This week on Small Screens the director of “Moon” rackets up the suspense, eight French Christian monks stay put, Takashi Miike goes back in time and much more.
VOD Picks of the Week
[Synopses Courtesy of Distributors]
The Deal: When soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a computer program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life.
Where to Find: Amazon instant video.
“Jens Pulver | DRIVEN”
The Deal: Jens Pulver grew up in an environment that few could imagine, and that would cripple most spirits. At the age of seven, Jens had a shotgun shoved into his mouth by his abusive father, who had lined up the children and threatened to kill them all, starting with Jens. By the age of ten, Jens was fist-fighting the man on a regular basis, and losing daily. From this brutal beginning, Jens Pulver spent a lifetime fighting to overcome the poverty of his circumstance, corralling the physical and spiritual demons of his childhood, and eventually unleashing them into the world of Mixed Martial Arts, where he rose to epic proportions. In 2001, Jens Pulver became the first Lightweight World Champion under the now multi-billion dollar fight industry that is the UFC. “Jens Pulver | DRIVEN” is an intimate feature documentary that follows his journey, and presents an in-depth look at the complexities of this three-time world champion as he trains for what could be the final comeback fight of his career.
Where to Find: iTunes etc.
“Karen Cries on the Bus”
The Deal: Karen has left her slimy but successful husband Mario after ten years of marriage. She needs a fresh start to find out who she is and who she could be, despite her husband’s proclamation that she can do absolutely nothing. She walks out into Bogotá with no job, no friends, and hardly any money, but catches a break when she meets a hairdresser named Patricia at a cheap flophouse. With her younger and seemingly stronger friend by her side, Karen takes her first steps towards independence and self-discovery.
Where to Find: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Bresnan, RCN, Brighthouse, etc.
DVD/Blu-ray Picks of the Week
[Synopsis Courtesy of Distributor]
“Of Gods and Men”
The Deal: Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay… come what may. This film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.
Extras: ‘Making of’ documentary and an interview with author John W. Kiser.
The Deal: Cult director Takashi Miike (“Ichi the Killer,” “Audition”) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era. “13 Assassins” is centered around a group of elite samurai who are secretly enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord in order to prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war torn future.
Extras: Interview with Miike, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.