May 19, 2014 via Pepsi
Now Playing In Your Living Room
A night out at the movies can often be a dicey proposition, especially if you happen to be taking a date. Two tickets, popcorn, drinks, it all adds up pretty quickly. Even a modest night out at the movies will cost around forty bucks. Luckily, with the advent of Video-On-Demand, many of the most interesting movies are not only hitting theaters, but are also available on Pay-Per-View, iTunes, Amazon and other platforms simultaneously. This way you get a relatively inexpensive night of entertainment without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. But what to watch? That’s where our friends at JoBlo come in. Forget moviephone, click through the list above to find out what’s now playing in your living room.
1. Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars’ fanbase is so rabid they funded the Kickstarter for this program with a whopping $5.7 million. A follow-up to the cult series, Veronica Mars stars Kristen Bell as a self-made detective who returns to her hometown to help an old flame who’s accused of murder. If you’re a fan of the show, this is a must-see. Otherwise, you should still see it, but you’d be well-advised to hit Netflix first. The entire run of the series is available. It’s also worth nothing the film is being put out by a major distributor (Warner Bros). While they mostly shy away from VOD, WB ended-up giving Veronica Mars a multi-platform release, with healthy receipts both at the box office and at home.
2. Blood Ties
After playing Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival, the star-studded Blood Ties hits VOD, and is well-worth a look. Starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, and Marion Cotillard, this is a gritty seventies-set crime epic focused on two brothers. One’s a law-abiding cop (Crudup) while the other (Owen) is just out of jail and not too eager to go straight. Action-packed and extremely well-acted, Blood Ties is the kind of movie that would have been a major studio release twenty-years ago, and should make for an excellent night of entertainment.
3. Alan Partridge
If you’re reading this in North America, there’s a good chance you don’t know the name Alan Partridge. In Europe, Steve Coogan’s Partridge is a comic force to be reckoned with. The star of no-less than three TV series, and a host of specials, Coogan stars as the titular character, a radio DJ forever stuck in the late-eighties/mid-nineties who – in his big screen debut – finds himself in the middle of an armed siege when a disgruntled former DJ takes the radio station staff hostage. Even if you’ve never seen the show, Alan Partridge is a lot of fun, and one of the smarter comedies to come out in recent memory.
4. Grand Piano
Elijah Wood stars as a concert pianist who – in the midst of a concert – is informed that should he play one wrong note, he’ll be killed. It’s like Speed on a piano. While the premise is goofy, the buzz surrounding this indie-thriller has been almost universally positive. With John Cusack as the baddie, and an affable Wood in the lead, Grand Piano sounds like a cult-classic waiting to happen.
The latest from David Gordon Green, Joe is a full-blown masterpiece. Having played to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, this Nicolas Cage-starrer is so good that it’s a shame the studio behind it isn’t saving it for Oscar season. Cage’s performance is that good. He stars as an ex-con whose quiet life is shaken-up by the arrival of a young man (Mud’s Tye Sheridan) who’s trying to escape his abusive father. A stirring tale of redemption, Joe just may end up being one of the best movies you’ve seen in months.