turns the tables on the ghost and soon has Christmas Present examining his own past, present and future, completely forgetting the original mission. This is the first version of "A Christmas Carol" told from the perspective of the spirits themselves, Past, Present, and Future, and it's clear that they picked on the wrong Scrooge this time. Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer also stars, as does Sunita Mani from the series GLOW, as the spirit of Christmas Past. An interesting spin on an old classic, and a musical version at that. Rated PG.